August 19, 2017

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

I have some appliances that are my go-to tools for making life easier- my immersion blender, bread machine and toaster oven are a few.  At  they’ve come up with a list of what they consider the eight counter-top appliances people can’t do without.

They are:

  1. coffee machine
  2. microwave
  3. toaster oven/toaster
  4. blender
  5. food processor
  6. stand mixer
  7. rice cooker
  8. juicer

I’ll stand by numbers 2-5, but my coffeemaker can stand idle for weeks at a time, I haven’t used my juicer in about 8 years (Don’t ask me, I don’t know why I keep it.)  and I don’t own and see no need to own a rice steamer. 

Everyone’s cooking style is different and families’ needs change.  Things we can’t seem to do without -the juicer- become clutter in the closet and some  appliances that seemed impossible forty or fifty years ago are standard in the most basic kitchens today – the microwave.

What are you using daily at your house?  We’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Sleepy Mom says:

    I definitely agree with number 2. Who can live without a microwave? Do you recall the days when hot chocolate was made by warming milk on the stove? Archaic! Due to evening household chaos, I try to make dinner earlier in the day and the microwave is also my saving grace when everyone is hungry.

    I would also like to make a plug for the stand mixer. After years of gracing the inside of my pantry, and a few years of collecting dust on my counter, I have broken out the Kitchen Aid. Amazing how many uses I have found for it in the past few weeks. I didn’t realize how often I mixed things! Now I use it for everything from cake mixes to a bowl of eggs to be scrambled for dinner. Very handy!

  2. Sleepy Mom,
    Thanks for your comment. I would never have thought of using the stand mixer for scrambled eggs! Great idea! If you want to read more about the newest, largest KitchenAid stand mixer, you can at: Also, we will be reviewing the KitchenAid Artisan mixer here as well.