Today I have my list of the kitchen appliances that I use the most. One of my favorite kitchen appliances might surprise you. I’d probably even consider it my favorite of the favorites. It’s the last one on the list below.
Don’t forget to check out my list of kitchen essentials and the other of my favorite kitchen tools. Between these three lists, your kitchen would be equipped to handle anything.
Mini Food Chopper
One that holds 2-3 cups is an ideal size. I use this all the time for small amounts of hummus, salsa, and other items that need pureed.
Our blender gets used all of the time for large batches of salsa and hummus, making oat flour and smoothies. (When making smoothies fill the blender up and freeze the extras in individual cups.) A Blendtec or Vitamix is on my wish list but in the meantime I have a Ninja Master Prep. It doesn’t get oat flour as fine as I’d like or some fruits at smooth but it gets the job done. The nice thing about it, is that it comes with a 2 cup jar as well. I’m curious as to how the Ninja Professional Blender are. What kind-of blender to you have?
I love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. I make rolls, breadsticks, naan and other breads and this makes it a breeze. Whipping up a large batch of butter cream icing is simple – you just let the machine do the work. No standing there holding electric hand beaters. Making double (or triple) batches of cookies won’t kill your arms. When I made bread I use 7-8 cups of whole wheat flour. If you are going to make batches of bread much bigger than that you are going to want to invest in a more heavy duty mixer. There’s no way this could have stood up to my mom’s 14 cups of grain bread making every week!
This would be a maybe essential. If you whip egg whites or heavy cream you’ll want this. (Unless you want to give yourself an arm workout with a whisk). If you only make recipes that require beaten in large amounts, you could use the whisk attachment to your stand mixer. I never use this for making things like cookies. I always do them by hand or with the Kitchen Aid.
I use this for cooking beans and making yogurt way more than I do for making meals.. I have a 6 quart and a 1 1/2 quart but the smaller one seldom gets used.
This is depending on family size. If you have no or one or two kids, this would probably not be essential. If your family grows, this will speed up pancake, grilled cheese, bacon frying and quesadilla making tremendously.
I don’t yet have a pressure cooker but my mom and sister do. You can have dry beans cooked in under 15-30 minutes from start to finish. Crazy. In fact, my mom told me she had beans that had soaked for just a few hours cooked in 8 minutes! It would be helpful for those days I forget to soak and cook my chick peas. My sister also uses her pressure cooker to quickly cook meat.
I wouldn’t consider this an essential just because you can cook rice on the stove top or in the oven. I’m including it, though, because I have one and use it every time I make rice. It makes the process brainless. Mine is a basic 6 cup one that came from Wal-Mart but there are some fancy ones available. A programmable rice cooker would be handy sometimes.
Automatic Ice Cream Maker
I’m saving my favorite for last. I know it might not seem like an essential but let me tell you, this thing is amazing! We use it all the time and it has eliminated our need to purchase ice cream from the store. It’s so easy and you don’t need any rock salt or ice. I’ll have a post coming this or next week going into more detail on this wonderful gadget.
What are you favorite kitchen appliances? Is there something that I need to add to my collection?
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I love my Kitchen aid!! It is my favorite. I don’t have a mini food chopper and that sounds like a great one to add!!
Mixers are amazing!!! I love mine as well. Love that the Professional one can knead up big batches of bread or rolls. The mini chopper thing is great for just small things that I don’t need the big blender for. Last night I used it to grind up some flax seeds.
We have a Ninja. I love it! But of course, the only kind of blenders we had before this were the cheaper varieties that kept breaking down. I’m curious about the ice cream maker … looking forward to that post!
Which Ninja do you have? I have the Master Prep but wonder if the actual blender is a lot better. He he, I burnt out my last blender too. I LOVE my ice cream maker. 🙂 I LOVE ice cream a lot though. I figure it’s more affordable and way better for me if I made it and it’s easy. I think that post is going up on Tuesday.
I have the ninja pro. I love it! It has pretty much replaced my big, clunky food processor, which I also liked, but it just took up too much counter space.
Glad to hear the Ninja Pro is good! They are a lot more affordable than the Vitamix or Blentec. It would be fun to do a side by side comparison to really see how different they are.
I was just thinking yesterday that I use my crockpot way more for yogurt than for anything else. Glad that I am not alone in this one!
That’s awesome! Homemade yogurt in it is so easy. Meals only happen every once in a while but beans a yogurt all the time!
Food processor! It does some of the things a blender or stand mixer can do, and it’s wonderful for slicing or grating large amounts of food.
Food processor is something I don’t have. I should find a friend that has one and see if I can borrow it. I can see how it would make things a lot easier for bulk cooking.
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I’ve been thinking about getting a rice cooker too and trying it for other grains as well! Thanks for the list!
I love how brainless the rice cooker makes the rice cooking process. I want to try it with quinoa sometime but haven’t yet.
a great list! My Bosch mixer/blender and my slow cooker are at the top of my list. One day I hope to replace my electric griddle, it was so nice.
If I ever make huge amounts of bread, I’ll have to upgrade to a Bosch. Heavy duty appliances seem to last much longer. Growing up we used the electric griddle all the time. Made making Saturday morning pancakes for 8 kids go much quicker.
I enjoyed reading what you kitchen gadgets you love in your kitchen. I have a Vitamix and LOVE it. It is well worth the money. My husband has a Ninja at the RV and it’s good, but I’m spoiled now. I couldn’t live without my rice cooker. I have a fuzzy one (programmable) and make so many things with it. I use it more than my slow cooker.
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I dream of one day owning a Kitchen Aid mixer! Right now I don’t have the counter or cupboard space for it. One day. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.
One day I hope you do too! I have my list of “one day” appliances. There are some pretty neat (and practical) looking ones. Thanks for hosting.
My favorite kitchen appliance is the slow cooker! It’s such a time saver for busy weeknights. I don’t know what I’d do without it! So glad to see it was on your list.
I need to start using my slow cooker for meals more often! Most of the time it gets used for yogurt and beans though I did use it for yesterday’s supper. It was so nice to not have to think about it.