Whether it is marked by the clanging of a steel bar against a metal triangle or a pinging of a kitchen timer, the call of "it's ready!" is one that is and will always be met with great anticipation. The instant satisfaction that you get from seeing a hot meal placed before you is one that is primal yet somehow tinged in sophistication -- especially when the meal is ready when you want it to be.
Preparing a meal in your very own home kitchen is an everyday process that combines familiarity and comfort with the end result being deliciousness. But just because a meal is made in the kitchen, doesn't necessarily mean one gets to enjoy it at home. Sometimes, food just has to be taken to go. Naturally, the more portable the better.
Storage containers of every shape and size imaginable have for years dotted kitchen supply store shelves and virtual aisles and for good reason -- food is such a personal endeavor that it only makes sense that there be numerous methods … Read more
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
Kitchen gadgets are usually handy helpers geared toward the preparation of food. But as we all know, there is a darker, murkier side of the kitchen: the trash. An endless procession of trash bags march through our everyday lives: from the box to the can to the bin outside, eventually disappearing off into the sunset (and the landfill). With all this activity, it seems a ripe place to dig a little deeper to find some gadgetry.
The latest trend in product publicity stunts involves the use of high-tech vending machines. Pepsi created a soda machine that gives out sugary beverages in exchange for social-media love. Coffee company Douwe Egberts built a machine that pours a hot cup when people yawn. Now, beer company Amstel has created the Amstel Pause, a beer vending machine that requires a lot of standing around.
Amstel Bulgaria used marketing agency Next-DC to build the machine. Anybody who wanted a beer had to stand in a designated spot in front of the Pause, push a button to start a timer, and wait for three minutes before it would cough up a can from its precious inventory.… Read more
Astronauts used to have it really bad when it came to orbital dining options. Freeze-dried powders and cube food made for pretty depressing fare.
Now they have everything from fresh fruit to scrambled eggs. But what they really need is this 12-course meal in a can.
British design student Christopher Godfrey doesn't seem to have been thinking of spacefaring diners when he conceived All in One, a layered gourmet feast in a can. Doubtless the container would be unsuitable for space, but think of the gross-out fun you could have with this in zero-g. … Read more
It's happening quickly; our in-hand homes are getting out of hand. The growing availability of connected appliances and gadgets may bring convenience that is always at our fingertips, but it also brings clutter. Not necessarily physical clutter, but the kind of clutter that dominates tablets and smartphones everywhere: app clutter.
Whether we're talking about entry systems, lighting, or thermostats, smart connected appliances require an app to control them. This of course is what makes them convenient; being able to control everything by tapping on a few icons has been a dream since at least the first remote control … 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
Every kitchen has its list of regulars that consistently make appearances. For one it may be butter, cheese, bacon, and eggs, while another kitchen may populate its shelves with margarine, cottage cheese, tofu, and egg whites. But there is a subset within the spectrum of food that requires extra attention: the beverages.
Just as every kitchen has its preferred food items, every household quenches its thirst with a cast of regulars. But there is one thing that juice, lemonade, tea, and the like all have in common -- when bubbles are added, things change.