Q: What is your favorite brand of electric vegetable steamer? I have heard they are brilliant for steaming veggies while you cook the rest of the dinner because they can be set and forgotten and your never have over-cooked vegetables! We all want to eat more vegetables, don't we? So I thought I would research a good brand. Thank you!
Keurig, Schmeurig. Apparently what you really needed to buy that coffee lover on your holiday list was one of these Royal Coffee Makers. Once only available to European aristocracy (who, clearly, have ample countertop space to store them), these elaborate, whooshing specialty brewers are now available to commoners. Want to guess how much they cost?
Q: What is the best introductory stand mixer for someone who is trying to get into baking bread on a budget? KitchenAid mixers seem to be the favorite but they also have a higher price tag than I'm willing to spend on something I'm not sure I'll use.
Q: Can readers suggest a good all-in-one kitchen machine for my wedding registry? I have an Oster Kitchen Center that was a family hand-me-down. It's a stand mixer, blender and food processor. Unfortunately, they are no longer making this great device so it's hard to get replacement parts, plus I dropped it and cracked the housing. It still works, but since I know I have a few relatives who would love to buy an heirloom quality kitchen wedding gift I figured I'd look around for a good replacement.
Is there something out there that would serve all these functions in one machine with attachments? I know everyone loves the KitchenAid but I don't need a meat grinder or ice cream maker. I do need the food processor and blender and use them all the time. I know your readers would be just the people to know the pros and cons of the different options out there!
Why is this man staring pensively at his microwave? He's not waiting for it to beep. No, he's waiting for something else, and if you click through and watch this very unusual microwave ad, you'll see what.
Get deep enough into bread baking and you'll eventually run into one of the biggest home baking X-factors: temperature control. Pro bakers have special proofing cupboards to keep the environmental temperature steady while doughs and starters do their thing. We home bakers make do with warm ovens, radiators, and all other manner of improvised set-ups. This new small-sized, folding proofer from Brød & Taylor helps bridge the gap.
I am newbie to the immersion blender fan club, and I'm still consistently surprised by what a versatile and all-around awesome tool it is. Just the other day, I was innocently drooling over Tracy from Shutterbean's recipe for Cardamom Pear Butter, when her unexpected use of an immersion blender to puree the fruit just about made me fall off my chair.
Q: I've been using my little Cuisinart ice cream maker for a few months now, and have gotten such positive feedback on the results from friends and co-workers that I think I'd really like to scale this hobby of mine up a bit. Unfortunately, none of the larger ice cream makers (gallon-plus) listed on Amazon come from brand names I recognize or trust.
Is there a make/model you'd recommend for an ice cream maker that yields a gallon or more of ice cream per batch? My inquiring mind wants to know!
When money and storage space are tight, buying a new kitchen gadget like a food mill or a pressure cooker is never an easy decision. Will it take up too much space? Will you use it enough to justify the price? What if you want to try it out first? A neighborhood in Portland is working on a smart solution to this problem: a community kitchen tool library.