Tools & Gadgets
Clipper Corporation introduces Allrecipes™ Precision Bake & Food Prep Tools, including a four-piece combination mixing bowl and measuring set, a dough cutter/bench scraper with an integrated silicone bowl scraper, and measuring cups and spoons.
The practical and space-saving 4-Piece Nested Prep Essentials set includes multi-functional pieces designed to measure, strain and mix. The large 3.5-quart. mixing bowl features non-skid silicone feet to keep it from slipping on the counter while you stir batter and sauces, mix salads, or marinate meats. The comfortable handle and built-in pour spout make pouring easy and drip free. You can use the three-quart colander—which also has non-skid feet—to wash and strain lettuce, berries, vegetables and more. When used together, the large mixing bowl and colander provide a convenient way to wash and keep your ingredients fresh and dry after cleaning. The two smaller pieces in the set are combination measuring cups and mixing bowls. These 2- and 4 -up containers both feature a transparent window and measuring marks for precision. The larger sizes of these measuring cups make them great for light mixing, in addition to measuring hot, cold, solid or liquid ingredients. The entire set nests together for convenient storage.
The Allrecipes™ Bake & Cook Multi-Tool combines several tools into one set. The silicone bowl scraper stores inside the dough cutter/bench scraper. Slide out the scraper and use it to get every last little bit of batter, whipped cream, sauce or dough from mixing bowls and pans. The scraper doubles as a spreader for smoothing frosting, and the durable dough cutter has handy 1-inch markings for precise pastry measurements. When you are not measuring dough, the tool can be used as a bench scraper to transfer chopped ingredients to your pot, or to clean hard-to-grab ingredients off the counter or cutting board.
The Allrecipes™ four-piece measuring cup and measuring spoon sets are designed for easy pouring from the spouted ends. You can easily move the silicone tabs on the keeper rings to remove and replace individual cups and spoons. The silicone tab on the measuring spoons does double duty as a leveler for precise measurements. Flat bases allow the measuring cups and spoons to sit level and steady on the counter, making them perfect for both wet and dry ingredients.
All pieces in the Allrecipes™ Precision Bake & Food Prep Tools collection are dishwasher safe and BPA free. The Nested Prep Essentials Set will retail for $29.99. The Bake & Cook Multi-Tool will retail for $9.99 and the four-piece measuring cups and spoon sets will retail for $9.99 and $7.99 respectively.
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.
Especially 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.
The 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 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.
Microplane 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.
There’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 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.
Finally, 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.
Peugeot is launching new Nutmeg Mills that match three of its most popular contemporary salt and pepper mill designs: Goa in clear acrylic, Daman in stainless steel, and Madras in beech wood.
“Our Nutmeg Mills have been perennial bestsellers as unique specialty mills. As the American palate gets more sophisticated and adventurous, we see nutmeg becoming an everyday flavor right alongside salt and pepper. Our new Nutmeg Mills match popular salt and pepper mill designs so that home cooks can keep all three mills handy to spice up their food,” said Yvette Laugier, General Manager, PSP North America, LLC/Peugeot.
Freshly ground nutmeg has an appealing flavor profile with character and versatility. It enhances beverages from coffee and cappuccino to tea, hot chocolate, eggnog and cider. It adds spice to vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage and squash. Nutmeg-ready fruits include bananas, apples, peaches, pineapple, mango and more. Or start the day with nutmeg on scrambled eggs, omelets, quiche, oatmeal, French toast or baked goods. Many favorite dessert recipes benefit from nutmeg, such as fruit pies, cakes, custards, puddings and cookies.
With a Peugeot Nutmeg Mill on the countertop or table next to your salt and pepper mill, the possibilities are endless.
Sleek and elegant, the new Nutmeg Mills are intuitive to use because of their similarity to familiar salt and pepper models. The nutmeg mechanism is equipped with a double stainless blade/grinder and a strong claw to reveal all the great nutmeg taste. Whole nutmegs are stored inside the acrylic head for future use, adding an appealing natural accent that makes for easy identification of the flavor inside.
The Peugeot Nutmeg Mill is made in France. Fresh nutmegs are included for immediate use. The mechanism comes with a lifetime guarantee, with a five-year warranty on the body.
Suggested retail prices are $40 for the Peugeot Goa Nutmeg Mill in clear acrylic and $45 each for the Daman Nutmeg Mill in stainless steel or the Madras Nutmeg Mill in beech wood. They are available for shipping December 2016.
CDN makes it easy to brew to perfection with its Tea Timer (TMT1). The timer is pre-programmed with steeping times for green, white, black and herbal teas. Clearly marked buttons help you select the correct time. Multiple channels allow you to time different teas at once, with each channel having a different alarm sound.
The CDN Tea Timer retails for $19.99.
For further information, call 800.338.5594.
For the many consumers who would love to fit decorative baking into their busy days, Kuhn Rikon presents the new Frosting Filler Deco Set, which makes it easy to use premade frosting to embellish cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more with artistic flair.
This Swiss-designed set features a 7-ounce flexible squeeze bottle that easily fills from standard store-bought frosting containers. The bottle fits into a handled plunger that can be placed on top of the frosting canister. Press down, and the frosting will transfer up into the squeeze bottle. A scraper is included to collect any excess frosting from the bottom of the container and transfer it into the squeeze bottle.
The set includes eight stainless steel decorating tips – three extra large and five regular – with a variety of shapes for an array of fun designs. There are also two flower tip bases with couplers and a bottle base cap. Two tip storage covers are included to keep frosting fresh for future use.
The decorative possibilities are endless: create attractive borders, edible frosting flowers, or original decorative designs – or say it with frosting by writing sweet messages or names. The set also includes decorating instructions for creating boarders, rosettes, stars, leaves, basketweave and writing.
The set works with homemade or premade frosting. Delicious recipes such as vanilla and chocolate chip cupcakes are included with the Kuhn Rikon Frosting Filler Deco Set, a natural for holiday baking and gift giving, or for year-round use by baking enthusiasts.
The 18-piece set comes in colorful box packaging for gift giving. It has a 2-year warranty.
The Kuhn Rikon Frosting Filler Deco Set has a suggested retail price of $20 and is available for immediate shipment.