A lot of my day is spent in the kitchen either preparing food or cleaning up. This is why I love appliances because when something makes my life that little bit easier, I jump on it. See, I have a really small kitchen. Two adults can not stand side by side at the sink. The floor space is teeny and my bench (counter) for cutting up food is about 155cm x 35cm deep (that’s about 62″ x 14″). I might do a separate post on my kitchen some day. Anyway, I prefer recipes or meals that don’t involve me being in the kitchen for too long because the kids always need me for something and when we’re all crowded in the kitchen it can actually be dangerous, given the confined space. We’re planning on renovating the kitchen this year, yay.
Okay, so I like to make meals and preparation as quick and simple as possible or to at least minimise the need for me to spend ages chopping or standing at the stove. So here are my favourite items. The photos below are not mine but clicking on them will take you to the page I found them on.
Okay, we have:
I love that I can just chuck my rice and water in an appliance and it does all the work. I always sucked at cooking rice on the stove. I keep reading about cooking quinoa and other stuff in the rice cooker but I’m yet to try it.
I used this a lot before I became vegan and since then I’ve used it for cooking beans and chickpeas. Good for when I don’t have much time to cook those things the usual way on the stove.
If this kicked the bucket tomorrow I would immediately go out and get a new one. Essential in my kitchen!
Love this when I have to slice up lots of apple, potato, etc.
Easily my favourite purchase ever. When I bought this I was telling myself “it’s an investment in your health, your children’s health, do it do it”. So I did it. I felt sick after placing the order because it cost so much (and mine was on special). Then it arrived, I made a smoothie with spinach and was all ZOMG THERE ARE NO BITTY BITS. See, I’d had a few cheaper blenders before then in those well known appliance names and they all crapped it after a year or so. Plus I was never happy with how they blended, some left telltale chunks and I was never confident with putting ice in there as I’m sure it ruined my first blender. Anyway, I use the Blendtec at least once a day (more like twice) and some days as much as five times. I make juices with the whole fruit (peeled/cored/etc where necessary) so you’re drinking pulp and all. Cashew cream, nut milk, frozen fruit soft serve, purees, grinding grain, chopping. I loooooove this. Love love love it. Most of all I love that I can put all sorts of veggies in smoothies and the kids can’t tell because everything gets thoroughly blended.
Excalibur 5-tray dehydrator with timer
Another great purchase but one I should use more often. My favourite thing to make in the dehydrator are kale chips and buckwheat crispies. Or apple and date puree mixed with buckwheat then dehydrated so it’s in crispy little chunks and eaten with a nut milk for breakfast. I’ve also made fruit leathers and dried fruit as well as crackers. Handy for eating raw but not absolutely necessary.
I delayed purchasing a Tofu Xpress for ages because the shipping to Australia is so expensive. Initially when I began to press tofu, I did the wrapping in towels heavy objects thing. But it really began to tick me off because it took up space in that teeny kitchen. So I invested in this press which is so nice and small and am glad I did because I can throw it all in the fridge.
I use this for zucchini and carrot noodles. You can make thin angel hair style or thicker ribbons.
old Sunbeam Mixmaster
I don’t do a lot of baking, certainly not enough to justify buying a stand mixer but I inherited this from my grandma. Brilliant for those occasions when I do need to mix something up and let the machine do it’s thing while I do something else. I have a small electric hand mixer too which is handy for smaller jobs. I’m too lazy to take a photo of it right now but it’s one of those old vintagey white ones with the small and large bowls. Love it to bits.
Other appliances I own but don’t use all that often are a slow cooker with two sections, milkshake maker (from pre-vegan days), hot chocolate maker (ditto), old juicer (getting rid of this as I can make juices in the Blendtec), microwave steamer for vegetables and rice, mini chopper.
So that’s it! If I had to choose just one thing I could take with me (or even if I couldn’t) if the house was on fire, it’s the Blendtec hands down.