Best Appliances For Making Breakfast
In our busy, modern age, breakfast can be a nutritious personal time or one of the only times in which your whole family can sit down and be together. It is a good idea, therefore, to make breakfast special, a time in which you can not merely go through the motions but really enjoy your experience. Here are a few headings to ponder, which could help you to make that happen.
1. Waffle Maker
Waffle makers are far more advanced these days than they’ve ever been. Imagine living in 1725, when the word ‘waffle’ was first introduced into our language by a certain Robert Smith of England; he trusted his technique of ‘if in doubt, just keep adding butter’! These days, though, you have so much more assistance and less risk of getting it all burnt in the middle, or completely dried out. A specifically designated Belgian waffle iron will be able to heat your waffle up extra fast, resulting in a thinner, more pancake-esque product. Some waffle irons will require you still to do some flipping by hand, whereas others will thoroughly cook it, others keep rotating it until perfection is achieved. Some will even caramelize your waffle, using something called the Maillard reaction. You’ll want it to be easy to clean, so make sure you read all the reviews with extra care.
2. Crepe Maker
Crepes are a wonderfully versatile product because they are thin and flexible enough to be folded over a whole range of different fillings. Crepes are similar to US pancakes but thinner, allowing you to go for sweeter options like chocolate spread or fruit, or savory options like chives and scrambled eggs. You can make crepes in a frying pan, but it is much more effective in a crepe maker. They tend to be circular electric griddles or specially designed pans with low sides that allow you to spread the batter with maximum consistency. They can also be used to make tortillas or bacon and eggs, so are multi-functional.
3. Blender For Smoothies
A blender can save you hours of elbow grease and can produce wonderfully delicious and tasty beverages, including such things as veg, fruit, ice, juice, which can be a great boost for your health. These days, a smoothie-maker can feature such things as a deoxygenating pump or can function as a juicer or smoothie-maker, as you wish. The general rule of thumb is that the smoother you like your smoothies the more expensive a machine you’ll need. If you don’t mind a few lumps then you don’t need such high-tech stuff.
4. Breakfast Sandwich Maker
The prospect of having hot food rather than cold for breakfast is a most welcome one. There isn’t really time to do a fully-fledged weekend breakfast, Monday to Friday, so that’s where a breakfast sandwich maker comes into its own. It is able to combine all the best elements of a large breakfast meal into one succinct breakfast sandwich. Egg, cheese, ham, etc. can be quickly turned into the most delicious muffin-style breakfast sandwich imaginable; nutritious, delicious, and importantly, heated for your waiting stomach; better by far than consuming a large bowl of cold, milk-drenched cereal, or struggling to fry, toast, grill a range of ingredients – the breakfast sandwich maker can do it all in next to no time.
5. Coffee Machine
A coffee machine can be a great investment if you judge it in terms of the amount of pleasure it will bring to your taste-buds each morning, and also the amount of money you’ll save on not relying on takeaway coffees. You can spend anything from $30 to well over $1000, but it all depends on what you want. Certain coffee makers are perfect for creating espresso whereas others will make anything you fancy.
You can get a coffee machine that relies on pods or capsules of coffee; this can be very convenient and involve a minimal commitment to getting your hands dirty. On the other hand, the quality of the coffee will always be exactly the same and there is a limited number of different brews and types of coffee available. Ground coffee machines will involve you actually pouring the ground coffee into a compartment near the top of the coffee machine and then letting the machine take over. These can range in value for money, and you will at least get that lovely ground coffee aroma and a large range of coffees from which to choose, rather than simply inserting a plastic capsule into a compartment.
The best, freshest taste possible will always be with a ‘bean to cup’ coffee machine. It will tend to be more on the expensive side, but will reward you by releasing the powerful flavors within each coffee bean; these aromas gradually start to deteriorate once ground, so a freshly ground cup of coffee cannot be beaten for flavor.