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5 Appliances Every Kitchen Should Have


Did you know that there’s a kitchen appliance whose sole purpose is to make smoothies? What about an appliance made specially to help you warm breakfast sandwiches? These days, there seems to be an appliance for almost everything. The question is, do you need all of these appliances to be successful in the kitchen? The answer is no, with there being only a few key essentials that will make your life drastically easier without breaking the bank.

1. Food Processor

Buying a food processor opened my eyes to a whole new world of efficiency and saving time. Preparing the food before you cook it tends to be the most tedious and difficult task while in the kitchen, and this little gadget will save you time in chopping anything from onions, to chicken, to garlic.

Try this one from Walmart for less than $10.

2. Toaster Oven

My toaster oven is so valuable in my kitchen because it serves multiple purposes. It heats up in half the time as a regular oven, making it easier to cook hand-held or frozen foods. It’s great in the fact that it works just as a regular oven, but you can also use it as a toaster. This multipurpose appliance speaks for itself, with its small structure being relatively easy to clean.

KOHLS 4-Slice Toaster Oven

3. Slow Cooker

Crock pots tend to be perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the time to slay over a stove all night. Throw all the ingredients in the cooker, and you’re done. Although you may think that this style of cooking can limit your options on dishes you can make, that’s completely false. You can make anything from dips, to soups, to stews to desserts all in this one appliance.

2 Qt. Slow Cooker from Target

4. Electric Mixer

Sure, you can spend double the time and arm power mixing that cake batter with a wooden spoon, but why would you want to? This is essential for bakers especially. The steady pulse delivered by the electric mixer allows you to better control the consistency of whatever it is you’re cooking.

Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer from Target – $10

5. Electric Kettle

A common misconception is that electric kettles are only valuable to tea drinkers. Although tea drinkers will benefit from the use of this product, regular cookers will too. Electric kettles can boil water in half the time. Not only that, but with the help of this nifty appliance, you won’t have to monitor a boiling pot of water to avoid it from boiling over. Any food items you may need to boil such as pasta or potatoes can be done so quickly and carefully.

Proctor Silex Electric Kettle from Target

By: Jessica Newman

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4 Tips To Make Eating Cheap Easier

img_4230It seems unbelievable that some college student can actually eat less than $25 per week. But if we really look into it, we can see a lot of those students eat instant, low-nutrition food (such as mac and cheese, ramen, tons of toast, and granola bars), and skip breakfast to accomplish this $25 per week goal.
So I asked myself, is there a way to eat cheap but healthier!? And the truth is price and the health can actually co-exist and be friends!!!!!!!
So here are the four tips that can help you accomplish your goal of not spending too much money but still have decent food:

1. Always cook by yourself and do your grocery shopping with a friend.
I don’t think we need to explain any more about “Why do we have to cook by ourself”. Cooking by ourself can not only let you control the budget, the ingredients you put it, but also the portion!
The reason I say finding a friend to do grocery shopping with you is because if you want to save money, Costco and Walmart might be the place you want to go. However, since they have to keep the price low, sometimes they have to make the portion a lot bigger than the usual one( if it’s in Costco, then they usually are), so if you can go with a friend you can offer them to split the thing you want to buy with you. In that case, you can get the stuff you want and also pay less!

2. Do not skip any of your meal, especially breakfast!!
There are studies show that if people skip meals for whatever reason, they will eventually get hungrier than they normally would and eat more in the next meal. And eating more in the next meal will not only cost you more money, it will also let you consume more calories.
Skipping breakfast is also a bad idea. breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It provides you energy and makes you function better. If you really want to save as much money as possible, I will recommend having some eggs, oatmeal, bananas or cereal for breakfast. They are cheap and easy to get and what’s even better is the protein can keep you full longer!

3. Tips for grocery shopping
A big thing about cooking at home with limited budget is “how to do grocery shopping correctly”. One thing I always do is I check the same thing in different stores. So I can always get the best deal.
Also, every supermarket has their own membership cards. A lot of them don’t even require any ID or stuff to apply for one, but they save you a couple dollars every time you shop there. Don’t underestimate a couple dollars, a lot of “couple dollars” can actually be a great amount of money. Besides discount, a lot of grocery stores will give/ mail out coupons to their members time to time, that could also save you a couple dollars on your next purchase.

4. Try to make 40-50% of your food veggies
Buy some frozen Vegies and stored they in your fridge!! They are usually cheap and can be kept longer than fresh veggies.
What I’ve been doing is I will put a bunch of veggies when I’m cooking, so it will look like a really big meal (and it actually full your stomach), but it’s a lot healthier than plain carbohydrates!