- Cost-efficient kitchen accessories
- Cool cooking gadgets
- Easy smoothies, sausages and butter from scratch
1. Instant hot water tap
Wave goodbye to your kettle and say hello to instant hot water from your tap. The AEG ProSource tap delivers filtered, steaming water alongside standard hot and cold water – using just under 50 per cent less energy than an electric kettle to heat its steaming water.
"A hot-water tap helps to save space and it's energy and water efficient," says Jason Turze, Product Manager, Home Comfort UK & IE at AEG. "The ProSource water unit fits beneath the sink out of sight, so that it’s accessible when changing the filter."
2. iPad-linked thermometer
Dedicated carnivores will know that a meat thermometer is one of the best bits of kit for cooking steaks and joints to perfection.
Upgrade to the iDevices® Kitchen Thermometer – which links to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – and the app will monitor your meat, letting you know when it's done.
3. LED lighting
Swap your halogen spotlights for LEDs all around your kitchen and get set to save.
"On average, the lifespan of a quality LED fitting is up to 50,000 hours compared to 4,000 hours with halogen fittings, reducing the cost and need for replacements," says Michael Linsky, director at Sensio Lighting.
"The low wattage of LEDs means that energy consumption is reduced by around 90 per cent, lowering the cost of electricity bills. For example, our Hype under cabinet light costs £2.69 per year to run, based on five hours per day, compared to £28.97 per year to run a halogen."
4. Automatic pot stirrer
Making home-made risotto, porridge, soups and stews is far cheaper than ordering in, but who has the time to endlessly stir a pan?
Enter automatic stirrer Stirio – attaching securely to your pan, it has two speeds to ensure that burnt cookware and ruined meals are a thing of the past.
5. iPad-connected saucepan
While they're still yet to filter over from the US, clever pans are coming soon. Clever pans weigh ingredients as you add them and let you know when food needs turning via a specialist mobile app. Check out SmartyPans and Pantelligent for a taste of the future.
In the meantime, try the iPod-connected scales, Drop, which come loaded with recipes and instructions for super-quick weighing out and cooking.
6. Control appliances remotely
You may have already heard of using Hive to control your heating, but it can also be used to switch plug sockets on and off. The Hive Active Plug and app lets you control lamps and appliances, such as slow cookers and lamps, from your smartphone or tablet, helping you to save energy.
7. Heated ice-cream scoop
For those with a sweet tooth (and a tendency to microwave stubborn solid blocks of ice cream) comes the heated scoop from Kitchen Craft. Simply pop the scoop in the microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy your just desserts.
8. A power monitor
If you've ever wondered how much energy you use in the kitchen, an energy monitor is a must – especially for appliances that are on all the time, like your fridge freezer.
Monitors show how much power you're using in real time, storing historical data so that you can compare usage over different time periods. Using an energy monitor to help change your habits can save up to 15% off the average bill.
9. Sage Boss to Go
Healthy smoothie makers have boomed, but besides the one that started the trend there are several others that reduce fruit and vegetables to a tasty drink.
The Sage Boss to Go™ creates smoothies that are 42 per cent finer than those created by some personal blenders, so you won't have spinach stuck in your teeth.
It has a better build quality than most other smoothie makers, so it'll last longer and can be used for other things like making rice milks if you are lactose intolerant – if you buy lactose-free milk regularly in the supermarket, the cost mounts up.
Alternatively, pulp yourself a healthy juice in the morning so that you don’t have to splash out on something when you're out and about.
10. Pipe insulation
"Insulate your exposed pipework, whether it's under your sink or outside the kitchen wall, and you could save around £10 a year on heating bills," says Richard Kay, Communications Manager at the Energy Saving Trust.
You'll also reduce the chance of them bursting during a cold snap due to the water inside freezing up – a setback that could force you to make a claim on your home insurance.
11. Neo Smart Jar
Ever run out of something as you've been cooking, had to dash out on a shopping trip and pay over the odds? Via a specialised downloadable app, the Neo Smart Jar alerts you when its contents run out, keeps track of what you're eating, reminds you when food's going stale and even recommends recipes you can make with what it still contains.
12. Meat mincer
Burgers, sausages and mince dishes become a doddle once you have a mincer at home. With the My Kitchen Electric Meat Mincer at Lakeland, not only can you use the leanest cuts, you can also use leftover meat to create new dishes. Alternatively, try a mincing attachment for a stand mixer or processor.
13. Butter Churn
Have some spare whipping cream? In just ten minutes you can have fresh butter made by hand with the Kilner Butter Churner. It's incredibly satisfying to make and guaranteed to be additive-free.