Cleaning out the kitchen isn’t easy, even after a week of eating only contents from the fridge, freezer and pantry. On one hand I want to get rid of unnecessary items, on the other I don’t feel right throwing away food. The problem is that I love cooking. I love trying new recipes with exiting ingredients. A lot of which aren’t available in the amount you need for one serving. This is particularly a problem if you need a certain kind of flour or other dry goods. They always come in great big bags or boxes which take up half the cupboard.
It’s the same with canned foods. I love canned tomatoes. Good canned tomatoes have so much flavor, such a beautiful texture. I use almost exclusively Mutti canned tomatoes from Italy, for almost anything that has tomatoes in it. For pasta I use mostly Barilla, simply because it is hard to get better ones here, but there are some great pastas out there. Like Rustichella d’Abruzzo is a the best pasta I have ever tasted. I did get rid of both tomatoes and pasta this weekend though, which was good.
There are other things than food creating a disturbance in the minimalist plan for the kitchen too. Rösti bowls, pizza oven, Ikea stainless steel bowls, milk frother, electric kettle, wok, fondue set, towels, two (!) immersion blenders and so on. These items are being used fairly regularly, even the fondue set, which admittedly no longer has the original pot, but a large black iron pot for proper cheese fondue. I have different pans for different purposes, different pots for different dishes.
And here you see my dilemma. Throwing away clothing was easy, one t-shirt easily replaces another. I don’t need two things when one will do, but here one won’t do. Two will do, or maybe three, or four. I can’t get myself to throw away food, but giving it away to charity isn’t so much an option here as in other parts of the world.
Now, my general solution to this would be just not to buy anything new until the cupboard is empty, but I happen to share the kitchen with someone else too. My wife is at least as bad as me when buying stuff, and she hasn’t joined me on the charge towards minimalism (which is kind of unfair to say as I haven’t really told her about this project). It’s hard to clean out a kitchen when she insists on buying low carb bars and stuffing them in there.
Well, after taking it all out, sorting through everything. Throwing out some old stuff, refilling some containers and joining som half full packs. I have a somewhat less cluttered kitchen, and despite throwing out like 4 bags of garbage, I am not much closer to a minimalist kitchen. This definitely needs a round 2 at some point. I wouldn’t say I failed in the kitchen, but even after a week of work, it was no win either.