Who doesn’t like having their favorite Parathas in the morning or those midnight cravings? The aroma of those home cooked food aka Maa ke Hath ka khana is inimitable.
The front end looks so yummy and scrumptious, but have you ever felt the effort your family took in the backend (aka your kitchen) to prepare these treats? We are sure, you must have realized the ‘n’ number of small chores that are essential to produce a simple recipe.
We have swiftly jumped from Nokia 1100 to ultra-powerful smartphones, Bajaj scooters to E-Vehicles and so on. Our kitchens have also experienced glut of upgrades in refrigeration, micro-cooking, cleaning & ventilation.
But somehow, we are still nascent in terms of using smart tools/ gadgets that will really help us in cooking in a blink. There are tons of tools/gadgets that do not cost a bomb and are quite effective for all the kitchen champions out there.
But, if you’ve ever tried to buy cookware for a new kitchen or simply upgrade the quality of tools in your current kitchen, you’ve probably discovered that stocking up on high-quality kitchen essentials is far more difficult than it should be!
And this makes sense, doesn’t it? Nowadays everywhere we look there’s someone telling us to buy their product that will supposedly make our lives easier.
Instead, of all this increased choice making our lives easier, it’s made it that much more difficult to separate the quality from the junk. So, we at ValueBuyer, decided to research all the kitchen gadgets available in the market to solve this paradox.
Here’s what we learned…
7 Gadgets for Your Kitchen to Include on Your List
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A food processor with superior disks/blades is our first must-have kitchen appliance. This item alone could be regarded as a chef’s best ally. You can shred block cheese or slice pepperoni sticks with it (both of which are much cheaper than buying pre-shredded cheese or pre-sliced pepperoni).
You can also use it to make mayonnaise, peanut butter, and whipped cream in no time, as well as cut and dice a variety of vegetables.
Food processors are an invaluable kitchen tool that will save you a lot of time, and once you start using one, you will find that you can save time in your cooking in a variety of ways.
You will want a good, sturdy model that can withstand a lot of use over time. We found Philips HL7707/00 with its superior Power-Chop technology that amazingly chops both hard & soft ingredients along with compactly designed leak proof stainless jars that are a steal deal for the price it is available.
2. Slow Cooker
Our next cooking machine, also known as a crockpot, is a slow cooker. Other than the energy savings capability of using a slow cooker, this little beauty is a perfect way to use up leftover meats and vegetables – just throw them in with some broth, let it cook all day, and you’ve got soup!
It can quickly adapt to a busy family schedule in which many family members often have to eat it at various times. Another wonderful thing about pot cooking, this easy cooking method allows them to eat a hot meal without having to cook many times.
You can get a basic crock pot or slow cooker starting from INR 2000, but we’d recommend spending a little more. Consider the Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1, which provides you 9-in-1 cooking functions & 14 easy-touch cooking programs to slow cook, pressure cook, sauté, steam & many more all in one appliance and will definitely last for years. They are a reputed brand in the segment and have service Pan India.
Start using your crock pot if you already have one! You’ll be surprised by how much time and money this useful tool saves you!
3. Rice Cooker
An electric rice cooker is another must-have kitchen tool for all of us.
Rice is a global staple in India and is most likely consumed frequently. This gadget is the best and most energy-efficient way to cook your rice – whether white or (our preference) brown – to absolute perfection every time.
Consider how many times your rice has over boiled, or been cooked for too long and burned, or dried out without enough liquid, or taken up valuable burner space, forcing you to wait to cook another part of your meal. Rice cookers eliminate each one of these challenges.
They come with exact measurements that are clearly labelled on the cooking vessel, so there is no guesswork – you put in X scoops of rice, fill the container to the X level, pop it in the cooking chamber (most have an outer and removable inner chamber for ease of use and cleaning), cover, and hit the “cook” button, and that’s it!
Another perfect use for your rice cooker is to make oatmeal or pasta for breakfast (or, if you’re like us, even for dinner)! There are numerous recipes available; read through them and choose one that produces the type of oatmeal you prefer (some like it soupy, some firm and chewy, some in between the two).
The Prestige Delight PRWO 1.5 Electric Rice Cooker with steaming feature is available on a serious budget at a surprisingly low price and has many fans.
