Some of Diane Toops' favorite finds at the 2010 International Home + Housewares Show include:
Miallegro 5570 Smart Blue Microwave Oven from Idea Team Work LLC has a vanguard stainless steel design and mirrored surface, 10 power levels, and comes with a unique security feature that prevents little chefs from attempting unsupervised experimentation.
To those of you who own a KitchenAid 5-quart Mixer like me (mine’s Red), you’re in luck. You can now get a glass bowl with measurement lines (in both English and metric) to sit on the base. A convenient pour spout and strong glass handle is an added plus. KitchenAid also rolls out Pro Line Toasters, which include an auto sensing function that automatically lowers bread to begin toasting. When the toast is finished and raised, an auto keep warm re-lowers the toast to keep it warm. Most models include a defrost button for thawing frozen items before toasting and LCD digital displays showing the selected toasting shade and a progress bar that counts down toasting time.
Now you can fry up to a 20-lb turkey indoors with the Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer XL from Masterbuilt Manufacturing Inc. It is equipped with an easy-to-read digital timer, hinged lid with a window and grease filter. It is CSA certified and the temperature control prevents overheating. (pictured right; Photo: www.masterbuilt.com)
Slow Cooker Mate’s slow cooker helps you put an entrée and two dishes on the table from one pot. Using unique stoneware divided inserts in a portable top chamber for the sides, you can cook the entrée in the lower chamber at the same time.
Cuisinart Griddler Centro offers home cooks a grill that can do it all, at once. Grill or griddle food on top and cook kebabs or hot dogs on the bottom simultaneously.
Microplane introduces Twist N Grate –Dual Sided Grater, a cone-shaped grater with two sides – one for coarse and one for fine grating. An integrated and removable storage container at the base provides convenient, mess-free grating.
A patented indoor grill that brings the flavor and aroma of Brazilian barbecue into the home from Grillex USA is placed over a burner, and food is placed on skewers or in baskets and suspended vertically around the heat source.
Toastess International Multipot’s makes rice, pasta, stuffing, fondue and even allows a not-so-ambitious baker to press a button and bake a cake.
Nostalgic Products Group LLC ‘s stainless steel electric Lazy Susan is an all-in-one serving solution that features a warming tray, large buffet cooking pan and four dishes with covers. It will keep foods warm for up to one hour.
NexTrend Products Patent-pending mortar and pestle allows consumers to simply place their palm on the pestle and rotate, following the natural curve of the mortar. With less effort, no mashing and no noise, dressings, marinades and toppings can be created.
Baker’s Edge, a durable cast aluminum pan is designed for making bite-sized brownies or mini cakes. The pan will appeal to those consumers who love the brownie edge all around.
DeLonghi, the Italian appliance company, demonstrated its convection oven with a lever on the front that lowers a metal press inside the oven to make a panini sandwich. But take out a few shelves and racks, and the oven can also cook a 12-inch pizza.
In celebration of the brand’s 25 anniversary, Circulon introduces Circulon Contemp Red. It features a magnetic stainless steel base and Nonstick Food Release System. It is made with an advanced non-stick surface metal utensil safe Dupont Autograph.
Jura Capresso Inc.’s electric water kettle contains a stainless steel heating element integrated within the body of the kettle to avoid any contact and interference with the water during the boiling process. Cordless and compact, it sits on an electric base and boils up to 57 oz. of water for coffee, tea or instant soups in just four minutes.
World Kitchen LLC rolled out Pyrex Stainless Steel and Heavy Duty Non-Stick Cookware in a variety of sizes. The pans have a unique lid handle that doubles as a lid stand (it stands upright on the pan) and measure markers for quick measuring of liquids. Pyrex Fine Grater with ½ Cup Container allows you to grate, measure and store all at once. The palm size container features markers to measure the grated contents, and it is ideal for grating cinnamon and other delicate spices. If you want to grate hard cheese or chocolate, the Pyrex Rotary Cheese Grater hold the cheese in place all while measuring with its built-in measure markers. I also couldn’t resist playing with the Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup, which now includes bold, read-from-above measure markers and silicone-covered bases for better grip.
YouCopia Products Inc. debuted an innovative spice stack that stores both spices and measuring tools in one product. It fits into standard kitchen cabinets and features a tool drawer with a 10-piece set of stainless steel measuring cups and spoons. Two more drawers hold a total of 18 full-size spice bottles.
Lanita Ware, patented reusable party ware features drink ware that fits securely into a round receptacle on the plate. This design allows guests to mingle while carrying both food and drink and still have one hand free. The set includes a 3-in-1 spoon-fork-knife universal item with a beveled edge for cutting and a loop to make carrying easier.