If you love to cook but live in a small apartment with an even smaller kitchen, it can be a struggle to know where to start with the cooking. Especially when it comes to preparing meals that would usually require a large surface area and lots of equipment to get it right.
A lack of space can be a real hindrance to getting creative in the kitchen. Especially since many people have started to appreciate the joy of cooking since the start of the pandemic like Uniqueka Davis McKinney who has blogged about finding joy in her kitchen.
If you are somebody who is looking to stop getting most of their foods from the takeout menu due to a lack of space, keep reading these tips below so that you can make the best of cooking in your small kitchen.
Keep it simple- limit appliances, tools, and equipment
Contrary to what the infomercials may tell you, it is possible to have a perfectly functioning kitchen without having to take out a second mortgage to buy that new ‘must have’ gadget. You can get a lot done in the kitchen using some very basic multifunctional tools. A small chef’s knife can be used to do hundreds of tasks in the kitchen whereas an apple corer can only really do one. The cheese grater will not only grate cheese but can be used as a simple way of finely grating vegetables for slaws, zesting citrus fruits, and grating butter to make pastries. Similarly, bread pans can be used to bake a variety of bread and cakes, as well as single servings of frozen foods or roasting vegetables.
Try to avoid using kitchen equipment with only one use so that you can utilize the space better.
Do your preparations first
You’ll need to use your workspace for multiple purposes while you’re cooking. Chefs call this Mise en Place, which is basically doing the chopping, measuring, and other preparation prior to cooking.
Using this method you can go as slowly or quickly as needed well using your one workspace for one task at a time instead of trying to cram in everything to one spot during the cooking process.
Tidy as you go
Even one-pot dishes can cause a lot of washing up. In a smaller space in the piles of plates and utensils can be overwhelming as well as taking up the valuable space that you need as you cook. While things are in the process of cooking, clean a dish or utensil that you no longer need, or put away ingredients that you’re done with. The key is to multitask and use each spare minute while things are cooking to create space for the next stage. Cleaning up after you have cooked is much less daunting if it’s already been done in small amounts along the way.
Utilize the space you have
Investing in nesting pots, pans, containers, and bowls will help to eliminate the chaos of all of the random containers in your cupboards that severely lack lids.
Nested kitchen items will not only prevent items from becoming lost they will also help you to save precious cupboard space making them much easier to navigate.Hi I'm glad your here! I love to cook, bake and try new recipes. I enjoy food photography and reviewing products. Hope you enjoy my recipes, thanks for visiting! Sheila