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post #21 of 42
I did this a year ago and honestly its not working very well. Having only 6 place settings means if I dont do dishes EVERY meal, we dont have anything to eat on.

We are trying to prepare for an eventual move to a sailboat so trying to get used to it but its not happening at the moment.

I would still say we are pretty minimalist compared to most. I dont have lots of appliances, or other gimicky equipment like my mother does. I really asses the value of something before it comes into my kitchen.
post #22 of 42
This would be a challenge for me, because I love to cook and use a lot of dishes when I do! I'd have a very hard time limiting to this amount!

Small appliances: microwave, food processor (I'd love one with a blender attachment!), Russell Hobbs electric pressure cooker (LOVE!!! Dry beans done in an hour, with no babysitting. )

Bakeware: Dutch oven, Pampered Chef's large stoneware bar pan (has a lip like a jelly roll pan), and 8"x8" glass Pyrex pan. When my kids get bigger, I might need to move up to a 9"x13" pan, but so far the 8"x8" is just right.

Cookware: 12" stainless steel skillet w/lid, 10" cast iron skillet, 8 quart stock pot

Set of 3 nesting mixing bowls (they don't take any more cabinet space than a single bowl, and I do use the different sizes frequently.)

3 SMALL "you picks"
Three is just too few!

Measuring cup that is for liquid and dry and plunges out the dry stuff. It measures from 2 T - 2 c and I like the plunger aspect for messy things like honey or mayonaisse. Mine is from Pampered Chef, because I love them.
Adjustable measuring spoon from Pampered Chef that goes from 1/8 t - 3 T and plunges the food out like the cup.
Colander

KNIVES!! Not included but certainly necessary! At least one bigger and one smaller knife. And a cutting board. I have this one by Epicurean and love it. Two silicone pot holders would be a must as well.

I have the Pampered Chef utensil holder and it holds all of my utensils neatly and with room to spare (cleaned out a whole drawer!) so I wouldn't feel the need to pare those down too significantly if I could fit that one utensil holder. I don't have many duplicates though. I have:

2 Bamboo spatulas/spoons
1 metal and 1 silicone spatula
1 silicone scraper (the rubber type that you use to get everything out of a bowl)
Slotted spoon
Non-slotted spoon
Garlic press
Tongs
Strainer
Can Opener
Silicone basting brush
Ladle
Wire whisk
Small disher (mini-ice cream scoop, which I use to make meatballs, melon balls, scoop cookie dough, etc. Very useful!)
Ice cream scoop


I have 2 plates, bowls, and cups per person, but I have Corelle dishes stacked on this holder and they take no space at all in the cabinet. I have a service for 8 with two plate sizes, plus three serving bowls, but it takes no more space in the cabinet than 4 plates would. I use mason jars instead of cups, and they double as food storage.
post #23 of 42
Can't really strain the brain for the three of each category thing, but we're in the middle of downsizing and have been "practicing" for a few months- the stuff I found I really couldn't do without: (but honestly I haven't missed any of the hundreds of dollars worth of crap I moved in a yard sale)
What's coming with on the next move towards tiny house:
small set of corelle dishes (I kept because they fit together for soaking things, using in the fridge, etc. --the plates onto the bowls) and they stack nicely
four really groovy mugs
french press
electric teapot
electric skillet
toaster oven
blender
hand mixer
whisk
two wooden spoons
one spatula
garlic press
two stainless spoons
pancake flipper
hand can opener (that does it all)
two stainless bowls (for mixing and double-boiling and storing)
travel mug
two plastic (agast) cups for dd
plastic bowl with a lid for dd
4 glasses (in case of company)
one 9x13 cake pan
one pie plate (deep dish)
a loaf pan
12 individual silicone muffin thingers
one set ss measuring cups
one liquid glass measuring cup
one ss and one plastic set measuring spoons (yeah, I really use em)
old tupperware 4 c pitcher/measurer
cutco paring knife
cutco serrated knife
cutco chef knife
peeler
scissors
wall magnet for above
all clad skillet
all clad small fry pan
all clad 1, 2, 3 quart sauce pan
all clad 8 qt stockpot
a mesh strainer
a regular colander type thing
30 flour sack towels
4 dishcloths
4 icky-stuff rags
silverware
okay well that's kind of a long list but honestly, we're pretty minimal here
post #24 of 42
Six in our family, all but one meal per week cooked at home.

