THE 'I-DEAL' LIFE
By: Miriam Sasson
Don’t worry, we’re not talking smart kitchens with every digital device and web app on the market. Just thought I’d dish out some nifty, inexpensive kitchen gadgets that have brought smiles to many Shaatra Moms in their favorite territory – the kitchen.
The Blend Trend
It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s neat… it’s the immersion blender!
The sky’s the limit with this compact, handheld blender. Add a velvety touch to your soups by pureeing them with the blender. It’s great for split pea soup, butternut squash soup, bean soups, and others. Or, whip up crisp salad dressings or puree tuna or avocado for a creamy result. The immersion blender pretty much functions as a regular blender, but is far more convenient. For just $10 or so, you have a blender that goes right in your soup pot or mixing bowl and blends everything together with the press of a button. The best part is that it’s a cinch to clean! The blade detaches from the motor and is the only piece that needs to be washed. Say goodbye to all those metal and plastic blender attachments!
Mmmm. Did someone say soup?
As your family members unbundle themselves after a long day at school or work during these chilly months, they’ll inhale the aroma of something hot and delicious to warm them up – Mommy’s soup. And you’ll thank Gd for that handy little blender of yours!
A Weighty Matter
If you don’t yet own a digital kitchen scale, read on! For dieters, the kitchen scale is akin to a good, hard look in the mirror – which does not lie to you about your dieting progress. With the scale, what you see is what you get. For example, when your dietician permits you 28 grams of grain for breakfast, with your scale, that will mean “28 grams of grain,” and it won’t mean a vague “slice of bread, I guess.” In other words, the scale holds you accountable for every crumb that hits your lips.
But the scale isn’t exclusively for dieting moms. It’s great when baking hallah. Measure balls of dough to weigh the same size for a beautiful batch of individual rolls. (You may choose to weigh out each one to be a kebetzah – the amount of dough required by halachah in order to recite the blessing of “al netilat yadayim” when washing for bread.) Also, for large, braided hallot, weigh out those strands equally, and you’ll be amazed at how stunning they will look when you’re all done.
Conversations about America’s favorite hot beverage are astoundingly common. Coffee isn’t just a drink; it’s a passion. You probably hear your loved one talk all the time about how many cups they drink per day, how exactly they make it, how steaming hot or iced they prefer it, and how miserable they are without it. Moreover, coffee is a particularly essential component of the Shaatra Mom’s day, because it’s oftentimes the fuel that keeps her going. So what can be better than a nice, hot cup of the stuff?
Coffee lovers “in the know” will attest to the game-changing piece of technology known as the coffee frothing machine. The device, such as the one made by Capresso, froths your coffee in a matter of minutes, leaving you with a rich, foamy touch to your favorite drink. For under $50, you can treat yourself to a delicious coffee break whenever you need one.
Saving the best for last, I’d like to introduce the latest kitchen gadget – the dinner robot!
When you’re pressed for time, and dinner is just not happening, tap a few buttons and dinner for the entire family will be served! Will you opt for a gourmet cuisine? Something hearty and heavy? Meat or dairy?
As you read this, you might be wondering whether you’re being taken for a ride. You’re not. The machine we’re talking about is more commonly known as the telephone. With the press of several buttons, dial your favorite takeout restaurant, and have the most delicious items on the menu delivered right to your door. That way, Mom, you can have a break from the kitchen while pleasing all palates.
Whether for efficiency or convenience, these tried and tested kitchen gadgets are surely worthy investments for any Shaatra mother.