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