The best gadgets are also often the simplest: devices that have a single, straightforward purpose, which their design is specifically tailored to suit. The Stirr is an excellent example of this principle in action. A kitchen gadget from British manufacturer Uutensil, the Stirr is an automatic pan stirrer that works pretty much exactly as you would expect, but it’s still fantastic to see it in action.
When placed in a pan the battery-powered motor rotates the device’s three plastic legs, keeping whatever is being cooked – soups, sauces, gravy or pasta – in constant rotation to ensure that it’s heated evenly. The three different speed settings ensure that the Stirr can handle everything from thinner sauces to thicker substances such as custard, though you might find it struggles a little bit with particularly viscous liquids.
It’s also worth noting that the Stirr isn’t going to handle solid food like a stir-fry for you – remember that this is very much a liquid- based device. However, whether you have a physical condition that makes stirring difficult or if you simply want to get the lumps out of your cheese sauce easily, you’ll find Uutensil’s gadget will quickly become an integral part of your kitchen arsenal.
Why is it good to stir the pot?
The simple art of stirring is most commonly employed to ensure that all the elements of a dish are well and truly mixed. However, stirring also activates proteins in some ingredients, thus developing gluten and adding crucial strength and structure to things like bread.
Conversely, there are also dishes and situations where you really don’t want to stir things up. The consistency of pastries and cakes calls for as little gluten as possible, so a gentle folding motion is the way to go when combining their ingredients rather than a consistent stir. With eggs, continually stirring them is a sure-fire way to mess up an omelette, while that same technique makes perfect scrambled eggs.