Tried & Tested

Make space for th­ese new prod­ucts that help you whip up your own sal­ads, waf­fles, juice and ice cream in a jiffy.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Front Page - BY MELISSA CHANG

WAL­LET-FRIENDLY SLOW JUICER SALAD SPIN­NER WAF­FLE MAKER MI­CROFI­BRE MOPS

SALAD CHEF

$99.90, from www.jml.sg Not just a salad spin­ner, this mul­ti­tasker also lets you chop and dice salad in­gre­di­ents. It comes with three in­ter­change­able lids – one to be used while spin­ning sal­ads, another to cover the bowl, and the third with a metal grid that cuts up in­gre­di­ents when you push a lever down.

I had to halve large or long in­gre­di­ents like car­rots, let­tuce and bell pep­pers be­fore plac­ing them on the cut­ting grid. Smaller items like baby pota­toes, eggs and shal­lots could be cut whole. All came through well cut, although the harder veg­gies like car­rots and cel­ery needed more strength when push­ing the lever down. If you are a salad queen, this is a time-sav­ing gad­get that’s worth in­vest­ing in.

TE­FAL IN­FIN­ITY PRESS REVO­LU­TION

$449 (in­cludes a recipe book), from ma­jor depart­ment and elec­tri­cal stores A rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive slow juicer (most oth­ers cost over $600), it did a fair and quiet job of slow juic­ing fruits and veg­gies. It in­cludes two stain­less steel fil­ters – one fine and the other coarse, which is use­ful if you want less or more pulp in your juice. Juices were clear and re­fresh­ing, although the resid­ual pulp was slightly wet and could have been squeezed drier. Small chunks of fruits also oc­ca­sion­ally got squeezed out into the pulp jug.

With three feed tubes in­stead of one, fruits had to be cut into smaller pieces, but be­ing able to push them into the feed tubes simultaneously made juic­ing faster. My juic­ing went well un­til a chunk of cel­ery got stuck to the bot­tom of the fil­ter and the ma­chine stalled. But it con­tin­ued fine after I re­moved it.

Tak­ing it apart, like set­ting it up, was straight­for­ward. It was not hard to clean – I just needed a brush with stiff bris­tles to scrub out pulp from the fil­ters, a chop­stick to clean the nooks and cran­nies, and a sponge for the rest of the parts. It was easy to op­er­ate, use and clean, but I wish it ex­tracted juice more ef­fec­tively.

ZOKU ICE CREAM MAKER

$48.90 (in­cludes a recipe book), from BHG, Robin­sons, Takashimaya D.S. and Tangs This ice-cream maker is great for mak­ing sin­gle-por­tion treats quickly. Freeze the stain­less steel bowl overnight, pour in the chilled in­gre­di­ents, stir them, and scrape the sides of the bowl with a mix­ing spoon (in­cluded) for five min­utes for your soft-serve ice cream. If you like your ice cream harder, pop it in the freezer for another 10min.

My peanut but­ter, mocha and Nutella ice creams turned out smooth and creamy – just like what you would get at the ice-cream par­lour, although they melted quickly. You can’t make another treat straight­away – the bowl needs to be well frozen be­fore your next ses­sion. But if you have four of th­ese, ev­ery­one in the fam­ily can make their own flavours!

LEKUE WAF­FLE KIT

$79 (in­cludes two wafe moulds, a deco pen, a spat­ula and a recipe book), from Tangs Or­chard and www.the­home­shoppe.com.sg With th­ese sil­i­cone moulds, you can make waf­fles in the oven with­out slav­ing over a waf­fle pan. Pour your bat­ter into the moulds, then pop them into the oven. After seven min­utes, turn the waf­fles out from the mould onto the bak­ing tray. Bake for another seven min­utes and they’re ready. Each mould makes four waf­fles; you can fit two moulds side by side on a rack in the oven.

The waf­fles were per­fectly shaped and slid off the un­greased mould eas­ily. When I used the bat­ter recipe from the recipe book, they turned out denser than reg­u­lar waf­fles, but tasted pretty good! I could even fill the deco pen with honey or choco­late sauce and dis­pense it through a noz­zle to cre­ate whirls and swirls – a per­fect kit for ef­fort­less waf­fles!

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