5 hot-right-now kitchen gadgets you need, stat
Love to cook, but don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen? We’ve found appliances that do the hard work for you. From air fryers to pie makers, here are five trending appliances that make cooking easier. Getting to sit on the couch and binge on Netflix while still serving up drool-worthy dishes? That’s a win.
1. Air fryer
Novice cooks right through to master chefs can create magic with an air fryer. These pint-sized oven alternatives have taken over social media thanks to their ability to turn out everything from brownies and scones to roast vegetables and even steak, in record time. Put a trendy spin on our Miso Lamb Cutlets by air frying instead of pan-frying. Yep, air fryers are surprisingly versatile. They work by blowing hot air around the basket inside, creating a convection effect that cooks and browns food. Because they work with minimal or zero oil, they can create healthier alternatives without compromising on flavour. There are varying sizes available to suit every household, plus handy attachments like baking pans and cooking racks to take you from dinner to dessert. Check out the air fryer options available at Kmart, Target, JB Hi-Fi, and House. For recipe inspiration, you’ll find Air Fryer books at Kmart, Target, and QBD Books.
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Let your multi cooker do all the hard work for you. These ‘set and forget’ systems steam, slow cook and pressure cook. Plus, they keep food warm until it’s ready to serve. Some even have inbuilt recipes you can easily follow along with as you go. Create hearty stews, soups, pasta sauces and risotto without spending all that time in the kitchen stirring a pot. The best thing about a multi-cooker is the many different cooking functions – they take the place of multiple other kitchen appliances. Get your multi cooker from Kmart, Target, and JB Hi-Fi.
3. Food processor
Chopping fruit and veggies is time-consuming, and using a mortar and pestle to crush spices can be messy. Speed up your food prep time and minimise mess with a food processer. Chop veggies to perfection, or quickly grate a block of cheese with the touch of a button. You can even make dough from scratch for pizza night, turn stale bread into breadcrumbs, or create biscuit bases for desserts - such as cheesecake. If you want more bang for your buck and one less appliance in your cupboard, opt for a multiprocessor with a blender attachment so you can whip up soups and salad dressings, too. If you're in the mood for a smoothie, we recommend following this Cashew Blueberry Smoothie, it's delightful. Get your food processor from Kmart, Target, JB Hi-Fi, and House.
Whether for a snack, dinner or dessert – your go-to pie can be made in the blink of an eye with a pie maker. A clever way to use up leftovers destined for the back of the fridge – or food that may otherwise be binned – all you need is whichever filling you desire, plus puff pastry. Pies are perfect for making ahead and popping in the freezer when you just can’t be bothered cooking. Fun fact: Pie makers aren’t just reserved for making pies. Don’t be fooled by the name; you can also create doughnuts, quiche, vanilla slice and hash browns and with this handy gadget. Pick up your pie maker from Kmart, Target, and JB Hi-Fi.
5. Jaffle maker and sandwich press
A jaffle maker is another versatile addition to your kitchen, with options only limited by your imagination. Go savoury with spaghetti or baked beans, or elevate your jaffle game with a BLT filling. Prefer something sweet? Try ricotta and berries and serve with vanilla ice-cream. If a toastie is more your style, try a sandwich press instead. Just the thing for making a traditional ham and cheese toastie, they’re also ideal for toasting those folded tortilla wraps currently flooding your feed. Need more inspiration? Darren Purchese’s book Chefs Eat Toasties Too has you covered with 50 toastie recipes, available at QBD Books. Find your perfect jaffle maker or sandwich press from Kmart, Target, JB Hi-Fi, and House.
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