Last month we posted the first of our monthly posts featuring our favourite kitchen gadgets. The Flavour Shaker was quite a unique flavour-infusing kitchen accessory, but little will make your food more flavoursome than the Polyscience ‘Smoking Gun’ handheld food smoker.
We’re a nation that is increasingly curious about food; one only has to flick on the television to bear witness, as more and more food-based shows hit the small screen (Saturday Kitchen, Great British Menu and Masterchef are all on at the moment, to name a few). Smoking is a technique that crops up often, and this wondrous little gadget is a great way for you to sink your teeth into the modern ‘foodie’ trend; it’s ideal for adding mouth-watering smoky flavour to almost any food, and uses cool smoke that doesn’t add heat to your dish. Whether you fancy smoking some fish or adding BBQ aroma to meats or vegetables, there’s a huge variety of cuisine that you can flavour really easily.
It’s not just for smoking savoury treats either – some sweet treats taste fantastic with that extra essence of real smoked wood flavouring. Why not add the scent of smoked applewood to a fresh pie or bread pudding? There are even flavours to complement our wooden kitchen worktops; if you’ve got an appetite for oak or the maple munchies then Polyscience offer additional wood chips for £4 a bag.
You’re not just confined to wood shavings, however; the Smoking Gun is capable of adding aromatics from teas, spices or even dried flowers, for a whole new dimension of culinary creations. Available for £59.99 from Sousvidetools.com, the Smoking Gun is used by a number of top chefs, yet isn’t priced out of the reach of budding master chefs.