Friday, October 15, 2021
Home Kitchenware

Kitchenware

Air Fryers

Air fryers can crisp up your french fries or add crunch to your chicken wings without any oil, making them ideal for the health-conscious fried food lover. How do air fryers work? If you love the tasty crunch of fried food but want to keep the calories down, an air fryer is the perfect way to have your chips and eat them. Air fryers are essentially small convection ovens with a highly concentrated heat source set in the top. These countertop cookers have a powerful fan that circulates hot air around the food to create a crispy ‘fried’ finish. Because the air inside these appliances gets so hot, no oil is needed for the cooking process. Air fryers’ ability to crisp up oil-free chicken wings, sausages and even doughnuts has led to these nifty ovens to sometimes being referred to as ‘health fryers’. What can you cook in an air fryer? Air fryers can be used to prepare anything that you would traditionally fry or indeed roast, such as corn on the cob or pork belly. Due to their compact size, air fryers are also ideal for cooking dishes like frozen pizza or reheating leftovers very quickly. They can even be used to cook up some baked goods, with cookies and flapjacks being particularly popular. Most versions come with a classic frying basket which you simply pop your food into for cooking, however some models have an oven-style design, rather like a microwave. The newer air fryer models have upped the ante, with additional dehydrator functions and toaster oven settings. Whether you’re looking to save money and counter-space with a multi-purpose cooking appliance, or you just want to cut the fat in your bacon sandwich, there is an air fryer to suit you. What size air fryer should I choose? As countertop appliances, air fryers are typically compact and can be grouped into small, medium and large sized models. Small units typically have a capacity between 1 and 2 litres, while medium units have between 1.8 and 2.5 litres. Larger units can be up to 5 litres or more which is 2.5 large bottles of cola. Small units can produce up 3 to 4 servings of a dish such as french fries, while medium ones can create food for 4-5 people. For people with families of up to 7 or 8 people, a large fryer can roast a whole chicken and some have twin baskets so you can prepare more than one dish at a time. Can I put you put foil in an air fryer? You shouldn’t. Because the air fryer circulates hot air around the food it’s cooking, it needs to be able to move freely. Foil creates a barrier between the air and the food so prevents it from being cooked properly. If you want to line your air fryer to prevent droppage or for easy-cleaning, baking parchment is a better option.

Blenders

A reliable blender is a staple of any kitchen, whether you're whisking up fruity smoothies, hearty soups or a batch of well-earned daiquiris. The kitchen blender's raison d'etre is to pulverise your chosen ingredients to a smooth, creamy texture for supping at your leisure. But what kind of blender you choose depends on what kind of ingredients you'll be whizzing up. How do kitchen blenders work? All kitchen blenders follow the fundamental design of a spinning blade which rapidly slices through any food in its path to turn it into liquid. This was the premise of the first ever blender patented by Stephen Poplawski in 1922. Over the last century, models have evolved as blended foodstuffs like hummus and fresh juices have risen in popularity. What features should I look for in a blender? Some blenders have multi-pronged blades or specific speed for different dishes while the recent trend for iced coffee has led to a boom in ice-crushing features. Bullet-style models – where the blender's container doubles as a drinking mug are ideal for on-the-go smoothies – while stick blenders (sometimes called immersion blenders) remain the top picks for chunkier blends such as pesto or guacamole. Read our guide on how to make your own pesto. There are a number of combination blenders on the market which offer functions such as coffee grinding and puree options which are useful for buyers with limited kitchen space. Busy lifestyles have also prompted the development of portable blenders which are lightweight and easily recharged via a USB port. Whether you're chopping, pureeing, liquifying or pulverising, there's an ideal blender for you to whip up a storm. How powerful should a blender be? Kitchen blenders use a small electric motor and the power is measured in watts, so the higher the wattage, the more powerful the motor. Stick blenders usually start at around 200 watts which is fine for pureeing cooked vegetables or frothing up batter. Countertop blenders tend to start at around 500 watts which is perfect for whizzing up soup and milkshakes. For a completely liquid blend and frozen drink, a wattage of over 700 is recommended. How do you clean a blender? The best way to clean your blender is to pour some warm water and a small amount of detergent into the container, replace the lid and then switch it on for 20-30 seconds to loosen any debris. Next remove the container from the motor base, pour the water away and rinse thoroughly. Never put your hand into the blender while it is still connected to the motor base. For stick blenders, simply immerse in warm soapy water and run for a few seconds, before disconnecting and rinsing. The motor base should never be immersed and can simply be wiped clean. Some components of your blender may be dishwasher safe, but you should always consult your product manual before putting anything in the dishwasher.

