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Practical and Pretty to Be Presented at IH+HS

By Lorrie Baumann

Expect a wide variety of practical items to augment the working kitchen of the everyday cook at this year’s International Home + Housewares Show. The show will feature the same four expos as it has in the recent past, with Dine + Design moved into the North Hall. Tom Mirabile, the International Housewares Association’s trend expert and the Senior Vice President, Global Trend & Design at Lifetime Brands, will once again offer a keynote speech in which he will explore the latest findings on American consumers, while Leatrice Eiseman, IHA’s color expert and the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, will speak about this year’s consumer color preferences. A banquet of industry insights will be spread each day in the Innovation Theater, and the line-up of celebrity chefs scheduled to appear includes Geoffrey Zakarian, Tyler Florence, Stephanie Izard, Todd English and Rick Bayless, among others.

More than 2,100 exhibitors will be in the exhibit hall to show off this year’s innovations for today’s home cooks. Housewares manufacturers are responding to a culture in which consumers have more choices than ever before about how they’ll obtain and prepare their daily food, and home cooks range from those who cook almost every day to those who use their kitchen appliances only rarely. Americans spend about 45 minutes a day shopping for their food, about an hour a day preparing their meals and cleaning up after them, and just over an hour a day eating and drinking, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Americans are increasingly likely to buy their food already prepared and bring it home to eat it or to buy their dinners from a meal kit delivery service that gives them the opportunity to cook their meals without devoting much time or effort to either shopping or ingredient preparation. Despite that, the vast majority of Americans still say that cooking at home is their preferred way to prepare their meals, and more men are in the kitchen than ever before.

IMG_9313Especially for Millennial-generation consumers whose enthusiasm about cooking at home may outrun their skills, Zyliss has spent two years developing its new Control knife set, which is designed to perform well no matter how the cook holds it. A high-quality German steel blade, contoured handle, an accommodating bolster, a handle with antimicrobial protection and dishwasher safety all combine to work well for inexperienced home cooks. “We’re not asking consumers to learn to use this knife. We’re meeting them where they are,” said Associate Marketing Manager Bridget Cundelan. “Whatever way you want to hold it, it fits…. You can use the pinch grip, but you can also hold it the way you do it, and it’s comfortable. You don’t feel like you’re going to cut yourself.” Control is offered in open stock and a range of sets, with 16 pieces in a knife block retailing for $179.99.

IMG_9292The knife block offers sheathing inserts in one size to fit any of the slots and to fit any of the knives. They’re removable to go into the dishwasher, and they feature the same 99.9 percent effective antimicrobial action as the knife handles. A small block with five slots retails for $39.99, which the 17-slot knife block retails for $69.99.

Emile Henry is debuting the La Marmite Stockpot, a new soup pot for cooking and serving that’s made in France from burgundy clay. It’s based on a dutch oven design, but it’s taller and a little sleeker, so it’ll work well with an immersion blender for pureeing soups, and it goes on the stovetop as well as in the oven. The upturned rim is designed to avoid spills during cooking or drips from a ladle, and the snug-fitting lid helps retain heat at the table. It’s dishwasher safe. Capacity is 4.25 quarts, and it’s available in Burgundy and Charcoal. The La Marmite Stockpot will retail for $130, and it’ll be available to ship at the time of the show.

T-fal extra wide peeler closerT-fal is coming out with an extra-wide peeler with an extra-sharp micro-etched blade that’s great for peeling large or hard vegetables like a butternut squash or for shaving curls of hard cheese off the block. It will retail for $10.99.

 

 

 

 

MP_Specialty Series_Bar Tool_41060_overheadMicroplane is introducing several new products at this year’s IH+HS, including the Ultimate Bar Tool, which like one of those all-purpose tools that hangs from a handyman’s belt and does a bit of everything, depending on what he needs to do. It has a peeler, a muddler, a cocktail stirrer, a knife blade, a channel knife for making long twists of citrus zest, a zester and even a scorer to help with the peeling of tough-rinded citrus. With a comfortable soft-grip handle in black with white accents, the Ultimate Bar Tool will be available in March and will retail for about $14.95.

The new 2-in-1 Core & Peel from Microplane features a serrated stainless steel coring blade and two sharpened edges to separate and extract an apple or pear’s core easily. There’s also a straight peeler on the bottom of the handle. The soft-grip handle is bright red with white accents. The 2-in-1 Core & Peel ships in March and will retail for $12.95.

