It seems like every fruit and vegetable has a little something that needs to be removed before we're ready to eat it. With peppers, it's the seeds. With kiwi, it's the skin. But the Fruit Scoops, from Progressive, have provided an easy way to handle those less-than-tasty parts. The scoops look like little more than a circle of nylon at the end of a stick, but they can scoop, slice, core and even create shapes from a variety of fruits and vegetables. The handles are stainless steel to provide a good grip, while the scoops are nylon … Read more
If you buy more than an apple or two at a time, slicing them up can turn into a bit of process. If you need enough slices for a house full of kids or you're planning to preserve some fruit, coring and slicing that bag of apples can become overwhelming. But the Adjustable Pit and Split from Progressive can make the whole situation simple again. This corer can handle a lot more fruit than just apples, too. The adjustable design can take the pits out of peaches and plums, core pears, and handle plenty of other fruit. Wash your … Read more
I watch a lot of cooking shows and one of the things that keeps catching my attention is that most chefs use only a handful of knives. They rely on just a few for most cutting and chopping. The Multi-Utility Knife from Kuhn Rikon can easily be that knife in your kitchen. It's shaped like a cleaver, although more compact, and the green-colored knife is covered with a non-stick coating, which makes it possible for this knife to slice smoothly through foods that normally take some effort, like cheese. It's also useful for chopping and slicing other ingredients. … Read more
Forget about the future where we all walk around in silver unitards. How about a future where we dump a bunch of groceries on the counter and the counter tells us what we can make? That's the future kitchen user experience of Oasis, according to Intel Labs, which showed it off at the ninth annual Intel Research Day.
Oasis uses projected displays on everyday household surfaces, like kitchen countertops, to create interactive "islands." The technology lets you interact with an ordinary kitchen counter in a way that feels completely natural and intuitive. It's done by retrofitting … Read more
Some of the best meals I've ever eaten have involved a smoker. But when I'm cooking, I don't often have the time to achieve that smokey flavor. An electric smoker, such as the H2O Smoker from Aussie Grills, offers a quick and easy solution so way even I will find smoking meat and fish manageable. The smoker plugs in, and uses water to reach the right level of heat and maintain it as your food smokes. The smoker has a "porcelainized," 5.5-quart water pan. It uses flavor channels to direct smoke for the best … Read more
When I cook, I have a bad habit of burning myself. This is due entirely to carelessness on my part--if I try to flip something that I'm frying or sauteing and it flips right out of the pan, I will often simply pick it up with my fingers to toss it back in. In a word, ouch.
Fusionbrands wearable cooking tongs are made from heat-resistant silicone and let you use your fingers without scalding them. Use them on either hand to flip, turn, or stir-fry your food while keeping a close watch. The 7-inch tongs keep your fingers and … Read more
Grilling is a communal affair. Not in the sense that there are altruistic reasons for such behavior, but it is a matter of simply wanting to keep an eye on what's yours. After scoping out the perfect steak, burger, chicken thigh, or what-have-you, the worst thing that could happen is when one of your so-called friends makes a grab for it when you are not looking. The best way to fight this unwelcome intrusion of grill space, naturally, is to keep an eye on your goods, but that's not always easy to do--especially with gas grills, which tend … Read more
I can't think of how many recipes I have that require me to heat up milk or melt butter before mixing in other ingredients. Being able to handle such tasks directly in the measuring cup I've already placed ingredients into makes the cooking process go that much faster. The Stove-Safe Measuring Cup can handle stovetop and oven temperatures, letting you not only measure and heat in one container but even cook. This measuring cup can also safely be used in the microwave and can take a ride through the dishwasher with no problems. If, for instance, you wanted … Read more
Maybe you've got a giant home theater system that can make an audience feel like it's in a full movie theater. Maybe you've got a smaller TV for your family to just hang out around. Either way, a batch of popcorn is perfect for whatever movie you'll be watching next. The EasyPop Popcorn Maker, from Cuisinart, takes the necessary steps to make sure that you'll have a great bowl of popcorn every time you need it. The popcorn maker includes a motorized stirring mechanism to reduce the number of unpopped kernels, as well as specialized … Read more
There's always been a relatively simple approach to the question of what to do with your spoon when you're not stirring a hot pot with it: you find something that will catch drips and set your spoon on it. It's not a perfect system--if you've got multiple spoons, it's easy to forget which spoon goes with which pot--but it hasn't been an area for particularly novel development, at least until now. The Utensil Pot Clip is an all-new approach to the question. This stainless steel and silicone tool clips to the side of pots, … Read more