If you’re someone who spends a lot of time cooking up a storm in your kitchen, you’ll know the preparation of a delicious meal can often take just as long as the cooking itself — if not longer!
Whether you’re slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing, peeling or juicing, it all takes a lot of time (and elbow grease), especially if you’re putting together a feast for a large group. Fortunately, advancements in kitchen devices mean that doing everything by hand is a thing of the past. New technology has ramped things up a notch, giving everyone the chance to use professional-quality equipment and produce equally professional results.
High-tech appliances make food preparation quicker and allow you to get perfect results every time, but they’re also helping to improve the accessibility of cooking. Now, children can get involved at the touch of a button, away from dangerous blades that can cause nasty accidents (and raised blood pressure for whoever’s supervising).
These nifty machines and gadgets can also make a real difference to people who struggle to handle equipment like knives, heavy appliances or fiddly instruments due to a condition or impairment — improving functionality and allowing them to retain their independence and continue making the food they love.
Here are just four examples of some of the equipment you’ll want in your kitchen to ensure it’s love — not sweat and tears — that go into your culinary creations…
Save space with multifunctional appliances
A food processor is the ultimate time and space-saving piece of kit. The capabilities of advanced machines — such as the Magimix CS 5200 XL Premium or Magimix Cook Expert — are endless. And thanks to the numerous matching accessories, they can perform a wide range of functions, including grating, slicing, steaming, whisking, pulsing, chopping, bread making and even slow cooking.
With a device like this, you can make anything from loaves of sourdough to vegetable curries — and spare the tears when chopping onions!
Mix things up with a blender
A blender is another kitchen essential that allows you to create a variety of concoctions, such as smoothies, sauces, soups, dressings and cocktails. (Psst — it’s the perfect tool for preparing our delicious pizza and pasta sauce, full of fresh and flavoursome tomatoes, garlic and basil!)
The Magimix Le Blender Premium makes light work of whole fruit and veg, blending ingredients into the texture and consistency you desire. With this machine, you can enjoy all the convenience of a countertop blender (no more wrestling with a heavy hand-held!) and create a variety of recipes, effortlessly blending through the toughest ingredients to save you time and effort. With a gadget like this, anyone can multitask!
Get your daily dose of vitamins with a juicer
If you’ve ever squeezed your fruit juice by hand, you’ll know that it can be a long and monotonous task. Plus, there’s nothing worse than discovering you’ve got a papercut as you go to squeeze a lemon!
With a professional juicer, you can do the job in a fraction of the time and get far more out of your ingredients. The Magimix Juice Expert extracts up to 70% more juice than other juicers on the market, meaning less waste and more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are extracted. You could even try making almond milk with this blender; simply soak your nuts in three times the amount of water for two days, then drain and pour them into your juicer with a 2:1 ratio of water to almonds. Simple!
Enjoy an at-home barista with a coffee machine
Although not essential, great coffee is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And with modern technology, you can now enjoy the perfect blend in the comfort of your own home every day. That means no more queuing at your local coffee shop for a last-minute caffeine fix — wahoo!
There’s a whole range of different types of coffee machines to suit your needs. Take the Nespresso Vertuo Next machine, which can prepare five different cup sizes at the touch of a button, blending coffee and water to achieve the perfect crema every time.
This model also comes with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities built in to enhance your experience, connecting your device to the Nespresso app to inform you when to descale and top up your machine. And if you want to get even more out of your espresso, why not turn it into a delicious dessert? With a machine like the Gelato Expert, you could have fresh homemade ice cream for an affogato in just 30 minutes!
Learn to love your kitchen again
Sure, it’s nice to get stuck in and do things the old-fashioned way sometimes. But did you know the average Brit spends 219 hours a year in the kitchen? Wouldn’t you rather spend that time tasting and tweaking your recipes than doing the prep work? Or cut the overall cooking time in half when there aren’t enough hours in the day?
In a ‘smart’ kitchen, you’ll find all kinds of gadgets controlled from a digital display or mobile phone for the ultimate flexibility, enjoyment and ease. From clever kettles and toasters to funky fridges and ovens, there are all sorts of machines on the market in 2021. You can even buy a cordless automatic pot stirrer! Perfect for busy parents or keen multitaskers, who can start clearing things away safe in the knowledge that their risotto won’t get stuck to the pan…