OVEN
FRIDGE


Only three small appliances (microwave, blender, toaster, toaster oven, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc)
1.Microwave
2.Magic Bullet mini-blender
3.Foreman XL indoor grill


Only three bakeware items (cake pan, muffin pan, cookie sheet, dutch oven, etc)
1.9x13 Pyrex casserole/cake pan
2.Big Costco aluminum cookie sheet + parchment baking paper
3.LeCreuset big Dutch oven (used for cooking rice, soups, chicken, not really for baking)


Only three cookware items (pasta pot, tea pot, sauce pan, skillet, etc)
1. Big Costco stainless steel skillet
2. Stainless steel sauce pan (Target)
3. Stainless steel stockpot (Target)


One mixing bowl
1.Stainless or Pyrex? I guess stainless since it’s easier to whip cream in.

3 SMALL "you picks" (measuring cup? rolling pin? a special holiday item? What would you make room for?)

1. Measuring cups & spoons
2.Can opener
3.Potato peeler


I will assume you need 1 plate, bowl, cup for each family member, and some mixing spoons/spatulas, but what would be minimalist for you here?

1. 6 each Corelle plates, bowls, mugs/glasses, stainless spoons, knives, forks
2.Wooden spoon, ladle, rubber scraper, stainless spatula, chef’s knife, grill tongs, meat thermometer, pie server, stainless whisk (this list sort of blends with the small “you picks”)
3.Things for washing up: dish cloths, scrubber/sponge
4.Cloth napkins & tablecover


Please put brand names as well if you have a preference!

I try to buy what I can in stainless steel or Pyrex tempered glass so it will last a long time.
post #25 of 42
[QUOTE=The Hidden Life;14687512]Six in our family, all but one meal per week cooked at home.

OVEN
FRIDGE


Only three small appliances (microwave, blender, toaster, toaster oven, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc)
1.vitamix
2.toaster oven
3.


Only three bakeware items (cake pan, muffin pan, cookie sheet, dutch oven, etc)
1.9x13 Pyrex casserole/cake pan
2.cookie sheet
3.LeCreuset big Dutch oven


Only three cookware items (pasta pot, tea pot, sauce pan, skillet, etc)
1.cast iron skillet
2. Stainless steel sauce pan, med
3. Stainless steel stockpot, xl


One mixing bowl
1.Stainless.

3 SMALL "you picks" (measuring cup? rolling pin? a special holiday item? What would you make room for?)

1. Measuring cups & spoons
2.Can opener
3.Potato peeler


I will assume you need 1 plate, bowl, cup for each family member, and some mixing spoons/spatulas, but what would be minimalist for you here?

1. 6 each plates, bowls, mugs/glasses, stainless spoons, knives, forks
2.Wooden spoon, ladle, rubber scraper, stainless spatula, chef’s knife, grill tongs, meat thermometer, pie server, stainless whisk (this list sort of blends with the small “you picks”)
3.Things for washing up: dish cloths, scrubber/sponge
4.Cloth napkins & tablecover


me too
post #26 of 42
Fun! I love taking inventory.

plates, bowls, cups - one for everyone
not enough silverware...

utensil container (on counter) - 2 spatulas, ladle, slotted spoon, big spoon, potato masher, my favorite blue spoon I've had since I've had a kitchen

utensil drawer - mixing cups/spoons, garlic squeezy thing, tongs, baster bulb thing, can strainer cup looking thing, beaters for mixer, small whisk

1 large mixing bowl, 1 smaller-ish mixing bowl

cheese grater (hangs on the inside of a cabinet door), citrus squeezer, lg glass liquid measuring cup, two small colanders for rinsing berries, canned beans, etc.

