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Thursday, 17 April 2014
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Being a mum means wearing many hats. You’re a chauffeur, chaperone and chef (among many other titles) every single day. Of course, mums the world over go through it, but the gods — or rather home appliance companies — have smiled upon us throughout the years with several inventions that have made our lives that little easier (or at least prevented us from not tearing our hair out!).
Kitchen appliances are key to preparing quick, wholesome and healthy meals for your family. What did we mums do before toasters, kettles, mixers and other kitchen appliances? There are only so many hours in the day and, for a lot of mums, they fill up incredibly quickly. Here are a few of the very best kitchen helpers to make it easier on ourselves and free up time for we mums to spend more time having fun with the kids and less time cooking for them and cleaning up after them.
This one may seem quite obvious but having a good fridge freezer is the basis for running an organised, tidy kitchen. Sourcing a fridge freezer that’s big enough to preserve food for the whole family for at least a week’s worth of meals and snacks means fewer trips to the store and fewer instances of mums phoning up for a takeaway (or taking the kids out for a hamburger if you’re really beyond your tether!). If you stock the freezer well you can make and store excess meals so that even when you don’t have time to cook, there’s still a homemade meal on hand.
The most time-consuming element of most meals is prep. A good mixer can reduce prep time and free up time for mums to get on with other tasks. This can be a pricey investment but is absolutely worth the cost. Quality food processors have a range of settings, including chopping, dicing, grating, pulsing and even kneading. You can throw together soups, sauces and even homemade bread in no time at all.
We all hate doing it (apart from some who find it therapeutic!) but washing the dishes is another activity that eats into our time. Many mums will be resourceful and use as few dishes as possible, yet despite their best efforts the pots, pans and plates — and the cutlery! — can all stack up quickly, leaving a mess that you could really do without. A dishwasher is another big-ticket kitchen appliance but one that will save you hundreds of hours in the long run. With powerful settings for a range of different dishes including fine china, stemware or even plastic sippy cups, modern dishwashers are efficient, effective and worth every cent.
Most mums find it challenging to balance the time they spend actually enjoying their families with the time they spend taking care of them. Minimising time in the kitchen and being well-organised can help them achieve this balance. Sitting down to a family meal is one of the highlights of parenthood and one which should be savoured in every possible way, rather than just the taste of the food. Now who’s for ice cream!