This article was created by SheKnows for HSN.
The kitchen always has been and always will be the workhorse room of the home. And that’s especially true come fall — between all the holiday meals to prep for and the warm, cozy foods we’re craving. But as much as we may love our kitchens, the fast pace of life (especially now) doesn’t really accommodate marathon cooking sessions. We’ve got to-do lists to work through, busy schedules to tame and a literal laundry list of minutiae to tend to. It’s for all these reasons and more that we need to equip our space with genius kitchen gadgets that help us get a meal on the table in a quick and delicious manner.
But honing in on the right kitchen tools can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Do we really need a food processor, or can we just use a blender? Is an apple slicer worth it, or are we just being lazy? And do air fryers really deserve all the hype they keep getting? Each time we answer one of these questions, another must-have item seems to appear. Another kitchen gadget is invented, another cooking fad hits the zeitgeist, another friend introduces us to a product they swear by. And with holiday meal prep season quickly approaching, we want to make sure our kitchen is fully stocked with the items that will take the stress out of getting a four-course meal on everyone’s plate.
Thankfully, there’s a vast array of kitchen tools out there designed to help the masses. These gadgets tackle tasks any home cook could reasonably be expected to accomplish, regardless of skill or experience level (or difficult toddler palate). In some cases, these kitchen tools will eliminate a common problem (like herbs that go bad too quick? Problem solved!). In other cases, they’ll speed up the cooking process (your festive cake pops have never been easier to make). And in yet more cases, they’ll do most of the work for you (to answer your question: yes, air fryers have made life abundantly easier). But all of them will do something that actually needs doing, making them foundational additions to anyone’s culinary arsenal.
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