Confession: I am slightly addicted to purchasing small kitchen appliances. They are so much fun to collect! I actually have reached my limit- my shelves are completely out of room. There will be no more small kitchen appliances for me. But, that doesn't mean that you can't buy any!
Here are the reviews for my favorite kitchen purchases to help you shop!
Imperia Pasta Machine: I love homemade pasta and was so happy to receive this for Christmas last year. I use it about 4-6 times per month and once you get the hang of making dough (after a couple of times) it's quick and easy. This is definitely one of my favorites. You can buy pasta from the store made with 100% real ingredients, but it's not nearly as good!
de Buyer Crepe Pan: Crepes are amazing. Flour, eggs, milk and butter. All real ingredients, whereas even whole wheat pancakes are a little more complicated and require sweetener. This crepe kit makes it super easy to create evenly cooked crepes. If you don't already have it, maybe try out a non-stick frying pan before purchasing this because I think that would work too. The wooden spatula is pretty great though.
Tortilla Press: I don't think I have bought store-made tortillas since I bought this. Making sixteen tortillas only takes me about 15 minutes now and they taste so much better than store bought. The only downside is that these tortillas are pretty small. The size surprised me at first because I was so used to factory made, giant sized tortillas, but now I'm used to it and love this tool.
Rival Crock Pot: What would I do without my crock pot? I make stocks, sauces, and beans exclusively in this because it is so easy. And that's not even counting stews, chili and meat dishes that are also made 1,000 times easier in a crock pot. There are a lot of good brands and models out there, but my Rival Crock Pot definitely works for me, and you cannot beat the price!
Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt- Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker: This is a new purchase for me, so I'll have to come back to this, but so far I like it. When you turn it on it's pretty loud, but it only good about ten minutes for my ice cream to come together which was way faster than I had expected.
Breadman Programmable Bread Maker: Homemade bread is pretty much necessary when you are on a real foods diet. I have heard that some bakeries, like Great Harvest, make a bread without sugar, but I haven't seen any in DC. I use my bread maker to mix and rise the dough, but then I bake it in the oven. I don't think it's anything about this particular bread maker that doesn't work, bread just tastes better when it comes from a real oven.
OXO V-Blade Mandoline: Also a new purchase, but so far so good. It's actually kind of life changing. Perfectly even french fries, potato chips, cucumbers, and carrots. It even has a special blade for crinkle cut potato chips!
Cuisinart Griddler 4-in-1: I LOVE this. It's so easy to use and easy to clean. Brian is not a fan of cooking meat on here because the fat does all drip off (which is why I like it!). I also love it for making tortillas. I can fit four tortillas on here at a time. I love hot sandwiches like quesadillas, grilled cheese or panini's and this makes it so simple.
Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer: I may have a gazillion of these small kitchen appliances, but I do not have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer- and it's okay! I am perfectly happy using this hand mixer. I never have problems with it and it gives you a good arm work out while you bake!
Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor: I got a mini food processor because of limited storage. This does the trick. Sometimes if I'm making something big, I need to make it in a few batches, but most of the time it's perfect. This food processor made pesto possible!
Norpro Nonstick Mini Donut Pan: My new fun baking pan. Baked doughnuts may not taste just like Dunkin, but they are still good and when you don't eat white sugar/ white flour these are the only doughnuts you're going to get! So, I'm pretty happy with it. Oh, and the mini doughnuts look really cute!