Time-Saving Appliances

Planning and preparing healthy meals for the whole family doesn’t always have to be a time-consuming chore, at least not when you have the right kitchen tools to help speed things up. From modern microwaves to food-crisping air-fryers to Instant Pots that are worth the counter space, get in and out of the kitchen and reclaim your valuable time with these seven time-saving kitchen appliances for busy families.

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Instant pots and pressure cookers

1. Instant Pots and Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers (and the branded Instant Pot) are a parent’s secret weapon because they can cut down time in the kitchen by up to 90 per cent.[1] There’s a reason people rave about them: families can batch cook soups and hearty broths, hydrate dried beans in less than 30 minutes (no overnight soaking required!), or roast an entire chicken in roughly an hour.[2] Many models also have canning, air-frying, rice-cooking and yogurt-making capabilities, making them a true kitchen essential.

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Rice Cookers

2. Rice Cookers

Perfect rice, every single time? That’s what you get with a rice cooker. These days some models have more functions than ever, with options for white or brown rice, porridge, quinoa or soups, and even inserts for steaming meat or veggies at the same time. Set it and get on with your other kitchen tasks without ever having to scrape grains from the bottom of a burnt pot again.

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3. Food Processors

If mincing garlic, grating cheese or chopping veggies has become a mundane time-suck, a food processor will help you reclaim those lost minutes. They’re great prep tools for families that batch cook, but they can also purée fresh hummus, blend pesto and shred veggies like beets, carrots and cabbage for fresh salads and stir-frys. Many models are also dishwasher safe, further saving time when it comes to clean-up.

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Time-saving indoor grills

4. Indoor Grills

An indoor grill is a convenient and healthy way to get that grilled flavour your family loves while also saving time. Many grills close or press to cook both sides of your food at once, wipe clean easily and provide even temperature control that can transform frozen food to perfectly char-grilled in just 25 minutes.[3] Some models even include bonus features like bake, roast and air crisp, making this another essential kitchen tool.

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Blenders

5. Blenders

Blenders can make so much more than smoothies, although busy families know what a great on-the-go breakfast those can be. Whether you need to whip up a quick sauce or salad dressing, blend a purée or soup, or even make ice cream or frozen drinks, high-powered blenders do it all in a matter of seconds. They also come in a variety of sizes, which means you can easily find one that fits in your kitchen space.

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Microwaves

6. Microwaves

It’s easy to reheat leftovers and thaw meat with your microwave, but these days the appliances perform so many more time-saving jobs. There are models that come with convection ovens, air-fryers, and even inverter technology that allows for more thoroughly and evenly cooked food. Many microwaves also come with new sensor technology, so you can set it and forget it while you move on to your next kitchen task.

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Convection or Air-Fryer Toaster Ovens

7. Convection or Air-Fryer Toaster Ovens

Modern toaster ovens are great for busy families who love baking or who prefer crispy but healthy foods. Convection or air fryer toaster ovens circulate hot air to cook food faster and more evenly and can offer a deep-fried-like crisp with little oil. Many models incorporate the best of both worlds (in addition to other features like pizza oven, broiler and slow cooker), and are now large enough to whip up entire large-portion meals in one quick go.

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