Cooking appliances with multiple uses include food processors, ovens that double as grills, electric grinders, slow cookers and electric multi-cookers. Beverage center appliances also serve multiple purposes such as a wine cooling rack, a warmer for coffee and hot tea, and a refrigerator.
Food processors have become a staple in kitchens because they have the capability to slice fruits, shred vegetables and chop nuts. Food processors can handle prep work such as mixing dough or combining ingredients for coleslaw. The multi-functional appliance is equipped with several, varying blades and a combination of speeds and settings.
Slow cookers and multi-cookers can cook a stew on a low setting for eight hours or roast an entire meal within just a few hours on a high setting. Many multi-cookers are equipped with inserts for deep frying, pressure cooking, steaming and rice cooking. In addition, slow cookers are available in sets of two or three connected cooking pots, so a side dish and main course can be cooked side by side.
Grinders can simplify meal prep by grinding coffee for a morning pot or spices for meal prep. Some ovens also serve as a multi-functional appliance and feature options to bake cakes, cookies and brownies, but they also have the capability to grill meat for the main course.