Homestead Kitchen Tour: How We Flourish
This week, I am featuring Chloe from How We Flourish. Chloe shares with us how you can do “homestead” things even in a little Midwestern apartment!
I’m going to preface this by saying, I’m not a homesteader. Just a homesteader wannabe. 🙂 I live in a tiny apartment, composting, cooking everything from scratch, preserving what I can, and eating out of my in-laws’ garden. My dream is to one day own 5 acres, chickens, and goats. But for now, I live the “custom homestead” life, and do the best I can.
Oh, and you should also know that the majority of the time, my kitchen is a stye. It is very small, my husband works a lot, and I’ve been dealing with health issues that give me chronic fatigue. I don’t want people to ever feel like they can’t do something because the blogger writing about it has everything together. So, I’m going to open this post with pictures of what my kitchen REALLY looks like when I’m making all our meals from scratch and don’t have to energy to clean.
Yeah, there’s a tea kettle sitting in a cast iron pan.
Lucky for me, the call to share my kitchen with you all coincided with a huge burst of energy and motivation. Which is good, because now I can show you the kitchen I wish I had all the time – a kitchen that I believe is at its all time cleanest since moving in! Hopefully we can keep it that way.
And now, here’s my teeny tiny apartment kitchen!
We’ve got a fairly nice stove space. I prefer gas to electric, but it gets the job done. There’s enough storage space in this section for all of our pots, pans, pizza stone, and cooking utensils (spoons, spatulas, ladles, etc.). We always keep our tea kettle on the stove for two reasons: 1. We really like tea. 2. I have no idea where we would put it if we didn’t. There is frequently at least one cast iron pan out as well, as you can see in my “before cleaning” picture. In the lower right corner you can see the garbage and recycle that needed to go out, and the counter is where my husband throws his keys, since it is the most convenient surface to the door.
Opposite the stove is our refrigerator, sink, and main counter. Right next to the sink we keep a butcher block leftover from my mom’s kitchen remodel – also known as our cutting board. Behind that sits our compost bucket. All food waste goes in here and when it is full, it goes into our Bokashi indoor composter, which you can see sitting on the floor. This allows us to compost animal products and we only have to take it to my in-laws to be emptied about once every 6 weeks. It ferments the food scraps, so there is no scent. A must have for apartment waste management and composting!
As you can see, much of our counter space is used for storage. While our kitchen appears to have many cupboards, most are too high for me to access! We keep our bulk rice and sweet potatoes on the counter, as well as our most used appliances:
1. The slow cooker (currently making bone broth)
2. My beloved food processor that I use all the time,
3. The blender that I make large batches of green smoothies in at a time, and 4. The upright mixer that is too heavy to store up high.
Since we have so little counter space, we also have a desk that we use as a prep space, breakfast table, and general place to throw mail and other junk. Normally just a little corner is available, but just before taking this picture, I actually cleaned it off! You can see our Brita pitcher and my supplements, which always have a home near the kitchen.
Underneath our kitchen table is yet another storage place. Here you’ll find extra storage containers, a huge basket of spices, and extra baking supplies such as gluten free flours and shredded coconut.
And here’s the whole thing. Our entire, apartment kitchen condensed into one picture. It’s not much, but we make it work. Most of our appliances were taken from our parents or bought from GoodWill, and we only have the basics – not even a microwave or a garlic press! But like I said, we make it work and we find the space and techniques to make all of our food from scratch, followed by reusing, freezing, or composting what’s left. If we can live a real food, “custom homestead” life, so can you.
P.S. Four of the vases on top of our cupboards were hand made by my husband!
*Photo credit- How We Flourish
I think Chloe says it so well- “If we can live a real food, “custom homestead” life, so can you”! So very true!
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