It all starts in the kitchen. With a good recipe, planning, prepping and a bit of time, anyone can create delicious meals – and fresh-baked treats. But do you want to make it easy and stress-free? Here’s the secret: It’s all in the appliances. If you use the right one to hack your cooking, you’ll save loads of time and money – and put some fun into your kitchen time.
Think about this: What if, for starters, you cut the cord? With the recent launch of the KitchenAid Cordless Suite, our favourite kitchen tools have kept all the power but lost the hassle of cords. So whether you’re a foodie, budding home chef, or just love to cook and bake yummy treats, these cordless appliances are key to your success. Just follow the steps.
Get going: Make sure you read the recipe first to make sure you have the ingredients and pans and tools you need. Even a complicated recipe for a special dinner can be separated into steps. Get a shopping list going on your smartphone.
Get the right appliances: Let’s say you need to chop veggies. A food chopper will save you loads of time. If you’re baking a cake, a mixer makes quick work of mixing a batter. Do you like smoothies (who doesn’t?!) You need a hand blender.
Start a recipe file: Forget a binder and notebooks. Take a few minutes to organize your recipes on your computer, this way you can make adjustments and add notes as you go along to make it even easier the next time.
Cook once, eat twice: Take a few minutes to plan meals so you can find ways to double up and save time. Are you having mashed potatoes one night? Cook double the amount so you can do a veggie shepherd’s pie for the next meal.
Outsource the job: Take a stir-fry, for example. Easy, healthy and a great choice for dinner. But who wants to spend hours chopping up ingredients? Nobody. Outsource the job to your food chopper. Our pick: The KitchenAid 5-Cup Cordless Food Chopper is perfect for big-batch chopping and will chop up to 40 onions on a full charge (mmm, onion soup).
Credit: Image by author, food stylist & photographer, Marcella DiLonardo
HOLIDAY DINNERS: A MAKE-AHEAD PLAN
If you’re cooking a special meal, take a tip from restaurants, and do as much make-ahead as you can: Buy supplies the week before, get bevvies ready, and even set the table a few days ahead. As for the cooking, same deal. Think ahead.
- Puréed squash soup makes a lovely appetizer this time of year; cook the soup, let it cool, then freeze it, then it’s ready to reheat on the big day. Check it out: The KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender can purée 25 bowls of soup on a full charge. And a removable blending arm makes it easy to blend ingredients for smoothies, milkshakes, soups and hummus, too.
- Nobody says no to dessert! Baked Alaska, an ice cream bombe, and even cookies can all be sitting in the freezer waiting for their show-stopping moment. Whip up a batter or meringue in no time with the KitchenAid 7 Speed Cordless Hand Mixer, which you can charge in two hours, enough to make 200 cookies! And if you forget, don’t worry, you can stir up the batter with a quick 10-minute charge of just 10 minutes. Bonus: A Soft Start™ Feature brings the beaters up to the selected speed gradually to help prevent splattering – and cut down on clean-up time.
*Before Taxes. Only valid for Canadian orders on KitchenAid.ca from November 30 - December 6, 2020. While quantities last. Excludes Microwaves and Commercial line of appliances. Cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, rebates and promotions.