How to Choose Kitchen Electrical Equipment

You can cope in the kitchen without a single electrical gadget. However, there are some kitchen appliances that are not only very useful, but will also take a lot of the time and effort out of routine and repetitive kitchen tasks. Like many electrical products, it does not often pay in the long run to buy the cheapest you can find. It may not last very long, it is usually underpowered and it is often incredibly difficult to get repaired or to find spare parts. Watch out for them in the sales and then decide to invest.

How to Choose Kitchen Electrical Equipment How to Choose Kitchen Electrical Equipment

Kettle

One of the biggest problems with kettles is that we tend to overfill them. Buy one that shows you how much water is inside, so you only ever boil what you need. It is also worth buying a cordless kettle. This makes life far easier and allows you to move the kettle to where you are working if you need freshly boiled water for your food. Rapid-boil kettles can boil two cups of water in less than 60 seconds, but this is not really essential. Although it depends on taste, stainless steel kettles are often easier to maintain and keep clean. You will get a limescale buildup, so make sure that the water filter near the spout is regularly cleaned and use neat white vinegar, which you boil in the kettle, to de-scale it.

Microwave

For many households, microwaves revolutionized cooking. The first one was built in the US in 1947 and was massive. It cost US$5,000. Microwaves are certainly useful, although it has to be said they are not essential – despite the fact that many people would say they could not manage without one! Not only can they be used for cooking and steaming, but also for defrosting. They are great for reheating a second meal if you have cooked in bulk. They are also money-saving because of the reduction in cooking time and thus the amount of energy used.

Hand Blender

These are often known as stick blenders. Some come with whisk attachments and others have extra attachments that can rule out having to buy an electric whisk or a chopper. The cheap ones have less power and tend to wear out quite quickly. Hand blenders are great for:

  • soups, smoothies and milkshakes
  • whisking egg whites and cream
  • preparing baby foods or purees
  • fine chopping

Slow Cooker

Although these are not essential, they are brilliant labour-saving devices and allow you to make pot roasts, stews and other dishes. If you are a working couple, you can prepare your one-pot dish and then leave the slow cooker to do its work while you head off for yours. They come in a variety of sizes, from a capacity of 500 ml/18 fl oz/2 cups to 7 1/12 pt/7 qt. Slow cookers can have a number of temperature settings, from high to ‘keep warm’. They are safe to leave unattended all day or right through the night.


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