Apparently, in the south, most houses are designed with gas range ovens. For the record, I despise cooking with gas. Everyone is different and some people love gas range ovens, but I can’t stand them. It takes forever just to boil water, even with the lid on the pot and it always slightly smells when you first fire it up. I just can’t get on board with cooking with gas. Our oven in our new house is, of course, gas. I’ve gone to great lengths to avoid using it by relying on these handy kitchen appliances. And, for the record, our electric bill has not increased.
I bought a compact air fryer and now I regret not investing in a full-size one. Anything an oven can do; the air fryer can do … just in smaller portions. It obviously can’t cook a full-size turkey or a casserole for a family of five. Considering I don’t make casseroles often, I’m not worried about it. You don’t have to wait for it to preheat either. Ours is used daily for all kind of meals. It’s a Dash Compact Air Fryer and it cost roughly $40.00.
Remember how I complained about the time it took to boil water on a gas stovetop? This Hamilton Beach 1.7 Liter electric kettle cuts the time in half if not less. For things like tea or rice noodles, it’s perfect! If I have a full meal to cook like spaghetti, that’s a different story. I start by putting one cup of water on the stove to boil. When the electric kettle is at a boil, I add it to the pot on the stove. All the water is already at boiling temperature and I don’t have to wait 30+ minutes. It sounds a bit excessive, but it saves me so much time. Our electric kettle cost $30.00
I don’t really know who cooks rice on the stove anymore. Unless you’re making arroz con pollo, a rice cooker will do. Our Aroma 6 cup rice cooker with steamer ran us about $35. It’s a handy little thing, especially when your family is half Puerto Rican and rice is practically a staple. The steamer is one of my favorite aspects because it steams dumplings perfectly!
Until I met my husband, I had never used a George Foreman Grill. It was just something I’d seen on infomercials. My husband used it religiously for years until … well, I really don’t know what happened to it now that I think about it. Either way, I knew he needed a new one. I bought our George Foreman 5-serving Classic Plate Grill for $35.00. Our favorite things to cook on it are grilled cheese sandwiches, burritos, and paninis! Though, my husband likes to use it for fish, chicken, and steaks.
This kitchen appliance is probably on the top of the list for most people, although, pressure cookers might’ve taken its place. For me though, my slow cooker holds a dear place in my heart and my kitchen. I can cook almost anything in it, even large meals for the whole family. You can even cook casseroles in it! Who needs an oven when you have a slow cooker? I even cooked our Thanksgiving turkey in it this year.
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