Rectangular pyrex, 1 sm and 1 lg (for those very few times we have leftovers)
Nesting set of Pyrex bowls (popcorn, summer salads - for some reason, I think salads should be in round containers)

Ex lg pasta pot with strainer, lg pot, med pot, sm pot
1 lg cast iron pan, 1 med pan, 1 small pan

Vegetable tray server thing, like a party tray, but we use it regularly for grazing on snacks through out the day - eggs, cheese, fruit, veggies, olives, etc.

coffee maker on counter (hate this!), crock pot/rice cooker, vitamix, toaster, handheld mixer (all in one cabinet)

Sorry I couldn't play by the rules - but these are ALL the items I have in my kitchen! I don't cook alot, just enough to keep the kids fed , but I don't feel like I need anything else...except a bigger crockpot. (I got the lead free clay one, but we would need to two of them to make a meal we could all eat from it!)
post #27 of 42
I can't play I tried. I'm a minimalist but my brain just can't fathom it!

I cook way too much from scratch to try and limit anything. I store a lot of leftovers in corningware. As long as it fits in the cupboards I think it's okay to keep it. My 6 mixing bowls stack and take up the same amount of room as just the biggest one does.

OP- You should keep some stuff in storage for a few months just to make sure you can get by with such a minimal amount of stuff.
post #28 of 42
Only three small appliances (microwave, blender, toaster, toaster oven, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc)

Blender - have to have my smoothies. Grain mill, and my teflon free stainless steel vintage electric frying pan. I cannot make a decent pancake without it.

Only three bakeware items (cake pan, muffin pan, cookie sheet, dutch oven, etc)
Cookie sheet, large glass casserole dish and muffin pan

Only three cookware items (pasta pot, tea pot, sauce pan, skillet, etc)

large frying pan, large soup pot and normal size pot

1 mixing bowl

3 SMALL "you picks" (measuring cup? rolling pin? a special holiday item? What would you make room for?)

measuring cups, storage bowls (I have the Preserve BPA free recycled ones and they double as non-breakable bowls for my kids' snacks, and some glass Pyrex storage bowls with lids

I will assume you need 1 plate, bowl, cup for each family member, and some mixing spoons/spatulas, but what would be minimalist for you here?

Please put brand names as well if you have a preference!
post #29 of 42


There is absolutely no way that I could get by without all of my pans and mixing bowls!

I don't have any of those little appliances though.
post #30 of 42
Um, this kinda *is* my kitchen. I cook daily for 4, about monthly for 8, and used to do OAMC, which I might just start up again.

Only three small appliances (microwave, blender, toaster, toaster oven, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc)
I have a microwave that serves as the range hood, and I don't count it as a "small appliance" in the same way. I also have a mixer, a toaster and a crockpot. However, the crockpot was a gift from a friend upgrading to a fancier one, and I don't use it. I'd be fine losing it. We use a french press for coffee, wouldn't do a toaster oven bc there's nothing our $10 little toaster or the oven can't do. Same for the crockpot or rice cooker. I have a hand blender, but I would like a big blender, that might be what kicks the crockpot out of the drawer spot, honestly.

Only three bakeware items (cake pan, muffin pan, cookie sheet, dutch oven, etc)
Um, why? These keep so nicely on the bottom rack of the oven, it does them no harm, and they also serve as a way to catch anything that drips from a casserole on the top rack, saving me from cleaning the whole oven. I have 6 cake pans, 2 muffin pans, and 3 cookie sheets. That, some wire racks, and cookie cutters live in the drawer under the oven or in the oven itself. You'd have to give up baking and do 1 cookie sheet, 1 muffin pan, and I guess something like a bundt pan or another cake shape that doesn't require 2 pans?

