Christmas small appliancesCooking may be one of those things you enjoy more or less depending on the day of the week and how rushed for time you are, but I’ve discovered over the past few years that there are a lot of great small appliances and kitchen gadgets that really do make cooking more fun.

With the holiday season fast approaching and those gift lists just in the starting phases, it’s the perfect time to take a look at gifts that make cooking more fun. Some of them might even surprise you.

Cook with an extra set of virtual hands

jbl smart speakerIt doesn’t sound like a conventional kitchen gadget, but the Google Home,  Google Home Mini , or the JBL Link View Smart Display with Google Assistant can take your cooking skills to the next level.

I’ve got the Google Home in my kitchen and it helps with all sorts of different tasks including pulling recipes up on my phone when my hands are covered in dough, helping me with metric conversions, and playing music to cook by.

I’m so attached to mine I can’t imagine cooking without her anymore, and having a Google Home Mini in your kitchen this Christmas is going to make cooking and baking even more festive and fun.

Explore new cooking techniques with your iPad or tablet

Ipad for cooking kitchenI’ve got a wall mount for my iPad, and I love having it in the kitchen for cooking. You can watch Youtube to learn how to tackle a kitchen task like double boiling or how to properly slice an onion, or you can scroll through your favourite cooking apps and come up with great new recipes.

Bake everything with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Stand Mixer I received my first KitchenAid Stand Mixer as a Christmas gift 10 years ago, and although my mixer still works great to this day, I gifted it to a friend and upgraded to a shiny new ice blue Artisan model.

How do I love the KitchenAid Stand Mixer for baking? Let me count the ways. It’s great for blending because I just throw everything into the bowl and you never have to worry about it being under-mixed. Whipping is a pleasure because you just turn it on and let it go, and it will knead your bread dough faster than you can imagine.

Not only does the KitchenAid Stand Mixer perform all the basic tasks, you can make cooking more fun by buying attachments for it that spiral vegetables, grind meat, and make ice cream.

Meals in minutes with the Instant Pot Pressure cooker

Instant Pot Pressure CookerThere’s something about a pressure cooker that just brings me joy. It might be that there’s literally nothing you can’t cook in it, or maybe it’s how fast it puts a meal on the table: whatever it is, I love using my Instant Pot Pressure cooker several times a week.

Giving the gift of an Instant Pot means that whomever receives it can make perfect hard-boiled eggs,  use it to can fruits, vegetables, and jam, or cook up a delicious roast beef in 45 minutes or less. It’s the only gift I’ve ever received that lets me layer an entire meal including main course and three veggies and it all comes out ready to eat.

KitchenAid Food Processor takes the cake

food processor holiday 2017I know people have been using food processors for years and years, but I only picked one up this past year. Now that I’ve used one on a weekly basis I can say with authority that chopping and pureeing in the KitchenAid food processor is a lot of fun. I love how I can put everything inside of it and it comes out perfectly diced, and some models of food processor also let you make dough, ice cream, and other goodies.

Make cooking more fun with the Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach Sandwich makerWho doesn’t love a hot, toasted egg and cheese sandwich in the morning? The problem is that it takes time to make an egg sandwich, or at least it did before the Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker came along. It toasts, cooks the egg, and puts the entire sandwich together in one fell swoop. It’s easy and fun, and it’s a great gift for a student or someone who wants a healthy breakfast in a hurry.

 

Steaming hot chocolate is easy with the Hot Choc & Froth by Breville

hot choc and froth Breville I love coffee, but there’s something about a cup of hot chocolate in the winter that puts me in a great mood. What could be more fun than the Hot Choc & Froth by Breville for making hot chocolate? You can whip up different types of hot milk drinks including cappuccino, lattes, and hot chocolate, and there’s even a baby latte setting so you can make warm drinks at lower temperatures for the kids.

Give the gift of bread with a bread maker

Breville bread makerI’m a big believer in giving the gift of a bread maker. Why? There’s something really satisfying about baking your own bread at home. Whether you gift a bread maker like the Breville bread maker with 13 settings and an automatic fruit and nut dispenser, or you buy someone a Sunbeam bread maker with a 2 lb loaf capacity, whoever receives this gift will enjoy the heavenly scent of bread baking any day of the year.

Make this the year you try Instant Pot Sous Vide

Instant Pot Sous VideSous Vide has been around for quite a while, but the first time I tried it was earlier this year when I reviewed the Instant Pot Sous Vide. What I found is that Sous Vide is a lot of fun, and you can make everything from the perfect chop of steak to Cream Brule right in a water bath. The temperature is perfectly maintained so you can never overcook, and you can get really creative in how you season and flavour your food before you immerse it.

 

 

 

This is the Darth Vader Waffle Maker you’ve been looking for

Darth Vader Waffle MakerIf you love breakfast the way I love breakfast, you make a big breakfast for the family every weekend. To make the meal more fun why not pick up the Darth Vader Waffle Maker? The force will be with you as you cook up waffles, sandwiches, quesadillas, and even eggs.

 

 

 

If you’ve got to make the meal, why not have a great time during the cooking process too? These are just a few amazing appliances that make cooking more fun, and you can find even more in store and on Bestbuy.ca.