We all have these sorts of things right? Things from your new country that you’ll never be able to live without, even if you move away again. For me, this list starts with stroopwafels, but a new player now rivals the top of my list: an Electric Kettle.
If you’re not American, you’re probably asking yourself what’s the big deal? If you are American, allow me to explain what’s so awesome about this humble piece of kitchen equipment. I need boiled water a lot. I make tea nearly every day for myself and my husband. I cook pasta at least once a week. And I frequently eat soups and ramen noodles for lunch since hot lunch is always superior to cold. With a kettle or pot on the stove, I have to wait a considerable amount of time to warm said water. With the electric kettle, it’s practically ready in an instant. Who knew?
Of course the downside is that the faster access to boiling water is throwing off my cooking rhythm.
I actually decided to bite the bullet because Aldi was selling these nice looking metal kettles for a mere 20 euros. It has a separate base for heating, auto-switch-off, and a metal filter since apparently electric kettles can build up grit over time (or something). Based on some research I’d done over the holidays, these are all features I’d have to pay a lot more for if I purchased it in a regular store. But despite being a shot in the dark, it runs very well, if noisily, and I have really been putting it through its paces with tea every night, pasta dishes, and even hot water for the Chinese glutenous rice balls we had for dessert yesterday. We’ll have to see if it holds up for the long haul.
And I know I’ll never live without one again.
Silly of me? Maybe, but I really love having this tool in my kitchen. And it took moving abroad to a country where people think I’m mad for not having one to actually convince me to give it a try.