by Rick Smith (January 12, 2003)
Here are some of the products we found during the International Housewares Show.
iSi ORKA glove
high technology for your kitchen
Ever need to grab something out of a pot of boiling water? While there are tongs, scoops and strainers, the best solution is to grab the object directly with an iSi ORKA glove.
Made from silicone, this glove give you the ability to handle high-temperature foods and hot cooking utensils. Because the ORKA glove can handle temperatures as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit, you can safely remove foods from boiling water or hot oil.
The OKRA is waterproof, so it won't stain and is completely dishwasher safe. Unlike cloth mitts, the ORKA glove is non-absorbent and non-porous, so foods and liquids can be simply wiped off, keeping this glove germ-free. This ridged non-slip glove can be worn on either hand to:
take hot dishes out of the oven
move frying pans around the stovetop
lift cooked items off the barbecue
remove eggs from boiling water
remove onion rings from a deep fryer
Silicone is fast becoming a useful technology in the kitchen. While your kitchen counter is probably sealed with caulk, made of silicone, many kitchen utensils are being made of silicone. This is because silicone is very good at deflecting heat. Silicone's heat resistance makes it the best choice for the heat resistant tiles used on the bottom of our space shuttle.
The ORKA Oven Mitt is available in blue and translucent silicone -- MSRP is $19.99.
LG Electronics Hot Combo
two appliances in one
If you have a small apartment or RV with limited kitchen space, the combination microwave and toaster from LG Electronics can help. This single, space-saving appliance features:
a sleek design
800 watt 2-slice toaster
.9 cubic feet 900 watts microwave
Horizontal key pad
9 browning levels
Available in two models, LTM900ST (Hi-tech stainless steel finish) and LTM9000 (High gloss white and black). These models will be available in April 2003 at $149 and $129 respectively.
Pancakes made easy
Warm golden pancakes, steam rising from the top -- you get hungry just thinking about it. If you want to have pancakes at home, it can be a hassle, unless you have your own Pancake Factory from Select Brands.
This unique product solves all the major problems, without mess or fuss -- from flipping pancakes over to keeping them warm.
Key features of the Pancake factory include:
Portable and lightweight unit
Easy pancake flipping
Premium, nonstick coating
The most useful feature is that two pancakes can finish cooking, while you start cooking two more.
|Using the Pancake Factory|
The Pancake Factory is easy to use:
Open the unit
Coat the heating surfaces lightly with a non-stick spray
Close the lid and let the unit warm up
Fill the cooking plate side with batter, using the provided scoop
Wait until the the batter begin to bubble
Close the lid again
Rotate the unit around the hinged base
Open the Pancake Factory to allow pancakes to finish cooking on the raised cooking plate
Pour more batter into the primary cooking plate for the next set of pancakes
Remove the cooked pancakes and start the process again
Swissmar Alpenröst Digital Coffee Roaster
Roasting “green” beans at home is now much simpler than it has been in the past. Instead of the time consuming, complex and messy methods previously used, you can now get true gourmet coffee, fresher and richer than any made with store bought roasted beans.
Roasting beans is a quick process, made simple through digital technology: put in the “green” beans, press a button, wait for about twenty-five minutes and then take out the freshly roasted beans! Restaurants and cafes cannot offer fresher coffee, unless they roast their own beans.
The Swissmar Alpenröst also:
roasts one-half pound of green coffee beans at a single time
uses a patented rotary drum technique.
offers customized settings, allowing you to personally select your favorite roast, from a light cinnamon to a dark French
has fifteen different digital roast settings, which vary according to time
is dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
has a built in automated thermal roast control
has an exterior that is cool to the touch during roasting, making it extremely safe.
is available in a metallic silver and black finish
has a suggested retail price of $300.00
A wide assortment of Alpenröst custom-blended and Estate coffee beans are available, including decaffeinated and organically grown.
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