Five small kitchen ap­pli­ances worth hav­ing

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Tri­bune Con­tent Agency Small ap­pli­ances

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.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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