In the previous post I introduced our new 289 sqft home. We, that is to say, I have slowly begun prospecting the shelf and cupboard space. DW prefers to wait until the RV gets serviced next week, but I can’t wait. As mentioned in the post linked above, we have everything a normal “foundation” house does (well, except washer and dryer as a reader pointed out, but do you have an icebox built into the floor right next to the TV, eh? ;-) ). Most of it is just somewhat smaller, so the challenge becomes one of what to bring and what not to bring. RV books talk about their premove massive yard sales scoring almost $10,000. Fortunately, we don’t have that much unneeded stuff. Still, some things will have to do, so the question becomes: What to bring?

Here is a picture of our kitchen.

Encounter kitchen

Encounter kitchen

As you can see, it does not have a granite counter top. Score one for countercultural rebellion :-)

We do have a double sink. The sinks are covered with cutting boards saving counter space. There is also an outlet for filtered water thus obviating the Britta bottle in the fridge (the fridge is behind and to the left). The water comes out of the fresh water tank which is actually located under the queen sized bed in the back. We got a four burner stove (I can not remember ever using more than 3 burners to cook anything) and an oven. There is also an old microwave oven. Aside from that I there are three cupboard above and three drawers below the sink. I figure the doors below the sink will hold a bucket for garbage. Here I plan to reuse a bucket I got for protein powder rather than buying a new one. This one is square and it closes completely. Also, it’s free. In your face producers of expensive RV garbage cans :-P

The knife block on the counter will hold four knives. That means a chef’s knife, a bread knife, a utility knife and possibly a fillet knife if we ever manage to catch a fish.

The pressure cooker and a couple of cast iron skillets will go in the cupboards above. I figure we don’t need mixing bowls. Any mixing can be done in the pressure cooker. I’m torn on the collander. The drawers will hold plates. Probably four of each to appease DW. Otherwise I would have gone with two of each seeing that there are only two of us. I can not tell you how motivating it is in terms of immediately cleaning dirty dishes after use (requires less water and effort) if there is only one per person.

Practically all electric utensils will go the way of the fossil (fueled?) dinosaur. They take up too much space for their limited utility and many of them use way too much power.

In short, this new kitchen will support a somewhat expanded version of my minimalist kitchen.