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Small Kitchen Appliances Gift Ideas for Healthy Cooks

December 2, 2020   14 Comments

These small kitchen appliances gift ideas are for those of you who want to give something that can help your family or friends.

Small Kitchen Appliances Gift Ideas for Healthy Cooks

What I have found over the years of trying out a bunch of different appliances is that there are trendy gadgets that people buy for their kitchen - and then they regret it.

For example, do you need an electric breakfast sandwich maker? It exists! If you are really into breakfast sandwiches, I can see buying one but most of us are going to send it to GoodWill after it collects dust for a few years.

GoodWill is the place to find the craziest kitchen appliances like electric carvers or cake pop makers.

I do think that there are some strong small appliances that can make your life easier and will stick with you for many years. You can give them to your friends and family - or ask for any of these for yourself.

Also if your friend’s kitchen (or your own kitchen) looks like this:

you should avoid getting them anything else to add to the hubbub on the counter.

I used the term “small appliances” because I didn’t want you to think that I am talking about stoves or refrigerators. These aren’t small if you think about how much space you have on your kitchen counter.

This is a list of most expensive to least expensive - so scroll down if you are looking for a quick, cheap gift.

Instant Pot

I know someone who received an Instant Pot as a gift and didn’t open it for 6 months because they were afraid of it. Don’t be scared!

The Instant Pot is easy to use and very safe.

When I first got it, I wasn’t sure it would stay in my house. But, over the last couple of years, I have used it almost every week. I have two of them - a larger one that I thought was going to replace the smaller one - but it didn’t.

I found that my 8 quart Instant Pot couldn’t get the power it needed to come up to pressure when it is full of food. I use it alongside my 6-quart and make two meals because I hate not having leftovers.

Check out these low calorie instant pot recipes if you need convincing on whether you want an Instant Pot.

Air Fryer

I have not used my air fryer as much as my Instant Pot but I do love it. It comes in handy when I want to make my own french fries or quickly air fry a meal. It only does meals for two so if my kids are around - the air fryer is less helpful.

The air fryer is fun for making snacks like sweet potato chips or kale chips.

Check out my Cosori air fryer review and my very successful air fryer beef jerky recipe.

Egg Cooker

I wrote about this egg cooker last year when I found it at a tag sale. It is wonderful!! I poach and hard boil eggs all the time. This Dash Egg Cooker is easy to clean and it doesn’t take up much space.

My only issue with it is the sound it makes when it is finished. BUZZZZZ!!! But, I guess that is a good thing because you always turn it off quickly.

I love having a hard boiled egg for a morning snack with my second or third cup of coffee.

Check out the Dash Egg Cooker Review.

Do you have any small kitchen appliances that have surprised you? Please share.

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14 Comments:

I use my Instant Pot to make hard boiled eggs. There is an egg insert specifically designed to cook eggs. Five minutes cook time, five minutes of natural pressure release and five minutes in an ice bath and the shells slide right off!

on December 3, 2020

I bought a little air fryer from Weight Watchers. I dithered over it, but the turquoise blue color sucked me in. I never used it. I don't eat meat, so my husband and I do our own cooking. Friends were talking about air fryers, and I told him we have one. He uses it three or four times a week. It's great for chicken thighs, pork chops, and burgers.I have an egg cooker too that we used a lot until I quit eating eggs!

on December 3, 2020

I LOVE my mini crockpot! I use it to cook 2 chicken breasts to shred at the beginning of the week, to make a small pot of overnight oats, small batch of rice, etc. I use my air fryer all the time, and insta pot about once a week. I also love my air popped popcorn maker in the microwave, mini waffle maker and immersion blender. I have a family of four.

on December 3, 2020

I use my air fryer to warm up foods. Five minutes in the airfryer provides a nice crispy pizza crust on leftover pizza slices. I also use it to soften hard bread.

on December 3, 2020

I think honorable mention goes to the waffle iron. I have the mini one. Snack Girl, you have a ton of ideas for use for a waffle iron I never would have dreamed of - potatoes, apple slices, savory waffles, etc. Readers can search your site for cool ideas. Thanks!

on December 3, 2020

I use my Instant Pot to make hard boiled eggs. There is an egg insert specifically designed to cook eggs. Five minutes cook time, five minutes of natural pressure release and five minutes in an ice bath and the shells slide right off!

on December 3, 2020

I love my air fryer.I bought it to make homemade fries but found I don't like the texture.Instead I use it almost every day to cook veggie tots,salmon,fish cakes,grilled sandwiches,hard boiled eggs,sweet potato fries,soft pretzels,and to reheat and crisp just about everything! It's a small 1.5 qt basket model that I got on sale at Macy's for $18! It has found a permanent home on my counter.Just make sure that it has both temperature and time controls.Costco has a the best everyday price on a really nice large basket model ($40-50).

on December 3, 2020

I'm actually in the market for a juicer - one to make a few cups of celery juice at a time. Any recommendations?

on December 3, 2020

I ordered an all-in-one Ninja. I haven't received it yet, but it's a food processor/blender/chopper/ice crusher/smoothie maker :))

on December 3, 2020

I second Dolores' comments re: waffle iron! I use my immersion blender all the time - so so much easier than transferring to food processor or blender, and it hardly takes up any space. I also use my traditional, tried and true osterizer for smoothies, and a popcorn popper (with 1 teaspoon of oil) for a healthy snack. Oh, yeah, and right now my crockpot is making applesauce.

on December 3, 2020

I noticed a mention of a mini crockpot. Where could I find one!!!

on December 3, 2020

Air fryer makes great hard boiled eggs. I got rid of my egg cooker.

on December 3, 2020

My #1 kitchen appliance is my Presto Pizzazz. I not only use it for pizza, I use it for fries, frozen patties, cookies, etc.

on December 5, 2020

I love my instant pot and air fryer. I don't eat meat, but I still find lots of uses for it. Also waffle iron and George Foreman grill are great.

on December 7, 2020


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