Small kitchen plug-ins

Not all useful kitchen appliances have to take up permanent counter space. Here’s a small list of things we find useful. There is a still-trendy sous vide circulator, an immersion blender and a hand mixer. The latter is useful for those who cannot justify the larger expense and the space of a stand mixer. Those are certainly great, but unless you bake on a regular basis, not strictly necessary. We included a pretty expensive immersion blender. Braun does have cheaper models that come with fewer attachments in the box like MQ777 and MQ9037X. This model not only has an incredible 700 watts of power, but also comes with all kinds of attachments including a blender, a food processor and chopper. If you don’t need those, MQ9037X still delivers 700 watts, but with fewer accessories, while the cheaper MQ777 is 400 watts.

Take your pick.

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Mobile charging accessories

We hate clutter, unfortunately with all the things we own that need charging comes a jungle of cables and chargers. Amongst ourselves we try to buy devices that use standard protocols (power delivery) and charging ports (usb-c). There is of course an occasional iPhone and iPad. We’ve put together a list that’s good enough to charge most modern devices. We especially like the power bank from Aukey. Not only does it support fast charging with power delivery, both in and out, but it can also charge with a lightning cable. The included charger, also from Aukey, is enough to power a 13″ MacBook Pro and even the 15″ in some circumstances.


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Global cutlery collection

Japanese knife company Global makes an excellent line of moderately priced blades. We made list sure to satisfy most chefs. We even threw in a cleaver that is an exceptionally versatile knife in the hands of those who know how to wield it. More recently the company put out some other cooking utensils that share the handle design, we added those too, because matchy-matchy.

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I’ve got the …battery… power!

Our kitchen lists remain ever popular, so we’re adding another. This time we’re covering small, battery-powered gadgets. There are two thermometers on this list. One you can connect to a roast in the oven and a quick-read handheld. Both have a place and a use. The former also can attach to a pot for some stove-top frying – we included a clip. Another notable thing is the scale. Sure you can get a cheaper one, but his one has 1-gram resolution, while many others only increment at 3 grams. This allows for more precise measurements, especially for small quantities in baking.

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We wrote recently about driving tools, no toolbox is complete without pliers though. Here’s a list including wire cutters and plumbing pliers. There are two of latter. We find that having just one is generally not enough for pipe work as you might need to hold one side while tightening the other. Further, we added two different models of them so that you can pick the one you like more.

While we’re at it, why not get a hammer.

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