There are those food lovers who just can’t have too many gadgets in the kitchen, and the latest one is always a thing of wonder and joy. At least for a week.
Sounds like kids at Christmas with the big toy of the year. Which they probably are, just on a different scale and might produce some good food in the interim. Here’s some ideas on what might be gadget heaven for them this year.
I can’t find a source for this in the UK, which probably gives bragging rights if you get one delivered (try Amazon.com, they have it and may deliver). But basically this has all the great features of a normal slow cooker plus you can adjust the cooking time and temperature, or switch it to just keep warm or even off from your phone. Although presumably it’s less impressive when you show you’re changing it from the office and no one can see what’s happening!
Again, scarcity might produce great bragging rights, as struggling at the moment to find a new one of these, but if you can, expect everyone to be in the kitchen to see it working! This breaks down the calories, fat, protein and carbs in your meals, whether you’re making them or bought them in. There’s a library of 300,000 items, you can track and store details of what you’ve eaten…can see them becoming easily obsessed!
Not everything needs to be wifi enabled, sometimes it just needs to be a different version of something classic that perhaps works better for the job in hand. These rasps from Cuisipro allow for grating of things like nuts, Parmesan and chocolate with ease, and with the built in plastic compartments with measuring units, you’ll have the right amount in no time. Available in fine or coarse, or a special one just for Parmesan.
Back to the wifi enabled! Now, I’m old enough to think this is a bit like an updated teas maid for coffee for the 21st century, but if they love coffee and gadgets then this might be the thing for them. The machine can be controlled from your phone or tablet, and can set the grind and the number of cups it makes. I like it for the Welcome Home mode, not to mention the Wake Up mode. Now, if only it made bread as well. But there’s a gadget for that too. This is from the same team that made the iKettle, so makes you wonder what next.
Now, this might not be the sexiest gadget around, but this sits on the bench in your kitchen, just waiting for when you’ve got a whole load of fat or used oil to get rid of. Rather than risk blocked drains by pouring it down the sink then this is a quick and easy way to get rid of it, in an unobtrusive way. Different as a gift, definitely useful. Depends how practical presents go down in your house.
This is a gadget for producing flavour and theatre, as this is the sort of smoker you see on things like Great British Menu, producing smoke filled cloches at the pass. This is for the food lover who likes flavour and drama, not to mention some serious cooking skills.
This has to be the ultimate toaster. It has an easy quick look function, a progress indicator (perfect if you’re making scrambled eggs or a fry up to go with it), and a beep for when it’s done. It’s got a deep and wide slot to adapt to different kinds of bread. It’s also more than £100 which is more than my last three toasters added together. But still…if it’s a gadget they want…it is Christmas after all.
Let’s hope they get more out of these gadgets than the average kid from the average toy of the year. Or at least you get some good coffee and toast through till New Year.