Were they like these crazy kitchen gadgets that you never knew you needed?
In almost every kitchen I visit (and believe me, I’ve seen a lot), there is a ‘drawer of doom’. The drawer that is full of random bits and bobs, unloved utensils and the inevitable pointless gadget bought on a whim and never used. However short of space we are, we’re inexorably drawn towards shiny gizmos which we don’t really need. Just imagine the Antiques Roadshow in 100 years’ time: experts puzzling over moulded, primary-coloured plastic, trying but failing to fathom their purpose.
But enough of the futile tools, what about the gems? Which are the gadgets really worth having, the kitchen staples of years to come? Here are my favourite culinary essentials of the future.
Stem Spritzer is a genius little gadget that turns any citrus fruit into a spray bottle. Grab a lemon, give it a little massage then plunge the Stem Spritzer in. Pump the top to release the juice in a fine aerosol spray.
The Poppit storage lid is a little piece of inspiration in silicon form. Never again will you have to wrap a half-used fruit or vegetable in cling film. Just press it into the Poppit, which will automatically mould around it, to create an airtight seal. You could even use it as a lid on small bowls or jars. In a world polluted by discarded single-use plastic, this is a great little green gadget.
The Can-Do can opener (see what they did there?) may be a little pun-tastic for many people’s liking but I think it is actually a major evolution in the world of tinned food. As someone who has had a traditional two-handled tin opener spontaneously disintegrate while halfway round the rim of a can of tuna, I’m all in favour of this compact, efficient next-generation gadget. In fact, I might be a little bit in love with it (just don’t tell my wife).
Is life too short to churn your own butter? Possibly, but what a cool thing to do! If you struggle to find a gift every Christmas for the man or woman who has everything, how about making them a pat of homemade butter (assuming their cholesterol level can stand it)? The Kilner Butter Churner turns double cream into butter with effortless ease and doubles as a rather terrifying-looking torture instrument with which to threaten any badly-behaved small children. What more could you ask for in a kitchen gadget?
If you’ve over-indulged in homemade butter, what you need in your life is a Breville Halo Health Fryer. Incredibly, you can fry a kilo of chips in just half a tablespoon of oil thanks to its clever tilting and rotating function. It roasts, bakes and sautés a huge variety of foods and you can even make desserts in it. A bit bulkier than my other picks, but definitely worth clearing out a cupboard for.