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Surviving in a Small Kitchen 
 
Jun. 1, 2012 9:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2012 5:41 pm
Yes it’s true; I can stand in the middle of my kitchen and touch the stove with my right hand and the sink, on the other side of the room, with my left hand.  I am counter space challenged.   The ability to own a dishwasher is an impossibility.   And please, don't even try to cook when someone else is in the kitchen.  I gives a whole new meaning to the term togetherness. 
 
I guess the main benefit of a small kitchen is that everything is close by.  I have made room on my limited counter space for my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  If this were not out, it would never get used because of the weight.  I also have my Crockpot on the counter.  This I use almost weekly.  My blender and food processor have found a home under my sink, still handy but not taking up space.  One thing that I have found that is greatly beneficial is a pair of glass cutting boards that fit over my stove burners to make extra counter space.  I found these on Amazon and they can be used when the oven is on.  This helps when I am baking.

I must admit that I am envious of cooks with large kitchens, but I have learned to adapt.  Cookies and pie crust are rolled out on my dining room table.  A cutting board across the sink can provide extra prep space.   If you share the same affliction, please share your small kitchen survival tips.
 
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Jun. 1, 2012 11:56 am
We have a small kitchen, also, but we don't want a large kitchen if it isn't efficient. Like you, efficient use of space is paramount with us and has greatly influenced our plan for an ideal kitchen. We have tucked, crammed and jammed every little nook that can hold something of similar size. We had a spot that adjoined a walkway that wasn't used so we stuck an armorie there and called it a pantry. Pans hang on open wallspace and what can't find space in a proper cupboard has a place in one of three sealed 10 gallon cans that fill otherwise unused corners.
 
Jun. 1, 2012 12:22 pm
I also have Cambro containers with flour, sugar, brown sugar, and other items stacked next to the stove.
 
Jun. 1, 2012 1:12 pm
you definitly have to clean up as you go along. Can't have a mess while in the midst of cooking. I have a very small kitchen with limited cabinets and a dropped ceiling, there is a soffit type of space between the wall and the beginning of the grid in the ceiling. Believe it or not, I have stuff up there, wrapped in plastic to keep it clean, that I don't use often, i.e. turkey platter, giant roaster pan, lg. soup tureen and some christmas dishes. Ingenious?
 
petey 
Jun. 1, 2012 4:57 pm
Our kitchen has no counters, or cupboards...in fact there are none in the house. We got a Hoosier cabinet and I used the tops of barstools for prep space for quite some time until we made a makeshift island. Hard adjustment when I had an enormous kitchen before!
 
Jun. 1, 2012 8:03 pm
I definitely feel your pain. I do not have room for a dishwasher either, and will not give up my limited cabinet space to install one! I manage to bake dozens of cookies every christmas in spite of the limitations. My large turkey roaster is under my bed! It's all about ingenuity and determination, and not limiting what I want to cook. just because my space is small, my cooking can get really large. all family meals are buffet style, frequently eaten in shifts. If the weather cooperates, we can fellowship outside. Attitude is everything!
 
jamillin 
Jun. 2, 2012 8:36 am
We laugh at our situation and call it our two step kitchen. One step in either direction and you have our kitchen covered.
 
Jun. 3, 2012 9:47 am
I'm glad to know that there are others like me. Thanks for your comments.
 
kate019 
Jun. 4, 2012 6:40 am
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Jun. 4, 2012 5:41 pm
I feel your pain.... though I have a dishwasher in my little "one B@TT KITCHEN :)
 
 
 
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