I've got some funky kitchen gadgets to share with you today. Futuristic and space-age were the words that first came to mind when I saw them! Strangely given that we are now in December it was six months ago at a Christmas in July press show that I first came across the Üutensil brand. They are a British design company that create exciting, innovative and award winning kitchen products. They really do stand out in your kitchen and have been exhibited in the Design Museum. Pretty much any of their products would make the perfect stocking filler for the foodie that has everything! I've been trying out three of them - stirr, super smash and spudnik. Even the names are cool. In addition to being super stylish I would imagine that all the items I tried would be really useful for those who have reduced use of mobility or power in their hands for whatever reason.
|Porridge, Juniper Berries, Tatties & Neep!|
First up is the spudnik (rrp £7.99) If you hadn't worked it out already it is in fact a potato masher. Goodness knows what the Smash aliens would make of it! Rather than pound your potatoes the flower design of the spudnik is rotated and rolled around in the pan. It makes a mundane task rather therapeutic. Definitely much easier to clean and none of the clogging of a traditional masher. It did take me a wee while to master the required technique and produce a perfect mash, old habits clearly die hard. Available in Olive and Magenta.
Super Smash (rrp £27.99) does exactly what it says on the tin and and reinvents the Mortar & Pestle. A larger pestle with a bigger surface area fits exactly into the curves of the mortar. Much like the Spudnik, rather than pounding you use your palm to rotate the pestle. This make the whole process of grinding spices much more efficient in terms of both time and effort. Some clever grooves have been added to the base of the pestle which help keep whole spices in place at the beginning of the grinding process. A big thumbs up to no longer having to chase stray peppercorns around the kitchen! Super Smash is a generous 12cm across but for smaller jobs has a little brother Smash (rrp £19.99) I can't wait to see how Super Smash handles making Wild Garlic Pesto in the spring on a Bear Hunt.
Last up is Stirr (rrp £16.99) This is an automatic pan stirrer. No more slaving over a hot stove! At the push of a button it rotates and travels around your pan leaving you free to
put your feet up get on with doing something else. It runs on 4 x AA batteries and the plastic stirring legs are removable and dishwasher safe. There are three speed settings which are operated via an easy one handed push button on the top. Ideal for soups, sauces, gravy, porridge, custard and more. Basically anything that requires constant stirring. I was really excited about this one, as was Foodie Boy who had already spotted it being reviewed on You Tube by some of his favourite vloggers. It does what it's been designed for but for me there were a couple of downsides as it is rather noisy, especially when at full speed and stops rotating when the foodstuffs get too thick. A wee bit of a novelty item so I won't be throwing away my porridge spurtle quite yet!
Üutensil have provided a stirr, super smash and spudnik RRP £52.97 as a giveaway for readers of Foodie Quine. Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. To enter, let me know in a comment
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