Only three cookware items (pasta pot, tea pot, sauce pan, skillet, etc)
Deep pot, medium pot, cast iron skillet, tea pot that lives on the stove. If I had to lose one, I'd get a medium pot with a lip that would allow for pouring hot water and lose the tea pot.

1 mixing bowl
I use the bowls to the nesting storage set as a mixing bowl, or the bowl that's attached to the stand mixer.

3 SMALL "you picks" (measuring cup? rolling pin? a special holiday item? What would you make room for?)
I guess more cake pans! Maybe a measuring cup set.

I will assume you need 1 plate, bowl, cup for each family member, and some mixing spoons/spatulas, but what would be minimalist for you here?
At this point, it's a question of if it saves you time to search through a packed drawer for it, or if it would save you time to use something less specialized. So for me, peeler, yes! Cheese slicer, no!

Please put brand names as well if you have a preference!

One thing I think is important is to remember all the space in your freezer and fridge. My drawers are overflowing right now, so the back of the fridge is also storing some extra coffee, pasta, salsa, canned beans, jam, cookies, baking chocolate and a mondo-huge tub of oatmeal. I have a section dedicated to stocking up on that stuff because I'm personally never going to fill the huge fridge with perishable items feeding a family of 4. Might as well use the space for stocking, extra chill won't hurt it!
post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
Only three small appliances (microwave, blender, toaster, toaster oven, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc)
I have a Thermomix, which I use for everything. It replaced my blender, food processor, grain grinder, standmixer, breadmaker, kitchen scales, steamer and stick mixer. My only other small appliances are a toaster and dehydrator.

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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
Only three bakeware items (cake pan, muffin pan, cookie sheet, dutch oven, etc)
I am already pretty pared down in this area, but if I had to choose just three, it would be cookie sheet (I have extra large ones because we love to bake cookies!), muffin tin and sqaure pyrex glass oven tray.

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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
Only three cookware items (pasta pot, tea pot, sauce pan, skillet, etc)
Large ikea pot with lid (got if for my wedding eight years ago, and it is like new!), cast iron pan and whistling kettle.

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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
1 mixing bowl
I have a green ceramic one that I am currently using as a fruit bowl, I would keep that because it is dual purpose.

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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
3 SMALL "you picks" (measuring cup? rolling pin? a special holiday item? What would you make room for?)
This one is tough! I would say ... veggie peeler, measuring spoon set and rolling pin.

This is been fun! I am already a kitchen minimalist, but doing this has made me see I could scale back even more!
post #32 of 42
When we backpack, I have to cook for six, out of three little pots on one little burner.

I like all my pots and pans at home.
post #33 of 42
Okay, I'll play
Only three small appliances
blender, toaster oven, hand mixer

Only three bakeware items
okay, if you call a dutch oven this I will pick it. One largish roaster pan that doubles as a cookie-sheet type thing, and a loaf pan

