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Warburtons Toastie Knife and a free solution

Bakers Warburtons have come up with the prototype toastie knife …a butter knife with a heated blade that’ll let you spread straight from the fridge butter onto your toast. Apparently the knife won’t be for sale in the shops but you can see it an action in the short video above.

To see what people are saying about the knife there’s a twitter hashtag to search.

But here’s a tip that works for me and you might like to try for yourself.

Simply run some warm water (from the kettle or the tap) over the blade of your knife, shake off any drops and you’ll be able spread stiff butter on your slice of toast ūüôā

Got your own solution? Leave a comment below and share it with our readers.

Gasper: Silicone saucepan mat

gasper pot cushion

I spotted this unusual kitchenware product a while back, bookmarked it and then completely forgot about it until today!

It’s called Gasper and it’s a silicone mat worktop protector for hot saucepans. Designed by¬†Taiwanese designer Chih-Ching Yang. Without a saucepan on top it’s spooky appearance reminds you of Casper The Friendly Ghost, but when you place a hot pan on top it expands to act as a worktop protector. Simple, but clever!

As a design project it’s a novel idea for a practical kitchen utensil. Silicone is an ideal material of course, it’s ultra-flexible, easy to clean and can withstand temperatures up to 230c. You’ll see silicone used in a wide variety of kitchen products including pastry mats and oven gloves.

Divisible: Easy-wash whisk

easy wash whisk

It seems the kitchen whisk is capturing the attention of product designers!

Following on from the foldable whisk that we mentioned earlier this month, here’s another take on how to improve upon the traditional design of the balloon whisk. Product designer Kwon Hansol has come up with the Divisible whisk (pictured above), which has a handle that¬†splits into two, unfurling the stainless steel wires so they can be easily washed. The handle halves are locked together by magnets and the wires are bent over forming the balloon-shaped whisk.

whisk easy-cleanHansol also suggests that the unfurled whisk is easier to store in a cutlery drawer and that other utensils are less likely to become entwined in the wires.  Though it should be pointed out that when unfurled the Divisible whisk looks quite long and as such might not fit into every kitchen utensils drawer.

Hansol suggests that a balloon whisk is difficult to clean and the wires can retain thick cake mixtures and batters and that many home cooks just rinse their whisk under a running tap to clean it. I’m not sure that’s the case – I suspect many people do carefully carefully clean them, but she has a point in that they are a bit a of pain to wash.

Divisible is a design concept rather than a production utensil. We do sell traditional balloon whisks in our store.

How to use a pasta machine

If you’ve been considering making some homemade pasta but aren’t sure what to do, then you might find the short video below useful. The chap is demonstrating how to roll fresh pasta and he’s using the popular Imperia pasta machine that we sell in our store. The video is from 2009 by the looks and there might be slight differences in the pasta machine and what you get in the box compared with the latest model, but the video clearly shows you how to feed a sheet of pasta through the rollers.

Oh, if you find any other useful videos feel free to let us know by leaving a comment.

 

‘take it’ utensils by Italians PavonIdea

takeit utensilsI caught sight of these unusual kitchen utensils that have been designed for an Italian kitchenware company.

The ‘take-it’ range, which isn’t available in the UK, is a range of interlocking kitchen utensils designed by Enrico Azzimonti for Italy-based Pavonidea. Made from polyamide, these angled utensils can interlock (as shown in the diagram) with the idea being that it makes it easier to pick ingredients up. As you can see here, the table spoon and palette knife are being used as tongs to pick up the meatball.¬†The range also includes an almost flat, slotted spoon and a turner.

Presumably, the material is semi-flexible and will bend to let you use the utensils as tongs. Polyamide, is a nylon material and is both durable and strong and can be used in temperatures up to 180c. Also suitable for use in non-stick pans.

Beater: Foldable whisk

foldable whisk

These foldable whisks are really easy on the eye aren’t they?

Designed by German product trio Ding3000 for Normann Copenhagen (website – has soundtrack that you can switch off via top of page link), Beater is a foldable, nylon whisk available in a range of pastel colours. Of course, six or seven colourful whisks do look funky, but you’re not really likely to have that many hanging off your utensils rack! Inspired by a pack of plastic drinking straws, Beater has a sliding ring that allows the whisk to spring open and close. The idea being that when closed it’s easier to store in your cutlery drawer.

It looks great, though I wonder how it performs in the kitchen when compared to a conventional stainless steel balloon whisk? As whisking mixtures or beating eggs can be quite a vigourous activity you need a whisk that is sturdy, efficient and easy to hold.

What do you think?

Plate inset chopping board

transfer chopping boardI’ve been browsing through some product design blogs over lunch and spotted a chopping board that I’ve not seen before.

The Transfer chopping board (pictured) has been designed by German designers Chris&Ruby who feel that they’ve come up with a practical way of transferring chopped ingredients from the board to a plate. Their chopping board which is made from solid beech and pre-oiled with linseed oil has a carved inset that you slide a plate into. Their idea is that you just slide your chopped ingredients from the board straight onto the plate.

It seems well made and solid beech is a good choice of wood for a chopping board but I think that many home-based cooks will find it a bit limiting. You can only use plates of a certain diameter and height in order that they slide into the carved inset. Most times you’ll lift your chopping board up to your saucepan or frying pan to slide in the chopped veg, fruit, etc.

If you’re after a new board do take a look at our chopping boards that we’ve got in stock today.

Dumbbell Cutlery: Pump iron while you eat

dumbbell cutleryHow do you fancy pumping some iron while at the same time tucking into a bowl of hot noodles?

Well, while it’s most probably never occurred to you, with the ingenious* / ludicrous* (*delete as applicable) dumbbell cutlery (pictured) you can work off the calories as you eat them!

We don’t sell this range of Eat Fit cutlery but it’s available over there and in some novelty gift stores over here. The fork and knife weigh in at 1kg a piece and the spoon is a whopper at 2kg …so you’ve really got to work out your biceps as you tuck into some apple pie and cream. I guess desserts are considered to be naughty, so you’ve really got to earn them!

At around ¬£90 for the complete set, that seems to me like an overly expensive, silly gift that really isn’t going to be used much at all. If you really want to help someone eat more healthily, encourage them to cook and bake at home using fresh ingredients, avoiding those nasty preservatives and lots of salt like you’ll find in many ready meals. And for a better-value gift we reckon you’ll be able to find some great ideas in our store.