Some kitchen chores are so tedious they defy description. In fact, they transcend the kitchen and become synonymous with boring, menial tasks. Peeling potatoes is a prime example. Peeling garlic is another. The tiny, powerful cloves may house a deliciousness unlike any other, but getting to the goodness can be a chore. Tricks abound with ways to peel a garlic clove, all with varying success. And now, an electrical contraption has gotten into the mix. Well, make that mix and chop.
I'm guessing you usually make or order a pizza like the cavemen used to do it. That's so yesterday. Start-up company Natural Machines is now tempting our tummies with a 3D-printed pizza made using its working prototype Foodini food printer.
Natural Machines shared a four-step photo collage of the pizza being made. It starts with the Foodini piping dough down in a tight spiral. This phase of the process isn't exactly tummy-rumbling due to the less-than-attractive look of the dough. The next step involves a spiral of bright red sauce. … Read more
Water is the most abundant substance on Earth. It might also be the most powerful; given enough time it can move mountains. (Or at least whittle them down.) However, just because about 71 percent of the Earth is covered with water, that doesn't mean a small quantity of it cannot do big things. Specifically, 46 ounces of the stuff.
The PowerPot is a small portable cooking pot that debuted last year. Except unlike most cooking vessels, this one generates electricity when used. The thermoelectric generator converts a temperature difference into energy; fill it with water and place it over … Read more
Wherever there is fire, we shall seek to tame it. This is especially true in the kitchen, where fire equals deliciousness. But as time has gone on we have traded flame for electricity, in the names of both safety and convenience. But just because our kitchens are populated with safe stovetops and convenient microwave ovens doesn't mean we have to give up the quest for flavor. Or even fire.
One common kitchen item is a culinary torch. The little butane-powered gadgets are used for tasks such as finishing sous vide food, or caramelizing sugar for creme brulee. But the … Read more
New things can be intimidating. New things in the kitchen are even more so. It hits us on a primal level, whether it be a new food or a new preparation. When it comes to cooking sous vide, any hesitation makes sense -- after all, we've been cooking with fire forever; somehow cooking with water just doesn't seem right. Until it's time to taste the results, that is.
There's a scene from a movie, the title of which escapes me (it might be Arnold Soboloff's character, Acupuncture Man, from Mel Brook's "Silent Movie"), in which the character emerges from an acupuncturist literally covered head to toe in needles and pins (certainly seems like 1976 humor.) Keep that image in mind. Now apply it to your Thanksgiving turkey. Except instead of humorous intent, imagine a whole lot of deliciousness.
A bread maker in the kitchen is more than just a time-saver, it is encouragement. If not for the bread machine, chances are loaves would come straight from the store shelves. Although the offerings from the store are rich and varied, nothing can compare to the delicious comfort of freshly baked bread. But why should Western-style loaves have all the fun?
The universe of bread is big, wide, and delicious. But one thing all bread holds in common, no matter what it is designed to hold, is that freshly baked is better. The Rotimatic, from the firm Zimplistic in Singapore, … Read more
The kitchen can be a mysterious place filled with wondrous things. And that's before any food enters the room. Imagine a time traveler, stumped by the box that is the microwave. Depending on the era, they could probably riddle out the use of the hearth and the icebox, or rather the oven and the refrigerator, but other things might not be so obvious to our friend out of time.
Lots of people rely on an iPad in the kitchen. In addition to using cooking-specific apps, you can look up recipes on Web sites, and drop the tablet into a book stand and have a pretty decent stand-in cookbook that can also double as a measurement converter and cooking encyclopedia for definitions and techniques.
Sharp wants to go one better. It's currently looking at bringing to market the Chop-Syc, a high-tech chopping board prototype with an embedded touch-screen LCD tablet and built-in scale for weighing ingredients. Designed by Siobhán Andrews as the winning entry in Sharp's #GetItDownOnPaper competition to win a two-month internship, the idea is to make healthy cooking and portion control much easier. … Read more
Just as the seasons turn, so do our palates. Big, warming food becomes popular again, and appetites dream of what's to come. Always on the horizon, of course, is the big food day of the year. No, not Halloween -- contrary to popular belief, candy does not constitute a meal -- but rather that other food holiday: Thanksgiving. And while tradition dictates much of the menu, every once in a while, something new sneaks in. Or at least a new preparation.