Only three cookware items
2 sauce pans and skillet

1 mixing bowl
Stainless steel to double as a double boiler

3 SMALL you pics
measuring cup, measuring spoons, grater

But I would probably be at the neighbor's on a borrowing frenzy quite frequently. I have a super-tiny kitchen but a whole lot more than the above, and I consider us pretty minimalist.
Here's what we do have (and this is easy because they are all in front of me on a tidy rack: toaster oven, electric teapot, coffee maker, french press, blender (antique), hand mixer, electric skillet, small crock pot, three nice knives, can opener, peeler, shears (on the magnet), and hanging up we have a nice stainless steel set of measuring cups, two sets of spoons, some extra plastic ones for dd to "help" with, strainer, collander, grater, glass one cup measure, tupperware 1 qt measure, basting brush, spatula, whisk, tongs, pancake flipper, wooden spoon, ladle, slotted and regular spoon.
Then skillet, small fry pan, and 1, 2, and 3 qt saucepans. two stainless mixing bowls, pie plate, loaf pan and a roasting pan and you have all my needs covered. oh, four each of the corelle white line and some toddler proof ikea plastic crap.
post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by tree_hugger View Post
I have a Thermomix, which I use for everything. It replaced my blender, food processor, grain grinder, standmixer, breadmaker, kitchen scales, steamer and stick mixer.
I thought this sounded so excellent, so went searching and found one for $1300, which appears to be a bargain!
post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by Dingletwitz View Post
I thought this sounded so excellent, so went searching and found one for $1300, which appears to be a bargain!
I'm sure that it's supposed to be one of those things, where you add up the cost of all those other things (retail, of course) and it works out that you're actually *saving* money.
post #36 of 42
Maybe it would save money in the sense that you could get a cheaper apartment with a smaller kitchen!
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by Yvaine Undomiel View Post
I'm sure that it's supposed to be one of those things, where you add up the cost of all those other things (retail, of course) and it works out that you're actually *saving* money.
It is true that if you were starting a kitchen from scratch, it would be much, much more cost effective to buy a Thermomix rather than all of those individual appliances.

However, I got mine after being married for ten years, so I had a kitchen full of stuff. I Ebayed several of my small appliances (stand mixer, blender, food processor and breadmaker) and Freecycled the rest. That helped to pay for the Thermomix.

For us, the major financial savings have come from how quick and easy it is to prepare whole food meals for the family. For example, I can have fresh breadrolls made from freshly ground wheat and pumpkin soup with no flavours or additives (or peeling the skin!) on the table in less than an hour.

It takes less time to make mushroom risotto in the Thermomix than it would to run to the local takeaway to buy some - and I don't have to stand at the stove stirring, the Thermomix does that, too.

Anyway, I could go on! I'm sure I sound like an infomercial but I really do love my Thermomix and it has totally changed the way I cook and prepare food for my family. My advice to anyone who is interested would be to book a demo. You will be amazed.
post #38 of 42
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Originally Posted by tree_hugger View Post
It is true that if you were starting a kitchen from scratch, it would be much, much more cost effective to buy a Thermomix rather than all of those individual appliances.

However, I got mine after being married for ten years, so I had a kitchen full of stuff. I Ebayed several of my small appliances (stand mixer, blender, food processor and breadmaker) and Freecycled the rest. That helped to pay for the Thermomix.

For us, the major financial savings have come from how quick and easy it is to prepare whole food meals for the family. For example, I can have fresh breadrolls made from freshly ground wheat and pumpkin soup with no flavours or additives (or peeling the skin!) on the table in less than an hour.

It takes less time to make mushroom risotto in the Thermomix than it would to run to the local takeaway to buy some - and I don't have to stand at the stove stirring, the Thermomix does that, too.

Anyway, I could go on! I'm sure I sound like an infomercial but I really do love my Thermomix and it has totally changed the way I cook and prepare food for my family. My advice to anyone who is interested would be to book a demo. You will be amazed.
Well, I believe you.

But there is no way I could ever afford it though.
post #39 of 42
I DO NOT have a minimalistic kitchen but have been thinking about downsizing it a bit. Let me give it a try.

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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
I will give you a fridge and an oven as a freebie.. (since most kitchens come with them in my experience)..
- Fridge
- Oven

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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
Only three small appliances (microwave, blender, toaster, toaster oven, mixer, crockpot, rice cooker, coffeemaker, etc)
- Our vitamix blender
- Stand mixer [Bosch - we have the compact one, not too big, not too small perfect for our family]
- 1 pressure cooker (not really an electrical appliance, but this works wonderful for us)

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Only three bakeware items (cake pan, muffin pan, cookie sheet, dutch oven, etc)
Sorry, I need 5
- square (can use it for cakes, quick breads)
- A strong stainless steel roaster with a lid (roasting meat, veggies, biryani, casseroles, lasagna)
- cookie sheet with a lip
- muffin tray with silicone cupcake inserts
- pizza stone -> I can make free form loaves and pizza on a pizza stone.

