After being in an RV for 6 months, returning home to my “real” kitchen was a dream. A DREAM. Now, don’t get me wrong- a big kitchen most definitely is NOT a necessity- but it sure is nice. Ha.
Somehow I managed to pull off an excellent Thanksgiving dinner a few months ago in the RV. Everything homemade, like we do every year. I managed to do it without all the extra counter and prep space I am used to and *gasp* no double (or even a table top) ovens! It took a bit of planning, but it definitely made me appreciate all the things I normally use in my “real” kitchen all the time.
As you can imagine, not many appliances fit in the RV. We had to save on space significantly. Now that we are back at home, I am able to use my favorite appliances, and have even gotten some new ones for Christmas.
These 3 kitchen appliances are definitely not specifically MUST HAVES, but I do think that they are excellent if you can swing it, and will help make life so much easier. Yes, you can do without, but if you are in search of new things for your kitchen- I highly recommend looking into the options below…
1. Instant Pot.
Now, I kind of thought it was silly at first. I mean, I have a crock pot that I absolutely LOVE, so why would I need this? Let me ask you something- what CAN’T you do with an Instant Pot?! Not only is it a Pressure Cooker- it’s a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. This thing does IT ALL.
I will be the first to admit that I am still learning with this appliance of awesomeness, but I am looking forward to experimenting much more and hopefully sharing some yummy creations!
I did just order this book on Amazon. Hopefully it will have lots of good ideas and recipes! LOVE that it focuses on healthy recipes as well. (**This post does contain affiliate links- while I would NEVER recommend something I wouldn’t use and love myself, if you do choose to order through one of the links, it always helps to get a tiny kickback through affiliate links and is MUCH appreciated**)
I’m sure at this point you’ve heard of a Spiralizer. It began as what looked like a “fad”, but it has become something more. It’s a great way to add a variety of vegetables to your dishes in fun and delicious ways. If you are on a Paleo diet, making “noodles” out of zucchini (aka zoodles) is an excellent way to serve the pasta dish that you are craving. If you’re looking to go low carb, well, this is a great option!
I cannot get enough of my spiralizer! There are handheld options, and that’s what I started out with. I didn’t care for it nearly as much as I do my standing one, and if you are spiralizing for more than one person, the stand up ones are really more convenient. Plus, there are a few different ways you can cut/slice with this one as well. I highly recommend it.
If you are wondering what exactly you are going to use a spiralizer for besides zucchini- the Inspiralized book by Alli Maffucci is a great place to start.
3. Air Fryer
This one is the priciest on the list, but it’s worth it. There are other options that are more cost effective, and I’m sure they are excellent as well. We have a Philips Air Fryer (it was my Christmas present), and we use it ALL.THE.TIME. We absolutely love this thing. We cook everything from sweet potato fries to bacon to “fried” chicken- and everything in-between.
You “fry” without the addition of oil, so you are saving SO many calories. It can also grill, roast, and even bake your food. It’s seriously awesome and gets used so much more than I ever would have imagined around here!
If you need some ideas for the yumminess you can make in your Air Fryer, this cookbook is a good one to check out (and yes, you can make donuts too! )
Again, while this post is titled “must have”, we have to be realistic. Sometimes it’s not always feasible to have extra appliances, whether it be a cost issue or a space issue (can we say RV?! Ha!), BUT if you can swing it- these are the top 3 I would most definitely recommend- one or all.
What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Have you used any of these before? If so, any favorite recipes or websites/books to check out?!