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25 Basic Kitchen Tools You Need to Cook Real Food

A Checklist for Camping, Tiny House Dwellers, or Beginner Cooks

We moved across provinces recently, from the big city to our homestead in rural British Columbia. In order for us to realize our dream of starting a homestead, we had to cut costs everywhere. That meant camping out while we were moving to our farm! So, I have had to pare down my kitchen essentials to almost nothing. Really down to basics. I had to ask myself, what can I survive on?

I thought others might be interested to know what basic kitchen tools you need to cook meals from scratch (as I do for every meal...even when we’re camping!). If you are just learning how to cook healthy food and you don’t know what kitchen tools you’ll need, this is the list for you. Also, if you are planning on living in a tiny house, my checklist will help you to avoid buying extra tools that you won’t use very often.

1. Small pot or saucepan - surprisingly you can do a lot with a small pot. You can boil eggs, make applesauce, boil potatoes, make rice, and steam small amounts of greens/broccoli/cauliflower in the small pot. All large meat + veggie dishes can be cooked in the slow cooker.

2. Small frying pan or skillet - this is essential for cooking eggs, pancakes, making quesadillas, frying farm greens, stir fry, etc.

3. Box grater.

Read the rest of my list + my cooking tips at Mother Earth News!


Rosemary Hansen is an Author, Homesteading Mama, and a Chef. She has spent the last 10 years “homesteading” in the city. She and her family have just started their off-grid homestead in rural British Columbia, Canada. Her books, Grow a Salad In Your City Apartment and Rosemary’s Natural Cosmetic Guide are a great way to ease into a healthy, pure lifestyle. You can connect with Rosemary at her website: or on her YouTube channel.

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