According to the USDA, the average American spends about 37 minutes a day in their kitchen. While this might not seem like much, it’s actually pretty significant, between the 8 or so hours spent working, and 8 (ideally) spent sleeping, there’s little time for anything else. With so much to do, 37 minutes of time is nothing to sneeze at.
Beyond the simple necessity of preparing food, the kitchen can be a fun place. In fact, it can be one of the most exciting places in your home. But what if you could make your kitchen time even more engaging? Good news: You can.
While the average kitchen accoutrements are well and good, why not spice things up a little? (Food-based pun intended.) The best way to do that is with some fun, unique kitchen appliances.
With no shortage of creative products on the market, there’s no reason you should have a boring kitchen. Here are 8 of the best devices to help give you the coolest kitchen in the neighborhood.
There are few things that receive such equal parts love and derision as fried foods. From texture to taste, it’s just about the perfect food. Well, except for the small issue of health.
It’s no secret that fried foods are, well, not ideal for the human body. Apart from that, deep-frying food can be a messy and stressful endeavor. But what if it didn’t have to be?
Enter the Actifry. This baby boasts all the things you love about fried foods with a fraction of the calories and cleanup. It might sound too good to be to true, but with endorsements from celebrities as well-known as Oprah, this thing is the real deal.
If you love fried foods as much as the rest of us, but would prefer to avoid that pesky heart disease, give the Actifry a shot.
Morphy Richards Soup Maker
Have a passion for soup but are less fond of the preparation? This is the machine for you.
The Morphy Richards Soup Maker is an all-in-one kettle and mixer. No more stirring until your arm is sore, dicing, or mashing. Just drop in your ingredients, select the smooth or chunky setting, and let the soup maker do the work.
Boasting a prep time of only 21 minutes, the Soup Maker brings a new level of convenience to one of the most classic dishes there is.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Perhaps one of the most frivolous and unnecessary items on this list, it’s also one of the downright coolest. Breakfast is already the most important meal of the day. Why not also make it the most fun?
That’s where this miraculous thing comes in. With a multi-tiered system for your bread, eggs, protein, and any other goodies, this thing is a self-indulgent dream come true. Just close the device and cook to your desired level, and you’ll be enjoying a restaurant quality breakfast sandwich in no time flat.
DorkFood DSV Sous-Vide Controller
For the uninitiated, sous-vide is a long-time favorite cooking method for high-class restaurant chefs. Put simply, it’s the process of vacuum sealing meats, submerging them in water, and cooking them in low heat over a long period of time. This produces the maximum flavor while allowing you to cook it to perfection.
The problem is that home systems for this cost well over $400 dollars. Luckily, there’s the DorkFood Sous-Vide Controller.
All you have to do is plug this into any slow cooker and it will turn it into a device perfectly suited to your sous-vide needs. Just select your settings, relax, and enjoy restaurant quality slow-cooked meats and veggies.
Pizzazz Pizza Oven
In a total 180 from the last product, the Pizzazz Pizza Oven is delightfully low-brow in the best possible way. No more will you have to preheat your oven, checking constantly to make sure your pizza isn’t burning on the bottom. With this godsend, you can cook a frozen pizza to perfection.
Perfect for the college freshman and the time-pressed mom alike, this product makes cooking this perennial favorite truly effortless. Combining a rotating heating element and broiler, the whole block will be knocking down your door to get a sluce of your perfectly cooked frozen pizzas.
La Cloche Dome Baker
Making bread can seem like a daunting task, and for good reason. The process of making the perfect loaf of bread is a true art. And while there are plenty of bread makers on the market, they lack the rustic refinement of true oven baked bread.
With the La Cloche Dome Baker, you can achieve that brick oven bread you’ve always dreamed of. Essentially a ceramic dome that replicates the effect of a brick oven, friends and family will be asking you what your trick is. But it can just be our secret.
Berkel Flywheel Slicer
This one has the most history by far of any product on this list. The Berkel Flywheel Slicer was invented all the way back in the late 1800s. At the time, there was no reliable, fast, and safe method for uniformly slicing deli meat. The Berkel Slicer changed all that.
Now an extremely rare commodity, it’s one of the absolute coolest rustic touches you can add to a kitchen. Although Berkel Slicer repair is often necessary due to their age, it’s more than worth it to have one of the most unique kitchen accessories there is.
Last but certainly not least, The Thermomix is a miraculous ten-in-one appliance. Yeah, you read that right. This thing can mix, steam, emulsify, chop, blend, cook, and even weigh your food.
The only problem is that it’s also one of the most elusive cooking devices known to man. Not only that, but if you do find one, you might be looking at over $2000 to get your hands on one.
But if you can become one of the lucky few to possess this coveted Holy Grail of cooking, you will surely have a kitchen that will be talked about for years to come.
Unique Kitchen Appliances: Just the Start
So now that you’ve read about some of the most interesting and unique kitchen appliances out there, it’s time to get in there and cook!
Even if you forego purchasing any of these, the kitchen is a place where you can learn about food and get to know yourself all at once. If you’re ready to take the plunge and begin your culinary journey in earnest, read on for ideas, tips, and more!