Kitchen appliances rarely come ready to do your culinary bidding straight out of the box. Usually, some form of accessory or additional gadget is needed (and manufacturers are more than happy to supply you with). Usually the worst that happens in any well-stocked kitchen is a quick search through drawers and cabinets for an elusive tool, but sometimes, that much-needed tool goes unfound. This can result in a muttering chef wandering about the kitchen wondering why the manufacturer just didn't include such-and-such right on the machine. And then, sometimes, the manufacturers do.
The Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep is like having a blender, a food processor, and a drink maker all in one set. By attaching it to its accompanying 48-ounce pitcher, you can blend up a batch of milkshakes, smoothies or margaritas--it uses a QuadBlade system that even makes it easy to make snow cones in the pitcher. The Ninja Master Prep also comes with a two-cup container, which is just the right size for whipping up a quick batch of salsa. The set also includes a storage lid that makes it easy to stick leftover appetizers and drinks in the refrigerator … Read more
At some point for every kitchen gadget fan, it comes time to put away the kiddie tools. As we outfit our kitchens over time, we graduate from poorly made novelty devices to more usable constructs of higher quality. But then, sometimes these examples can fail us (or at least not provide us with all the power we need). While it might be nice to opt for the shiny ice cream milkshake blender, eventually the home chef needs to sacrifice nostalgia for quality.
It is said that we eat with our eyes first. There can be no doubt that when a dish is brought to the table, we drink in its aroma and visual appeal first, but when we dig in, no matter how great it looks, it better taste good. Since texture is key in so many dishes, it's no wonder chefs often use immersion blenders when faced with the need to blend. Other than the fact that they work quickly and efficiently with pots and pans, they also offer precise control in that one can see exactly what they are … Read more
Blenders are like toasters in that they are icons of the kitchen. As such, they enjoy a wide range of options and designs not normally reserved for simple appliances. However, a quick search reveals that--like toasters--when choosing a model design, options abound. As a result, both appliances share an interesting fate in the eyes of the consumer: the appliance needs to not only pass as a quality machine, but also make us feel as if the design transports us somewhere or to a different time. That's not to say we don't shop for other appliances based on the … Read more
Whoever came up with the advertising slogan, "Soup is good food" was spot on. Soup is good food. And good for you, too, especially when you make it yourself. Cuisinart is set to introduce (sorry U.S., looks like just U.K. for now) the Cuisinart Soup Maker in September 2009. The name may be uncomplicated and accurately reflect the simple nature of soup, but this blender-meets-heater is all business.
The soup maker is designed to help you create delicious homemade soups from start to finish. Even the ability to lightly saute aromatics is integrated. For example, you … Read more
Nothing beats a cool drink on a hot day. As summer heats up, we all consume a ton of drinks. As we spend more time outside enjoying the sun, it might be nice to mix it up once in a while with a nice blended drink. While most blenders aren't very portable, there is at least one that is designed to let you take the fun with you.
The Hamilton Beach Thermal Cooler Blender combines a blender and a thermos into one convenient unit. Featuring the capability to blend drinks right in the cooler, the appliance makes it easy … Read more
Summer is all about being on the go. There's good reason to be, too. The weather is nice, the kids are out of school, and it is time for vacation. We don't have time for sitting around; there's just too much fun stuff to do. Of course, this means that we also enjoy grabbing our food on the go, too. If it's a fruit smoothie, an icy drink, or a blended shake that you have in mind, what better way to truly be portable than to blend and sip from the same cup?
While some of you might think of the "Blender Defender" as mean, I don't. Animals kept as pets need to learn the rules. Cats and dogs, though, are notorious for deciding the rules don't apply when we, the owners, are away.
That is why one clever soul rigged up a blender filled with water to a motion-activated wireless Webcam aimed at the house plants his cat liked to nibble. When the cat would enter the frame, a networked upstairs computer would activate the water-filled blender--and a strobe light next to it--via an X10 wireless home automation module. … Read more
In my kitchen, I'm fortunate enough to have an appliance garage. My bread machine, food processor, blender, rice cooker, and sandwich press all get crammed into that space. It's lovely--I close the garage doors, and my counters look, if not pristine, then at least relatively clutter-free. But it's not easy to fit all those appliances into the small space the garage affords.I'm seriously considering an appliance I recently discovered: the Universal Plus Kitchen Machine from Bosch. This is a seriously cool stand mixer that can function as a blender, mixer with dough hook, food processor, … Read more