February 6 2021

4 Must-Have Kitchen Appliances You Need to Make Family Meals a Breeze

by Erin

Woman cutting an onion in her kitchen

With all of the family indoors during the pandemic, whipping up family meals has quickly become a strain on most household chefs. Warm meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner have been less likely from the kitchen and more often dropped off at the doorstep with delivery services like Doordash, Ubereats, and Grubhub. While most of the world is busy stocking up on toilet paper, there are a few other items you may want to grab that can make preparing home-cooked meals easy again. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the kitchen appliances every at-home chef needs to whip up family meals in a breeze. 

 

Air Fryer

 

The Air Fryer has been everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance because the possibilities are simply endless. It cooks up your favorite foods in less time with the same great taste. You can whip up a plate of chicken nuggets and french fries for your little ones in minutes without preheating the oven. You can make crispy chicken wings without the use of oil, making them healthier to eat. You can also throw in a few hamburger patties, cook up some juicy salmon, or create your own fresh kale chips. As we said, the possibilities are endless.

 

Instant Pot

 

The Instant Pot is another kitchen favorite we’re sure you’ll love too! Cut your cooking time in half with one-pot meals like spaghetti and meat sauce. Saute’ your meat, add your noodles and your sauce all in one pot and let the Instant Pot do all of the work for you while you enjoy your family. The Instant Pot is also great for preparing oatmeal, yogurt, cooking a whole chicken, or your famous chili recipe in a fraction of the time. 

 

Crock-Pot

 

The crock pot has been around for centuries, and for a good reason. With this appliance, you get more of a low and slow approach, but every bite is worth the wait! It may not cook up a meal in minutes like the Instant Pot, but it does allow you to dump ingredients and forget about it until dinner time. All you have to do is the prep work, and the crockpot does the rest. Throw in ingredients for your favorite meals like soups, stews, pot roast, and so much more right before starting your day. The home fills with an enticing aroma to let you know that dinner is served just a few hours later. 

 

Blender

 

How do you prepare meals in a blender? Well, not every meal has to be cooked. An excellent professional-grade blender is perfect for a fresh smoothie to hold the kids over in-between meals. Add all of their favorite fruit like a banana, frozen strawberries, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and your choice of milk. Don’t forget to sneak in a small handful of spinach to ensure they get a serving of veggies in their smoothie. Blenders are also great to quickly make your own fresh salad dressings, salsa, baby food, and prep soups. 

 

These four must-have kitchen appliances are sure to help win over hearts and stomachs at the dinner table. A small investment will help you save time and money on family meals, so you get back to creating memories with the ones you love. 

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