@DrWorm If you cook rice a lot it is handy. Throw in water and rice, turn it on, good to go. It tells you when the rice is done. Then you can keep it on “warm” for however long until you put away leftovers. Doesn’t burn the rice. Rather like a coffee maker for rice.
@goldnectar Not being “white people,” my wife & I never imagine to use a rice cooker for our daily meals. She prefers the old-fashioned “pot on the stove” technique, but she taught me to do so via the microwave.
@ybmuG you may want a kettle instead of a pot. The difference being a pot is more for a gallon and isn’t meant to be poured but has a spout. While a kettle is more like a quart or two and more like a typical kettle. Tons of sellers in the US market. You can get them with all sorts of tempature level settings too. Glass/steel/plastic. Just an example below.
@Apostlii@tinamarie1974 wow, that’s aa very non-meh option. $179 for referb! I do like it, though. And it looks like they have simpler options. I’d be curious how the <$20 Ovente that jerk_nugget mentioned above would compare. I’d bet the build quality is better, but over 9:1 on price is huge. And I think I saw that the non-referb price is $280??!!
@UncleVinny I think they mean the mixer, like the stand mixer. Like for mixing up dough and batter, and whipping cream and butter, and doing all sorts of things that make it really worth the chunk of counter space it takes. Especially when compared to the air fryer. I like the food from them, but jeez, are they huge machines for tiny cooking space.
@simplersimon@UncleVinny I would guess his point was, for giving up that counter space, there are a lot of things you can plug into the mixer via the accessory drive shaft. But I could be totally wrong. Could just be the one mentioned below
@UncleVinny no, a food processor and a [stand] mixer are not the same thing. i have a kitchenaid mini food processor and it’s tied with my immersion blender for most used “non essential” appliance for me tho, definitely.
Since I’m doing low-carb most days, I can’t share the community outrage over rice cooker being on the list, but my meh $19 KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper & Processor from October 2018 is pretty nifty.
@tweezak Someday when I’m a gazillionaire and can remodel my kitchen, I want to put in a coffee bar with a plumbed espresso maker, room for my coffee mug collection, and a wine fridge that would exclusively be used to make cold brew since I don’t drink wine.
@bgammill where did you get your cement mixer attachment? Is it at a right angle and does I reach from the counter to the floor? Or just pull it over the edge of the counter and a straight drop and hold on?
The deal I had with my kid was when you cook I’ll do the dishes. About once a week that is what would happen. Of course if I wanted to be able to eat anything she’d cook I’d need rules about dumping in a ton of jalapinos (she’d drink the juice in the can like it was water) or cayenne pepper. OMG that child could eat anything hot.
She’d also make pickle juice popsicles. As a joke one christmas I got her a huge container of pickles - one of those white plastic ones about 2’ high and maybe 1’ in diameter. Only took her about 2.5 months to eat them all (did not do a repeat as that was really unhealthy).
The rice cooker got used a lot. And the thing you’d put in the microwave to cook bacon (this is after she melted holes in some of my plates - “but mom it says microwave safe”). Yeah the microwave is pretty essential and the toaster oven. If I had to pick one - the microwave.
@Kidsandliz +1 on the microwave. I guess many people these days would not consider a microwave “non-essential”, but I never used/had one until my twenties. I survived my early years, albeit lacking the instant gratification of the Nuc-It-Now machine. I use it pretty much every day now.
@macromeh I took people camping for a living and cooked over fires (including in the pouring rain), propane, gasoline… if there had been a way to plug a microwave into a tree I would have hauled one with me when I took adjudicated youth canoeing across the state of Florida.
Non-essential: Pressure cooker
Essential: I am that one person that doesn’t like the Kitchenaid mixer. Got one as a gift and used it for 20 years, was never happy with it. The weight, I don’t have room for it in the kitchen and hauling that monster was a pain. Also that you can’t get involved in your creations. Found my favorite Sunbeam mixer at a flea market for $3, gave away the lead weight and have been happily baking away for about four years. It helps that I have a stack of bowls that fit it too.
Winner: KitchenAid stand mixer. Just for a fresh sourdough loaf every week (although we also use it for so many other things.)
Runner-up: Anova sous vide machine. Use it probably only once or twice a month, but dayum, it does wonders for even cheap cuts of meat, particularly beef.
damn, didn’t even think of the microwave but to me…that is essential. we tried living without one (when we moved in here 5+ yrs ago we had nothing and tried to get just the things we needed) and it was a pain. still haven’t gotten around to buying a toaster though.
another truly non-essential item i rely on is a leave in probe thermometer, but i guess maybe that’s more “gadget” than “appliance.”
INSTANT POT ALL THE WAY. I use it every time I cook… Makes things so easily and quickly, I love it. If you’re on the fence about getting one, it is seriously worth it. I bought two on black Friday to give to friends because once you have one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. The meats come out SO juicy and it locks in flavor so well. Soups are made with the snap of a finger. BBQ that usually takes hours is made in 1 hour. It’s crazy…
Also I got a veggie chopper on Amazon recently and WoW that has saved me SO much time while meal prepping… Why was I cutting everything by hand before?