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Cooking is fun and rewarding, but at times it can also feel overwhelming. Between chopping, peeling, sautéing and stirring I often feel like I need four more hands to get everything right. A pot of simmering sauce left alone a moment too long can be scorched to ruin before we even realize.

And what about those sauces, soups and stews that need your constant attention for multiple hours on end? I for one would rather not stand in front of the stove, spoon in hand, for half the day and stir without rest. But, if it’s all for a fabulous outcome, where your taste-buds and tummy are rewarded, then stir I must.

Luckily, there’s a gadget for my stirring troubles.

Ardente Gourmet Stirrer from Chefs

The Ardente Gourmet Stirrer sits atop your pot and is operated to intermittently or continuously stir your goods. It can stretch to easily fit pots from 9″ to 14″ in diameter and up to 11″ deep. The blades rotate smoothly throughout, and are stackable to ensure a thorough stir.

Operated by batteries, the Ardente Gourmet Stirrer can last for up to 18 hours without needing an outlet. And the blades are dishwasher safe to make for an easy clean-up.

This automatic stirrer is also awesome for cooking milk-based products, including custards, because the bottom blade eliminates scorching and burning. Nothing is worse then burning your sauce that you put so much time and thought into, except for maybe the scrubbing and scouring you’ll have to do to remove the damage from your pan. So avoid it all with this nifty little gadget.

Available online from for $59.95, or from, the Ardente Gourmet Stirrer can lend a helping hand in your next simmering situation.

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