One of my dreams in life is to have a big kitchen. Like, a really big kitchen. A nice kitchen, with tons of cabinet space, double ovens, a pull-out drawer microwave, and a deep farmhouse sink.
That dream has yet to be realized.
I’ve lived in houses with small kitchens my whole life, and as a woman who a) loves to bake, and b) is not by any means a minimalist, I’ve had to get very creative with small kitchen organization hacks. My baker’s rack has long been a prized possession, and cabinet storage bins are a must.
And when I realized that some of my multitasking kitchen appliances themselves are space-savers, that was GAME CHANGING.
Have 5 different coffee makers so you can brew the perfect cuppa to fit any day’s given mood? Condense those down into one coffee system that can do it all. Replace your crock pot, air fryer, and pressure cooker with a pressure cooker that can do all of the above and only take up half the space. Live your big-kitchen dreams in your small-kitchen space without compromising all those ‘lil gadgets and gizmos. Mind blowing, isn’t it? You can thank me later.
So, without further ado, all of my wannabe-minimalist-mammas with not-so-minimalistic dreams, allow me to introduce you to my 10 favorite multitasking kitchen appliances:
What would you say if I told you that you could make the perfect crushed margarita ice, chewiest pizza dough, chunkiest salsa, and smoothest smoothies in the same machine? You’d probably try to call BS but, I swear, I’m not joking. This Ninja Kitchen System does all that and more (sounds cliché, but still, not kidding), and it can do it in batches big enough for the whole fam — 72-ounce batches, to be exact.
Pressure cook, air fry, sous vide, steam, bake, roast, make yogurt, broil, sear, and dehydrate, all in this one handy dandy Ninja Foodi. Time to toss the years-old air fryer you bought when they were the new, hip thing, and that crock pot handed down from the ‘90s. You don’t need them anymore, honey, let’s retire them in peace.
This coffee maker looks like a robot, and for good reason. It can brew coffee grounds and pods, froth milk, dispense just hot water for tea or soup, and can customize your brew (the settings are classic, rich, over ice, or specialty) to fit whatever picky coffee drinkers call your humble abode home. Though, soon, they might start calling it a bona-fide cafe — you never know.
If you haven’t heard of the cult-favorite Always Pan yet, allow me to introduce you. This pan is designed to replace 8 pieces of equipment — your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. And if that wasn’t enough, it comes in 10 different deliciously matte colors, perfect for whatever vibe you’ve got going on!
My favorite feature of the house I just moved into is the gas griddle burner and removable griddle top our stove came with — but I could get rid of even that with this non-stick divided skillet. This big pan can heat evenly on just one burner, and lets you cook everything from pancakes, to eggs, to bacon or sausage at the same time. Picky kids have nothing on your newfound multitasking skills, friend.
I’ll be honest, at first glance, I did not understand these stacking steamer pans at all. But when I realized that their big multitasking power isn’t one of space-saving, but time-saving, I got irrationally excited. These stackable pans make it possible to cook multiple dishes/types of food at once, in a pot or a pressure cooker (5, 6, or 8-inch). Never heard of pot-in-pot cooking? Neither had I, but I can already tell it’s going to become my bestie.
I’ll be the first one to admit, I often take hand-me-downs for granted (I like shiny things), but when my grandma gave me her beloved KitchenAid Stand Mixer, I knew exactly how grateful to be — she got LOTS of hugs that day. The real multitasking power of this baby, though, comes in its endless assortment of available attachments. Seriously, endless — you can make pasta, ice cream, you can peel, core, slice, and spiralize, grate veggies or cheese, food process, and way more.
This kitchen tool set looks like something you’d find in your kid’s science classroom — but, unlike their science projects, this will save you time and clean-up. So get ready to clear that drawer that holds all your random, unorganized kitchen tools, because this baby functions as a funnel, juicer, grater, egg cracker, shredder, can opener, egg separator and measuring cup.
If you’ve never made food via sous vide before, it’s time to start! Not only does this sous vide cook (evenly, with precision) nearly anything, but sous vide aficionados across the web have discovered how to use it to evenly chill food and even proof dough.
This ultra-compact 3-in-1 meal station comes with grill, sandwich, and waffle maker plates. So, on those mornings when each kid wants a different thing (or when you want 3 different things — we won’t judge) you can actually get it done without feeling overwhelmed. Plus, all the plates are dishwasher-safe. Easy clean up? We’ll take it!
What are your favorite multitasking kitchen appliances to cook with? Share your cooking hacks in the comments below!
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