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5 Small Appliances You Need in Your Kitchen

August 2, 2018

Are you a newlywed trying to figure out what you need in your new home? Or maybe you just want to add an item or two that will help you when it comes to cooking for your family. With a seemingly endless supply of kitchen appliances out there to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are five products though, that your kitchen should not be without.

Stand Mixer

If you like your arms feeling as if they are about to fall off, you might not need a stand mixer. But if that does not sound appealing to you, you might consider getting one of these work horses for your kitchen. A stand mixer doesn’t just mix your cake batter, this multi-use tool can do so much more.

The flat beater can mix your dough for cookies and your meat for meatloaf, it can also break up cooked meat for shredded pork and chicken, and make chunky mashed potatoes are a thing of the past. The dough hook is great for yeast-based doughs such as pizza and cinnamon buns, and the whisk can be used to beat eggs for meringue or make homemade whip cream. On top of that, other attachments will allow you to slice apples, make pasta noodles, and even ground you own meat.

Bread Machine

While you do not need a bread maker to make good bread, when you begin to learn more about bread machines, you can see why they might be handy to have in your kitchen. Baking bread with traditional methods can take anywhere from 3 to four hours when you consider the time to knead the dough and allow it to rise.

A bread machine might take just as long start to finish, but it only requires 5 minutes of prep and the machine does the rest for you. Plus, you don’t have to tire your hands kneading the dough or heat up your kitchen with a hot oven while the bread bakes.

Instant Pot

Working late or having a crazy schedule should not hinder you from getting to enjoy a hot meal at home each night. If your job schedule has you running through the drive thru each evening for dinner, you should consider having an Instant Pot in your home. An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, skillet, and oven all in one. It can cook elaborate meals in less than an hour and make rough cuts of meat tinder and tasty. It can even cook frozen meats safely, for when you forget to take your meat out of the freezer in the morning.

Immersion Blender

If you want to blend your soups to smooth perfection, but don’t want to transfer it to your blender to do so, an immersion blender might just be your new best friend. It’s lighter and easier to clean than a full-size blender and can do almost anything that it’s full-size counterpart can do. Smoothies, sauces, dips, and soups, this small appliance has got you covered.

Indoor Grill

Nothing beats a good grilled steak. But sometimes going outside to grill just isn’t doable. If you live in an apartment, for example, or just not wanting to step outside on a cold winters day. Sometimes you just want to grill without stepping outside, and a countertop grill allows you to do just that.

You can choose an electric grill, that cooks both sides of your meat at the same time, or a stovetop grill pan will do the job as well. These are usually made from cast iron and even come big enough to fit over two burners, so you can grill all your meat at once.

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