By Gareth Shanahan of the Kitchen Directory
FAQ: What are the must have appliances for Christmas ?
Every now and then a ‘vital’ new kitchen appliance comes along which changes the face of cooking. Trend-setters buy it, their friends see it and immediately want one, kitchen designers and chefs recommend it, newspapers and magazines review it and eventually it becomes a ‘must have’ in every kitchen….
The Boiling Water Tap
The Quooker boiling water tap is one of those rare ‘must haves’. This simple, ultra-safe idea immediately renders kettles out of date. It has a well insulated VAQ ‘thermos flask’ water tank which maintains fresh water at a constant 110 °C and it incorporates a childproof push-and-turn mechanism and unlike a kettle can never be pulled down or knocked over.
The Induction Hob
Induction hobs give you the clean lines and beauty of a ceramic hob (very easy to clean and maintain) with the control of a gas hob. Heat can be turned on and off in a second unlike traditional ‘electric’ hobs where the element needs to cool down. They are the very best of both worlds. Because the heat is generated inside the pan and not on the hob, induction hobs cool down very quickly after use which makes them very safe to use, especially with young children around. Simply amazing !
Steam oven manufacturers claim that their ovens not only reduce cooking time, but also lower the fat content of food. Dry heat cooking tends to rely on added fat to keep meats from drying out. With steam, meat needs no supplementary fat, and will definitely not be dry because of the constant injections of steam. Steam cooking also retains more vitamins than other cooking methods and is therefore touted as a far healthier way of preparing foods.
Steam ovens are also praised for preserving the flavour of baked
foods. This is due largely to the very quick time in which food can be prepared.
Gareth Shanahan can be contacted at www.thekitchendirectory,co.uk