Gone are the days when the kitchen contained a sink, an oven and a basic refrigerator. Today, kitchens abound with modern appliances that help make food prep, cooking and cleaning easier than ever!
Modern kitchen appliances offer the best of both form and function. Today”s refrigerators offer sleek and practical design, often featuring draw-style freezers that are placed below the refrigerator section. This places more commonly used refrigerated items, including milk, eggs and juices, at eye level.
Ranges today run the gamut from the basic four-burner range to high-end professional ranges that feature six eyes, grilling areas and more. With so many choices, there”s a range to suit everyone, from world-class chefs to occasional cooks.
Countertop appliances are also popular kitchen additions. One of the more popular kitchen tools is the food processor. With a food processor, you can chop and dice fruits, vegetables and more in mere seconds. Other popular countertop appliances include blenders, toasters and coffee pots.
In this section, we”ll discuss the many modern appliances that you can add to your kitchen. We”ll give you information on the latest and greatest appliances and will also provide the pros and cons of each.
The Traditional Kitchen Range
The traditional kitchen range is still a popular option for many cooks. In general, a traditional kitchen range offers four eyes on which you can cook. The burners generally vary in size and include one small burner, one large burner and two medium-sized burners.
The traditional kitchen range is available in both gas and electric.
High-End and Professional Ranges
For people who want more than the traditional kitchen range can offer, there are a number of high-end and professional ranges from which to choose. High-end ranges offer more features than a traditional range and often include such extras as:
- additional burners
- computerized functions
For people who love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, high-end and professional ranges can be a valuable investment.
Convection and Microwave Ovens
These days, it”s rare to see a new home that doesn”t offer a built-in microwave in its kitchen. These modern kitchen appliances have become a kitchen staple, helping us cook everything from popcorn to baked potatoes in a flash!
Convection ovens are ovens that use a fan to circulate heat through the oven. Convection ovens cook food more quickly than traditional ovens and also help ensure even cooking of food.
Convection and microwave ovens can make any kitchen more functional.
A food processor is a versatile kitchen appliance. With the right food processor, you can cut food prep time from minutes to seconds.
Many food processors offer cooks the choice of slicing, shredding, dicing and more. Instead of performing these jobs with a fixed blade, like in a blender, food processors use multiple attachments to perform kitchen duties.
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