Five kitchen tools that make life easier
There are certain things that just make life flow smoothly. In a previous life, for me these things may have included cab charges, three-minute rice meals, and access to our magazine’s beauty cupboard. These days, it’s certain items of kitchen equipment.
You know your priorities have changed when you spend breaks between work scouring online raw food stores and The Book Depository instead of Perez Hilton and TMZ. Even more so when you save your pennies for things like a Le Cruset pot set and a Vitamix blender instead of designer clothes and alcohol and drug-fuelled night’s out.
Here are five of the best purchases we’ve ever made …
1. The Spirooli
Aka, a vegetable spiraliser or spiralling tool. This is the awesome piece of equipment we use to turn the humble ol’ zucchini into beautiful spaghetti. It also makes spirally carrot, potato, and anything else you wish to feed through it. You can buy them here.
2. The salad spinner
Before I bought Mum a salad spinner she would wash our lettuce and then spend ages patting it dry with paper towelling. Not any more! This item cuts salad preparation time down by heaps. Ikea and most kitchen shops stock them, and you can also buy online here.
3. The Tribest Personal Blender
This was my boyfriend’s birthday present this year, but every one of us in our house uses this beauty on a daily basis. We make smoothies, creamed corn, hummus, dips, chocolate, and other delicious desserts. The best part about it is that there is hardly any cleaning up involved. You make and drink the smoothie out of the same cup! Buy here or here.
4. The Le Cruset pot
For vegetables to retain the most amount of nutrients, they have to be cooked on very low heat and preferably not with any water. We cook our veggies for lunch and dinner in this cast iron Le Cruset pot. We just add chopped up tomato and onion to the bottom of the pot, and cook on low until they’re done. The heavy lid and heavy base prevent steam from escaping and prevent the veggies from burning. We picked ours up from Myer.
5. The Norwalk cold-press juicer (main picture)
This machine is amazing. I know it’s pricey and weighs a tonne, but I still think this is the best purchase we’ve ever made. Ever. Well, apart from Edie, my adorable pug dog. This thing makes the best-tasting juice (all juice, absolutely no pulp), and is powerful enough to juice greens with ease. I recently went away for a couple of days and had to take our old juicer with me (it’s much more mobile), but the juice just didn’t taste the same and I hurt my neck trying to push kale through it. If you aren’t ready to make this much of an investment in juicing just yet, there are other more affordable options. The Angel and The Champion are both great. However, if you’re serious about juicing for health, The Norwalk is definitely worth saving up for. We like to think of the financial outlay as medical insurance.
Are there any pieces of kitchen equipment that you think I need to know about? Anything that makes your life easier?
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