Recipe books ensure that every meal is simple and easy to prepare. However, when you mix in complicated ingredients, wild kids, and crazy schedules, these simple recipes become a dream rather than a reality.
Elliot Weiler, Digital Lifestyle Editor at Consumer Reports, stopped by TODAY to show us how we can combat these complications with five classic kitchen gadgets.
Introducing everything from slow cookers to food processors, he found that each of the elements will help make cooking easier and more convenient in even the smallest kitchen.
Read on to see some notable little kitchen solutions that are sure to make mealtime less stressful.
1. Air fryer
Farberware Oilless multifunctional deep fryer
Dinner just got a little easier with this oil-free air fryer. It’s perfect for frying, grilling, baking or roasting your favorite dishes. And when you’re done, you can just throw the removable parts in the dishwasher.
NuWave 6 Quart Air Fryer
With six preset options, you can cook french fries, nuggets, steak, poultry and fish at the touch of a button. The removable drawer and the food basket have a non-stick coating and are dishwasher-safe – making cleaning child’s play.
Instant Pot 8-in-1 programmable multi-cooker
With eight different functions, this pot could be the only one you will ever need in the kitchen. You can use it to slowly cook, sear, sear your favorite dishes, boil rice, steam, fry, bake and warm up.
Breville stainless steel multifunctional cooker
Gone are the days of trying to guess if your food was fully cooked. This multifunctional stove has an LCD screen so you can adjust the settings to prepare your food perfectly. The screen even changes color to let you know when the stove is pressurized, boiling, or giving off steam.
3. Slow cooker
Crock-Pot 6 Quart Cook & Carry Manual Slow Cooker
This crock pot is a one stop shop for your next potluck. Use the pot for cooking, transporting, warming and serving your specialties made of removable stoneware.
Hamilton Beach 6 Qt. Digital slow cooker
The worry of overcooking your food is a thing of the past with this worktop from Hamilton Beach. This slow cooker automatically switches to the warm setting when your food is ready.
Black & Decker 8-Slice Digital Toaster Oven
This toaster has an adjustable rack so you can even fit a 9 x 13 inch oven pan with handles. With an exterior made of stainless steel, it is sure to match any kitchen aesthetic.
Kitchen aid digital convection oven
Whether you’re baking a pizza or reheating a side dish, this convection oven has “Even Heat” technology to ensure the food is cooked thoroughly. In addition, the non-stick racks ensure quick and painless cleaning.
5. Food processor
Oster Pro 1200 mixer
This triple threat item comes with attachments to turn it into a full size blender, one-serving smoothie cup, or food processor. With three intelligent settings, you can enjoy salsa or soup in an instant (or better, at the push of a button).
Cuisinart Elite food processor
With multiple bowl sizes and blade options, this food processor can stand up to any challenge. The control panel even has a blue LED light to guide you.
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