The amount of different kitchen gadgets you can get in the modern world is enough to fill 10 kitchens without any risk of duplication. When you care about the health of your family and cooking for everyone, then it’s definitely tempting to look at these gadgets as the answer to your prayers. The days of slaving over a hot stove are long gone, you tell yourself – you can gadget your way to everything being far, far easier!
It’s so easy to fill the entire kitchen up with gadgets, each promising they have something different to offer. There’s the ones that focus on food preparation; that claim to be able to slice, chop, shred, grate, and many more different preparation methods, far faster than human hands can.
With the preparation sorted, you can then move on to the cooking phase. Grab your recipes and then choose for yourself: do you want to bake, grill, fry, boil, use a halogen oven? Again, more options than you ever wished for.
And let’s be realistic: more options than you will ever use.
If you feel you’re lacking for cupboard space and your kitchen is being overtaken by gadgets, it might be time for a reassessment. Not only should you put yourself on a temporary spending ban, but going through what you already own could improve the flow of your kitchen no end.
Look at everything that you have on an individual basis. The first question you need to ask yourself is: does this work? If you’ve not used an item for awhile, it might not even function the way that you need it to anymore – so plug it in (or use it however it’s powered) and give it a whirl.
If it doesn’t work: can I fix it? You then have to decide if you want to go to the effort of fixing it. It might be a simple change or something that’s going to cost money. With the latter, you have to factor in whether or not it’d be more cost-effective to replace it. For example, if your fryer fails the working test, then technology might have moved on since you originally bought it. In this case, you’ll find this review may be informative in showcasing what the new fryers have to offer. The same will apply to every type of gadget you find doesn’t work; it might be fixable, but that doesn’t mean you should! Keep this in mind when making your decision – sometimes, it’s more cost-effective to replace than repair.
If it does work: do I use it? Let’s say you dig out a hand-mixer. It works just fine, whirrs along merrily when you flick the button – but do you use it? If you have a stand mixer or a blender, chances are it’s been awhile since you got that motor firing. While there’s a certain amount of sense in keeping spares around in case something breaks, it’s better to store them in the pantry rather than cluttering up the kitchen!