Living and working in a small space comes with challenges, especially in condo kitchens. But there’s no reason you can’t cook like a chef at home, even in a tight area. After all, a kitchen is a kitchen. You can, however, get creative and think outside the box for both style and function – that’s exactly what KitchenAid did with the new Cordless Collection, packing all the power into space-saving models. Start by outfitting your kitchen with the necessary appliances, then check out our space-saving ideas, which will pack a punch in even the most petite place.
What appliance do you really need in the kitchen?
If we all opened our cupboards, we would find loads of small appliances that are used rarely, or (yikes!) never even taken out of the box. Get this: All you really need is a mixer, a blender and a food chopper – it’s the trifecta of kitchen appliances. And the new KitchenAid Cordless Collection delivers, meaning you can cut the cords and move around your space easily and comfortably to set up wherever you need to, even if it’s while you’re watching TV!
You need KitchenAid’s 7 Speed Cordless Hand Mixer to stir, mix and whip up all your favourite recipes. Easy to charge, it’s designed to stand all on its own, so the beaters and bowl can be stored separately (perfect for small spaces). What you’ll use it for: Whipping cream, beating eggs, mixing batter and cookie doughs, making icing and salad dressings. One of the best uses is whipping boiled potatoes into a fluffy mounds of mashed potatoes easily. Bonus features: 7 speeds include a slow stir for chunky ingredients, medium for creaming butter and sugar, and a high speed to whip egg whites and heavy creams.
A food chopper
Credit: Creamy Miso Carrot & Kabocha Squash Soup by Winnipeg nutritionist and cook book author Kirsten Buck
The lightweight KitchenAid 5-cup Cordless Food Chopper can be stored readily in a cabinet and won’t take up precious counter space. What you’ll use it for: Mincing or chopping carrots, celery, green peppers, onions, garlic, or any other veggies for salads, soups and stews. Make your own guacamole, marinara sauce and salsa. Chop almonds or other nuts to sprinkle over salads or for gluten-free baked goods. Make your own peanut butter with all-natural ingredients.
Invaluable really, for making everything from hummus and dressings to frozen treats and smoothies. With the Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender, you have all the power you need. What you’ll use it for: Puréed soups are a breeze to make (blend up to 25 bowls on a full charge); blending sauces, dips and dressings; and it takes less than a minute to make your own bread crumbs and nut flours.
5 SPACE-SAVING IDEAS
Organization is key If everything has a place, it will never look cluttered and overwhelming. Repurpose the space you have by re-organizing the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to give away or donate items you don’t use.
- Less is More Do you really need six or seven spatulas? Wine glasses, juice glasses and water glasses? In a small kitchen, everything has to work twice as hard. Take a tip from French bistros, where wine is often served in tumblers.
- Use every nook and cranny An extra shelf above the stove, an extra-wide windowsill, hooks in cupboards – all excellent ways to sneak in more storage.
- Custom-sized cupboards You might pay a little extra, but you will gain valuable storage, like a narrow area for cookie sheets, shallow-depth cabinets, roll-outs, even a little wine rack.
- Multipurpose island Choose an island you can use as counter space when prepping food that doubles as kitchen table. And if you build in storage here, you can tuck in small appliances you use all the time, like KitchenAid’s Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender.
*Before Taxes. Only valid for Canadian orders on KitchenAid.ca from November 30 - December 6, 2020. While quantities last. Excludes Microwaves and Commercial line of appliances. Cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, rebates and promotions.