Even those of us with large kitchen spaces most likely feel that we’re not getting the most use out of our kitchen countertops. They can easily become cluttered with random household objects, or even appliances that we use once and then never again. In order to cut down on wasted space and promote efficiency, it’s helpful to think about some appliances that don’t take up much space, but can do a wide variety of tasks – and some of them may surprise you.
Slim and compact, vacuum sealers are something that most kitchen countertops could benefit from, but are found on very few. It’s not hard to find an effective and inexpensive set up, and from there the only cost is purchasing the sealing bags. Luckily, this appliance pays for itself very quickly with the amount of waste it prevents. Leftovers, meat, fruits and veggies last much longer in the fridge or freezer when vacuum-sealed, and you’ll find that taking the few minutes to vacuum-seal your food will greatly reduce the amount of food that ends up in your trashcan.
Though these can get a little pricy, if you love to bake or even just cook, it’s probably time to consider adding a stand mixer to your kitchen countertop. There’s really no way to replicate the mixing process by hand, and you’ll notice a huge change in your baked goods. Not to mention making things like whipped cream will take only a matter of minutes.
Many emersion blenders are just as efficient as standing blenders, and will take up a fraction of the space on your kitchen countertop. They can also cost a fraction of the price, and if you make a lot of creamy soups, it can be easier to use these than transferring the entire soup into a blender. When you’re finished, it’s just a matter of popping one small part into the dishwasher.
Of all of these, this might be the one people are least familiar with. Butter crocks are ceramic pots that store butter on the counter, keeping it fresh by submerging it in water. While it may sound strange, it keeps butter safe to eat and spreadable all at the same time, so you can stick to real butter instead of spreadable margarine.
This one may seem a little bit out of place, but it’s actually an incredibly helpful appliance to have on your kitchen countertop. Even if you don’t belong to a family that eats waffles every day, you’d be amazed how much you can cook quickly with a waffle maker. For breakfast, you can cook waffles, hashbrowns, eggs, and even bacon in the same appliance. Want a cookie or some brownies but don’t want an entire batch? Pop the dough into the waffle maker. The internet is rife with recipes for this appliance that cooks food crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and it will reduce the amount of dirty pans you use and time spent cooking.