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If you’re looking to upgrade your cooking skills, maybe it’s time to invest in high-tech equipment. While you can do a lot with a great knife, a sturdy pan, and a dependable oven, you can create more inventive dishes with high-tech kitchen tools. What’s more, these clever tools can also make it easier to prepare your family’s favorite dishes. With that being said, here are a few kitchen upgrades we think are great to have in your kitchen.
A Powerful Blender
Sure, you can create basic smoothies and milkshakes with a conventional blender, but imagine being able to make organic nut milk, super smooth soups, and even sticky dough with your blender. That’s something that blenders on the higher end of the price spectrum can offer. If you want more out of your blender, check out Vitamix’s line of powerful blenders. Built with a 2 horsepower motor, Vitamix’s blenders are so powerful that they allegedly blend soup to the point that it gets warm.
A Modern Rice Cooker
You should ditch the old school way of cooking rice on the stovetop. If you want your rice to always be perfectly cooked, a rice cooker is what you need. It doesn’t take a lot of space, has a lot of cooking options, and you can just set it and leave it. Even better, a rice cooker lets you cook more than just rice. Case in point: The MI Cool Touch Mini Rice Cooker from Aroma lets you cook pasta, veggies, meat, oats, and even cakes in one compact machine. This makes preparation and clean-up that much easier, and you can even bring this nifty appliance with you anywhere you go thanks to its sleek handle.
A Smart Kitchen Scale
Whether you’re looking to do an extensive meal plan or just want to make the most out of your ingredients, you need to have a kitchen scale in your arsenal. With a kitchen scale, you can easily measure liquid and solid ingredients without having to whip out different measuring cups and spoons. Moreover, the Los Angeles Times notes that pro bakers measure their ingredients by weight since precision is everything when it comes to baked goods. Try out the smart scale Drop, which not only accurately measures your ingredients, but also has a partner phone app with a ton of easy-to-follow recipes.
A Snazzy Air Fryer
Everybody loves fried dishes, that’s a fact. However, we can’t always have crispy and crunchy foods since these absorb oil like crazy. If you’re looking to put a stop on oily foods, you’re going to want to own an air fryer. In one of our posts, registered dietician Cara Harbstreet recommends air frying for people who are conscious of the calories and oil in their foods. What’s great about modern air fryers like the Ninja Foodi Air Fry Oven is that they’re incredibly versatile. Other than making crispy potato fries, you can also broil, bake, roast, toast, and keep food warm with it. Once you experience what an air fryer can do, you’ll never want to go back to the old ways of greasy oil frying.
A Fancy Sous Vide Cooker
If you’ve ever wondered how restaurants can produce consistently cooked steaks and vegetables all the time, the answer lies in a cooking technique/machine: sous vide. Once exclusive to professional chefs, sous vide machines have now penetrated the markets and allow home cooks to perfect their cooking skills. A sous vide works by vacuum sealing food in a bag, and then submerging it in a pot full of water that’s accurately heated with a precision cooker. If you want a perfectly cooked piece of grass-fed organic steak, cooking it first via sous vide is the way to go. The Sous vide machines made by Anova and Joule are two of the best on the market. What’s more, both have their own phone apps where you can set presets and control your cooking remotely.
High tech kitchen gadgets can take your cooking to a new level. If you are interested we hope this list has helped.
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Feature by: JBock
JBock is a lifestyle writer and food fanatic. When she isn’t hunting the latest restaurants she can be found in her kitchen exploring new cuisines and trying different recipes. When she needs a break from cooking she can be found playing online chess.