Kitchen Appliances – First, Mini hand blender/smoothie maker. If you make smoothies, protein shakes, or mixed drinks, these kitchen gizmos are must-haves because of the convenience they offer. They are even great for mixing gravies and sauces right in the pan. They are not pricey, they are small and lightweight, and clean up easily.
- Full-sized blender. Now and then you need a little more muscle than a mini-blender will offer you. A full-sized blender will save the day when it is time to crush ice or mix bigger batches of drinks. They work well for pureeing foods for soups and sauces, and even chopping nuts and seeds for granola and desserts.
- Food processor/chopper. If you have an extremely sharp knife and are a whiz at using it, you might not need a food processor. If not, processors make chopping large batches of veggies for salads and casseroles much faster and less difficult. When picking one of these gadgets, make sure you get a sturdy one that is easy to assemble and disassemble. That will make it easier to clean after using. One that is dishwasher-safe is a plus.
- Slow cooker. Next to the microwave, this may be the most worthy piece of equipment in the kitchen. They are so versatile that their usage is virtually infinite. They are good for busy people who want to come home to a warm meal. Foods will not burn in a slow cooker, so everything will be just right when dinnertime comes. Roasts, ribs, chickens, soups, chili and stew are all good candidates for a slow cooker.
- Microwave oven. Microwaves are so ordinary now that it is hard to picture any cooking area without one. Even if it is a small, low-cost unit, it still has worth in the kitchen. Frozen meals, refreshments and treats, sandwiches and side dishes are all ready speedily in a microwave. If you prefer a higher-end unit, you can get one big enough to cook a turkey in. They come with probes, delay timers and many additional features that add to their convenience and performance.
These appliances are not pricey, and yet they can add a lot to the kitchen in the way of speed and convenience.