My little helpers
Lately I have gotten so many questions about what blender, food processor and juicer I use, so I thought it was about time that I did a proper post on my indispensable little helpers in the kitchen.
Since I am a student with a limited budget I do not have some expensive and fancy equipment, but I am actually really happy with my kitchen appliances and I think they are great if you – like myself – are still quite new to cooking and have a limited budget. Oh and let me just start out by saying that number 5 and 6 are unfortunately not in my possession, but these are two of the appliances that I would like to invest in when I am able to afford it.
Whether these appliances are the ones you should invest in really depends on your needs and budget, but I hope you will find it useful and that it may help guide you a little in the jungle of blenders, food processors and juicers. When buying something new the best thing you can do is to search online to find a model that matches your needs and then read reviews to make sure it works as well as promised and finally when you have found the one you want, then I would recommend you to use one of those price runner websites, to make sure that you get your appliance of choice at the cheapest price possible.
Before we start I would like to make it completely clear that I am not being paid to write about any of these, nor have I gotten any of these as gifts from the companies. I am simply sharing my experiences with my own kitchen appliances that I have either paid for myself or that are gifted by family members for birthdays or christmas.
1. Wilfa BL1200 Blender
I got this blender for christmas last year and I have been using it almost everyday since to make my beloved smoothies. Although it is very affordable it has a powerful 1200w motor, which means that it doesn’t have any problems with ice cubes or frozen berries – a big plus! It also has a nice big 1.8 liter capacity and is quite easy to clean as one of its 4 programs are a cleaning program. It has won a whole bunch of test as well and I really think you get a lot for your money with this one – I can definitely recommend it if your are looking for a strong, but reasonably priced blender. If you have a larger budget I would however invest in nr. 6. aka. the Vitamix blender.
Find the Wilfa blender right here!
2. Kenwood Compact FP126 Food Processor
Since this is my most recent addition to my kitchen appliances, I haven’t had the time to test it as much as the others, but I will still try to give a little review – you can also read the amazon reviews if you click the link below. Now, my main reason for choosing this model was that it is affordable, it has gotten great reviews and that it is smaller than usual food processors since my kitchen is very small and I do not really need to make larger portions than the 1.4 litre the bowl can handle. I have mostly used it to make raw treats, falafels and hummus so far and for that it have worked perfectly! I seriously cannot believe just how much easier it is to create new recipes since I have gotten this, it is definitely one of my best investments! I must say that I did however have some problems when I tried to make nana ice-cream, it did not handle the frozen bananas too well and I had to add quite a bit of liquid to make it work.
Find the Kenwood food processor right here!
3. Braum MQ325 stick blender
If you do not have any kitchen appliances at all and you only have a very limited budget then this (or a similar one) is what I would recommend you to buy. There is not much this little wonder cannot do, I used to only have this (yup no blender, no juicer, no food processor) and I pretty much used it for everything! It works perfectly as a blender, haha well you might need to use a little muscle, but you can really almost blend everything with this, e.g. smoothies, soups, make pesto, hummus. The best part is that you get a mini chopper and whisk as well, so you kinda get 3 for 1. I absolutely love the mini chopper and when I did not have a food processor I would use this to make my raw desserts and pretty much everything else. I made oat and almond flour, I used it to grate carrots, garlic, ginger etc. and I even used it to make falafels – it was time consuming since I could only process small portions at a time, but it worked perfectly with small portions.
Find the Braun stick blender right here!
4. Philips HR 1858 centrifugal juicer
I got this juicer for my birthday last year and while I am not always the best at using it – I do not have a dish washer and my lazy self hates to clean it – I am actually very happy with this juicer. I mean the cleanup could be a bit easier, but I have read a lot of reviews that says that this one should actually is quite easy to clean, haha so I guess that I am just super lazy. Other than the cleaning part I think it works really well and I can recommend it if you are looking for a centrifugal juicer that aren’t too expensive. It does not handle leafy greens very well though, so if you plan on juicing a lot of greens I would recommend the slow juicer aka. nr. 5 on my list instead.
Find the Philips centrifugal juicer right here!
5. Juicepresso slow juicer
Now, this one I do not own yet, but it is at the top of my wish list. Like I said in the above, I do like the juicer that I have, but I would love to get a slow juicer so I can add more greens to my juices and this is also easier to clean + slow juicers preserves the nutrients better than centrifugal juicers. Another plus is that it takes up less space. There are however pros and cons to both slow juicers and centrifugal juicers, so I would recommend doing a little research before deciding which one to get.
Find the Juicepresso slow juicer right here!
6. Vitamix blender
I sadly do not own this beauty, aka. the Rolls Royce of blenders, but as soon as I start working full time a Vitamix will be one of the first things I will invest in! Since I do not own it yet I will instead advice you to click the link below and read the amazon reviews or to simply google it – I promise you that this blender is the shizzle!! Haha I can’t believe I just used that word, the Vitamix made me do it! ;)
Find the Vitamix blender right here!
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