August 31, 2009
Gizmodo has been running a set of features on different types of cooking methods, and one that caught our eye is the induction article. We've long been fascinated with this cooking method because instead of using a flame like gas, or radiant heat like standard electric burners, induction burners use a magnetic field. Yep - that's right MAGNETS. Current passing through conductive material generates heat instead of flame or electricity heating up a burner. Check it out - it's an amazing read.
At Cooking with Magnets: An Intro to Induction
August 28, 2009
We recently upgraded this Summer from our Weber Q 200 gas grill when we finally got the Kitchen Contraptions porch upgraded and made a bit larger to accommodate seating and most of all a larger grill. After much deliberation we went with the Weber Genesis Special Edition EP-310 Propane Gas Grill. We loved the look of the grill right away, and we knew we could get the Weber rotisserie attachment for it, along with the Special Edition Genesis having some improvements in the drip tray area and other niceties like a built in gas gauge.
Weber Genesis Special Edition EP-310 Propane Gas Grill Features:
- 637 sq. in. cooking space
- 42K BTUs
- 3 stainless steel burners
- Porcelain lid with stainless steel trim
- 7MM stainless steel rod cooking grates (we chose not to use these and buy additional cast iron grates from Weber - as we prefer that surface and the way it seasons the bars)
- Stainless steel flavorizer bars
- Stainless steel wire warming rack
- Electronic ignition
- Stainless steel working surface
- Tank not included
- Color we chose was Black
One thing as noted above, we didn't use the stainless steel cooking grates, but instead decided to get an additional set of the cast iron grates to cook on. We haven't liked stainless steel cooking grates when we've used them, and this was our decision. We like the way the cast iron grates season, and we just like the look as well.
Continue reading: "Review: Weber Genesis Special Edition EP-310 Propane Gas Grill"
August 27, 2009
The SPT 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker combines all the breakfast necessities into one: Toaster Oven, Coffee Maker and Frying Pan. This is the perfect compact appliance for dorms, offices, RV's, studios or wherever space is limited. You can brew a fresh cup of coffee, toast a croissant and fry up an egg all at once. We of course like the hot dog and toasted bun idea in the picture. Whatever you decide to make, were sure the 3 in 1 has you covered.
At Sunpentown BM-1107 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker
August 26, 2009
Aaron Root's concept for J.A. Henkle consists of a knife in a single wooden block, that has magnets on the side so you can pick the knives you want an fit them together into a larger uber knife block. You could also use the magnets to attach the knives to a larger metal surface.
August 25, 2009
We've had several readers write in to tell us about this perfect tea kettle. This tea kettle features perfect temperature control, and a precise temperature gauge that is multi-colored and easy to read. The temperature gauge indicates the correct water temperature to provide the ideal cup of tea or coffee. We also like the energy saving design as it reduces unnecessary boiling or re-boiling by always knowing the exact water temperature. This kettle also features a whistling sound which signals boiling water.
At Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettles
August 24, 2009
Having just returned from a week long vacation at the beach, we saw a lot of cooler action. One thing we found both fascinating, and annoying was SUVs that don't have enough room in them to actually fit a cooler, so they tow it on a platform behind the SUV. Go figure. Well - we think if they want the ultimate cooler instead of one of those plastic deals they should get this 54-quart steel-belted cooler with stainless-steel lid, case, and hardware. The cooler pays tribute to original Coleman design first launched in 1954, and the sturdy stainless-steel handles feature rubber comfort grips for transport. It even has a rust-resistant drain
At Coleman 54-Quart Steel Belted Chest Cooler
August 21, 2009
Lately we've been obsessed with replacing our kitchen knives. We really love any of our Japanese-style cook knives, and this 7-inch Japanese-style cook's knife is designed for chopping, slicing, dicing. It features alternating hollows on the blade's sides to prevent food from clinging, and is made from stamped from stain-resistant, high-carbon steel that can be resharpened over and over. Really - we just love how they mow through any vegetables we prep, and the flat blade looks really cool.
At Victorinox Cutlery 7-Inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife
August 20, 2009
Having your own outdoor wood fired Pompei oven might just give you the coolest outdoor kitchen award. Lifehacker has an amazing article on how you can make your own wood fired wonder. Imagine slow roasting legs of lamb, and making wood fired pizza on all on a Saturday afternoon.
At Build a Backyard Wood-Fired Pompeii Oven
August 19, 2009
We're always interested in a sanitizing method that doesn't use any chemicals. This sanitizing system decontaminates food and surfaces without harsh chemicals or residues by using an ozone method. It's absolutely safe, even for babies or people with sensitive skin; the system operates without poisons, toxic substances or fumes. It also works 3000 times faster than bleach with no odors, and is FDA and USDA approved. The process kills up to 99.9-Percent of germs and bacteria.
At Tersano lotus LBU100 Sanitizing System
August 18, 2009
This is the coffee maker that brews with cold water to reduce the acid in coffee by 69.6%, producing rich, flavorful coffee. Independent laboratory tests confirm the hourglass significantly reduces the acidic compounds and tannic acids in coffee that can cause heartburn and create bitter tastes.
