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Breville's PolyScience Control Freak is a pricey yet precise induction cooktop


As part of Cooking Week, we set out to test some of the most niche (and, in some cases, ridiculous) kitchen gadgets we could find. We wanted to know if these impressive-looking appliances actually do what they claim and if they're worth the splurge. They have some key benefits – with the biggest two being speed and efficiency. They also have the added perks of not giving off as much residual heat, which is nice during the summer, and the surrounding cooking surface doesn't get hot to the touch, which lessens burn risks. You can find a standalone burner for under $100 while a full replacement for your stove can run you a few thousand.

These New Smart Cooktops Will Up Your Home Cooking Game WSJD - Technology

I was only about halfway through the jam session when the adrenaline kicked in. The molten strawberries were bubbling like cartoon lava, sometimes spattering my frantically revolving arm with a brief sting. I looked down at my phone…four and a half minutes to go. An eternity later, my phone dinged, and the app, whose recipe I was using, said I could stop. I survived unscarred and, for my troubles, wound up with a jar of perfect strawberry jam.

The best portable induction cooktop


This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. After putting in more than 60 hours of research and testing, we're confident that the Duxtop 9100MC is the best portable induction cooktop, and a reliable extra burner for small or busy kitchens. This moderately priced model heats quickly and cooks more evenly than the competition. Its easy-to-use interface allows you to choose between a power mode for general cooking and a temperature mode for specific tasks such as frying. The Duxtop 9100MC also comes with a number of safety features that prevent overheating and alert you if your cookware isn't suitable for induction cooking. Although it has a few crevices around the perimeter, it isn't difficult to clean. Although we prefer the slightly more expensive Duxtop 9100MC, the IKEA Tillreda cooktop performed well in most of our cooking tests.

Vermicular Musui-Kamado Review: Luxurious, but Lacking


A few weeks back, my editor asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a new Japanese kitchen appliance called the Vermicular Musui-Kamado, something that looked so novel and clever that I said "Let's do it!" Oddly, straight out of the box, it needed a fair amount of inspection just to figure out what it was. After a few weeks of testing, I have a better handle on its capabilities, but why it exists is still a bit of a mystery to me. A quick way to explain the Vermicular is as a 3.9-liter Dutch oven (the musui) that comes with a dedicated countertop induction burner. The burner has a heated collar that goes three-quarters of the way up the pot's walls, swaddling it like a hot cradle and providing what the company calls "three-dimensional" heating.

Smartphone-Enabled Kitchen Gear Can (Probably?) Make You a Better Chef


The Jetsons knew how to cook: Ride the conveyor belt over to the kitchen console, press the Bacon button and--BOOP!--there's The animated 1960s TV series was right about some aspects of the future (video phones, for one thing), but for kitchens, well, we're not quite there yet. The idea of the smart--or connected--home, that is linking appliances to the Internet in order to make life better or easier by, say, allowing you to make sure your garage door is shut even if you're at the office, or keeps your plants watered, is a good first step. The latest thing on the menu in the connected home kitchen is something called'guided cooking.' No, Gordon Ramsay doesn't come to your house and yell at you. Guided cooking is where a heat source and a pot (or a sensor in the pot) communicate with each other through an app that walks you through a recipe and keeps everything at the right temperature as you cook your way to dinner.