Test kitchen appliances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Are you stuck in a rut with your kitchen appliances and cooking the same meals week after week?

You just need a few accessories to take your grilling, multi-cooking and air frying to the next level and here comes the best part. You can do it for less than $30!

Consumer Reports tests thousands of products in its labs, from appliances to paint and decking materials, to robotic vacuum cleaners and of course new cars and trucks.

But sometimes Consumer Reports experts bring products home where they use them just like you would. That’s exactly what Tanya Christian and other Consumer Reports editors have done with accessories for air fryers, multicookers and grills.

“I checked ten popular accessories for my air fryer and a few were missing, like that waffle pan that was too shallow and that paper liner that can come loose and fly into the heating element, but I had a few favourites,” said Christian. .

Like a steel skewer rack for kebabs! The rack suspends marinated meats so they are crispy on all sides.

If your least favorite part of air frying is cleaning drips out of the trash, a silicone stock pot is a great solution. It allows air to circulate around food, then goes in the dishwasher to clean.

Your multicooker can pressure cook, simmer, simmer, and sear. Consumer Reports pro called this silicone steamer stand a “game changer.” Lock a steamer basket on it and your food steamed beautifully. You can safely lift and remove meals using the handles.

“If you love cheesecake like me, this 7.5-inch springform cake pan is a must,” Consumer Reports Perry Santanachote told Consumer Reports. “It makes cheesecake so much better and easier in the multicooker than in the oven.”

And for grilling, Consumer Reports Paul Hope checked out a slew of accessories, and these stood out.

“When I’m cooking for a crowd, I usually smoke big chunks of meat,” Hope said. “The silicone BBQ gloves allow me to easily move meat around the grill surface or even remove it from the heat onto a serving platter.”

The Traegar rib rack is also a favorite. It holds eight racks of ribs on their edge so they can cook without burning and saves rack space for other foods.

There is one grill accessory that you need to replace regularly and that is your grill brush. Worn bristles can break off and stick to the grill, then get into your food.

So if your brush is missing bristles or if the brush is worn or deformed, don’t take the risk and buy a new one.

Karl M. Bailey