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The best kitchen gadgets in 2020! I love cooking but always find it so disappointing if I shell out for a piece of equipment only to find that it doesn’t live up to expectations. Quite often, I have tried to save money by buying cheaper equipment only to end up replacing it – and spending more money in the long run! I’ve definitely learned from my mistakes and as a result, have found a selection of cookware staples that I really have tried-and-tested for quality and performance.
So here are my favourite appliances to help you cook like a boss!
Best Kitchen Gadgets 2020
This dehydrator is a must-have for raw foodies or anyone who eats a predominantly plant-based diet. If you’re thinking of buying a dehydrator, my advice is to avoid the temptation to buy a cheaper model. I was – and it didn’t work! Without a doubt, The Excalibur Dehydrator is the best – no question about it! It dehydrates kale leaves into chips (crisps); watermelon into the tastiest (and healthiest) sweets you’ve ever eaten, and veg pulp from the juicer into crisp-breads. Yes, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this beast of a machine will really help you to reduce your food waste to pretty much zero. You can literally chuck anything into it, and it will be transformed into a tasty treat, including bananas that are turning black to uneaten apples. In no time at all, you’ll have delicious dried fruit or veggie strips. Perfect for healthy snacks for the whole family. It definitely gets my vote for one of the best kitchen gadgets 2020!
A timer means that you simply throw foods in, set the timer and forget about it until your snacks are ready. Easy to use controls, an adjustable thermostat and a programmable timer that runs from 2 to 26 hours. It is capable of dehydrating fruit all the way to ‘beef’ jerky – obviously, I only use plants in my kitchen – but you get the idea! It really is superior in quality and comes with a whopping 10-year warranty.
It’s quite a large piece of equipment – roughly the size of a microwave – so it takes up a lot of counter space. I have the white model which is quite ugly, so if you are fussy about how things look, go for the black version which looks better! I like the aromas that the dehydrator emits as it’s working, but be warned – they can be quite strong. It’s also fairly noisy, so I set mine up in an outhouse (which luckily has electricity) and this has worked really well. If you live in a small apartment, this might not be for you!
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the most powerful blender in the universe! I have to admit, it took me 2 years to summon up the courage to spend £500 on this machine. I eventually bought it from QVC in installments, but boy, I have never looked back! One of the best kitchen gadgets in 2020! It’s an investment piece, and once you have it, you will literally use it non-stop. I use mine nearly every day to make everything from smoothies, soups, pesto, and sauces to 2-minute ice cream – and even to turn oats into oat flour in seconds. It’s an amazing piece of kitchen equipment that I can’t imagine being without.
Powerful enough to blend anything you need in seconds and is incredibly versatile too. Not only is does it blend, but it can also be used to heat things up. And you can blend and make just about anything in a flash – soup, sauces and ice cream only take a few minutes.
The only con is the cost – but when you’re using it every day, the expense is definitely worth it.
Purchase a Vitamix here.
I do quite a bit of cooking using a frying pan, so was concerned to hear the news about non-stick cookware. Some studies have suggested that the chemicals used to coat non-stick pots and pans could be carcinogenic and even reduce fertility levels. I love my Le Creuset Cast Iron Frying Pan which is uncoated, yet is totally non-stick and cooks everything evenly. It also stands up to high temperatures too without any adverse effects!
Cooks like a pro. All Le Creuset cookware is famously long-lasting, and this pan is no exception. It should last for around 30 years, so there’s less impact on the environment. It’s easy to wash and the enameled surface means that there’s no need to season it with oil. And it’s suitable for all hob types too.
This pan is heavy! Something to bear in mind if you suffer from any wrist issues or arthritis.
Purchase a Le Creuset Frying Pan here.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal
I have to say, I have a soft spot for Heston Blumenthal ever since my daughter assisted him on her Saturday job at Hamley’s Toy Shop in London, turning Playdoh into spaghetti – true story! He really is a lovely man with lots of patience, as well as being incredibly creative!
