September 25, 2008
Crock-Pot has a new touch screen slow cooker coming out this Fall, and we've been doing some hands on testing of this new model. It features a luminescent touch screen interface instead of the more traditional dial controls found on most Crock-Pots. The eLume model also is very large, allowing you to make meals large enough to feed 8+ people. We decided to make the famous Kalua Pig plate lunch recipe we've recently been taught friends for our first meal with the Crock-Pot.
Kalua Pig Recipe:
- 4.5 pound pork butt
- 2½ tablespoons Hawaiian salt - we used smoky salt from Penzeys
- 1/2 bottle of liquid smoke
- Garlic from Penzeys - we'd normally used fresh garlic but tried their new dried minced garlic
- 1 head of cabbage
The controls on the front are very easy to use, and the glowing lights are also a pleasant addition to the kitchen ambiance. We dialed up 6.5 hours, and then put it on high. Pressing start allows you to start the countdown.
Continue reading: "Review: Crock-Pot eLume Touch Screen Slow Cooker"
September 24, 2008
This won't be coming to our house because my son is allergic to peanuts, but if you are interested in making your own peanut butter, this machine is dedicated to it. It isn't the most attractive thing I've ever seen, but it seems very functional. It has five settings, so you can make the peanut butter the consistency you want--from crunchy to smooth. You simply poor the peanuts in and turn it on.
At Helman Group PBM-200 Peanut Butter Machine
September 19, 2008
We've been looking for a more energy efficient and safe way to make a cup of tea in the morning, and we believe we've found it with the Capresso H20 Plus Water Kettle. The Capresso H2O Plus Water Kettle is a fast and convenient way to brew hot water for tea and other beverages, and a new independent study shows another advantage: energy savings.
The energy-conscious Capresso H2O Plus Water Kettle has a concealed heating element under a stainless steel dome on the base of the kettle, which boils water faster and uses less energy than a stovetop kettle, according to an independent study by Gaynes Labs, Inc. In fact, water boiled on an electric range used nearly 60 percent more energy than water boiled in the Capresso H2O Plus, and on a gas range the stovetop kettle use over 163 percent more energy.
The Capresso H20 Plus Water Kettle uses 163% less
energy than our gas range.
The high-quality Schott glass showcases water when it boils, making it instantly clear when the water reaches a rolling boil, and we think as you can see above - it just looks cool. The kettle automatically shuts off when the water reaches a boil, ensuring the kettle does not boil dry. For added safety and energy savings, the kettle also automatically shuts off when it is removed from the power base.
We also found the kettle easy to operate, the H2O Plus comes with a simple on/off switch and a blue indicator light to show when the kettle is on. Indicator lines from 16 to 48 ounces and two to six cups on the glass kettle make it easy to fill the right amount. The power base includes the electric plug, with a cord storage option so the cord does not get in your way.
At Capresso H2O Plus Glass Water Kettles and Capresso
August 29, 2008
This dedicated oven cooks stone baked pizza in a snap. We're not sure why you would need to get a dedicated pizza oven, but if you ever tire of pizza, this idiot-proof appliance comes with a special deep dish for cooking all kinds of delicious snacks: from omelettes and pasties to quiches and croissants.
Via Gizmodo at FireBox
August 25, 2008
If you want brick oven pizza at home, then you'll need a brick oven. This portable pizza oven can be used on a countertop or table. The oven heats without open flames, and the clay dome retains and circulates heat. The pizza cooks in 6 to 8 minutes and can make up to six personal pizzas at a time. It comes with six spatulas, cooking plate, and a dough cutter.
At Wimmeley PD601 PizzaDome Portable Italian Brick Pizza Oven
August 21, 2008
This looks like a good simple steamer/rice cooker. It shuts itself off when the cooking is done and and has stay-cool handles. In addition, the steamer's pan is non-stick to prevent rice from sticking.
At Panasonic SR-G06FG 3.3-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer
August 18, 2008
The entire road trip experience is getting better and better with more kitchen contraptions that you can take with you in your car. This mobile microwave has an led screen, is made of steel, and can be powered using just your 12 volt cigarette lighter or even by directly hooking it up to your battery. However the 12 volt method however doesn't yield great microwave times - it's going to take 6 minutes to make water boil. But if you do have a long drive or road trip - what's 6 minutes?
Via Gizmodo at Product Page
August 8, 2008
We've been using our toaster oven a lot more since the whole energy crisis has been heating up. We thought this 6-slice toaster oven with convection technology for faster cooking that has 2 rack positions looks like a good oven if you don't have one already. The 150- to 450-degree F thermostat should be able to dial up the correct temperature for whatever you want to cook, and the 60-minute timer with auto shut-off makes it almost like your big oven with a kitchen timer.
We believe we've saved just north of $43 bucks last month by cooking more with smaller appliances, and even if the savings are less - they're still savings.
At Oster 6297 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven
August 7, 2008
This hand mixer does it all. It has two beaters for mixing, beating, and whipping; a dough hook for kneading; a cup for blending; and a chopper unit that attaches to allow chopping of nuts, onions, cheeses, etc. The mixer has three speeds and a power-pulse button.
At Braun M880 Multimix 4-in-1 Hand Mixer
August 4, 2008
Electric kettles are actually very efficent at heating water, but most kettles are overfilled which wastes a huge amount of energy each year. So in these greener times, we're really excited about this new electric kettle concept. The Boiling Point kettle uses 30% less power, has more flavor in each cup of tea due to no re-boiling of the water which would reduce oxygen levels, and is much smaller than other kettles. We've got a full set of details and video after the jump.
Continue reading: "Boiling Point - Kettle of the Future"