34735 twist and zest WHITE BACKGROUNDThere’s also a 3-in-1 Twist & Zest from Microplane, which eliminates the need for multiple gadgets to squeeze fresh juice, as well as zest, peel and create garnish twists from oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruit. A clear protective cap is included for the twist tool for safety when not used and during storage. Twist & Zest will retail for $12.95 and has a green handle with white accents.

Kuhn Rikon has a nifty little Click ‘n Curl Spiralizer that comes as a set of a julienne peeler and a straight-edge peeler and two cones that click around the blade to guide vegetables into the blade. To use it, the vegetable is fitting into the cone, and then the peeler is twisted to make vegetable noodles or ribbons. A large cone can be used for zucchini, potatoes or cucumbers, while the smaller cone is for carrots, parsnips or broccoli stalks. It will be available this summer to retail for $18.

Kuhn Rikon caddyKuhn Rikon also has a handy Utensil Caddy that holds up to 25 cooking utensils and tools. The caddy spins to make tools easy to reach, it comes apart for easy cleaning, and silicone feet on the base help hold it steady on the counter. It’s shipping in March and will retail for $30.
Dexas is offering 15 skus in The Mix Collection of cutting boards, made of eco-friendly bamboo paired with polyboard inserts in granite and marble finishes that are friendly to blades and food-safe. The boards are designed for both prep work and the beauty of wood for food presentation. They’ll retail for $29.99.

And because people aren’t the only ones walking around in the kitchen, Dexas has come up with the MudBuster™, a gentle paw washer for the family dogs. An array of soft, gentle silicone bristles inside a tumbler gently brushes mud from the dog’s paws into warm water in the tumbler. The device comes in three sizes, it’s easy to use, and it’s already a hit at pet product shows, so it’s worth taking a look at in booth #S138 at IH+HS.

Bodum coffee makerFinally, the e-PEBO siphon coffeemaker from Bodum, which has an electrically powered base that heats water added to the bowl of a carafe. Grounds are added into the bowl of a glass funnel, and as the water is heated, it’s forced as steam up the stem of the funnel to the coffee grounds. Then when the coffee reaches 201 degrees Fahrenheit, a vacuum formed in the pot draws it back down to stay warm until it’s served. The entire cycle takes 12 minutes, and since the coffee is actually brewed with steam rather than boiling water, additional oils are extracted from the beans to make a coffee with a very smooth flavor, and the aromas circulate through the coffee as it brews for an extra dimension of flavor. “It’s a seamless way of making coffee, and it’s very, very convenient,” said Daniel Kvist, who does marketing and sales for Bodum.

FoodSaver Fresh Appliance Keeps Foods Fresh Up To Two Times Longer

There’s no doubt that home cooking with fresh ingredients presents a variety of benefits. However, shopping for them can become expensive, especially when looking at the shocking amount that often goes to waste. On average, over 20 percent of food is wasted in the U.S., which is over $500 a year worth of fruits, vegetables and grains individually. To protect that food investment, the FoodSaver® introduced the new FoodSaver Fresh Appliance, a small vacuum sealing appliance ideal for preserving refrigerator and pantry ingredients, as well as on-the-go snacks.

Specially-designed for use with FoodSaver Fresh Containers and Zipper Bags, the new FoodSaver Fresh Appliance is a compact powerhouse. At just 5.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall, taking similar counter space as a one-cup coffee brewing system, it will seal in freshness and keep foods fresh up to twice as long compared to non-vacuum sealing storage methods.

Ordinary food storage methods trap air with food, causing foods to lose flavor and nutrition. The new FoodSaver Fresh Appliance quickly removes air from specially designed FoodSaver Fresh Containers and Vacuum Zipper Bags to help preserve fresh foods and allow consumers to prep grab-and-go snacks or ingredients for cooking ahead of time, knowing they will taste just as fresh later on.

“There is nothing more frustrating than buying fresh food from the market only to have your produce, grains and cold cuts go bad days later,” says Lori H. Gonzalez, FoodSaver Brand Vice President and General Manager. “This is an easy and effective food management system any home cook can embrace, finding endless uses for the FoodSaver Fresh Appliance to keep food fresher, save money and finally to help preserve the shelf life of the foods that you grab on a daily basis.”

