5 Small Kitchen Appliances that Everyone Needs for Entertaining

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If you love to entertain, you know what a struggle it can be to prepare and serve hors d'oeuvres for an intimate gathering and you don't even want to think about the amount of work it takes to cook a meal for a large group. But  don't worry, if you use some helpful tools you can easily entertain without a lot of stress and hassle.

Small kitchen appliances are great because they allow you to multi-task and quickly prepare your food. This means that you can spend less time trapped in the kitchen and more time mingling with your guests.

Here are a few appliances to look for:

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Blenders & Drink Mixers

Blenders and drink mixers allow you to make drinks for any type of party. These small appliances are ideal  for mixing cocktails, non-alcoholic mocktails, milkshakes and just about any other type of drink you can imagine. Look for models that come with a frontal spout for easy serving. If you're going to be mixing drinks with a lot of ice in them, look for a blender or drink maker with a pulse or ice crushing function for easy blending.

For some great food and drink recipes that you can make with your blender visit this page at BettyCrocker.com!

Ice Cream Makers

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An ice cream maker allow you to make you and your friend's favorite frozen treats. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. If you want to enjoy an authentic experience, look for an ice cream maker with a hand crank. If you prefer a model with modern-day conveniences, try to find a unit with a motor. This feature typically makes the ice cream maker a bit more expensive, but you can let the machine do the work for you.

For some easy directions on how to make your favorite dessert at home check out this fun infographic. It also includes some tasty recipes to try.

For other frozen treats, keep an eye out for appliances like a snow cone maker or a slushy maker.

Food Processors

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A food processor allows you to easily chop, shred or slice your ingredients. This small, versatile appliance makes grating, blending, mixing, and juicing easy. Some food processors can even be used for grinding coffee beans. You can also look for a model that comes with an attachment kit for even more versatility.

Meat Slicers, Grinders and Tenderizers

Often the most stressful part of cooking a meal is preparing the meat in your main dish. However, these appliances make it easy. Take a look at these tools to ensure your meat is perfectly prepared, cut and served at your next event.

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  • Meat tenderizers - This appliance will help you quickly and easily improve the taste and texture of your meat without wasting time pounding it to ensure it's tender and juicy. It's perfect for preparing any cut for the grill, boiler or oven.
  • Meat grinders - Instead of wondering what's in your cuts and what other ingredients are in your meat, use a meat grinder to grind your meat at home. This small appliance allows you to easily grind pork, chicken and beef for any meal. Many units also come with different coarseness levels, so you can have more versatility.
  • Meat slicers - This appliance is great for the day-to-day slicing of meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and breads. You can easily make a deli-style sandwich for a fraction of the cost. They're also especially handy for use during special occasions for quick and easy cutting.

Specialty Small Kitchen Appliances

Everyone loves homemade cotton candy, popcorn and fondues, especially when they're at parties. Instead of wasting money renting these small units year after year, look into purchasing your very own specialty appliances. Some units you may want to consider include cotton candy machines, popcorn makers, fondue fountains or hot dog makers. Your guests are sure to be impressed by these fun appliances.

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