Kitchen-Gadgets

Kitchen gadgets roundup

Listen to music while you make room in your freezer for that big leg of elk

“No gimmicky offering to get tongues wagging,” assures the latest press release from Slovenian brand Gorenje (and with England actually managing to win against them we don’t need to hold that against them). World Cup victory aside, just wait a cotton-darn pickin’ moment. It’s a fridge-freezer with an iPod dock on the front – isn’t that just a bit of a gimmick?

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But the Slovenian firm is blowing its own Vuvuzela about the RK 1000IP freestanding iPod touch fridge-freezer, which also boasts two 50W speakers and wireless internet connection. So what’s the point of this fridge freezer cum music player? Well, the makers envisage the user scrolling through handy household hints and tips via the iGorenje portal (www.igorneje.com), while listening to their favourite music. (Our favourite tip on the site? How to make room in your freezer for that big leg of elk.)

The fridge itself has an A+ energy rating and a state-of-the-art cooling system to keep power consumption to a minimum. Other design features related to food rather than fun include two Ready ‘n’ Serve removable trays that can be used in place of a conventional serving tray for ready meals and a cheese and deli container with a wooden cutting board on top.

Finished in Jet Black Steel, the fridge freezer is arguably a good-looking addition to a contemporary kitchen, and we guess that it saves taking up worktop space with a separate dock and speakers. But at £2,000, we’d rather spend a few quid on an extra shelf. However, for anyone kitting out their kitchen with top-spec gear, it may well find its way on to their shopping list.

At a considerably lower price, Gordon Ramsay’s Panini Press is a cheap way to produce those trendy sarnies that can be pretty pricey if you buy them from the sandwich shop. Minus any high-tech gimmickry – though we were slightly disappointed to discover it doesn’t swear at you if you don’t chop your onions small enough or slice the panini quick enough – the Panini Press can also be opened out to use as a grill – ideal for breakfasts. (£39.99). The Cooks by Gordon Ramsay range is due out in August,

To complete the coffee shop experience in your own kitchen, splash out on your own coffee making machine. Sadly, it doesn’t come with the rather attractive Italian barrista who serves coffee round the corner from our office, but the Dulce Gusto Circolo Coffee Machine is still pretty good looking with an eye-catching circular design – and uses the familiar Dulce Gusto pods to make Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato and Espresso, among others. It’s a not-cheap at £159.99, but if you spend £2.50 a day on your favourite coffee, it’ll only take you a couple of months to break even. Log on to www.krups.co.uk

And if you want to brighten up breakfast time, here’s a toaster with a difference. Tefal’s Brighten up Breakfast with the Toast N’ Light. This little kitchen helper changes colour while it toasts, starting at blue, green, yellow, orange and finally red. Apparently this means you can keep track of your toast cooking – possibly a case of information overload?
The cost of knowing exactly how ready your toast is? £44.99 .
See www.tefal.co.uk for more