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Kitchen gadgets

Kitchen gadgets

It's a popular perception that people buy kitchen gadgets which are used once, then left to gather dust in a corner of a cupboard. Not so in this house – in order to cook healthy meals from scratch, there are certain gadgets I wouldn't want to be without. Here are some of my favourites:


I'm not really a breakfast person but I'm aware it's not a good idea to skip it altogether (plus I'd probably end up eating biscuits at 10am if I had nothing at all when I got up), so I often make myself a smoothie. It's so simple; just chuck in some fruit (a banana and a handful of blueberries is my favourite), cover with milk and blend.

Hand blender

Essential for homemade soup – just stick it in the saucepan for any soup that requires blending.


I'll have to admit, the juicer doesn't get used as much as it should do as I find it a bit of a faff to clean. But it does make the most amazing juice, especially when used in combination with the blender to add ice, and fruit that can't be juiced (e.g. banana).

Slow cooker

I'm a recent slow cooker convert but couldn't be more pleased with it. I thought they were only used for slow cooking meat and as a vegetarian, that's not much use to me, but I've made – amongst other dishes - Quorn curries and Quorn sausage casseroles and they've turned out beautifully. Place the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, switch it on, and when you get home you've got a delicious homemade meal waiting for you.

Bread machine

One of the best things about a bread machine is the timer. Set it to do its thing in the early hours and you'll wake up to the aroma of fresh bread. Gorgeous. Of course, the main benefit of a bread machine is you know exactly what's going into the bread and can make all different kinds – I recently made a fantastic black olive, cheese and basil bread. Much tastier and healthier than white sliced.

Electric whisk

An electric whisk will save your aching wrists when you need to make batter for pancakes, Yorkshire puddings, whipped cream, etc. Use a big enough bowl though, otherwise it'll go everywhere (yes, I'm speaking from experience).

Food processor

Makes chopping food a breeze. You can even grate cheese in it or use for making dips and salsa.

Mini chopper

A mini chopper is great if you need a small amount of something, e.g. breadcrumbs, chopped nuts, etc. and don't want to mess up the bigger food processor.

George Foreman grill

What's a vegetarian doing with a George Foreman grill? It does seem a bit odd, I agree, but it's fantastic for Panini, toasties, grilling halloumi and even cooking Quorn sausages.

So, there are my favourite kitchen gadgets. They're affordable, don't take up much room and definitely get used regularly.

Cathy from jog-blog.co.uk