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7 Clever Kitchen Essentials to Level Up Your Cooking Game

If you’re looking to make mealtimes a breeze and give your kitchen a nice, modern upgrade, look no further! Join us as we discover 7 clever kitchen essentials carefully curated to streamline your cooking experience and level up your culinary skills. Perfect for busy families on the go, these must-have kitchen gadgets and appliances are all about making your kitchen work smarter, not harder.

Kitchen essentials for all budgets

Dive into our curated list of 7 essential kitchen tools, featuring everything from versatile stand mixers to innovative air fryers. Designed to simplify your cooking routine while adding a touch of elegance to your kitchen, these must-haves are the bomb!


7 kitchen essentials to level up your cooking game

Whether you’re whipping up a quick meal, experimenting with new recipes or whipping up a bunch of after-school snacks for the kids, these kitchen essentials are sure to help make your kitchen life much easier!

KitchenAid 4.7L Artisan Stand Mixer KSM195 Dried Rose

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST STAND MIXER
PRICE: $1,049
WHERE TO BUY: KitchenAid

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The number one spot has to be reserved for the number 1 mixer* in the world, the KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer. With premium touch points, this incredible stand mixer features 10 speeds to gently knead, mix and whip ingredients into a wide range of delicious recipes. You can make everything from fresh pasta and veggie noodles for the kids to decadent desserts and home-made ice cream (for you, of course!)

This world-class stand mixer comes with 4.7 and 2.8-litre stainless steel bowls and an exclusive accessory pack. Featuring a flex-edge beater, pastry beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield, this handy attachment hub features over 18 optional attachments to make everyday prep tasks quick and easy.

Best of all, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 10 gorgeous colours designed to suit your kitchen decor. The hardest part will be deciding which colour to choose! Plus, you can also personalise your KitchenAid with complimentary engraving – how sweet is that?!

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Magimix Cook Expert

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST MULTIFUNCTIONAL THERMOCOOKER
PRICE: $2,499
WHERE TO BUY: MAGIMIX

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The Magimix Cook Expert is your one-stop kitchen superhero! Ditch the bulky appliances and say hello to clean countertops, fuss-free meal prep, and easy cooking!

From the iconic French brand Magimix, this large-capacity, multifunctional thermocooker chops, slices, steams, sears, simmers, and even kneads dough! Perfect for busy families, it can make fresh, healthy meals without all the hard work. Its smart temperature control and induction heating mean you’ll get perfect results every time, and with the new Cocotte slow-cooking attachment (sold separately), you can even slow-cook stews and soups to perfection.

What we love best is that this multifunctional thermocooker will replace your stand mixer, food processor, blender, steamer, slow cooker and soup maker. It can keep food warm for two hours (perfect for when the kids are late home from soccer training!) and provides ‘hands-free’ cooking for up to four hours, creating effortless family meals. It even cleans itself using an auto-rinse option! Now if only it could make the bed and hang out the washing!

Your Magimix Cook Expert isn’t just any ordinary appliance—it’s your kitchen’s best friend for life! With a 30-year motor guarantee, your new ‘French chef’ will ensure you can spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen.

MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER
WHAT: FREE $649 COCOTTE SLOW COOKING ACCESSORY
HOW:  WITH COOK EXPERT PURCHASE
DATE: 1ST MAY TO 28TH JULY 2024

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Joseph Joseph Switch 2-in-1 Peeler

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST PEELER
PRICE: $19.95
WHERE TO BUY: Howards Storage World

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Joseph Joseph are synonymous with cutting-edge designs and practical kitchenware, and this Switch™ 2-in-1 Peeler is no exception! Whether you’re peeling potatoes, carrots, apples or making veggie ribbons, this peeler is a must for any kitchen.

Its innovative Y-shape design is easy to grip and use (perfect for anyone with arthritis or low muscle tone). It features both a classic straight blade and a Julienne stainless steel blade—you can peel and Julienne all in one!

Switching blades is a breeze, too – just rotate the head to choose your blade and start peeling. It even includes a convenient potato eye remover. Meal prep really does become effortless with this practical kitchen tool by Joseph Joseph, available at Howards.

