Here's my essential gadgets and small kitchen appliances list. Do you agree or disagree with what I consider essential?
Let me start by saying that I resisted making this list for a long time, despite many of you asking for it, because what you define as "essential" and what I define as "essential" are most likely completely different.
That's because ultimately, what you need to stock your kitchen with small appliances and kitchen gadgets and cookware is so tied to so many things unique to you and your family, including your cooking style, dietary restrictions, size and composition of your family, and more.
So my goal for this list is to help you both think about what you want to keep, when decluttering your kitchen appliances and also what you might want to purchase (perhaps even second hand) if you want to stock a new kitchen, such as if you are starting a new household.
Before I begin my list, I want to stress that I am all about not cluttering your kitchen with useless items, or items that you use, at most, once or twice a year (especially if something else you already have could do the same job, perhaps with just a bit more effort).
The reason is that if you run out and buy an item just because someone said it was "essential" you'll just end up wasting money, taking up precious space in your kitchen, and then having to declutter the item later.
Always critically think if you'll use it
In addition, Alton Brown (of Food Network fame) has said for years, and it has stuck with me, to pass on single use gadgets in favor of something that can be used in many ways. I heartily agree!
I have skipped, on this list, some of the large kitchen appliances, like the refrigerator and stove. And instead, in this part of the list I'm referring to smaller items, typically that could go on a countertop (but don't have to). I'm also, in this part of this list only referring to electric items, classifying non-electric items as "gadgets" instead.
Depending on your preferences some of these additional appliances may be useful, although I don't personally consider them essential.
As I explained above, this list contains non-electric kitchen gadgets and cooking equipment. I will be honest and say this list was even harder to decide which were essential and which were merely useful.
Feel free to disagree with my list in this category, you'll know better what is essential for you then I will. But hopefully this will give you food for thought.
So what do you think of my list? Did I leave something off completely that should be listed? Did I categorize things in a way you disagree with? Tell me below in the comments!
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