Small appliances for our compact kitchen

Can we downsize our appliances for our small family?

Since we’ve moved out of our big house, we’ve been hopping around between friends houses, the main guesthouse, and weekend excursions. We haven’t really settled into anyplace, which means we haven’t been doing any big food shopping. Its been a relief to use what we have and make it work instead of stocking up on full refrigerators and pantry, only to stare at it blankly when its time to figure out what to eat. A huge relief actually, in that I don’t ever want to go back to that style of food hoarding ever again! So much wasted and too many options just complicated cooking. That said, I’m thinking we can go smaller with all of our kitchen appliances.

I’ve considered forgoing the standard range completely. We looked into, and bought, one small induction “burner” from IKEA. And maybe just a countertop convection oven. But I do a fair bit of baking in the winter, and often use more than one burner to good a meal. Also, I’m new to induction cooking, and although my cast iron pans work on it, because they have a slightly convex bottom, they didn’t heat evenly at all. Currently looking at this 24″ Fagor range:

24" Fagor range

because it looks pretty slick and is $1200- still pricey, but not as much as some of the other ones I’ve seen.

Kind of inspired by this kitchen from Pinterest, which seems to have all smaller appliances (Smeg is not in our budget unfortunately) but the over all look if simple, and efficient:

Small appliances

The closest refrigerator that we can find under 1K that fits this look is this 24 Inch Counter Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator from LG, which I think we’re going to go with:

24 Inch Counter Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

Its been fun to put together a kitchen thats totally different, smaller, hopefully less wasteful and uh, un-american? When we began to downsize our lives, it was to save money and hopefully free up more time, but I’m beginning to sense a greater joy that might be had by simply looking at less stuff every day. Maybe its just the novelty of it, but I am less overwhelmed when I look into a fridge and clearly see whats there, what needs to be eaten before it goes bad and not have the guilt of those half-eaten jars of sauce that are questionable enough to avoid, but not old enough to throw away… STRESS!



Small appliances for our compact kitchen
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