Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tour my kitchen...

As you enter  my kitchen, you face east.
This is a freaky full of pictures post, so I hope I do not kill your mobile! I love Cheeseslave's kitchen tours. I love seeing other people's kitchens, I love seeing how they arrange them and I love seeing all the familiar foods that I know are in my kitchen, too! I had been thinking about sending this to her, but she said that she thought she might not do anymore and so I decided to put it here. And then she posted one last week! If you want to take a peek and a half score of other awesome foodie kitchen's, this post HERE has the most recent plus links to all the others. One is even the rented condo in Vegas that Cheeseslave and her family lived in for a few months though they are moving back to LA very shortly.

My kitchen is leads to the patio where I have two 6 foot long picnic tables, an herb garden, a larger garden, a plum tree, a pear tree, grape vines, a swing set, a laundry line, a play house, a teeter-totter, a half dozen bikes and a scant dozen kids. The words on the door read "Kiss the Cook" and went up went kids went into the door all too often.



These are the upper cabinets by the sink. I love the big window! Drinking glasses and pitchers are on the right. The canning jars and lids are on the left. I have a quart of LF red peppers and some LF may in the windowsill with all the kids drinking glasses. They have to label them and use them all day. i love my shelf! It houses my cyclamen, some candles, a statue of Mary, a cowbell (for waking teens) and some common homeopathics (arnica and Bach's rescue remedy) and the "tree" for drying washed zip top bags.


Turn to the left and you see my two oven stove and microwave. Over the microwave is fragile or nostalgic mugs, the glasses and serving ware from our wedding and egg dying cups. To the right are spices, Real Salt, Mary's Oil, olive oil, an olive oil sprayer and yes, cheap iodized salt. I have two words for you: salt and dough. I was so worried about it in the picture that I almost re-took it but I am being honest. I left it. The microwave gets used to microwave sponges and rice socks and is used as an extra bread box. All my lovely knives and food scissors hang out here next to a bin for all my trivets and oven mitts. My stainless steel French press and my tea pot are both hanging out here right now because I had friends for tea and both were used. The kettle on the stove never gets put away. I need it all the time!


This is the view north-west in the kitchen. You can see my Ikea kitchen cart and the pantry in the corner. What looks like blank wall between the stove and the pantry is actually a doorway which is blocked by a bookshelf. The kids would run races through the kitchen, into the school room (what was intended to be a dining room) on the other side, and into the dining room (which was a living room) and all over again. I want to make it a pass-through so I can help the kids with school while I am cooking but it is not in the budget right now. On the pantry door is our garbage and recycling calendar, my monthly wipe-off calender and a row of hooks underneath it. These hooks hold all the keys. You'll see that my big basket for fruit (on the trolley) is empty. My kids are fruit bats. My two 7 qt enamel Dutch ovens live on the bottom rack. There is a gallon of distilled water for nasal rinses because hubs wants to avoid  getting a brain eating amoebae. Just Google it, seriously.


Pantry Open



The top two pantry shelves hold bulk spices (in the bins) and booze. The big serving items are hanging on the wall along with my apron and ones for the kids. I also have honey, dates, poppy seeds, dried currants, some BBQ rub I made and small cast iron. Here is the home for the smaller cast iron pieces like the  skillets (I have a 10" and 8"), a low sided comal, a pannini press, and an abelskiver pan.


The middle shelves hold a basket of onions, two baking stones, all six of my stainless steel nesting mixing bowls from 11 qts down to a pint, a fine strainer, a colander, a can of hatch chiles, a 12" stainless steel pan with lid, a 12" cast iron pan, and a crock-pot. My plastic shopping bags are in that red sack-sock thing hanging on the right.


The bottom shelf and floor of the pantry are crammed full. The bottom shelf holds two 10qt pressure cookers and an empty bin for crispy almonds (I just made some grain free granola). Better dry some more! I also have coconut oil, Real Salt, palm shortening, and sucanat. There is also the clothes pin bag which would be outside if it had not been raining. The giant thing is a grain vault full of Kamut.



