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If you still have counter space, there’s not enough appliances.

How did anyone do any decent cooking before electricity was a thing? There ain’t that much you can do over an open flame, at least not that I know of. There’s smoking stuff, I guess, but that’s really more for making snacks like jerky than full on meals (though again, I am not an expert). Here’s what I do know, however: cooking appliances are cool. It’s like regular cooking, but with more science, and I dare you to name me something that isn’t better with more science. If you’d like your kitchen to have a little more science (and I know you do), consider these nifty appliances.

Cuisinart Steam & Convection Oven

Much like air frying, steaming is a great alternative to more traditional cooking methods. It’s quicker, preserves nutritional content, and is easy to clean up. This steam and convection oven can steam up a tasty plate of fish, bake bread, and reheat leftovers. Best of all, you can use the water that’s already in the tank to clean it!

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Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System

If there’s two things that provide stability to our mad little world, it’s coffee and tea. I know for a fact that my dad can’t start his day without a fresh cup o’ the strong stuff, and I love a relaxing mug of green tea. Ninja’s famous system can make all kinds of coffee and teas piping hot in just a few minutes. It’s even got a frother attachment if you like your drinks extra creamy.

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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Any blender can mush up some fruit. It takes a real piece of machinery to completely and utterly decimate whatever you throw at it, and that’s what a Vitamix is for. This bad boy is the Rolls Royce of blenders, able to blend fruit, nuts, peanut butter, or whatever else you can think of into the smoothest smoothies imaginable. This blender’s steel blades are so tough, they can even blend bread dough, something most blenders can’t handle.

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Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

I would not want to live in a world without ice cream. It’s simply unthinkable. Luckily, devices like this compressor deliver it in surplus, and all is right with the world. Just dump your favorite flavorings in, wait a while, and presto, fresh ice cream. And if you’re vegan or otherwise opposed to milk, not to worry; it does sorbet, too!

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Presto Dehydro Food Dehydrator

I mentioned smoked foods earlier, and smoking is a good way to prep stuff for storage, but it also requires knowledge of fire management. Instead of that, just use this nifty dehydrator. Fruits, veggies, meat, whatever; if it can fit, it can be dehydrated. Great for prepping emergency snacks, or for when you just want something soft and chewy to eat.