Book gift ideas for every kind of reader
Book gift ideas for every kind of reader

Amanda Kavanagh

Something to do in lockdown? Sort out the photos at home
Something to do in lockdown? Sort out the photos at home

Amanda Kavanagh

3 dreamy waterside homes for €200,000 around the country
3 dreamy waterside homes for €200,000 around the country

Megan Burns

20 beautiful destination restaurants to visit in Ireland this summer
20 beautiful destination restaurants to visit in Ireland this summer

Sarah Finnan

Long Covid: ‘I never expected chronic fatigue and its impact on my family’
Long Covid: ‘I never expected chronic fatigue and its impact on my family’

Jennifer McShane

How to navigate the first tentative steps towards separation and divorce
How to navigate the first tentative steps towards separation and divorce

Amanda Cassidy

True crime documentary ‘The Jinx’ resumes in real life (sort of)
True crime documentary ‘The Jinx’ resumes in real life (sort of)

Jennifer McShane

Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on summer pieces you’ll wear again and again
Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on summer pieces you’ll wear again and again

Holly O'Neill

8 classic (and brilliant) true crime documentaries to watch next
8 classic (and brilliant) true crime documentaries to watch next

Jennifer McShane

10 binge-worthy royal TV series and films to watch while in lockdown (that aren’t The Crown)
10 binge-worthy royal TV series and films to watch while in lockdown (that aren’t The...

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Kitchen Heroes


by IMAGE
27th Oct 2014
blank

As part of our dedicated food week here at IMAGE.ie, we’ve been musing over the must have gadgets for any kitchen. Today, we’re all about mixing, blending and juicing. A little word of warning though; these price points are a little high, you can consider these kitchen heroes worthy investments that will see you through a lifetime.

VITAMIX – For the wannabe professional

First up, let’s take a look at the Vitamix (photo above). When normal blenders let you down, you can graduate to this master blender. So sturdy is this fellow, it would probably blend up your unwanted furniture, though we don’t recommend you try that. This is an incredibly high performing and durable product, serving you as well as what you’d find in a professional kitchen. You can make anything from ice cream (in a matter of seconds) to hot soups, almond butter, hummus, bread – you name it. In fact you can create entire menus using just the Vitamix. It chops, blends, creams, blends, and if that wasn’t enough, it cleans ITSELF. As per their website, this product really does redefine what a blender can do. And at ?600 a pop in BTs, you’d hope that was true.

(Pretzels made with the Vitamix)

NUTRI-BULLET – For the superfood savvy

Otherwise known as the ‘superfood nutrition extractor’, use this once, and you’ll never yearn for another blender or juicer. Now it can’t quite do what the Vitamix can do, but when it comes to making the best smoothies and juices (or soups) in a way that allows you to blend up even nuts and seeds and things that don’t fare well in your standard juicer (such as a banana), there’s no competition for the Nutri-Bullet. This writer couldn’t start her day any other way. What makes this so desireable for any kitchen is that with next to no clean up, and a few short minutes, you’ve got all the nutrition you need without having to sit through mountains of fruit and vegetables. Healthy eating has never been easier. You can get your hands on one of these, also available at BTs for €120, it comes with a handy recipe book as well as three jugs and lids. Best €120 you’ll spend on your kitchen this year.

KITCHENAID – For the stylish baker

Aside from the fact that this would just look stunning on your kitchen counter, the KitchenAid is an elegant must for the baker who wants more than a wooden spoon and a plastic bowl. It’s got 10 speed settings, allowing you to mix, knead and whip ingredients without giving your arm a workout. This is to baking what an automatic car is to driving. No effort involved, maximum results. Usually a device that delivers such high quality results will be all boxy and ugly, but the folk behind KitchenAid have made sure it looks as good as it performs. You can get it in a number of stylish colours and it will set you back ?575.

Honourable Mentions

Braun Multi Quick 7 Juicer – €179.99 For those who want a reliable, super fast,durable juicer that won’t let you down.

Kenwood Chefette – €79.99 For those who want to get into more baking but lack the space in their kitchen for bulky mixers. You can also use the hand mixer separately for convenience.

@CarolineForan

?LOVE this? Why not have IMAGE delivered directly to your door each month. Check out this months offer here

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
The life-changing act of binning all your terrible underwear

A life of wearing the wrong underwear had Sophie White’s...

By Sophie White

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of...

By IMAGE

audiobooks
EDITORIAL
6 brilliant audiobooks worth listening to during lockdown

Six great audiobooks to listen to in lockdown. It took...

By Jennifer McShane

DIY wall murals
EDITORIAL
People are getting creative with their walls in lockdown and we’re dying to give it a go

While staying at home and with plenty of time to...

By Megan Burns

blank
EDITORIAL
What to eat this weekend: Fish n’ courgette chips with homemade tartar sauce

This healthy fish and courgette chips recipe from Jane Kennedy...

By Meg Walker

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost,...

By Amanda Kavanagh

Women with MS who take medication, especially immunosuppressants, cannot become pregnant unless they come off medication.
premium HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES
I had to weigh up the possibility of losing my mind against losing my future children

Holograms of the children she may never have dance across Dearbhla Crosses' mind as an MS diagnosis and Covid-19 are unwelcome reminders of her biological clock ticking.

By Dearbhla Crosse