There’s kitchen gadgets, and then there are kitchen appliances. The ActiCook & Stir from T-Fal is neither. This beast of a machine goes to task on the labour-intensive babysitting that we all lament when it comes to food prep. The old adage of a watched pot doesn’t boil carries no water with this juggernaut. Both compact and sleek, the ActiCook & Stir works hard so you won’t have to.
Part pressure-cooker, part slow cooker, this one pot multicooker aims to ease the workload in your kitchen, and with 18 cooking modes, there’s no recipe this one pot wonder can’t tackle. Baking? Check. Yogurt? Sure. From sautéing to baking bread, deep frying donuts to simmering soups, the ActiCook & Stir is innovative and family friendly, with minimal steam escaping and auto-shut offs, you can relax during meal prep instead of worrying if that pot on the stove is going to boil over.
With the stirring paddle in place, the gentle whirring and shuffling is the only sound you’ll hear. A gentle beep reminds you to add ingredients if required, and the auto keep warm function kicks in if you’re in the weeds. The menus are super easy to navigate and customize. Really, the only thing it doesn’t do is cut up your ingredients or empty the dishwasher!
Inspired by the full colour cookbook of amazing recipes, here’s our new favourite fall soup!
Curried Carrot and Butternut Squash
500 ml Chicken broth
2 cups butternut squash, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
1 cup of celery, chopped
3 tbsp of butter
3 garlic cloves, diced
1 tbsp of fresh ginger, diced
2 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of whipping cream
With the stirring paddle in place, select the Sauté function and food type- Vegetable. Set the time for 15 minutes and then select the Stir function. Add butter, celery, squash, carrots, ginger and garlic. Close lid and press the Start key. When the timer goes, open the lid and add the chicken broth, cinnamon, curry powder cumin and salt. Select the Soup function with food type Vegetable. Set the time for 45 minutes. Close the lid and hit Start. Curl up, read a book, and wait for the beep. Carefully remove the cooking bowl and pour soup into a blender, or use a hand immersion blender. Slowly add whipping cream and garnish with crispy sage and toasted pumpkin seeds.