Kitchen gadgets that will practically make the food themselves
It’s time to try something new kitchen gadgets. Retire your drab old whistle-cooker and wok, and bring home smart appliances that use the best of technology to make cooking easy. We tell you of the best ones.
Kitchen Gadget: Prepd pack
The Prepd Pack lunch box is a smart one with an app that helps you plan and prepare your lunch, and track your food’s nutritional value so you can control what you eat. The start-up began as a Kickstarter project to raise $25,000 and ended up raising more than a million dollars for reimagined lunches.
The main case is an elegant rectangular box that can house a versatile modular system of containers with smart magnetic cutlery. The highlight is, of course, the app (free for iOS, Android) which helps you prepare lunches in advance. Prepd has tied up with chefs and nutritionists to create a library of prep-friendly recipes tailored for a broad range of diets, appetites and health goals. The app also makes a shopping list based on your choice of lunches for the week, and tracks calories. It can connect to other health apps like HealthKit on iOS, to track your health and fitness.
Kitchen Gadget: Morphy richards sauté and soup maker
Love fresh, home-made soups? This 1.6-litre jug-shaped gadget is dedicated to soups. All you need to do is sauté the ingredients, then add vegetables and stock and close the lid, and your soup is ready in 20 minutes.
The smooth programming blends the soup while the chunky one offers a thicker consistency. You can also manually control this feature with the blend button.
You can pause in the middle of a cooking cycle to open the lid and add seasoning. The gadget makes four servings. Once you’ve had the meal, all the jug needs is a quick rinse. Recipes can be found on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create app (free on iOS, Android).
Anova precision cooker
Sous vide or “under vacuum” in French is a process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag and then cooking it to a precise temperature immersed in water. This technique has become popular with home chefs around the world.
The Anova precision cooker makes it easy to use the sous vide technique through its attached app.
All you have to do is clip the gadget into a pot full of water. Then, within the Anova app (free for iOS and Android), choose what you’re cooking, set the time and temperature, put the food into a ziplock bag and clip on to the side of the pot. With over 1,000 recipes in the app, you’ll rarely be at a loss.
Kitchen Gadget: Usha Infiniticook halogen oven
This is a combination of a transparent oven and air fryer which can be used for baking, grilling, roasting, air frying, thawing, slow cooking, braising, barbequing, toasting and air drying. It has a circular filament filled with halogen gas to create intense heat. It is a little more than 8kg in weight and offers two levels of cooking with a total capacity of 17 litres so you can roast the veggies and pizza together.
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