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Kitchen appliances for first time movers

Outfit the kitchen of your first home with the appliances you'll need to fully enjoy it.

Now that moving is over and you have the new kitchen you've been waiting for, it's time to outfit it for the many culinary battles to come. There are a lot of different kinds of appliances, but they can be broken down into two categories: necessary and unnecessary. How you determine which machine goes in what category is completely dependent on you and your lifestyle. There are a lot of appliances out there designed to make life in the kitchen easier. It's tempting to just get them all, but the space on your counter may not allow it. Decide which device would enhance your experience while preparing and cooking food.

The obvious team members

There is that core group of appliances you can generally find in any kitchen: refrigerators, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers. These are the instruments that most people actually need; they aren't geared towards any certain type of person or lifestyle.

Personalized appliances

  • Blenders - If you're the kind of person who loves a good smoothie every now and then, these machines will reduce fruit and vegetables to an almost puree form. Blenders are ideal for mixing drinks together and crushing ice, something that could damage a food processor. Most have a variety of different speeds and settings to help you blend to just the right level.
  • Slow cookers - Whenever you're leaving for a while and you want to return home to a meal near completion, slow cookers are a blessing. All you have to do is throw in all of your ingredients and turn it on. When you return, your dinner will be cooked. Crock-pots are perfect for stews, potluck dinners and any meal that is made in one pot. Designs with removable inserts make transportation and cleaning much easier.
  • Stand mixers - "Every home needs a stand mixer whether they know it or not," Kelly Messman, Director of Customer Service at Bed, Bath & Beyond, told HGTV. If you do a lot of baking, stand mixers give you the same results as hand mixers, but let you roam freely so you can accomplish more.
  • Coffee makers - These appliances rely on your intake of coffee. If you're someone who drinks a cup every morning, it would be more cost effective in the long run to get a maker for yourself. It could save you precious time waiting in line in the morning and gives you options to experiment with different flavors at your own pace.
  • Food processors - If you dabble in cooking, a food processor could be an indispensable addition to your team. With a selection of blades to outfit it with, you can slice, blend, puree, chop and knead with ease. Houses with a newborn baby or infant may find these devices useful for making natural baby food.
  • Toaster ovens - Toaster ovens have an unappreciated flexibility with a short preheat time, and they don't warm up your kitchen nearly as much as conventional ovens. For tiny kitchens, this is a major benefit during the summertime.
  • Wine coolers - Probably only desirable to fanciers of wine, a cooler specifically for your wine frees up space in your fridge and some even let you set different temperatures to cater to your different types of wine.
  • Soda makers - Some households will always have soda in the fridge, but if you want to make the sugary drink a little more healthier, you can make it yourself. Soda made at home has less sugar and sodium and you are certain of its freshness. All you need is a refillable carbon dioxide cannister and you can produce roughly 60 liters of whatever soda you want.

Before moving, look at your counter space and decide what you're going to use your kitchen for. Feeding yourself and your family doesn't have to be a big chore. Many of today's innovations were made to make things easier for you. All you have to do is let them.

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