Kitchen appliances seem to add more functionality every time you turn around. In fact, considering the amount of connected appliances that keep appearing, one doesn't even have to turn around; your updates will appear in the notification panel. Having appliances that talk to each other (as well as to your smartphone) will continue to trend as evidenced by this year's crop of smart appliances at CES 2014. But sometimes, they up the ante the old-fashioned way -- by piling on more features.
The kitchen is all about timing. Sometimes things happen fast; other times patience is required. The slow simmering of an all-day sauce combined with the quick heat of a fast sear on a choice cut of protein brings together flavor combinations that rally our taste buds into believing that anything is possible as long as we take the time to do them right. But it is not just time that has a monopoly on efficiency in the kitchen. It's also about versatility.
We ask much of our kitchen gear, often pushing whatever we have past its limits. Forks get used as knives, blenders are put into action as food processors, toaster ovens suddenly become complete-meal makers; anything to avoid dirtying another pot, pan, or dish, right? As such, it has become commonplace to find appliances that have multiple functions built right in.
The Cuisinart Multi Cooker is a slow cooker, a steamer, a roaster, and a frying pan all rolled up into one. Especially convenient is the saut?ing function. Instead of breaking out a frying pan to brown meats before roasting … Read more
As far as required cleaning tasks go, doing the dishes usually isn't too bad of a chore. But that doesn't mean anybody necessarily wants to do them. One way to keep the pile under control is to keep it simple when it comes to cooking. However, that's easier said than done as there is no shortage of kitchen gear to choose from when deciding what's for dinner. One sure way to help eliminate (or at least minimize) the mess is to cook everything in one pot.
Automated kitchen appliances are handy devices, and their popularity growth shows no sign of slowing. But when you combine one-pot cooking with automation, their convenience factor goes through the roof.
The Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer frees cooks from ever having to stir a pot. While some foods--such as rice--yield the best results if they are undisturbed while cooking, other foods and recipes benefit from active cooking methods. However, there's no reason why one appliance can't do both.
With two main cooking modes in addition to the rice or whole grain cooking modes, the multicooker … Read more