Happy Friday to you! We’ve made it through another week, one that was incredibly busy for me, work wise & a little more relaxing on the home-front. Work obviously takes up most of my day and I get home pretty wiped out. I get up early to hit the gym before work — thank goodness, because if I left it for after work I would never make it there. By the time I make dinner, clean up the kitchen and get my things ready for the next day, it’s all I can do to roll into bed. Because I get up early, I do tend to go to bed early so there’s not too many hours for me to do all of my evening things before bed & sleep so I can get up the next day and do it all over again. Boy, I can’t wait for retirement… oh, wait. That’s a few years off!
Somebody asked me the other day what the most valuable piece of equipment in my kitchen is. At first I was puzzled, and then she followed up with “what would you recommend as a necessity to eat the way you do?” Ahhh, I get it. I would have to say that besides a good set of knives (we have a gorgeous Cutco® set) I don’t think I could get by without my VitaMix®.
I make salad dressings, frozen desserts, smoothies, soups and all kinds of other things in there. Some days I don’t use it at all, but then other days I feel like I could use about five more canisters so I don’t have to wash in between uses! Cleanup is easy as the blades are contained within the canister, so you just add a little soap to a few cups of water and turn it on high speed. Voila! it’s clean.
There are two other honorable mention appliances that I would be silly to forget. The pressure cooker was the second major appliance I bought and it is very helpful with cooking dry beans in a jiffy. No soaking needed. Sometimes on a Saturday that puppy gets a workout as I make one batch of beans after the other so I can stock my freezer with a variety. I should mention here, that the model cooker I have is about eight things in one. It makes brown rice quicker than anything I’ve used (15 minutes). It is also a slow cooker. There’s buttons on there that I’ve never even used before!
The bummer thing with kitchen appliances is that they take up a lot of room. Since most things in my kitchen don’t get used every day (minus the VitaMix®) I try to keep them tucked away in a cupboard. I do have to say, it’s fairly easy to stow away the pressure cooker on a shelf because there’s not too many parts to it. The food processor, on the other hand, stays on the counter. I don’t use it as often as the VitaMix®, but there are a lot of pieces to it and it’s just, well, not convenient a pain in the butt to haul all the stuff in & out of the cupboard when I want to use it. So there it stays. I probably don’t use it as often as I could because I despise washing dishes and I figure why wash the blade, the bowl, the lid, when I can accomplish the same thing with ONE KNIFE? Never mind the time it saves me! Duh! I could wash the thing three times with all the extra time I’d save at the cutting board. Anyway, I love the thing. It can shred a carrot in less than 5 seconds, chop up peppers quicker than a teppanyaki chef, and mix up quinoa brownie “dough” faster than you can make the frosting!
Plus, this Cuisinart® model has a 14-cup bowl so I can make huge micro-salads to last me all week long. Oh, that reminds me… “Honey, don’t eat that icky salad in the back of the fridge. I forgot it was there and it might not be so good anymore.” <wink>
All this talk about my kitchen helpers has made me realize I have some cookin’ to do this weekend! I can’t wait to share with you my experiments that come from the Glaze Test Kitchen. Check back here on Monday to see what I made.
Have a happy, healthy weekend!