Cold brewing produces a concentrated coffee extract that retains flavor-enhancing essential oils that are lost when coffee beans are exposed to heat. The hourglass does not require any electricity; simply combine 2 1/4 cups of coarsely ground coffee beans with 3 1/2 cups of water in the brewing chamber and allow the coffee to infuse with the water for 12 to 24 hours. When the infusion process is complete, turn the hourglass over and 16 oz. of extract instantly drains through a reusable stainless steel filter and into the extract chamber.
Via Random Good Stuff at Hammacher
August 17, 2009
How about sinking a few forks with candles into your birthday cake instead of LAME older candles. Right after you make your birthday wish (which is most likely a wish to eat said cake) you can grab a candle and start chowing. Each kit includes 12 white fork candle holders along with 12 candles that fit into the forks. You can purchase the set for £8.00 or about $14.
Via Foolish Gadgets
August 14, 2009
We love the design of this coffee maker because it reminds us of Blade Runner. We're pretty sure this was in the apartment of Harrison Ford's character, and probably was designed by Syd Mead. This 6-cup coffee/tea maker comes with a charcoal filter for fresh taste, and features a built-in coffee-bean grinder. It even has a specially designed tea basket, and keep-warm function.
At Sanyo SAC-MST6 Coffee/Tea Maker with Built-In Grinder
August 13, 2009
We've been dreaming of kalua pig here at Kitchen Contraptions, and think this oval-shaped 6-1/2-quart slow cooker with integrated control panel from All Clad would do the pig justice. The All-Clad Stainless Steel slow cooker features a 26-hour programmable timer, and 3 temperature settings. It also has a black ceramic inner pot, and riveted stainless-steel handles for safe transport.
At All-Clad 99009 Stainless-Steel 6-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker
August 12, 2009
The Platinum Keurig B70 Single-Cup K-Cup Brewer is one of our favorites here at Kitchen Contraptions. We really love the ultra-quiet brewing from the Keurig B70, and you can read our full review here over at Single Serve Coffee. The brewer has also been reduced in price from $199 to $169 recently.
- Includes 1 box of free K-Cups.
- Brews a single cup with the press of a button.
- No grinding, no measuring, no mess.
- Compatible with the My K-Cup Reusable Filter
- Works with all K-Cups
- Iced Coffee Setting
At Keurig Platinum B70 Single-Cup Brewer
August 11, 2009
We've been looking for the easiest home Sushi rolling available, and we think we've found it. You can make California rolls, plus all your favorite varieties of tuna maki and the like. The design allows easy cleaning of both the rice press mold and the roller. Also given these tough economic times, you can save money and make sushi at home. We've also found the kids love making sushi together, and creating out of this world unique rolls for themselves.
At Adventures in Sushi Magic Kit - Sushi Made Easy
August 10, 2009
Seriously - where was all this cool Star Wars stuff when I was a wee lad? Now you can eat everything in your life with mini-lightsabers, and with each subsequent meal - your force power will double. These won’t be out until 2010, but you can preorder them on the Japan version of Amazon for ¥960 or about $10.
Via Foolish Gadgets
August 7, 2009
Maybe more for the office kitchen in your life, the Koolatron promises a 10-liter-capacity mini fridge shaped like a Diet Coke can that holds up to 8 12-ounce cans or 2 2-liter bottles. We can see going more the Coke Zero route here for our soda of choice, but it can also be used for cooling and heating? What? We're pretty sure we'll stick to using it for cooling...
At Koolatron Diet-Coke Can-Shaped 8-Can-Capacity Fridge
August 6, 2009
This automatic pancake machine has pictures of Homer from the Simpsons affixed to the end of the maker eating infinite amounts of pancakes. YUM!. The ChefStack machine is designed to provide years of profitable service whether used in a convenience store, coffee shop, cafeteria or health care facility, or your home kitchen if you happen to have 20+ people in your household. :-)
- Two proprietary Teflon coated cooking belts ensure ongoing quality and taste, with an output of up to 200 pancakes per hour in three sizes.
- Machine is the size of a microwave oven and takes up little counter space - even for self-service
- Pancake Mix used is shelf stable for up to a year
Via Gizmodo at Pancakes. Delicious and Fresh - ChefStack - Machine
August 5, 2009
Slow cookers can be good for the summer because you don't need to heat up your house with your oven. This cooker has three automatic modes. Program mode allows you to set your food to cook for a specified amount of time and then shifts to warm mode when the time is up. You can also cook manually or use a probe to discover when your meat reaches the right temperature. The removable stoneware pot and glass lid are dishwasher safe.
At Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
August 4, 2009
We've been grilling all summer, and we're always fetching the ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper. Why fetch when you can have someone caddy? The set contains: salt shaker, pepper shaker, ketchup dispenser, mustrad dispenser, rack. The mustard/ketchup squeeze bottles are plastic and 7 1/2" H with screw tops - classic. The shakers are glass with stainless steel tops 3 7/8" H. There is of course the caddy - a metal rack and you can store napkins between the shakers and bottles.
At Retro Condiment Caddy
August 3, 2009
July was another amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions - filled with kitchen gadgets, grilling, and other kitchen wonders. We had our first ever video reviews EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale and Firewire Skewers Flexible Grilling Skewers. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers, and we hope to do some giveaways soon. You can also follow us now on Facebook and Twitter.
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