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Kitchen Appliances

When I moved to my first apartment after college, my mom and I made an amazing trip to Ikea to pick up the necessities of life. I’m talking about a bed frame, a nightstand, some cabinets, and, of course, kitchen appliances. And, man, I wish I had a list of kitchen appliances like this when we were carrying our big appliances!

Kitchen stuff is something you’re not really beginning to accumulate until you’ve graduated from college. Until then, you’ve probably been using what you carried home and your college roommate’s pots and pans. When you’re actually on your own, though, you’ve got to start somewhere, but even the most simple list of the basics of the kitchen is still dauntingly long.

When you start cooking more and more, you’ll find that some simple cooking tools are simply way too simplistic to suit your needs. Anything that does only one thing is never worth buying (looking at you, garlic press!), so hold your money on something that’s going to be (like a quality chef’s knife).

Since spending more on high-quality kitchen appliances would most likely make your life easier. Think about how long it takes to cut something with a dull knife, and how frustrating it can be. Sure, it may not have cost you a lot of money, but it will cost you time and energy in the end.

Instead of making the same mistakes that I and so many others have made, use this guide to know what’s needed and what’s wrong with the leap.

Mini Processor of Food

Food processors are extremely flexible. They’re perfect for making pesto, hummus, cauliflower rice, and ice cream! (Forget the maker of ice cream, seriously.) You don’t need a huge one either!

Blender with a vapor valve

People are crazy loyal to their favourite blender brands, but it doesn’t matter which one you’ve got as long as you’ve got one. The Magic Bullet has been working for me for a couple of years before I started mixing soups. Then it was useless, which is why I suggest that you get one that allows steam to escape (without any mess).

Measurement cups and spoons

Personally, I only use measuring cups and spoons when I follow a recipe — an unusual occurrence in my kitchen.

Spinner of salad

If you’re a salad lover, this is certainly going to be handy. If your salad greens are already damp (even a little bit) when you try to dress them, the dressing is never going to stick.

A Crusher of Garlic

You can only use a knife to slice the garlic as I said before. There’s no need to jump for another method that only takes up space.

 

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