Choppers

As any chef will attest to, you can't prepare food without chopping things up. Whether you're cutting up carrots, slicing through steak or mincing up mushrooms, every dish starts with chopping. In the past this meant spending hours hunched over a chopping board. But the advances in kitchen technology mean there are a range of appliances which will dice up your dinner in no time. What are kitchen choppers? Choppers are essentially compact food processors designed to slice up small quantities of food. These simplified models typically include a single sharp blade powerful enough to render ingredients into wet paste or simply cube it up depending on the dish. Choppers tend to have a limited number of settings and functions so are suited to specific tasks. With a standard capacity of around 500ml, kitchen choppers are ideal for creating accompaniment dishes such as salsa or hummus. Of course as their name suggests, they excel at chopping and are a go-to for prepping onions, herbs and nuts. Read our guide to the five health benefits of eating hummus. What can you use a kitchen chopper for? These electrical whizzers are fantastic at taking the work our of fiddly chopping tasks such as mincing garlic, grating cheese or blitzing up breadcrumbs. It can also be used to whip up a plethora of sauces, dips and purees. These lightweight models are great for putting together garnishes or side dishes quickly without having to get out your food processor. There are even some cordless electric choppers on the market for those with limited space, as well as a number of manual models. What is the difference between a chopper and a blender? Aside from the obvious difference in size, a chopper differs from a food processor in that is has fewer functions and is more suited to making deliberate cuts and wedges on specific foods such as vegetables. While food processors often include a selection of blades for different cuts, choppers usually have a single blade so there is less control. Choppers are particularly efficient at salad and vegetable prep and are useful for making smaller amounts of chopped ingredients quickly and easily. What kind of chopper should I buy? This depends on what you will be using your chopper for. If you plan on mostly using it for chopping up salads and slicing vegetables, a basic model will suit your needs. If you plan to use it in place of a food processor to save space, look for a model with multiple speed settings and features such as pouring lips.

Food Processors

Food processors have truly revolutionised cooking, achieving in seconds what would take ages by hand. These electrical gadgets can chop vegetables, mince steak and pulverise soup. It can turn oats into flour, bread into breadcrumbs and even cream into butter. They truly are the Swiss army knife of the culinary world and once you've chosen one, you'll wonder how you ever coped without one. Need inspiration? Read our latest baking and dessert recipes. What is a food processor? A food processor is an electrical appliance that can prepare food in a variety of ways. It is powered by a small motor that turns the blade located in the base of the top-set container. The container has a removable lid, commonly has a capacity of between 2 to 2.5 litres and can be removed for cleaning. They usually include a variety of differently sized blades and attachments for various functions, such as grating, slicing and whipping. What can I use a food processor for? These gadgets are incredibly versatile and act like your own personal plug-in sous chef, capable of grinding coffee beans, pulsing nut butters and kneading pastry. They are ideal for cutting up large quantities of vegetables, mixing up cake batters and blitzing grains into powder. Depending on your attachments, it can do the work of a pestle and mortar, mandolin, whisk and serrated knife all at the flick of a switch. How is a food processor different to a blender? A food processor is more geared towards food preparation such as chopping vegetables and mixing dough, whereas blenders are more focused on creating wet recipes such as smoothies, sauces and juices. This is because blenders typically have a jug container and a single blade that rotates very quickly to pulverise any contents. Food processors on the other hand tend to have wider bowl-style containers for breaking up dry or moist ingredients into increasingly small particles and mixing them together with the larger blade. While you can make smoothies and juices, the end results will likely be less smooth and pouring out is a messier process. Can I use a food processor to make pastry? Yes, your food processor's multi-purpose blade will combine fat, flour and other ingredients quickly and evenly, melding the components together until they form a lovely buttery ball. While they're typically associated with savoury food prep, food processors are incredibly useful for baking, breaking up biscuits into crumb, whisking up creams and frostings and even blitzing granulated sugar into its caster or icing alternatives.

