"I have to say, I love a good appliance!" says Martin Boetz, straight off the mark. The Cooks Co-op chef and star of HBTV 's web-series of the same name is put to the challenge of identifying his top three must-have small appliances in episode six of the food-focused series. With the mission to make your time in the kitchen the most efficient and even more enjoyable, here are Marty's recommendations.
Must-have kitchen appliances
1. Stand mixer
Sitting at the top of chef Martin Boetz's must-have list, a versatile benchtop mixer will be your right-hand man in the kitchen. Marty suggests you look for a machine that has loads of attachments to suit your culinary needs. "You can get mincers, you can get sausage makers – [there are] so many things that you can add on, to make so many things in the kitchen" he says. Psst... Choose a mixer in a colour that you love and leave it on show – you'll never want to hide it away in a cupboard!
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2. Vacuum food sealer
If you're guilty of over-catering from time-to-time or if you love to prepare meals for you or your crew in advance, a vacuum food sealer is right up your alley. With a range of bag sizes, from small through to large, Marty recommends that you use a vacuum food sealer to package up meals or leftovers, and to "keep things for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer".
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3. Hand blender
Ideal for whipping cream, prepping cake batter or pureeing soup in the pot, hand mixers are a quick go-to option for a wide range of jobs in your kitchen. Marty comments that "you can blend spices, which I'm often doing at home; blending spices to rub on meat". You'll also love a hand mixer for its quick-to-clean attributes. Less washing up? Yes, please!