This is just the post I was wanting to read when I fired up the generator to use the computer today. I need to know how to minimalize more so I'm not a slave to the dish sink. Sometime it feels like I'm standing there all day.
We have only an RV/bar sized propane fridge, I can only shop once a week because we live so far from town. NO freezer. The whole family is GF so I cook everything from scratch. I have a temporary kitchen that works surprisingly well in it's efficiency. Everything is is rubbermaid totes. One for baking, one for canned goods, one for pasta/cereals. One for containers.
Here is what I do:
I recycle immediately: yogurt conainers, glass bottles, cans etc. Sure I might need them for some craft in the far future, but I trust myself to come up with a solution at the time. No point in storing things you don't use.
I clean out the fridge once a week on shopping day. I have to. The fridge is too small.
Most condiments(ketchup, mustard) don't need to be refridgerated except for maple syrup. They just have to be kept dark. If you are storing them for long enough that they go bad, then throw it out and don't buy it again.
I use rags and cloth napkins, more laundry but less plastic crap/clutter/things to buy.
I have a hand/stick blender(which I use ALL the time) and a propane stove for appliances.
The produce stays in the garden until I need it. The eggs stay in the chickens until I need them.
Here's is what I'm thinking I need to change:
one drinking glass per family member, a different colour or pattern.
one plate, fork, knife, spoon etc. for each family member.
get rid of all but 5 condiments, ketchup hot sauce, mustard.
Here is what I am planning:
I already bought but not installed a commercial sink/counter with two 2ft by 2ft deep sinks and stainless counters on either side. LOVE it. I am planning on buying what are called hotel pan inserts. They are standardized so you can mix and match them. you can see them here http://www.world-cuisine.com/store/index.cfm/c248
You can cook in them, wash in them, they have ones that drain, they have standardized lids, they fit perfectly into the opening of my sink. They stack, they will be my cabinet shelving. I will have ones for compost, scraps for chickens etc.
That is my kitchen. Minimal but not minimal enough for me.
I don't do gadgets, besides a
I have only one kitchen knife, one bread knife.
I love this post and would like to hear about more of your kitchens, particularly how to cut down on doing dishes without a dishwasher.
Off the grid mom of two.