How to Live Without a Kitchen

by Britt Malka

How to live without a kitchen

How to live without a kitchen? Is that possible? Well, you can be forced to do so for several reasons:

  • You’re installing a new kitchen, and the old one has been torn down.
  • You’re out camping.
  • You live in a college room or under similar conditions.
For the last year, I have myself been living without a kitchen. Well, almost, at least. (More about that further down.)
So I am able to tell you based on my own experience what you need, and what would be good to have when you’re trying to figure out how to live without a kitchen.

Survival Kit when You Are Forced to Live Without a Kitchen

There are things you will NEED when you have to live without a kitchen, and there are things that are good to have, if you are without a kitchen on a longer basis.

I’ll share my own experiences here about the things we bought.

The Basics – A few Forks, Knives, Spoons, and Lots of Plastic


If you’re used to having a dish washer, you probably don’t want to spend hours in the bathroom, washing up. I highly recommend that you do like we did: Bought 6 forks, 6 knives, 6 spoons, 6 teaspoons, and then lots of disposable items, like plastic cups, and plastic plates.

Why not disposable flatware? Beacause it breaks too easy. You might want to eat a juicy steak, and plastic knives to cut it with? Nope. Doesn’t work.

These items will make you able to eat, but not cook. For a short while, it’s okay, because you can buy take-out food and eat it at home, but you’ll need a few more kitchen appliances to survive for a longer periode without getting ruined.

You need to be able to produce at least basic meals, even without a kitchen.

The Kitchen Gadgets Outside of a Kitchen

I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, and these are the items I believe you need to have, if you are living without a kitchen for more than a month.

A Slow Cooker

If you get a slow cooker (or a crock pot), you could maybe even save the hotplate, the pan and the pot.

A slow cooker will make you able to cook a lot of different meals, and even prepare other kinds of food in it. I saw recipes for how to make drinks in a slow cooker!

There are several other advantages to having a slow cooker.

  • Saves space. You only need one item instead of three (hotplate, frying pan, pot).
  • Easy to use.
  • Saves you money on meat, since you can use cheaper meat and make awesome meals anyway. (Read more about that here: How to Use a Slow Cooker)
This is one of the most popular slow cookers from Amazon:
Hamiltonbeach 33967[couponazon keyword=”hamilton beach”]

A hot plate

hot plate inductionIf you want to be able to prepare omelets, pancakes or other food that is not fitting for a slow cooker, you need a hotplate.

There are good ones and awesome ones. The awesome ones are more expensive, of course, but the difference isn’t very big after all.

I love the induction plates, but if it’s only for a shorter span of time, you can do with the normal ones. That’s what we have here. I’m really looking forward to getting back to our induction plates, though.

A frying pan

It’s difficult to make omelet in a pot, so you need at least one frying pan. We have too. One for “grilled” food, and one for other things like omelets. Yes, we make a lot of omelet, in fact :)

If you choose an induction hot plate, remember to check if your pan and pot can be used on it. This pan can: 

A pot

For boiling eggs, and cooking meals, if you don’t have a slow cooker, you need a pot. Take a medium sized one. A small one is perfect for eggs, but also very limited.

An electric kettle

You can boil water in a pot, but it takes longer time. An electric kettle saves electricity, and it’s easier to poor water from it, when it’s boiled, than to pour from a pot. So if you drink any kind of hot drinks, like tea or coffee,  you need an electric kettle. It doesn’t take up much space, and you can have it on your table in your college room, or living room.

A refrigerator (optional)

While it is possible to survive without a refrigerator, it certainly also is more expensive. Yes, true, you have to purchase a refrigerator, of course, but you’ll save time and money later.


Time, because you can shop for several days at a time.

Money, because you can buy bigger offers, and because you can save left-overs for the days after instead of throwing them out.

A microwave oven (optional)

If you have the space, a microwave makes it easier to heat food, for instance left overs.

A toaster oven (optional)

Put a toaster oven on top of your microwave (which can be on your table or on your refrigerator), and now you’re able to bake your own bread, or heat a pizza.

Why We Must Live Without a Kitchen at Least Three More Months

Yeah, what are we doing here, two grown people in a college filled with young people?

Well, we left France a year ago to move to Israel. Everything was planned – or so we thought – and we were supposed to have a cheap apartment for our disposal for a month. That would give us a month to find our permanent residence.

But our contact person in France hadn’t done his job, and all of a sudden we only had 8 days. So we took a college room and found a place to store our furniture – and all of our kitchen gadgets.

We share a kitchen with two other people, and we have a microwave oven there, a refrigerator,  and a set of two hotplates.

Not a lot. And when I think of all the kitchen gadgets I have stowed away in boxes, just waiting for us to move to our apartment.

We had to rent this room for a year, but right at that moment, my husband got sick (kidney stone) and again, we didn’t have time to find an apartment. So we chose to prolongue the contract and stay here until October. There should be a nice apartment for us by then.

Go Get Your Survival Kit Now

By now you know how to live without a kitchen, and all you need to do is order the things.

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