CookingPal’s Multo food processor can also cook
CookingPal’s Multo is part of a new class of appliances that may have the biggest impact on the home kitchen since the Cuisinart entered the market in 1971. These all-in-one appliances not only combine all the functions of cooking. ‘a food processor, blender, steamer, bread maker, and more, but they can also cook the entire meal – from soups and sauces to sides and the main course – after you’ve prepared all the ingredients raw.
The Multo is an advanced implementation of this idea that connects to your Wi-Fi network and is controlled by an 8.9-inch touchscreen tablet. The tablet has a front scroll wheel for navigation, while a rear camera lets you take photos of the meals you create and store them for future reference. Its biggest appeal is that you can call up recipes that have been personalized for use with the Multo. There are 100 recipes available at launch, and the company promises to add five more each week.
A four-armed steel blade at the bottom of the Multo’s 3.1 quart stainless steel bowl can chop, grate, grind, blend, and perform other food processor-like tasks. Attach the plastic whisk attachment to the top of the blade shank and you can knead the dough, emulsify and whip cream, egg whites, etc. The Multo’s engine can turn up to 5,200 rpm. A built-in scale function will weigh your ingredients so you can cook with precision.
Once your ingredients are prepared, you can cook them in the same container or add the ingredients you want to keep separate (potatoes, for example) by placing them in a simmering basket. The Multo can simmer, sauté, boil, or steam this way, and you can stack two additional steamer trays – one deep and one shallow – on top of the bowl lid to make additional side dishes. The built-in heating element can cook up to 265 degrees Fahrenheit or it can just keep your food warm for up to 99 minutes if you’re not ready to serve it.
Download one of the recipes online, which can be personalized based on how many servings you want to prepare, and a guided cooking feature on the tablet can guide you through the process. When you’re done preparing your meal, CookingPal says you can add soap and water to the bowl and the device will clean itself thoroughly; there is also a lighter cleaning mode that you can use between two cooking stages. All components of the Multo – with the exception of the base unit and the tablet, of course – can also be cleaned in the dishwasher (upper basket recommended).
The manufacturer sent us a review unit last week, so we’ll post an in-depth review once we have prepared a few meals with the system. If you want to take the plunge now, CookingPal is taking pre-orders for delivery in July at a discounted price of $ 799. The company says the price will increase by 20% once the Multo is generally available.