May 25, 2011
Sous-Vide cooking is gaining popularity as most young chefs are using not only in their kitchen at work, but also their kitchen at home. We reviewed the SousVide Supreme for home use sous-vide cooking some time ago, and are still using this method for pork chops and other items in our kitchen. If you're unfamiliar with sous-vide cooking it's basically a french method to cook using vacuum sealed food in a hot water bath.
At WikiPedia: French for "under vacuum", is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath for a long time--72 hours is not unusual--at an accurately determined temperature much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 60 °C or 140 °F. The intention is to maintain the integrity of ingredients and achieve very precise control of cooking.
We have done a variety of cooking using our SousVide Supreme, but it was only available at Sur La Table at the time, the SousVide Supreme is now widely available and even at Amazon. What we think you'll like is how convenient it can be after you get a few items prepped like meats and vegetables ready to go, and even prepare an entire meal in the supreme if you mix the right ingredients. Wired has a really great article on one of the pioneers, and mind the comments - even though Sous-vide using a low cooking temperature it's not a bacteria bath, the results with food are amazing.
April 22, 2011
You can now make your own Hawaiian ice with this easy to use top hand crank manual ice shaver. It features an enclosed ice chamber for safe operation, and a drip tray for easy clean up. the Jelly Belly manual ice shaver also includes two ice molds or can be used with ice cubes.
At Back to Basics Jelly Belly Manual Ice Shaver
April 11, 2011
This 5-1/2-cup computerized rice cooker and warmer with advanced Neuro Fuzzy logic technology will make perfect rice every time. IT features multi-menu selections, automatic keep-warm, extended keep-warm, and reheat cycles. The spherical, nonstick inner pan allows for spherical heating will ensure no burnt rice, and the LCD clock and timer will tell you when the rice is ready.
At Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer
March 24, 2011
Our current toast and convection oven is getting a little long in the tooth, so recently we've been on the lookout for another toaster and convection oven we could replace it with. The Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ 1800-watt convection toaster oven with 4/5-cubic-foot nonstick interior is about the same size as our Cuisinart, and it features element IQ technology for smarter control over the heat. It also has 9 pre-set functions, and the 5 quartz heating elements allow things to cook evenly. It also has a auto-eject wire rack, removable crumb tray, pizza pan, baking pan, and a broil rack. We use our broil rack all the time and you can see below you can even cook ribs. YUM!
At Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
February 25, 2011
Induction cooktops can save space, and can make a free standing kitchen even smaller in size. By using an induction cooktop you'll also save energy because they heat up much more efficiently. Here's a list of the top 10 induction cooktops over at Home Tome:
February 24, 2011
This 18 Quart roaster will cook a turkey in no time, and you don't have the mess of an entire oven to deal with. Over the past few Thanksgivings we've used one of these at our Aunt's place and they make an amazing roast bird.
At Nesco 18qt Anniversary Roaster
February 23, 2011
This cordless glass water kettle lifts easily from 360-degree swivel base, and has a 1-1/2-quart capacity. The German Schott glass with min/max markings, has a concealed heating element with auto shut-off upon boiling for added safety. The generous handle with slip-free, textured underside ensures a secure grip when making your perfect cup of hot tea.
At Capresso 259.03 H2O Plus Glass Water Kettle
February 22, 2011
We've been on the look out for a compact microwave in stainless steel for our friend's kitchen that has a carousel turntable and is under $100. This 4/5-cubic foot capacity kicks out 800-watts output power, and even features a child safety lock. The 10-inch diameter carousel turntable is exactly what we were looking for, and the best part - this microwave looks good with the solid stainless steel top and bottom design.
At Sharp R-216LS Compact Size 0.8 Cu-Foot Microwave
February 18, 2011
We're partial to any of the IKON designs, but this blender takes the prize for tallest most impressive design in the IKON series. This 5-speed blender with pulse and presets for ice crushing and smoothies features a 54-ounce glass jar that resists scratching, chipping, and fogginess. The controls on the blender are really easy to use, and the glass jar has easy-to-read measurement markings, and there's even a backlit digital timer. How big is that motor? A whopping 750-watt motors all set in a die-cast base. You'll be able to blend just about anything with this IKON.
At Breville XXBBL600XL IKON Hemisphere Blender
February 17, 2011
We happened to see this slow cooker recently on a skiing trip, and think the dual purpose in kitchen and portable kitchen makes sense. The portable use we saw was with a mom cooking about 20 hotdogs or more in the cooker ready to be served whenever the kids needed some food throughout the day. She also had a crock of beans going in another one of these. Amazing.
- 6-quart oval stoneware is perfect for seven or more people or a six pound roast
- High, low and warm settings are perfect for making chilis, stews, sauces and more
- Lid-mounted locking system is easy to use for portability
- Secure fit lid helps keep the unit sealed so your meal stays in when you go out
- Measures approximately 15 by 10 by 15 inches
At Crock-Pot SCCPVL600R Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker