Stephen Fry: Gadget Man – Kitchen & Cooking Gadgets
The all new gadget show on Channel 4 sees Britain’s favourite national treasure, Stephen Fry, become the ultimate ‘Gadget Man‘ as he investigates, celebrates and puts to the test the newest, smartest gadgets; many of which we can put to use in our day to day living. Episode 2, the latest in the series, is dedicated to all things foodie. Fry takes a look at kitchen gadgets that range from the simple to the spectacular as he prepares a fully gadgetised meal for his dinner party guests.
The first of Fry’s handy gadgets to catch our eye was the Yoke Shopper; a tiny and incredibly innovative device that allows you to carry several shopping bags all in one go. The little gadget clips a bunch of plastic bag handles together, while its extendable strap fits over your shoulder, allowing you to carry multiple bags entirely hands free.
The preparation of the dinner party included various brilliant foodie gadgets perfect for easing the trickiest of common cooking duties. Our favourite was the Chef’n Garlic Zoom; no more fiddly chopping with a knife followed by rigorous hand-washing for the rest of the evening: simply peel the clove, stuff it in the little gadget and roll it across your work-surface and you’ll find yourself with perfectly chopped garlic. Also featured was the Cherry Chomper cherry stoner (which also pits olives) and the Pineapple Slicer and Wedger: an ingenious gadget that supposedly allows you to peel, core, slice and wedge a pineapple in less time than it takes to open a can.
Going for a more grown-up dinner party than the pineapple chunks might suggest, Stephen Fry uses the Sous Vide Supreme to cook his steaks to succulent perfection. What is basically a tub of water can be set to cook meat at the right temperature according to whatever temperature the meat is in its most perfectly cooked state. And as it’s kept in a vacuum pack, none of the juices or nutrients escape leaving you with one exceptionally tasty steak. For the health conscious chip-enthusiasts, the Philips Airfryer creates light and fluffy chips in 5 minutes with just one teaspoon of oil combined with a whole load of hot air. Another shortcut is the Vinturi Aerator; a gravity driven wine decanter and aerator which speeds up the process of breathing to the half-minute it might take you to pour your guest’s glass.
See the products featured in this episode of Stephen Fry: Gadget Man below
The Yoke Shopper is a clever gadget that will lock together a number of plastic shopping bags, turning carrying shopping home into a real pleasure. With the Yoke Shopper, you can even carry your shopping on your shoulder or across your body - leaving your hands free to make and receive phone calls, hold an umbrella and more.
Traditionally, pitting cherries is a messy job. The Talisman Designs Cherry Chomper is compact, fun to use, mess-free, and kid-friendly. It features a plunger-type action that pushes the cherry pit and residual juice into the bottom container of the pitter. To pit a cherry, simply insert it into the Cherry Chomper's mouth, press down the head, and release. The protective 'tooth' ensures that hands and fingers won't be touched by any of the components. The Cherry Chomper also pits olives. It stands six inches tall and is dishwasher-safe.
Ever fancied another pair of hands in the kitchen? Let stirr take the effort out of cooking. At the push of a button this unique product rotates by itself and travels around your pan stirring sauces, soups, porridge, gravy and lots more perfectly. Leaving you free to get on with something else. (Don't worry complaining about slaving over a hot stove is still allowed!) Üutensil is a British company that designs exciting and innovative kitchen products. The modern and stylish utensils stand out in your kitchen. They use a blank slate approach to cooking tasks that allows for new and better ways of preparing food. Üutensil - changing the way we cook.
Easily chopping fruit, nuts, herbs and more using a simple, manual pull-cord system that works like a spinning top, VeggiChop creates results as precise as an electric chopper. Wendy, our Customer Ambassador, loves it and uses it to make salsa in seconds. Easy to use, just pull 5-6 times for a coarse chop, 7-12 for medium and 13-20 for fine. The stainless steel blades cope with the chunkiest of food and the plastic blade at the bottom keeps everything moving. Comes with a handy storage lid that doubles as a non-slip base. 14cm Dia x 13cm H. (5½" x 5").
This useful gadget cores and slices a whole pineapple quickly and easily. Simply slice off the top of a fresh pineapple and twist the Slicer onto the exposed fruit to create perfect pineapple rings. The ratcheting handle makes it easy to core pineapples quickly without having to remove and replace your hand with each twist.
The SousVide Supreme is the first water oven, and is designed with a sleek, compact countertop design and a one-touch precision control panel. Its size - about as big as a bread maker - makes it a perfect fit in home kitchens, while it is still roomy enough to hold up to 20 115g servings of food. Pronounced ‘soo–veed’, sous vide means ‘under vacuum’. Vacuum-sealed food immersed in a water bath might bring to mind memories of boil in the bag fish, but prepare yourself for the most tender meat and flavourful vegetables you have ever tasted. The sous vide slow-cooking method has long been used by gourmet chefs worldwide to set the standard for fine dining.
Simply hold vinturi over a glass and pour a bottle of wine through. Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. You'll notice a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and smoother finish. Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better. As wine breathes, it opens up, and releases its intended aromas and flavors. Traditionally, decanters were used to aerate wine. However, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome, inconvenient, and impossible to guarantee outside ones home. Vinturi's design speeds up this process with ease and convenience. Perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass.
With the unique Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker, you can make ice cream anywhere! You don't need electricity, just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other end then have a ball as you shake it, pass it or roll it! The ice cream mix can be as simple as cream, sugar and vanilla. Try flavors from our recipe list included or make up your own. Made of durable polycarbonate, it's lightweight, portable and easy to clean. It's ideal for Camping, Boating, Picnics, Parties, Travel...anywhere!
Also featured in episode 1 of Stephen Fry: Gadget Man