I will admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for kitchen gadgets. Not in the sense that I sit up at 11pm at night with a glass of wine watching late night infomercials, but if I see something that looks good, then you know…
So today I’m sharing with you my top 10 kitchen gadgets to make your life a little easier!
My Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets
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1. Food Processor
There was no hesitation when choosing my number one kitchen gadget. A decent food processor will make your life so much easier, trust me. Anything from grating to blitzing, the food processor is my absolute must have in the kitchen. I use mine to make guacamole, cheesecake bases, sorbet and dips; like my Mediterranean Layered White Bean Dip.
2. KitchenAid Mixmaster
Unfortunately, I do not currently own one of these mixmasters, but boy do I want one. The thing that’s makes this mixmaster so special is the attachments you can get. From pasta makers, spiralizers, you can even get a sifter and scale attachment! There are so many attachments, the only problem (and the reason I don’t have one yet) is the price tag.
3. Mandolin Slicer
Cut your prep time in half – literally. With this handy tool, you can achieve thin, uniform slices every time. Just run your veggies up and down the Mandolin for slicing, shredded and grating with ease. Making veggie chips? No problem. Need some coleslaw for the barbecue? Covered. How about some carrot cake? Sorted. I just recommend using the guard to make sure that you slice the veggies and not your fingers. Use it for homemade veggie chips, coleslaw, salads, grated vegetables, slicing fruit and vegetables and shredding.
4. Microplane Zester
The humble zester can do so much more than just zesting lemons! From getting garlic nice and fine to finishing of your pasta with some freshly grated Parmesan, a zester can be really helpful. Use it on citrus, Parmesan, garlic, nutmeg, ginger and even chocolate.
5. Mr. Whipstir – A Mechanical Whisk
Okay, I will admit that I was suckered into buying this after watching a live infomercial in the middle of BigW – but it really does work! I seriously love this thing; it saves me so much time and energy making scrambled eggs and omelettes and you can even use it to froth milk for coffee! Use it for eggs, milk, cream, making dressings, pancakes and just about anything else you use a normal whisk for.
6. Lemon Squeezer
I use citrus quite often; I love the tangy, fresh flavour that you get from lemons and limes. This means that having a decent lemon squeezer is must for me in the kitchen. It really makes things a lot easier and it gets every last drop of juice out of the fruit.
Say hello to gorgeous, vibrant summer salads and oodles of zucchini noodles! A good quality spiralizer will turn any drab salad into something amazing. My Auntie has one that makes all different sizes of veggie ribbons and noodles – I’ll admit that I have gadget envy; mine only does noodles.
If you think that all you can do with a blender it make smoothies, then think again. From achieving smooth and creamy soups to luscious salad dressings and sauces, a blender can do amazing things. You can even use it to make pancake batter. Use it to make smoothies, soups, salsa, dressing, hollandaise sauce and pancake batter.
9. Garlic Press
All right so I’m not sure if everyone else is as obsessed with garlic as I am, but if you are then you definitely need to have a garlic press. Say goodbye to peeling and dicing garlic – just pop in a clove, squeeze and your ready to go! Use it for almost any dish that uses garlic (and if you’re like me, that’s basically everything!)
10. Potato Ricer
If you love smooth, creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes than a potato ricer is a must! Just add the boiled potatoes to the ricer and push through and add the dairy and salt for the best mashed potato you’ve ever had. Totally worth it. Use it for making any kind of mash veggies or purée.
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