For those whose holiday wish lists revolve around the kitchen, four new introductions from KitchenAid (www.kitchenaid.com) are sure to surprise and delight. They include nine new cookware collections, a digital countertop oven with convection, an electric kettle and a cordless hand blender.
“Even the most accomplished home cooks have an opportunity to up their game with the right equipment,” says Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “Each of these latest offerings combines high performance and advanced features to help cooks achieve more in the kitchen.” KITCHENAID® PRO LINE® SERIES CORDLESS HAND BLENDER Hand blenders are versatile cooking tools that can handle a range of kitchen tasks, from frothing milk and chopping nuts, to pureeing soups right in the pot. The KitchenAid Pro Line series cordless hand blender is designed with a powerful 12V rechargeable lithium-ion battery that maintains consistent power throughout the life of the battery, while being light weight and cord free for easy handling. Recently hailed by Saveur as “the Cadillac of stick blenders,”(1) this new model features the industry’s first interchangeable bell blade assemblies, including an S-Bell, Frother Bell & Multipurpose Bell. An additional whisk attachment quickly beats eggs or whips cream; a chopper attachment can handle a quick batch of homemade hummus or pie crust.
A non-slip handle on the hand blender body features a patented design for comfortable and controlled handling. Removable eight- and 13-inch blending arms offer additional flexibility for blending in deeper pots, bowls or pitchers. An included one-liter capacity BPA-free pitcher (about 4 cups) is handy for both blending and storing everything from holiday eggnog to milkshakes. Removable pan guards for the bell blade assemblies help protect cookware from being scratched, and a cover for each bell blade enables safe storage. The cordless hand blender is available in Candy Apple, Medallion Silver, Onyx Black, Sugar Pearl and White at a suggested retail price of $349.99.
High performance cookware is a fundamental element of the culinary toolkit, especially during the busy holiday entertaining season. The new cookware collection from KitchenAid, the first non-licensed cookware in its nearly 100-year history, includes eight distinct lines designed to accommodate different cooking styles, technologies and personal preferences.
The cookware includes aluminum; hard anodized; stainless steel; professional hard anodized, sculptured stainless steel, tri-ply stainless steel; tri-ply copper; and copper core cookware. Prices range from $179 – $799 for a 10-piece set. Open stock pieces are also available. Every piece of the cookware collection is induction capable, and can be used on any electric, gas or induction cooktop. The aluminum, hard anodized, stainless steel and professional hard anodized lines feature a colorfast finish which resists fading and discoloring. The collection as a whole was designed using advanced finishes to ensure a like-new appearance even after repeated dishwasher cleanings.
Also new this year is the brand’s durable Cast Iron cookware collection, available in Streamline, Traditional and Professional designs. The cookware is available in 3-qt., 4-qt. and 6-qt. sizes, and pot lids double as grill tops for the stove. Available in a variety of colors, the Cast Iron cookware prices range from $59 – $249.
KITCHENAID® ELECTRIC KETTLE
Holiday entertaining and the chill of winter make warm, toasty beverages particularly welcome. The new KitchenAid electric kettle provides precise temperature selection, and dual wall construction in the kettle body keeps beverages warmer inside, and cool to the touch on the outside. Features of the 1440 Watt kettle include a 360 degrees rotating base for easy lifting of the kettle from any direction, and an external circular temperature gauge provides continuous temperature measurement, even when the kettle is removed from the base. The kettle is designed with a water level gauge with a display window for precise measurement, and can hold up to 51 ounces (about 6 cups) of water. Temperatures can be set anywhere from 50 – 100 degrees Celsius (122 – 212 degrees Fahrenheit), with near boiling temperatures marked in finer increments.
“Many beverages, especially teas, require different water temperatures for maximum flavor,” says Robinson. “The KitchenAid electric kettle eliminates any guesswork by allowing for specific water temperature selections.” Progressing white lights indicate the rising temperature and time remaining during the heating process. A soft chime sounds when water is heated to the desired temperature. The kettle is designed with an all-steel, dome shaped body and is available in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl White and Onyx Black, at a suggested retail price of $199.99.
KITCHENAID® DIGITAL CONVECTION COUNTERTOP OVEN
Built with 1800 watts of power and convection technology, nine cooking functions and a high contrast, easy-to-read digital display, the latest KitchenAid countertop oven with 12-inch oven capacity offers cooks full-size oven capabilities in a convenient, compact cooking appliance.
Inspired by the brand’s high performing Commercial-Style ranges, the new countertop ovens feature Even-Heat(TM) Technology for consistent heat throughout the baking cycle. A convection baking option uses a fan to circulate heated air for even heating and reduced cooking time. Nine pre-programmed functions include staged cooking cycles that activate heating elements as needed to crisp, brown or sear. One of the pre-programmed functions, Asado roast, is named for a popular Argentinian cooking style and tells the oven to adjust from a high sear to a lower cooking temperature for superior roasting. Optional convection and frozen modes provide additional versatility, along with manually adjustable time settings and temperature settings of up to 450 degrees.
A My Settings feature remembers the last time and temperature used for pizza, bake, broil, Asado roast, cookies and reheat. Pre-programmed Toast, Bagel and Keep Warm functions easily handle everyday cooking needs. Currently available at a suggested retail price of $400, the 1,800-watt convection countertop oven features a stainless steel finish, and includes a 12-inch non-stick deep dish pan, a 12-inch grilling rack and removable cooling rack.
* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.