Five small kitchen appliances worth having
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have a way of cluttering up our countertops. But there are some small appliances that are worth having and can make your home more efficient and run better. With the fall season underway, you just might find that these little gems will do some heavy lifting in your kitchen — and come at bargain prices to boot.
When you’re making great heaping recipes, you need a workhorse food processor to make pasta dough, pie crust or your favorite soup. But often what we need in the kitchen is a small batch of tartar sauce or a cup of minced onions.
Taking out the large processor can be a chore, and it doesn’t always do what you want on a small job. That’s where the mid-size processor comes in. Cuisinart’s Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor is one. With two speeds, grind and chop, one speed goes one direction and the other in reverse. This back and forth action makes silky sauces and enables you to get truly minced onions without big chunks. You’ll wonder how you cooked without it. (Williams-Sonoma. com)
Few things take up as much counter space as those giant countertop mixers. If you don’t bake like you thought you would but still need a mixer, opt for a quality hand mixer like the KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer. You’ll whip eggs, potatoes or cookie dough with ease, and all that power takes up very little room in the drawer freeing up precious counter space. (Macys.com)
If you’re tired of soups that explode in your blender or food processor, you’ll love an immersion blender. Plop it into a pot full of cooked tomatoes and you’ll get some soup in a snap. Some immersion blenders, like The Control Grip Immersion Blender by Breville, come with attachments for whipping or creating sauces (BedBathandBeyond.com). With one of these, you just might want some pumpkin soup on your Thanksgiving menu.
If you’re tired of toast that’s either not toasty enough or a charred mess, it might be time to ditch your toaster and put a toaster convection oven on the counter. The T-fal Stainless Steel Convection and Rotisserie Toaster Oven can fit a 12-inch pizza or toast up to six slices of toast at once (Amazon.com).
These small appliances do some heavyduty work, from roasting a chicken in the built-in rotisserie to baking a pie or batch of cookies quickly. They also can stand in during the holidays when there are never enough ovens for all the required baking.
Making rice was never easier than it is with a steamer. Make a dinner come together even faster with a steamer basket over the top. Put your rice on to cook with your vegetables all in one easy move. It’s easy to make rice in bulk, too, for stuffing or a hearty casserole. Because it automatically turns off when rice is cooked, you don’t have to worry about timing rice any longer. Get a 10- to 14-cup cooker so you can make rice ahead or feed a crowd.
For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website, RedLotusLetter.com.
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