January 26th, 2015

3 Small Kitchen Appliances I Can’t Live Without

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I always love taking a sneak peek into someone else’s home. I’ve shared with you what’s under my kitchen sink and some of my favorite safe shampoos and lotions. My friend Lindsay has also shared some behind the scenes glimpses into her home with a look at what’s under her sink and what’s in her pantry.

Today it’s time to take a little peek into my kitchen, which you can see in its entirety in my interview with ABC World News.

There are 3 small kitchen appliances that I use every day and I can’t live without them!

I spent a lot of time researching and seeking out the safest brand before buying each one. They are not inexpensive, but so worth the investment. Feel free to piggy back off my research and treat yourself to one of each. You deserve it!

There are affiliate links below. See * for full disclosure.

VitaClay Organic Multi-Cooker/Rice Cooker
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I’ve had multiple rice cookers over the years and hands down I like the VitaClay Organic Multi-Cooker/Rice Cookerthe best. The interior pot is ceramic rather than stainless steel and doesn’t contain aluminum, lead or any non-stick chemicals. It works like a charm every time I make rice or any grain. I’ve even used it for oatmeal.

There are multiple settings: for white rice (Quinoa), Brown rice (Wholegrain, or Wild rice), Sweet rice (Sushi, Sticky), Reheat, Stew (Roast or Steam or Beans, or less liquid cooking), Soup (Broth or more liquid based cooking) and Yogurt(yes, you can make your own yogurt).

It seems to cook the rice very quickly. My favorite feature is the “delay start”. I can program the rice cooker to turn on at a set time. Once the rice finishes cooking it automatically keeps it warm.

My only challenge with this rice cooker is that the lid is sometimes difficult to take off when the pot is hot.


All-Clad 6.5-Quart Slow Cooker with Black Ceramic Insert
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The All-Clad 6.5-Quart Slow Cooker with Black Ceramic Insert is the best of the best.

If you’re anything like me and driving your kids around just before dinner time, this slow cooker is for you. It has a 26-hour programmable timer, which allows you to time dinner perfectly. It’s also quite large so we can prepare a meal and have lots of leftovers. I love that it turns to the warm setting once the cooking’s complete. The ceramic insert is very easy to clean.

PRICE: $179.95

The SodaStream Crystal


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We love our SodaStream . There are quite a few versions out there, but we chose the SodaStream Chrystal since it uses a reusable glass carafe. Personally I’m not a fan of carbonated water (I don’t like the bubbles), but the rest of my family can’t get enough. Since this love of sparkling water has turned into a bit of an addiction I decided to do a little homework to make sure that consuming a lot of the bubbly stuff wasn’t impacting our health.

The bottom line: carbonated water is basically harmless. It’s just water and bubbles. An added bonus: by using a SodaStream you’re creating a positive impact on the environment by not using all the plastic bottles and cans generated from the store bought version.

PRICE: $179.99

What’s your favorite kitchen appliance? 


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*Disclaimer: I’ve included Amazon affiliate links for each of these items.  I will earn a small commission off of anything you buy through these links. Thank you for your support this site. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!

12 Responses to “3 Small Kitchen Appliances I Can’t Live Without”

  1. I rely on my slow cooker but I also LOVE my immersion blender.
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  2. We love our soda stream too when we have a craving for the bubbles. I don’t do soda, but sometimes I like some bubbly water.
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  3. Oooh, I’m going to keep this post in mind when our rice cooker kicks it (any day now). My other must have is, like Tamara, an immersion blender. And, I can’t do without the blender for healthy smoothies!

  4. I had no idea there was a glass option for Soda Stream. We make it daily!
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  5. I never thought I needed a rice cooker until I got one as a gift and absolutely love our slow cooker! It’s so great to be able to program to have dinner ready for us on busy days!

  6. That looks like an awesome slow cooker. I’d love to get a new one! I just hate how much space all this stuff takes up in the cabinets!

  7. I love my soda stream too! I like that yours has glass… Thanks for the link back and sharing your favorites. I just bought my sister an emersion blender for the holidays and she loves it!

  8. […] food in our house. If I remember the night before, I prep a batch for the next morning in my favorite slow cooker. I’m able to delay the start time so that it’s ready when we wake up. A bowl of […]

  9. What I cannot live without in my kitchen is my coffee maker. Yes! That’s every coffee lover is most concern when at home.

  10. Soda stream is something interesting. I bet this one’s also good to use in creating carbonated cocktails

  11. I have the same slow cooker – i love it! – but i wouldn’t call it a ‘small’ appliance…

  12. Hi Liz-absolutely! It’s not small, but in comparison to a refrigerator or dishwasher it’s tiny.

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