Latest Stories in Kitchen Design - Page 10

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    Slow Food Meet Slow Cook (a.k.a. the Hay Box)

    January 16, 7:53 AM by Warren McLaren in Kitchen Design

    The other day John was ruminating on the energy efficiencies of slow cooking using 'crock pots.' My memory was jogged. I once set my students at a design college the assignment of designing and making a working prototype product that would reduce

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    Slow Cook Your Way Out Of A Drought-Stricken Electricity Bill

    January 10, 11:00 AM by John Laumer in Kitchen Design

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is proposing a rate increase due to extreme drought having reduced their ability to ramp up hydroelectric generators in time for customers to turn on the bright kitchen lights and cook dinner - after 4:00PM. Only 6

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    Turbo-cooker Wins Prize for Clean Burning

    December 2, 4:05 PM by Christine Lepisto in Kitchen Design

    A man with something to prove could change the world. And Rene Nunez had something to prove. After dedicating his life and fortune to his invention, he had to prove it could be done to show his family and friends that he is not following a crazy

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    Waste of Energy Dept: Automatic Martini Maker

    November 2, 9:13 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    We thought we had seen it all with the Roasted Garlic Express, but, alas, we had not. True proof of the decline of civilization as we know it is the Automatic Martini Maker. Gear site Green Head says: "A martini isn't exactly the hardest drink to make,

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    Myths That Waste Energy In The Kitchen: The Baking & Roasting Episode

    October 27, 12:50 PM by John Laumer in Kitchen Design

    Superstitions about baking and roasting account for much energy wastage in the modern kitchen. "Preheat your oven" is an old wives tale that, with perhaps a few exceptions, can be ignored in the interest of energy saving.

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    Waste of Energy Dept: Silly Appliances

    October 21, 8:52 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    My favourite Talmudic aphorism is from the Rabbi who said "My life has been blessed, because I never knew I needed anything until I had it.". I do wonder how I ever got by without these two appliances. I mean, who could live without a marshmallow

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    The Pantry is Back

    October 5, 11:12 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    Kitchen cabinets are expensive, particularly if you buy them formaldehyde free with a green counter. Yet storage is at a premium if you plan on canning fruits and vegetables or laying in supplies of root vegetables for the winter. According to Paula

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    Can Big Kitchens Be Green?

    October 3, 9:30 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    We have often stated that it is hard to call big houses green, but can big kitchens be considered green? We were asked by Kitchen and Bath Business Green- a trade publication serving "the business of

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    Trinity Glass - A Merger for Beautiful Countertops

    September 29, 12:57 PM by Kristin Underwood in Kitchen Design

    At the West Coast Green conference last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with EcoTop/EcoClad creator Joel Klippert, and Squak Mountain Stone creator Amee Quiriconi to talk about the creation of green surfaces. The two recently joined creative

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    What's Cooking in the Counter Intelligence Lab at MIT

    September 12, 2:41 PM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    The Counter Intelligence unit of the MIT Media Lab "explores technological approaches to functional, cognitive, and social support in the home, with a particular focus on the kitchen." They note that "our kitchens are far from complete and perfect.

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    Drawer Fridge Saves Energy, Protects Food

    September 4, 9:46 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    We keep saying "Small fridges make good cities" and keep looking for the perfect small fridge. When we wrote about the Norcool drawer fridge, we bemoaned the fact that it had open bottoms and all of the cold air would fall out of it. Commenter

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    Tough Love: Norcool Fridge in a Drawer

    August 16, 8:45 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    We always quote architect Donald Chong: "Small fridges make good cities."- the principle being that if you shop locally and fresh from a neighbbourhood store, you don't need much space. (and vice versa: if you don't have much space you shop a lot

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    GreenPan: PFOA and PTFE-free Non-stick Cookware

    August 1, 9:16 AM by Warren McLaren in Kitchen Design

    We covered the issue (once or twice) of whether aluminium cookware leads to Alzheimers and had robust discussions (once, twice and thrice) on the risks associated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Teflon based non-stick cookware. In the latter case

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    Recycle Old Lightbulbs Into Salt and Pepper Shakers

    July 31, 7:32 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    Readymade has instructions for converting old incandescent bulbs into salt and pepper shakers using old bottle caps and a little wax. I am not at all certain about this; there used to be phosphors in those bulbs and the filament was surely slowly

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    Ultrasonic Dishwasher from Bosch

    July 21, 12:57 PM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    There is often debate about which is greener, washing dishes by hand or with a dishwasher? The discussion will probably end when Bosch's new ultrasonic dishwasher goes on sale. The Patent application claims "A dishwasher machine (1), in particular a

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    The Nutcracker, Sweet

    June 22, 11:48 AM by Matthew Sparkes in Kitchen Design

    Made from two small blocks of Beech wood, one has different size holes on each surface so that nuts

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    UnTreeHugger: An Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser

    June 21, 7:58 AM by Lloyd Alter in Kitchen Design

    When looking for signs of the end of the world as we know it, one indicator might be the proliferation of useless devices that consume resources and energy for no apparent purpose. Perhaps the most egregious is this automatic paper towel dispenser:

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    Dy-rection Line: A Small, Movable Kitchen

    June 19, 2:54 PM by Collin Dunn in Kitchen Design

    Taking the "less is more" ethos to a bit of an extreme, Thai designer Wiwat Pitakpongsanit's "Dy-rection Line" kitchen is a place to cook, serve, meet, party, eat, and work. The range, oven, sink, table, three stools and extendo-countertop are all

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