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Three Kitchen Appliances You Never Knew You Needed

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Kitchen appliances don't have to include just your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. You can create a luxury, high-end kitchen with the addition of some extra appliances you never knew you needed. If you are considering a kitchen remodel or are looking to replace your suite of kitchen appliances, here are a few unique items you may want to include in your new kitchen setup.

Under-Counter Ice Maker

Your refrigerator's ice maker might be good for a single glass of icy water or lemonade, but an under-counter ice maker provides you with lots of flexibility for preparing food and serving drinks. An under-counter ice maker comes in handy when you want to whip up a batch of margaritas or iced tea, and it also makes it easy to prepare shrimp cocktail and other cold seafood dishes. When placed behind your breakfast bar, a built-in ice maker can transform part of your kitchen into a drink station at dinner parties and gatherings.

Warming Drawers

Warming drawers serve a range of functions, and until you have one in your kitchen, you may not realize just how handy they are. Warming drawers can be used to warm dishes for serving your best creations to dinner party guests, keeping the plates nice and warm as they arrive at the table. This brings a layer of restaurant-quality service to your serving table. You can also use your warming drawer to keep a plate of food warm for someone who is late for dinner, or you can use it as a staging area to keep side dishes warm as you prepare the main course for a holiday meal. Place a loaf of bread or a few rolls in the warming drawer before dinner to have warm bread with your meal every night.

Built-In Beverage Coolers

If you do a lot of entertaining, it may be worth it to consider a built-in beverage cooler. Instead of using your refrigerator to hold beer, soda, juices and mixers for parties, you can use a beverage cooler for your drinks. This keeps beverages stored at their optimum temperature while leaving your refrigerator free for fruit and vegetable platters and other entertaining essentials. These small coolers resemble wine coolers or small refrigerators, and they usually feature clear doors so you can find what you want before opening the door. Place your beverage cooler close to your under-counter ice maker to create a one-stop drink station in your kitchen.

When you are ready to upgrade your kitchen appliance collection, consider these three items as part of your new setup. They'll make entertaining and meal prep easy in ways you might not have thought about before. Contact Ray's Appliances or another appliance store near you for details.