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Wandering through the shops the other day I noticed some pretty cool looking appliances, and it made me think who would actually use them. Too many times I have been given an appliance which I used once (maybe twice) but then ended up in the cupboard to collect dust until they make it to the next garage sale my mum decides to run (or donation pile). This made me think. What are the must-have appliances? Which ones would you go without if I was setting up a house from scratch? Here are my thoughts on what appliances you NEED and those you can live without.
The best smell in the world is walking into your house after a long day at work or study to the aroma of a roast. We use ours twice a week on average to set up a meal before leaving home, so when you walk through the door exhausted, you are less likely to order shitty takeaway meals when all you need to do is blanch a few veggies.
The same idea I guess as the slow cooker is the smell is fantastic, but if you buy one, I guarantee you’ll use it maybe twice MAX to make your own bread before you get over the idea. If you’re that keen google a recipe to do it in your (above mentioned) slow cooker
Blender seems like a good idea when you get on the latest juice craze, but given the effort to pull apart to clean after every use you won’t bother after a week. I know, I know, leaving behind the dreams of you fit and toned on the beach somewhere sipping a smoothie is hard. But I’m right, trust me. HOWEVER…
It can be used as a blender, but with more mobility, it can also be a mixer, food processor and much more. There are many cheap stick blenders available for cheap, so you can always score a bargain
They sound like a great idea, and you can buy the corn kernels dirt cheap, but they just don’t taste as good as the movie stuff, and by the time you smoother them in butter or salt or both they won’t work out any better for you. Just buy the microwave bags or google how to cook it on the stove top (try not to burn the house down) and leave the popcorn machine at the shops.
You can buy a cheap shitty toaster that gets the job done, but if you’re a little fussy in the morning (who isn’t), you wanna have a decent toaster. There is plenty to choose from these days so it can be tough. Whatever you decide, have a read of the instructions as some digital ones these days have some pretty cool features.
Good quality blades and knives are worth their weight in gold. If you have ever tried to prepare a meal with blunt knives, you’ll know how frustrating and dangerous it can be for you and others in the kitchen.
Save up your move and go to a specialist knife shop (they have them in most large shopping complexes) and take to those guys. They usually have some great specials too. This will save you money in the long run.
The foot spa sounds like a great gift for mum when she is impossible to buy for or that person you know with dodgy feet, BUT I’m here to tell you it’s not. If you have been to any garage sale, you’ll almost certainly find one they are trying to give away in nearly mint condition. The only problem is it’s been stored under the bed for years so it may have lost some colour. Take your mum to a day spa or to get her nails done. She would much rather spend time with you I’m sure.
So there it is. A few must-haves and a lot of don’t bother. I’d love to hear your thoughts below. My sister lives without a microwave yet we use ours EVERY day. So who’s team are you on when it comes to Microwaves?
Dean is the brother of the Blog Boss, husband of Jessica, father of adorable children and sometimes hiker of large mountains. He is an adulty adult in his day job but enjoys spending time with family and friends the most.