In small kitchens, space is at a premium, and limited space means that we have to be very selective about what countertop appliances & tools we possess.
We’ve been slowly downsizing our appliances, getting rid of redundancies and replacing tools with combination gadgets to make the best use of our space.
I mean, how many blenders do we really need?
When searching the internet for ideas on small space kitchen gadgets, appliances and tools, we quickly realized that our favorites were not even mentioned in most articles. Nesting bowls and spoons are cool and all, but it seems like it’s pretty common sense.
So, we’ve compiled a list of what we’ve found to be the best multifunctional gadgets and small space kitchen tools that will be coming with us on our journey.
These are not cutesy tools like a 10-in-1 tool set that looks like a plant when assembled, but true kitchen workhorses that we cannot live without.
This classic machine is something that every serious cook should have in their kitchen. Obviously, it can beat batter for cakes and mix up our bread dough, but this kitchen appliance is so much more. With over 15 different attachments, it can replace most other kitchen tools. Here are some of our favorite attachments:
- Grain Mill – We use this to make our own flour and crush malt for homebrewing.
- Pasta Set – Much simpler and more compact than the manual countertop versions.
- Ice Cream Maker – Turns your mixer into an ice cream machine. Need we say more?
- Food Grinder – Grind up meats, fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Or add on the Fruit & Veg Strainer and have fresh juice for fruit and berry wine!
Probably the most expensive countertop appliance that we have, but it has so many more uses than just blending smoothies.
Did you know that the blades spin so fast that it can actually heat and cook soups? Throw in your ingredients, blend on high for 6 minutes and serve. Doesn’t get much easier.
Also great for salad dressings, marinades, and making homemade mayo, this kitchen gadget is so much more than a blender. Plus, it practically cleans itself – just fill with water and run on high.
Bonus points if you get the Dry Blade Container for making whole grain quick breads, hot cereals and baked desserts.
Lastly, Vitamix recently released single serving containers that fit on the base. Farewell Nutribullet!
Probably the most popular kitchen gadget and gift idea since it first came out a couple years ago. Loved by RVers and families equally, this countertop kitchen appliance likely gets the most use in our home.
We were able to sell our stovetop pressure cooker set (which we loved) and our crockpot and used that money to purchase one of these bad boys.
This all-in-one kitchen tool is great because you can saute, cook and serve all from the same container without making your kitchen 15° hotter.
We like to saute some veg, then throw in stock, lentils and seasonings, pressure cook for 20 minutes or so and then serve with rice or bread for a quick meal.
Gabi also recently used it to make yogurt and it was so simple I don’t think we’ll be buying store bought anymore.
With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that it’s made it into so many kitchens and inspired countless cookbooks. I think we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of all the tasks this workhorse can accomplish.
Bonus: The new Instant Pot Max claims to be able to steam can and sous vide cook! But it’s been getting mixed reviews, so we’re waiting for more feedback before we make the upgrade.
Annova Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Likely not the first thing one would buy for their kitchen, but for serious cooks this kitchen appliance is indispensable.
With sous vide cooking, you place foods in a vacuum sealed bag (or Ziploc) and cook slowly in a circulating water bath at a precise temperature. But the great thing is meat or fish will never overcook because you preset the temperature and it will never rise above that number.
72 hour flank steak? So buttery it melts in your mouth, probably the most delicious cut of beef we’ve ever made.
And you can poach eggs right in their shells overnight so they are ready for your bennie in the morning.
But because it can circulate water at a precise temperature, it has a couple of other uses in our kitchen than just cooking food, such as:
- Homebrewing – During the mashing process of making beer you have to keep the crushed malt at a certain temperature to extract the sugary goodness. This totally simplifies our brew day.
- Cheesemaking – It’s so easy, it’s almost like cheating. No more watching the thermometer and adjusting the stove for hours – simply set, stir, and curd.
- Oil Infusions – Sous Vide makes infusing your own flavored oils a snap. Homemade Rosemary Olive Oil or Vanilla-Lemon Thyme Infused Oil? Yes, please!
Breville All In One Food Processing Station
This compact multi-tool is Brian’s new favorite toy. It’s essentially a powered wand that attaches to a variety of tools and attachments.
It can slice veg like a mandoline, shred cheese, mash potatoes perfectly, turn into a stick blender, whisk up eggs, or just act as a normal food processor.
The included base keeps everything compact and organized. This simple tool has replaced at least four different kitchen gadgets.
Good Kitchen Knives
Let’s face it, all the above tools are really cool, but the thing that gets used with almost every single meal is our knives.
Take the time to invest in a good chef’s knife. And then go buy a good paring knife. These two knives will be able to do 95% of the kitchen prep work.
They are the most important tool any chef has and there’s a reason why most professionals carry around their own in a bag.
Keep them sharp and keep them clean.
After the Vitamix, these knives are easily the most expensive tools in our kitchen and will probably last longer than anything else.