Today we are going to take a little sneak peak into my kitchen and look at all my recommendations for my favorite kitchen appliances.
I am not one that likes a lot of “gadgets” in my kitchen. I don’t have a lot of space so what I do have is sacred and reserved for only the best and most necessary appliances. And while I’m no expert on what is the “best,” I can at least attest to what works best for me.
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
1. Vitamix 5200
This machine is nothing short of amazing. I can make smoothies, grind coffee beans, chop veggies, shred chicken, make hummus, knead bread (in the dry container), make bread crumbs, grind flours out of corn, oats and wheat berries, and most importantly, make “nice” cream. This machine does it all and it’s been going strong for almost 8 years. I take it on vacations with me and I’ve even thought of giving her a name. How do you like the name, Bessie? Too much?
I don’t pull out this machine very often as I mostly use my Vitamix for everything, but I am still glad I have it and use it enough to make it worth keeping around. Food processors come in larger and smaller capacities, but for what I use it for, I believe the 11-cup size is perfect. Not too big, not to small. Cuisinarts are built to last, too, as proven by my mother’s model that is probably just as old as me. It can do much of what the Vitamix can, so, if you can’t afford the higher price tag of the Vitamix, then a food processor is a great alternative.
Too busy running around to work, school and extra curricular activities to get a good, wholesome meal on the table for dinner? Then you need a Crock Pot. With a little prep in the morning, you can throw everything into the crockpot, walk away and in 6-8 hours have a hot meal ready to go. It works well on super busy nights when it seems like everyone is running in a different direction. I specifically like this programmable version because after the set cooking time it will turn down to the warm setting until you are ready to eat. The settings are simple enough while not being too “overly techy” for those of us who are technology challenged.
There is nothing like fresh waffles on a Sunday morning. Topped with a simple fruit compote and served with some fresh squeezed orange juice … oh yeah. That’s what’s up. I often pull this out during the week as well to make a simple oat waffle before my kids run off to school. So much better than the frozen boxed kind full of sugar.
Admittedly, this is not the waffle maker I currently own. Right now I use a Proctor Silex Belgian Waffle Maker and it does a decent job for the money. But I included the Presto brand one because it’s what I used prior to the Proctor Silex machine. While, both are good machines in their price point, I have to say the Presto has a slight edge for me. I like the fact that you can flip it over and seemed to store slightly better in my cabinets. Either way, if you are looking for a waffle maker that doesn’t take up a ton of space, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then this is your machine.
5. Aroma Rice Cooker
Again, I am so not a gadgety person, so I never ever thought I would have owned a rice cooker. But we got one as a free gift when we bought a massage chair. True story. And while the massage chair is now sitting in storage, the rice cooker sure does get a lot of use.
Cooking rice, especially brown rice, is somewhat harder than expected. Unless you are able to find the “quick cook” variety I would strongly recommend you don’t attempt cooking brown rice on the stovetop. I have never been able to get it to turn out correctly no matter how long I leave it cooking. Spend the $30 and save yourself the frustration. And while I can no longer find the brand I own, this Aroma model gets great reviews and does all that mine can.
What are your favorite kitchen appliances?
Until next time, keep it real.
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