A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances (cont'd)

KitchenAid 5 Speed Hand Mixer
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. read more
Cuisinart Stick Blender
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. read more
food saver
A vacuum sealing system can extend the life of foods in the pantry, the fridge and the freezer. Forestalls freezer burn as well. read more
Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer
A rice cooker cooks, steams and warms more than just rice! read more
Fissler CookStar Induction Pro portable cooktop
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. read more
Hamilton Beach Chef Prep Food Processor
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. read more
DeLonghi Deep Fryer
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. read more
Krups GX4100 Grinder
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. read more

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