Desert Island Picks–Small Kitchen Appliances

by Sarah on September 24, 2010

Sometimes when I look around my kitchen, garage and pantry area I get a little overwhelmed.  I mean, I’ve really got a lot of stuff.  I am worried that I’ve become a kitchen HOARDER.  I then think of getting rid of things, but then I remember that I use most of them.  So, maybe I just need to be better organized.  Eh.

I thought I’d do another Desert Island Top 12 for you–what my favorite kitchen appliances are, of course excepting the stove, fridge, garbage disposal and dishwasher.  Top twelve?  I know, but I couldn’t leave anyone out.   I need them all.  And shut up, there is too electricity on my desert island.

12.  Belgian waffle maker.  Whatever brand you like.  Mine is probably 40 years old, inherited from Nana and it works like a charm.  I like the Belgian waffler because with it seems like the waffles stick less with the bigger squares.  I like to make savory waffles with bacon and cheese!

11.  “The AppleMaster”, peeler, slicer and corer.  The only non-electric appliance of the pack.  This sucker is a huge time saver if you’re making pies for a crowd.

10.  The Mini Food Processor.  Mine is by Cuisinart.  Got it at an estate sale for $7 and it’s worth every penny and more.  Great for salad dressings, sauces and anything else in small amounts.

9.  Waring Pro Deep Fryer.  I know, you could use a pot and a thermometer but this is just so dang convenient when you’re making fries or falafel.  I love it.  This is the highest rated at America’s Test Kitchen, and it’s the one we bought at Costco for less than $30.

8.  Krups coffee grinder.  I don’t drink all that much coffee but I still have one.  I could also use it to grind spices if I get tired of coffee.

7.  Giant espresso and coffee maker.  This is NOT the one I own, but it resembles the one I’d LIKE to own someday.  Someday in a land where there is lots of counterspace.  That’s not the land I currently live in.

6.  Oh, Cuisinart ice cream maker, how I love thee.  It comes with 2 canisters so that you could keep one frozen and at the ready for whenever the need for ice cream strikes.

5.  Electric rice cooker.  This cutie is not the model I own, but I wouldn’t turn him away.  My stovetop rice never comes out right.  A good rice cooker is worth it’s weight in gold.  A million or so Japanese wouldn’t steer you wrong.

4.  The jobs that a blender do could probably be done with the stick or a food processor, but where would any self-respecting mid-century kitchen be without a classic Oster blender?  Another choice that will last a lifetime.  Mine is at least 35 years old.

3.  You knew this guy was coming–the stick blender.  The one I inherited from Nana is still going strong!  Great for soups, smoothies, whatever.

2.  Cuisinart 14-cup food processor, with the flip switch as shown.  I love this thing.

#1 Desert Island Appliance?  The KitchenAid stand mixer.  Spendy but worth every dime.  Go ahead and get some attachments too.  I have the food grinder and sausage stuffer.  This gets used often and will last a lifetime.

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