A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances
Choose Wisely, Appliances Take Up Valuable Space
It would be nice to have all kinds of small appliances on hand from a waffle maker to a deep fryer, but no one has unlimited counter and cabinet space.
When choosing small appliances, ask yourself this question: How often will I use this item? If it’s only once a year, do you really need it? And do you have the space for it? Here’s a guide to the most essential small appliances both large and small.
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A quality stand mixer is definitely an investment but there is very little that a beast like the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer can't handle, especially with the countless accessories that are offered. If, however, you only need to whisk and blend, a KitchenAid hand blender does a great job and saves a lot of space.
Join the sous vide revolution with the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, a Bluetooth enabled self-contained heating and circulation unit that enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. Here is our full review of this handy and compact immersion circulator.
While there are countless sous vide immersion circulators currently available, one of our favorites is the Breville Joule, a sleek unit that not only performs extremely well, its compact shape fits easily in a kitchen drawer. WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, the Joule works in conjunction with the Breville/ChefSteps app.
An electric hand mixer whips up batters lickety split. Plus, if you don't make doughs and batters often, it's much cheaper than a stand mixer.
This machine looks like a stylish countertop toaster oven, but gets cranking to temperatures above 750ºF! Read our review because that's unheard oven for any home oven. Just plug it into a typical residential wall outlet, adjust the top and bottom heating elements, and you can turn out an almost infinite number of pizza styles. Impressive!
If you make a lot of smoothies, sauces, and other blended foods then a high quality blender is in order. While there are several decent economically priced blenders out there, the lifespan of these models tends to be short due to inferior parts and a lack of horsepower, especially compared to a Vitamix or Oster.
The best way to store food more than a week is in the freezer. Foods lose few nutrients and little quality when frozen. A vacuum sealer helps prevent freezer burn for long storage. The sealer also helps marinades penetrate deep into foods and it's perfect for sous vide cooking.
I don't know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. If you ever mix up anything with flour, weigh it instead of measuring it with cups. It's so much more accurate.
A slow cooker has myriad uses including braising when your oven is full or you want to leave the house without leaving the oven on. It's also perfect for keeping all kinds of foods, including smoked pulled pork, warm for serving.
Say goodbye to subpar toasters and toaster ovens and hello to the amazing multi-function Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro 1800 W Convection Toaster Oven! whether its toasting bagels, baking cookies, or re-heating pizza, this top notch toaster oven can do it all while heating up in a fraction of the time of your oven.
You may have never used a stick blender like the Cuisinart 2-speed Smart Stick but they are quite popular among chefs for pureeing soups and sauces directly in the pot, a much safer alternative to blending hot liquids in a standard blender where the steam will expand and blow scalding soup all over you and the kitchen.
A rice cooker cooks, steams and warms more than just rice! Here's the one that we like best.
Sometimes one burner is all you need. This compact and convenient burner is portable and uses induction technology to avoid heating up your kitchen. And it's not too expensive.
A blender on steroids, this essential tool does a better job on thick purees like pestos. Plus, it comes with attachments that allow you to shred, slice, and grate your way to greatness.
You can't beat a deep fryer for making a large quantity of party food. The one holds 2.2 pounds of food, has a clever oil drainage system, a viewing window in the lid, a non-stick interior, and an air filter that helps prevent oil smells. Plus, it's relatively inexpensive and compact for easy storage.
Freshly ground coffee beans and freshly ground spices are so much better tasting. Whole beans and seeds keep better longer in the pantry. Just pick up a cheap grinder and it will improve the taste of your coffee and your cooking.