4We all know how busy life as a parent can be. From preparing meals to watching our children and keeping them entertained, the rewards are huge, but so are the demands. That’s why anything that saves us time and makes life easier and better is always welcome. With that in mind, here are four kitchen and food essentials that every parent should have in their home; they can save you money and time, allowing you to spend your hours with your children doing the things you really love.
1. Wooden Cutting Boards
Most children are fussy eaters at some point during their early years, but while many will grow out of this fastidiousness it’s important to address it as early as possible. It’s essential that children follow a healthy, balanced diet that gives them all the vitamins and minerals they need, and wooden cutting boards can be your greatest ally in achieving this. By finely chopping up greens, vegetables and other nutritious ingredients, you can easily add it into the food they know and love, so they’ll be eating healthily without even realizing it. Good wooden cutting boards with a built-in juice drip groove are the ideal chopping and food preparation surface because they not only look great, they’re durable, hygienic and easy to clean.
2. Boiling Water Faucets
When you’re a busy parent, every second counts, and you’ll find yourself boiling water over and over again, whether it’s for sterilization purposes, for cooking food in or simply so that you can enjoy a well-earned cup of coffee. There are few things more frustrating than standing around waiting for a kettle or saucepan to boil, especially when you have lots of tasks you could be getting on with. That’s why a boiling water faucet can be an invaluable addition to any kitchen. As well as standard hot and cold water dispensers, it’s possible to receive boiling water instantly whenever it’s needed, and the delivery system is designed with safety in mind so that you can’t accidentally start a flow of boiling water.
3. Slow Cooker
It may sound counter intuitive that a gadget known as a slow cooker can be a time saving device, but once you’ve tried a crockpot, you’ll want to use it every day. You simply put the ingredients into the pot in the morning, start the cooking process and then leave it until the evening when you’ll find that you have a delicious meal waiting for you. It’s an ideal cooking process for many meals, especially stews, curries and soups, and food cooked in a crockpot is tender and tastes divine. You won’t have to worry about the cooking process during the day, so you can spend more time on important family matters.
4. Food Processor
As a busy parent, you’ll have to get used to slicing and dicing food, but that can soon become repetitive and laborious, not to mention dangerous if you don’t keep your eyes on your fingers and the knife. A food processor can remove this worry, and it can chop, blend and slice much quicker than you could manually. From cheese to mushrooms, there’s so much you can dice and cut with a food blender, and once again it can be used to blend healthy food into other ingredients so that your kids get more of what’s really good for them.
Food processors, slow cookers, boiling water faucets and a high-quality wooden cutting board can transform the way you prepare and cook food. They’ll not only save you valuable time, they’ll make it easier to prepare nutritious and tasty meals that your children will love, even if they don’t know just what’s inside them.