Our outdoor kitchen got a bit of a facelift recently, and we’ve been really pleased with its improved functionality and comfort. For the past two years, the outdoor kitchen looked like this:
The tarp did a great job protecting us from light rain, but the space was not big enough to both prepare meals and dine. As a result, our picnic table stood in the middle of our lawn, under a shade canopy. That worked fine, unless the sun was setting, in which case the shade was in a different location than the picnic table!
Brian loves to move earth and rock. It’s one of his homesteading superpowers. So he envisioned a terraced space in which we could place the picnic table and the full kitchen. Here’s how it looks now:
We seem to move in stages of impermanence. This outdoor kitchen will serve us very well for a few seasons, but our final design visions include more elegant terracing and a cob pizza/bread oven.
One of my favorite features of the new kitchen is this shelving unit. The shelf was salvaged years ago from a demolition job, and since it was made of cedar, and in great shape, we used it as a bookshelf for many years. But it’s simply too big for our current house. To the right of the shelf is a propane stove, as well as a rocket stove for cooking.
The sink still has running water (!!) piped in from our house water catchment, which makes dish washing so much easier.
And best of all, food preservation and canning is easy and cool, under the shade of the many oak trees that surround the outdoor kitchen!