• Katherine Arthurs

My favorite small appliances

Oh small appliances you have my heart. But I don't care for them all stacked up in a line on my counter tops. I have some extra cabinets that I try to keep them in and others in the garage I only use once or twice a year.


Here are 5 of my all time favorites and the ones I use the most. Which ones do you have?


Instant Pot

Here is the one that I have. I love it. Cooking soups, stews, slow cooked meats, rice and a whole chicken in it is a BREEZE. Plus you can add it to your buffet to keep something warm. I'm going to try mashed potatoes in it for Thanksgiving this year! I am trying Half Baked Harvest's recipe from her new cookbook.


Immersion Blender



I like this one. Stand blenders are great and all but this way you can keep your soup in it's pot and blend it in there. I love not having to do batches and batches in a stand blender. It's all done in one pot. LOVE that. I've used this to blend salsas, sauces, soups and drinks! I bought mine at Costco - check it out! Plus, I put the attachments in the dishwasher for quick clean up.


Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Have you ever whipped cream by hand? Yeah I have and my arm feels like its going to fall off. NOT anymore. Fabulous for whipping cream and buttercream, along with a helpful hand for making quick breads, cookies, mashing potatoes and making popovers. Ok, now I'm hungry.


I've had mine for over 10 years, and it still works like new. Mine is black but there are over 20 colors to choose from.


Food Processor

This is my favorite small appliance. And it comes with a few attachments which you will use more than you think. It is SO gratifying watching everything get so chopped up so quickly. AND cleaning is a breeze. I usually put everything in the dishwasher so it's really no hassle. I have this Cuisinart one.


Slow Cooker

We were gifted this All Clad Slow Cooker for our wedding - 10 years ago and it still works great. It's on sale right now at Williams Sonoma too for $200. Go get it! Or if you are getting married, register for this!


I love how you can save SO much time with a slow cooker. YES you have to plan and prep some ingredients but heck, it cooks it all for you SLOW AND LOW! I always love a good slow cooked meal - the flavor development is always out of this world.



Ok, that wraps it up! Love how helpful these all are in the kitchen! Tell me which appliances you love and why...maybe I need a new one!