When fitting out your kitchen, you’ll want to start with the basics, such as a:
These essential large kitchen appliances will be doing most of the grunt-work cooking, storing and cleaning your delicious meals.
However, when it comes to deciding which must-have small kitchen appliances you want for your cooking kingdom, it can be a bit overwhelming choosing from the hundreds of different gadgets you might want to have.
Here’s our top five must-have kitchen appliances to get creative in the kitchen this season!
Appliances Every Kitchen Needs
Create a mouth-watering curry with your slow cooker…
1. Slow Cooker
Being able to toss a whole bunch of ingredients into a pot and let it cook while your at work is the reason why so many of us love our slow cookers – and that slow-cooked meals that have simmered in their juices all day long are some of the tastiest feasts ever.
That being said, you'll have to do a bit of preparation the night before or that morning. However, knowing that when you get home, dinner will be finished and ready to go will alleviate the stress of the daily ‘what are we having for dinner’ question.
Slow cookers also allow you to set a timer for when they will start cooking, meaning that you won’t have to worry about having it on all day while you’re out.
What can you cook? Casseroles, curries, stews, soups, roasts and much more!
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Heating up your favourite soup has never been easier with a microwave!
Most of us know that the three main features of a microwave is to defrost, reheat and cook food. However, with modern microwaves, it’s how they do it that makes them far superior to older models.
If you’ve got a microwave from a fair few years ago, you should have those three key features and a few extra settings for vegetables and power levels. Modern microwaves are a step-up in terms of performance, energy-saving ratings and overall capabilities.
You’ll still get the three main features, defrosting, reheating and cooking but with the added power, these tasks will be done much quicker. Modern microwaves also come with extra features that control the power and other aspects to cooking certain foods, certain ways.
For example, the ‘pastry’ or ‘pie’ setting will heat the centre of the pie while still keeping the pastry crispy like a convection oven would, in a fraction of the time.
What can you cook? You can cook almost anything in a microwave from two-minute noodles to cakes, pies, vegetables, meats, soups and of course, reheating last night's slow-cooked leftovers.
You can quickly whip-up a superfood bowl using a food processor…
3. Food Processor
Sometimes, the mashing, pureeing, grating, shredding and cutting you need to do in preparation takes longer than the cooking of the meal itself. A food processor significantly speeds-up this process through its array of blades and accessories to make meal prep a breeze.
Many food processors come with a huge toolbelt of accessories, such as a blending jug, which allows the food processor to be used as a blender too, cheese graters and a wide range of different styles of blades.
If you’re limited by space in your kitchen, a mini food processor offers many of the same benefits to a full-size one, but with a smaller capacity bowl that takes up less bench space.
What can you create? Homemade dips, dressings and sauces, dicing vegetables, curry pastes, superfood bowls, grinding meat and almond butter are our favourite things to make with a food processor.
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Wake up to silky smooth milk in your morning coffee!
4. Milk Frother
If you’re the type of person to start their day with an energising coffee, hot chocolate or other hot milky beverage, then a milk frother will change your mornings forever. Creating cafe-style beverages complete with silky-smooth milk has never been easier.
Milk frothers are able to heat your milk to a specific temperature in a few minutes while adjusting the amount of froth you want in your drink. A milk frother is often faster than heating your milk in the microwave and provides a better, smoother texture for your drink.
What can you create? Lattes, cappuccinos, flat-whites, hot chocolates, chai lattes, dirty chai lattes, baby chinos and more!
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Create any flavoured ice cream you could possibly imagine using an ice cream maker!
5. Ice Cream Maker
Possibly both a blessing and a curse, being able to make your favourite ice cream whenever you please could be a disaster to your healthy-eating plan. On the other hand, being able to custom create the perfect blend of flavours into any ice cream you want is a dream many of us have.
With an ice cream maker, you won’t be restricted to the ‘standard flavours’ found in the supermarket. If you wanted to put peanut butter, caramel brownie and choc chips into your ice cream, no one could stop you!
If you’re thinking of creating some healthier options, such as fruity sorbet, gelato or froyo (aka. frozen yoghurt), this is also possible with an ice cream maker.
What can you create? Ice cream, gelato, sorbet and frozen yoghurt in any flavour you could possibly dream of!
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It’s hard to narrow down the list of must-have appliances essential for any kitchen. Here are our honourable mentions that didn’t quite make the top five.
Stick Blender: A great alternative to the food processor if you find yourself doing a lot of blending and less ‘processing’. These are great for kitchens that are limited in space and only use their blender or food processor occasionally.
Electric Scales: Measuring ingredients such as flour, sugar and butter is made simple with electric scales. Alternatively, [measuring cups] would also work too.
Coffee Machine: For those who want the full coffee experience without the chirpy barista, a coffee machine gives you the capabilities to make your own cafe-style coffee in the privacy of your own home.
Electric Kettle: A staple of the modern kitchen, an electric kettle takes far less time to boil than their stovetop counterparts. However, the downside is that electric kettles are extremely power hungry when boiling it’s water.
Rice Cooker: If you often find yourself eating curries, stir-fries and other rice-based dishes a rice cooker will give you perfect rice in half the time it takes to cook on the stove or microwave.
Waffle Maker: As the name suggests, a waffle maker creates the perfect companion to your ice cream maker, waffles – arguably the best meal you can have for breakfast and dessert without feeling guilty.
Between the food processor, slow cooker, microwave, milk frother and most importantly, ice cream maker, your kitchen is well equipped for the feasts you’re ready to have.