If you're anything like the rest of the world, chances are you spend a larger portion of your time in the kitchen. In fact, it may actually be much more time than you think. A 2014 study showed that the average American spent nearly 6 hours cooking every week. Of the 22 countries surveyed, India took the top spot - with locals cooking an average of 13.2 hours of every week. If you're feeling as though you need to spend less time in the kitchen and more with your family, you're not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of innovative gadgets on the market that are designed to make cooking both cheaper and quicker.
The Slow Cooker--
Slow cookers have been around for years but have only really come into their own recently. The increase of research into convenience foods has meant we now want to avoid microwave meals and cook from scratch. After all, most ready meals contain abnormal amounts of salt, fat, and sugar which the health conscious public are keen to avoid. Cooking from scratch means you know exactly what is going into your meals and you can relax knowing it's tasty AND healthy. However, most of us don't have time to be slaving away over a stove all day. Slow cookers eradicate this problem entirely as you as simply chuck in your ingredients and let it do its work. Either cook your meals on a low setting for up to eight hours, or on low for up to four.
If you're struggling to get enough fruit and vegetables into your diet, why not try using a juicer? We are encouraged to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, if not more. However, many of us find it difficult to even get five in. This can be for many reasons - such as a childhood fear of fruit, to the fruits you like being difficult to take on the go. If this sounds like you, then a juicer could be the perfect addition to your kitchen. Blitz your favorite fruits in your juicer in the morning for a healthy way to start the day. You can even add frozen fruit to some juicers if you are looking to cut the cost of buying fresh fruit and vegetables. If you’re having a party, juicers can also be great for making a fruit punch with. There are many different types, so do your research and look out for more helpful hints.
Hand Blender/Electric Whisk--
Fancy yourself as a bit of a pro-baker? Using an electric whisk or handle blender can make your life much easier. Many bakers don’t like using regular food processors to mix their dough with as the technique is not too specific. Hand-held blenders, however, have many added benefits. Many come with different settings so they can adapt to what you are cooking and they also stop your arm getting tired! If you’re not much of a baker, it may still be worth investing in a hand held blender – they are great for making soups and sauces.