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NoStik Kitchen Range

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST NONSTICK COOKING ACCESSORIES
PRICE: FROM $7.95
WHERE TO BUY: Howards Storage World

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Introducing NoStik, an innovative range of reusable and nonstick cooking accessories designed to keep kitchen appliances clean and make cooking and cleaning hassle-free. Each reusable product cleverly protects your much-loved appliances and cookware from getting greased up, marked, or burned — and is perfect for time-poor parents!

The range includes air fryer liners, reusable baking and protecting sheets, toastie bags, omelette liners, induction hob protectors, and even heavy-duty oven protectors. Say goodbye to scrubbing the bottom of the oven, these clever nonstick accessories are absolute kitchen saviours for every kitchen.

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Wiltshire Bakeware Enamel Range

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST BAKEWARE
PRICE: FROM $11 to $38
WHERE TO BUY: WILTSHIRE AUSTRALIA

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With a touch of nostalgia and style to match, the Wiltshire Bakeware enamel range is perfect to take from the oven to the table. This stunning range has a beautiful, double-coated porcelain enamel finish and is built to last, with a hand-painted rim to give it a sweet, rustic touch.

Whether you’re a beginner cook or a well-seasoned expert chef, your ‘ah-ha’ moment begins with the right bakeware, and with Withshire’s bakeware enamel range, you can’t go wrong. From sweet pie dishes serving up golden, flaky goodness to non-stick bake trays and brownie pans, there is something for every home baker. Each product in the enamel range is dishwasher safe,  oven safe to 240°C and boasts a three-year guarantee.

So, enjoy a one-pan, oven-baked wonder or present any dish with flair at your next family dinner with the homely and nostalgic Wiltshire Bakeware enamel kitchen essentials.

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Instant Vortex Plus Versazone XXL Air Fryer 8.5L

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST AIR FRYER
PRICE: $399
WHERE TO BUY: INSTANT BRANDS

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Whether it’s a feast for the family or different meals for fussy kids, the Instant Vortex Plus Versazone XXL Air Fryer can cook two meals simultaneously. Unlike traditional air fryers, this beauty boasts the flexibility to use included drawer dividers to separate into two cooking zones or keep it as one main meal with the larger basket!

If that’s not enough, the intelligent SyncCook function effortlessly coordinates the drawers to finish at the same time, letting you spend more quality time with your family and less time prepping in the kitchen! With its genius EvenCrisp airflow technology, you’ll use 95 per cent less oil than deep frying, while ensuring crisp and tender results every time. Nothing is better than that classic crunch, is there?!

Once you’re done, the clever design makes clean-up a breeze too! Its non-stick cooking basket, tray and dividers are dishwasher safe, so load them in, put your feet up and enjoy a bit of extra time to yourself while you can. It really does speed up cooking time and reduce cleanup!

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Hexclad Hybrid Cookware Range

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST COOKWARE RANGE
PRICE: FROM $159
WHERE TO BUY: HEXCLAD

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Endorsed by world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, the HexClad hybrid cookware range is a game-changer in kitchen essentials. With unbeatable searing power, this tough cookware range can handle anything that’s thrown at them.

Featuring an almost indestructible surface, the HexClad range requires minimal maintenance and is built to last. Best of all, its lifetime warranty means you can pass them down to your kids (and grandkids) for future generations to enjoy.

The HexClad hybrid cookware range heats evenly and can handle the most delicate dishes with minimal oil and absolutely no sticking. Chefs around the world rave about its durability and incredible hybrid cooking, and is constantly inspiring home cooks everywhere!

This amazing cookware range has perfect temperature control for even cooking and consistent results, stay-cool handles, and the clean-up is ‘effortless’, according to Chef Ramsay. Now that’s saying something! This elegant range of kitchen essentials includes nonstick pans, woks, pots and more. Perfect or a first cookware set or even as a wedding gift!

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So there you have it. Our latest Mum Central kitchen essentials to add simplicity, efficiency and take the headache out of after school snacks, delicious dinners or decadent dinner parties.

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As a busy writer and mama of two little wildlings, Kylie knows what it's like to juggle All The Things. When she's not politely ushering out small children from her Zoom calls, her favourite place is snuggled on the couch with her family and a (probably lukewarm!) cuppa.

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