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Must Have Small Kitchen Appliances

Coffee Maker

Some homes have large kitchens with plenty of countertops. Others have small kitchens with less countertop space available. No matter how much countertop space your kitchen has, there are some small kitchen appliances that most homeowners feel are 'must haves' for their home. We'll discuss several of them here. Keep reading to learn more and see if you agree about these small appliances.

The first 'must have' small home appliance is a blender. This is especially important if you make a lot of smoothies. A blender can be used to create a mean frozen margarita, sure, but they can also make delicious fruit smoothies out of fruit that is in season. They can also crush ice to make snow cones, and they're perfect for reducing bulky vegetables for a smooth, delicious, and nutritious vegetable soup.

Coffee makers are the second 'must have' small appliance. Depending upon if you drink one cup, or many a day, you can find a coffee maker to offer anywhere from 2 to 12 cups of coffee at a time. Of course, if you are one of those people who only serve coffee when you have company, you may not want to keep this appliance on your countertop if space is limited.

Slow cookers or crock pots are the next small appliance most homeowners agree they must have. Slow cookers can solve many problems in your home, especially if you're a busy mom or dad and you still want to have healthy meals available to the children when you get home. The benefit of a slow cooker is that you can add the ingredients before you leave for work, turn it on, and when you get home, dinner is done. Add a fresh salad and, depending upon what you cooked, your meal is ready in no time.

Toaster ovens can also be great appliances to have available. If you're simply reheating food, and you don't want to use the microwave, a toaster oven is an appliance to use. A toaster oven will allow you to warm up small amounts of food, make toast, bake cookies, pizza, or pies without heating the kitchen up with a traditional oven. You'll also have a little extra cooking space if you entertain.

Food processors can also be helpful in a kitchen, whether you have plenty of space on your counters or just a little. Food processors quickly chop, slice, blend, puree, or knead a dough. Of course, not everyone needs to have one of these small appliances, but they definitely make preparing meals easier.

Pressure cookers are the final small appliance that most homeowners feel they 'must have' in their kitchen. The Instant Pot has brought pressure cooking back. And, these newer pressure cookers can do more than simply cook a roast in a short amount of time. You can now find pressure cookers which have 10 or more settings which allow you to pressure cook, slow cook, steam, saute, make yogurt and much more all from one appliance. It is definitely a 'must have' appliance if you love to cook but want to do it quickly. With these newer pressure cookers, you can cook two to six times faster and use 70% less electricity than traditional appliances.

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