There’s nothing quite as fun as giving a room in your house a good kit out with new equipment; it gives you the chance to be creative, to indulge in a bit of retail therapy and to recreate a space that you might well have become bored with. One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating a new room is the little gadgets and extras that give the room its unique sense of style. Perhaps the most fun room to kit out is the kitchen, and to get you started we’ve come up with this list of five must-have gadgets for this important room.
A top notch blender
Let’s get one thing clear here: we’re not talking about those wishy-washy, twenty quid blenders! A real, solid blender is an absolute essential for anyone who wants to keep their meals interesting. Everything from luxury fruit smoothies to warming winter soups can be whipped up in minutes, meaning that as well as varying your diet, you can also avoid wasting food. Excess fruit lying around? Hello, cheap sorbet. Too many bananas? It’s the perfect post-run milkshake. If you’re unsure as to what constitutes a good blender, then consider whether it can easily be picked up with one hand – if it can, then it’s probably not great in terms of quality!
A good dehydrator
Lavish? Yes. Get one anyway? Yes! A dehydrator is never going to top the list of essentials, but that’s not the point of this list. A dehydrator is actually incredibly useful for any home that finds itself frequently wasting fresh fruit and veg. Essentially, they’re able to turn any fresh fruit into a lovely dried snack, which is a great way to stay healthy. Fruits like pineapple make the perfect summer snack, and when dehydrated, they keep for far longer. Marvellous stuff.
A versatile peeler
That’s right – it’s time to ditch that rusty old beast that you’ve had since the nineties and splash out. A good peeler will come in useful time and time again, whether you’re quickly whipping up a good mash for shepherd’s pie, or simply for ensuring your fussy little ones don’t have to eat the skins on their granny smiths. There are a variety of models available on the market that offer a three in one experience, with different blades for veg, soft fruit and for julienne-style peeling. Like knives, spending more on a quality model will save you a lot of effort in the long run.
A slow cooker
A slow cooker is absolute heaven for a busy home-owner. Get down to one of your local electrical stores and buy one, right now! As well as giving you the softest, flake-off-the-bone joints of meat you’ll ever eat, a slow cooker means you can chuck your ingredients into the cooker in the morning, go to work and then return to find a perfectly done meal with a smell that’ll have you drooling all the way down the garden path to the back door. Whether you’re partial to curry or stew, you need a slow cooker.
An automated coffee machine
Another extravagance, maybe, but there’s something really, really wonderful about an automated coffee machine, whether it’s a Tassimo or a Lavazza, a pod or a simple espresso machine. Whilst it might be an expensive way to enjoy your coffee, there is nothing like hearing that wonderful buzz first thing in the morning, before going outside, watching the sun come up and sipping your first brew of the day.