Pareto in the Kitchen

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Welcome to the third post in my mini-series about learning and the Pareto Principle. In this post I will share some thoughts about cooking and how to learn it. If you have read my posts about language learning and driving a car, you may expect that I focus on the hours required for learning again. Far from that, today’s post will focus on what you need to start learning. That means, the Pareto Principle is applied to the resources. Since you do not need very much, this also is the shortest post in the series.

Have a look at this list:

  • A large butcher’s knife (you can use that for every cutting you need)
  • A small peeling knife (the name is the game)
  • A small pot for cooking (about 1.5 liters)
  • A large pot for cooking (about 5 liters)
  • A pan (24cm or 28cm)
  • A mixing bowl (make it rather large)
  • A cutting board (make it large)
  • A cooking spoon
  • A spatula (for turning food in the pan)
  • Kitchen tongs (also to turn food in the pan)
  • A whisk
  • On good basic cooking book (should teach all basic techniques, throw away all others)
  • Cooking range (induction or gas preferred)
  • Cutlery and plates, unless you only want to cook and not to eat 🙂

Nice to have are the following

  • A handheld blender
  • A handheld electric mixer
  • More knives
  • A pressure cooker
  • An oven (need some more things to be useful, like a cooking pan and a roasting tin)

That’s it.

Now look around in your kitchen. How many items do you have? Which of them have not been in use for more than a year? Why don’t you throw them out or give them away? They are inventory waste.

Enjoy the process of cooking and the meals.

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