Cooking With Small Appliances

Cooking With Small Appliances

This post is an introduction to cooking with small appliances. On this site, Small Kitchen Appliances For You, the emphasis is on “for you”. Why? Because the “best” appliance for me or for someone else may end up sitting in your cupboard or storage room, unused. So, what we try to accomplish on this site is to explain:

  • what are the different types of slow cooker, blender, and juicer
  • how each type works
  • what they are for
  • who they are for
  • pros and cons of each type
  • what to look for when buying a particular type
  • facts and details that help you find the one that best suits your needs
  • reviews of the more popular brands in the market
  • and best of all – how to cook with your small kitchen appliance which is what I will discuss in today’s post

Why Small Kitchen Appliances?

Cooking with Small Appliances - KitchenToday, many people live in apartments and condos with small kitchen areas. Most homes already come with the larger appliances supplied, stove, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Not much choice until one of them breaks down and needs to be replaced. On the other hand, you have the ability to choose which small appliances are going to go into your kitchen, so this is where good advice will come in most handy.

Here is a link to Wikipedia’s list of cooking appliances. It is a very long list so to be brief on this site we’ll focus on the most common and most useful, slow cookers, blenders, and juicers.

Cooking With Small Appliances

OK, now we come to the fun part. No matter what appliance you have chosen, we are going to get down to how to put it to the best use in cooking your favorite recipes.

Cooking With Small Appliances – Slow Cookers

Cooking With Slow Cookers - Photo of a Slow Cooker

Oh oh, now you got me started on slow cookers. Wow, the stories I could tell, well maybe another time, heh, heh. For now, let’s concentrate on the hundreds of meals that you can make with your slow cooker. This is perhaps the easiest, most versatile piece of cooking equipment that you can own. You can prepare a complete meal ahead of time and get home to find it fully cooked, ready to serve. You can use it every day.  Slow cookers also take care of:

  • Appetizers – like meatballs, smokies, marinated mushrooms and chicken wings
  • Side dishes – like mashed potatoes, cream corn, black-eyed beans, rice casserole or collard greens
  • Soups – such as beef barley vegetable, lentil & ham, split pea sausage, zucchini, and of course chicken and noodles
  • Sauces and Condiments – for example, spaghetti sauces, bbq sauces, homemade ketchup, apple butter or tartar sauce
  • Healthy meals – how about vegetarian chili, black bean soup, slow cooker oats, and blueberry and chia quinoa
  • Main dishes – stews, chilis, and all kinds of pasta, made with beef, chicken, pork, turkey or vegetarian to name a few
  • Desserts – top off any meal with a slow-cooked dessert, yes slow-cooked, like S’mores cake, marshmallow crispy treats, or mocha cake, wow!

Thought you knew about what your slow cooker could do? Read my Slow Cookers Page and think again!

Cooking With Small Appliances – Blenders

Cooking With Small Appliances - Types of Blenders

So, you’ve bought your shiny new blender and maybe you’ve used it for making smoothies. Are you going to put it away until the next smoothie craving hits? Hope not, because here’s a list of some of the other amazing things you can make with your blender:

  • salad dressing anyone?
  • appetizers to start
  • or a nice hot soup for lunch, especially on a cold winters day
  • how about some sauce or dip for your veggies?
  • purées and baby food for those with little mouths to feed
  • yummy desserts
  • milkshakes, smoothies, and other drinks
  • cocktails for when you finally get a chance to relax or for the weekend get together with friends
  • have I mentioned breakfast or lunch yet
  • and, of course, there are many entrées for the main course that can be made with a blender, as well

So, don’t put that blender away! With a little practice and some help from your friends (us, that is), the blender will become your favorite kitchen appliance 🙂

Did you know that there are four types of blender? Find out about the different types of blenders and what they do at the Blenders Page.

Cooking With Small Appliances – Juicers

Cooking With Small Appliances - juicing machine, glasses of juice

Juicers are great for making:

  • juice, go figure
  • nut milk
  • bloody mary – for the morning after, lol
  • pulp burgers – don’t waste that pulp, it’s nutritious too
  • dog treats – from dehydrated pulp
  • salsa
  • sorbet

How many types of juicer are there? And how are they different? Check out the various types of juicers at my Juicers Page.

Has this been helpful? Please browse my site for more information. Click on the blue lettered and underlined links. Then post your comments and questions in the comment box below.

4 Replies to “Cooking With Small Appliances”

  1. Hi Ed

    Thanks for the thoughtful and helpful article.

    I personally found it super useful as I am used to living in small space and trying to cook in them. I ADORE the slow cooker and just could not live without mine. And I would love to hear your slow cooker story – you have got me interested now 😉

    I have a question for you – since I do have limited space would you recommend a blender or a juicer? I have been tossing up between them both. I would love both but my bench space says I can only have one 🙁

    1. Hi SJ,

      Thanks for the comment and question. The choice between a blender and a juicer depends on what you want to do with it. A juicer is a specialized appliance that does one thing and does it very well, it extracts juice from fruits and vegetables. A blender can be used for a lot of things including juicing, but the difference when juicing is that the pulp stays in a blender but is ejected from a juicer. For some, that is a healthier choice as the pulp is full of nutrients. The other things a blender can make are smoothies, dips, sauces, appetizers, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Have a look at my recipe pages for ideas. However, if all you want to do is juice then, by all means, buy a juicer.


  2. Really enjoyed reading this article. I’m currently doing the small living thing and have very limited space so I do use a lot of small appliances for cooking lime the toaster oven and crock pot but it never occurred to me to use a blender. I did see the blender page nut do you offer recipes for the blender?

    1. Hi Tara,

      Thanks for the comment and yes there are blender recipes on the site. Just hover your mouse over the “Recipes” tab of the main menu at the top of the page. Blender Recipes submenu appears with “Blender Recipes” another submenu that appears with detailed choices. 

      These recipes are constantly updated so please subscribe at the bottom of any page and I will email you when new recipes are added.

      Thanks for your interest in Small Kitchen Appliances For You.


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