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 a wonderful place to be. That is, it's a wonderful place to be until you want to leave it and there is a roast in the oven and a boiling pot of water on the stove. The water is easy enough to stall from boiling (either by watching the pot or just turning it off), but other food items require attention. For those times you need a thermometer, there is a leash-free solution.
LAS VEGAS -- CTA Digital already conquered the realm of the bathroom with a toilet paper holder that doubles as a tablet stand and the iPotty, an iPad toilet-training arrangement for kids. Now the company has set its quirky sights on the kitchen with a line of cutting-edge tablet holders.
For people with precise knife control skills, there's the $34.99 Bamboo Cutting Board with Stand for iPad and Knife Storage. It elevates your iPad just a bit above the cutting surface and includes knife slots along the side. Just be careful when you're slicing away not to peel a bit off your screen. For people who may be a little more klutzy, there's a $24.99 bamboo cutting board with a screen shield that should also keep your precious tablet protected from flying vegetable peels and meat juices.… Read more
Weekend mornings staring at the syrup bottle have no need to be confusing. While one side of the equation may make perfect sense -- that being to serve something with syrup -- the other side can be as opaque as batter. For it may be that delicious syrup makes delicious breakfast even better, the fact remains a platform has to be chosen to pour it on to. The great eternal syrup question is of course: pancakes or waffles?
Unlike other breakfast conundrums, this one has no incorrect answers; both waffles and pancakes are delicious in their own ways. Yet just … Read more
Family, friends and food. These three things tend to come together this time of year. Now, as we close out 2013, we can look back at the last couple of months and reflect calmly upon the flurry of excitement and activity that so often defines the season -- as well as all those incredible messes that were made in the kitchen.
Before the platters of cookies, cakes, and sweets get set out for all to enjoy, they must of course, be made. That entails a lot of mixing, chopping, and all-around messiness. At least for one common kitchen task, the … Read more
Some kitchen chores are so tedious they defy description. In fact, they transcend the kitchen and become synonymous with boring, menial tasks. Peeling potatoes is a prime example. Peeling garlic is another. The tiny, powerful cloves may house a deliciousness unlike any other, but getting to the goodness can be a chore. Tricks abound with ways to peel a garlic clove, all with varying success. And now, an electrical contraption has gotten into the mix. Well, make that mix and chop.
I'm guessing you usually make or order a pizza like the cavemen used to do it. That's so yesterday. Start-up company Natural Machines is now tempting our tummies with a 3D-printed pizza made using its working prototype Foodini food printer.
Natural Machines shared a four-step photo collage of the pizza being made. It starts with the Foodini piping dough down in a tight spiral. This phase of the process isn't exactly tummy-rumbling due to the less-than-attractive look of the dough. The next step involves a spiral of bright red sauce. … Read more
Water is the most abundant substance on Earth. It might also be the most powerful; given enough time it can move mountains. (Or at least whittle them down.) However, just because about 71 percent of the Earth is covered with water, that doesn't mean a small quantity of it cannot do big things. Specifically, 46 ounces of the stuff.
The PowerPot is a small portable cooking pot that debuted last year. Except unlike most cooking vessels, this one generates electricity when used. The thermoelectric generator converts a temperature difference into energy; fill it with water and place it over … Read more
Wherever there is fire, we shall seek to tame it. This is especially true in the kitchen, where fire equals deliciousness. But as time has gone on we have traded flame for electricity, in the names of both safety and convenience. But just because our kitchens are populated with safe stovetops and convenient microwave ovens doesn't mean we have to give up the quest for flavor. Or even fire.
One common kitchen item is a culinary torch. The little butane-powered gadgets are used for tasks such as finishing sous vide food, or caramelizing sugar for creme brulee. But the … Read more
New things can be intimidating. New things in the kitchen are even more so. It hits us on a primal level, whether it be a new food or a new preparation. When it comes to cooking sous vide, any hesitation makes sense -- after all, we've been cooking with fire forever; somehow cooking with water just doesn't seem right. Until it's time to taste the results, that is.