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Today I present you with my three favorite small kitchen appliances.
What Makes an Appliance a Favorite?
What qualifies them as favorites? Well, since it’s me writing this, first and foremost they must be practical! That means that they really do what they say they will, they are efficient, effective, good value for the price, easy to store, and easy to clean. Meeting all of those criteria is a tall order, and these appliances are up to the task.
They also must be appliances that I use often. Anything that spends a lot of time in storage cannot be a favorite. I’m partial to workhorses.
I’ve purchased each of these within the last few months, and I personally use and vouch for each of them.
Nutribullet Blender System
How many times can I say I love my Nutribullet? I don’t know why it took so long for me to buy one of these for myself. I guess I thought it wouldn’t be any more special than my blender, but boy was I wrong!
Smoothies are so much, well…smoother…within a few seconds, I can blend up a delicious fresh smoothie without any random fruit chunks or ice chips. Plus, the accessories are really handy – two sizes of cups, lids, a snap-on handle…this is a well-thought-out appliance. I keep the stand on my counter (and I hate things on the counter) because I really do use it at least every other day.
I like the basic model of Nutribullet, and find it has all the power I need. There are several models out there. You can find them at Amazon and pretty much any big box store.
Apparently this is the juicer Ina Garten uses, although I can’t vouch for that. Unfortunately, she’s never invited me over for a meal (wouldn’t that be amazing, though?)
I love it because it gets every drop of juice out of any size and shape of citrus. The reamer even reverses direction, and there’s a centrifuge setting to force the juice out of the leftover pulp and into your glass.
It processes a lot of fruit at one time without acting up or overheating, and yes, it’s easy on the wrists, and it is so easy to clean. Love it.
Here’s a link to my citrus juicer on Amazon.
I was late to the party getting this appliance, too. And like the Nutribullet, I wish I’d bought it a lot sooner.
While I don’t use it as often as the Nutribullet, the InstaPot is an appliance that just does its job well. Again, I have the standard model, but there are several to choose from, available pretty much everywhere. Target periodically puts these on 1/2 price sales, which is how I purchased mine.
Two things you may not already know about the InstaPot: Once cooking and depressurizing are complete, it automatically goes into a keep-warm function. For me this is great because I will often put dinner together and cook it in the late afternoon, and it will hold perfectly until dinnertime, whenever that rolls around. I don’t even have to remember to set it to “Warm” (like I do with my CrockPot), it’s automatic.
Second, it makes incredible yogurt. It is time-consuming but requires very little work on your part, just a couple of steps in the beginning of the process, and then you can let it do it’s thing. The taste is so far superior to most yogurts you buy in the store, and it’s so much cheaper!
My three favorite small kitchen appliances – don’t think I’d want a kitchen without them!
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