Have you ever heard of a Spice Kitchen?
What is a Spice Kitchen?
A Spice Kitchen is a small separate contained kitchen within a home that is often used for cultural cooking. Spice Kitchens will almost always have a separate ventilation system to capture all of the unwanted smells, strong odors or fragrances and prevent them from seeping out into the main living area of the house. Other names for a spice kitchen include “Wok Kitchen” and “Asian Wok Kitchen”.
What’s in a Spice Kitchen?
The layout and design for a Spice Kitchen will typically be much smaller than a conventional or “show kitchen” of the main home. They have all of the appliances fundamentals: Gas or Electric Range, Microwave, Ventilation, and Sink (double or single). They can also have a Dishwasher or other appliances like a residential Teppanyaki grill, depending on the culinary needs of the client. They will have enough countertop space for prepping, upper and lower cabinet storage for all of your pantry storage needs.
Where do you put a Spice Kitchen?
There is often no Fridge in a Spice Kitchen, this is to cut down on the footprint and space that it takes up. This is why a Spice Kitchen is often near or close in proximity to the main kitchen for easy access to the refrigerator. This close access is also great for easy serving in the main kitchen once cooking is complete.
Other Advantages of a Spice Kitchen?
- Great to cook in! The smaller footprint and quick access to the essentials and allows for a wonderful space to cook in. Everything you need is within an arm’s length.
- Contain your mess! Keep your mess, splashing of oils and cooking smells enclosed away from your primary living space.
- Spice Kitchens are great for resale, as they keep the main kitchen in much better condition.
Cabinet Tips if planning a Spice Kitchen
- Choose a durable and extremely cleanable material for your cupboards that won’t be as affected by cooking oils, grease and oxidization.
- Textured Melamine Cabinets work very well for Spice Kitchens. They are durable and extremely cleanable and serviceable. We’ve got a few great options in the Superior Cabinets Urban Line and with our NEXGEN finishes.
- If you choose a Wood Kitchen, a hearty and strong stained wood is always a good choice. Try to avoid dark stains here, which will show and illuminate every grease splatter or water drop.
- Avoid finishes that can easily yellow or stain from grease or oil, like textured painted MDF.
- Avoid porous countertop surfaces like certain granite or marble. Laminate or Quartz countertops work great.
- Have a tiled backsplash, something that is extremely cleanable and seal your grout.
- Have lots of plugins for appliances (blender, rice cooker, electric wok, food processer, etc.)
- Remember, it’s always best to consult your Kitchen Designer/Cabinetry Expert for recommendations. Products, stains, wood species vary from supplier to supplier.
If you are building a new home in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary or Edmonton and want to plan your very own Spice Kitchen, let one of the Superior Cabinets Kitchen Design Experts give you a hand.