All the Items you Really Need - Pt. 3

The Importance of a Minimilistic Lifestyle - Cooking/ Food Preparation

As in the previous blog post, understand that these lists are simply guidelines to a minimilistic lifestyle. They are not "gospel" but rather, good starting points for your life. They are also very much generalized to fit anyone's current lifestyle.

Cooking/Food Preparation -

Purpose: Consistent location for food preparation including items needed for food prep/storage/serving. Place to store items that are used for food prep.

Comments: A person or household could get by without all of these items, but for one that sees the value in home-cooked meals, these are needed. When cooking, it is best to only prepare enough food for the current meal and have no left-overs therefore, you will always be eating fresh foods. Although it may be more time effective to prepare foods in bulk ahead of time, it is not as healthy. Going back to the “simple” goal, spending time for self-care tasks such as meal preparation is actually more balanced and allows your mind and body time to wind down from the stresses of the day. By the way, if you are dedicated to living minimally, you can research how to live without refrigeration however we will assume a refrigerator is a necessity. We will also assume that there is a source of running water.


Plates, bowls, cups, utensils, every person in the household should have one of each. You may want extra place servings for guests unless you request guests bring their own. I remember attending a dinner party in college where guests needed to bring their own place setting. Understandable in that setting where people are just starting out on their own but probably not acceptable after you have been established awhile.

Pans – 2 baking sheets with rim with sides, pie, loaf, and muffin square baking dish

Pots – saucepan, frying, soup

Cooking utensils – Stirring spoon, ladle, spatula, tongs, vegetable peeler.

Measuring spoons and cups

Knives – chef’s, serrated, paring (sharpening steel for knives)


Mortar and pestle

Rolling pin

Grinder – hand crank is sufficient

Bowl – mixing/serving (3 of different sizes)

Swiss army knife with can opener


Cutting board

Potato masher

Grater 2 gloves for hot items

Stove/oven – fire source

This post is the third of a 10 part series.