Electrical cooking appliances make it much easier and quicker to prepare meals after a long day. However, when incorporating them into your kitchen, electricians state you should make sure the room and specific outlet can handle the increase in wattage. Once you know that and how to use your new tool, you shouldn’t have any issues.
3 Helpful Kitchen Appliances & Their Wattage Requirements
1. Sous Vide
It seems intimidating at a glance, but sous vide, which means “under vacuum,” cooking has recently been incorporated into more and more homes. Place your protein and any herbs and spices in a vacuum-sealed bag and drop it into a large pot of water.
The sous vide machine will use a heated metal coil to warm the water to a constant temperature setting, meaning the meat will take a little longer to cook but will be perfectly prepared when it’s done. Electricians advise caution when adding this machine to an outlet with another appliance already in use. It requires 800 watts to 900 watts, which is half of the typical outlet — 15A by 120V — allowance.
2. Food Processor
If you like working in the kitchen, then a food processor is a must-have electrical appliance. It’s wonderful for speeding up many steps, including chopping, shredding, slicing, or julienning vegetables. You can also use it to make purees, sauces, and dips.
Depending on the model, a food processor can require between 500 watts and 720 watts to operate. So, you shouldn’t be worried about plugging it in. However, check the wattage of any additional electrical appliances.
3. Pressure Cooker
People have been pressure cooking for decades, but it’s only in recent years that it’s become so ubiquitous. This is because modern appliances have made it much safer and easier for everyday cooks to do. Best of all, these tools actually help to free up some counter and cabinet space because they are designed to perform numerous functions, including slow cooking, sautéing, braising, and steaming.
After a quick tutorial, you’ll be making all of your meals in this time-saving device. Always practice caution when using a pressure cooker. They can easily consume 1,000 watts to 2,000 watts. Electricians recommend checking if your kitchen outlets can provide this power before investing in one.
Upgrading your appliances can make cooking much easier, just make sure your kitchen is prepared to handle the electrical workload. Contact E-Con Electric, Inc. to ensure you aren’t operating at electrical capacity and can safely use your tools. Since 1970, these residential and commercial electricians have provided high-quality electrical maintenance and installations to Wisconsin Rapids and the rest of Wisconsin. Call them today at (715) 423-8440 for a free estimate or for emergency assistance. You can learn more about their services by visiting their website.