Some kitchen appliances just can't stand up to the rigors of...the kitchen. To be fair, it's is not always plastic parts or shoddy manufacturing that causes these breakdowns; sometimes it is just a matter of pushing an appliance past its limits. Anybody who has ever tried to use a blender as a food processor understands this. The right tool for the job can make all the difference in the world--especially when in need of big batches.
Kitchens are noisy places. Meal preparation being what it is, the sounds of pots and pans clanging together mixed with the sear and sizzle of cooking foods are comfortable noises. It means real, hopefully delicious, food is on the way. Given the anticipation of a meal, a few noises can be easily viewed as a good thing. However, there is a flip side to the process where some might not find the associated clatter all that appetizing: the cleaning.
The KitchenAid KUDE70FXSS Superba Series EQ Dishwasher--part of an upgraded line--operates at forty decibels. According to KitchenAid, the noise level … Read more
Every home has one, ensuring they are one of the most popular rooms in the house. Even if it weren't for their ubiquity, kitchens are guaranteed to be appreciated simply because that is where the food comes from. We all have to eat, so we might as well make it enjoyable. That goes for the making of food, too. Considering how much time is spent hovering over the cooktop, one that looks good and is comfortable to use are considerations that matter. As well as where to put the darn thing.
Breaking free from on top of the range … Read more
Sharing has always been important in how it relates to food. Survival of the species has certainly relied on such considerations as sharing time, resources, and effort, and today it is no different. A reflection of this reality can be found in our very own homes--or at least in the kitchen. Though nobody is going to go extinct if you grab the last slice of pizza, it doesn't hurt to have something else in the oven just in case.
Featuring the ability to cook a pizza up on top and a roast (or anything else really) down below, the … Read more
Coffee drinkers are a particular bunch; this is well known. However it's not all about whether they prefer a dark roast to a light roast or what temperature at which they like to have their coffee served. Other factors come in to play when it comes time to drink down the caffeinated elixir. (Assuming of course, that the choice of coffee is indeed caffeinated.) Brewing methods dominate a particularly large segment of the coffee drinker's preferences, but no matter which way the drink ends up in their hands, how old the coffee is always a factor.
For those … Read more
Gone are the days when toasters were necessary appliances; now one little box is capable of so much more. But that hasn't stopped old-timey toasters from populating store shelves. And truth be told, modern toasters have evolved into efficient little machines that feature nice designs and simple operation. However, sometimes that is not enough. What was once a ubiquitous kitchen appliance has evolved into something so much more.
The KitchenAid Convection Countertop Oven ($160) replaces the toaster (or even the toaster oven) while remaining compact in size. Measuring 13 inches across, 12.25 inches deep, and 7.5 inches … Read more
Refrigerators aren't the most exciting of appliances. They sit there silently (mostly, that is), taking up a lot of room and generally not doing much. However, like practically everything else in life, it is what is inside that counts. Depending on eating habits, refrigerator's interiors can vary wildly, from a frozen wasteland of precooked frozen foods, to a lush garden of fresh fruits and vegetables. While each and every refrigerator may house a different collection of consumables, as the anchor of the kitchen it's designed to always be there when you need it. Perhaps even more so … Read more
Very few kitchen appliances operate in the "on" position all day, every day. The refrigerator is definitely one appliance you leave on 24-7. While they may not make refrigerators with an "off" switch, they do make them to be energy-efficient and user-friendly. When it comes to a substantial purchase that is always in use, it's the little things that matter.
The new KitchenAid French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator is a model update that provides more user-friendly features. Interior space is increased from 25-cubic-feet to 27-cubic-feet, allowing for greater ease in both storing and selecting food … Read more
If you take a look at the new KitchenAid French Door bottom freezer fridge, you might think that the only changes are the chrome details and full color LCD screen on the newly contoured doors. You might, but you'd be wrong.
Open those lovely doors, and you'll find a larger fridge capacity (2 cubic feet more than previous models), shelves that extend an additional three quarters of an inch, and advanced LED lighting so that you can see everything you cram inside. The fridge also features an in-door water and ice system and a convenient tilt-out ice door. … 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.