Use Small Appliances for Big Flavor

Small Kitchen Appliances

This is a great time to make use of your small kitchen appliances sitting in your cupboard…you know, the one that touts convenience and time savings. Set it up, dust it off and read the instructions carefully before you begin. Here are a few tips to get the most out of some popular small appliances:

Instant Pot®

This trendy pressure cooker is all the rage. It produces tender, juicy, flavorful foods in much less time than a conventional stove. By adding liquid to the pot before cooking, steam builds up to cook the food.

  • There are many different models available, each with various features. There are loads of how-to videos online that will give comprehensive instructions for your model.
  • Making sure the seal is properly in place is key. Remember, you’ll have to replace the seal after about 18-24 months. Use one seal for savory foods and one for sweets.
  • There are boundless recipes for everything from meats to soups, stews and yummy desserts. Try making sweet and savory recipes, like super-tender chicken or cookie cheesecake. Again, look online for more inspiration.

Slow Cooker

The slow cooker has been a lifesaver for busy people for years. Now you can still put it to use, dropping your ingredients into the cooker in the morning and then forgetting about it until the food is done. It’s wonderful to have the house fill up with the aroma of something delicious as your meal cooks all day.

  • Because of its low-and-slow cooking method, even tougher cuts of meat come out tender and juicy.
  • Even though it’s turned on all day, slow cookers use up less electricity than an electric oven.
  • Create soups, stews, pot roasts and much more. You can find recipes galore online. Some perennial favorites are pulled

Air Fryer

Love deep-fried food, but not the mess or the calories? Then an air fryer might be right up your alley. It’s basically a deep-fat fryer, except that it uses only a fraction of the oil.

  • Air fryers are little a bit pricey, and they take up some counter space. But if you love fried foods, go for it!
  • Frozen foods that are supposed to taste deep-fried come out extra-delicious when made in an air fryer (frozen French fries or egg rolls, for instance).
  • Try making your own potato chips, Southern-style “fried” chicken or crispy crab cakes. Again, the internet is your friend for endless ideas.

Electric Griddle

The electric griddle is a breakfast champ, perfect for pancakes of course, but also for eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast and hash browns. But that’s not all.

  • Electric griddles are convenient because it frees up your stovetop for other foods.
  • Griddles that you heat on your stove burners are fine, but an electric griddle provides more even temperatures throughout its surface area.
  • Think beyond breakfast: Griddle up some fancy grilled cheese creations like croque monsieur or look up recipes for quesadillas or Philly cheesesteak.

We could all probably use a little change of pace these days, so haul out your small appliances, then plug and play!

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