The Capsule Kitchen Checklist

  • Are you putting together your first kitchen?
  • Are you exploring a minimalist kitchen?
  • Do you wonder how to start minimalism?
  • Are you enjoying your “Capsule Wardrobe” and are you ready to apply the same approach to your kitchen?
  • Are you moving into a tiny house?
  • Are you downsizing the family home?
  • Would you love a great checklist that you can adapt to your own needs?
  • Would you like to live a more frugal, simple, and zero waste life?

If your answer to any of those questions was “Yes” then you are in the right place!

I have created a capsule kitchen checklist that will help you put together a collection of kitchen gear that is just right for you, saving you money, saving space, moving you toward your zero waste goals… and all that without sacrificing your ability to cook great food!

This is a simple living hack of the highest order! 

Building a capsule kitchen will allow you the freedom to own less, clean less, and find simpler ways to do the things you used to depend on equipment to do.  In short, you’ll gain skills, but you’ll also gain a cozy minimalist tiny house kitchen that lacks nothing except clutter!  You’ll enjoy the contentment that comes from having only what you need, nothing more or less.

If you downsize the contents of the family home, it’ll suddenly feel much larger.  You may even find that it’s time to downsize the family home as well as the contents – and living in a smaller home is the most effective strategy for saving money.  Frugal living doesn’t have to feel like sacrifice.  It can be luxurious when you discover that you can still cook everything you love, but without needing to dirty as many dishes.  And using less power tools in the kitchen is another effective strategy for saving money, one that you’ll appreciate each time you open the electric bill.  That’s why I created the Capsule Kitchen Checklist with an emphasis on kitchen tools that do not require power… tools like a simple whisk that you can use in place of a mixer to whip up Pavlova.  I know it can be done, because I’ve done it.  And thousands of cooks through the generations have made great food without modern kitchen appliances.  Simplifying our lives isn’t a step away from progress, it’s a step toward liberation.  And it’s exactly this kind of simple living wise thinking approach that will bring you closer to your dream life.

Ready to go purchase an Amazon tiny house kit?  LOL!  Perhaps we’ll just start with the kitchen today.

Get Your Capsule Kitchen Checklist First, get your free Capsule Kitchen Checklist PDF, print it out, then grab a pen. 


Then start here:

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Use this website to get strategy and inspiration and work through your kitchen as you listen to the videos.  You’ve got this!


You’re going to love the transformation of your kitchen!  You may even find (as I and a number of my friends have) that transforming your kitchen may also transform you.

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Right-Sizing Utensils

23 host a partyToday we tackle utensils with a simple exercise that will require that each item earn it’s way back into your kitchen.  Simple exercises like this one help us get in touch with our creativity and make us aware of what we actually use.  When the item we’re used to isn’t right at hand, we quickly become creative and find multiple ways to use the items we do have.  Thankfully utensils don’t take up much space, so if some lesser used items sneak back in, it’s won’t be a big deal.

I prefer a vase on the counter to a messy drawer, but maybe you can find a good way to organize the drawer if that is your preference.  Anything that looks like it could cause a health hazard is an automatic toss.


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Here are the basics:

Rubber Spatula

My favorite spatula is the OXO Good Grip Silicone Spatula and it comes in a number of sizes and colors. This is the best spatula I have ever used.

Turner/Spatula

Here is the OXO Silicone Turner/Spatula and here is a Bamboo version I like.

Tongs

The OXO Tongs have Nylon Tips to protect pan surfaces.

Ladle/Serving Spoon

The OXO Stainless Steel Ladle and Serving Spoon are sleek and lovely.

Can Opener

My Austrian has a MSG allergy, and most canned foods have MSG so we don’t keep them around. If you do, then check out this OXO Good Grips Can Opener.

Whisk

The whisk may be one of my favorite kitchen tools. I made Pavlova using a whisk instead of a mixer once just to see if it could be done. Of COURSE it can be done – silly me! Here’s the OXO Good Grips Whisk and here’s a multi-colored one. Cool!

Egg Beater

I like the Danesco Rotary Egg Beater and use mine quite a bit. I well remember this gadget from my youth and these are also widely available in antique stores.


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Today, consider all the hard work you have completed in your kitchen.  How does it feel to have come so far and made so much progress?  I find this process invigorating as we work to bring order from the chaos.  Well done!  Keep up the good work!

I’m Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, reminding you that we can #LiveTiny #EmbraceSimplicity and still #EatWell.  Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it!


 

Join me for a Virtual Summit called SimplifyMy.Life that brings together more than a dozen Tiny House Luminaries who share their stories of simplicity.  Their stories will help you find financial freedom, geographic mobility, environmental sustainability, and a sense of community.  See you at the summit:

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Right-Sizing Coffee & Tea

Because we didn’t have room in our tiny house for a coffee maker, we got creative.  The results are in the video.  Here is Tiny House Coffee & Tea.  PLUS, my Austrian makes a special guest appearance showing how he makes his coffee.

2 SimplicityOur culture makes a habit of making simple things complicated, and marketing tries to convince this that this complexity is to simplify things for us.  Going tiny for Xaver and I has meant making complicated things simple again, and we enjoy this very much.  That sometimes means going old-school and doing things the way our grandparents did them.

At the beginning as you contemplate your shiny coffee gear and think about downsizing – this might seem like a sacrifice.  I want to invite you to go back to the earlier post about choosing your favorite things in your kitchen.  If you coffee or tea system is your favorite thing, then the task becomes how to make space in your now smaller kitchen for this production.  We’ve found that one of the keys to enjoying a tiny space and making it feel less sacrificial is to enjoy our favorite simple luxuries along the way.  This includes sometimes having a little Amarula in my tea, or drinking it from a luxuriously beautiful china tea cup and stirring it with a silver spoon.  This interplay of simplicity and beauty brings us much satisfaction.  It is from this satisfaction that I can challenge you to look at different habits and consider thoughtfully the choices that are right for you and your family in light of your own tiny house or micro-kitchen.

Spend some time today with your coffee and tea equipment and ingredients.  Add a few things to your donation box and think of ways to make the process more earth friendly.  You can do it.

Have fun with the process, I’m not here to pressure you into anything, I simply offer you an alternative that comes from our years of living in 125 square feet.

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If you haven’t already chosen your tea cup or coffee mug, now’s your chance! And here’s the rest of the gear needed for making coffee & tea in a tiny house. It could not be simpler!

Whistling Tea Kettle

I like this Kitchen Aid Whistling Whistling Tea Kettle that comes in a whole bunch of colors, but there are so many options and this is a great opportunity to find an interesting tea kettle that suits your taste. Make sure to get one that whistles! I ruined a pan on the stove by walking away and forgetting about it. The whistle helps me remember I have a hot burner on in the house and that’s important to me since I am so easily distracted!

Tea Infuser

I doubt anyone needs instructions on how to use a tea kettle and a Tea Infuser.

Tiny House Coffee might be a different matter.

So here’s the additional gear needed to make Tiny House Coffee: Nothing!

Wait, what?

Here’s how we make super-simple coffee in our tiny house. Here’s my handsome Austrian showing how easy it is (start at the 8:50 mark on this video):

A little too hard-core minimalist for you?

LOL! Ok, no worries. Here’s a beautiful Bodum French Press” for a very reasonable price and doesn’t require additional electrical power, and shouldn’t be too messy to clean up. And there are lots of size options! Isn’t it pretty? These are surprisingly affordable at $20 – $35. All in all, that’s some pretty simple coffee!

Whew, scared you there for a moment didn’t I?!

he he! Shall we continue?

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