Sometimes when I visit friends or family, and they don’t have (or use) certain kitchen appliances, I get reminded of how lazy I am. I really wouldn’t cook as much if my life was not made easier due to these robots in my kitchen.
Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):
- Superior blender such as the Vitamix. Friends, I am not getting paid for advertising this (I wish!); I truly don’t know what I would do without my Vitamix. I use it for smoothies, soups, making ginger/garlic paste, grinding whole spices into powders, etc. You name it, I probably use it for it. And here in a week or so when my baby turns 6 months, I will use it to make her delicious, puréed baby food! Yay, Vitamix!
- Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer. Back in the old days, when I wanted to bake, I’d have my sister hold our hand mixer for various lengths of time while I cracked open eggs and poured flour into the bowl. Now, thanks to my Kitchen-Aid, I don’t even need a sister! 😀
BONUS: If you’re from Pakistan or India or anywhere in that territory and love fresh homemade rotis, you will love me for telling you that you can use the dough attachment not just to make pizza dough, but to make your own fresh homemade kneaded “atta” (the dough used to make roti).
- Food Processor. I don’t really get how you can cook regularly while maintaining your child, adequate levels of hygiene, or a decent social life if you do not have a food processor. Food processors chop up food so you can use the time you would be chopping for more interesting things …like reading this blog, am I right?!
- Rice Cooker. I didn’t always have a rice cooker. But once I got a rice cooker, I wondered why I didn’t always have a rice cooker. If rice is a staple in your diet, you must invest in a rice cooker! I love the Zojirushi brand.
- Pressure Cooker. I have one of those traditional Pakistani pressure cookers. Pakistani cuisine includes plenty of beans, lentils, goat and other meat. It would take a long time to cook those things without a pressure cooker. How long? I wouldn’t know. I rarely cook those things without it!
Here are kitchen electronics that I don’t necessarily use on a daily basis, but they do come in handy depending on your lifestyle.
- Small Oven. I guess one could do with the big oven. But that’s an awful lot of energy and heat wasted on baking a loaf of banana bread or making a small cake or pizza. I use this often for heating up naan, samosas, and anything else that’s small enough to fit in it. Most things are!
- Juicer. I love fresh juice as much as the next gal, but I hate cleaning up the juicer probably more than the next gal. My Breville is a great juicer; I just find cleaning up eight different parts too tedious on most mornings! If you are a bit less lazy than I am, then do try the Breville.
- Griddler/Panini Press. Take leftovers and throw them in a sandwich and you can have fresh grilled paninis in minutes. I often use them when we are out all day and I know I won’t have enough time to prepare dinner. That’s when I’ll pick up a fresh ciabatta loaf, some cheese, and go home and whip up a 5 minute pesto-tomato-mozzerella panini.
- Slow Cooker. There’s something about slow cookers that makes them so comforting. It’s like someone else is making dinner while you go on about your day. Very sweet of you slow cooker, thank you! Use them for soups (like this butternut squash soup), stews, and much much more!
So there you have it, those are my essentials. What are some of the kitchen appliances you can’t do without?
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