As someone that is obsessed with cooking and writes a blog about it, I have A LOT of kitchen gadgets and appliances. If you’ve been following my HB Social Kitchen series this year you know I have a popcorn maker, coffee machine, and food dehydrator among the many other items I HAD to buy this year (spiralizer, spice grinder, second spice grinder etc.) When I found out that this month I would be testing a Cordless Kettle from Hamilton Beach I wasn’t really sure how useful it would be.
I have never owned a kettle before. Kettles with cords, cordless kettles, and even stove-top kettles are foreign to me. Like all desi aunties I boil water in a saucepan whenever I need it, and I make chai in the same saucepan – what in the world would I do with a cordless kettle?
Guys, I’ve never been so wrong about the usefulness of a kitchen appliance before. I’ve been reaching for my cordless kettle pretty much every day. The big surprise, it can be used for a lot more than just brewing tea. Here are 5 reasons every Indian kitchen needs a kettle – especially a cordless one.
- Maki di roti – Seriously though, how did I not know that having a kettle would make the whole process of making atta for maki di roti so much easier? I can now heat up the water and use my cordless kettle to pour with one hand and mix with the other. Genius!
- Re-hydrating chane and rajmah – Yup, if you forget to soak the chane or rajmah at night, you can speed up the cooking process by soaking them in lukewarm water. (Which is super easy because this kettle shows you what temperature the water is at)
- Rice flour roti – This is the recipe I use to make rice flour roti. Now I can add the boiling water directly to a boil add the flour and salt and just let it sit. I no longer have to use one of my sauce pans to mix rice flour atta. Brilliant.
- Warming a thermos before packing lunches – I’m that desi mom that almost always sends a hot lunch for my kids so I reach for a thermos every day. Having the kettle ready to go means I can heat up a thermos in just a couple of minutes, and the kiddos can have a hot lunch.
- Warming coconut (or any) oil – You know that moment when you reach for your coconut oil in the kitchen, or your amla oil in the bathroom and they have solidified? Put some warm water in a glass and drop the bottle of oil in it. The heat from the water will liquify the oil without wrecking the nutrients in it. (Side note – please don’t heat oil in a microwave, always use a warm water bath to preserve it’s healing qualities).
So there you have it, I’m officially converted from ‘what the heck would I do with a kettle?’ to ‘Oh baby imagine all the things I’ll do with my Cordless Kettle!’ While I don’t have a whole lot of experience with kettles I can tell you three reasons I love the Hamilton Beach Cordless Kettle:
- Portability – I can lift it right off the base and move it around my work surface.
- Different water temperatures for different recipes/uses
- Cool touch handle
Now that I’ve convinced you that really need a cordless kettle in your life, guess what; I’m going to give you a chance to win one! Just follow the directions below to enter. Please note – this contest is open to Canadian residents only.
This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
Images & Text by: Raj Thandhi