Kitchen 971

    Published on May 17th, 2010 | by Greg


    KitchenStir and NuWave Keep Things Moving in The Kitchen

    We’ve reviewed our share of kitchen utensils and cooking pans over the years here at Truly Obscure. Today, our focus is on kitchen appliances that cut down preparation and cooking time.

    The amount of time and attention needed in the kitchen while cooking leaves some of our staff a bit frazzled. Cooking can be a joy for some, a chore at best for others. We find that giving undivided attention to the the stove just to make s sure we don’t burn the water is irksome. Joy! Now thereÊ»s an appliance that has come along that actually does of the majority of the work for us (which in our case, we heartily applaud). For those of you out there that either despise cooking or get tired of the stirring and splashing due to your own negligence or klutziness, we have the ideal solution.

    KitchenStir has created the Chef’s stir pan, a 3.25-quart revolution in helping us prepare simmering soups or stews, caramel or kettle corn, and anything that can be braised or stir-fried. Also considered to be a caramelizer it can coat nuts or granola. It can adapt to pretty much anything you can create.

    The KitchenStir is exactly that; a built in stirrer that stirs your choice of food intermittently or continuously. The Stir Pan heats up almost instantaneously so we were able to start our food in about 30 seconds. Though we still had to keep an eye on the pan, we were consistently happy with the automatic stirrer. It did its job better than most of us here could have and we really appreciated not being splashed, which is what tends to happens when we go it alone.

    We have clear favorites here at Truly Obscure when it comes to pans; case in point would be the Mauviel pan. Copper pans have their place in the creme de la creme kitchens, but we would be remiss if we didnʻt ever talk about cast aluminum, like the one included in the KitchenStir. It has a DuPont non-stick coating and most thrilling was the easy clean-up. We were able to put the glass lid and removable pan in the dishwasher. We found aluminum still does have a place in our heart.

    We were able to slow cook at temperatures of 175 F to 200 F with a cooking range of up to 400F and a WARM setting at a mode at 150 F. Weʻre never ones to scoff at versatility, and this type of control over temperature is absolutely versatile.

    First, we started off by making breakfast burritos following the instructions on the video found on the manufacturer’s website. We will admit that the videos are quite amateur with low sound quality and awkward dialogue, but we did find some decent recipes. Impressive was the caramel corn that turned out even and unburnt. It was a change of pace to not have to hand-stir or turn an uneasy crank to make fresh popcorn.

    We found it online at Amazon for around $75.

    Where the KitchenStir Chef Pan is a convenient tabletop appliance, we also found another kitchen tool called the NuWave Oven that weighs less than your ten pound turkey, but is also a corded appliance. We consider this a toaster oven on steroids, as you can pretty much cook whatever fits in the inside dimensions of 6.5 inches deep & 12 inches in diameter.

    The NuWave Oven cooks food up to 50% faster than a conventional oven through it’s own 3 step process. It features a 3-Way cooking method to combine infrared, conduction, and convection. Initially the infrared heat penetrates food from the inside out leaving food moist and flavorful. The conduction applies heat precisely to the food to increase the browning, roasting and flavor. The last step of convection circulates heat evenly around food for faster cooking and even browning. For instance, a frozen 10lb. turkey will be ready in around 2.5 hours.

    The NuWave Oven Pro is powered by a 1500 Watt Sheath Heater that promises a lifetime of loyal service (30 years),which, incidentally, is longer than your average housekeeperʻs.

    Our favorite part is that this is the perfect kitchen appliance for apartment dwellers. It doesn’t heat up your kitchen so therefore no smelly odors or smoke, saving energy and emitting less annoying environmental fumes. We were able to cook frozen chicken without defrosting something we have not been able to do in the past and the clean-up was almost as easy as the KitchenStir. Everything was dishwasher safe except for the power head. It should be noted that you must have space on your counter top because the lid flips open and needs a bit of space.

    We were able to purchase the NuWave Oven Pro online at Sears for $120. This is the perfect addition to the kitchen for single or couples who are preparing meals for themselves.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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