Sage Kitchen Appliances
Sage by Heston is no exception. Every piece that he has designed is a masterpiece in its own right. I’ve included the next Sage kitchen appliances which have been designed by Heston because I genuinely think they’re brilliant! They really deserve to be in the best kitchen gadgets 2020! (This post isn’t sponsored, and these are my personal unsponsored opinions.)
This was the gadget that started my love for Sage kitchen appliances – The Risotto Plus Maker. But it does so much more than cook risotto. In fact, it is a slow cooker and steamer too, as well as making perfect risotto in around 12 minutes! I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent many an evening trying to cook risotto, only for it to turn out too ‘watery’ or for the rice to be too hard! So it really is worth investing in for this setting alone.
However, my favourite setting is the slow cooker, as it sears your food first. Throw in onions and garlic for just a minute to sear, then chuck the rest of the veg in to make soups, stews, bolognese sauce – the lot! Most mornings, I sear some onion and leek, then throw in some chopped veg, lentils, some stock and put it on slow cook. By lunchtime, I’ve got delicious hot soup. This saves me eating bread or snacking on something unhealthy at lunchtime, providing a nourishing hot lunch – perfect!
It’s also great for steaming – I’ve made sticky rice using it – and you can also steam salmon or vegetables too.
A multitasker, this does loads of jobs in one appliance. You can even cook 2 things at once; cook rice whilst steaming veg in the steam tray. It is very adaptable with rice so cooks basmati, long grain or wild rice easily. The Risotto Plus also comes with a measurement guide so you know exactly how much water or stock to put in depending on the amount of rice you have. (although I needed slightly more stock than they advised.) At just over £77 this is reasonably priced and small enough for most kitchens to store easily. (The size of Sage The Risotto Plus Multi-Cooker is (H)250 x (W)230 x (D)260.) Very easy to clean as the cooking bowl is removable and both this and the lid are dishwasher safe.
The only downside to this machine is that it’s coated with non-stick material. However, it is PTFE and PFOA free – and none of the dishes require it to be heated to an extremely high temperature either.
Purchase A Sage Risotto Plus here.
This is my third juicer! My first was bought from the top ‘juicing man’ in the world, but was only strong enough to juice soft fruit! It was so useless at juicing that I couldn’t even give it away – and it ended up in the skip – not very sustainable, I know, but it was literally worthless. Luckily, it didn’t put me off juicing! I’d had such great success with my risotto plus I invested in the Sage Nutri Juicer. This Sage kitchen appliance looks ultra-modern, and it’s gleaming stainless steel finish makes it a talking point in even the most stylish of kitchens. Powerful and fast, it makes light of even the toughest veg like beetroot. It extracts 70% of the nutrients with minimal heat transference into the juice with minimum effort.
Well priced at just over £100, I like the fact it comes with a cleaning brush which makes cleaning this appliance quick and easy. It dissembles and assembles easily, and all removable parts are dishwasher-friendly making cleaning very easy. I love the fact that it has a funnel to direct the juice straight into the jug.
I haven’t found any cons with this model (maybe slightly noisy?). Win!
Purchase A Sage Nutri Juicer here.
According to Which and me, this is the best Food Processor in the UK! It has variable slicing settings, 8 tools that allow you to undertake every task you can think of – from julienning and making fancy chips to pizza dough! I love making coleslaw or raw slaw as it literally takes minutes. Julienning my vegetables is a joy and dough making is easy-peasy, even for an amateur like me. One of my favourite Sage kitchen appliances!
The extra-wide feed chute allows you to put larger or longer food in, and it comes with an accessory box where you can safely store all the stainless steel blades and discs. A 4 blade processor (instead of just two) reduces processing time and ensures even processing.
A timer mode protects against overload and warns you if the motor becomes overheated without damaging the processor. Also comes with a handy cleaning brush and spatula.
Pricey but worth it.
Purchase a Sage Kitchen Whizz Fodd Processor here.
These are my best kitchen gadgets in 2020! What is your best kitchen gadget?
Well, I do love cooking!!!
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|Natalie Shirlaw is passionate about healthy living and writes posts about wellbeing. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to pin it or share it!|