Here are the cupboards to the left of the pantry. You can also see my husband's grandmother;s hand-crank coffee grinder full of beans, and it sees daily action. Yeah, it is caffeinated. The Finns will never believe that they should cut back. Over the pass through are BPA free ice-trays for freezing cheese starter cultures, my ice cream maker, my spice grinder, my 48 ounce tea pot (if it were not in use), and the nasal rinse bottles. To the left of the pass through are bowls, plates, saucers, an enameled pot I use for sourdough and a stainless steel pot with a draining lid that I use for brining nuts and soaking beans. There is also a big portfolio of CDs for the player under the cabinet. I also a keep a flower pot full of  pencils, pens, highlighters, permanent markers, and scissors (not for food). The Bosch mixer and old school Cuisinart sit next to the phone. We always have a box of Kleenex there and you can see my daughter reaching for her tea in the shot despite being asked to wait. The dining room  is visible through the pass through.


Under this cabinet on the right on the shelf are roasting pans on the left and a tray full of less often used oils and vinegars. Under the shelf are my electric waffle irons, my cast iron waffles irons, my tortilla press (old school cast iron), cheap ACV for making bone broth, my juicer and my grain mill. As you can see, we have not totally finished out the pass through and need to get drawer pulls and baseboards in here. The fridge used to go here and our carpenter friend cut and finished the hole, popped in the cupboard and made the solid maple counter top. The other counter by the sink is next. Who-hoo!


If you leaned through the pass through, you would see my dining table and the computer, printer and 100 year old set of Catholic Encyclopedia. We have a set of Britannica and World Book, too. In the window seat are my rosemary bush and coconut tree. I needed that coconut tree and I love it. Our table is four feet wide and ten feet long and solid maple. It seats 14 comfortably and more if we squish together.


If you turned left some more, you would see the fridge and the farm cupboard. On top of the fridge is a basket for swing-top bottles, another for zip top bags, another for supplements and my Nesco FD-61 dehydrator. I am coveting an Excalibur 9 tray but this still does the job.This farm cupboard was my husband's great grandmother's and there is some dispute about who built it. People look at the fine dovetails and suggest one person, but others look at the scroll work and suggest another. It was used to hold chainsaws by my husband's grandmother and as a book shelf by his father. Now it is full of food and dishes and I knead dough on it and think about the generations of women who worked at this cupboard. On top of the cupboard are the dried fruits and homemade soaked and then baked and then dried granola and tea cups for my daughters' tea and craft group at church. Oh, I forgot to point out the bread box, the toaster and the half gallon of water kefir on the tray!


My fridge is full of raw milk, some hormone free pasteurized milk for making yogurt, regular pasteurized cream, freshly made yogurt, LF condiments, butter oil, cream, water kefir, veggies, pickles, whey, eggs and a beer. There is also some butter in there somewhere. I also see the orange juice my mom bought and I, ahem, did not give the kids. There is also Siracha and Cholula. The freezer has frozen cheese cultures, veggies, sprouted flours (homemade), sprouted brown rice (also homemade), my ice cream maker insert, some coconut, and some soy-free chocolate chips. There are another fridge and two freezers in the garage. Those are crammed full of meat, milk, cheese and veggies. And some kombucha.

I would love to see some more kitchens! Want to tell me about yours?

Linking up to Fight Back Friday!

26 comments:

  1. It was neat to see the kitchen. Love the counter space!

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    1. I love the counters, too! When I was first married, we lived in a 1,000 sq ft house. When I was pregnant with the 7th, we moved here and I love it!

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  2. Amazing. You have HOW MANY kids??? I'm throwing out my dream kitchen plans and want to model your kitchen, instead...right down to the cupboard contents. :)

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    1. I have ten kids, five of each. Every night is a dinner party!

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  3. Anonymous4/20/2012

    where do you keep the food? I didn't see much in the way of food.

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    1. Well, a lot of my food is ingredients. Underneath the pass through are the bins of flours (I go through them very quickly), rolled oats, steel cut oats, brown rice, wild rice, popcorn and chia. In the farm cupboard are beans, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and things like that. There are also two deep freezers and another fridge in the garage. They are full of meat, milk, cheese, extra veggies and the fermented foods. Oh, and beer. My husband brews his own beer.

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  4. Thanks for the tour! I also, love seeing other people's kitchens. I always come away with some great ideas to try out in my own. Love how organized you are. I really need to work on that.

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    1. I try to keep baskets and bins so everything is corralled. Otherwise things wander all over the shelves and make me cranky!