Grills

When it comes to sealing in flavour and giving your food a smoky tang, you can't beat a grill. Tucking into a plate of chargrilled chicken used to be the sole reserve of the summer barbecue, but with a kitchen grill you can enjoy perfectly grilled food from the comfort of your own kitchen. What is an electric grill? This mains powered appliance is a countertop alternative to an outdoor grill. Rather than using charcoal or gas to create flames, kitchen grills include a powerful heating element. The grill part is essentially the grate or ridged surface which the food is laid on to allow even heat circulation. There are two kinds of indoor grill, open and contact. Open grills are essentially mini versions of the classic barbecue design, with the heating element set in the base and an open grate on top. Contact grills, sometimes known as health grills, have two cooking plates which the food is placed between, rather like a giant toastie-maker. These are considered a healthier option as the non-stick plates mean less oil is used and their slanted design allows rendered fat to run off. This was the design made famous by George Foreman in 1994 when he launched his "lean, mean, fat-reducing grilling machine." Should I choose a contact grill or an open grill? This depends on what you plan to use your grill for. An open grill works closely to a barbecue and creates a similar charred flavour. So, if you're a fan of seared burgers, crisp shrimp and chargrilled vegetables this design is a good choice. However, this style can create smoke if not kept scrupulously clean and also requires you to flip your food halfway through cooking. A contact grill has two heating plates so can cook steak, sausages and vegetable kebabs very quickly and will still create the signature grill marks. It also doubles up as a panini press and griddle. Although these grills tend to be smaller, the two plates can be opened out, effectively doubling the grill's surface area. Health grills are less suited to bulky items such as chicken legs or thick meat cuts as these stop the lid from closing. They are also more difficult to clean as they have more nooks and crannies for grease to creep into. How do I wash an electric grill? The best time to wash your grill is when it is still warm so the debris will be looser, but always ensure your appliance is turned off before donning marigolds. If possible, remove the grate and if your model has a removable drip tray, remove that too. Next use a rubber spatula to scrape off any food or fat from the grill pan before using a warm, soapy sponge to clean it throughly. If your drip tray and grate are dishwasher safe, put them in for a cycle, if not soak them in hot soapy water and use a scourer to remove any caked on grease. Dry everything thoroughly to avoid any rust and put the appliance back together. If your model does not have a detachable grate or drip tray as can be common with some health grills, simply remove any debris with a rubber spatula and wipe thoroughly with a warm sponge soaked with washing-up liquid. Follow this up with a wet cloth to remove any traces of detergent and finally dry thoroughly.

Multi-cookers

If your kitchen is the size of a shoebox or spilling over with gadgets, a multi-cooker could be the answer to all your culinary prayers. These high-tech heaters will boil pasta, stew meat and fry steak all at the flick of a switch, leaving you with the sole task of scoffing the end results. What is a multi-cooker? A multi-cooker is an electrical appliance capable of cooking food in a variety of different ways in little time. These versatile cookers consist of an outer shell and an inner pot, topped off by a sturdy lid with a tight seal. To use, you place your chicken/risotto/soup mix into the cooker's interior pot, close the lid and select the corresponding programme from the appliance's settings. These compact kilns work by preventing any steam from escaping and thereby containing the heat inside so the interior reaches very high temperatures. This allows the food to cook quickly with the finished dishes often having a tender texture. Is there a difference between a multi-cooker and a pressure-cooker? Yes there is. While a multi-cooker works on the same heating principle as a pressure cooker, it can be used for a multitude of different dishes. Traditional pressure cookers utilise the steam from the food they are cooking, so are great for creating wet dishes such as stews, curries and soups. A multi-cooker on the other hand has an attachment which introduces steam (the heating source) through the lid, so dry foods such as pastry-topped pies, popcorn and jacket potatoes can be prepared. Furthermore, because food can be placed directly onto the multi-cooker's base, it can be used for frying eggs, roasting vegetables or sautéing fish. A multi-cooker is a jack-of-all-trades appliance as it has a number of settings ranging from risotto to yoghurt. Simply place your ingredients in the inner pot, seal the lid and plug in the right programme for perfect steamed rice or braised ribs every single time. Can you bake bread in a multi-cooker? Yes, you can use your multi-cooker for a range of baked goods. For ease, you can place your dough/cake mix/cookie dough directly into the greased inner container which will act as circular baking tin. If you prefer a more traditional shape, you can spoon your mix into a loaf tin/cake tin/baking sheet before placing it on a trivet rack inside the multi-cooker. There are plenty of baking recipes created for multi-cookers and some models have specific bread, pastry and even cheesecake settings. Read our guide on how to make easy rustic flatbreads.

Product categories

  • Air Fryers
  • Blenders
  • Choppers
  • Cookware
  • Food Processors
  • Grills
  • Multi-cookers

Product tags

    Showing 1 – 15 of 251 results