A microwave, toaster, slow cooker, pressure cooker, break maker, grill etc. Completing that list can take a while as there are all kinds of kitchen and cooking appliances. However, they are mostly regarded as small additional appliances, more like accessories. When you think of cooking appliances you don’t only think about a stove. There is the fridge, the dishwasher and other bigger appliances that can take up considerable kitchen space. In order for all of them to be fitted perfectly you need a good plan when equipping your kitchen with the best bigger cooking appliances.
Once you have done that kind of planning you can proceed to choosing the best pressure cooker, slow cooker, microwave, toaster etc. as means to compliment your kitchen, but also your cooking routine and style.
But before you actually head to the shop and buy all of these items, let’s take a short break and review the following pieces of advice on what you need to pay careful attention to when shopping. The market is really rich with all kinds of products, from different makes and materials and different manufacturers. Technology is ever present nowadays, and there are so many appliances offering a ton of features which improve functionality and make them more user-friendly.
You need to be aware, though, the more features a unit has, the higher the price. Therefore, when you do go out shopping for appliances, be aware of the minimum features and functionalities you are looking in a certain product. There is no point in paying more for something that you will never use.
Also when you are buying cooking equipment and appliances you should be aware that you are getting an item for the long run.
Let’s say you are buying a new cooker. They come in different shapes and sizes and offer different features and functionalities. There are generally two types of cookers: gas and electric.
As you may already know, gas cookers operate on gas, ignited by a spark when turning it on. The gas then turns into flames and feeds the fire, warming up the base of the cooker. Normally, the top of the cooker will always be the hottest part. Gas cookers can be used to prepare a large variety of meals and have the advantage of being used as slow cookers as well. If you don’t want to rush a meal, or you want to leave the food get to perfection, just lower the gas level and that’s it.
Electric cookers work, well, on electricity. As opposed to the gas cookers, these can take quite a while to warm up first and then start heating the food. Which is why most recipes make a special note saying: pre-heat the cooker. However, the electricity spent for pre-heating is electricity wasted. Be aware that these cookers have their thermostats in the middle, so the temperature will always be slightly higher at the top.
When you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have the time necessary to properly cook some meal, you can resort to smaller cooking appliances such as pressure cookers, microwaves or toasters.
Pressure cookers can prepare virtually any type of meal that all the other cooking appliances can, only they do it a lot faster. They utilize high pressure and steam to prepare the food in just a fraction of the time a normal oven would need. And you can also find yourself an electric one, meaning you will not even need a cooker.
Granted, microwaves and toasters are not as versatile as pressure cookers but, nevertheless, they can help you when you are short on time. Perhaps you have some leftover food from the day before. By simply warming it up in a microwave you save time and electricity as opposed to using a normal cooker which you still need to pre-heat before you warm up your leftover food.
Time is not always an issue, however. Sometimes you don’t want to rush a meal, like a stew, and let it get done perfectly. In such an event, if you don’t already own a gas cooker, you should use a slow cooker.