Ready to make your kitchen more efficient? These will save you time and effort in ways that I didn’t expect when we first got them.
In our house, weeknight dinners can be a scramble. We’re DINKs and my husband and I both have full-time jobs. When we get home after work, we are both exhausted and hungry. It can get a little too easy to reply on unhealthy convenience foods.
Well, believe it or not, there are kitchen gadgets that can make it easier to make quick and healthy meals.
Once upon a time, I cooked instant 5-minute rice in bags regularly. It’s easy, but you get rice that is a solid OK. Fine to eat, but nothing to write home about.
If you haven’t had fresh rice from a rice cooker yet, go have some now. I know I’ll sound like an ad, but you’ll get rice that’s fragrant, fluffy, and perfect every single time.
Zojirushi’s Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer is a smart appliance. It’s from their Micom line of rice cookers. The word “Micom” in the name is short for “Microcomputer chip” which is uses to help consistently cook delectable rice. This product uses “fuzzy logic” to make small adjustments to the temperature and cooking time. There are settings for cooking many types of rice, and even porridge.
Bonus tip: You can use the timer and set it for when you want your rice ready. It also automatically switches to the “Keep Warm” setting when it’s done.
As I’ve become more of a tea drinker, this boiler is indispensible! Tea is very good for you and is especially great during the long gray winters here in Seattle.
This Micom Water Boiler and Warmer has a myriad of culinary uses. It’s convenient for sure. The micom boiler keeps the water in the tank hot and ready to go at the push of a button. If you hever have tea, or instant noodles, you’ll love this.
This Zojirushi boiler (can you tell we’re fans of Zojirushi?) has 4 temperature setttings, since different temperatuers work well for different teas and otheruses. Like the rice cooker, it uses a microcomputer chip to regulate the temperature of the water, so that it’s always ready when you are. Don’t worry about the amount of electricity though—you can save energy with the timer function!
We use our toaster oven every day. We make toast, bagels, bake cookies, and reheat leftovers.
This toaster oven uses convection to bake everything, and has preset menu functions with suggested temperatures and cook times. This will also remember the time and temperature you used last time. According to the Breville website, “Convection can speed the cooking time by 30%”. This is a fast, energy- efficient way to cook.
I tend to be an appliance minimalist, so I’m often skeptical when Nathaniel has a new kitchen toy in mind. However, these kitchen gadgets in our house have stood the test of time and become some of our favorite things. What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?