We have very little counter space, but I use the toaster oven almost every day. It is big enough to cook many items one would ordinarily use the big oven for, without heating up the kitchen. And it makes toast, too! 8-)
Also, we have so little cabinet space, I had to get some Rubbermaid cabinets to store large kitchen items outside on the patio! It's challenging when one really enjoys cooking.
It's definitely a challenge, but it can be done!
I've considered a toaster oven. They are a handy size.
Things I've wanted for a while are a good stand mixer and a food processor, especially since I'm (a) vowing to myself to eat better, and (b) doing more cooking and baking for church pitch-ins. There's also the fact that cutting, chopping, and grating by hand is becoming more cumbersome as my Ataxia progresses on it's slow course, which is just a fact of life now. Improvise, adapt, overcome. *nod*
If you have access to garage sales, you can often find appliances at them.
i have a toaster oven, but i've not been using it much. i have a handheld mixer, but i use an old-fashioned potato masher for mashing potatoes. :) i'd be totally lost without my electric kettle.
Aren't kettles wonderful?!
My mom grew up in the 'burbs, but lived in Manhattan for pretty much her entire adult life.
She *loved* the galley kitchen in the apartment she lived in from 1972 on.
She loved that she didn't have to run all around to get her cooking done. She was never more than two steps from the fridge to the stove to the counter.
I'm amazed at what she was able to do with such minimal counter space, but now, having a larger kitchen, I definitely see her point about efficiency vs larger kitchens.
that's what i have - a galley - in my apartment. everything is in arm's reach.
Really works for you in the pressure cooker? I use mine for beef stew, and chicken noodle soup and that's it. I've tried other thins and it's just seems to consistently over cook, maybe mine's just awful.
I've made terrific chicken paprikash, marsala, and lots of other dishes in it.
Rice cooker, blender, kettle, mixer, toaster, and food processor have permanent counter space, and did even when we had less counter.
I do love having all this extra counter.
Its luxurious by uk standards ;)
Yes, those are VERY different standards!
Then again, I've tasted English cooking... ;-)
Immersion! That's what I meant! Duh.
I don't hate my food processor, but I have the same issues with it as you. I know it's silly, since it can go in the dishwasher.
I'd gladly give up my microwave before my electric kettle. Any day.
I realize you guys live way up in the northland, but if you don't have a Mardi Gras party in that perfectly painted kitchen and dining room, it will be a crime.
Seriously. I'll send you a king cake.
Hee! I never considered having one, but you're right that we should. I'll take a king cake!
I'd put mine in the order: microwave, water kettle, immersion blender (which hides away nicely in a drawer), rice cooker, toaster, stand mixer, and if you count it the French press. The regular blender is gathering dust (immersion ones are good enough for smoothies and purees), the slow cooker gets too hot and lives on a shelf far away, and the happy accurate kitchen scale sees more use for envelopes or yarn than for ingredients.
And yes, the microwave is only for reheats or defrosts. Do people actually cook in theirs?
If forced to choose I'd keep a small microwave (it can cook water too), rice cooker, and immersion blender. The rest can be emulated or lived without.
One of my acquisitions in university was a microwave cookbook. You can actually do quite a bit (and it poaches eggs pretty well, if you get an egg poaching thingy for it).
Microwaves are also valuable when cooking squash and melting chocolate. And cooking frozen vegetables, if that counts.
I am the same way about the food processor. The only time I will use it is if its clearly superior to chopping stuff by hand or to mix and chop at the same time like if I'm making Pico De Gallo and I want some garlic,jalpeno and cilantro mixed. Much easier to jsut put that stuff in the mini prep.
I could easily use it almost daily to chop or shred, and yet I don't. Neither do other people, though That's a design flaw.
Our kitchen is a tiny one [we have about 6 feet of counter space all together] but I definitely love kitchen electrics.
I agree with the love of electric kettles--so wonderful. Since we don't have A/C, I invested in a counter top convection oven for toast, small baked goods and such during the heat of the summer.
We actually cook quite a bit with our microwave. Its been shown to keep more vitamins in veggies than boiling or steaming, so use it for that a lot. Plus, it makes great steamed-in-parchment fish and a nearly no-stir risotto. We also use our slow cooker quite a bit. I particularly love it for overnight oatmeal.
The last thing I really love is my mini Cuisinart food processor. It doesn't have the slicing and grating functions of a large one, but it chops things up wonderfully and its really small [and it was very inexpensive!]
My veggies usually get broiled or sautéd. Not big on steaming or microwave--I dislike the texture most of the time. . I do use my microwave to make cream of wheat, but really not much else!
You don't slow cook? But slow-cooked chili is a gift from the gods, and eminently freezable...
This is going to be one of those "Ferrett won't eat it" things, isn't it?
Also: know that I love these domestic posts a lot. However, dear god, replace your dishwasher. Or paint it, even. Or cut it out of every photo. Just make it stop CLASHING so... ;)
I will have to photoshop it, LOL. it isn't as glaring in day to day living, I promise
No, the slow cooking isn't a Ferrett thing. It's my temperament. Starting dinner in the morning is just something to which I've never taken.
So is it common for American households not to have a kettle then? I'm from Australia and not having a kettle in your kitchen is unheard of!
I'd never even heard of them until we went to England in 2006, but they are becoming a bit more common now. Still, I doubt that one US household in 10 has them.