There's a huge number of fabulous gadgets that can make your life easier but it usually comes down to money and space which ones are going to make it into your kitchen. Over the years I’ve bought many of them and some have impressed me and some haven’t, so to save you time and cash I put together this little guide and picked my top 4 gadgets.
Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo
Just recently I’ve bought one of the best gadgets that’s impressed me so much I’ve got rid of my high speed Omniblender, Ninja personal blender and mini food processor and replaced it with the Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo – NN100UK. Currently it’s on offer from QVC for under £100 with a 30 money back guarantee.
I’ve made my fermented nut cheese in it and it just amazed me how easy it was to use and clean. Just one press of a button and it pulses automatically for you. Admittedly I did scrape down the sides and repeated the blending but compared to using a Vitamix or Omniblend the process was a doddle. It’s got 4 blades instead of the usual 2 which means it chops/blends more evenly. Cleaning was super easy too with nothing wasted which is a bonus considering the price of nuts these days.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6 Litre, 1000 W
I’ve been a fan of slow cookers for years and especially since I started making my own bone broth. However, the smell and potential for lead to leach from the enamelled surface into the food got me to have a re-think. I’d been discovering the health benefits of pressure cooking beans and pulses to remove more lectins and phytic acid (stops you absorbing minerals from your food), rather than boiling them when I discovered the Instant Pot. A combination of a slow, pressure and rice cooker together with being a saute/browning, yoghurt maker, steamer and warmer.
Be wary of cheaper imitations because this one has a stainless steel pot.
Ever since spirilizers came into fashion I’ve been hooked. Making pasta from vegetables is a no brainer on so many levels and each time a new model comes out I usually buy it. However my latest purchase has hopefully put paid to that. My metal spiralizer is fabulous and so much stronger than the various plastic versions around. A great buy at under £15 too.
I could live without a food processor if I had my Ninja Nutri bowl and my mandolin. It’s a great way to quickly slice or julienne vegetables but my model is sadly not made any more. I have found the following one by Tower which is almost as good though at £20.
If you try these gadgets I hope you’ll be as impressed as me with them and get years of usage. Just make sure you keep them on your kitchen surface because if you put them away you won’t use them as much as you could.