Due to their size, apartment kitchens are often tight on counter space and storage. To clear up that much-needed space, check out these small kitchen appliances that can easily be stored in your kitchen. The appliances are all reasonably priced, and can be found at all major retailers.
French Press Coffee Maker
French press coffee (in my opinion anyway) tastes so much more flavorful than typical brewed coffee. With its small frame and cordless functionality, a French press stores easily inside a kitchen cabinet – leaving you plenty of open countertops. Prices range from $8.99 – 39.99.
Whether electric or stovetop, a kettle is a necessity for any apartment kitchen. A kettle can be stored when not in use, or can be left out as a decorative piece on the stove. Prices range from $7.99 – 39.99 for stovetops and $14.99 – 49.99 for electric.
I love cooking with fresh herbs and spices – the food just comes out better! Herb stands also save money by allowing you to only use what you need, without the worry of the rest going bad. Place the stand on an area of the counter with the most light and water daily. An herb stand will add a little “green” to the space and spruce up tonight’s dinner recipe. Prices range from $10.00 – 40.00, depending on size.
A stand mixer is a great investment for your kitchen, especially if you’re a baker. They are very versatile when it comes to making food, and many brands offer cool attachments, too. Think about all the foods you can prepare with a stand mixer – cookie dough, whipped potatoes, bread dough, cheese filling for homemade manicotti, etc. Stand mixers come in a variety of colors and will sit nicely in a corner of the kitchen. Prices range from $50.00 – 500.00.
Expandable Oven Rack
On major holidays where feasts are prepared, such as Thanksgiving, you’ll want to have this gadget ready in your apartment kitchen. The rack is easily expandable to fit casserole dishes, and then folds flat when not in use. Prices range from $20.00 – 40.00.
A vegetable chopper is a must for anyone who does a lot of cooking. It’s very useful for tricky foods like garlic cloves, shallots, nuts, onions, and carrots. These small appliances are typically dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a breeze. Prices range from $9.99 – 39.99.
A slow cooker is ideal for busy people on the go. With 6-quart capacity and three heat settings, you can easily make enough food for dinner guests and still have plenty of leftovers for the next day. Slow cookers can make a variety of recipes and store easily in a shelf or cupboard. Prices range from $26.99 – 300.00.
Over-the-Sink Cutting Board
This cutting board is neat, because it lies over the sink to add more counter space. You can also find ones that have a sieve for rinsing produce. Prices range from $7.00 – 75.00.