Small appliance hacks you probably don’t know – but should

Our top tips for saving while you cook.

Get a multi-use pressure cooker

A multi-use pressure cooker, such as an Instant Pot, is one small appliance that can be used for a number of functions, from sautéing, to slow cooking, and pressure cooking.

Quick tips

  • Pre-freeze meals and cook from frozen
  • Stack items to cook multiple things at once
  • Pop popcorn (healthier than the microwave version, and less energy than the stove)
  • One pot meals
  • Convert all your favourite recipes to the instant pot

Our favourite recipe: Instant pot spaghetti Bolognese

Use a toaster oven

Toaster ovens can function exactly like a regular oven, while using less energy

Quick tips

  • Baked eggs in individual ramekins
  • Put the rack up to and the tray below to cook two things at once
  • Cook bacon on a tray in the oven
  • 6 cup muffin trays are your friend – they fit perfectly in a toaster oven for muffins, cupcakes, or even mini frittatas

Our favourite recipes: Toaster oven frittata and Tuna casserole

Try a microwave

We know that microwaves are quick, but don’t always think of them as a way to make tasty food, but less energy doesn’t have to mean less taste.

Quick tips

  • Corn on the cob
  • Every kind of egg – hardboiled, scrambled, even poached!
  • Dessert in a mug – individual serving sizes, save time and energy
  • Microwaving lemons or limes for a few seconds make them easier to juice
  • Microwaving garlic makes for easy peeling

Our favourite recipe: Microwave chocolate mug cake