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The Best Kitchen Gadgets for Busy Families
During our busy seasons (spring, summer & fall) we’re in and out of the house constantly which makes preparing meals difficult when you’re short on time.
I love cooking, but I don’t always have the time. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite items that help me put a good meal on the table for myself and my kids, in less time. I hope you’ll find it helpful and consider some of these for your own family.
What happened to family meal time?
Mealtime together as a family is important, unfortunately it’s not the normal anymore in our society. I’m on a mission to bring it back. It’s the way I grew up and the way I structure my family’s routine. If you struggle with time and want to make family mealtime a priority, check out this list of my favorite kitchen gadgets.
There is still a bit of planning and preparation that goes into creating your meals, but with the help of these items, you’ll be able to get things done faster and easier.
Why doesn’t family meal time happen?
Unfortunately many people don’t cook much anymore that and we’re so busy going to and from work, to kids activities, that many people don’t make it a priority.
I grew up in a home where we always sat down at the table as a family, prayed together and shared meals. As a mom of 2 (soon to be 3), my husband and I have always made meals a priority even if on occasion they’re eaten out in the field together.
Sharing a meal at the table together brings us closer and keeps us connected. I encourage you to take the time to sit down as a family together, if you haven’t before (without electronics) and enjoy the simple pleasure of eating together.
Best Kitchen Gadgets for Busy Families
Here are a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets to help make family mealtime easier and more enjoyable.
I just recently discovered the magic of cooking with a pressure cooker. I purchased the Presto 6-Quart Electric pressure cooker and absolutely love it. And the price is really nice too. 😉
Not only does a pressure cooker help shorten your cooking time, it shortens cleanup time as well. The main part easily removes and goes right into the dishwasher. No wonder they call it Presto – it makes life so easy!
I registered for the Cuisinart DLC-2009CHBMY Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor when I was getting married. It’s been one of the BEST kitchen appliances I’ve owned. It’s great for so many things, but I really love it for slicing vegetables, especially cucumbers and carrots. My 3-year old loves to help me in the kitchen and allowing him to push the buttons on the food processor when I’m cooking or baking makes him so happy and it only works if it’s in the proper (and safe) position so I don’t worry.
Here are some of it’s best features:
- Includes slicer disc, shredding disc, new chopping blade, detachable stem, spatula, and recipe/instruction book
- Brushed Stainless Steel housing for enhanced durability
- Lexan work bowl virtually shatterproof, dishwasher-safe
- Speed automatically adjusts to ensure proper dough consistency
- One-piece Supreme wide mouth feed tube holds whole fruits and vegetables.
However, if you’re looking for a less expensive way to process your food prior to cooking or baking, I also own and LOVE this Ninja Master blender.
The Ninja is small but very mighty and also can be put right into the dishwasher after you’re done!
Common Questions/FAQ About These Kitchen Gadgets
There are a LOT of kitchen appliances on the market today. For a busy mom like myself, these two gadgets alone have improved my family time greatly. Not only that, I’m able to put healthy meals on the table for my family rather than something from a bag or box.
If you’re still unsure about whether or not these items would be right for you, here’s a few of the common questions/FAQ about them.
- What’s the difference between a pressure cooker and an Instant Pot?
- For 1, cost. An Instant Pot (which is just a brand name btw) can run you anywhere from $100-150. Whereas, the Presto which I use was around $60.
- The Instant Pot is capable of doing more things like making your own yogurt. For me, those things were not important since yogurt is one of those items that does not cost very much and I also prefer the Greek kind vs. regular yogurt.
- Where do you find recipes?
- Pinterest is an amazing resource. I also make sure that when I’m looking for a recipe I search “pressure cooker recipes” vs. Instant Pot because the settings may be different.
- How do you know how to use it?
- There is a small learning curve with the pressure cooker but the Presto comes with a great user manual and there’s lot of videos on YouTube that can help you too.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about finding time to make meals.
- There’s no one size fits all when it comes to family time. I remember growing up, eating KFC while watching my brother play baseball in the summer and for me, that has a lot of great memories.
- Bottom line is, if you’re looking to maximize your time together AND put a really great meal on the table for your family, these tools have really helped me and my family.