Pap, also known as porridge, is a popular dish made from ground maize, known as mielie meal in South Africa, or other grains. It's a staple food in many African countries and is typically prepared by mixing the grain with water to form a thick paste, which is then cooked over a low heat. Depending on the region and culture, the consistency of the paste varies.

For an inexperienced cook, cooking pap is not a simple and straightforward process. Here are some difficulties and safety concerns that inexperienced cooks will encounter.


  • Mixing consistency: It can be challenging to mix the maize meal with the right amount of water to achieve the desired consistency. Too little water can result in a dry and lumpy pap, while too much water can make it too runny.
  • Temperature control: Maize meal can stick to the pot or burn easily, especially if the heat is too high or the pap is not stirred frequently enough. Controlling the temperature and avoiding burning can take some practice.
  • Timing: Cooking time can vary depending on the amount of maize meal and water used, as well as the cooking method. It can be difficult to know when the pap is ready, especially if you are not familiar with the dish.
  • Lumps: Pap can develop lumps if it is not mixed properly. These lumps can make the pap uneven and unappetizing.
  • Physical Strength: Due to the constant stirring that’s needed to enable the pap to cook evenly and prevent the formation of lumps, a certain amount of strength is needed to complete the cooking process. An inexperienced cook will find it difficult and intimidating to cook pap.


  • Splatters: Maize meal can be very hot and can cause burns if it splatters or spills. It is important to be careful when stirring or pouring the pap.
  • Hot pot: The pot used for cooking pap can become very hot, and it is important to use oven mitts or a towel when handling it. It is also important to place the pot on a stable surface and away from the edges of the stove while stirring to prevent it from tipping over.
  • Hot steam: When cooking pap, hot steam can rise from the pot and cause burns if the cook is not careful. It is important to use a pot with a lid and to wear oven mitts or use a towel when handling the pot.
  • Fire hazard: Cooking pap on a stove can be a fire hazard if the heat is too high or if the pap boils over onto the burner.

Inexperienced cooks should take care when cooking pap and follow safety guidelines to avoid accidents or injury. An automatic pap maker can eliminate some of these difficulties and safety concerns and provide a safer and more consistent cooking experience.

The Appetite Automatic pap maker will automate the process of making pap. Instead of having to mix the grain and water by hand and continuously stir it to prevent lumps from forming, the Appetite automatic pap maker can mix the ingredients and cook the pap for you. This can save time and effort in the kitchen.

Additionally, the Appetite automatic pap maker has smart cooking features that automatically sets the cooking time and temperature, which can help ensure that your pap is cooked to your desired consistency. 

Overall, the Appetite Automatic Pap Maker is the tool for simplifying the process and achieving consistent results.

In addition, the Appetite Automatic Pap Maker Deluxe is also Multi Cooker (multi Cooker) — Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Grain, Egg, Sous Vide, Slow Cook, Rice, Porridge/Oatmeal, Steam, Sterilize, and Keep Warm. Find out more about the multi cooker in this blog post: what is a multi cooker - a comprehensive guide