This cooker has a capacity of 1.5L and a concealed vessel that cooks food in high temperature without losing flavors, vitamins & nutrients. It also comes with cool touch handles which makes it easy to carry around. This cooker may also be used for making soup, stew, idli & porridge other than rice.
If you don’t already have a juicer, get one right away! This is a kitchen gadget which is absolutely necessary. If you already have one, start using it!
Not only are juicers useful for squeezing lemon, lime, and orange juice when called for in recipes, but they can also juice vegetables effectively.
They save you muscle and extract the most juice possible, which you will never be able to do by hand squeezing citrus fruits alone, as well as allowing you to extract juice from plants that you would never be able to squeeze with an old-fashioned tool.
Philips HR2775 1-Litre Citrus Press Juicer is the best value for money product available in the Indian market. It works on a powerful 25W input and comes with a drip stop technology which prevents dripping & wastage of juice.
Moreover, it also comes with pulp selector which can be used to keep the pulp separate. The brand name and quality from Philips is unmatchable, the body is made up of durable PP & SAN plastic and build is break free in case of accidental drops.
Wonderchef Nutri Blend which comes with 2 unbreakable jars along with super sharp blades for incredible precise juicing is also a good option.
Blenders do not have to be costly. You can get a lower-end INR 1500-2000 blender that works well. And this handy gadget will make a lot of smoothies and mixed cocktails from the fruit and juices to your own sorbet.
Many people own blenders but neglect to use them as other newer gadgets gain popularity. However, once you begin taking full advantage of your blender and using it as one of your go-to tools.
Moreover, you will discover that it is not only time saving, but also a fun way to create variety in your menu experience on a regular basis.
This small appliance is no longer relegated to the back of the cabinet!
Nutribullet PRO High Speed Blender is simply the champion in kitchen blenders with its 900 watts of power and simple intuitive design. It has signature nutrition extraction blending process that optimizes the nutritional potential of your food, transforming high-fiber fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds into silky, nutrient-dense smoothies that are easy to digest and absorb.
The blender is a mean powerful mean machine that can make smoothies in under 60 seconds (perfect for today’s busy work life). It also cleans like a dream, simple twist off blades and rinse with soap & water.
In the kitchen, having a good set of rubber spatulas in at least three sizes will save you time and money. When using the last of that mayonnaise or pouring batter from a baking mix you just made, no food will go to waste.
Rubber spatulas are also useful for spreading toppings on toasted bread. They spread much better than butter knives and can do the job in a single motion. When you’re making sandwiches for a large group, you appreciate how important a good spatula can be for saving time!
The ones made by P-Plus International are our favorites. Made up of high quality BPA-free silicone, these spatulas are heat resistant upto 480°F. These spatulas are 30% bigger than most on the market and have larger heads and longer handles for precise control and ease of serving.
The silicone coated heads are firm enough to lift or stir with ease, yet coated in soft, flexible silicone to resist scratches. Not to mention, cleaning up these is a breeze!
Airtight food storage containers will save you time and money in the kitchen by neatly storing your rice, pasta, dry baking ingredients, and snacks, as well as organizing your spice packets and meal mixes.
They will help you find what you need in your pantry at a glance, not only keeping ingredients fresh, but also preventing you from spilling that open box of poha, instant rice, or open bag of flour and causing a kitchen disaster that will necessitate a lot of sweeping and vacuuming!
Though there is an army of plastic containers available in the local market, again we are not trying to spend more of your money, but we believe you would be better served by a collection of the Machak Square Air Tight Food Storage Jar, as they force a good chunk of the air out of the storage area and allow your ingredients and other foodstuffs to stay fresh for much longer.
Since they are made of dense, BPA-free durable plastic, these are a high-quality food storage product that should last for a long time. These containers are freezer safe and intelligently designed to be crystal clear, so that you can easily identify what the contents are.
Using a few basic tools and kitchens gadgets will not only save you time but save you money in most cases.
Many of these products are likely already in your house, and some may have gone unnoticed over time. But when you restore or refresh the use of these essential tools, you will see a substantial drop in cooking and cleaning time. We also recommend checking healthy & delicious recipes at Good Food by Kanak created using these kitchen essential gadgets.
You have it there – 7 kitchen gadgets that will save you time, money and hours of hassle. Do let us know your views or queries, if you you already use any of these or planning to buy any of these in the comments section below. Also, if you like our work, please share our work in your social media circles.