What’s not to love about Labor Day when we celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers (like you and me) by doing as little labor as possible? And why not? We work hard and could use a break. However, wouldn’t it be nice to nap more on our days off? I think so. That’s why I love time-saver tools, especially those for the kitchen.
With a nod to the upcoming Labor Day holiday and needy nappers everywhere, here are the five all-time best kitchen labor savers I’ve ever bought. And to save time, I’ve found them all on one website–ChefsCatalog.com. All you need to do is click and order, then wait for them to arrive on your doorstep.
When I bought my rice cooker, I wondered if it’d go the way of the dust-gathering hotdog cooker in my pantry. Oh, no–this nifty gizmo gets used all the time. Zojirushi’s Micom rice cooker is a particularly good pick because it has a steamer function that adjusts cooking time and temp to prepare perfect fluffy rice, steam vegetables, bake cake and more.
I got hooked on electric water kettles like Chantel’s Ekettle on my first trip to England where they’re widely used. This cordless kettle boils water faster than a microwave which shortens prep time whether you’re making tea, oatmeal or even Jello®.
When I wore out my first Cuisinart food processor, I nearly cried and wore black until I could replace it. In my book, there’s nothing quite like the Prep Plus. It chops, blends, mixes, stirs, shreds, slices and even handles dough with ease.
Before you pooh-pooh the importance of a knife sharpener, consider this. Dull knives make food prep not only more time-consuming but, frankly, dangerous. All it takes are a few quick strokes to keep knives in top-notching working condition with Wusthof’s 2-stage manual knife sharpener. Its tungsten carbide blades provide a precision-sharp edge while ceramic rods hone the knife edge to polished perfection.
And finally, the very best labor-saving appliance I ever bought–KitchenAid’s Artisan stand mixer. More than a snappy dresser (so many colors!), this super-duper mixer makes quick work of cookie dough, effortlessly kneads bread and pizza dough; and whips my pie meringue so high, I nearly need oxygen. Just get one. Trust me.