Temperatures are falling, relatives are calling and pumpkin spice and peppermint flavors are infiltrating absolutely everything. This can only mean one thing; the holidays are here! You’re probably preparing to make culinary masterpieces and to-die-for desserts for your family, friends and co-workers. To help you get ready for fall harvest and holiday parties, Ambit is dishing the goods on the best small kitchen appliances for the holidays.
Small Kitchen Appliances: Brand Favorites?
Rather than concentrate on identifying one specific brand, we want to make sure you have the right small kitchen appliances to help you whip up your tastiest, toast-worthy holiday feast. Although many attempt to lure you into being brand loyal with color coordinated options and retailer bundle specials, the best items tend to come from a variety of manufacturers. Consumer Reports, CNET and America’s Test Kitchen all have excellent reviews to help you choose the best small kitchen appliances for your holiday needs.
A food processor with sharp blades and a large work bowl is a must-have. Anyone who has spent days in the kitchen for holiday meals knows it takes planning, preparation and patience – and possibly a spirited beverage or two. Instead of standing over a chopping board for hours on end, a quality food processor will help your stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato mash or gingerbread dough come together in a flash.
A high-powered blender is an essential addition to your small kitchen appliance arsenal for the holidays and beyond. It’s a versatile tool to for everything from savory sauces and blended beverages to a healthy breakfast smoothie to help you keep off unwanted holiday pounds. And today’s market is full of options, including restaurant-grade models.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without sweet-tasting baked goods! Having a mixer as one of your small kitchen appliances is sure to help you become everyone’s favorite elf. From pumpkin pie filling to rum cake, sugar cookies to gingerbread houses and mint whipped cream, a hand or stand mixer should be on deck.
If you’re serious about baking, a stand mixer is a great investment. Many have additional attachments including those for ice cream, meat grinders and pasta shapers. These come in handy year-round for those who love to dive into kitchen adventures. If you’re not so much a from-scratch foodie, a hand mixer will cover most of your needs, but it obviously requires you to constantly be present for operation.
Wine Refrigerator or Chiller
When it’s time to toast to family fun and holiday cheer, a chilled glass of champagne or other wine is just what the chef ordered. With more and more vineyards popping up in amenable regions of the country, wine enthusiasts have many varieties and regions to sample. You’ll want to have the perfect place to store all of those great host and hostess gifts your guests will bestow upon you.
If you plan to keep certain bottles, you’ll need to store them at the right temperature, away from light and the effects of humidity. A wine refrigerator is great for this. The smaller versions can often be kept in a corner of the kitchen or a larger pantry. A wine chiller is ideal for those who host a number of gatherings and want to quickly bring bottles of wine to the perfect service temperature.
Consider adding these great small kitchen appliances to your home for the holidays and beyond. Cheers and happy holidays!