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Ok … formalities out of the way – tell me, who loves a good gadget? You? Great! Me too! I love technology, especially cool kitchen gadgets & utensils that make food preparation & cooking easier, quicker & more fun!
With that in mind, I decided to add to my burgeoning blog a page that looks at my favourite, most practical, most fun & also my most impulsive & not so practical kitchen gadgets & utensils.
I love nothing more at times than to fossick through local & online home & kitchen wares stores to see what pretties there are that I can add to my ever-growing collection of kitchen kitsch!
One of the most used & loved gadgets in my kitchen is my Cuisinart Smart Stick.
I bought this little ripper about 18 months ago, after an ancient Bamix that had been my Nan’s finally stopped chopping after many years of great service! I wanted something with a blender, whisk & chop & grind attachments. After looking around at what was available & not giving in to the temptation to buy a similar model just because it was green – (I know … I’m obsessed!) – the Smart Stick worked for me as it has the options I wanted & was powerful, (300 watt), enough to crush hard stuff like ice – (very important for a Summer of iced coffees!).
The best thing about the Blender attachment of this product, for me, is being able to use it daily for blending baby puree’s, making quick work of things like porridge, with fresh fruit, green smoothies, meat & vegetables & smoothing out pasta & rice dishes. It means being able to use ingredients & dishes being prepared for the rest of the family, and not trying to cook & blend separate meals. It also allows for more control over texture – small pulses mean more chunk, go the full blitz & it’s smooth sailing all the way.
The blender attachment is also wonderful for making smooth soups like pumpkin. You can blend your soup in the pot while it’s still hot, rather than waiting until cooled & dragging out the big blender or food processor, or having to spend big bucks on a hot / cold blender. It makes a great Pesto using basil, olive oil, pine nuts & garlic – just roughly chop all your ingredients, throw them in the beaker & blitz away – within about 30 seconds, voilà, fresh basil pesto … yum!
The Smart Stick is a great system – with the click of a button on the back of the motor unit, you attach to any attachment. Another click & it comes apart for easy switching or washing. It also has a long electrical cord.
The Chopper Grinder attachment makes easy work of chopping foods like nuts, is great for no-more-tears chopping onions & garlic, excellent for finely chopping vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, carrot & capsicum, making them easily hidden in sauces & meat dishes – (like bolognese) – from fussy toddlers. It will grind up coffee beans with ease & even turn whole nuts into fine meal. The only thing I would say is be careful not to overload it, for then it will leave chunks & food will get stuck under the blades. Otherwise for quick, fresh, ready to go chopping & grinding, it is awesome.
The Whisk attachment is a bit of a miss for me – I even forgot to include it in the photos, not on purpose, I simply forgot as I seldom use it. Because the motor on the Smart Stick revolves the whisk so rapidly, when trying to whisk wet or dry ingredients, I find it is very messy & hard to control – splashing things up & out of the bowl, pot or beaker. For that reason I generally avoid using it & prefer using a hand whisk – (this one is green!).
Overall, this unit is a fantastic addition to any kitchen – I use it daily for all sorts of bits & pieces – so for under AU$120, this little workhorse will pay for itself in no time, saving you precious time both in the cooking & cleaning.
Visit the Cuisinart website for all the details on the Smart Stick.
What is your most loved / used kitchen goody? I would love to hear about!