Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
Like most young families, my parents struggled to make ends meet. My mother, however, is an excellent cook and, despite a limited budget, ensured that we ate well.
Then I joined the Navy. Our cooks were trained, but it isn’t easy to provide a culinary experience on a ship bouncing across the Atlantic in heavy seas. And, of course, the food was purchased from the supplier that offered it for the least amount of money.
Most ex-sailors associate veal cutlets with sundried leather, and I still shudder when I recall the gastronomical disaster referred to as Wiener Supreme—three wieners wrapped together with bacon and stuffed with cheese.
Once I retired from the military, I was forced to feed myself. That presented a new set of challenges. I could grill a steak, boil pasta, and fry an egg. Beyond that, I was hopeless.
Happily, there are kitchen appliances specifically designed to assist the untalented cook. A microwave provides access to the wonderful world of TV dinners, an indoor grill cooks hamburgers to perfection, and an air-frier turns the simple chicken breast into a mouthwatering delight.
In today’s review, I am examining what could logically be considered the next step in the evolution of the kitchen appliance. The TOKIT Omni Cook promises to provide a simple and straightforward method of preparing complicated meals while reducing the time required for cleanup.
The central unit of this cooker consists of a heavy base with four large suction cups clinging below. Once placed on a counter, it stays firmly in position. Inside the base is a 500W motor capable of spinning up to 12,000 RPM. The mechanism that secures the mixing bowl is located alongside a seven-inch touchscreen and a large control dial. The base is wi-fi capable and includes a self-developed smart cooking system. Recipes are automatically downloaded via wi-fi, and a built-in scale measures the weight of any ingredient added. The Omni Cook automatically selects and uses the cooking and timing settings integrated into the selected recipe.
A large metal 2.3-quart mixing bowl snaps snugly into the base. Its removable four-bladed cutting head connects to the 500W motor below, and an internal heating coil can provide a stable temperature setting between 95°F and 356°F. A lockable lid and a plastic measuring cup fit snugly to the top rim of this bowl.
Additional components include a hand-held rubber-coated scraper, a simmering basket, a measuring spoon set, and a whisk. A user guide is also provided.
- Manufacturer: TOKIT
- Name: Omni Cook
- Model: TLLJEO1ACM-2A
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n 2.4 GHz
- Color: White and black
- Material: Stainless steel, silicone, plastic
- Base weight: 6.7 kilograms (14.8 pounds)
- Total weight: 8.8 kilograms (19.4 pounds)
- Rated voltage: 120VAC
- Heating mode: Electric
- Rated motor power: 500W
- Maximum motor speed: 12,000 RPM
- Rated capacity: 2.2 liters (2.3 quarts)
- Rated heating power: 1000W
- Heating range: 35°C - 180°C (95°F - 356°F)
- Total rated power: 1500W
- Recipes available: More than 1000
- Display: Integrated 7-inch touchscreen
- Sensors: Weight and temperature
- Measurement system: Can be set to metric or imperial
- The recipe can control the cooker: Yes
- Dimensions: 287 x 343 x 368 millimeters (11.3 x 13.5 x 14.5 inches)
Preparation and Operation
The heart of this system is automation. Once a recipe is selected, the first step is to examine the list of ingredients and purchase whatever is not already available.
Some items require pre-preparation. For example, in one recipe, I was required to peel and dice 200 grams of potatoes and 150 grams of onions.
The recipe prompts the user to add each ingredient at the proper time. In my initial cooking experiment, the menu first requested that I add 50 grams of butter. I pushed the big dial button below the display to reset the scale to zero. Then I gradually added butter until it read 50 grams. After locking the mixing bowl’s lid in place, I swiped the display to reach the next set of instructions. It commanded me to push the button again. Once I completed this action, the Omni Cook slowly stirred and melted the butter. Then the machine played a little jingle to remind me to swipe the display so it could tell me what ingredient to add next.
In most cases, my work involved adding ingredients and pushing the button that forced the machine to perform the required cooking operation. I did not attempt to change the preprogrammed instructions, but a more experienced cook could have modified the temperature, time, or blade speed.
On one occasion, the first steps involved creating a sauce by blending a combination of items. Then I was asked to scrape the contents from the mixing bowl for later use. After this, I added the ingredients necessary to prepare the meatloaf onto which this sauce would be spread.
Sometimes other kitchen appliances must be utilized in conjunction with the Omni Cook. When I prepared the potato casserole, the final step was to pack the partially cooked potato dish into a pan and bake it in my oven.
While this dish requires many ingredients, the procedure itself is quite straightforward. Recipes that include milk require constant stirring typically. In this case, however, the Omni Cook stirred as it cooked, allowing me to spend quality time reading my Dick Francis novel.
The soup turned out great—the best I have ever tasted. The vegetables impressed me the most. They were neither too crisp nor overly soggy. Leftovers the next day were even more flavorful as the various ingredients had blended nicely together overnight.
This recipe was slightly more complicated than the soup. The first steps included creating a sauce, and the final step involved baking the loaf in my oven. Nevertheless, it was an easy recipe to follow, and cleaning up was a breeze.
Because I like my meat to be cooked very thoroughly, I added 20 minutes to the specified baking time. While this dish was tender and tasty, I did find that I preferred my mother’s homemade meatloaf. I found out later that the main ingredient in her recipe is ground beef, while my meatloaf consisted of an equal amount of ground beef and ground pork. No problem. I will stick to ground beef in the future.
Cheesy Potato Casserole
This recipe was easy to follow, although I did have to peel nine medium-sized potatoes. The strangest element of this recipe was the request to spread a handful of crushed potato chips atop the dish before shoving it into the oven.
The result tasted somewhat like scalloped potatoes in the form of a thick soup. Although the texture was not what I expected, I did like it. The next day I dragged the leftovers out of the fridge several times to snack on a spoonful of the stuff!
The sturdily constructed Omni Cook replaces a stovetop element, a food processor, and a scale. While that saves space and is very convenient, the critical element of this system is its ability to download a set of recipes and automatically follow their instructions. According to my contact at Tokit, new recipes are constantly being added.
This device displays the required ingredients and measures their weight as they are added to the mixing bowl. Then the device follows the recipe’s cooking instructions, cooking or mixing the ingredients for the proper amount of time. The Omni Cook first mixed the meat and spices together when preparing my meatloaf. Then it kneaded the resulting mixture. I was quite impressed.
Before adding the proper amount to the mixing bowl, I sometimes needed to chop up a few items, such as potatoes and onions. Other than that, my work consisted of pushing a button and, sometimes, shoving my partially prepared meal in the oven.
The use of this device cuts down on the number of dishes that must be scrubbed, and a pre-cleaning cycle ensures the mixing bowl can be quickly washed. The TOKIT Omni Cook is recommended.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Walter Shillington