How to Choose and Use Small Appliances


There is a wide range of electric worktop appliances available to save you time and effort in the kitchen. In fact, there is probably a gizmo for just about every kitchen task.

Tips for buying small appliances

  • Be selective! You’re unlikely to have room to house everything in the kitchen. Gadgets are fun, but none is absolutely essential.
  • Choose gadgets that will give you the most pleasure in the kitchen, and add the rest to Christmas and birthday lists.
  • If storage space is limited, choose multi-function appliances, such as food processors, that do more than one job.

  • If an appliance looks difficult to clean, don’t buy it, because you’ll probably find you don’t use it very often.
  • Look beyond fancy features to what powers the unit. A strong motor will mean it lasts longer.
  • Most small appliances don’t warrant repair costs. Accept that you’re buying a relatively short-term product and set your budget accordingly.

Breadmakers

Turn out perfect loaves every time with a machine that tells you what ingredients to add and then does the rest of the work for you. If you buy a model with a delay timer, you can set it at night and wake up in the morning to the smell of fresh bread. Bear in mind, though, that this is a bulky machine, so make sure you have somewhere to store it.

Use and maintenance

  • Crust colour control lets you choose crispy or soft-topped bread.
  • Consider adding fruits and seeds to create more exotic loaves.
  • More expensive models can also make jam!
  • Wipe out with a dry cloth after each loaf is removed. Do not submerge breadmaker in water.

Mixers or blenders

A worktop food processor does these jobs just as well, but if you can’t afford one, choose between a hand-held mixer or blender. A hand-held mixer is a wand with a mini double blade at the tip. It is useful for liquidizing small quantities in a bowl or cup (which means less washing up), and is ideal for preparing purees such as infant food and making milkshakes. A blender has a large jug that makes it ideal for soup.

Use and maintenance

During food preparation, clean the blade on the hand-held mixer under a running tap, but always disconnect it from the power first. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to dismantle and clean it. Some parts are probably dishwasher-safe.

Can openers

An electric can opener takes the effort out of opening cans. They are especially useful for the elderly, whose wrist grip may be poor. But if you are short of space, you’ll be better off with a manual can opener you can store in a drawer.

Use and maintenance

Worktop models often open metal bottle tops too. From time to time, lubricate metal parts with a drop of lubricating oil.

Coffee makers

Basic coffee makers simply boil water, and then filter it slowly through ground coffee. More advanced models can also grind beans and have a built-in timer, ideal for making your morning coffee.

Use and maintenance

A standard-sized model holds eight cups. Coffee that stands for hours can taste stale, so only buy a bigger size if you have a large household. These machines need regular cleaning. Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for details.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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