Kitchen Space Savers

Appliance Alternatives That Free Up Counter Space
By Jessica Severson      

When the kitchen is your favorite place in the house, counter space is at a premium. Especially if you don’t want to constantly lug your food processor, your stand mixer and your slow cooker around all the time.

When you want the best gadgets but don’t want to lose more precious space, here are some great choices to revamp your kitchen.

Switch from that coffee maker to a French Press. Easy to stow in the cabinet and coffee-lovers swear it’ll give you the best cup around. With all the money you save from buying one of those expensive big coffee makers, you can get yourself a nice Burr grinder to go with it.

Bodum® Bistro Nouveau 51-Ounce French Press Coffee Maker Capresso Disk Coffee Burr Grinder

You probably don’t need that big blender as much as you think you do. Switch to an Immersion Blender and you can still make smoothies and soups but you can throw it in a drawer when you’re done.

Cuisinart® Smart Stick® Hand Blender

Pass on the toaster oven and stick with the old-school 2-slice toaster. Bigger jobs can be done in the broiler of your oven

Cuisinart® White Compact Cool-Touch 2-Slice Toaster

A lot of the work of one of your big food processors can be done with a much smaller version, like the Cuisinart 4-cup mini processor.

Cuisinart® 4-Cup Mini Food Processor

There’s nothing wrong with going old school. You can still find a wide assortment of hand-mixers. And you may be surprised with just how much better your purees and soups turn out using a food mill instead of something electric.

     Eurodib 5-Quart X3 Semi-Professional Food Mill by Tellier - Stainless Steel
And if you need to free up a little cabinet space? Get a magnet for your knives and hooks for mugs and dish towels!

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Magnetic Bracket    Brass "C"Hooks (Set of 2)

 

Jessica is a blogger, a lawyer and a lifelong reader based in Boston, MA. She is the founder of Red Letter Reads http://www.redletterreads.com a book review site for busy readers. Her personal blog is Don't Mind the Mess http://dontmindthemess.com