The FoodSaver Fresh Appliance retails for $99.99 and is available online at FoodSaver.com. Features include an adjustable vacuum head and base, which are customizable to support the proper placement of the container or bag for sealing; a green ready-indicator light that signals when the container or bag is ready to seal; a one-touch start button and automatic stop that simplifies the vacuum sealing process and allows for one-handed operation; and the removable liquid reservoir, which makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.

A World of Creativity at Las Vegas Market

Dorothy Belshaw, President Gift+Home Décor, International Market Centers, has been working overtime since she joined the organization upon her departure from the company that produced the NY NOW trade show to improve the selection of gourmet housewares and giftware that’s offered in the Las Vegas Market’s showrooms. Over the last year or so, we’ve seen those efforts come to fruition with expansive displays in the temporary booths in the Pavilions, a collection of exhibit spaces across the courtyard from the three main buildings that house the Market’s permanent showrooms as well as Building C, the permanent home of many gourmet housewares, tabletop and giftware collections. This year’s Winter Market offered an impressive array of hot new products.

CASOFrieling launched the CASO German Design VC300 Vacuum Food Sealer, which the company is positioning as the premium quality choice for fresh food storage and sous vide cooking. The system provides an airtight seal every time, and a double sealing bar with electronic temperature control ensures the seal’s durability. The vacuum pump offers both power and precision, and the unit offers a vacuum roll storage box that eliminates clutter and simplifies use, while a snap-out bag cutter makes it easy to customize bag size. The unit retails for $199.99.

PrintFrieling is also offering the CASO Air Fryer, a sleek countertop appliance that uses high volume hot air circulation technology to fry food with little or no added oil. The Air Fryer features digital touch controls with six presets for popular fresh and frozen comfort foods and a large LED display. Temperature is adjustable from 140 to 400 degrees F, and there’s a 60-minute timer with automatic shutoff. The removable parts are all dishwasher safe, and the stainless steel interior wipes clean. The unit retails for $199.95.
Capresso frotherCapresso showed off its froth MAX Automatic Milk Frother, which offers patented frothing technology that delivers maximum milk froth at the touch of a button. There are three temperature settings and a large capacity – 8 ounces for frothing or 12 ounces for heating without frothing. The machine comes with two frothing disks and one heating disk and retails for $59.99.

The Capresso 8-Cup Perk features durable stainless steel construction with a glass view-through lid. It can brew four to eight cups of coffee in less than a minute per cup and has an automatic keep-warm function. The drip-free pouring spout and detachable power cord simplify serving, and it’s countertop-friendly, with a heat-resistant base that’s safe for any surface. It retails for $59.99.
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The Kuhn Rikon Easy Cut operates with a pull mechanism that rotates the blades in the four-cup container to slice and grate cabbage, potato, carrots or cheese. This energy-efficient design is safe and incredibly fast, and the high-quality stainless steel blades on the cutting discs stay super sharp. The Easy Cut retails for $80.

The Kuhn Rikon Wine & Champagne Bottle Sealer is dependable enough to allow the wine bottle to be stored on its side. The sealer is made of stainless steel with an expandable silicone gasket that keeps flavor in and air out. It’s 1.5 inches in diameter and 3.25 inches high and retails for $10.

PeugeotPeugeot’s Tahiti Duo Mills are now available in a fresh new color palette inspired by the seasonal colors of nature. Each set features gracefully curved 6-inch pepper and salt mills made from beech wood in France. Each set includes one mill with its mechanism optimized for pepper and one for salt. These mechanisms are highly efficient and fully adjustable, offering a consistent high-output grind. At $65 per set, they come in Spring (green and yellow), Summer (blue hues), Autumn (two shades of orange) and Winter (chestnut browns with red undertones). See them along with the Peugeot Whisky Set and Peugeot’s Mahe Mill, which features Peugeot’s iconic spice-specific mechanism in a simple design that has no shaft, which allows more room inside for a greater quantity of peppercorns or sea salt.

