By Kim Taylor
There’s always a new and improved way to cook, weigh food, slice, dice, present food, store food, contain refuse, and even clean your hands. So, without further ado, here’s the latest and greatest on the home front.
Take a tip from master chef Marcel Biro and bring passion to your meals with his eponymous Biro Stainless Steel Cookware set from Regal Ware Worldwide. This custom cookware is ideal for both pro and home cook alike and sates a passion for excellence, featuring durable, extra-long handles, an elegant design and a satin finish inside and out. A layer of aluminum between 2 layers of stainless steel provides quick heat distribution and a chef-preferred cooking surface. This is an investment in years of gourmet pleasure. Find it at www.birocookware.com.
Use Tanita’s KD-400 Precision Digital Kitchen Scale when planning your epicurean masterpieces. Designed to fold away for easy storage and traveling, this sleek model has a large LCD display, 11-lb weight capacity, and sturdy steel base. You can monitor your family’s nutrition and serving sizes through this precision food measurement scale, or meet long-term health goals. Add it to your kitchen by visiting www.tanita.com or www.thecompetitiveedge.com.
The self-opening Sensor Can from Simple Human makes throwing something in the garbage a genuine treat. Simply place your foot near the bottom of the can and – voila!– it opens on command. Children will love to help clean up (an added bonus) and you may mysteriously find yourself looking for things to throw away. Equally fun is the “hands free” soap dispenser, which foils germs because of its hands-free feature. Both items can be found at Hammacher Schlemmer stores, www.hammacherschlemmer.com, and at www.simplehuman.com.
Anyone who has ever had huge parties – or lots of children – will understand the intrinsic value of the VacuWare Fresh Food System. This easy-to-use vacuum sealing system can be used daily to keep leftover or extra food fresh, to maximize food budgets, and to prevent waste. VacuWare also ensures that all types of foods maintain their optimum freshness, flavor and nutrients. Learn more at www.vacuware.com; it’s a sound investment for families.
The T-fal Iron, in cool mint and blue colors, is the last iron you’ll ever want to buy. An easy-cord system keeps the cord out of the way when ironing, and a self-cleaning feature renders maintenance a snap. This baby is loaded with all of the features you want, and looks pretty too. Find it at www.t-falusa.com.
Cutco knives are each designed for a specific purpose, and the Cutco Spatula Spreader is ideal for little hands. One side of the knife can spread peanut butter or cream cheese and then, with a flip, the other can cut the sandwich in half. This is also great for spreading frosting on cupcakes, cutting brownies, and squaring off your elegant soufflés. Find it at www.cutco.com.
Control the flavor and fizz level of more than 25 different soda flavors at home with Soda Club USA’s home system. Kids delve into soda-making with a zeal usually reserved for swimming pools and hotel room bed-jumping. Earth-friendly and healthy, everyone in the family can make their own favorite, whether it’s grapefruit, orange, or “mom’s espresso.” Visit www.sodaclubusa.com.
April Cornell placemats, kitchen mitts and quilts add a touch of vintage nostalgia to the home. Her patterns, with names such as “Sunshine Patch Yellow,” evoke a different, softer era and add a flower-garden effect to kitchens and bedrooms. Find them at fine department stores.
After ironing, cooking, cutting, serving and cleaning with all of your impressive new gadgets, you might want to take a break and consider your vacation options.