6 Great Gifts For An Iron Chef Wannabe

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The wonders of sous vide cooking
Are you the next Iron Chef? Are you bedding a Master Chef wannabe? Do you or someone you know take cooking very seriously? Here are a few must-haves sure to tickle the fancy of the Iron Chef in, or near, you.

6. Sous vide circulators: Sous vide seems to be the new black of the chef world. With this technique, foods are cooked in a vacuum-sealed plastic pouch, at a consistent low temperature for an extended period of time. It may be bulky and pricey, but it creates magic.

5. Pressure cookers: The Iron Chefs need them to cook in a hurry, and they provide the same benefit to the ambitious (read: busy) home cook. Pressure cookers have come a long way from our grandma's models; today you can find them for the stovetop or electric operation.

4. Ice cream makers: You can't call yourself an Iron Chef until you've made salmon roe ice cream for Alton Brown. Grab some cream, sugar and order one of these to make some homemade vanilla.

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Ferran Adria
3. Exotic ingredients: It's been said that your cooking is only as good as your ingredients, and for Top Chef-level cooking, you need a purveyor on steroids. At MarxFoods you can find everything from Adzuki beans to truffles to antelope meat, and you don't even need to leave home.

2. Vitamix blender: Talk about a work horse, this thing does it all. Blends, juices, purees nuts and can probably pull a rabbit from a top hat, should guests require entertainment.

1. Molecular cooking: Follow in the steps of Ferran Adria for a walk on the wild, or molecular side; this kit provides everything necessary to take food to new gastro levels.

One more: Sous chef - If everything else fails, offer to be a sous chef and do all the prep work for the hardworking chef.

Shop smart and eat well, my friends.

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cafeluz
cafeluz

Private cooking session in the professional kitchens at Kitchen Inc, or an Iron Chef private party would be the ultimate gifts.

Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking
Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking

But don't show up in your kitchen theater, with a crowd of hungry diners waiting, not knowing how to operate your brand new pressure cooker!http://www.hippressurecooking....

I would love to have one of those "seemingly instant" ice cream makers - though they take up alot of space in the freezer.  I have one where you freeze the bowl in the freezer and then an arm that swings.  It takes forever.. and we rarely have space in the freezer to pre-freeze it!

Ciao,

L

Sternmbstern
Sternmbstern

Laura-Not sure which 'seemingly instant' ice cream maker you are speaking of, but if you buy an ice cream maker with a built in compressor then you don't need to put anything in the freezer.

Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking
Laura @ Hip Pressure Cooking

"seemingly instant" because they just pour in the batter and let it rip - yes I guess the magic is thanks to an integrated compressor - too bad they take up so much room!

Ciao,

L

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

Sous vide? I thought Iron Chefs need to do things in a hurry. That's very slow. An hour is barely enough time.

trisch
trisch

Iron Chefs use sous vide circulators all the time on the show -- often to cook meats to a uniform doneness before searing off on the grill or to infuse marinades into various foods through the combo of pressure and even heat.  I'd love to have one...someday when I move back to where kitchens are big and counterspace is the norm. :)

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