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If the Prompt Pot had a cousin and that cousin had been, let’s say, simpler and fewer succesful however extremely dependable and keen to assist, you might need the Bonbowl.

The Bonbowl is basically a semi-portable (it’s good to plug it in, however it’s small in measurement) induction plate with a detachable bowl that serves because the vessel you’ll prepare dinner with and eat from. The compact kitchen gadget is multipurpose: It may well boil, pan-fry, reheat and saute, making it a number of notches above a glorified microwave.

One thing good concerning the Bonbowl is how easy it’s to make use of. I’ve uncared for to learn to work the Prompt Pot out of a mixture of stubbornness and distaste for needlessly complicating processes (like, you’ll be able to prepare dinner rice on the range); not like a strain cooker, although, the Bonbowl is intuitive.

On the left of the tempered-glass induction plate there are buttons for 3 warmth settings (low, medium and excessive); on the suitable, there are buttons to cease and begin cooking. Beneath these settings are numbers zero via 9, that are the prepare dinner time in minutes. Sure meals require totally different warmth settings and prepare dinner occasions — for instance, scrambled eggs prepare dinner finest at medium warmth, whilst you’ll use excessive warmth for hard-boiled — however the Bonbowl additionally has an auto shutoff operate that works with its warmth sensor so you’ll be able to set it and overlook it (this operate might be higher for duties like heating reasonably than cooking).

The Bonbowl comes with a plastic lid that some recipes will profit from, as will any leftovers in the event you resolve to retailer them within the fridge. And this lid additionally doubles as a strainer — good!


The Bonbowl is adept at cooking single servings of frozen meals (a complete part on its recipe web page is devoted to Dealer Joe’s freezer merchandise); eggs (scrambled, hard-boiled and fried); grains like oats, rice, pasta and quinoa; soups and ramen noodles; mac ’n’ cheese and even elementary desserts like Rice Krispie treats. Whereas these meals are fairly primary, there are methods so as to add taste and aptitude whereas additionally ensuring you’re cooking with well being in thoughts. For instance, you’ll be able to add leafy greens and different veggies to your frozen meals and egg dishes, and you’ll experiment with any mixture of spices, herbs and different flavorings as you’ll cooking on a typical range prime.

The Bonbowl’s essence is comfort, and of this it’s proud: It guarantees to assist make meals in 15 minutes or fewer, and that it does. This piece of cookware delivers super-quick and exact easy dishes, and that is really a profit for anybody who’s too hungry to attend for an elaborate, multi-step meal. Bonbowl additionally has built-in portion management, because it holds roughly 550 grams (about 2 cups of liquid). Whereas the set comes with a single bowl together with the induction plate, you’ll be able to order extra bowls on-line (two bowls and two lids for $39.99).

The bowl’s intelligent design permits it to operate as a cooking and serving device: It’s made with a double-walled development, which retains the surface of the bowl from getting too scorching (it’d get heat, however it’s at all times comfy to choose up with out an oven mitt), whereas the within heats on the obligatory temperatures for cooking. The precise induction plate doesn’t get too scorching to the touch, both; the small metallic spherical the place the bowl meets the plate is the one piece that will get scorching. You don’t want to the touch this at any level of the cooking course of, and also you shouldn’t.

Cooking with Bonbowl guarantees a swift cleanup: Not like with the range prime, the place meals particles are wont to gather and stick, it’s fairly robust to make a large number with the Bonbowl. Even in the event you do spill liquid or meals onto the induction plate, a easy wipe with a rag or paper towel ought to render it clear, and there aren’t any crevices for meals to get misplaced inside. The one piece of Bonbowl that can get messy is the precise bowl, however that is additionally easy to wash, to not point out it’s dishwasher-safe.


The Bonbowl delivers on its promise to prepare dinner easy meals, so in the event you’re searching for one thing to up your star chef standing, this isn’t the device. Whereas it’s a dependable piece of apparatus, you doubtless don’t want so as to add it to your assortment of kitchen instruments in the event you already personal a microwave and a range prime. At $149, the Bonbowl appears a bit of dear for what it could possibly accomplish; nevertheless, it could possibly be a clever funding for anybody who doesn’t have entry to a purposeful kitchen.

The Bonbowl’s one-year guarantee coverage makes me a bit of suspicious about its sturdiness, however over the previous few months I haven’t had any issues with both piece of the tools.

I want the Bonbowl existed after I was in school; communal microwaves are good in principle however are usually gross in apply. This equipment can be nice for anybody residing in a small house or missing entry to a working (or clear) kitchen.

Individuals who wish to reduce on takeout however don’t like to prepare dinner would additionally profit from this device, and I might see the equipment coming in useful for any condo dweller whose gasoline has inexplicably been lower off one too many occasions. Order yours in the present day on Amazon for $149.

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