For those who have been patiently waiting for a sous vide cooker to come down to the realm of the everyday budget, a quickly funded Kickstarter project might just be the answer. The Sansaire is an affordable solution for those looking to dive into the relatively new method of sous vide cooking. Judging by the campaign reaching 4.5 times its funding goal only about halfway through the period, it's probably safe to say that many have been waiting for just this opportunity.
Kitchen appliances that overachieve are always welcome on the countertop. It hasn't quite gotten to the point where one appliance can cook absolutely anything and everything in any type of way (microwaves don't count), but when it comes time to properly prepare a meal, one can only ask for any particular appliance or gadget to do so much. And maybe perhaps a bit more.
The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe ($159) offers the ability to cook up a batch of practically anything. Building upon the popular Cuisinart Griddler name, the countertop appliance combines an indoor grill with a griddle … Read more
The ability of the kitchen to be able to transform one set of ingredients into something else is a remarkable happenstance that occurs on a regular basis every day. This in no way makes the processes any less remarkable. With a simple motion, oil and vinegar can become salad dressing or egg, oil, and a touch of acidity can combine to create homemade mayonnaise. And of course, for those with the sweet teeth, heavy cream whips up quickly and easily into whipped cream (before turning into butter, that is).
It is series of events like these that make exploring the … Read more
Many kitchen tasks demand precise attention. This, of course, comes as no surprise. Fire, food, and a sometimes frenetic pace combine to create an environment where it is important to play safe. Even if that means just for storage.
Having a drawer full of knives isn't exactly the best situation when it comes time to pull one out for the bunch. Not only is that an easy way to cut one's hand, but it is also not good for the knives.
Knife blocks are designed to live on the countertop and as such come in all shapes and … Read more
Contrary to the wishes of some anonymous rule maker, it is OK to play with your food. Someone, sometime was probably doing just that when he or she discovered something simple like the fact that peanut butter and jelly go together. This oversimplified example goes to show that many things in the kitchen are not necessarily intuitive (although at this point it's pretty hard to imagine PB&J ever not being a thing). However, if inspiration for the new by trial and error conjures up images of playful experiments gone wrong, there is a modern helper.
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Not everybody wants a kitchen with gadgets and contraptions decked out in the brightest colors possible. It is probably safe to say that some gadgets and contraptions don't even warrant a fanciful color treatment; sometimes mundane kitchen tasks really are mundane. Now, this isn't a treatise against colorful objects, but rather a notice that sometimes the classics shine brightest.
The Joseph Joseph Nest 100 ($100) set is the stainless steel version of the colorful Nest mixing and measuring tool set. The nesting bowls consist of nine common no-frills items that can be used for a variety of tasks. … Read more
There exists a balance in the kitchen. Actually, there exist many balances in the kitchen. Not only are food and cooking so often about finding the right balance of spices and ingredients, but there is also a necessary balance going on behind the scenes. Kitchen appliances come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn't mean the kitchen has to spend any amount of time out of balance.
The GE Artistry Series is a new kitchen appliance line designed to combine style and affordability. The kitchen suite consists of a bottom-freezer refrigerator ($1,099), a top-control dishwasher ($499), an … Read more
Once upon a time, microwave ovens were only a concept. Now, freezers everywhere can be stocked with frozen food as easily as taking a trip to the local market. But it still requires a trip to the store. Sure, frozen foods can be ordered and delivered, but since frozen foods are frozen there lacks a certain urgency of need; they can be stockpiled for months on end. But what about freshly-made convenience food?
There exists a gap between microwaveable meals and restaurant delivery. While some might say, "yes, that is called 'cooking,'" others might ask "how many … Read more
Of all the kitchen appliances that make their home in the busiest room of the house, there is one that refuses to budge during mealtime. Sure, the refrigerator and the dishwasher aren't going anywhere anytime soon, but the big meal-maker is the oven, and it historically hasn't been very mobile. Unless, of course, you have a mobile phone.
Expanding the capabilities of its wall oven line, GE has introduced True European Convection with Direct Air. Available for 30-inch models, the addition of a top interior vent allows for better circulation of heated air in the oven cavity. The … Read more
Waffle evolution has had a long and twisty course. First, there was the waffle iron; somebody poured batter in it and all was well. Eventually somebody took a freshly cooked waffle and rolled it up, inventing the ice cream cone. After that, not much happened until one enterprising fellow ruined his wife's waffle maker and changed athletic footwear forever. Now, there is a new course set for the home kitchen with upside-down, inside-out waffles.