Kitchen Tips: 16 Picks for a Healthy Kitchen (cont.)
Here are some larger, more expensive items on my most-wanted list of kitchen
- Gas Stove or Cooktop
Cost: Varies widely depending on type and brand.
I think you can control the heat better with gas. This is important when
making lower-fat sauces, which are a lot less forgiving than their high-fat
- Convection Oven
Cost: Varies widely, depending on type and brand.
A convection oven uses a fan to distribute heat evenly as your food bakes,
and it comes in especially handy for low-fat bakery recipes. You want to
slightly undercook lower-fat renditions of brownies and cookies so you'll
get the desired chewy texture. In my experience, you're less likely to
overcook these items when using a convection oven. I put a convection
oven/microwave in my test kitchen. My gas oven also has a feature that lets
you use convection heat by flipping a switch.
- Indoor Grill
Cost: Varies widely depending on type; up to $100 for a regular plug-in
Indoor grills produce a grilled look and taste for meats without the
potential higher cancer risk from the charring and flame flare-ups you get
with an outdoor grill. These come in several different types: the
top-and-bottom plug-in grills like the George Foreman; indoor/outdoor
grills; fancier stovetop attachments; and the kind that comes with a new
stove. When I invested in my Dynamic Cooking System stove/oven five years
ago, I had a lapse in judgment and chose the griddle feature instead of the
grill. How many times have I fired up this big ole' griddle over the past
five years? Zero. How many times have I wished I'd opted for the grill in
the center of my stove? I've stopped counting.
- A Good Mixer
Cost: Around $260.
I totally rely on my hard-core, "I can't believe how much it cost" standup
mixer. If you're trying to cook most of your meals at home, you need a good
mixer so you can make your own baked goods, mashed potatoes etc. Don't get
me wrong, a less-expensive hand mixer will do the job for some of your
recipes. But it's nice to have a mixer with a whisk or beater attachment,
and that is strong enough to take on bread dough or extra-thick cookie dough
without missing a beat. Some of the weaker hand mixers would go out with a
Published May 26, 2006.
Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and
the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and
conclusions are her own.
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