by Donna M. Airoldi | May 17, 2011

In today’s attention-divided world, who hasn’t burned a pot or three on the stove while being distracted on the iPhone or some other electronic device?

Those days are potentially over, however, with the new Self-Stirring Electric Pot, from Hammacher Schlemmer. The nifty new kitchen companion automatically stirs food as it cooks, so home chefs can concentrate on other aspects of meal preparation.

The product has an integrated spatula that rotates autonomously along the bottom of the pot, mixing ingredients and lifting bits of food that would otherwise stick and burn. The Self-Stirring Electric Pot can be set to stir continuously, when stir-frying or sautéing, or to rotate intermittently, such as when simmering soup ingredients. It can even stir risotto or a cheese fondue without human intervention.

“Sauce preparation and sautéing typically require constant attention to prevent scalding or sticking, but the Self-Stirring Electric Pot relieves cooks of performing this tedious, time-consuming task,” says Fred Berns, Hammacher Schlemmer’s general manager.

The device adjusts from 200º F to 400º F, allowing cooks to sauté, sear, braise, boil, or simmer, and its tempered glass lid helps retain moisture during cooking. The 3-1/4 quart pot is made of cast aluminum that distributes heat evenly across the interior’s non-stick surface. The pot, spatula, and lid are dishwasher safe.

The Self-Stirring Electric Pot is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95. For more information, visit www.hammacher.com or contact Trish Hammond at (847) 581-8987, or via e-mail at pr@hammacher.com.