My dream kitchen has a walk in pantry with floor to ceiling shelves to hold all of my small appliances. White marble countertops that feel like they sprawl for half a mile and of course a sink large enough to hold my border collie. But until I can make that happen, I have to make due with my play-house sized kitchen. Having a small kitchen can definitely be difficult! There's little space to cook, and prepare a meal - especially for larger gatherings, and it most certainly lacks storage for all of my appliances, tools and ingredients. The plus side is that it's easy to clean!
Preparing your meals in a small kitchen doesn't have to be hard, it just take a bit of prep and some organization and you can work smart in the space that exists. Check out our tips for the making the most of your small kitchen!
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Organization Is Key
Lists are your friend. I am a huge fan of writing things down, it helps you figure out what needs to be done and map out the steps in which you should do them. From breaking down your menu, and the time it takes to cook each item, to what you need to make ahead of time, what to thaw and when to put it in the oven.
Plan and Cook Ahead
Just because you are hosting a dinner tomorrow night, doesn't mean you have to cook everything tomorrow night! Through planning ahead, you may notice that there are a few items on your menu that you can cook a day or two in advance and it won't ruin the quality of the dish. For example soups, and casseroles are fantastic items that can be frozen for up to a month - just don't forget to make a note of the date you cooked it on the bag or freezer container.
One of the best ways to create space is by building up, not out! Shelves, wall hangers and storage containers are your friend!
I also love placing a large cutting board on top of the sink for some extra prep space!
Clean As You Go
While this can be so annoying, washing the dishes as you go is key. You can always enlist your partner or roommate to help you. Take turns cooking and cleaning.
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