Jump-Start Your Kitchen With These Minimalist Essentials

Whether you’re setting up your kitchen for the first time, downsizing or just aiming to simplify your life with a more minimalist kitchen setup, this guide is a good place to begin. If you own only the 17 items on this list (we’ll assume you’re starting with a can opener) you’ll be in good shape to tackle everything from pancakes to roast chicken.

What you won’t find here: cake pans, a turkey-size roasting pan, a food processor or any highly specialized tools and appliances. If and when your cooking life requires any of these items, you’ll know.

1. Cutting board

Cutting board
Current Interiors

2. Baking sheet

Baking sheet
Kathy Marshall Design

3. Skillet


4. Baking dish

Baking dish
Space Craft Joinery

5. Dutch oven

Dutch oven
Chris Snook

6. Ladle

NEAT Method

7. Whisk

Space Craft Joinery

8. Vegetable peeler

Vegetable peeler
Space Craft Joinery

9. Measuring cups and spoons

Measuring cups and spoons
NEAT Method

10. Honing steel

Honing steel
NEAT Method SF

11. Paring knife

Paring knife
Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry

12. Stock pot

Stock pot

13. Grater

Glenvale Kitchens

14. Serrated knife

Serrated knife
Canyon Construction

15. Chef’s knife

Chef’s knife
BergHOFF International Inc

16. Mixing bowls

Mixing bowls
Dura Supreme Cabinetry

17. Saucepan

The Home Depot

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