5 of the best time-saving kitchen appliances

These gadgets will not only cut down on time spent in the kitchen, they'll take some of the labour out of cooking your favourite meals.

Love or hate cooking, these appliances are so handy to have on hand and will make preparing food for your family so much easier (and not to mention, faster) on you.

Kmart pull chopper, $6

People are going crazy for this super-affordable kitchen gadget from Kmart that runs without electricity. You can easily chop vegetables, herbs, fruits or cheese deftly and without getting your hands dirty. It's also compact and completely portable, which makes it the perfect companion for camping or travelling.

Bellini 5.5L Sear Slow Cooker, $39

Slow-cooking is the way of the future. Yes, it takes way longer to actually cook the meal - but as far as time-saving goes, you'll be winning if you have a slow cooker that can sear meat, like this one from Target. A lot of the meals you can prepare in a slow cooker are set-and-forget, so you can pop all your ingredients in and walk away. However, if you're in the market for one, making sure it has a searing function means you don't have to pre-cook your meat in another pan, which means less washing up!

Ninja Foodi, $399

It claims to cook food up to 70 per cent faster than traditional cooking methods - so of course we had to include the Ninja Foodi. It has a pressure cooker, air fryer and slow cooker function, and when used together, allows you to create some delicious one-pot meals. Interchangeable lids let you pressure cook food and then crisp it up. Plus, there's less guilt when making fried foods, as you can enjoy them being hot and crunchy with up to 75 per cent less fat than traditional frying methods. 

Panasonic hard-crust bread maker, $469

This appliance really takes the effort and the guesswork out of baking bread. You can easily and automatically create delicious, authentic loaves with a crispy crust from your kitchen at home. The hard-crust bread maker replicates kneading techniques and has two clever sensors that work in unison to ensure the dough rises consistently during the baking process and adjusts accordingly to achieve the optimum internal temperature.

Thermomix TM6, $2269

Arguably the most well-known multi-cooker in the world, a Thermomix is one of the biggest investments you can make in regards to kitchen appliances. Used in commercial kitchens all around the world - as well as enjoyed by those who aren't into creating meals for themselves, this machine can perform 20 different functions, including fermentation, slow cooking, sous-vide and high-temperature cooking, as well as linking up through wifi to a database of over 50,000 recipes that give you simple instructions at the touch of a button.

For healthy food ideas, stream or watch Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start, Mondays, 8.30pm on Lifestyle.

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