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The New Wave of Cooking Appliances

Choosing cooking appliances

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Choosing cooking appliances that you love can be overwhelming.


Wondering if the newest fad is just another way to crowd your counters and waste money is a very real concern.

With so much talk out there about air fryers, slow cookers, instant pots, and much more, it can be quite easy to wonder what is the best choice for you.

Cooking Appliances have gone back in time while they jump forward with technology.


You may start to feel that you are missing out as blogs showcase the benefits of at-home advanced techniques. For example, vacuum sealing meat and dry-aging it.  OH MY!  (Yes, talk to young Mr.Foodie about that)

Even once you purchase a new cooking appliance, you may not be entirely sure of how to properly operate it. Doing so can take time, energy and enthusiasm to get right. But never fear! Benefiting in this way is more than possible, it just takes a little time to achieve, and a little willingness to look into the details.


Getting to grips with new surface cooking appliances means ensuring you have a purpose for the item in the first place, otherwise, you may be better off saving your money. Let’s consider how to inform yourself as to its best use below:


Watch Online Reviews


Watching online reviews that help explain the benefits, drawbacks and technical functions of some surface cooking appliances can be a great way to get started. From how cooking functions operate with one another to the small conveniences you can enjoy, as well as how two different consumer appliances differ from one another and which may actually have the provisions you’re looking for, understanding this worthwhile comparison and hearing the details from someone who has studied the specifications can help you make your purchasing decisions more easily.


A good thing about content creators uploading these reviews to sites like YouTube is that you can also ask them questions in the comment section; such as how easy a certain appliance is to clean or what kind of power draw it has. This way, before you even have the item, you’re a somewhat expert in its operation and know exactly what you intend to use it for.


Read Through The Manual Twice


Make sure that when you get the appliance, you read through its manual properly. Understanding the different nuances that the reviewer may have left out can be important, as well as understanding the safety information necessary for keeping you safe during its operation. Little techniques like that can go a long way. We’d also recommend storing the manual in a safe place, such as a binder within a kitchen drawer, or heading online to download the manual from the manufacturer’s website into the cloud storage of your phone. You may be surprised just how well that can work in the long run.


Make Example & Simple Recipes To Get Started


The best way to try a new cooking appliance is to begin with a simple recipe that can help you enjoy delectable foods without necessarily messing it up too badly. For instance, a beautiful pot roast in an instant pot can provide you the means to add your own spices, and herbs, and to try different cooking times. This way, you can enjoy the most flavorful meat possible as well as see how brilliantly vegetables steam within such a device. 


If the recipe doesn’t work out the first time, don’t worry, it was a simple recipe and you can always try it again. Perhaps the manufacturer instructions stipulate leaving certain foods in the fryer for longer than expected, and actually, that doesn’t sit so well with your particular tastes. Never fear, because you can then write your own notes, and become more familiar with such a device.


Compare Two Different Methods


It’s a good idea to compare the cooking results between your new device nd the one you are more used to.  This way, you can see if you need to make any adjustments on either side, or which is superior. For instance, roasting carrots in the oven vs frying them in the air fryer will come out with a different result.

You don’t have to do everything in the new appliance, of course. However, knowing which ingredients are better prepared where can help you assess the logistics of  your cooking methods from then on. For instance, in instant pots, boiling hard-boiled eggs is so much easier to do than on the stove. The best is how this can influence the speed at which you prepare breakfast each morning.

With this advice, you’re certain to find the cooking appliances that are perfect for you.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.