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Enhancing Your Kitchen: 11 Tools & Appliances That Will Revitalise Your Cooking Game

Enhancing Your Kitchen: 11 Tools & Appliances That Will Revitalise Your Cooking Game

Do you catch yourself preparing the same dishes over and over? Maybe it’s not because they’re your favorites; it is usually because you don’t have enough time or inspiration. How to change this?

There is no better way than expanding your kitchen toolkit. Some new appliances will open new cooking possibilities, and you will be able to make different types of meals. Other gadgets might speed up the process so laziness or lack of time won’t prevent you from making something that you truly love. In the end, you can’t make a masterpiece without proper tools. You might have some of the items on the list I’m sharing today, others will be a refreshing idea. With every tool and gadget added to your arsenal, your cooking game will only get stronger.

Enhance your cooking game with the following gear:

Air Fryer

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    We all love fried foods, no question about it, but it is also certain that this is not what the doctor would recommend. Today, air fryers present a healthier alternative to frying.This device is a new kid on the block. It uses hot air along with a minimal amount of oil to prepare your favorite fried dishes. Furthermore, it is smaller, faster, safer and infinitely better than traditional fryers. It can be used for cooking pretty much anything you want, from French fries to meat. Check out the air fryer guide to learn more about these devices. Say goodbye to liters of oil for cooking and cholesterol in your blood, and say hello to healthier nutrition and more fun.

    Pizza Stone

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      It is true that you do not need to go to a pizzeria or get an overpriced delivery to enjoy an authentic taste of Italian pizza. If you have an oven, the only thing you need is a pizza stone. Yes, a stone. What it does is help the heat spread evenly and therefore properly bake it. There are different types of stones depending on the desired crust crispiness and thickness of the pizza. Have a look at best pizza stones for the home page to go more into detail about these handy tools. A pizza baked on a good pizza stone really tastes better – just try it for yourself and see. Your guests will be impressed, and ask you where you got that beautiful dough and ingredients.

      Juicer

        People who buy juices surely have their good health in mind. If you are one of those people, you should know that there is no healthier or more money-saving way to drink juice than to make your own. To do this, you will need a juicer, and choose wisely when buying a juicer for your home. These machines will give you the highest quality. Use the leftover pulp on cakes, pastries or savory dishes. A win-win situation; more fruit brings more vitamins and fiber to your nutrition, and you’ll save money, and enjoy truly natural juices without any additions.

        Pressure Cooker

          This is an obvious time saver, no question about it. A simple pressure cooker can reduce the cooking time up to 70%,  which will enable you to prepare your favorite vegetables fast, whenever you want. Another thing it can do is retain and preserve most of the nutrients found in food, due to shorter exposure to heat, and thus giving you a healthier meal. This appliance can help save energy as well since it doesn’t require burners for heating up. It’s amazing how a $100 product can change the way you cook and improve your food significantly. Here’s more on pressure cookers.

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          Food Processor

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            Not a fan of chopping, slicing or cutting? Me neither. Luckily for us, there is the food processor. Have you heard about this bad boy?
            This device will do all of the previously named, as it saves time and energy, much faster and more efficiently. Besides this, different blades and attachments will provide you with more options, for example grating cheese, making French fries, whipping eggs and many others. You can make baby food or various other meals, so there is no need to buy the overpriced, pre-packaged ones.

            Electric Griddle

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              Looking to save time and space? An electric griddle might help with both. Its big surface will allow you to prepare more portions of food at once, and when you’re done with it, you can fold it and put it away. The temperature is adjustable, and the surface heats up evenly, not to mention that it’s easy to clean. This appliance is a cheap, practical, time-saving tool that you didn’t know you had to have. Check out the electric girdle guide & review page to help yourself choose the best one for yourself. Remember always to opt for quality before the price, simply because your food will grill on it, as you don’t want cheap materials.

              Dehydrator

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                A relatively new addition to the modern kitchen appliances, dehydrators are becoming more and more popular. Today, it is most widely used within the healthy food communities, but it is a perfect option for people who want to try something different. Create your own snacks by dehydrating fruits and vegetables. These food items have a long shelf life and are way healthier than anything that can be bought in a store. You might also get ideas for new, exciting dishes using this remarkable device.

                Electric Knife Sharpener

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                  Blunt knives are a chef’s worst enemy, just ask anyone who spends a considerable amount of time in the kitchen. Back in the day, you had to visit a professional to get this problem fixed, but this is a thing of the past. Electric knife sharpeners are a safe, simple and efficient way to get your knives as sharp as possible. Just put the knife in one of the slots of this machine and let it do the work. Used up knives will not ruin your joy of cooking ever again. On the other hand, the sensation of a well-sharpened blade going through raw food is so appealing. Get yourself a fine electric sharpener, and enjoy.

                  Spiralizer

                    As important and delicious as they can be, vegetable salads tend to be boring and repetitive. A spiralizer can help fix this problem and bring back the joy of preparing and consuming vegetables. This creative tool allows you to cut vegetables in beautiful spiral shapes, thus making something that looks refreshing and interesting. For example, you can replace pasta and noodles with spirals made from zucchini, sweet potatoes, and other vegetable delights. By doing this, you will reduce the calories and increase the nutritional content of your meals.

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                    Fat Separator

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                      Fat or gravy separator is a tool which helps separate the fat from pan drippings and leaves you with tasty, delicious juices. It is basically a large jug with a spout. After the roast liquid sits in the cup for a while, the fat goes up to the top, and the remaining juices stay at the bottom ready to be poured out. This tool can be used for purifying soups and stews as well. All in all, it allows you to have a flavorful meal with much less fat.

                      Slow Cooker

                        It might sound like a paradox, but a slow cooker is a time saver. This pot doesn’t require any special attention while the meal is being cooked, only the initial preparation of ingredients. The meals that you can prepare in a slow cooker are nutritious, delicious and hearty meals, hard to reproduce with any other cooking appliance. Therefore, it can open up a whole new world of flavor that you didn’t know about. Easy to clean and energy saving, overall it is a good idea to get one. In addition, you can find great slow cooker recipes to save you some time in searching for your next delicious meal. Here’s more on which type and model to pick.

                        What’s for dinner?

                        Have you tried any new recipe recently?

                        With new kitchen gear presented today, you’ll be aching to try something new every day. And by that, you’ll grow your kitchen skills, as you grow your kitchen gear. Everybody wins.

                        Let us know in the comments what you’ve got recently, and which tasty dish you’ve made!

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                        Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                        • (1) Research
                        • (2) Deciding the topic
                        • (3) Creating the outline
                        • (4) Drafting the content
                        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                        • (6) Revision
                        • (7) etc.

                        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                        2. Change Your Environment

                        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                        6. Get a Buddy

                        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                        Reality check:

                        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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