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CHOICE five kitchen gadgets every household should have – including a mixer stand and a pressure cooker

Australian consumer experts CHOICE has unveiled the five game-changing kitchen gadgets every household should invest in.

The experts said having a handful of essential appliances can help you save time and money every time you cook or prepare meals.

The indispensable tools are a kitchen mixer, food processor, cast iron pan, hand blender and a pressure cooker.

Not only are they designed for baking pies or pavlovas, but CHOICE experts said you can make almost anything from scratch with the versatile mixer (stock image)

Not only are they designed for baking pies or pavlovas, but CHOICE experts said you can make almost anything from scratch with the versatile mixer (stock image)

KITCHEN MIXER

The first gadget you should consider buying is a quality kitchen mixer.

Not only are they designed for baking pies or pavlovas, but the experts said that the versatile mixer lets you make just about anything from scratch.

‘With the right attachments, you can transform them into a chopper, pasta makers, blenders and citrus presses. And of course they can get all the hard work out of kneading bread and pizza dough, ‘said Alice Richard, food writer at Choice.

FOOD PROCESSOR

Alice said a food processor can chop, slice and dice ingredients in a flash, making meal prep easier and faster than ever (stock image)

Alice said a food processor can chop, slice and dice ingredients in a flash, making meal prep easier and faster than ever (stock image)

Alice said a food processor can chop, slice and dice ingredients in a flash, making meal prep easier and faster than ever (stock image)

Alice explained how a food processor can chop, slice and dice ingredients in an instant, making meal prep easier and faster than ever.

“It’s the ultimate kitchen workhorse: it can make short work of time-consuming cooking tasks, so you can make a restaurant-quality meal in no time,” she said.

She said it’s important to keep an eye out for features like a pulse function for making things like shortcrust pastry, reversible blade (one side grids, the other slices), a double feed hopper, integrated scale, and attachments for beater and whisk.

If sofa space is an issue in your kitchen, Alice suggested a mini food processor will still do the job.

Alice said having the right cookware can make a huge difference in perfecting a dish. She said a non-stick frying pan is a must in any kitchen and that a cast iron frying pan, also known as a frying pan, is a 'versatile piece' for slow cooking, frying and even baking bread (stock image)

Alice said having the right cookware can make a huge difference in perfecting a dish. She said a non-stick frying pan is a must in any kitchen and that a cast iron frying pan, also known as a frying pan, is a 'versatile piece' for slow cooking, frying and even baking bread (stock image)

Alice said having the right cookware can make a huge difference in perfecting a dish. She said a non-stick frying pan is a must in any kitchen and that a cast iron frying pan, also known as a frying pan, is a ‘versatile piece’ for slow cooking, frying and even baking bread (stock image)

COOKING EQUIPMENT

Alice said having the right cookware can make a huge difference in perfecting a dish.

“Good cookware can make or break a meal: you have to be able to sauté, sear and simmer well to make a good dish,” she explains.

She said a non-stick frying pan is a must in any kitchen and that a cast iron frying pan, also known as a frying pan, is a ‘versatile piece’ for slow cooking, frying, and even baking bread.

STICK BLENDER

If you are short on time in the kitchen, Alice suggested investing in an immersion blender as it is ‘easier, lighter and faster to use than a regular blender’.

“They also save you on washing up: not only are they faster to clean than regular blenders, you can puree, whisk or emulsify ingredients in any container you cook in, so you don’t end up with extra dirty dishes,” she explained.

For those looking to buy an immersion blender, Alice suggested buying one with tamper evident controls to keep food out of the crevices and a pulse function for blitzing small amounts of dry food.

PRESSURE HOB

For quick, easy yet delicious slow-cooked meals, Alice said a pressure cooker is worth buying for your kitchen.

Cooking lamb shank? That will take you seven hours in a slow cooker, 2.5 hours on a stovetop, but only 45 minutes in a pressure cooker – winning, ‘she said.

She said slow cookers take up to eight hours to cook a slow-cooked meal, while a pressure cooker can serve you in just 45 minutes.

Alice suggested buying a pressure cooker with different pressure settings, steam valve, easy-to-use controls, and steam and heating functions.

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