When it comes to adding gadgets or small electrics to my kitchen, I’m pretty selective. Counter top/workspace and cupboard/storage space are limited and valuable, so any new thing that’s to be added to my kitchen has to add enough culinary value to warrant its keep.
Here are 5 valuable kitchen electrics that have made my cut.
1. Oyama® Rice Cooker
I love this thing. After 7+ years of eating rice that just wasn’t cooked quite right, the Oyama® Rice Cooker has been a welcome addition to my kitchen. We chose this one because of the sealed lid and stainless steel cooking bowl and steamer basket. And the other good thing about it? It cooks my rice faster than my vegetable steamer did. Just the other night, it successfully accommodated my last-minute decision to make rice for supper, cooking 2 cups of long grain white rice in under 15 minutes.
2. TASSIMO T20 Home Brewing System by Bosch
I never was a regular coffee drinker until I decided to eliminate pop from my diet (again) a little over a year ago. While coffee drinking isn’t the healthiest of habits, I figure it has to be better than pop. And the coffee I make at home with organic cream and liquid Stevia is certainly more healthy (and less expensive!) than what I would get at Starbucks. Most people with a single-serve coffee maker probably have a Keurig, but I liked the TASSIMO T20 because of its small size and its ability to make frothy drinks (and… okay, I admit it… because it looks good sitting next to my Bosch Universal on the counter top…).
3. Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine and Blender
After burning up a KitchenAid stand mixer in under 18 months of whole wheat bread-making, I learned that the Bosch Universal Plus is a must for bread-making success. This powerful, large-capacity machine also comes in handy for mixing up my rather heavy cookie dough recipe and my huge bran muffin recipe; and the blender attachment is nice for making smoothies, shakes, and pancake batter.
4. L’Equip Nutrimill Grain Mill
I got my Nutrimill at the same time I got the Bosch Universal Plus. Prior to owning this variable high-speed grain mill, I was using a grain mill attachment for my KitchenAid–which was possibly responsible for the KitchenAid’s short lifespan. Since the Bosch doesn’t have a grain mill attachment, I needed a stand-alone grain mill. The Nutrimill takes up a lot of space in my cupboard; but its large capacity and mess-free design make it well worth its keep.
5. Krups Belgian Waffle Maker
A waffle maker is one thing I always thought my kitchen could do without, mostly because I had this perception that all waffle makers are bulky and space-consuming. My husband and son would drop hints from time to time about getting a waffle maker, but I figured we could just stick to pancakes. My griddle doesn’t take up much space, after all. But when we saw the Krups Belgian Waffle Maker and its sleek, upright storage design, my mind was instantly changed. I’m sure it’s not the nicest waffle maker on the market, but it certainly does a good enough job to earn its small space in the cupboard.