My uncool kitchen tool is so uncool, it might just be cool again. With its discolored white plastic body and red, white, and blue, chunky sans serif logo, my Robot Coupe food processor is clearly showing her age. But when it comes to performance, reliability, endurance and, let's face it, quirky charm, she rates A+ across the board — even with a broken-off handle and a scratched work bowl.
Q: I enjoy baking desserts that often call for nut flours or ground seeds. I've been using an old metal meat grinder to grind my own flours, which resulted in a nice fluffy flour, but it has not aged well. I have tried using blenders and grinders but generally end up with more of a butter than a flour. Help!
Last week we asked you, our readers, to share the one kitchen item you'd recommend splurging on. The response was overwhelming, but right on in our view. If you've ever wondered what's worth the money in the kitchen, read on for some valuable insight:
Aw, we like sweet stories, and this is a great one: the owner of this Hobart N50 mixer, Matt, wanted to turn it into an awesome gift for his girlfriend. She loves to bake and the couple love San Francisco, so those facts spun into this: a mixer that looks like a San Francisco-style cable car, complete with a gold roof and a working bell! More photos and more about the project below:
Q: I'm on the hunt for a slow cooker. I've never owned or used one before, but love the thought of coming home to a warm meal that's ready to eat. I don't have a lot of counter or storage space in my apartment and am mostly cooking for two. Any suggestions?
Q: I have been searching for a plastic-free electric kettle. There are plenty of glass and metal ones, but most have plastic spouts or silicone inside that come in contact with the water. Even if it's BPA-free, I'd like to avoid plastic so any not-yet-discovered toxins are not leaching into my tea and coffee.
Certainly you don't need a panini press to make grilled sandwiches, but if you happen to have one of these appliances, it can do much more than the name implies. A multitasking panini maker can be used to cook all sorts of foods quickly, creatively, and often healthfully.
Q: My experience with tea kettles has not been the best. One of my tea kettles started rusting and chipping paint into the water and the handle of the other kettle broke. I would love some advice from other readers about what tea kettles work and last a long time.
I have always scorned the over-the-range microwave. "Never!" I would say, holding out for a kitchen with a beautiful range and equally stunning range hood overhead. Now, cut to the reality of my old, prewar house's tiny kitchen: