Small Kitchen Appliance Essentials
April 5, 2010
— appliances, kitchen accesories
My cooking style is far from complicated. I like my food fresh, simple and quick. I hardly ever bake, and I never follow recipes. But I do have a few helpful kitchen appliances that I can’t live without.
Nicolette’s List of Essentials:
KitchenAid Food Processor. I didn’t know what I was missing before I had this. My Processor makes an appearance on my counter at least once a week. I use it for smooth and creamy soups, humus, salsa and just chopping veggies when I feel lazy. It does a great job of mixing and chopping at the same time.
Viking Pro Blender. I actually won this in a contest from Viking! It looks super retro in the red color, and is a nice appliance to leave out on the countertop. While a bit heavy, it works wonders with smoothies and mixed cocktails.
George Foreman Grill. I took this with me when I went to live in Central America for a year. A great way to cook lots of different things fast and easy. Some of my favorites are chicken breasts, eggplant, asparagus, portobello mushrooms and sausage links. Offered at reasonable prices, some models offer a steaming top for veggies or bread, and did I mention it is a lean, mean, fat grilling machine!
Electric Kettle. I love my tea, and with an electric kettle, all you need to do is fill it up with water and hit the go button. The one I have now is plastic, but a stainless/ glass model that is getting good reviews is the Jura-Capresso 260. With a sleek design, I wouldn’t mind replacing my old one with one of these (*wink wink* to husband, my birthday is right around the corner).
Cooks Illustrated Magazine. It may not be an appliance, but it is a wonderful magazine that is no fluff, that gives you recipes, cooking tips, equipment reviews and seasonal veggie and fruit advice. A great addition to any cooks kitchen. A 6 issue per year publication that won’t disappoint you.
Others. Well of course there is the toaster, the microwave and the rarely used dehydrater that I wouldn’t want to live without either, but it would be much less painful than my above list.
If you are reading and have a suggestions for other great appliances, please write in!
by Nicolette Patton, AKBD