As an apartment renter, it's highly likely that you are in a tight space and on a tight budget. So when it comes to building your kitchen gadget collection, the latest 12-piece stainless steel cookware set by Martha Stewart won't be on your wish list.
But don't let your small space or limited budget stop you from bringing out your inner gourmet chef. Instead, embrace a few must-have gadgets that let your culinary skills shine. Check out our suggestions for the six best kitchen gadgets for small kitchens.
Can opener – The tip here isn't so much to have a can opener, but to have a good quality one. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to buy a brand new opener only to have it fall to pieces after one or two uses. Avoid cheap, dollar store buys. A good quality can opener will generally cost over $5.00.
Knife set – If you do a lot of chopping, slicing and dicing, a great cutlery set is a must. Sorry to break it to you, but you shouldn't be using one single knife for cutting meat, vegetables, cheese and everything else under the sun. A decent cutlery set will have knives of different lengths and edging for various types of use.
Corkscrew – The last thing you want in life is a struggle to get your bottle of vino opened quickly and easily. This is another item on which you won't want to penny pinch. A good quality corkscrew will be pricey, but it'll open your bottle with ease.
Slow cooker – Back in the day, my mom used her Crock Pot a lot. She'd set it on low in the morning and by the time we returned from work and school that evening, dinner would be ready. I actually refuse to leave my slow cooker on while I'm not home. So instead, I let my meals simmer overnight. It's hard to ignore the yummy aroma at 7 a.m. as I'm getting ready for work, but it's such a time saver not having to come home and prepare a meal from scratch.
Electric hand mixer – Are you into baking and trying new recipes? Then you may have to do a lot of mixing. If you're lazy like me, you refuse to do any hand stirring with a large spoon. A small hand mixer is a steal. I got mine for about $7.00 and it's lasted at least two years.
Griddle – What I like about having a griddle is that you can prepare a fairly large amount of food at one time – more than a standard size frying pan will hold. I use mine for making pancakes, frying turkey bacon at the same time. It's also great for grilling chicken and fish Tip: be sure to invest in a griddle that has a non-stick surface.
What kitchen gadget is an absolute must-have for you?