Using Tech to Be More Sustainable in the Kitchen

by Lisa Aichhorn - Pádraig Power, on Oct 12, 2023

Sustainability in the kitchen is by no means a new concept. However, when most people think of sustainable cooking, they often consider organic produce, vegan recipes, homegrown vegetables, creative use of leftovers, energy-saving tips, and waste separation. But when it comes to a "sustainable kitchen," it's not just about what we cook, but also about what we cook with.

Refurbished Thermomix being used for soup preparation

Refurbished Thermomix being used for soup preparation

While an amazing device, the Thermomix is heavily resource-intensive in its production. Coffee machines and immersion blenders also have significant carbon footprints in their production.

That's why, at refurbed, we have come a step closer to our goal (to provide a refurbished offering for all tech in your home) by offering you a wide range of cheaper, more sustainable refurbished kitchen appliances:

From coffee machines to cooking appliances, and even vacuum cleaners (and robot hoovers), everything is included. And so that you can experience the taste of a sustainable kitchen equipment without a guilty conscience, we have put together our some of our favourite recipes to inspire you.

For example… Lemon Tartlets with Chocochino:

Lemon Tartlets with Chocochino

Lemon Tartlets Ingredients:

  • 250g flour
  • 350g butter
  • 255g icing sugar
  • Salt
  • 3 lemons
  • 6 eggs
  • 100g granulated sugar

Shortcrust Pastry Preparation:

Knead the sifted flour, 150g butter, 75g sugar, 1 egg yolk, the zest of a lemon, and a pinch of salt into a dough. (Warning - set the egg white aside for the meringue!) Grease the tartlet moulds and dust with flour. Roll out the shortcrust pastry thinly and line the moulds with it - chill for about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake the tartlets for about 15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and fragrant.

Lemon Curd Preparation:

In a pot, whisk together 4 eggs, 180g sugar, 180g lemon juice, and the zest of 2 lemons and thicken at low temperature. Once the mixture has the right consistency, let it cool slightly and stir in the butter cubes. Let the mixture cool for about 1 hour and then spread it on the finished tartlet bases.

Meringue Preparation:

Beat 2 egg whites and a pinch of salt, gradually adding the sugar. Just before the egg white is firm and glossy, add a splash of lemon juice. You should be able to form nice peaks. Fill the mixture into a piping bag with a nozzle and pipe as many dots as you like onto the tartlets. Finally, lightly caramelize the meringue with a Bunsen burner, or if (understandably) not at hand, you can put the tarts under a medium heat in the grill.

Useful Refurbished Baking Appliances?

Is baking by hand not for you? Not to worry, here are some top quality refurbished kitchen appliances to help you on your baking path:

Chocochino with Rocket Appartamento Coffee Maker

Chocochino Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 125ml almond milk

Chocochino Preparation:

Coffee bean lover? Then the first step is to grind your coffee, which you can do with our refurbed Rocket Faustino 3.1 Coffee Grinder. From here, prepare a cup of espresso with our Rocket Appartamento Coffee Maker. Stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the espresso until both are completely dissolved. Froth the milk with the integrated milk frother and then pour the espresso over it. Finally, garnish with cocoa powder and serve.

And for the health-conscious… Green Smoothie:

Smoothie with refurbshed KitchenAid Juicer


  • 1 peeled kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 250ml water or plant-based milk (adjust the amount of liquid depending on the desired consistency)

Smoothie Preparation:

Using one of our refurbed KitchenAid Juicer, blend all the ingredients together with the liquid until a silky smooth juice is achieved. Fill into a glass and enjoy!

On the other hand, if you prefer something warm as the weather gets colder, you can prepare fantastic soups with the refurbished Thermomix. And the most delicious part: With refurbished kitchen appliances, you can save up to 40% compared to buying new, and thanks to the minimum 12-month warranty, you have the same quality and safety in your kitchen as with new devices. Of course, you are also helping our environment by enacting the circular economy. If that's not green and tasty…

Refurbished Vacuum cleaner

If you want everything to be clean quickly after inspired cooking, you can delve into the world of refurbished vacuums and steam cleaners. You can even choose a robot hoover for your floors to cleaned without you lifting a finger.

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