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- Real Mini Food for Mini Cooking
- Alternative Mini Cooking Options
- Working Miniature Tools
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If you’re on Facebook, Youtube, the internet in general you’ve probably seen some tiny kitchens.
If you haven’t – check out these playlists.
There’s now even a mini cooking cafe!
After seeing these videos, some of you may begin to wonder how you can start your own tiny kitchen. Well, first thing’s first, you’ll need a tiny oven. Each of the below are heated with a tea light candle.
Buy a Working Mini Stove
The oven you see repeated in quite a few videos is an incense burner that can sometimes be found here: https://huss-weihrichkarzle.de/en/mehrzweckherd.html.
This stove can also sometimes be found on ebay by searching ‘Huss Stove.’ http://www.ebay.com/itm/Huss-Multipurpose-cooker-rot-black-The-Attractive-/132071898067?hash=item1ec0193bd3:g:UmIAAOSwpDdVTNtI
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 3.6 inches
- This stove comes complete with what’s pictured below – 5 kitchen accessories and 3 pots.
A miniature cast iron oven is also an option. These are vintage replicas of real stoves and are best found on ebay, such as this listing for $36.48, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Mountain-Cast-Iron-Cooking-Oven-Set-Miniature-Wood-Burning-Stove-Pots-Pans-/281545839803.
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches
- Check each individual listing for what accessories come with the stove. Most do seem to come with a variety of pots and pans.
If you want a specific look or scale, it’s best to either make your own or contact a miniature maker. When first researching this topic, I successfully made on from aluminum and polymer clay.
- Dimensions: 1:12 dollhouse scale, 4 x 2.25 x 2.25 inches
Make your Own
If you’d like to try your hand at making your own, these tutorials may help.
What to Know
- As with any cooking, in any scale, you need to use supplies that are safe to cook with. Dollhouse miniature kitchen supplies you buy from the miniature sections of shops have a coating that will bubble and release fumes if exposed to heat. Be sure to use cookware that is uncoated metal, safe to use ceramic cookware, or uncoated cast iron.
The supplies that come with the first 2 sets listed above are made to be exposed to heat and therefor safe to use. I’ve made my own by cutting aluminum baking sheets and repurposing metal bottle caps. Be aware that metal caps have a plastic lining that you will have to remove before cooking in them.
But observe what’s around you and make it miniature. Here an idea from the facebook group “Dollhouse miniatures made from everyday things.”
Find metal make-up tins to use for cake pans and baking sheets at ebay listings like this one, or simply re-purpose your own. Deeper ones with lids made for lib balm, etc. can be made into sauce pans as well. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/261629464250?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true
For larger set ups, things like mini Altoids tins could work as well, you’ll just want to sand off the colorful coating first. Or buy one that’s already plain. https://www.adafruit.com/products/97?gclid=CMmFr6XautACFcRZhgodVJ8OfA
- Also, since these stoves are heated by tealight, the flame needs to be very close to your cooking surface. If things aren’t heating up, see if there’s a way to get your item closer to the heat source. Be patient and experiment. You’ll learn the best way to use your mini stove in no time.
Questions? Let me know below.
Where can i purchase the tiny foods?
If you’re going to cook real little food you make it with real food ingredients! Like a cherry tomato in place of a big one, or a pinch of ground beef, etc.
This might help! https://tourmalinenow.com/2019/01/01/real-mini-food-for-mini-cooking/ :)
Would the materials used in the diy melt or burn
Which materials are you referring to? If you use non-coated real metal cooking instruments you won’t have any problem.
Im talking about the aliminum and the cardbord stuff. Thanks for your help.
The one I made and the ones in the YouTube videos are aluminum foil/sheeting and polymer clay. Aluminum is perfectly food safe and the clay is heat safe.
I am obsessed with your blog and love everything about it! I am planning on making my own stove with the youtube video you posted above. I am also planning on making my own pots andeans from the samples you’ve provided above. I had a question about the pots and pans. You mentioned that some miniature items have coating that will bubble and release fumes if exposed to heat. If I was to use a bottle cap and painted it with non toxic silver paint, would that be safe to cook? Would it still release fumes? Thank you so machine advance! :)
So happy you’re enjoying my blog and will be starting your own mini cooking channel! I can’t be sure about the specific paint you intend to use, but the majority of paints are not made to be exposed to heat, so yes, it would likely burn. Research paints for cooking surfaces. There are some, that are made for grills and the like that are heat resistant. Good luck with everything!
Could use a stainless metal plate with metal snips if it is thin enough too. These plates are food grade and cheap too. Could make a few lil other things too with the 1 plate. use a stainless straw for the flue and your set. https://noplastic.ca/product/stainless-steel-dinner-plate/
Those could work nicely with the right cutting tool. Good find.
How much that? I Love It😍😍
Click through the links in the post. They range from $30 – 100 depending on what you buy.
I love this tiny kitchen stuff I was always facsinated by things like this.
Hi, I purchased a Huss Mini-stove, but am unsure of where to get other safe cooking implements like a pot or frying pan. I’d also like to find a knife and cutlery. Did you find anything like that during your research? Thanks!
From what I understand most people use the couple of things that come with the Huss to cook with it. Otherwise you can make your own by cutting pieces from disposable aluminum pans or using metal bottle tops. I made my own for this gallery so that may give you some ideas. If you use bottle caps just make sure to pull out the plastic seal part and then wash the metal thoroughly. You can also mold some with aluminum foil.
Saw this just now and thought of you as well. Really just look for any real kitchen items of a small enough scale. https://tourmalinenow.com/image-76/
This website sells miniature knifes for various uses, kind of expensive but it’s available.
This is fascinating!
:) isn’t it? Thank you.
Impressive! I had not heard about people actually cooking on dollhouse stoves. Sounds like a cool – make that hot – idea!
Best wishes for your new business. :)
Thank you very much!
where can you buy these
I’ve outlined some ways with links in the above post. It depends on which model you want.