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  5. I am put to shame. :( I keep thinking someday I am going to get my kitchen organized. But there is always something else that seems more important. . . .

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    1. It makes me feel good to know where things are at! But, if it makes you feel better, hubby reminded me about the vintage Irish fisherman sweater I am supposed to be repairing for a friend that has not been looked at in like three months. Ahem. So much for being on top of it all!

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  6. i love love love your kitchen!
    BPA free ice trays - on my wishlist
    coconut tree? on my wishlist (in Texas?)
    I have Real Salt and junk salt too - for the same reason! (cheap white flour too for crafting only but hubby used it once to make noodles, i about died!)
    I'm scared of the nasal things after reading what you did!
    gotta have the booze! lol love it!

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    1. Yes, booze. A mixed drink on a Saturday does me good. I knit, hubby reads to me and the world is good! :)

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  7. I am in love with your kitchen. It is arranged so prettily yet very functional. I wrote a post a little while ago on my kitchen: http://nerdymomspeaks.blogspot.com/2012/02/cooking-traditionally-in-small-kitchen.html BUT we're moving to an honest-to-goodness one family house on the ground (our first!!) and the second we are moved in (and possibly before that) I'll be blogging a kitchen tour.

    AHHH!!!!! We move next month and I am trying not to stress out about depleting all my food storage and starting over. It took me a long time to build my freezer stash and now I'm heartlessly emptying it.

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    1. I just peeked at your kitchen! I did not know that you did a tour, also! Yay! Tonight when I do the FB thing, I'll link to it!

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    2. Oh thank you! I also love kitchen tours. It's amazing how different each one is. I'm sad that Cheeseslave isn't doing any more.

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  8. Thanks for the tour.

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  9. Loved the tour...I have a possible dumb question. Having grown up using microwaves I have no idea how you'd reheat some things without it. Advice for things like pie etc? Doesn't the oven over do it and don't you sometimes want the steaminess the microwave seems to provide? I'd be lost without its reheating power...any advice would be appreciated.

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    1. I use either my stove top, oven or broiler. It depends on each food item. Often I use a pan on the stove top with just a tiny bit of water on low with a cover. There were some mistakes at first but then you get an idea on how different foods reheat. Sometimes a combo works best ie start on the stove top finish off under the broiler or in the oven. And sometimes it's just easier to to say eh I don't really mind it not reheated after all. At least that is what works for me.
      I've never reheated pie but I think for say apple I would go stove top on really low (flip half way thru) although the oven might work well on low as long as the crust isn't too done.
      The only thing I miss the microwave for is for heating rice heating pads.

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    2. Thanks! I'm going to do my best to avoid using it. Definitely a big lifestyle change.

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    3. I am grateful for the fact that we simply did not have a microwave when I was first married so I got used to living without it. There are a few things to get used to and @mossgrownstone has great tips. Ask an elderly relative about how they reheated things and they always used the stove and some water, or put it back in the oven with a cover.

      Don't forget that for smaller families, a good toaster oven is an invaluable tool! I used mine to bake pies, single layer cakes, small casseroles, corn bread, flat bread, rolls and 6 muffins or cupcakes at a time. They make great quesadillas and things always develop a good crust. We gave ours away because I needed more space to make more food than that but I do miss it.

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    4. Thank you! I officially put the microwave out of sight...under my cabinet with the other appliances that don't get used very often. We LOVE our toaster oven. We use it all the time.

      Thank you for the tips! I'm so glad to have the valuable added counter space.

      PS: Your side note in this post about only using it for sponges and rice socks inspired me to research the reasons not to use a microwave for food and @mossgrownstone gave me some additional info on her blog.

      Thanks again!

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    5. I am so glad you found the info you needed! I don't use mine very often and have been thinking of pulling it out. But then...someone needs a rice sock. Hmm, tough choice.

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    6. Very true. I kept mine instead of getting rid of it entirely because I enjoy heating up my heating pads (I have rice and beans in mine and I made them from old t-shirt material) for those achy days and winter days when I like to sleep with one every night, haha.

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  10. Loved seeing your kitchen! I'll have to plan to take some pics of mine to share too. I'm definitely running out of room. Still trying to make room for a dehydrator somewhere ;-) You've made great use of your space!

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    1. Kathy, I would love to see your kitchen!

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