Kitchen Appliances that are Worth the Cost
When you are setting up a new kitchen or looking at ramping up your dated kitchen appliances, some appliances are worth the cost for the time and effort they can save you.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and it's where the family can come together to prepare, cook and enjoy meals. Today's parents are always on the 'go', so being able to prepare food that is less time consuming and effortless with the aid of kitchen appliances means more time spent as a family.
Whether you are starting out in the kitchen and enjoy a social lifestyle with family and friends, or you are the type of cook who loves to experiment, or you are responsible for preparing family meals, some appliances shouldn't be ignored for their help in making the time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable, easier, and cut down on the amount of time spent preparing and making your favourites.
Food is an adventure - a way to feed your creativity and create more.
However, with all the brands and kinds of gadgets and appliances for the kitchen out in the market today, finding the one that you need may be challenging.
In this article, we look at some kitchen appliances that will do a lot for you and worth investing in if any of the above sounds familiar. This article is not about brands, it's not about influencing your buying choices, it's about those appliances that make a difference in any kitchen.
What home doesn't need a toaster, especially if you are always on the go and need a quick breakfast before you leave for work in the mornings. Toasters work hand in hand with a coffee maker, particularly in getting everything ready for breakfast. This kitchen appliance can instantly crisp up bread and bagels, ready for peanut butter and jam spreads. For a family of four, the best investment you can do is to buy a 4-slice toaster, but a 6-slice toaster is even better and lets you quickly cater for a small family without wasting time.
We love to enjoy food and it is a part of our everyday life, so it shouldn’t be a task but rather something to share with those we love.
In this modern age where we are all looking for energy-efficient ways to run a home, a microwave oven is an essential appliance in the kitchen. Not only does a microwave oven complement a fast-paced life, heating food and liquids quickly, they also use far less energy than some other appliances. A microwave oven can reheat meals or cook food in far less time than it takes for a conventional oven to do so. Microwave ovens are also easy to operate and can last up to 5 or 6 years of daily use.
Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
As the name implies, a slow cooker employs a long cooking process under low temperatures. These cookers can tenderize meat over the long cooking process, bringing out its full flavour. They are also ideal for those working a full day and that want to come home to a hearty already cooked meal. There are numerous dishes that you can prepare using a slow cooker such as soups and stews and various other dishes.
While conventional stovetop cooking can destroy nutrients in food, slow cooking does not. Research indicates that lower temperatures may help preserve nutrients that are otherwise lost when food is cooked at high heat.
Pressure cookers are not something new to kitchens, they have been around for a long time and have had their ups and downs when it comes to their use in residential kitchens. However, the pressure cooker continues to be an appliance in a commercial kitchen for their ability to be able to quickly cook foods that would otherwise take a long time.
Today's pressure cookers are nothing like their screaming ancestors, who filled the kitchen with steam and had everyone running for the hills in case it exploded. I recently invested in a WOLL pressure cooker that can even be opened during the cooking process without any harm. If you love cooking stews, casseroles and soups, a pressure cooker is a must-have for a kitchen.
If you need a cuppa java to kick-start your day then a coffee maker is a vital appliance in the kitchen. The smell of freshly brewed coffee will awaken your senses. There are so many ways to make your coffee these days, from a basic drip coffee machine to a full-on espresso coffee maker. And what's nice about today's coffee makers is that the prices vary from type to model, letting you choose the best model to fit in with your budget - and your kitchen design.
Food processors are time-saving and handy, especially when it comes to chopping your vegetables in a short amount of time. These often come with different blade attachments that you can choose from, depending on the cut that you need, whether it is chopping, slicing, shredding, grinding, and even making a puree.
Moms will love the range of blenders that are out there since they are invaluable when you have infants and toddlers and need to efficiently mix up juices or soups for little ones. It is also a great appliance for those who love smoothies and shakes. Its motor is generally less powerful than that of a food processor, which is why it's only used in processing and mixing liquids, soft foods and produce.
Those who love to bake cookies and cupcakes will find a mixer particularly handy in saving time when stirring up bread dough or cake batter. This small kitchen appliance also makes it effortless for the enthusiastic baker to mix wet and dry ingredients, such as flour and eggs. And with so many different types and brand names of mixers to choose from, you can select the best one to fit in with your budget.
While these appliances may be small, they will
help you in preparing and cooking the
food and beverages that your family love. Start
everyone’s day with brewed coffee from your
coffee maker. Invest in toaster and
microwave oven to cook in less time. Conversely, a
slow cooker will ensure that you will be able to
have a meal served no matter how busy you are.
Also equip your kitchen with food processors and
blenders that will hasten your ingredient
preparation, as well as a mixer to help you
prepare the cravings of your sweet tooth.