You may have seen a similar-looking apparatus in ramen shops, where chefs boil noodles within cylindrical sieve containers, allowing them to easily prepare multiple portions in the same pot of boiling water and scoop the noodles out just when they’re ready. Or maybe you’ve seen an equivalent in your everyday diner, as the cook uses an immersion fryer to make french fries or onion rings. The Trebonn Cookin’Pods bring a similar compartmentalized cooking experience to your own home. Designed to let you boil pasta, vegetables, or even eggs in water without having to fish in with a slotted spoon to retrieve them later, the Cookin’Pods rest directly on the rim of your saucepan with their base immersed in the water. When you want to take your food out, just grab a pair of gloves and pull the Cookin’Pods out. The pods automatically strain your food in a split second, saving you time and effort.
There’s a certain convenience to the Cookin’Pods but their biggest advantage is their ability to let you easily compartmentalize your cooking. Imagine having to cook pasta in boiling water as well as blanch vegetables. While under normal circumstances you’d require two separate saucepans to prepare the two different foods, Cookin’Pods lets you do it all right in one pot of boiling water. Just add the pasta in one pod and the veggies in the other. Not only do the pods let you separately cook both at the same time, but they also let you easily take either one out when they’re done cooking – something that would be impossible if your vegetables and pasta were all chucked into the same saucepan together!
The colorful Cookin’Pods are made from a thermoset plastic that can withstand high temperatures. The Cookin’Pods are designed to be used only in water (you can’t immerse them in hot oil), and Trebonn recommends not using them on a gas burner with a high flame, just in case the heat causes the pods to warp. Even though they aren’t made from metal, the Cookin’Pods do get hot, so when you’re taking them out of the saucepan, it’s best if you use oven mitts to hold their handles.