The following post is brought to you by my love for all things Hamilton Beach.
Sure, in some instances, I was sent the product for review – and other times, I’ve had the product for years. But the fact remains that my kitchen is crammed to capacity with these terribly innovative products that just happen to be affordable too.
Toaster Ovens. Hand Blenders. Waffle Makers and more… what’s not to love?
Hence, I thought it was only fitting to start the new year off right with a few of Hamilton Beach’s most loved small appliances. If you’re looking for a little help in the kitchen this year, here are my tried and true favourites from a brand you can trust.
This is one of those items that I didn’t know I needed until I actually started using it. Every day. Multiple times per day. Oh yeah.
Here’s the deal: with Ryder starting school this past September, we’ve all been sick… well, every freaking week. No lie; I swear I spend more time taking the boys’ temperature than checking my e-mail. And so I’ve spent the better part of the last three months making tea, liquid medicine concoctions, spiced cider… anything to make me feel like my head is not about to pop off. Normally, I’m the type to boil water on the stove, but when you’re indulging in hot beverages 4-5 times per day, it can get tedious – quickly. Enter the Instant Hot Water Dispenser.
Now I actually took a video of the dispenser in action, but even after adding my witty commentary, I realized there is just no way of hyping up a product that boils water (nor would I subject y’all to a 1:13 demonstration of said product). But nonetheless: with a quick boil function, adjustable water flow from 150 – 300 ml and smart safety features (the unit automatically turns off when water boils), this is THE product for tea drinkers or anyone who needs hot water in a hurry. The 1.8 L reservoir ensures that you’re not refilling the unit all day long, but is not so big that water remains dormant and stale over days. I also love that it has a convenient stop button which immediately cuts the flow of hot water when you’ve reached the desired amount – another safety feature that prevents overflowing and well, scalding. #ouch
If there’s one item you pick up during cold and flu season, make sure it’s the Instant Hot Water Dispenser!
The truth is, Hamilton Beach makes SIXTEEN slow cookers and they’re all pretty great depending on your needs. But my fave happens to be the 6 Quart Set ‘N Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. What sets it apart? Well, here’s a fact: slow cooked meals should never taste like slop. If they do, your cooker has overcooked the meat, plain and simple. But come on – slow cookers aren’t mind readers! They have no idea what you’ve put in, how much of it, etc – they just know to exude constant low heat for a set amount of time. And that’s where the Set ‘N Forget Programmable Slow Cooker comes in.
The product includes a temperature probe and a programmable internal temperature shift, which automatically shifts the slow cooker from cooking to “keep warm” once the proper internal temperature is reached. So, you’ll never have to constantly monitor the meal, and you’ll never come home to meal that is overcooked. Roasts fall of the bone without shredding to pieces. Chicken breasts remain plump and juicy without resembling a soupy mess. It’s perfection.
I don’t actually own the Panini Press, but after seeing it in action at a friend’s house over the holidays, it is officially on my wish list for 2013. And, I may have spent more time admiring the sandwich maker that day than taking care of my kids (a girl’s gotta do her research, right?). With its commercial-style floating lid, it evenly presses sandwiches up to 3 inches thick. We did prosciutto with arugula and baby mozzarella on traditional white panini buns. (If your mouth just watered, totally understandable.)
In case you’d rather grill than press, the lid locks in an upper position for bruschetta, pizza and open-faced sandwiches. Love the versatility! And with large non-stick grids, you know you can press to your heart’s content, because cleanup will always be a breeze. Just like the Belgian Style Flip Waffle Maker (read my review here), it’s another example of how Hamilton Beach brings commercial ingenuity and quality to your kitchen – for less.
By far one of my favourite small appliances! The Quesadilla Maker sees much action in this house – and can you blame us? Restaurant-quality quesadillas in 5 minutes. OMG.
The product, like all good quesadilla makers, seals the edges for a super easy snack. Your options are only limited by your imagination! We’ve made traditional Mexican chicken and beef quesadillas, but we’ve also experimented with:
Peking Duck (shredded duck, green onions, Hoisin sauce and grated mozzarella)
Greek chicken (shredded roasted chicken, feta cheese, thinly sliced red onion and kalamata olives)
Pecan, Havarti and Pear (self explanatory and sooo good!)
Portabello Mushroom (avocado, mozzarella, portabello mushrooms and sun-dried tomato)
Caramel Apple Pie (butter, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg)
The locking lid means less mess, and cleanup is as simple as a wipe with a damp cloth. And here’s the clincher – you can find this item for about $20! That’s right – it’s currently on sale at Sears for $23.88, and you can find it everyday at Walmart for $24.88. If you have picky eaters, quesadillas are a great way to “hide” stuff – we’ve successfully camouflaged salmon, onions and broccoli :)
And there you have it! My Hamilton Beach must-haves for 2013. Click here to visit Hamilton Beach.
Tell me – what’s your favourite kitchen gadget or gizmo?