The kitchen can either come with great amounts of pleasure or great amounts of stress. Luckily, with a few great kitchen tools that have multiple purposes, you'll be able to fret less and whip up many more delicious meals. These 10 affordable tools are essentials in any kitchen, and you probably have several of them in your own. Read on to find out the many uses for each tool and share your tips in the comments!
One of the easiest ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle is to start cooking for yourself. The more you learn about food and what it does to your body, the more likely you'll lean toward fresh, whole foods. And while getting into the kitchen can seem like a feat at first, having the right arsenal of tools will make every meal a cinch to whip up. Here are our picks for the appliances, gadgets, and cookware every healthy home cook should own.
From warm apple pies to gooey caramel apples, there are several ways — and tools — to prepare this crisp, seasonal fruit. For the moments you don't want to simply take a bite and would rather enjoy this fruit in a sweeter form, consider these seven kitchen essentials that make prepping apples easy as pie!
The kitchen is a dangerous place for devices. But with all those nifty recipe apps for iPhone and iPad, what's a modern cook to do when her kitchen companion is completely defenseless against messes and spills? We've rounded up seven solutions to get your gadgets ready for any cooking adventure.
You love the latest and greatest gadgets, especially when it makes your life easier. But how far would you go to solve simple solutions? We pulled some gadgets that are definitely wonderful, but may verge too far into the wacky category! Be the judge; would you try these finds?
Technology is all about making things simpler, so why not invest in some creative, easy-to-use kitchen gadgets to make cooking a breeze? Whether you've always hoped to cook molecular cuisine or regularly turn on your rice cooker, we've found seven high-tech accessories to help you get the job done. From a Bluetooth-connected cooking thermometer to a fast, safe grill lighter, here are some of the best kitchen gadgets to try.
When it comes to healthy cooking, I'd be a wreck without my must-have kitchen tools. From gadgets to cookware basics, these items help keep my fat, sugar, and sodium levels down while making sure that my nutrients for the day are always maxed out. Keep reading to see which kitchen essentials help inspire every meal to be a healthy meal.
Want to add a futuristic edge to one of the more relatively primitive parts of the house? At CES, luxury appliance company Thermador introduced the Freedom Induction Cooktop, which is the first full-surface induction appliance to let you cook on any part of the surface. Position cookware of any size and shape anywhere on the stove, and get started on that complicated Winter soup you usually have too little space to make.
All those pots and pans now crammed on the Freedom Induction Cooktop are controlled with a 6.5-inch color touchscreen display that powers the heating level, cooking time, recognizes the location of each pot on the cooktop, and instantly updates as pans are moved around the surface. Now, a stove is the last place you normally want a touch panel, but the induction heating ensures the surface remains cool, while maintaining the same power as an ordinary gas stove.
The Freedom Induction Cooktop will be available July 2012, and with a $5,000 retail price, we'll list it among our luxury dream home must-haves for now. At-home chefs, would a hi-tech kitchen appliance like Thermador's new stove make it to your wish list?
If you're in a baking mood, or are considering edible gifts for your holiday gift giving, check out these Camera Cookie Cutters ($18) that will show off your love for cameras (and baked goods). Coming in a set of three that includes a SLR, a rangefinder, and a vintage twin reflex camera, there's something for everyone. And if your giftee isn't so into taking pics, no problem — everybody loves a cookie.
- Ditch the Paper: I used to have a million scraps of paper for grocery lists and recipe ideas, but now I organize it all on my phone instead. There are a lot of apps out there for this, but I really like OneNote, available on Windows Phone 7 phones. OneNote also has an audio-notes feature that I can imagine my mom using to record some notes for me on our family recipes.
- Simplify Cooking: Cookies are always a holiday staple and can be made in advance to save time on the big day. I can make my favorite cookie recipes from memory — the ones my mom and I bake every year — but when I’m looking for something new, there are search tools that make recipe hunts a lot easier. For example, Bing has a recipe search tool that includes pictures and can narrow down results by cooking method and occasion.
- Keep It Clean: I always feel better when my counters are clean — and I’ve found the same is true for my PC. I like to keep recipes and notes off of my desktop and online. SkyDrive is an easy tool to use to store files for free, and I can access my SkyDrive from my PC or phone, and send photos or meal ideas to my family and friends.
- Get Out: As much as I enjoy creating a fulfilling meal for my family, sometimes you just have to let someone else do the work. One of my favorite Windows phone features is Local Scout — anywhere I go I can scroll to Bing on my phone, press the Scout button, and see what restaurants and bars are close by, including reviews.
Hear about the gadgets Alex hopes to find under the tree this year after the break.