BUYER’S GUIDE 8 time-saving kitchen gadgets for parents
Thanks to technology, you can spend more time enjoying a meal with your loved ones and less in the kitchen!
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Philips Viva Collection food processor
Price $169 Where to buyPhilips What Food preparation is a breeze with this all-round food processor. The powerful dual-speed motor and pulse function lets you do everything from blending purées and whipping cream, to kneading pastry and bread dough. A stainless steel chopping knife allows you to prepare meat and veggies, while you can shred and grate fruits and vegetables, thanks to various disc inserts. Use the chopper mill to grind beans and nuts. Parents say If you feel that chopping and slicing is the most arduous part of meal prep, then this food processor is for you. Though it’s pricey compared to a manual food processor, its versatility makes it worth the price. “With two young kids, there’s no way I have the time to chop raw ingredients like onions and garlic. With this, I can do it, even while carrying the baby,” says mum of two Ho Li Ying.
WMF Perfect Pro pressure cooker
Price $459 Where to buyLazada What This pot’s extreme pressure and high temperatures cuts your cooking time by up to 70 per cent, while halving the electrical energy needed. You use the all-in-one control knob to preselect a cooking level, release the steam, and even to open or close the appliance. It can hold 6.5 litres ― a scale on the inside makes measuring amounts easier. Parents say The WMF Perfect Pro looks great in your kitchen and is easy to clean, thanks to the removable handle which you can easily run under the tap. Says mum of one Serena Tan, “I love this pressure cooker. My son loves Chinese soups ― thanks to this, I can serve it at least three times a week. It only takes about half an hour of cooking to get a really tasty and nutritious soup.”
Tiger 3.0 Liter Thermal Magic Cooker
Price $299 Where to buyMomorice What Save time and electricity with this thermal cooker. Simply bring your soup or stew to a boil in the inner pot for around 15 to 20 minutes, place it in the heat-retaining container, then set it aside ― it will continue cooking in the latent heat. The pot is able to retain a temperature of about 62 deg C for six hours. Parents say This pot is great for soups, stews and sauces (like a bolognese sauce, for instance). Place your boiling food into the pot in the morning, and you’ll have a nice, hot meal ready for you at lunchtime. Unlike a slow cooker, it saves on energy, and your utility bills.
Takahi Pot 2404 Electric Crockery Pot 3.5L
Price $65 Where to buyLazada What This crockpot is a great addition to any kitchen, especially if you love soups and stews with tender fall-off-the-bone meat. The glass lid with silicone knob tops a stoneware inner pot. Set it at low or high, or use the auto-shift setting. Parents say As it takes almost two hours to bring liquids to a boil, it uses far more electricity than a thermal cooker. However, some parents feel that this domestic device gives soups and stews a richer and more robust flavour as compared to a thermal cooker. The auto-shift function is great, as you can let your food cook overnight without worrying that it would boil over.
Tefal food steamer
Price $99 Where to buyCourts What The steaming starts in just 15 seconds, and it has an external pull-out drawer for you to pour water into the steamer. The easy-to-use timer ensures that you don’t overcook your food. Parents say This value-for-money steamer is compact and efficient. With three tiers, you can easily prepare a healthy and nutritious meal by steaming rice on one tier, veggies on another, and meat or fish on the third. Ho uses it to prepare purées for her 8-month-old baby, “I steam three different fruits or vegetables ― one on each row, then use a hand blender to blend it all into purées which I freeze. It’s faster than using a steam-blender for baby food.”
Price $2,320 Where to buyThermomix Singapore What This German-made ultimate kitchen machine cooks, mixes, steams, chops, blends, stirs, kneads and emulsifies. It even has a built-in electronic scale to measure your ingredients. Basically, it does everything and anything you need to do when you cook. Get recipes from its website ― all you have to do is to throw in the ingredients for a specific recipe, programme it and you’re set. Use it to cook anything, from cakes, soups, salads and so much more ― the mixing bowl only holds 2 litres. Parents say Sure, this gadget may carry a hefty price tag but because it can do so many things, it can replace your other appliances, which also means that it’ll save you a whole lot of washing up. “I love baking, so this was really fun to play with. I can make a mean chocolate cake, or even ciabatta bread with it really easily,” says mum of two, Theresa Chew.
EuropAce Electric Lunch Box with Vacuum Pump
Price $59.90 Where to buy EuropAce What This two-tiered electric lunchbox contains a stainless steel rice bowl, a dish plate, and another steaming bowl, so you can steam at least two different dishes. After steaming, use the vacuum pump to remove the air, so that food will stay fresh longer. The automatic cut-off function also prevents burning. Parents say This electric lunchbox is light, so it’s handy to take to work. It’s large enough to hold food for two or three people, while its three tiers means that you can prepare rice, plus two other dishes. One mum, Priscilla Chua, used fit to prepare meals for her daughter while she was at work, so that dinner was ready by the time she got home. “I would bring the prepped meat and vegetables to work, then put them and the washed rice grains into the lunch box about half an hour before I knocked off. As the food cooks in 20 minutes, I brought it home in a thermal bag, ready for her to eat when I picked her up.”
Philips Avance Collection Airfryer XL
Price $439 Where to buy Philips What You’ll love this digital air fryer if you like your fried food without excess oil ― and calories. With digital touch-screen controls and an adjustable temperature up to 390 deg C, the patented rapid air technology lets junior enjoy French fries and chicken wings cooked in far less oil. Dishwasher safe, it comes in black or white. Parents say Besides the health benefits, air frying also results in a less greasy kitchen, so cleanup’s a cinch. Some foods may require you to spray a small amount of oil, but it’s still far healthier than deep frying. This is a larger version of earlier models, so it would probably suit larger kitchens.