RSVP Old BensonRSVP International, Inc. offers its Old Benson Bottle Butler. Available in chrome and brass finishes, this is a remake of a 1930s classic inspired by Rollin Kirby’s political cartoons of Senator Andrew Volstead, father of the Volstead Act that ushered in Prohibition. The RSVP Old Benson Bottle Butler is 6-1/2 inches tall and features a corkscrew and bottle opener that will provide a humorous focal point in gin joints, speakeasies, bars, kitchens and homes. Zinc alloy construction provides strength and resistance to corrosion, and it’s dishwasher safe. The Old Benson Bottle Butler retails for $16.95.

pils01Endurance® Pilsner Glass from RSVP is made of dishwasher-safe 18/8 stainless steel with satin exterior and mirror interior and has a 16-ounce capacity. It retails for $19.95. For further information about the RSVP products visit www.rsvp-intl.com or email Krista Jenkins at kristaj@rsvp-intl.com.

lodgesMenus and Music was at the Winter Las Vegas Market with “Dining at Great American Lodges,” a cookbook with recipes from legendary lodges, national parks lore and wilderness art along with a music CD that blends bluegrass, country, western swing and jazz inspired by traditional American songs. Perfect for those who like to dance around the kitchen while stirring the stew and enjoying a nip of the cooking wine, “Dining at Great American Lodges” comes gift-boxed. For more information, visit www.menusandmusic.

Abbiamo TuttoAbbiamo Tutto brought new patterns in its ceramic glasses and coaster set collections, which now include 11 patterns. The glasses are 6.75 inches tall, and the coasters also act as lids. They’re designed by Donna Marie Territo, founder of Abbiamo Tutto, and made in Italy.

Reversible Veggie PeelerWidgeteer’s Rotating Vegetable Peeler is a smart peeler that adapts to the user’s preferred method of peeling and converts from a vertical position to a horizontal position with a simple sliding motion. Its stainless steel swing blade provides quick and effortless peeling for any kind of vegetable, and a built-in extractor removes potato eyes with ease. Comfortable to use, it’s also dishwasher safe. It retails for $12.99. For more information, visit www.widgeteerinc.com.

catstudio towelcatstudio offers original designs featured on embroidered pillows, dish towels and drinking glasses. [Image: catstudio tumblers] The original Geography Collection by catstudio is comprised of all 50 states and an ever-expanding list of cities, international and favorite vacation destinations. The new, licensed Collegiate collection features a growing number of university campuses. In all, there are more than 200 designs.
The pillows retail for $158 to $228, the dish towels for $20 and the glasses for $14.75 to $16.25. You can find the company at www.catstudiosales.com.

The collections from B by Brandie include dinnerware and stainless steel flatware in designs that combine elegance with drama and the innovative Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass pictured here. [Image: BbyBrandie] Each of the items exemplifies luxury presentation and a host who dares to stand out in a crowd. The five-piece flatware place settings retail for $84, the Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass retails for $64 and prices vary for the dinnerware items. Visit wholesale@bbybrandie.com for further information.

DEMDACObyDesign Toasting Bottle Socks from DEMDACO protect and insulate wine bottles. They’re made with double knit construction and turn a bottle of wine into an inspired gift. They retail for $9. Also look for the Uncorked & Unwind wooden wine lanterns that elevate the wine gift bag by doubling as lighted home decor and wine gift packaging. See more at DEMDACO.com. [Image: Demdaco]

WellnessMats’ new Studio Collection challenges preconceptions about the “anti-fatigue mat” with striking scalloped and semi-circle shapes in stunning designs and a myriad of colors. WellnessMats are inherently antimicrobial, easy to clean and stain resistant, so Studio is ideal for the kitchen, especially for a smaller kitchen, but these mats will also work in any other room in the home. See them at www.wellnessmats.com.

Park DesignsFarmhouse Inspired Flour Sack Dishtowels from Park Designs are made of 100 percent cotton. These flour sack fabric dish towels feature designs that pair nicely with the trend for farmhouse-style living. There’s a Duck, Rooster, Pig and a Cow, each themed with the lyric from a nursery song. They each measure 19 inches by 28 inches and retail for $8. Visit www.parkdesigns.net.

Vestiges offers a kitchen towel collection featuring geographical designs created in collaboration with students from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. These 100 percent cotton pique towels are printed with environment-friendly inks for high quality products that can help you add local flavor to your product assortment. Get more information by emailing mary@vestigesinc.com.

