Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping
onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food
processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite
fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small
appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If
you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates
Slow cookers have been around for a very long time. They allow you too
cook meals in the way that retains flavor and freshness of your food.
They are very good for long slow cooking. They are not very expensive
and very easy to use. They are few things to consider when choosing the
right slow cooker:
- Size: The size is measured in quarts and ranges from 1-11 quarts,
so make sure you get the size thats right for you. The smallest
size is not really suitable for one-portion meals. Anything from about
4 quarts is considered family size. Sometimes its not a bad idea
to buy a larger size just in case you have guests over or if you want
to freeze some meals for later. The largest models with automatic timers
tend to be the most expensive.
- Power: Power is measured in watts and it ranges from 1500-2000
watts. Larger models usually have more power. Most models offer at least
2 heat settings, but some models offer more then that. Its always
better to have an automatic option allowing you to set the
timer. Another feature that you should look is a keep warm
setting. This stops food thats ready to serve from drying out.
- Features: Most slow cookers have removable pots that are dishwasher
safe. Look for models with stay cool handles and glass lids so you can
see whats happening inside. Make sure to buy the models that are
easiest to clean.
Slow cookers are an excellent way to cook proper food without
a lot of fuss. All the preparation can be done beforehand so that you
can come home to a hot, home-cooked meal.
Considerations for all small appliances:
- Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future.
Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested
in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and
reduce time in the kitchen?
- Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all
those new small appliances?
- Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your
Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.
- Decide on the color of your new small appliance.
- Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings
on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those
who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger
- Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.
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