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Only three cookware items (pasta pot, tea pot, sauce pan, skillet, etc)
Sorry, I need 4
- cast iron 3 qt skillet with lid (veggies, omelette, fish or chicken)
- 5 qt sauce pan with lid (pasta, curries, lentil soups etc)
- 3 qt sauce pan with lid (rice or curries)
- 1 qt sauce pan - to warm up milk. DD drinks milk at room temp, not cold, not warm/hot.

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1 mixing bowl
- Large one to be used as mixing bowl, salad bowl, fruit bowl at diff times. 1 is good, as I can use a saucepan or a serving bowl to mix dry ingredients.

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3 SMALL "you picks" (measuring cup? rolling pin? a special holiday item? What would you make room for?)
- measuring cups and spoons
- liquid measuring cup
- rolling pin

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I will assume you need 1 plate, bowl, cup for each family member, and some mixing spoons/spatulas, but what would be minimalist for you here?
4 plates + spoons + forks
4 cups
4 bowls
2 wooden spatulas
3 serving spoons
3 serving bowls (glass bowls with lids - double as storage in the refrigerator)

Besides all these,
1 chef's knife
1 bread knife
1 cutting board
1 IKEA peeler (3.5 yrs and still going strong)
1 whisk
1 cast iron griddle to make dosas (Indian crepes)
1 wrought iron tava (griddle) to make rotis (Indian flatbreads) or pancakes
(no, you cant use one griddle for both)
A stainless steel flip
1 silicon spatula
2 lunch boxes (glass with lid)
a pestle and mortar
1 colander (I'll pick one in stainless steel and that can double as a steamer when kept on the 5 qt sauce pan)

It was fun playing this game, made me think a lot about how many unused stuff I have in my kitchen. Thank you!
post #40 of 42
Sorry but I have to protest . I think that a seriously cooking-a-wide-variety-of-foods-from-scratch family's version of a minimalist kitchen will look very different from the kitchen of a we-eat-pasta-a-lot family's (not saying that's you, OP) version of a minimalist kitchen .

There are a lot of things that I live without: slow cooker, microwave, toaster oven, stand mixer, etc. I'm seriously thinking about *adding* a small food processor because I am doing so much salad/veggie prep. It doesn't make sense for me to spend 30 minutes chopping parsley for tabbouleh, for example, or spending tons of time grating root veggies for a salad. Being minimalist in the kitchen doesn't make sense if I'm chopping parsley instead having time to do exercise or relax at the end of the day.

I have lots more pots and baking equip than is mentioned and I use them all regularly. It's not uncommon for me to have 3 dirty pots and 2 dirty baking pans at the end of a day, plus a big soup pot in the fridge with leftovers. I often have a soup pot taken up with just making stock, not making the day's meal.

Many recipes require 2 mixing bowls, and I actually have 3 mixing bowls because I use them for serving big salads and for collecting compost bits when I'm prepping a lot of veggies. If you have nesting mixing bowls, they actually don't take any more room that one .

I haven't read the whole thread, but I use my pressure cooker (pressure steaming hard veggies, doing beans) and my salad spinner a lot and they are definitely must haves. I also use my heavy duty blender and my stick blender regularly (they serve different purposes). Having a small coffee grinder is a blessing if you make Indian food. I have a whisk, scraping spatulas, and various cooking/prepping utensils. Again, it depends on how you eat.

I have 5 knives (one bread, one chopping, one slicing, on paring, one peeling) and I use them all most days.

I have a small collection of food saving containers too, so that we can eat leftovers and bring lunches and snacks without using plastic bags or eating out/eating junk food all the time.

Unless one is living on a boat, I would definitely make room for regularly used kitchen items in other parts of the home if the kitchen is too small. I store canned goods in a vintage trunk in the living room because I *do* have a small kitchen. How we use our kitchens is hugely integral to our health and IMO it makes sense to have just what you need to conveniently provide one's family with tasty, nourishing meals. Having the right tools for the job on hand make it more pleasant and makes it easier.
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