3 minimalist kitchen tools that I can’t live without.


A good friend of mine moved into a new studio apartment and was in need of basic kitchen supplies.  This was the perfect time to declutter my kitchen.  Always look out for opportunities in your life to unload stuff onto other people who are in need.  It’s a win-win.

In the process, I thought about which kitchen tools added the most value to my life and picked these 3 finalists.  They were chosen for their simplicity, effectiveness, and durability.  It just so happens that all these tools originated in Asia ages ago and can be found at your local chinatown or online for only a few bucks.

The tool on the left is a southeast asian multi-tool.  It can peel and slice vegetables, remove scales from fish, and open bottles.  It’s blade is much sharper than your average vegetable peeler and can be sharpened as needed.  I use this tool to peel potatoes, carrots, apples, and to create paper thin slices of cucumber and ginger.  But mostly, I use it to crack open beer bottles.

The tool in the middle is a Japanese stone knife sharpener.  This simple tool will keep your knives sharp forever.  I’ve never had to replace my knives or pay to get my knives professionally sharpened.  It is indestructible and will last a lifetime.  It’s handy to have around for other purposes too, like crushing nuts, ice, or tenderizing meat.  There’s lots of youtube videos out there on how to sharpen knives with a stone (warning:  many of the videos feel a bit creepy and are made by people obsessed with knives)

The tool on the right is my dear phin (vietnamese coffee maker that I’ve written about before) which is made of stainless steel and can  make a nice bold cup of french roast in under 2 minutes, and washes clean in under 10 seconds with just a quick rinse under warm water.  I can see myself using this for the rest of my life.  With this, there’s no need for electric cords, counter space, or messy coffee filters.

What are some of your most hard working tools in the kitchen?

3 thoughts on “3 minimalist kitchen tools that I can’t live without.

  1. Thanks for the follow on 24 Pinfold Street! Followed back 🙂

    I am really considering getting rid of my Tassimo – it was a gift a few Christmases ago, and the pods are so expensive that I never use it… not withstanding they are a pain to store! I have *enough* tea stockpiled as it is!

    A friend of mine bought me some “proper” coffee, and it’s reminded me. My grandma was very into her coffee, and she swore by her Bialetti Moka Express stovetop coffee maker. Unfortunately, I was using it a few years ago and the two parts were screwed on too tight, and in loosening the thing I broke the plastic handle (I think it was a few decades old, to be fair)! Definitely no need for a fancy coffee maker or filter sheets! The Bialetti make great coffee, I am sure the phin is similar in its functional simplicity! You’ve inspired me into getting one and enjoying a different brew to tea again 🙂

    Keep blogging!

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    1. The bialetti looks great.. I was actually considering that one too but went with the phin because I was more familiar with it. You’re a great writer.. so few men writing about simplicity and style so your blog was interesting to check out. Thanks for commenting!


      1. Ah thanks Michelle, that’s a lovely thing to read! I’ve blogged on and off for ten years now, and hopefully I have found the topic/area I can stick with – I do think there’s room for a men’s style writer in the minimalist/simplicity community, hopefully I can be just that! I have made a resolution: don’t internet shop/browse, blog 🙂
        Will keep up with your site too, thanks for replying! x

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