Know your limits and preferences and include them as a factor in your decision. Though appliances can be beneficial on paper, they’re only beneficial if you take advantage of their function.
The small appliances we list below as “essential” may not be depending on your personal cooking preferences, style, and need, whereas those we list as “up for discussion” may be the most overworked appliance in your kitchen! So, take with a grain of salt and, as always, sound off in the comments with your opinion!
Cooking has become more of an art than a mundane household chore. With more and more electronic appliances that boast of elaborate functions, a kitchen is a storehouse of luxury and beauty. But apart from all the functional advantages, that we women like to invest our savings in, some of these machines are masterpieces made especially to save our time and energy. We listed some must-haves in a modern kitchen. Take a look.
Toaster ovens let you toast, bake, roast, broil or reheat just about anything. This Breville model can fit four slices of bread and automatically adjusts power and calculates cooking time. And it provides extra cooking space for when you’re entertaining
If you’re a smoothie person, you have to have a blender in your kitchen. You can shake your margaritas using a metal shaker and a pint glass, and serve them on the rocks. Or, if you have an ice cream maker, help it pull its weight by enlisting it to make perfectly slushy frozen drinks. A food processor or Cuisinart Mini-Prep can definitely handle smoothies. If you must have a blender, opt for its smaller cousin, the immersion blender (or hand blender), which is much easier to store and clean up, and purees soups beautifully.
In an ideal world, you’d…cook healthier versions of burgers and steaks, thanks to the little tray that catches all that unappetizing-looking grease.
The grill makes a fine burger, but there’s nothing it can do that an outdoor grill or even a frying pan can’t. And if it’s grill marks you’re after, use a grill pan. One drawback to electric grills (in addition to having yet another appliance to store) is that they tend to make food retain moisture, so meat and fish can actually steam instead of grill.
OXO Good Grips 9-inch Tongs with Nylon Heads
OXO’s ergonomically designed Good Grips line has revolutionized many kitchen tools, from can openers to vegetable peelers. Tongs may seem less immediately essential, but being able to easily and precisely grip hot foods is a major plus. This model locks for storage and features heat-safe nylon heads that won’t scratch nonstick cookware.
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer
Everything is easier with a stand mixer. Introduced in 1919, and still the best. The Artisan series includes a 5-quart bowl that’s big enough for most home recipes—without taking up too much counter space—plus a tilting head to allow for easy bowl access. Optional attachments do everything from grinding meat to juicing citrus fruits.
Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender
Once you’ve attempted an inundation blender, you won’t have any desire to surrender it. Soups can be pureed right in the pot, without the risk or bother of exchanging hot fluids. Little bunches of mayonnaise and so forth can be effectively blended in a dish. Sauces can be thickened and emulsified without expelling them from the stovetop. Cuisinart’s adaptation is anything but difficult to clean and store, and dishwasher-safe to boot.
“Coffee makers are really lifestyle dependent,” Messman says. “If you drink a large amount of coffee on a regular basis, it makes sense to go with a drip maker.” For quality and ease of use, this programmable model is tough to beat. Set it at night and wake to freshly ground, brewed and stored drip coffee. The thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours without the need for a hotplate, which tends to scorch the brew.