Whether you are designing on a budget or looking to add to your kitchen there are a few gadgets that can really add functionality to your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Institute of Home Science Cooking Expert Anna Carl lists her favorite ways to stock your kitchen on a budget.

Ice Cream Scoops

Buying simple tools that can handle multiple purposes. Ice cream scoops are the perfect tools for portioning and transferring cookie and muffin batter. Scoops can also perfectly plate starches like rice and potatoes.


Digital Thermometer

A quality digital thermometer with a high-level of accuracy can be helpful in many types of cooking and is relatively inexpensive at around 50 dollars. Thermometers can be especially helpful in candy making, bread baking and cooking meats taking the guesswork out of cooking.


Knife Set

You don’t have to break the bank to buy every specialty knife out there. Instead, buy a few quality knives that can pull double duty:

  • Chef knife with a broad cutting blade.
  • Bread knife with a serrated blade.
  • Basic paring knife for peeling and small jobs.

Compliment these basics with a quality cutting board and a pair of kitchen shears and you can tackle almost any kitchen task.


Countertop Oven

Maximize by minimizing. These small ovens pack big performance. Modern countertop ovens now feature many helpful cycles for everyday cooking like pizza or roasting modes. Also, the smaller cavity makes these ovens faster to pre-heat than a conventional oven and they use just the right amount of energy to heat up the cavity without heating up your entire kitchen.


Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid® Stand Mixer is one of the most popular wedding registry items because it’s a great appliance that can expand as your culinary skills grow. A counter-top stand mixer can handle a multitude of kitchen tasks and can leverage a host of attachments from pasta presses, grinders, and food processors to become your culinary work horse.


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