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The kitchen is the heart of the home; it’s the place where we all usually gather and where a warm family atmosphere is created. A modern kitchen is quite vital, whether you are an amazing housewife, an exhausted mother, or simply preparing coffee for the day. As a result, decorating your kitchen is a very personal thing; there are no common guidelines except one: kitchen appliances are very important. They allow things to be done faster, at a greater quality, and with less effort. We have become so accustomed to using this equipment that we sometimes forget how difficult and exhausting it was to cook without a kettle, mixer, chopper, or blender. Read on to find out about six must-have kitchen tools for making your day-to-day life easier.

“Add salt to boiling water…”

How many times have you read in the recipe: “add boiling water…” or “when the water boils…”? More than half of the time for preparing many cooked meals goes to the famous waiting for the water to boil. It is not even a useful wait, essential for the gradual cooking of different foods, but simply a waste of time. Until His Majesty appeared—the kettle, a magical device that heats 1.7 liters of water in a minute or two. This electric water heater is the first thing you charge and turn on whenever you are preparing lunch or tea. In a matter of minutes (usually, it takes about a minute and a half), you already have boiling water to cook pasta, potatoes, soup or broth, or frozen vegetables. It is completely safe and switches itself off when it is done or reaches the maximum temperature.

It can’t be easier to use—and when it comes to maintenance, all it takes is turning it on with a solution of water and vinegar or citric acid. This should be done whenever you use any limescale deposits. After the solution has sat in, you rinse it thoroughly, and voila!

Smoothie, juice, or protein shake…

These three easy-to-prepare drinks have one thing in common: the tool needed to make them— a blender. Mixers and blenders of all sizes can come in handy whenever you need to make something quick and on the run. Smoothies and protein shakes are a staple of every gym rat or exhausted business person who needs something to get them going. Therefore, the blender comes next in line, as every modern kitchen cannot go without it. If you cannot even make time for mixing it, there is always the option of subscribing to different providers and getting already made smoothies delivered to your house. These conveniences, like Blendtopia’s smoothie mixes, offer the opportunity to drink high-quality smoothies on a daily basis and make sure you get the right amount of nutrients and other vitamins while saving the time usually needed to prepare them. Also, these smoothies are no different from the ones you would make at home on your own and are even cheaper (depending on the type). If you do have some spare time on your hands, we always recommend trying out different recipes and mixes, and for that, you’ll need first and foremost a blender to mix it all up.

One trick we’ll share regarding its maintenance is putting dish soap and water into the blender and letting it run for about half a minute. Rinse it with water afterward, and there you have it: a completely clean blender.

Express cooking…

The Express Pot is a fast cooking appliance when you need to prepare lunch for the whole family on a daily basis. If you cook, simmer dishes, and prepare stews, it is enough to pour the necessary amount of water over the food, season, close, and adjust the pot. In half the time it usually takes, your lunch will be ready!

The pot will remain closed and maintain the temperature for the next few hours, so you will be greeted by a warm, well-cooked lunch for everyone when you return from work tired.

This is also a very healthy way of preparing food because there is no evaporation, meat and vegetables are prepared in their own juice and fat, and you do not have to add liquids, oil, or excessive amounts of salt.

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Sometimes slow is better

Even though the express pot can save you a lot of trouble, especially if you have a lot of work on your hands, some dishes require slow and gradual cooking for the meal to become more than delicious. That is why the slow cooker is another appliance every kitchen needs. This is also an extremely energy-efficient appliance, so you save on your electricity bills in addition to your time, and you eat homemade dishes to your liking.

It also has a program for defrosting cooked food, so it’s no problem if you forgot to defrost it on time.

Frying differently

Air fryers have become extremely popular in recent years due to the fact that you can practically fry your potatoes to crispy perfection with a tenth of the oil you usually fry them in. The air fryer is a more healthy twist to our favorite kind of food, which we all love and crave.

Always be on time

Kitchen timers are last but not least, as they’ll assure your meals are always prepared to perfection within the given time frame. We strongly recommend getting one, for the sake of never forgetting a meal while it is still cooking or baking.

Imagine the delicacies you can make while having all these appliances at home. The possibilities are truly endless and it all comes down to your personal preference and what you like. Let your creativity thrive and prepare outstanding smoothies and meals easily and fast.