Temporary home- cook's essentials
I'll be living in a really small cabin temporarily- maybe up to 4 months- with a very basic kitchen. I'll be able to take a few items with me and am wondering what my fellow passionate home cooks couldn't live without for the interim. What are the basic essentials?
Some things that, amazingly, aren't always found in your "basic kitchen":
Tough to take a cast-iron skillet, perhaps, depending on your travel arrangements, but I wouldn't move anywhere or travel long-term without the rest.
I could get by without a whisk (fork works well enough most of the time), I always need a spatula. I would need a pot as well, maybe a couple one big and one small.
It really depends on what you like to cook. I'd need a salad spinner, a steamer and a colander but I could get by without them if necessary (for a week or two, four months would be tough).
I'd replace the corkscrew with a Swiss Army knife. If weight is not a problem I would also loose the pepper grinder and take a mortar and pestle. Doubles up for many things. I've even used the pestle as a rolling pin and the mortar to hold a book open.
I presume you have electricity? I guess I could live without my food processor, but it would be a bit of a wrench.
Bowls are more useful than plates. Stainless steel bowls doubly so. With lids - even better. If they stack inside each other then perfect.
A stew pot of some type - preferably one you can eat out of, with a lid.
I have been cooking in the kitchenette of an extended stay type hotel during an interim stage of a move, The items that have come into the most use are my wooden spoon, one serrated and one chef knife, saucepan with lid, saute pan with lid, and tongs. I also like having my favorite soup bowl and spoon with me. Dry goods like plastic wrap and foil. I have access to great produce, seafood and meat, I did bring my favorite olive oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, pepper mill, and a few herbs and spices, Paring it down to basics has been fun. IT almost forces a focus on simple good ingredients. Oh- and a colander for rinsing and draining.