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Gadgets: Ninja Cooking System

Slow cookers have been around for a long time, and they've gone through a lot of changes over the years. The Ninja Cooking System ($189.39) isn't your mom's slow cooker. Not only does it have low and high slow cooker settings, plus a "buffet" setting for keeping food warm, but it also has three "stovetop" settings for searing or frying, along with "oven" temperature settings from 250 to 425 degrees. More

Video: Touchscreen Touch-Sensitive Stovetop

What if your entire stovetop was a touch-sensitive heating pad that could fit up to 21 pots and pans? "The William" is just a concept at this point, but kind of fascinating. It's made up of 1,500 touch-sensitive honeycombs that create uniquely shaped heating surfaces for food, using all of the stovetop's surface area. Neat factor: you can create custom settings for each shape (like having it reduce the temperature in x minutes, while another one is turning off in y minutes) and it has a Lite-Brite look happening. Watch the video, after the jump. More

Sous-Vide Cooking with Heston Blumenthal

If you've eaten at a fancy restaurant in the last five years, chances are, at least part of your food was cooked sous-vide (French for "under vacuum"). It was only a matter of time before a home version of the $1,000-plus thermal water circulators required for controlling the water baths would hit the market. And who better to shill for the new toy but molecular-gastro-uber-chef Heston Blumenthal? More

Mini Deep-Fryer

Wired blogged about this mini deep-fryer last week, and at first I was quite taken with it. Who wouldn't want a small, easy-to-store deep-fryer that uses only a quart of oil rather than a gallon or more? But then I remembered the deep-fryer episode of Good Eats, in which I seem to recall Alton Brown talking about heat recovery—that you need a good amount of oil so that the food, when dunked, doesn't lower the oil temp so far that your goodies don't fry properly. Then again, if you're only making a single serving of fries or one chicken wing at a time, I suppose this thing might work. Still, if cooking for one is sometimes lonely, deep-frying for one... More

Heinz Introduces World's Smallest Microwave, and It's USB-Powered

In England, Heinz has unveiled the world's smallest microwave—and it plugs into a USB port so you can nuke some grub at the desk or on the go. Called the Beanzawave, it's obviously a ploy to increase brand awareness for Heinz baked beans, but you could also warm some coffee, tea, or maybe a meatball or two. Don't get your wallet out yet, though. The 7.4-by-6.2-by-5.9-inch device is still in prototype stage, and who knows if it'll ever see the inside of stores. Apart from its size, the key breakthrough is the use of a combination of mobile phone radio frequencies to create the heat to cook both on the outside and within in under a minute...."It is possible... More

Williams-Sonoma and Bialetti's New Hot Chocolate Maker

As winter, with its gray skies, whipping winds, and white Christmases rolls in, all I want at the end of the day (or in the morning when I first wake up, or right now, in the office) is a magically warming and charming and energizing cup of hot chocolate. But it seems like the only way to make one without much effort is to rip open a paper packet of powder. Even Starbucks starts with syrup. But I don't want hot cocoa. I don't want hot chocolate milk. I want hot C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E. Dynamic duo Williams-Sonoma and Bialetti (of espresso pot fame) have co-released the Hot Chocolate Pot. Plug it in, pour in some milk, and add fresh chopped chocolate—or... More

Which Rice Cooker Should I Buy to Cook In?

amazon.com I loved Julia Moskin's story in yesterday's New York Times about "rice cooker cooking," but c'mon, Julia—after you tell us that older rice cooker models are easier to cook in because their controls are easier to override, shouldn't you have told us which rice cooker we should buy? Serious eaters want to know. Can anybody help me out here? Related Rice Cooker FAQ Rice Cooker Cooking: More Than Just Rice... More

In Gear: Watch Out Teapot, Behold Adagio Tea's TriniTEA Electric Maker

Sure, I live in coffee country, but as soon as I saw Adagio Teas TriniTEA—something of a cross between a coffee machine and Big Mac—I had to try it. For $100, the electronic tea kettle can make up to four cups with the ability to brew at two temperatures (212°F for black and herbal tea, 185°F for everything else) and steep between two to eight minutes. How Does It Work? Just put loose tea leaves in the steeping chamber and add water to the first of three chambers. After turning on the machine, water will reach the proper temperature, then it beeps and dispenses water into the steeping chamber. When it's done steeping, the machine beeps again and allows the... More

In Videos: My Incredibly Cool Toaster

Does anyone need a toaster with an automatic bread slice descending mechanism and an opening with its own retractable cover? Probably not. But hey, people don't need widescreen flat panel TVs either. And I do have one of those, even though this toaster would probably be more useful. Watch this guy's incredibly cool toaster in action, after the jump.... More

In Gear: Artimetal Juicer

So, here we are in the thick of the winter doldrums: insipid, over-priced, globe-trotting produce lining every grocer’s shelves, and colds spreading like the giggles in a high-school sex ed class. Fortunately for us, there’s citrus, which is, for the most part, at its peak this time of year, and at the ready to inject a little zest into our meals and a little vitamin C into our phlegmatic corpora. While I enjoy a half grapefruit with breakfast here and there and perhaps a few Meyer lemon chunks added to an occasional pasta dish, I tend to consume my citrus in juice form. To that end, my Artimetal juicer is indispensable. Working with a simple lever mechanism, I find it... More

Rice Cooker FAQ

Thinking of buying a fancy rice cooker but don't know which kind to get? Over at Just Hungry Maki Itoh posted a great FAQ about rice cookers regarding size, features, and price.... More

Pimp My KitchenAid

Have you ever looked at your KitchenAid stand mixer in frustration and thought, "Man, this baby sure could use some decorative flames," but had no idea how to do a custom paint job? Worry no more—just stick on flame decals from FlameKA.com and transform your mixer into the sexiest appliance in your kitchen. Makes a perfect gift, too!... More

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