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8 Things Smart, Friendly Cooks Do in Small Kitchens - Small-Space Kitchens

8 Things Smart, Friendly Cooks Do in Small Kitchens - Small-Space Kitchens
From The Kitchn - October 11, 2017

Want to be a good friend and have someone over for dinnerbut dread trying to cook for more than you and your cat in a tiny kitchen? Do not be scared! Teeny-tiny kitchens are cozy, friendly, and can do anything a larger kitchen can do!

Just in case you need a little refresher, though, here are a few ways smart cooks handle cooking for more than one or two in a really small space.

1. Clear counter space for yourself.

Counter cleanliness is key right now. It lets you do what you need to do, put out apps, or lets guests pour their own drinks with more than enough elbowroom. Clear out any clutter and put it in another room. (You know the roomthe one that's off-limits to guests.)

2. Make as much as you can before the party.

If we have said it once, we have said a million times. Even if your kitchen is enormous, do as much as possible ahead of time. This way, you will be able to wash and put away all your prep dishes. Plus, it allows you to actually hang out with your guests too.

3. Choose your menu wisely.

Smaller kitchens tend to have smaller appliances, so you need to be extra cautious about overcommitting. Plan a mixture of both hot and cold foodsfoods that can be served at room temperature, and things that get cooked in the oven and the stovetop. Ideally, this will spread out things that need to go in the fridge or the oven. Also, do not be afraid to let guests bring something like an appetizer or a dessertmost people love to feel helpful!

Related: 10 Ingenious Tips for Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen

4. Have that menu include some store-bought stuff.

You do not have to make everything from scratch. You need hummus for your world-famous crostinis? Buy it. No one has to know the difference. This will save you time and it will also be one less thing you have to make in your small kitchen.

5. Get creative with space.

6. Do not be afraid to kick people out of the kitchen.

7. Add extra seating in the living room.

8. Use the bathtub.

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