Now we all love our kitchen gadgets but how often have you got caught up in the moment, bought a shiny new products only to shove it in a drawer for the rest of its mechanical life?
So we have asked the team at BBC Good Food Show Winter 2015 to give us their favourite whizz bang appliances which will actually make life easier in the kitchen or just look pretty cool on the worktop.
Lakeland Easy-Store Spiralizer
We know many parents who rave on about this particular gadget as a way of getting fussy kids to eat their vegetables.
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Stick in a courgette – or in fact any raw veg – turn of the handle and out pop some lovely loops. These can be a quick-cook substitute to noodles and spaghetti, make squiggly salads, or ribbons to eat as you please.
There are four different stainless steel blades and experts promise it’s easy to store and assemble and stays securely in place each time you use it thanks to its non-slip suction feet.
Sage The Fast Slow Pro
This is essentially a pressure cooker and slow cooker all rolled into one.
So it can cook different foods at different temperatures and pressures for different amounts of time.
It has a keep-warm function to ensure your food stays hot and ready to serve for up to two hours after it’s cooked.
There’s a wipe-clean moat, removable drip cup, removable 6 litre cooking bowl and a lid you can shove in the dishwasher.
Kenwood Chef Sense ‘Soft Pop’ collection
If you like baking cakes then one essential gadget in the kitchen has to be a food mixer – it saves getting your hands dirty and prevents arm ache!
This brand new collection has only just been launched and will look fabulous in a girly kitchen.
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This makes whipping up a cake on a Sunday a breeze, making it easier for the kids’ sweet treats to be homemade without any of the nasty additives.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System
We all hate throwing away food that’s reached its best-before date so this could be a pretty handy solution.
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This little gadget removes the air from your food to keep food fresh for up to five times longer, and so helps to reduce waste.
There are also accessories such as vacuum sealing canisters and lunch boxes – ideal for summer school days.
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Lakeland Fail-Safe Fondant Dessert Kit
If you can’t get a babysitter, why not impress your friends by having them over for a dinner-party treat? It’s easier than you might think to recreate this restaurant favourite at home.
Thoroughly tested to guarantee great results and give you absolute peace of mind, the Lakeland Fail-Safe Fondant Dessert Kit is a sure-fire way to make every single spoonful a truly melt-in-the-mouth experience.
Just follow the instructions carefully then sit back and enjoy all the oohs and aahs as guests tuck into their fabulous fondants.
Comprises six individual silicone pudding moulds and a silicone tray to make up to 12 fondant centres. Recipes included. Oven safe up to 240c. Dishwasher safe.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
These are the Rolls Royce of the mixer world – so if you want to impress the neighbours you may want one of these on your worktop.
It’s retro good looks and the smooth, rounded design put this mixer on top of many a kitchen wish list.
EasiYo Yoghurt Maker
Give the kids a healthy treat with no artificial ingredients, thanks to this nifty gadget.
It makes 1kg of delicious, nutritious yogurt and it’s packed with all the goodness of homemade!
There’s also the new EasiYo Mini Maker which is a smaller and more convenient size, making 500g of yoghurt.
• The BBC Good Food Show Winter takes place from November 26 to 29 at Birmingham NEC. Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Michael Roux Jr. and James Martin are a few of the experts who will be entertaining and educating throughout the weekend.
Advanced tickets start at £21.75 for adults and £10.75 for children, aged six to 17 (free on a Sunday, excluding entry to the Supertheatre). Children aged 0 – 5 are free every day and must sit on an adult’s lap in the Supertheatre.