As a newlywed wife, I really enjoy being in the kitchen and cooking our first meals as a new family. I have always cooked the old fashioned way, by chopping vegetables myself, and mixing things by hand. Growing up in consumer America, I have grown used to buying store bought, prepackaged foods to make meals with. After marrying my husband, he has introduced me to some healthier, easier, and more fun ways of cooking! Cooking together is one of the ways that we love to spend time with each other, because we are both good at it and enjoy doing it. These five kitchen gadgets have made our lives so much easier.
The Magic Bullet costs $50 and comes with four party mugs, a couple of storage containers, some storage and shaker tops, two different kinds of blades, and the power base. All you do is put your ingredients in, twist the blade onto the top of the cup, and place it onto the power base. No buttons to push–you just push down and twist, and in ten seconds or less you are finished! Yesterday I made a raspberry orange smoothie with it, and later on that day I made a tomato guacamole. The kit comes with a recipe book, but you can experiment with all kinds of different things. For example, you could throw in some tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, onion, sausage, and voila! You have homemade pasta sauce. I love this blender system and my husband and I have been having a blast trying things out with it. The party mugs are great for frozen drinks, because you blend them right in the cup! We purchased ours at Wal-Mart, but you can order online using the link above, and they will actually send you a weight-loss powder to put in your shakes.
Brew ‘n Go Coffee Maker
This little Black and Decker coffee maker is wonderful! With only two people in the house, it’s perfect for making just one or two cups of coffee at a time. You just put in your filter, water, and the desired amount of coffee, and place your coffee mug right underneath. No coffee pot to clean or extra coffee that ends up burnt. We use a larger coffee mug in order to make two cups of coffee at once. Any more than that will cause overflow. This is not ideal for a larger family that drinks a lot of coffee, but it is perfect for us. Click this link to buy at Target for $20. The reason we like this coffee maker better than the expensive Keurig K-Cup coffee maker is that with the Brew ‘n Go, you can control how much coffee you put in. The K-Cups, for us, are too weak. We can make our single cups of coffee as strong as we like!
Blendtec Kitchen Mill
My husband and I are making an effort to eat more healthy, whole foods. One of the ways we are doing this is my milling our own flour. Store bought bread, even the whole wheat kind, has ingredients we cannot even pronounce, let alone know what they are! Even buying whole wheat flour ends up being more expensive than milling our own. It is so easy, too. We buy wheat grains in bulk, and just pour them into the small machine, press start, and out comes homemade flour into a small bucket, ready to be made into bread. Whole grains are so beneficial for your body, as well. They are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and less harsh on your body due to the lack of additives. You can find the Blendtec Kitchen Mill here, and it can be purchased on Amazon for $180, which leads me to the next useful kitchen gadget.
Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme BB-CEC20
This bread maker is amazing. My husband makes amazing loaves of bread with this machine. He used our homemade wheat flour to make a loaf of wheat bread, and it was the best loaf of bread I have ever tasted! The bread maker is so easy to use. All you to is put in your ingredients, push the buttons to get the right setting, and wait about three hours, and you have bread! The best part about this machine is that in addition to bread, we can make cake, jam, and meatloaf, as well as many variations on bread including cheese bread, onion bread, zucchini bread, banana bread…the choices are endless. We have not even tried have of the things we could make with it yet, but we are excited to try! See the bread maker here. The bread maker costs about $220, and it is a great investment. You will eat much healthier bread for much less money than buying store bought.
Rachel Ray 10-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
We just love this set. We got it from my husband’s siblings as a wedding gift, and I had picked it out on Target’s website because they have it in blue, which is my husband’s favorite color (seeing as he is a Michigan fan). The set can be found here at Target for $160, and includes two saucepans, a stockpot, a saute pan, and two skillets (I know, that’s only six pieces, but the brand includes the lids as pieces–only downside to the product). We have found that it’s all we need to cook in our kitchen. They are made of ceramic, with aluminum and enamel coating on the inside. They are hand-wash only, which is what we prefer. We have found that the dish washer only ruins nice pots and pans. We also love that they have silicone handles, so no need for a potholder.
Along with these gadgets, the best pressure cooker can be used. The food prepared in the recipe will be delicious and tasty. I hope that my opinions on these products have helped you get some ideas about creative ways you can use your kitchen. I would love to hear some feedback from other people who have also used these products.