Convenience is something that practically every kitchen gadget strives for. However, some do it better than others. When it comes right down to it, the first factor to consider is accessibility. When a product reduces the amount of steps necessary to get to some end result, the entire process is made more accessible. And when it comes to creating healthy dishes, anything that makes it easier can only be a good thing.
Kitchen appliances come in all shapes and sizes, from the boxy and square to the rounded and organic. Though they are all made to attract the eye of the consumer, sometimes form is dictated by function. When it comes to food steamers, there is a reason for their vertical orientation. However, just because heat rises doesn't mean they have to stop at one level. In fact, taking advantage of the nature of steam allows them to reach for the sky.
It goes without saying that the best kitchen appliances are the ones that can do a little bit of everything. When faced with a cornucopia of ingredients and indecision about what to do with them all, the decision is often made based upon convenience. However, convenience doesn't have to mean tossing everything in the microwave and hoping for the best. (Although it's hard to understate the convenience of a microwave.) With the right multitasking appliances on hand, convenience and versatility can be always at the ready.
The Sunpentown Shabu Shabu 3-quart Grill and Multi-Cooker is a convenient countertop … Read more
Steaming food is an excellent way to not only retain vitamins and minerals, but also to bring out its natural flavor. However, as basic as bathing a food item in a wash of steam may be, sometimes it can be rather hit and miss. Like all other cooking methods, everything has a different cooking time, but when it comes to steaming, overcooked food is limp, lifeless and neither healthy nor delicious. While checking on the progress of steaming foods doesn't necessarily guarantee disastrous results, the process can be time-consuming, and at best, inefficient.
The Silicone Steam Pod offers a simple way to steam vegetables, boil eggs and handle a few other kitchen tasks. It is essentially a silicone basket that can hold up to a dozen eggs at one time. You simply lower it into a pot to boil the contents. If you'd rather steam your dinner, you can hang the Silicone Steam Pod by its handle over the side of a pot. Not only does the basket make steaming easy, but it makes immersing and draining dishes safer: you don't have to risk dropping a dozen eggs into water, along … Read more
When it comes to cooking food, it seems like when using steam it is easy to overlook. But Oster's Digital Food Steamer makes steam one of the easiest ways to cook up a healthy meal quickly. It's programmable, giving you a whole list of options like delayed cooking, warming settings, and timed steaming. The hardware is just as good as the software: it has a capacity of 6.1 quarts, divided into large (3.8 quarts) and small (2.3 quarts) steaming bowls--you can easily steam multiple dishes in one go. The Digital Food Steamer also has egg … Read more
I've had hot dogs on the brain all week. Yesterday, I posted about a Kwik-E-Mart style rotisserie griller available for home use and the day before I was all about a hot dog vending machine. Maybe it's because it's All-Star week, or because July is the official high tide of hot doggery. The Fourth of July weekend is the big hot dog day with an estimated 155 million dogs devoured. Whatever the reason for my hot dog affliction, there's no reason to stop celebrating as it is National Hot Dog Month after all.
Combination appliances abound, … Read more
I'm a rice purist. When I say that, I mean to say that I avoid buying any box of rice that guarantees ready-to-eat rice in one or five minutes. This isn't because I think that the rice will end up tasting bad: I just have come to terms with the fact that rice, in its raw and natural state, just takes a little bit of TLC and time.
My attitude toward the multifunctional grain has presented me with some problems in the past. For a dish that requires constant supervision, like risotto, I can be assured that my … Read more
"It's a periscope," Poggenpohl's showroom manager Oliver tells me as I stare at the futuristic-looking device installed on one of Poggenpohl's sleek steel countertops.
At first I believe Oliver, who provided my tour of the luxury kitchen-maker's San Francisco design studios yesterday, because he is rather poker-faced.
Then again, I can be gullible.
I look again and realize that the submarine-style thing might have something to do with the in-counter steamer next to it. The steamer, made by Gaggenau, one of two appliance makers Poggenpohl usually works with, (the other is Miele), looks normal … Read more