Minimalist Kitchen Essentials

I bake. A lot. You’ve surely noticed. I’m also a minimalist when it comes to just about everything but photos. My kitchen is small and the cupboard space even smaller, as in only-under-the-sink-storage, so I don’t have oodles of specialized kitchen gadgets hanging around. What I do have is a small group of must-have essential kitchen tools that I use regularly weekly.

Kitchen Essentials- Everything you need for cooking. Perfect as a wedding registry starting place! #kitchentools | JellibeanJournals.comHere are the do-dads and whatchamacallits that live happily in my cozy kitchen… and should probably be in yours too! This list might look long, but trust me, it doesn’t take up much space and should be sufficient for just about anything you fancy whipping up. In fact, I almost named this post “Wedding Registry Kitchen Essentials” because it is pretty much everything I owned as a newlywed and has kept this kitchen up and running 5x/day for 5 years and counting.


Green Smoothie Recipes for the whole Family! | JellibeanJournals.comBlender- Gotta have this for our daily green smoothies!
Whipped Belly Butter- a pregancy staple made from natural ingredients. #skincare #bodybutter #pregnancy | JellibeanJournals.comKitchen Aid Mixer – Handy for garlic cheddar biscuits or DIY body butter!
Crock Pot or Pressure cooker

Pots, Pans & Baking Essentials

Medium pot with lid
Small non-stick skillet for omelets
Kitchen Essentials- cook everything you can ever imagine with these simple basics. | Jellibean JournalsLarge ovenproof skillet with lid11″x 13″ Baking pan
2- 9″ Round cake pans or springform pans

5 Minute Brownies- whip these together from scratch in 5 minutes flat! #brownies #chocolate from Jellibeanjournals.com9″ Square baking pan- Got brownies?
11×13″ Baking pan
Loaf pan
12 Cup muffin pan
Pie pan
Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies- packed with brown sugar and guaranteed to come out of your oven perfect every time! #cookies | JellibeanJournals.comCommercial baking sheets- Can’t be without Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Everyday Items

Mixing bowlsChocolate Truffle Cake- rich, fudgy, dark, and incredibly delish. #chocolate #chocolatecake from JellibeanJournals.comSpatula- Scrape out every last bit of Chocolate Truffle Cake goodness!
Vegetable peeler
Cutting board
Kitchen Essentials- the basic tools you need to cook everything you could ever want. |

Steamer basket
Can opener
Wooden spoon
Homemade Croissants- make these bakery staples from scratch. It's much easier than you'd think! | Jellibeanjournals.comSerrated bread knife- Slice carefully through homemade croissants.
Chef’s knife
Paring knife

Useful Extras

Top Kitchen Essentials- make any dish with this short list of must-have kitchen aids. | JellibeanJournals.comInspiring Cookbooks. I own: Jamie’s Food Revolution, Nigella Kitchen, & Barefoot Contessa at Home
Stovetop espresso maker
Tender Vanilla Cupcakes- light and fluffy like a box mix, but from scratch! #cupcakes | Jellibean JournalsPiping bag and 1M tip- Cupcake decorating made easy!
Fig Walnut Streusel Cake #cake #dessert from Jellibean JournalsBundt pan- This makes Fig Walnut Coffee Cake a breeze!
Roasting pan
Brownie Batter Ice Cream- real brownie batter in every bite! #icecream from JellibeanJournals.comRamekins- A dessert essential. Brownie Batter Ice Cream, served!

What items did I miss that you absolutely can’t live without? Be sure to share your top minimalist kitchen essentials in the comments below.

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    • Jelli says

      Knives and wooden spoons are definitely important. You know, I’ll have to check out the dutch oven. To be honest with you, I’ve heard the term but don’t even know what it is… (and I call myself a cook.) *Blushing.* Thanks so much, Lydia, for stopping by.

    • Jelli says

      Hope you found your apron and whipped out the flour, Chelsea. Baking is so much fun! I actually look forward to all of mine and my husband’s meetings each week just as an excuse to get the oven heated up. Thanks for visiting.

  1. says

    Jelli, your daughter is so cute!!! Adorable! I should take after her and enjoy green smoothies more :) Love this list. I’m lacking in the inspiring cookbooks and must play catch! Hope you have a happy friday and a great weekend.

  2. says

    I have a tiny kitchen, too (which is often the bane of my existence, but I make do!). To make more room about a year ago, I took all of the pans, pots, and gadgets that I don’t use regularly and stored them in bins in the garage. That helped with the space issue SO much, and it showed me just how much I use and re-use the same dozen or so items. Great list–I wish I’d had this when I was making my registry!
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    • Jelli says

      Thank you, Natalie. Every time we move, I realize what kitchen tools I go back to time and time again. I think that moving is part of what inspired my cutting down on unnecessary gadgets in the first place. I hate packing and unpacking!

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