Deciding which gadgets you need to have for your kitchen can be tough. Pick the wrong ones, and they might just take up space without ever getting used. It can be easy to allow yourself to be taken in by what’s currently on trend, but buying what everyone is raving about is an easy way to create a kitchen gadget graveyard. Rather than trying to choose gadgets that will completely change the way you cook, you should consider how you use your kitchen and what would help you to be more efficient. Take a look at some of these suggestions for essential kitchen gadgets.
A Multi-purpose Mixer and Blender
Kitchen gadgets can take up a lot of space, and you don’t always have a lot of counter or cabinet space to use. So gadgets that can do more than one thing at once can be a good choice. One of the best options is a combined stand mixed and food processor. You can use the bottom part for mixing and whisking, which is especially good for baking, and the top part for blending and processing. These gadgets will often have various attachments, so you can use them in different ways to complete different tasks.
A Good Pair of Scales
Kitchen scales are excellent to have if you want to be more accurate in your cooking or perhaps more likely in your baking. While recipes from the US are more likely to be measured in volume, recipes from elsewhere often give ingredients in weight or a combination of weight and volume (depending on the ingredient). Scales allow you to measure your ingredients accurately so that you can make sure everything is balanced. It’s especially useful when baking because measuring out cups isn’t a very accurate way of measuring ingredients like flour.
A Slow Cooker
If there’s one gadget you can use to save time on cooking, it’s a slow cooker. Slow cookers allow you to throw everything in the pot, sometimes with a little preparation first, then come back in a few hours to a finished meal. You can use them to make everything from Crockpot chicken fajitas to bread and cakes. While not everyone will get a lot of use out of a slow cooker, it’s a godsend for many people. If you struggle to find the time or energy to cook, a slow cooker could be the right kitchen gadget for you.
Preparing ingredients can be pretty time-consuming. In fact, it’s often what takes up most of your time cooking. If you find that you spend too long chopping, consider getting some gadgets to make it easier. You can get an electric chopper, which could do anything from finely chopping an onion to making a chili paste. A mandolin is another great gadget to have if you want to slice vegetables finely. Just make sure you use them safely because they can do some damage to your fingers.
Kitting out your kitchen with a few essential gadgets can save you time, improve your cooking and baking, and make being in the kitchen more fun too.