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Tiny houses, big meals: How to make the most of a small kitchen – Yahoo Lifestyle

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Kitchen sink with spice rack

Alasak Wagoner stores her spices in magnetic jars that attach to a metal shelf on wheels that she turned into a slim mobile pantry.

For some home chefs, a dream kitchen has endless counter space, multiple burners, plenty of storage for new spices and gadgets, room to contain every impulsive purchase and serve as the prep station for the most complicated of recipes. But for home chefs who find themselves in tiny houses, the old adage rings true: less is…….

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Kitchen sink with spice rack

Alasak Wagoner stores her spices in magnetic jars that attach to a metal shelf on wheels that she turned into a slim mobile pantry.

For some home chefs, a dream kitchen has endless counter space, multiple burners, plenty of storage for new spices and gadgets, room to contain every impulsive purchase and serve as the prep station for the most complicated of recipes. But for home chefs who find themselves in tiny houses, the old adage rings true: less is more. And a look into their lifestyles offers plenty of tips for how to make the most out of a small kitchen in any setting.

Sage and Kaius Onawa (@a_u_d_nomadic on Instagram) are currently based in New Mexico and have over the years lived in several versions of a tiny house, ranging from an actual cabin to a school bus to a van, and the kitchen is always their first priority. The pair has even fashioned their Honda Element into a mini-camper with its own kitchen. “The meal in our home is the center of everything, the center of our relationship, our health, what we plan around,” Kaius says. “Food and our kitchen is our most important thing.”

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Alaska Wagoner (@tinyhouseconcierge on Instagram) has been living in a tiny home in Boulder, Colorado for just about a year and quickly learned one lesson: “The tiny house teaches you how to live.” An avid chef, she was initially worried about her square footage (and her addiction to bulk shopping at Costco) but in no time was able to downsize into a space that focuses on function and beauty.

There seems to be a common theme to the reasons for living in these tiny spaces: to spend more time focused on living and less time on the minutiae that distracts in the day-to-day. In the kitchen that means minimizing clutter and clean-up to turn your attention to what really matters: the food. Whether your tiny kitchen is in a studio apartment, a basement, an office, a dorm, or, like these folks, a tiny house, these tips and tricks will help you stay organized, reduce waste, and cook your best.

For the most part, you’re not entertaining—you don’t need a set of eight plates and bowls and glasses. The Onawas have just one plate, bowl, and set of silverware each. That philosophy carries over to cooking tools as well. Wagoner has just one knife for chopping and one serrated knife for cutting and suggests all you really need for your stove is a saucepan, frying pan, and pasta pot, adjusting recipes to be one-pot recipes when you can.

That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a few more complex items—just make sure it’s …….

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/tiny-houses-big-meals-most-162300662.html