July 29, 2017
Confession time: I’m a kitchen gadget junkie. I absolutely love playing with food, and I have so much fun using all of these nifty appliances that promise to make your culinary life so much easier. However, we’ve been exploring minimalism in my household of 450 square feet, and have gotten rid of most of our “extras” in the kitchen. Here are the three appliances I’m left with, and how I use them daily.
3 Kitchen Gadgets I Can’t Live Without
Blender/Food Processing system: I’m lucky to have received a high-end blender as a gift a few years ago, and it’s still going strong. It’s got a large blender jug, food processing attachments and dough hooks, and a smaller individual-sized smoothie cup. As a mostly-raw vegan, I can confidently say that I use this every single day, sometimes multiple times each day. As a bonus, it’s nice-looking and barely takes up any counter space!
Spiralizer: This is one that I’m surprised made the cut, as it seemed like a “splurge” purchase when I bought it. Mine is a tiny hand-held device that cost about $20 and is totally capable of handling most vegetables that I’ve thrown at it. There are many more expensive models on the market, but this little guy seems to do just fine. Use it to make raw noodles out of zucchini, carrots, yams, and cucumber, or spiralize some potatoes for the perfect hashbrowns!
Rice cooker: Again, this seems like something that most people could do without. Rice is pretty easy to cook on the stove, and an extra gadget just takes up space. However, it’s pretty nice to just throw things in the cooker and forget about it for a while, only to come back and have your grains sitting there warm and ready. With only two settings it’s pretty fool-proof! And did you know that you can make so much more than just rice in a rice cooker? I’ve made quinoa, millet, popcorn, and even boiled lentils, beans, and soups. Compared to a stove top it takes up much less room and is great in a kitchenette or dorm room.
What I love about these gadgets is that they take up very little space, can be used with just a simple electrical outlet, and are easily portable. They’re great for tiny houses, campers, dorm rooms, and even to accompany on your road trip to plug into hotel rooms!
So tell me…What are your favourite gadgets, and what do you like to make in them?