I don’t think I ever wanted many kitchen gadgets. I thought they might be a pain to clean or they’d take up too much space in our home. But slowly, we’ve accumulated what I think are the essentials for us. My husband loves his technology so he initiated all this I would say. My mom-in-law provided some of the items to us like the rice cooker and electric kettle so thank you to her for introducing these items into my life. Of course I knew they existed, but I didn’t believe I needed them. Now I need them.
Most of the links are for the actual models we own. They may not be the latest models but they’re what we have and we’re happy with them.
So I was a juicing fiend in 2014 after I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” I’m actually considering rewatching it as I type this. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend it. I wanted to juice to help me lose weight back then. I lost 10 lbs in about 2 months just by juicing once a day and eating healthy. I really got into a good momentum but then I broke my foot doing the running man at a bar (I then continued dancing the night away because I thought there was no way I just broke my foot wearing flats. I only rolled my foot but that was enough). Resting my foot, I slowly went back to my old eating habits.
But, the juicing made my skin look amazing, I was told. I couldn’t see it but people told me my skin was glowing. I would juice carrots, apples and spinach together. It’s really delicious. Try to keep the fruits to a minimum or you’re just going to end up making yourself a sugary drink. The main problem with juicing is the prep work with fruits & veggies and the cleaning of the machine and any splatter. But if you’re committed, you can do it. Also, juicing makes you go #2 more often.
9. Slow Cooker
I haven’t used our slow cooker much yet but I imagine I’ll be using it more once I start working (*crosses fingers* by the way, my older brother cracked a joke about me being unemployed the other day. He’s like “you’re unemployed when the unemployment rate is at the lowest it’s been in 17 years.” Thanks, bro, I love you too). I’ve always been hesitant to use a slow cooker because it’s on for hours while you’re (usually) not home. And after the Crock Pot This is Us episode, I’m even more hesitant. But hubs made some delicious jerk chicken in it the other day so I’m a fan.
This is something every kitchen probably needs. I know my mom and MIL (mother-in-law) both have one and it seems pretty essential in Indian cooking where you cook tomatoes and onions and then you need to blend it. It’s better than throwing the mixture in a blender which leads to a larger cleanup process. This comes with a whisk attachment as well which is good for whisking egg whites into foam, among other things.
This is great for poached and boiled eggs. More on that here: Restaurant Quality Food Made Right At Home
6. Pizza Stone
If you like making pizza at home with a great crust, this is a must (ha, that rhymed!). More on that here: Restaurant Quality Food Made Right At Home
I make zoodles (zucchini noodles) about every 2 weeks so this is a handy tool. This specific one is a slight pain to clean and takes up a lot room but I imagine it’s better than the handheld spiralizers which you have to twist and grind yourself. The handheld ones probably take longer to spiralize as well.
4. Toaster Oven
I don’t know why some people don’t own one. I feel a toaster is useless. You need a TOASTER OVEN. It’s perfect for all those naan pizzas. I absolutely hate using a huge oven for something I can cook just the same in a toaster oven. This is essentially a mini oven.
I’m a tea junkie so I use this on the daily. This is a lot faster than making tea on the stove. Stovetop tea is a 10 out of 10 in my books for taste. The kettle version is a 7/10 but it gets the job done.
2. Rice Cooker
I cannot for the life of me make a pot of rice on the stove. I always overcook it. I’d rather make farro than white rice on the stove. For white rice, I use my rice cooker although I’m sure it can cook other grains too. Before this rice cooker, I would buy microwavable rice – but I didn’t like to because I knew it contains tons of preservatives.
My husband purchased this for us and I didn’t understand the hype at all until I started using it. This is the number one item that has enabled me to eat healthier. I use it to make my smoothies and acai bowls. It can of course be expensive but the warranty on them is good. I also probably use it a ton to help justify the cost in my head.
What are your favorite kitchen “gadgets and gizmos?” Leave a comment below!
– Relatable Roni
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