March 19, 2013 |
A whisk is one of those indespensable tools in the kitchen, simple as it may appear -- essentially nothing more than long looped wires joined at the end with a handle. Sometimes called a whip, whisks come in a variety of shapes and sizes to handle the kitchen task at hand. Balloon whisks (pictured on top) have a very large, round head, and are used to whip or beat air into various ingredients, such as egg whites or cream, increasing their volume. Balloon whisks are perfectly suited for combining dry ingredients (such as flour, leavener and spices)
February 21, 2013 |
The above contraption may look a little funny, but it can be essential in the kitchen. Meet the heat diffuser. When you have a recipe that requires stove-top cooking over an extremely low and gentle flame, or are using a delicate cooking vessel such as a clay pot, a diffuser is perfect for softening and evenly spreading the heat. And it's great for eliminating hot spots. A heat diffuser (like the much-loved one pictured above from the Test Kitchen) is easy to use: Simply set the diffuser over the burner and place your pot or pan on top, then start cooking.
January 22, 2013 |
A German tinkerer has combined his love of Iron Man movies and passion for laser gadgets to build a real-life version of the super hero's robotic arms, and he has sold the laser-firing device for more than $2,660. Patrick Priebe, 29, of Wuppertal, Germany, posted a video of his "Iron Man Laser Gauntlet" on YouTube on Saturday, showing a red and gold full-metal shell gadget for his arm equipped with two 1.2-watt blue lasers and another two 4-milliwatt red lasers. Priebe demonstrates the device and how it works throughout the first half of the video.
January 9, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Falls happen, even to the most balanced of us. But what if no one is around to help? As our parents, grandparents and maybe even some of us age, it's becoming increasingly important and desirable to go about life without limitations but feel like there's a safety net if we should need it. And several tech companies have recognized the need. At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, a couple of the many items focused on continued independence, mobility and security.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, everything is getting a bit "smarter. " Smartphones ushered in the notion that cellphones didn't have to be limited to just making calls, and tablets uprooted the definition of the personal computer. Now, the buzz at the world's largest tech gadget conference has shifted from the devices themselves to the growing crop of accessories and technologies that are piggybacking on their massive popularity. Connectivity is one of the main reasons smartphones and tablets became blockbuster hits among consumers, and tech manufacturers want to bring that feature to other objects - many of them everyday, non-digital household items.
January 6, 2013 |
Global spending on consumer electronic devices is projected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to the Consumer Electronics Assn. During a media briefing Sunday, Steve Koenig, senior director of market research for CEA, said that figure would represent about 4% growth from 2012. And, fingers crossed, it would reflect a turnaround of sorts from 2012, when spending unexpectedly fell about 1%. FULL COVERAGE: CES 2013 However, even that modest forecast comes will caveats.