Check out these gadgets to help with holiday meals!
‘Tis the season for home chefs to cook up a storm of family feasts and delicious desserts. Even the most experienced chef can feel the pressure of cooking the perfect holiday meal. Whether you find yourself taking on cooking duties or just admiring the sights and smells from the sidelines, take some of the pressure off with these helpful and tech-savvy cooking tools.
StirrTime by Uutensil
The perfect tool for distracted chefs everywhere, the StirrTime is a cordless automatic stirrer. The legs are dishwasher safe and heat resistant up to around 248°F. Just set it in your pot of sauce, soup, or gravy and it will stir continuously for up to 10 minutes thanks to the built-in timer function. The motor turns the legs in both directions while rotating to mimic natural stirring action. Even when the timer goes off, the device will continue stirring while it blinks to alert you.
Meet the first wireless smart thermometer, Meater. The meat probe features dual temperature sensors to monitor both internal meat temperature as well as the ambient temperature delivered directly to your mobile device via the Meater app. The app is easy to use and will quickly guide you through the process by letting you select the type of meat and desired doneness. The Meater is the perfect tool for keeping an eye on the grill or smoker without having to hover over it the whole day. Just check the app and know instantly when your food is ready to pull and serve.
Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
In addition to looking incredibly stylish, the Stagg EKG Electric Kettle makes boiling water a breeze. If you’re attempting to brew the perfect cup of tea or coffee, or even heat some water for cooking, the Stagg will heat your water in a flash. Just turn the knob to your desired temperature (from 135°F to 212°F) and the Stagg takes care of the rest.
An extra feature worth mentioning is Stagg’s ability to maintain the temperature for up to an hour. If you’re constantly running back for refills, your water will be ready to go whenever you are. There’s even a secret video game hidden in the LCD screen to keep you occupied while you wait.
Digital Kitchen Scale and Measuring Cup by KitchenMetrics
Combining the precision of a food scale with the versatility of a measuring cup, this aptly named device takes the guesswork out of complex recipes. The large LCD display is easy to read and has an automatic shut-off. The removable measuring cup holds up to 4 cups making it easy to use and clean.
The scale can even be used independently or zeroed out as more ingredients are added to improve the workflow. Not too shabby for a fancy measuring cup.
YayLabs! Softshell Ice Cream Ball
Admittedly, this device is more fun than functional, but if you have kids in the house while you’re cooking and you want to keep them occupied homemade ice cream is a decent distraction. Mix some simple ingredients, lock the ball shut with the easy flip back handle, and let the kids go wild with it for about 20-30 minutes. Once they’ve worked up an appropriate appetite, unlock the ball and serve. It makes approximately one pint of ice cream at a time. The whole device is even BPA-free and dishwasher safe. Yay indeed!