Check out my new kitchen appliance guide here. The guide shows the appliances I use regularly, one that can make cooking easier, better, and more fun. Some save time and some save money. The list starts with my new favorite tool, the one that lets me make food at home that I used to only get at expensive restaurants or special events. Another will help protect your hearing and maybe encourage you to dance in the kitchen. I hope you’ll find it useful whether you are giving gifts, making a wish list, or equipping your own kitchen. [Post updated after the Black Friday / Cyber Monday retail storm passed.]
Five Six Black Friday Bargains 2017
The list below shows the 2017 Black Friday bargains on the list. I have mixed feelings about Black Friday. I agree with REI: we should go outside or otherwise continue our thankfulness from Thanksgiving. (Hope you had a wonderful celebration!) On the other hand, some of the spectacular online bargains make useful tools affordable. These could save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours next year. So I looked for deals on my recommended appliances to save you time today. I’ll did this again for Cyber Monday. Check them out if you want.
Update: my Taster just found a sweet deal on the Bose noise-canceling headphones for $179– save your hearing and $120 (40%). Choose Apple or Android/Samsung in the options. This are the wired versions, but they will connect to a phone so you can still dance around in the kitchen.
Notes: I rounded the numbers because I’d rather think about $82 than $81.99. If you buy anything through the links on this page or the guide, you will be supporting Cook for Good at no extra cost to you.
Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Cooker. Get the Instant Pot DUO 8-quart for only $81.99. It is a quiet and programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, skillet, yogurt maker, and warmer. I got this same version on a previous sale.
Simple Slow Cooker — Only $15. Save $10 (40%)
A manual 3-Quart Crock Pot cooks dried beans and stews like a champ. Compared to an Instant Pot, a slow cooker takes up less space and is easier to clean. It costs a lot less but only has one function.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer — Only $199. Save $150 (save 43%)
KitchenAid makes the mother of all stand mixers. Growing up, I saw this as the ultimate sign of a well-equipped kitchen. Now it’s key to whisking aquafaba into egg-free meringues and other fluffy confections. Whipping aquafaba takes between six and fifteen minutes, long enough to make your arm practically fall off if you are using a hand mixer. Great for cake batter, frosting, and even kneading bread dough. I recommend the KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer.
Zojirushi Mini Breadmaker — Only $176. Save $57 (24%)
I make bread at least twice a week in my Zojirushi bread machine. I save three or four dollars with every loaf, compared to store-bought organic bread. And my house smells great in the morning! The model I got through Craigslist has been discontinued, but an adorable, affordable one is on sale: the one-pound Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker.
Aeropress — Only $24. Save $6 (20%).
Be your own barista with the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker. Save thousands of dollars a year by switching from Starbucks to homemade. With the Aeropress, you can easily make top-quality coffee for friends. (You’ll need a way to boil water, too. A pot on the stove will do or see my appliance guide for an excellent electric kettle.
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