When you focus on reading labels you quickly realise that you will either be spending more time in the kitchen - making from scratch or you'll be eating a lot more simply. I'm trying a mix of the two. Having the right tools really does make it so much easier. That's not to say you need to rush out and buy stuff. I didn't to begin with but I soon realised I would be able to do so much more if I had a decent food processor.
At last count I have six friends who swear by their thermomix. I really really really debated it. Back and forth as I do have the dodgiest oven in the world. I have a sunbeam food processor - incy little thing that I was given as a gift for my engagement ( yep 20 years ago ) so I knew I wanted to upgrade that at least.
After much research I decided on the Kenwood 980 food processor. It has 55 functions - a couple of bowl sizes, comes with it's own appliance holder, a grinder and also a blender( something we didn't have).
I watched this video
Read a heap of reviews and knew that was the one I wanted. Richard however did not like the $699 price tag. More googling and I found that Amazon UK ship Kenwood to Australia - and with shipping and conversion rates it came in at $330. Yes less that half price. It arrived 3 days after I ordered it. HUGE box.
The kittens loved the boxes - we had cardboard box city in our family room for a few days.
I love my processor I use it every day - even to do things like grate carrots or chop up veges. It's a bit painful to wash - lots of bits but that's food processors in general I think.
The other day I made icecream in it using a version of this recipe- mine has cocao and almonds.
Also in my arsenal of tools have this breville juicer.
It was the first thing I bought when we started clean eating. While I know there are lots of arguments around eating whole fruits and veges over juices because you don't get the fibre - there are equally as many compelling ones about juice delivering the nutrients readily absorbed. For me it was about increasing nutrients. The girls love that I make them a juice in the afternoon after school and they no longer think anything about it having carrot, celery or beets in it. We started them with straight fruit juice and then added a carrot, and minused an orange ... You get the idea.
On my wish list is this bread maker -
and this dehydrator.
Oh and I wouldnt mind this kitchen either.
But we are fast running out of room and that little thing called money. So tell me what's your go to tool in the kitchen - and can anyone recommend a good garlic crusher ???