The modern kitchen is full of appliances, some used constantly and some never used and left to gather dust. As space and expense are of the utmost importance, here is a guide to the top 4 appliances no kitchen should be without.
1. Microwave/Convection Oven
A dual-purpose appliance that has gained popularity recently is the combined countertop convection/microwave oven. This appliance usually sits on the counter and is pretty compact considering the amount of features it has. The microwave turns out much more than just hot leftovers when used properly. The convection oven produces perfectly browned small roasts, poultry, and fish in much less time than a normal oven.
2. Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker is a must for most busy households nowadays. They heat up extremely quickly and stay at a high temperature to reduce cooking time significantly. You can buy a size for any household need, a 4 quart for a family of 2 or 3 and a 6 quart for a family of 4 or 5. There are many types, stainless steel, aluminum with differing features, these depend on your size and price range. There is a really great internet site called Pressure Cookers Portal so hop over to their site if you want to check it the different options available to you.
3. Bread Machine
There is nothing like the smell of freshly cooked bread and baking bread yourself for the family reduces concerns about that ingredients that go into store bought bread.
These machines are usually very versatile and the loaves it makes are not limited to just white bread, as a good bread machine makes sourdough, european style loaves, rye, pumpernickel, and much more. A home baker might use the machine to just mix and raise the dough, and then cook it in the oven. Most machines have a combination of features that allow putting the ingredients in at night and waking up to a newly baked loaf of fresh bread in the morning. Most modern machines are pre-programmed with recipes for certain dietary requirements ie: gluten free.
4. Multi-Purpose Food Processor
Combining a blender into the same appliance as a food processor is a genius idea, it gives you the best of both worlds and keeps the machine compact too, so will easily fit onto any countertop. A combined machine will not do either job as well as a dedicated blender or food processor, but for most home cooks it is easy to give up that small amount in exchange for the convenience of the dual appliance. The savings made on a combined machine in comparison to purchasing two machines is significant too.