Twenty-four hours aren't enough when you have a baby who needs constant tending to or a toddler who needs to be entertained all the time. Add to that housework, never-ending piles of laundry (think spit-ups, potty-training accidents, jumping in muddy puddles), a sink full of dirty dishes and you're pooped. But you still have to cook. Interesting looking meals at that, for your fussy toddler will not have pasta unless it is animal-shaped and has red sauce in it!
But if you have these 5 gadgets/essentials in your kitchen, you will save loads of time and energy.
If your life looks anything like this, read on…
1. Hand Blender/ Blender
I salute the person who invented the hand blender. Super-easy-to-use and clean, multi-purpose and takes up minimal storage space. Every mother's kitchen essential. From mashing baby food to whipping up milkshakes for your toddler to making that soup for dinner, this convenient gadget is a real investment for the kitchen.
If you have the space, then a blender is a must-have too, as it can blend larger quantities and is more powerful than a hand-blender. Great for batch-cooking baby food and making healthy breakfast smoothies for the whole family. I use this VonShef 4-in-1 blender (also available on Amazon.) which is also a juicer, smoothie-maker and grinder.
2. Food processor/ mini-chopper
If you want to cook within a limited period of time, you MUST possess a food processor. It's the ultimate multi-tasking kitchen gadget. Chopping, mincing, grinding,
It's smaller cousin is the mini-chopper – it still does all the chopping et al, albeit in smaller quantities but takes up less space and can permanently live on your kitchen counter. Every second counts.
3. Slow cooker
Another godsend. Just toss in the ingredients, turn up the heat and go about doing whatever else it is that you need to do, knowing that your slow cooker is whipping up a delicious meal in the meantime. In simple words: unattended cooking.
Roasts, stews, soups and more, there's plenty a slow cooker can do!
It heats (think previously batch-cooked frozen meals). It re-heats (think your morning coffee). And voila, it even cooks! It makes rice, it boils potatoes and yes it even cooks entire family meals.
Check out these quick, easy n' healthy microwave meal ideas for toddlers. Get inspired…
5. Frozen Vegetables / Ready-to-use Pastes and Powders
I've written about the ease and benefit of frozen vegetables before, and I'll say it again: make sure you have a packet in your freezer at all times. You can whip up breakfast (vegetable omelette), a snack (vegetable toastie) or dinner with that one magical packet. No remembering long shopping lists again.
Ready-to-use pastes and powders are another must-have in your pantry. Which multi-tasking mum wants to waste time grating ginger and dicing garlic? Especially when you can just squeeze a dash of paste instead? Or sprinkle some powder?
Find chopping onions time-consuming? Add pre-fried or frozen onions instead and reduce your cooking time by half.
Agree, sometimes fresh does taste better but when time is of the essence, these kitchen hacks will serve you well.
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