This Christmas my favorite Belgian tiny house builder gifted me the most excellent kitchen appliance. He knew it was essential to any tiny house kitchen. He realized I needed it after going an entire year without homemade hummus. It was…a three piece immersion blender! I can’t fully express in a post how ecstatic I was to receive this appliance. It not only acts like a blender on a stick, which is incredibly convenient, it also has a whisk and small food processor attachment. The following night I made 14 bean garlic hummus and plenty of vanilla whipped cream. There is nothing I love better than homemade whipped cream in my coffee and hummus on my morning bagel. Needless to say I’ve been in the kitchen more! This appliance is so handy because it is compact, fitting neatly in our spice rack, and provides the action of three separate appliances in one. The attachments are unobtrusive and easy to store. Besides being a lot less bulky, it’s also much easier to clean an immersion blender than a regular blender. It’s truly an excellent tool in a tiny house. So all this excitement got me thinking, what else is useful to a kitchen the size of a sailboat galley? Here are a few answers from La Cocina de La Casita.
1. Pressure Cookers
Today’s pressure cookers are modern, readily usable and safe cooking appliances. We bought a small pressure cooker from the Spanish company Fagor and it’s incredible. We can cook something as simple as brown rice or as complicated as seafood stew in twenty minutes. Newer models also come with better safety features and cookbooks to help get you started. I had never used a pressure cooker before we lived in La Casita and now I never want to go without one. The one disadvantage is bulk. Our cooker is the largest of our kitchen necessities but it makes up for it in practicality, especially when it saves us money on propane every month.
2. Collapsible Accessories
Our silicon strainer is my favorite kitchen accessory. It reduces to the width of a badminton racket, allowing for storage practically anywhere in our kitchen. We also had collapsible measuring cups but unfortunately those were lost in a move. They would have been super handy in La Casita. Basically, any item in your tiny kitchen that you deem a necessity try to kind it in its collapsible edition!
We decided from the beginning of our build that we wanted a fridge. We debated about going without, which Cedric has done throughout his life living on boats, but I was not quite ready to discard the convenience of the fridge. So we decided on a cooler type model that has a top open design that could run off 12 volt. It a great fridge but there are a couple disadvantages: it’s fairly small and it is not dual purpose. By that I mean it can be a fridge or a freezer but not both. If you can’t go without ice in your beverages or ice cream in your freezer I would recommend more of a mini fridge unit with an incorporated freezer.
The blender we now have is practical, expanding the functionality of our kitchen to that of a kitchen 10X the size. Essentially, it’s a blender, an electric beater and a food processor but in a much more compact design. The attachments are easily stored and accessed allowing us more flexibility in our cooking space. Another tool we find helpful is our Japanese kitchen knife outfitted with interchangeable blades. It comes with several blades that cover the spectrum of your basic kitchen knife set. It’s compact, fitting in a specially made case to protect the steel. An excellent piece of kitchen ware!
5. A Vase of Flowers
This isn’t so much a tool as an accessory but having flowers in the kitchen is always inspiring. The flash of color adds to the sensory experience of cooking a delicious dinner and for me, enhances happiness. We’ve learned that small touches make a big difference in a tiny space.
What other appliances would you recommend to a small space dweller?