Kyocera has introduced its Premier Elite collection of five ceramic knives, including a chef's knife, paring knife, utility knife and two Santoku knives. Each knife has a black Pakka wood handle and a curved shape that was modeled after a Japanese coin.
Every home kitchen should be stocked with three basic knife types: an eight-inch chef’s knife, bread knife and paring knife, says Donald Davie, head chef at Effina’s Tuscan Grill in Jacksonville, Fla. Smith Knives owner Lacy Smith says whetstones are the best method for keeping a knife sharp and proper cleaning can extend the life of a knife.
Manufacturers are unveiling new steam cleaners in response to the growing popularity of the cleaning method with consumers. Black & Decker and Dirt Devil all have new models available, with better control and directions functions and greater capacity to increase ease of use.
The Nostalgia Electrics Soft Pretzel Factory can produce a batch of twisted treats in three to five minutes. The gadget has interchangeable plates for different sized pretzels and dough cutters to ease the preparation process.