Monday, November 30, 2015

Tiny House Kitchen Wish List

There is something about a beautiful tiny home that has captured my imagination.
Maybe it is part of getting older, to think of downsizing to a compact home.
Maybe it's a part of a building wanderlust.
Our girls are almost 17.
Almost ready to launch into college and the rest of their lives.

And Ed and I have been considering many, many aspects of life as that happens.

The idea of moving into a tiny house has been intriguing me for years.
I've always loved small spaces, and the ability to move the house where I'd like to go has captured my imagination.

So I've watched every episode of Tiny House Nation,  Tiny House World, and Tiny House, Big Living.
Been on the mailing list for every update from Tumbleweed Houses, Four Lights Houses and Country Living's column

And have read everything I could get my hands on to learn more.

And as my obsession has grown, I've been storing the ideas on my Pinterest Board.

Follow Dr. Jean Layton's board Tiny House Hopes on Pinterest.

Of course, for my tiny house, the kitchen is crucial.
When one part of your life is so essential, you need the right equipment and tools.

Here's my choice of items for my future kitchen.  If you have other tools that you're certain you need for your kitchen, let me know in the comments and I'll add it to my board.
Black & Decker CTO6335S Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven, Silver
Starting off from my future oven, I purchased this one in August.  I've been testing recipes in it ever since. It has wonderful controls, easy to move shelf and the ability to heat up a pizza with the bump out on the back. The Convection bake speeds the final product to completion without burning.

Of course, with a tiny oven, you need bakeware that will fit and function well.
This graniteware has become my new favorite.  Naturally non-stick porcelain enamel means quick clean up without worrisome toxic non stick chemicals.
Muffin Tin
Graniteware 4 piece set 

The only problem is that the cookie sheet is too long to fit into my oven, but the cost of the 4 piece set is minimal enough to buy the set and use the cookie sheet in another way, perhaps under the glass area of this dish drainer.

But we don't have to use a drain pan at all, the spout allows drainage directly into the sink.

Magma 10 piece Stainless Steel Induction Cook Top Nesting Cook Set  and Saute Pan 
Waring Pro ICT400 Double Induction Cooktop
This lovely set of induction ready Nested Pots with an add on of the saute pan for quick stir fries will make my cooking simple.

I've already made the difficult decision to go with an induction cooker instead of open coils or gas.
Benefits: lower electricity costs,  no gas vapors from propane and a stovetop that never gets hot.

Electric Kettle for Tea
We are tea drinkers, so an electric tea kettle is essential.

But the rest of my kitchen is likely to downsize and move into the home of my dreams.

I'll be truly selective about my dishes, glass ware and other cookware.

I'm seriously considering keeping my family Limoges china as my everyday.

After all, living small doesn't mean not being able to set a pretty table.

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