Whether you put dinner on the table every night or are a holiday-only kind of chef, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. These appliances can make food prep faster, expand the range of recipes you can tackle, and greatly improve the quality of your cooking and baking.
You can make whipped cream with no special attachments with at least some immersion blenders. I can make hummus or breadcrumbs in either my blender or food processor, but i stick to the food processor for making gyro meat.
If you’re a baking enthusiast, you’ve probably cracked a can or two of sweetened condensed milk in your time—it’s a key player in some of our favorite pies, cakes, and sticky-sweet sauces. But few people are as accustomed to cooking with its milder, milkier, unsweetened cousin: Evaporated milk—canned, shelf-stabilized, low-moisture cow’s milk—offers the same thick, rich texture of condensed milk without the added sugars, making it ideal for more savory preparations (and a handful of sweet ones to boot). Here’s a look at just how handy it can be.