For the fast-track lifestyle and on-the-go meals, indispensables come down to a George Foreman Grill (and Griddle if you slow down once in a while), a coffeemaker if you drink the stuff and a toaster or toaster oven. Most countertops can handle at least these three.
But if you’re a slow, deliberate cook who eats real food and your kitchen space is limited, you may want to prioritize and reshuffle. Depending on your meal selections and cooking preferences, consider useful appliances from the list below:
Space-saving are those combo products like the Emerilware BAM! Machine by T-Fal. It’s a food processor, blender and juicer all in one. Sanyo’s Digital Convection Toaster Oven cooks, bakes, toasts and reheats. Vibrant-color mixers may be part of the décor and include attachments to make homemade ice cream, or they may sit utterly useless. I have a friend who has decided her grandmother’s mixer passed down to her is only good for scratch mashed potatoes and fattening homemade cookies, so, health nut that she is, the mixer’s days are numbered. Williams-Sonoma’s Penguin Water Carbonator, which makes sparkling water in seconds, is already on her counter and waiting to claim the #1 spot. Small-appliance essentiality really is a matter of personal choice!
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