Of course, we aren't the typical U.S. or "American" family. One income, small house, no credit cards...living in our means...if you are familiar with my blog then you know. I try to make our pennies stretch and our dollar, well it gets around.
So...back to the list. For the American household the list was:
Cast iron skillet
Heavy-Duty food processor
Kitchen cart w/built in butcher block
Now, I am no gourmet cook...but none of these things were in my kitchen when I first started out on my own. Not a one. I didn't get a Cast Iron Skillet until this summer, and we just bought a dutch oven a week ago. I have a measly two cup food processor that I rarely use, which screams like a banshee if I put more than two frozen bananas in it to make my Banana Ice Cream. I have some knives, only one really nice one up until my Birthday when I was gifted a couple more. We do have a grill, it is propane...I think of Hank from King of the Hill every time I think of grilling on propane.
I don't think I ever want a fryer in my home. I can fry things in my wok...and well, fried is not a word I want in our weekly food rotation. A roasting pan would be nice, but frankly I'm not sure I want to store something I would only use once in a blue moon...our space is so limited. Which brings me to the kitchen cart. Yeah...no room for that. But once we finish our porch I think I will get one so that it will be easier to take things outside. Do I really need to discuss the sandwich press?
Yeah... didn't think so.
So the list for Germany:
Einkaufskorb- a Shopping basket
Frühstückbrett- small breakfast board used for breakfast or snacks
Cheese & Fruit Knives
Coffee or Tea Pot
Cloth Napkins & Napkin Rings
Pots & Pans
I have everything on this list except the Breakfast boards and the Cloth Napkins and Rings...both of which I would love to have, just haven't found ones that I like yet.
Well...scratch that. I have found some Breakfast Boards that would be really awesome...
|Haha, so true. Nothing beats coffee or breakfast brought to bed, tho.|
(For my Non-German Speaking readers:
It means; If you want breakfast in bed, then sleep in the kitchen!)
|I think this one is just pretty! Even though I'm not a surfer...|
|And this one...oh my. A bit harder to explain in English, but here goes.|
The first part says "Men are easy..." but if you add the anders it changes the meaning to
"Men are just different"
Now I want to buy it! ^_^
So as I'm looking over the options on google, I see something that I didn't realize. A dear friend of mine actually sent me one, and I didn't even realize it! I have a Frühstückbrett! From Germany! That makes me so happy. And...another wedding gift might just work as one too. ^_^ We received a cute little cutting board with an engraving on it. Awh...soo scratch that too! I do have a couple. Now I just need to find some good, affordable napkins and napkin rings. Then I will have a proper German Küche (kitchen).
Daily I use the tea kettle, and my knives...I don't think I would regularly use a sandwich press or a dutch oven. That's more for restaurants and camping, respectively.
Of course this is coming from the woman who doesn't have, nor want a dishwasher. Our water is so hard it would spot everything and that would drive me crazay!
What are your necessities in the kitchen? If I left something out let me know. I'm always up for a new idea for making life simpler....I think an immersion blender or dough hooks for my hand blender would be fabulous!
Thanks for reading! I hope you'll share your ideas and blogs with me!