What’s cooking in the gadgets department ?

What’s cooking in the gadgets department ?

The kitchen is like a holy shrine. It’s a place to meditate, focus on the mesmeric motions of cleaning and chopping, and yet be alert enough to get the timing right to tease out flavours, preserve colours and heighten textures. The kitchen can be therapeutic, a place for healing, with its comforting aromas and the promise of nourishment. And it can be a place of learning—how does great flavour-sealing technology work? How can it make my coffee better? More consistent in flavour? How can technology take me to the land of turbo cooking and help save fossil fuel? How can it help me fight bacteria, pathogens, viruses and other horrors staring out of my raw fruits and vegetables? How can the clothes-drying technique in my washing machine be used to create better salad? Ah, got you there, isn’t it?

But seriously, contemporary kitchens are changing. Today, they also spell excitement, pleasure, adventure. They give us a buzz. And if you discount the hyperbole, they give us a chance to become better chefs. Welcome to our very special collection of non-geeky gadgets and gewgaws.

AMC cookware

Because the steel is non-porous, it is easy to clean and doesn’t retain food particles. AMC cookware comes with a special gauge on the lid that indicates when the pan is ready for cooking. Think about the material science, technology, innovation and design crammed in here and you’ll know that this cookware comes with price tags that require you to tighten your belt.

Not surprisingly, AMC cookware can’t be bought off the shelf. Their team will come home, do a demonstration—meaning, cook you an entire meal using your stove, your ingredients and your food style, but in AMC cookware.

Be warned: The cookware can only be bought in sets. Only existing AMC users can buy single units. Yeah, it’s almost an exclusive club—and the price to get in there is high.

Price: Rs17,500 for a basic set that can roast, steam, bake and cook

Available at:To set up a demo, complete the form on the “Contacts" page on www.in.amc.info

Zyliss salad spinner

Price: Rs2,475 (small) and Rs2,975 (big)

Available at: Log on to www.hsw.co.in, visit the Howard Storage World Store at Mantri Square, Malleswaram, Bangalore, or call 080-22667313.

Kent Ozone Vegetable and Fruit Purifier

Price: Rs5,500, inclusive of taxes

Available at :SMS Kent to 53636 or call 0120-3075075 for demonstration and delivery.

Lavazza Blue Espresso Machine

I have the no-frills, 1.2-litre manual home version with steam spout LB 800 but you could opt for the 4-litre LB 2301 with complete ‘jhatak-matak’ that automatically locks, ejects and disposes capsules, is programmable, has an adjustable cup shelf and is cappuccinator kit compatible. Smell the coffee, your regular percolator just won’t make the grade before this monster.

Price: LB 800, Rs10,500; LB 2301, Rs47,500; coffee and tea capsules Rs2,300 for 100 capsules, taxes extra

Available at: Log on to www.fresh-honest.com

Iwatani Torch Burner

The thing is that a blowtorch sounds like a pretty violent tool to use in a kitchen because we equate it with welding or with Jack Bauer in ‘24’ using an acetylene flame to cut through steel vaults. In reality, a blowtorch delivers fairly low-intensity heat that is perfect for a pie. The Japanese Iwatani Torch Burner (CB-TC-Pro) I have is an efficient, no-nonsense, pistol-type unit with a gas and air regulator to manage flame size and a small, detachable, low-heat LPG butane cylinder, so there’s no risk of your casserole getting toasted. The Iwatani Torch Burner is my new flame.

Price:Rs2,500 for the torch, Rs325 for a butane cylinder

Available at: Jamals, Sigma Mall, Cunningham Road, Bangalore, or call 080-32967279.

Arun Katiyar is a content and communication consultant with a focus on technology companies. He is a published author with HarperCollins and has extensive media experience spanning music, print, radio, Internet and mobiles.

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