Most kitchens have a blender, a coffee maker, and a toaster; maybe a stand mixer or a panini press. But what about specialty appliances? Novelty appliances are too good to ignore – make for perfect gifts (gag or otherwise!). Which one is your favourite?
Eliminate the need for dishes with these all-in-one milk & cookie shots. A chocolate lining (courtesy of the appliance’s chocolate melter) prevents the milk from soaking the cookie, so you can nibble at your leisure without worrying about the depreciation of your snack’s quality.
There’s no time like the present to dust off that waffle iron you received as a wedding gift two years ago. The same applies to the slow cooker only brought out for potlucks, and the popcorn machine you can’t reach at the back of the cupboard. When it comes to kitchen appliances, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Coffee makers and dishwashers are capable of doing much more than what it claims on their packaging. The following hacks take everyday kitchen appliances (and a few kitchen tools!) from one-dimensional to multi-faceted.
We all know how frustrating it can be trying to butter a fluffy piece of toast with a cold slab of butter. Not only can a cheese grater solve all your butter problems, but it can also double as a vegetable slicer, spice grinder, and chocolate shaver. Find more grater hacks here.
For university-bound students, back to school shopping can be the most appealing part of the new semester. Of course, there are the usual suspects – backpacks, pens, notebooks, and if they’re lucky, new electronics. But what about back to dorm shopping? They may not have a full apartment to deck out, but there are still some essentials for late-night study sessions – namely, in the kitchen department. We’ve gathered eight kitchen essentials for every post-secondary student. While blenders and slow-cookers are a great idea, sometimes they just need the basics.
Stylish small appliances are a new trend in home decor, and make great gifts for the chef with style in your life. London Drugs has a superior selection of stylish small appliances that are both functional and decorative in the kitchen.
“We are finding that more and more, our clients are getting into cooking at home and want to invest in the best appliances for their kitchen renovations, this also goes for table top appliances,” said Alykhan Velji, Principal and Senior Designer of Alykhan Velji Designs. “Everything from mixers to juicers are now coming in great colours and designs and we are finding that these are becoming showcase pieces in kitchens just as much as the built-in appliances.”
FIVE GREAT GIFTS FOR THE CHEF WITH STYLE
Cuisinart 2-Slice Countdown Stainless Toaster
The toaster has been a staple item on kitchen counters for generations. Style can also be affordable with this stainless steel 2-Slice Countdown Metal Toaster by Cuisinart. Separate controls defrost waffles before toasting, reheat toast without more browning, and reduce heat on uncut side of bagels to make the perfect holiday breakfast.
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Stand Mixer
With 20 colours to choose from, you can customize the stylish and functional KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer to perfectly match your kitchen design or personality. The stand mixer is a designer’s dream and often used as a stunning showpiece sure to turn heads even when not in use.
Keurig 2.0 Brewing System
One of the most displayed items on a kitchen counter is a coffee brew system, and this year Keurig is offering several stylish new brew systems that look good and make a good cup o’ joe! New for the Keurig 2.0 is the ability to make a single cup or a carafe. The K500 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup — all at the touch of a button.
The Keurig 2.0 K500 Brewing System includes a Keurig™ Carafe, a 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter, and K-Cup® and K-Carafe™ packs to get you started.
SodaStream Source Save the environment and cut down on sugar all while featuring the sleek and stylish SodaStream Source the award-winning soda maker that makes water exciting. A great gift idea for the person who is looking for an at-home soda solution. At only pennies a glass, the SodaStream also makes a great addition to any home for holiday entertaining.
Breville Juice Fountain – Compact
Juicing continues as one of the biggest health trends as people continue to look for quick and easy access to the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Breville’s Nutri Disc and patented juicing system extracts more nutrients than other juicers and transfers less than 1.8°F of heat to protect enzymes and maximize nutrient absorption. This Breville Juice Fountain has all the power of its larger counterparts contained in an attractive, compact design. You’ll be proud to keep this on your kitchen counter between your juicing sessions.
Big Boss Swirlio Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker Review
My youngest is banana obsessed. He loves them frozen, fresh, in desserts, you name it. While I like bananas, I prefer them in smoothies or recipes instead of alone. There is something with the texture of fresh bananas that has never been appealing to me. However, they are great in desserts and I love them in my morning smoothies. Since there is such a love of frozen bananas in my household I was excited when I was approached to give my review of the new Big Boss Swirlio Frozen Fruit and Dessert Maker. READ MORE