Get your hands on the latest kitchen gadgets with our round-up of clever tools that'll make things a little easier in the kitchen.
SuperFast Thermapen® 4 Thermometer
A favourite kitchen essential of many celebrity chefs and professional cooks, the SuperFast Thermapen® takes just three seconds to take a reliable temperature reading. The patented 360° self-rotating display can be used in any position, in either hand, which makes it easier than ever to check the temperature of your food and the backlit display cleverly senses light levels to help you read the screen in varying light conditions. The Thermapen is also waterproof, easy to keep clean and it comes in a variety of colours too – we think it’s a handy tool to have in the kitchen, especially if you’re a keen jam maker!
Silicone Microwave Chocolate Melting Pot
This squishy squashy mini pouring jug is essential when melting chocolate and filling moulds – it fits a broken up 100g bar of chocolate and, once melted, it makes it easy to control and pour it into even the most intricate of moulds without all the usual mess! The flexible silicone turns inside out for easy cleaning and it’s dishwasher, freezer and oven safe up to 230ºC too.
Tala Cook’s Dry Measure
Measuring dry ingredients? Skip the scales and grab this clever little measure instead – it’s quick, accurate and can be used for both metric and imperial measurements as well as both American and English cups and pints. Simply pour ingredients up to the desired level and you’re good to go!
£8.50, John Lewis
Cuisinart® Waffle Maker
Make a big batch of crispy golden waffles every day of the week with this super-fast waffle maker. It’s not the cheapest waffle maker you’ll find, but its powerful 1000W element ensures your waffles will be ready in minutes and it’s easy to clean too – the non-stick coated plates are easy to remove and pop in the dishwasher, and the smart brushed stainless steel finish would look good in any kitchen. Did we mention you can also use it to make eggy bread? We’re sold!
Kitchen Aid Raspberry Ice Artisan Stand Mixer & Polka Dot Ceramic Bowl
KitchenAid stand mixers are a kitchen icon and this classic 4.8L design is a fantastic multitasker. Whether you’re whipping up meringues, dough or light and fluffy cakes its sturdy design and powerful motor are designed to lend a helpful hand in the kitchen. It’s available in a rainbow of colours but, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, KitchenAid will donate £50 for every Raspberry Ice mixer sold and £10 from every polka dot bowl to Breast Cancer Haven.
Mixer RRP £569, Bowl RRP £109, Leading department stores and cookshops nationwide including Harts of Stur
Roll-Up™ Non-Slip Silicone Pastry Mat
Whether you’re an aspiring pastry chef or simply love baking, this flexible mat will take all the guesswork out of measuring because it has a handy rolling size guide printed on its surface. Perfect for preparing pizzas, pastry cases and all kinds of dough and icing, it rolls up for easy storage, (but it stays flat once opened) and provides a hygienic, non-slip surface to work from. An added bonus is that it makes cleaning up a breeze too – no more sticky dough stuck to the work surface!
Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Bakeware
Each item within the Oxo bakeware range features a ceramic reinforced non-stick coating to ensure your beautiful bakes remain intact, while the unique micro textured cooking surface ensures even heat distribution – putting an end to soggy bottoms for good. The dimensions have been added to the top of every piece too, making it much easier to find the right pan for your recipe!
Prices start from £18
Dinosaur Engraved Rolling Pin
Baking with kids? Quickly decorate cookies, pastry and sugarpaste with this fun dinosaur patterned rolling pin – it’s made from solid beech and measures 45x6cm. We think it would make a brilliant birthday gift too!
£27.38, ValekRollingPins, www.etsy.com