Kitchen Gadgets – Part 2


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my love of kitchen paraphernalia and opened up my cupboards on the basic essentials and nice-to-have items in my kitchen.  This week I’m sharing with you my Electrical gadgets, amongst which are some of my favourites!  If I had a bigger kitchen (one day!), I’m sure this list would be far, far more extensive than it already is.  So, barring number 1, this list isn’t in any particular order.

1.  Without doubt, my most treasured and loved electrical item, is my beloved KitchenAid Artisan Standmixer.  The Domestic King was extremely generous about five Christmases ago and bought me this, since I’d been wanting one for a very long time.  I use it for whizzing up Yorkshire puddings, making voluminous pavalovas, or just creaming together some butter and sugar for a batch of Soft Chewy Gingerbread Cookies.  It makes baking so much quicker and easier.  It comes in a choice of 26 colours, a wire whisk, a flat beater, a 4.83L polished steel bowl or a 4.83L glass bowl, a dough hook and a pouring shield.  It also has a range of optional accessories, such as:  an ice cream maker, food grinder, pasta maker, flex edge beater, (which I’ve recently bought and can confirm it’s great!), a sausage stuffer, a citrus juicer, and a rotator vegetable slicer and shredder, to name but a few!  The KitchenAid Standmixer is pricey, but I can honestly say I’ve more than had my money’s worth from it.  It gets used probably 2-3 times a week.  My lovely friend Sarah has the Kenwood Standmixer and is just as enamoured with hers, as I am with mine.

2.  Another loved item is my KitchenAid Artisan Blender (no, this isn’t a post sponsored by KitchenAid, I promise!).  We bought this to bring to India with us and just like the Standmixer, it gets used a lot.  I use it daily to make either smoothies or protein shakes for breakfast, it makes perfect frozen margaritas, and I use it weekly when liquidizing soup.  A few friends have told me that it’s great for pureeing baby food too.  It really is a fantastic device and well worth the investment.  I chose this one, as it was a Which? “Best Buy” and it matched the KitchenAid Standmixer and the rest of our kitchen in London.

3.  Magimix Compact 3200 food processor is a great addition to my kitchen gadgets and I’ll be honest, it’s only within the last year that we’ve actually started to use it to its full potential!  We went for the 3200 Compact model, as it’s just the two of us, but there are bigger models for larger families:  the 4200 and 5200, and if space is a premium in your kitchen, they now offer Le Mini Plus.  The Magimix allows you very easily, to slice, grate, whizz up a cake batter, make delicious short-crust pastry, and if you purchase the additional blades, make purees, mash, smoothies and julienne vegetables.  I commonly use mine for making homemade mayonnaise, short-crust pastry, slicing potatoes for dauphinoise potatoes and grating cheese.  It’s a great timesaving gadget.

4.  Sometimes I don’t need to (or want to) use the Magimix or KitchenAid Blender for pureeing or whisking, so I bought something to use on those occasions, which is my Dualit Handblender.  It comes with various attachments, is dishwasher safe and lets me puree, chop or beat in next to no time.

5.  Breadmaker.  This was another purchase ahead of our expat assignment in India.  When we moved here 4 years ago, delicious, good quality and most importantly, tasty, low sugar bread, was non-existent.  So on the advice of the lovely Alice, we purchased one and boy, are we glad we did!  I don’t think anything can beat bacon sarnies made with delicious homemade bread!  We simply pop the yeast, flour, butter, water, a tiny amount of sugar and salt into the bread pan, set the program and voila, two hours later we have a delicious, crusty loaf of bread.  It has many features that allows you to bake cakes, different types of bread, add extra ingredients such as nuts and dried fruit, or even make the dough for pizza, rolls, buns, French sticks or brioche.  All you need to do is put the dough in the oven to cook.  You can also use the delay-timer feature, so you wake-up to the smell of freshly made bread – yum!  It is very cost effective – a medium white loaf works out about half the price of a commercially produced one.

6.  Talking of bread leads me nicely onto another one of my gadgets: our toasted sandwich maker.  Whilst not as frequently used as it once was (carbs are not our friend!), we still use it occasionally and both love the delicious toasties that it makes!  My favourite fillings are either ham and cheese, or chunky chicken in a white sauce.  The Domestic Prince also loves a ham and cheese toastie, or his latest favourite is cheese and pickle!

7.  One item that I couldn’t do without is my electric weighing scales.  I believe baking is more a science than an art, so I love how it allows me to measure my ingredients extremely precisely, ensuring that my ingredients are not one gram out (slightly anal I know!).  You can measure both liquid and dry ingredients and have the option of working in imperial or metric.

8.  Coffee maker.  Now, this is not my gadget, but the Domestic Prince’s, but since it is frequently used and brings him so much pleasure, I thought I’d include it!  The Domestic Prince loves a latte or cappuccino, so when renovating our kitchen in London, we had a built-in coffee machine installed as part of the design.  When we learned of our move to India, the Domestic Prince was really concerned about where he was going to get his daily coffee fix from!  To keep him happy, I did some research for alternatives and settled upon a Nespresso one, mainly because we could take a vast supply of coffee pods with us, and knew we’d be able to stock-up easily.  I can confidently speak on behalf of the Domestic Prince and say he is thrilled with the machine and it gets plenty of use.  We recently purchased an Aeroccino and now our lattes and cappuccinos can rival any coffee bar!

9.  Another purchase ahead of our move to India was a juicer.  We both love freshly squeezed juices and again weren’t sure we’d be able to get them in India.  After consulting Which? again, we opted for the Phillips one.  In under a minute you can have a delicious, freshly squeezed juice.  My favourite is plain orange, but you can use pretty much any fruit or vegetable you like.  The Domestic Prince is partial to an apple, carrot and ginger one.  And the best thing about the juicer?  You don’t need to peel any of the fruit or veg!

10.  Ice cream maker.  I know you don’t need an ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream, but I find when I make it the traditional way I end up with lots of crunchy crystals in it.  I read that making it in an ice cream maker solves this problem and I can confirm it does.  As a gadget I wasn’t going to use very often, I went for a relatively cheap model.  Whilst it’s great and produces fabulous ice creams, you do need to think ahead, because the bowl needs to be chilled for 10 hours beforehand.  After that you have delicious, creamy ice cream in around 20 to 30 minutes.  The (much) more expensive version has a built-in freezer, allowing more spontaneity in your ice cream or sorbet making!  Look out for a post in the coming weeks for one of my favourite ice cream flavours.

I’m aware that I have quite a number of electrical kitchen gadgets, but the majority get used weekly, if not daily, I promise!  I’d love to hear about your favourite electrical kitchen gadgets – do tell!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

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Comments

  1. Domestic Prince says:

    Love my coffee machine!! Completely agree, the Aerocinno milk frother is brilliant, though doesn’t make the milk piping hot.

  2. Excellent, and enjoyed reading the very clear guidance for anyone wishing to purchase labour-saving kitchen gadgets.

  3. I agree with you on the electric scales (my favourite kitchen gadget!) – there’s definitely a certain OCDish satisfaction in getting ingredients weighed out to the exact gram!

  4. So, how do you get these gadgets to WORK in INDIA?? In USA, it is 110V and in India, it is 220V.

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