7 Time-Saving Kitchen Appliances
Everyone loves a good home-cooked meal, but after a long day at the office, who feels like cooking? Fortunately, modern technology is here to help!
We've collected 7 great appliances that will save you time and effort in the kitchen and make enjoying a home-cooked meal easy enough that you may actually look forward to cooking breakfast, dinner or anything in between.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
If you're a fan of starting the day off with a fast food style breakfast sandwich, this easy breakfast sandwich maker will save you money as well as time. This handy appliance toasts bread, cooks the egg and heats meat, cheese and anything else you might want on your ideal breakfast sandwich.
Just combine the ingredients for your sandwich in the sandwich maker and it will cook, toast, and heat it to perfection. That sounds like breakfast deliciousness to us.
Soup can be an easy meal and sauces can turning boring pasta into a delicious dish. The Vitamix 5300 makes both easy to create from fresh ingredients. This clever contraption will blend (and stir and chop) your ingredients while it cooks them and is also good for making frozen desserts, peanut butter, smoothies and more.
While making meals from fresh ingredients is great, cleaning up afterwards can be a chore. But for the Vitamix, just drop in dish washer soap and some warm water, then run it on high for 30 seconds. The 2.1 horsepower motor does the rest.
Price: $459.00 on Amazon
Crock-Pot 6.5 Quart Countdown Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker
Home cooks have known for years that a slow cooker is a great way to save time in the kitchen: just toss dinner ingredients in before you leave for work and by the time you get home you'll have a delicious, hot meal ready for serving.
This programmable cooker adds smarts to an already great appliance: program in your cooking time and once it's up, the slow cooker will automatically finish cooking and then shift to keeping dinner warm. We like this model so much, we named it our Best Slow Cooker of the Year.
Price: $79.00 on Amazon
Instant Pot 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6.33-Quart
This wonder appliance does almost everything, acting as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, and a warmer. It comes with 10 pre-programmed settings for cooking different types of food and has a 24-hour timer to delay cooking, so it starts and finishes right when you want it to.
This smart kitchen gadget also has a microprocessor that constantly monitors pressure, temperature and time to make sure your food is cooked to perfection.
Panasonic SR-DF101 Electronic Rice Cooker
Rice can be a nuisance to cook, requiring you to carefully keep an eye on things. But a rice cooker makes perfect rice every time without any worry.
This model from Panasonic cooks up to 5 cups of uncooked rice, has settings for different kinds of rice and can steam veggies and meats while the rice is cooking for a simple one "pot" meal.
Price: $66.99 on Amazon
Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker
Who doesn't love fresh-baked bread? Baking your own bread by hand tends to involve a lot of time and effort, but this breadmaker handles most of the hard work for you. All you have to do to make up to a 2lb loaf is add the ingredients and click the settings on the unit.
The Oster Expressbake has 9 different bread modes and 3 crust settings for the perfect bread, every time. And with its Expressbake setting, baking a loaf of bread only takes an hour.
Price: $73.49 at Amazon
Sunbeam Cupcake Maker
If anyone in your family has a sweet tooth, this Sunbeam Cupcake Maker is an excellent addition to your kitchen. All you have to do is mix the cupcake batter and pour it into the Cupcake Maker: you'll have six hot, oven-fresh cupcakes in only 10 minutes. Then you get to focus on the fun part of making cupcakes: decorating!
Price: $38.78 at Amazon
Whatever your cooking need, we hope we've helped you pick out something that makes your kitchen routine a bit easier. Happy cooking!