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Small appliance cooking hacks

Our top tips for saving while you cook.

Try 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.

Pressure cooker hacks

  • 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)

  • Cook everything at the same time with one pot meals

  • Convert all your favourite recipes to the instant pot

Use a toaster oven

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

Toaster oven hacks

  • Baked eggs in individual ramekins

  • Toast nuts for a healthy snack

  • Bake small batches of cookies or vegetable chips

  • Use the toaster oven to bake or warm breads, biscuits and loaves

  • Use a 6 cup muffin tray for muffins, cupcakes, or even mini frittatas

Try an air fryer

By frying with hot air instead of oil, air fryers provide a faster, healthier way to enjoy your favourite fried foods. They also use less electricity. But they can also do all kinds of other things.

Air fryer hacks

  • Homemade potato chips

  • Air-fry your favourite dessert like cookies or lava cake

  • Fry up perfectly crispy bacon

  • Air-fry fresh vegetables for tasty texture

  • Reheat leftovers and bring the original dish back to life (especially fried food)

  • Donuts and bagels - yes, really!

Don't forget the microwave

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

Microwave hacks

  • Microwave cold lemons or limes for 15 seconds to make them easier to juice

  • Microwave garlic for 15-20 seconds for easy peeling

  • Save time and cook your corn on the cob in the mircrowave

  • Dry herbs

  • Whip up individual size dessert in a mug

Need ideas for dinner tonight? Check out our small appliance recipe roundup for inspiration.

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Which small appliance are you going to use more often?

  • Pressure cooker
  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave
  • Air fryer
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