Healthy cooking for the new year!

There are some new small appliances that will help your new year healthy cooking resolutions.  From air frying to steam cooking, healthy cooking has gotten easier.  What is the difference between the two and what is best?

Air frying can help reduce fat and calories from your food.  It uses very little oil and miraculously makes food crispy.  Air fryers work by circulating hot air at up to 400 degrees F.  You can even cook bacon in an air fryer.  Place a layer at the bottom of the basket and cook for about ten minutes.  All of the bacon grease will drain under the basket, making everyone’s favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner treat slightly healthier!  Some of our favorites are the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven or the Power Air Fryer.

The new rage in healthy cooking is steam cooking.  Steam cooking helps to preserve the color, flavor and nutrients in food.  Steaming is a method that has been used in China since ancient times.  Food is cooked by heat from the vapor of boiling liquid.  Steaming is fast and convenient.  However, not all foods should be cooked using steam.  Red meats will always taste better grilled or baked, and pretty much anything with cheese will do better with conventional oven baking.  Steam ovens can, however, be used to reheat foods like pizza and it will come out crispy.  You can steam cook with a pressure cooker or in one of the new Sharp steam ovens that we sell.

The Cuisinart pressure cooker quickly cooks the food using steam from the built-up pressure.

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Sharp makes a nice counter top steam oven.

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If you are in the market for a conventional oven, Thermador makes a 48 inch range that includes a steam oven setting.

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