If you're tired of roasting, sauteing or frying your meals, you might want to give sous vide a chance.
Sous-vide, and other modernist cooking techniques, is often times unknown territory for many home cooks. Most sous vide dishes are out of reach, made by modernist chefs in exorbitantly priced restaurants -- think El Bulli, Alinea and WD~50.
Without having someone to hold your hand through it, giving modernist cuisine a try can be pretty intimidating. But this scientific-type cooking can soon be yours to master, free of charge, thanks to the team who worked on the (also exorbitantly priced) six volume Modernist Cuisine Books.
Chris Young, Ryan Mathew Smith and Grant Crilly present the website ChefSteps with free lessons on modernest cooking techniques in the hopes of making it approachable to home cooks.
The website will host lessons in the form of videos, articles and forums taught by well-trained chefs to help the curious home cook (you) master techniques of modernist cooking "through practical, hands-on demonstrations with detailed step-by-step explanations." The sous-vide lesson alone extensively covers the equipment, preparation, packaging, cooking temps, cooking times and a look at some of the finishing strategies after foods have cooked."
While you still have to get your own ingredients and equipment, which can be a little pricy -- sous vide machines are definitely not afforable -- it still beats having to pay tuition for culinary school.
Check out these futuristic kitchen gadgets.
15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon
The 15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon makes eating ice cream easier. According to the site "the spoon is made of solid aluminum. With a high thermal conductivity of aluminum, the temperature of the hand holding the spoon will slowly melt the ice cream making it easier to scoop it out." <strong>Check out the <a href="http://" target="_hplink">15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon by lemnos</a></strong>
The biggest problem with a toaster is all the counter space it takes up. Well, that's no longer an issue with this toaster that rolls up and stores easily. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/10/25/toasted-wrap/" target="_hplink">Toasted Wrap at Yanko Design</a></strong>
Divisible -- The Easy To Wash Balloon Whisk
Divisible, the easy to wash balloon whisk, may not seem like such a futuristic kitchen gadget, but if you've ever had the misfortune of having to clean out a sticky whisk, you know how helpful this small innovation can be. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.red-dot.sg/concept/porfolio/o_e/DA/B013.htm" target="_hplink">the Divisible whisk at red dot</a></strong>
Cutting Board With Scale
Who needs measuring cups when this cutting board exists? You can chop your ingredients and then measure them all on this one board. We can't wait till it comes out! <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.designboom.com/contest/view.php?contest_pk=11&item_pk=8191&p=1" target="_hplink">cutting board with a scale</a> at Design Boom</strong>
How many of us say we just can't live without our cellphones? And now, with the Qumi, we can't cook without them either. This cooking device can be used for heating, frying and steaming and can only be controlled through your mobile device. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/06/14/the-top-25-entries-of-electrolux-design-lab-2010/" target="_hplink">The Qumi</a> by Ilia Vostrov</strong>
HALO Heating Spoon
You might not think you need a heating spoon, but trust us, you do. This spoon comes in handy when your morning cup of coffee cools to that disagreeable room temperature. And it's also handy for cooking when you don't want to use the stove top for a small task -- especially if you don't have a microwave. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/10/11/an-angel-in-the-morning/" target="_hplink">HALO Heating Spoon at Yanko Design</a></strong>
You won't have to worry about not knowing when your milk is going to spoil. The milkmaid sends an alert to your iPad letting you know when it's time to get a new carton. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.quirky.com/products/327-The-Milkmaid-smart-milk-jug" target="_hplink">the Milkmaid</a> at Quirky</strong>
902 Mobile Induction Heat Plate
This mobile induction plate is easy to take with you wherever you go, making cooking anywhere a real possibility. It's also a great solution for small apartment living (in those spaces that are so small they don't have a kitchen). The best part is that you control the heat level and time with your cellphone. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.id-mag.com/gallery/902-Mobile-Induction-Hot-Plate/1566857" target="_hplink">902 Mobile Induction Heat Plate</a> by Electrolux</strong>
No need to waste your time or energy stirring that pot of soup, this little gadget can do it for you. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/?s=cooking" target="_hplink">Easy Stir</a> at Electrolux</strong>
The Portable Toaster
You will never have to be without toast again with this portable toaster. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.designlaunches.com/gadgets/a_crisp_cut_with_the_portable_toaster.php" target="_hplink">The Portable Toaster</a> at Design Launches</strong>
Cruet Salt & Pepper
You've never seen salt and pepper shakers like these. Not only do they dispense salt and pepper, but they also play music (streaming from your cellphone). And, their round shape means you can roll them across they table when diners need them. <strong>Check out the<a href="http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/?s=cooking" target="_hplink"> Cruet Salt & Pepper </a>by Electrolux</strong>
Taylor Digital Measuring Cup And Scale
This measuring cup gives you traditional measurements and also offers a digital reading of your measurements, making it easier to ensure accuracy. One thing we love about this gadget, which is on the market already, is that it calculates conversions for you. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Digital-Measuring-Cup-Scale/dp/B002E1AVTI&tag=aolfood-20" target="_hplink"> Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale</a> at Amazon, $12.18</strong>
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