Good Question: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens?

When you live with a small kitchen, how do you prioritize appliances, gadgets, and tools? That's part of Shayna's question below. Can you give her some advice?

My name is Shayna. I live in an attic apartment, and I have a tiny kitchen. What you see is what I have: that's it. I cook A LOT for a single girl. I have very few gadgets: a spice grinder, a KitchenAid 2 cup food chopper and a hand blender (one speed).

I find myself fantasizing about a blender (I am holding out for the Vita-Mix), a pasta machine and an ice cream maker. I don't have a KitchenAid mixer, but I know they are very versatile and VERY pricey and there are attachments I could buy for both of my dream items. Do you have any experience with either attachment? Is it worth it; will it save room to purchase the mixer and attachments?

She also says: I am not a baker, but I do make pizza and would like to make bread. Also, do you have a small footprint recommend for pasta machine and ice cream maker?

Shayna, our advice is pretty simple. Yes, we think the KitchenAid mixer is worth it, but we also lived without one for years. You can do so much in the kitchen without a stand mixer, but they are wonderful for many things. We use ours for more than just baking, but we do love making bread and pizza with it too. No kneading! And yes, those attachments would take up significantly less space than a full-size ice cream maker and pasta machine.

Also, even though the KitchenAid mixer line is expensive, you can often find great deals through Amazon or other big retail sites.

Readers, what do you think? Should Shayna spring for an individual pasta maker and ice cream maker, or hold out for a stand mixer?

Related: Good Question: Tools for a New Kitchen

(Image: Shayna)

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