The Bloom Apron, designed by Bonnie Christine, from Peking Handicraft Inc. is hand printed on 100 percent cotton and features dart detail on the front. It measures 28 inches by 32 inches and retails for $29. The Bloom Kitchen Towel, also designed by Bonnie Christine, carries out the cheerful spring floral theme and features crochet trim. The suggested retail price for the towel is $10. Email sales@pkhc.com.

Broan Releases Under-Cabinet Range Hood Product Line

Broan® ’s new under-cabinet range hoods, featuring the Broan Captur System, allow consumers to enjoy new stylish, modern designs, advanced features all while benefiting from the most effective capture of smoke and odors of any range hood or over-the-range microwave in its class.

The new Broan under-cabinet range hoods provide consumers with a product line that blends perfectly with contemporary design appliances and adds to the kitchen aesthetic. Designed with consumer input, the new line meets homeowners’ every range hood need, including design, convenience and performance.

“Our new under-cabinet range hood line allows Broan to provide customers with the performance and the features they expect, all while keeping homeowner’s style needs in mind,” said Brian Wellnitz, Marketing Manager, Kitchen Ventilation, for Broan-NuTone. “We created a whole new range hood line with better overall performance, quiet operation and great long-lasting LED lighting. The main reason consumers buy a range hood is to remove smoke and odors. The new Broan range hoods, with the Captur™ System, deliver an average of 98.5 percent capture efficiency making them the best-in-class at quietly removing smoke and odors.”

The new range hood series is available in six fresh new shapes, pushing the design envelope of typical under-cabinet range hoodsyet complementing today’s kitchen style needs. The seven shapes include the Alta, Sahale, Glacier, Spire, Antero and Corteo models. The sculpted lines of Alta, Antero and Corteo offer a sophisticated, sleek look different than any typical range hood shape. The slim and refined lines of Sahale bring a refreshing change to kitchens, without detracting from kitchen design. The clean, contemporary shape of Glacier complements any kitchen aesthetic, modern or traditional. And Spire offers an exciting new pro-style shape with the option of ENERGY STAR rated efficiency.

Each range hood is designed to be quiet, while still providing the best capture efficiency in its class. And with performance up to 600 CFM, even the most serious cooks will appreciate the superior ventilation the series offers. Additionally, the high-flow filtration design enhances grease capture, improves airflow and reduces noise. Several styles of filters are offered including a unique hybrid baffle style filter providing greater filtering efficiency than standard baffle filters.

The EZ1 Installation system, which includes an exclusive bracket system designed specifically for the new range line, makes single-person installation easier than ever before because it eliminates the need to constantly hold onto the hood. Homeowners simply mount two brackets with no measuring or cutting, slide the hood on and make the connections and secure the hood with four screws. Installation takes less than half the time when compared to traditional methods.

State of the art LED lighting system provides bright, full-surface cooktop lighting. Designed and tested to operate in the heat of cooking environments, the LED lighting lasts longer without dimming than off-the-shelf LED lights. Broan’s new line also offers models with the control options consumers demand, from simple switches to sophisticated touch and infrared solutions.

Once cooking is done, maintenance is simple. The hood includes easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe grease filters. The aluminum filters, with quick-release latches, capture air-borne particles and are easily removed for cleanup, meaning homeowners can put them in the dishwasher at the end of a long day and wake up to a clean and particle-free filter.

For more information, visit http://www.broan.com/.

Handheld Immersion Personal Smoothie Maker from Gourmia

Gourmia is positioning its new immersion blender in the market as a Handheld Immersion Personal Smoothie Maker that can also be used for soups and sauces. The handheld blender makes fruit drinks and shakes directly in the bottle, which includes a lid.

Gourmia blenderThis sleek compact handheld smoothie maker purees in a flash is a gift that keeps on giving, as it saves users money on their blended soups, sauces, and shakes. It features a sleek attractive design that complements any kitchen decor.

Its stainless-steel construction is durable and long lasting. And with six speeds as well as a turbo mode, the user can customize their blending experience, getting the exact results they’re looking for. It even comes with a step-by-step, easy-to-read instructional manual to get them started.

“We take the quality of our products seriously,” said Gourmia CEO Heshy Biegeleisen. “We are ETL certified, so users can be confident that they’re receiving – and using – safe, efficient high-quality appliances.”

The Gourmia Handheld Immersion Personal Smoothie Maker (GBJ190) retails for $39.99.

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