- 8 years ago
I”ve bought a couple of small kitchen appliances for my newylwed daughter and her husband. They have a small apartment (also bigger than their previous one with more counter space) and I’ve tried to balance usefulness vs space storage issues.
It got me thinking to ask here , what people here have made these decisions and I’m curious what small appliances you own/use/regret/ Please share.
In case you are curious, they already own (and use often):
– a toaster
– a microwave oven
– blender (she likes homemade smoothies)
They had an old kettle of hers from university but gave it to us as she doesn’t drink coffee or tea and he prefers to use the microwave for his tea (and loves McDonalds coffee!?!)
I’ve bought them:
– a food processor (my daughter loves macaroni and cheese & it makes grating and slicing a breeze, a great multiuse tool)
– a rice cooker (they eat it daily; he’s Indian) and it will free up a burner on the oven
– a small handheld portable mixer for baking.
– a coffee grinder for spices (so *much* easier to use than a morter & pestle, I’ve tried!. Much to his surprise, I cooked Indian food long before they met and freshly ground spices are much better!) As well, it takes up very little space.
As a long married bee, I own all of the above, plus:
crock pot (use a lot in the winter)
a electric grill and charcoal BBQ (use a lot some summers, very little during others),
an immersion blender (bought for soups but use very little, it doesn’t do that good a job).This is my one regret.
My in-laws gave us an electric frypan a number of years ago which we’ve never used (I prefer to use a wok on the burner). It lives on a basement shelf.
I’d give them our old coffee maker (I can no longer drink coffee due to acid reflux and my husband only drinks a little coffee outside of the house due to high blood pressure) however, it makes a large amount of coffee and takes up a lot of space.
edited to add: I use a small coffee grinder for spices and electric frypan as an unused gift.
also edited the poll as I had electric frypan in twice.