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Look What’s Cooking in the Kitchen
A Look at The Latest Appliances and Gadgets
(ARA) - Is your television almost continually tuned to The Food Network? Do
you consider Emeril your hero? Is your kitchen considered the ‘hub’ of
entertaining among your family and friends? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of
these questions, you are not alone. In recent years, there has been an increase
in the number of people cooking and entertaining at home.
According to Gina Provenzano, Senior Associate Editor of Bon Appetit
magazine, the reasons behind this increase all stem from the many external
influences on our society. “Foremost is the state of the world -- from global
conflicts, a weak economy, and a diminished sense of security -- everything is
uncertain. As a result, we look to a place where all is good and safe to find
comfort -- and that’s at home, and the hearth of the home is the kitchen.”
Today’s kitchens have become both a haven for gathering and a focal point for
the latest and greatest of cooking and convenience appliances. Provenzano notes
that this combination is another reason for the ‘chef as celebrity’ craze
presently underway. So, with all this home cooking interest, today’s consumer is
looking for kitchen appliances and gadgets to not only enhance food preparation,
but also make life easier and more comforting. Here are some of the latest
products for the gourmet wannabe:
Did you know the latest models of dishwashers now have three racks? A bottom
rack designed specifically for items such as pots, pans and baking sheets. Just
think of the room you’ll gain on the other two racks if the bottom can hold
these large and cumbersome items.
One of the most-used items in any kitchen is the faucet -- why not make it as
functional as possible with a pulldown faucet? Moen’s Aberdeen high-arc pulldown
is unique because it has a one-of-a-kind pause button. This button allows cooks
to interrupt the flow of water as the wand passes over the sink and puts water
only where it's wanted. So, filling up a large pot or cleaning up after a
holiday meal is no problem. A single-button activation feature switches the
water stream from an aerated stream for everyday uses to a spray for power
rinsing fruits and vegetables.
For the busy family or the frequent entertainer, warming drawers are the
perfect answer. With the ability to set temperatures from 90 to 250 degrees,
these drawers will keep food warm until guests arrive or the kids get home from
practice. Because of their functionality and convenience, warming drawers are
making their way into more and more home kitchens.
Refrigerators with Special Features
As compared to refrigerator models from a few years ago that just provided
shelves for storage, today’s units have baskets and individualized storage
compartments to keep food organized and easy to find. In addition, if you are
constantly combating the myriad of frozen foods that fall out of your freezer,
look for a unit with where the freezer takes the form of a bottom pullout
drawer. Another new option in refrigerators is a ‘quick chill’ feature allowing
you to quickly cool wine or other beverages before your guests arrive.
Ovens That Do the Cooking for You (Well Almost!)
Ovens today do amazing things -- and if you haven’t shopped for one in
awhile, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. One recently introduced model will
actually refrigerate food for up to 12 hours, then allows you to set a timer so
it starts cooking at a designated time. When you arrive home, a hot meal is
waiting for you. But if you get held up at the office, this smart oven will
convert back to a refrigerator after a certain amount of time. Or, choose an
oven that provides for both steam and convection cooking in one unit.
Some may ask if it’s worth investing in a higher-priced appliance if it
offers increased functionality in the kitchen? According to Provenzano, special
‘bells and whistles’ will make a cook’s time and effort in the kitchen a little
easier and provide more confidence. “If you think about the amount of money one
would spend in remodeling their kitchen, the differences in choosing the
higher-priced items, while significant at the time, makes such an impact over
the long haul, that I would encourage people, if it is financially appropriate,
to opt for the higher-end appliances that best serve their needs,” she noted. “I
would also recommend researching the pros and cons of each piece. Talking with
designers, reading reviews and talking to real cooks is the best research a
consumer can do when making such purchases.”
Strainers, cutting boards, rinse baskets and plate racks that are custom fit
to the sink will make it easy to wash and prepare your favorite fruits and
vegetables, as well as clean-up after a meal. Sink accessories such as these are
available for select Moen sinks, including MoenStone Granite. By purchasing
items designed to complement your particular sink, you will ensure a snug fit
and optimized workspace in your sink area.
What kind of host or hostess would you be without the ability to serve up a
hot and frothy cup of cappuccino in a hurry? The latest machines let you make up
to four cups in five minutes -- allowing you to have those after-dinner drinks
ready at the same time you serve dessert. To complement this appliance, look
into obtaining a coffee grinder or even a coffee roaster.
Filtered Water Dispenser
A must-have for every kitchen is a filtered water device. There are many
types available, including filtering faucets, faucet attachments, countertop
pitchers and in-refrigeration units. A new option is Moen’s PureTouch AquaSuite
filtered water dispenser which is an attractive alternative that sits next to
the kitchen faucet to provide convenient, great-tasting water for drinking,
sauces, juices and soups.
And what are some of the smaller items that make cooking easier?
* A measuring cup with an angled wall makes it easy to measure liquids
without having to hold up the cup.
* Salad spinners are handy tools for cleaning lettuce, fruits and vegetables.
* A microwave steamer allows you to steam vegetables or rice in the microwave
for a quick dinner.
* Silicon mats are great for baking and eliminate the need for foil or
So watch out, Emeril! By outfitting your home’s kitchen with the latest
appliances and gadgets, not only will you make your life easier, but you will
amaze your friends and family with your exceptional cooking prowess. Who knows?
Maybe your kitchen will be one day featured on The Food Network.
For more information about remodeling projects or Moen products, contact Moen
Incorporated at 25300 Al Moen Drive, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070-8022, call toll
free 1-800-BUY MOEN (1-800-289-6636) or visit its Web site at www.moen.com.
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