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How much space do you have to prep food for cooking in your kitchen?

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Edited by merkur - 7/31/11 at 7:00am
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I've previously never really tried cooking at home, instead relying on takeout and dining out with the occasional microwaveable dinner/canned food thrown in for good measure, however recently I have entertained the idea of cokoking again however I realize that my condo's kitchen is ridiculously tiny with only ~8 sq. ft of prep area. This begs the question of how much kitchen prep area for cooking do other people have (in particular, those who live in condos or studios)?
I live in a tiny apartment. My counter's like 4x2 feet and I have the smallest oven/burner ever. I manage just fine cooking for two everyday.
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I had a little bit of counter, so I bought an island from Ikea. I could not imagine just using my counters now.
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basic rule of thumb: you'll use as much space as you have. i've had tiny kitchens so small i had to put my cutting board over one of the sinks to prep (worked really well, actually). right now i've got quite a bit of counter space. neither really affected the quality of the food.
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I probably have enough room for 8 people to prep. Maybe more. I don't use much of it, though, unless we have friends or are having a party.
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I probably have enough room for 8 people to prep. Maybe more. I don't use much of it, though, unless we have friends or are having a party.

You have cooking parties with your little friends? That sounds gaylordish to the extreme unless I am mistaken about what you guys mean by prep area.

I dunno how much prep space I have, you'll have to ask those fine folks of chinese extraction who feed me.
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no.
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I probably have enough room for 8 people to prep. Maybe more. I don't use much of it, though, unless we have friends or are having a party.

the way you cook, you probably do need it. the one real advantage i've found to a lot of space is it helps with plating ... you can line 'em up and arrange to your heart's content. in fact, come to think of it, that may be one reason i prefer passed platter service. just got used to it working out of a smaller kitchen.
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i can fit 2 people or 3 fuumas in my kitchen of course, if i include les marocains who use the balcony where they cook lamb over a fire then I can have 8 as matt does.
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the way you cook, you probably do need it. the one real advantage i've found to a lot of space is it helps with plating ... you can line 'em up and arrange to your heart's content. in fact, come to think of it, that may be one reason i prefer passed platter service. just got used to it working out of a smaller kitchen.
Given the choice, I'd have a bigger laundry/fridge room and a smaller kitchen, but it is a pretty good setup. Most of the space is unused, but if we have a party, there is a lot of room to put dishes, glasses etc. You know, I used to put everything on platters until kwilk came over one time and ridiculed me for it. Don't allow him in your house, it just costs you time.
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Space? I live in NYC, I don't even know what the word means.
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You know, I used to put everything on platters until kwilk came over one time and ridiculed me for it. Don't allow him in your house, it just costs you time.

that would be reason #32 kwilkie will never enter casa foodguy.
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My one bedroom apartment (~495 sq. ft. I believe) has just 35 linear inches of counter space . With a dish rack beside the sink, I'm left with just 20 inches on the other side. I just use my dining table for preparing food, but it is a pain having to get it cleaned up too if I'm entertaining. As a bachelor, most of my meals are eaten in my underwear on the couch, so I deal with the mess later.

My stove/oven is full size, though electric , and my sink is a shallow little single-basin thing. I was given a microwave, and have to keep it on top of the fridge due to lack of space.
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I have a huge kitchen which I designed myself when I remodeled it, which was a huge mistake since I ended up with not nearly enough counter space.
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I have a huge kitchen which I designed myself when I remodeled it, which was a huge mistake since I ended up with not nearly enough counter space.
I know somebody who can help with this, but lord knows I can't afford her



I have a tiny space, yet I can still make some pretty good stuff in there. The biggest detriment is not the size of my kitchen, rather the lack of cooking skill on my end. Should the need for more space arise, I'll just overflow onto the bar or use the kitchen table.
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