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Replacing a host of small kitchen appliances with an immersion blender

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There has been an increase in demand of certain types of foods owing to their high nutritive values. Some of these foods are quite easy to prepare and they offer enormous health benefits to individuals taking them.

For instance, a beverage such as white tea is quite easy to prepare and has immense benefits to the body. These benefits include the ability to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disorders and improvement of the general oral health.

There are other types of foods such as smoothies, soups, shakes, juices, humus and others that offer immense benefits to the body but require a special kitchen appliance such as immersion blender to make them.

Immersion blenders are simple handheld kitchen appliances that can be used to make a wide range of nutritive foods. Immersion blenders are popular for various reasons. However, the primary reason why they are a favorite to most people is the fact that they make the food taste better.

They can be used for making a wide range of foods that include soups, smoothies, and iced drinks amongst others. The most common use of an immersion blender is to thicken soups. They are great for blending potatoes into soups which makes such soups to become creamier without the need to add other components such as flour or corn starch.

This way, you can make tasty soups without additional calories. This ensures that you are feeding your family with tasty foods with fewer calories.

Beyond making soups thicker, there are several other uses of these versatile kitchen appliances. They include making baby foods, whipped cream, humus, mayonnaise and smoothies.

You can also use an immersion blender to puree, whisk and even froth your food components. One great thing about immersion blenders is that they come with replaceable heads that allows you to do a lot of other things with them.

Some models of immersion blenders come with a whisk and chopping attachments. Some other models can be mounted on the kitchen wall, typically replacing the need for a tabletop mixer. A good immersion blender can literally replace many of the smaller kitchen appliances such as traditional blenders, milk frothers and even some food processors.

Most of the immersion blenders are quite easy to use. Some of them can immerse into liquids up to eight inches deep. They are particularly great for processing large quantities of food, though they can still process smaller food quantities.

Immersion blenders are light weight and compact. They are more convenient to use than the traditional hand held mixers. They are also quite easy to clean up after using them since most of their parts are detachable from the main body.

Immersion blenders are considered to be more durable than the typical blenders and several other kitchen appliances. The blades of the best immersion blender are made of high quality stainless steel which is resistant to rusting.

An immersion blender is an important kitchen appliance for a modern cook. It is quite versatile, easy to use and can replace a host of smaller kitchen appliances thereby saving on your money and kitchen space.


Satisfying my children’s growing appetites using modern kitchenware

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My family’s eating appetite is growing bigger, this is because my kids are growing bigger. They are now entering their teens. My first born son is now fifteen, my second born, my daughter is thirteen, and she is followed closely by my second born son who is just turning twelve. My last born daughter is nine years old.

With my kids growing up, I have realized a major change in their eating habits. All the kids apart from my last born daughter have recently developed a huge appetite. Any food that I cook is summarily cleared unlike in the past when there would be lots of left overs. Nowadays, the fridge is repeatedly raided and I can hardly keep up with the demand.

Having been raised by a mum who was strict on feeding us on healthy foods, I am also quite particular on what my children eat. Unlike many parents, I do not load my fridge or pantry with loads of snacks that the children can have whenever they are hungry. I believe in having healthy foods. As such, whenever hunger strikes between meals, I like my children having light foods such as smoothies, yoghurt, whole meal bread, fruits, or fruit juice.

Having a steady supply of these healthy options is however not easy, and I understand why many parents succumb to allowing their children to feed on junk. Since I am determined not to follow this trend, I decided to take on another strategy.

Since I cannot keep up with my children’s ravenous appetite by always having these healthy snacks, I decided to instead be cooking lots of food for meal time. This would ensure that the kids would be well filled in one sitting. With a big meal, there would also be left over food that can be stored in the fridge and whenever one was hungry, it would be easy to warm the food and eat.

To do this, I have to invest in larger cooking appliances. My old pressure cooker has a limited capacity.

Shopping has never been one of my strong points and I am always lost whenever I am presented with many options to choose from when shopping. Luckily there are many online reviews for kitchen appliances where I can read and effectively choose the best pressure cooker for me.

Apart from getting a larger pressure cooker, I am thinking that some of my electrical appliances are too outdated. From what I see in online reviews for kitchen appliances, there are some more modern appliances that provide many advantages as compared to the older models such as the ones in my kitchen.

For example, instead of sticking to my old cooking pans, maybe I could invest in an electric skillet. An electric skillet would provide the advantages of cooking faster and saving energy. An electric skillet also has the advantage of enabling one to cook in a precise manner. One can automatically control the heat and the time duration for cooking. It is easier to cook using an electric skillet and even my children would find it easy to use and they can prepare meals by themselves.