Breadmaker – while I can’t say I manage to make bread every day or even every week, breadmakers are brilliant for making a loaf without leaving the house. When I visited Panasonics HQ for a day as a blog ambassador, I learnt they can also really help cut costs, as a loaf, including electricity and ingredients can be as little as 40p, that’s nearly a third of a supermarket loaf and so much better for you too.
Handheld liquidiser – perfect for weaning foods, but long after that these gadgets are a quick way to appease fussy easters, by disguising lumps, bumps and vegetables in a meal. Lentil and vegetable bolognaise becomes smooth pasta sauce in seconds. Vegetables in soup are made invisible to the naked eye. Also the perfect tool for a superfast banana milkshake or frozen fruit smoothie.
Juicer – Kids love nothing more than seeing carrots and apples vanish into a juicer and come out the other end as juice. Plus you can sneak in all manner of fruit and vegetables they wouldn’t normally touch with a barge pole. Raw food is so good for you. Ours is a bit dusty and goes through phases of being used and forgotten, but I can’t give it up.
Microwave - I wouldn’t cope without ours, it is such a shortcut, not to ready meals or junk I might add, but to lots of healthy options and thriftyness. I am constantly warming leftovers, throwing a in some frozen veg to pack a few more of their five a day into a meal, warming milk and juice or making healthy porridge for breakfast. There are some cheap microwaves here.
Steamer – I love the bamboo ones, perfect for plonking on top of a pan of boiling pasta or rice. But electric ones can also be a great way to steam lots of things at once.
I have heard good things about soupmakers, but haven’t tasted them yet. I have a slow cooker but I can’t say we get on so well yet, although lots of people rave about them.
What’s your favourite kitchen gadget?