This list is neither exclusive nor conclusive. Rather, it is merely a starting point to hopefully inspire us to reevaluate how much we keep in our kitchen. Be honest with our situation and only keep the tools we are using. We can purchase from kitchenware stores in Singapore.

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 Kitchen tools we do not own

Kitchen aid mixer

Not owning this guy is pure heresy in the food blog world, but we survive just fine.


It is big, it is bulky, and we probably only use it once a year. Replacement: Varies by dish, but usually a large pot will suffice. If we really need one, borrow it from a friend.

Knife block

These can be more bulky than necessary. Replacement: Keep our knives in the silverware drawer.

Excessive pots and pans

We simplified down to 3 pots and 3 pans. Replacement: Clean cabinets.

 More than 8 plates, glasses, and bowls

We love to host. Rarely do we have more than 8 guests, but even when we do, we still have options. Replacement: Use specialty disposable plate ware.

Extra coffee/tea mugs

Again, we decided we rarely ever need more than 8, and we do not even have that many. Plus, these can double as glasses if we have more than 8 guests!

Bread Maker

Bread recipes that do not require a maker such as our 7-ingredient Muesli Bread!

Toaster oven

If we do not regularly use this, then it is just eating up space. Replacement: Regular toaster or a traditional oven.

A wok

Although a fun device, it is rarely used. Replacement: The largest pan we own.

 A Juicer

Bulky and tough to clean. Replacement: If we love to juice, we can juice without a juicer.

 Espresso machine

First, we probably do not use this as much as we thought we would. Second, to get a really good espresso we usually need very high-quality equipment and the time to adjust our grind/machinery to get that perfect shot. This simply is not practical for the average coffee lover. Replacement: Sell the espresso machine and go to a coffee shop when we want good espresso.

Grilled cheese maker

We do not need this. Replacement: Almost any pan.

Rice maker

Only keep this if we regularly make a lot of rice. Replacement: Prepare rice in a traditional pot.

Doughnut pan

When is the last time we made doughnuts? Exactly Replacement: Go buy doughnuts when we want them, or try a pan-free version.

Quesadilla maker/ Panini press

Ah! Replacement: We can get the same effect by using a skillet, tin foil, and pressing down on a pan on top.

Egg scrambler/milk frother/other trinkets

Be honest, we do not really use these things. And they are only taking up space. Replacement: Just a little creativity. To read more about Japanese kitchenware in Singapore click here.


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