Since June, my husband and I have been without the use of a stovetop or proper oven. Instead, we've been skating by while we renovate our new place with just a few small appliances. A toaster oven, hot plate, an electric kettle and a new star of the stove-less world, an electric skillet and straight up, it saved Thanksgiving. Ok, so maybe that's a slight fudge, because Thanksgiving was never ruined and we had a little help from our Orion Smoker
(though the toaster oven would have taken on a small bird).
That said, between my electric kettle and my electric skillet, I was able to make all the sides, fixings and then some. The skillet took care of the finishing work for the stuffing, mashed potatoes (from real spuds), three different vegetables and even homemade pudding. The electric kettle on the other hand cut my boiling times down by 2/3 and when added to the electric kettle meant I wasn't waiting 20 minutes for water to boil before being able to add in the potatoes, it meant I waited 3 and 8 minutes later I was mashing away!
I had never thought of an electric skillet being good for more than frying chicken (and only because my Grandma refuses to use any other method) and I had never really thought of the kettle for more than tea or plumping dried fruit before baking with them... but this Thanksgiving, they made a disaster zone of a renovation home feel like country cooking with all the warmth any well put together kitchen could muster.
Is there a small appliance in your home that you've become best friends with? Something unexpected that maybe you grew up without that's really become your right hand man (though I swear my toaster is moody like a woman some days)? Let us know in the comments below!
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