If you’re making an inventory of your kitchen essentials, make sure to include these 10 kitchen appliances that would make your life cooking, baking, and preparing food more efficient and professional:
1. Rice cooker and steamer combo
Every Asian household has some sort of rice cooker and steamer appliance to complete all those rice-based recipes. If you’re exploring Asian cuisine or just love rice with your dishes, invest in a rice cooker!
I recommend buying at least the 8-cup model if you’re a household of 3 or more people or love entertaining guests for meals. You can buy the traditional rice cookers (where you just push the lever down to cook) or a modern one with touch controls. There are even smart rice cookers that cook the rice for you by controlling them from an app.
2. Food processor
If you hate chopping, cutting, slicing, dicing, mincing and other prep work, a food processor can take away the stress you have from preparing all your dishes.
This device won’t give you an innovative way of cutting ingredients, but all its functions would turn your sauces, soups, baby food, mashed food, salads, and other dishes exceptionally easy to make.
The best thing about food processors is that even the smallest model can “process” ingredients faster, more evenly, and hassle-free all in under a minute.
3. Indoor grill or electric griddle
If your house has no outdoor space, or you live in an area where there is rarely good weather for grilling outdoors, an indoor grill or electric griddle would definitely be a game-changer for you.
An indoor grill or electric griddle is also super simple to use. Just plug it in, throw the meat onto the grill, let it cook and once it’s done to the level of doneness you prefer, then it’s time to eat.
4. Toaster Oven
The toaster ovens of today have graduated from just being a kitchen appliance that “toasts” your slices of bread (although this traditional version still exists in the market today).
Modern toaster ovens can serve as your second oven, an airfryer, or even a microwave in one. It’s the reason why many commercial kitchens have industrial toaster ovens in their kitchens these days.
Perfect for a busy parent or busy household, multicookers are exactly what you think they are. These kitchen appliances cook in multiple ways, from pressure-cooking to slow-cooking and stewing your favorite stew, multicookers are a must-have if you’re a fan of soups and other soul food.
Almost all top kitchen appliance brands have their own versions of the multicooker, but none as popular as the InstaPot.
6. Hand Blender
A hand blender is your secret to making homemade sauces for your pastas, mashing veggies for baby food, creating all sorts of smoothies, and other blended meals and drinks.
What many people love about the hand blender is that it works just like the bulky stand blender, but because you can clean this up and store it nicely in your kitchen drawers, you wouldn’t need any countertop space to benefit from a hand blender.
7. Electric Can Opener
Say goodbye to asking someone else to open a can for you!
Let’s face it, even modern can openers can be tricky to use. But once you’ve switched with the electric kind, you’re going to be scratching your head why you didn’t invest in one sooner.
The electric can opener is a top 3 must-have kitchen appliance and it’s easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store, and pretty affordable too!
This kitchen appliance is a life-changer for bread-lovers all around. If you don’t have one yet and there’s always a store-bought loaf of bread in your pantry, invest in a good breadmaker and you’ll never look back.
Just imagine being able to “bake” fresh loaves of bread daily without the need to wait for proofing or kneading or other time-consuming bread-making procedures. Some models even have a gluten-free option!
For those who spend on juices in health stores and groceries, it’s time to learn how to make them at home and save hundreds of dollars a year doing so.
The cool thing about modern juicers is that they’re not as bulky as before. They’re also dishwasher-safe and very easy to use, regardless of what vegetable, fruit or other ingredients you’d love to try juicing.
10. Electric kettle
Boiling water traditionally still works, but if you have limited stove space, having an electric kettle can save you so much time and gas/electricity.
Just pour water in, click a button and leave it to boil. Within minutes, you can use it to mix into your cake batter, melt ingredients, or just make a cup of coffee.
Yes, many of these kitchen appliances still have their traditional counterparts, but why use those if these devices can make your kitchen life more efficient and stress-free?