If you really like to cook, you probably are a gadget guru -- thermometers, weigh scales, timers -- any tool which helps move your culinary project along to completion, and a thoroughly enjoyable meal. The digital age has improved the accuracy and, frankly, the fun of cooking with classic kitchen tools. Read on to view the latest kinds of digital cooking tools.
So you don't have to hang around the stove waiting for your food to be finished -- the Williams-Sonoma Voice-Alert Thermometer ($40) for perfectly prepared beef, pork, or poultry. The touch screen offers a variety of pre-programmed temp settings, or you may use your own experience set points. The thermometer accurately measures the cook temp and audibly counts down the time to finish; if the cooking process is interrupted or altered, the monitor automatically recalculates the completion time. Easy to operate, the timer is powered by a trio of AAA (included) batteries.
If you're really into the nitty-gritty of food and its nutritional aspects, you'd be much at home with this Salter Digital Nutritional Scale ($100). You simply place the food item on the scale, enter the food code using the touch screen, and the 11 USDA-approved nutrition components -- among them, for example, calories to cholesterol to fat and sodium -- are displayed. Use the pre-programmed info for hundreds of common items, or you may manually enter the values of specialty foods that you use on a consistent basis. The weighing tray is dishwasher-safe; the scale includes a 9 volt alkaline battery, and may be easily replaced, although it will take a long time to wear it out. The scale itself is wipe-clean.
It's unlikely that you will be cooking but one item at a time, of course -- think vegetables and poultry, or corn on the cob and beef -- so why use a timer that you have to continually reset? Enter the Maverick Professional Digital 3-Item Food Timer (was $20; on sale now at $15). You may easily track the cook time on 3 dishes at once. The over-sized digital readout counts up or down and features individual alarms. You can keep it handy, but out of the way, by using the easel stand, the hook hanger, or affixing it magnetically to the front of your stove or refrigerator. Batteries are included. This timer is perfect for cooking tasks that may not be located in the same area; perhaps you're cooking burgers on your outdoor grill while knocking out baked potatoes in the kitchen. Add to that a cake in the oven -- you're covered with this helpful timer.
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