My friend Kate asked bloggers to share some of their favorite kitchen gadgets today, so I'm joining in the fun. These might not all be "gadgets," but I do enjoy having them around!
First up are these three guys- my Sunbeam breadmaker, a Mr. Coffee espresso machine, and a 1970s era GE food processor:
I use the breadmaker several times a week to make our sandwich bread. I crank it onto "dough setting" (which it is in for this photo), and I just bake the bread in the oven when the dough is ready. One of these days I'll try out some new recipes!
The espresso is handy for making my world-famous cafe mochas. Okay, so they aren't exactly world-famous, but people who try them sure seem to like 'em. I can save a bundle making them at home, and it's so fun to be able to offer a specialty coffee drink to your guests.
The GE food processor came from my grandparents' house, and it gets a good work out in the summertime. I use it to shred zucchini from our garden--which is used to make zucchini bread, of course! You'd never know she is an old appliance...sometimes I think that older appliances work better than new ones.
Next up are my two Kitchen Aid mixers and my Sony iPod dock:
I can't say enough good things about my little 3-speed Kitchen Aid hand mixer. We (okay, I) received it as a wedding gift 10 1/2 years ago, and it does just as good of a job now as it did before.
I'll be completely honest and tell you that the Kitchen Aid stand mixer scared the begeezes out of me and I didn't use it for a good 5 or 6 years after we received it as a wedding gift. I grew up watching my mom and dad use one, and they raved about how great it was, but I was fairly certain I would lose an arm or finger in it or something horrible like that and it would end up on YouTube and I'd be famous for it.
So when I did work up the courage to use my stand mixer, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did I not lose an appendage, but it made heavy mixing jobs so much easier! It makes baking a breeze, especially during the holidays.
Last, but not least, is my little Sony iPod dock that T gave me this past Christmas. It's small, but the speakers are fantastic. I love to plug my iPhone in and blast a little Pandora while I clean or get dinner started. I can't wait to play some Christmas tunes through my iPod next holiday season.
I'm sure there are all sorts of other goodies in my kitchen I could share with you, but these are a few that popped into my mind first. We live in a smallish, older home, so storage space is limited. If I'm going to keep a gadget, it has to be good!
What kitchen gadget do you own that you can't live without?
Linking to Centsational Girl