Believe it or not, I have never set off the fire alarm while cooking something, nor have I given myself food poisoning or had to go to the hospital for stitches because I cut myself. People commonly expect that since I have low vision, I’m horrible with cooking and will either consistently overcook or undercook food, or injure myself in the process. While my family likes to tease me that I am used to the taste of burnt food, I have been able to tremendously improve cooking for myself in the last couple months. Here are the five appliances I use the most often to cook food and ensure that everything is prepared and cooked safely. All of these items can be purchased on Amazon Prime, and some can even be delivered in two hours with PrimeNow- more on that here.
I never really ate a lot of eggs until I got to college, and now I love having poached eggs, scrambled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, omelets, and more. With the egg cooker, all of these are ready in seven minutes or less. It’s very easy to clean, and I have never had a problem with overcooked or undercooked eggs. One thing though- it sets off a loud alarm reminiscent of a smoke detector when it is done cooking, or if it is turned on before water is added. Get it here.
I love eating grains like quinoa and rice, but if I am cooking on the stove and the water boils over, I’m not going to notice and will be left with a puddle on the stove or floor. I use the rice cooker for cooking grains, of course, but I’ve also used it to make pasta, oatmeal, soup, broth, steamed vegetables, and even curries. I have been surprised with how much I use it, and I appreciate that it is so easy to clean. Get it here.
My family became obsessed with the original Magic Bullet when I was in middle school, but I am a huge fan of the NutriBullet model. I use it every morning to make a smoothie, and have never had to deal with chunks of frozen fruit in my drinks. I also have used it to chop items easily and make nut butters, as well as other recipes. Cleaning it is simple- I rinse out the components immediately after use and then hand wash them, though they are also dishwasher safe. Get it here.
This is far from being a kitchen essential, but I have been using this every day for a month now so I thought it should be included. The machine turns frozen bananas into the consistency of soft serve ice cream, and there’s infinite possibilities for flavors- my favorite combination is bananas, mixed berries, and peanut butter. I’ve also used it frequently when I have friends over, as a lot of my friends can’t have ice cream. It is a little loud, but it has never taken me longer than thirty seconds to use it and no one has ever complained about the noise. Get it here.
While not technically an appliance, this tool is the reason I still have all ten of my fingers. All I have to do is load a fruit or vegetable into the top section and then push a lever down, and then food is chopped. In order to get food items to fit, I use knives that were designed for children to ensure they don’t cut themselves while chopping, and have found that the knife + chopper combination has been sufficient to prep any produce I please. The exact model of the veggie chopper is sold out, but here is a similar model. The knives can be found here.
I love being able to cook for myself, and am grateful for these tools that have helped me be able to eat well. If you are cooking in a dorm, check the rules before purchasing any of these appliances to make sure they aren’t prohibited- there may be restrictions on devices with heating elements, certain wattages, or knife sizes. Since all of my items stay in the kitchen, I have had no issues with housing regulations.
For more on how I get food, read my post on Amazon Fresh here, a grocery delivery service for Prime members.