Is your kitchen looking kitsch? By adding some modern gadgets you may not give your kitchen a more sophisticated look, but save time and energy too. Here are a few great gizmos that every homeowner needs.
Nothing beats a hearty stew. You can cook these on the hob with a regular pan, but why not save the gas by buying a slow-cooker for the job. Slow-cookers are great for casseroles, meat, curries, soups and mac and cheese – bringing out all the flavours. They’re effort-free devices – you can put ingredients in and leave them to cook as you go to work or whilst going about evening activities. You can buy low-end models relatively cheaper or shell out on a more expensive hi-tech version.
Blenders are a great way of getting rid of all those vegetables in the bottom fridge drawer and apples and bananas in the fruit bowl that might otherwise go uneaten. They can be used to make soups, sauces, juices, milkshakes and smoothies with the click of a button. Some have multiple settings so that you can get the consistency just right. You can get creative and start adding all kinds of ingredients. Those who are into healthy living and want to make a fruit-and-veg-heavy diet more exciting, should definitely invest in one of these devices.
Finely chopping up vegetables can be painstaking work. The mandoline slicer is a handy tool that makes quick work of slicing and grating up cucumbers, carrots, cheese and even chocolate. Many modern mandoline slicers come with protective guards to keep your fingers safe and have options so that you can choose the shaving size of your food. Making vegetable chopping much easier, owning a mandoline slicer might give you a better incentive to add more greens to your meal – although alternatively could encourage you to pour chocolate shavings over everything.
Don’t feel that you need to nip down to your local coffee shop just to have a non-instant brew. Buying your own coffee maker could allow you to enjoy your own fresh Americanos from the comfort of your own home. There are home models to cater for all purposes and budgets. Keen baristas that know the specs they’re after ought to go online and read up a few coffee machine with grinder reviews to get the model that’s ideal for them. If you don’t have enough room in your kitchen, you can even install one in your bedroom and wake up to a brew.
Smart technology has taken over all manner of kitchen appliances, allowing you to boil your kettle or adjust the heat of your oven from your phone. Smart fridges are able to read barcodes and tell you when you need to stock up one various necessities. You can then access this fridge data from your phone, allowing you to go out shopping and not need a shopping list. These computerised appliances are stuff of the future. Who knows – all our kitchen cupboards may be set up with such technology in a few years