Medium kitchen plug-ins

Cooking is a new passion here at shopper central and it goes hand in hand with penchant for gadgets. A while ago we published a blurb about small kitchen electrics, and the list. This type of collection usually starts with a stand mixer for most, us included. We’re quite happy with the 6qt KitchenAid device. This one is on the higher end of the range, but the tilting head and extra power are worth the upgrade if you’re going to use it more than a handful of times a year. There is a broad range of accessories starting with a very practical grinder and ending with a whimsical and aspirational ice cream maker! While on the subject of rotating things, a food processors is also useful, though there is a KitchenAid attachment if you prefer that, There is always a balance between do we want to cut through these vegetables quickly and then have to wash the machine, or take longer with a knife. It’s a difficult choice.

Tangent time! We absolutely love the Victorinox (the pocket knife people!) kitchen steel, both the European-style chef’s knife and the Santoku. We do the chopping on a thick Epicurian board, it’s definitely a splurge. Here are our favorites.

Back to spinning things, blenders are popular, we have one. We can make smoothies from everything between spinach cement bricks. There is a lot of Asian cooking in our kitchen, so a rice cooker is a necessity, this is definitely not for everyone. Also helpful, and from the same manufacturer – Zojirushi (the makers of our favorite portable thermos), is a water boiler. If you drink tea or like to make pour-over or French press coffee, this makes the right temperature water a button press away. Rounding out the list is an induction cooktop, another nice-to-have. When the stove is too small for too many large pots, this turns any surface into a cooking surface.

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Not on the list is an instant pot, but if that’s your thing – this model has 9 programs!

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