Recall: Slow Cookers by Sensio Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: Slow Cookers

Units: About 25,000

Importer/Distributor: Sensio Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Hazard: The slow cooker’s control panel can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Sensio has received 60 reports of the control panels of the slow cookers smoking, melting and sparking and three reports of panels catching fire. Fourteen incidents resulted in minor damage to countertops. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cookers. Only slow cookers with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909 are included in this … (read more)

Quartz splashbacks from CaesarStone

You can have the most beautiful and environmentally-friendly quartz splashbacks from the kitchen to the bathroom and everywhere in-between. All thanks to the CaesarStone, the original quartz surface manufacturing company which introduced pioneering innovation in the field of quartz surfaces years ago. CaesarStone quartz surfaces are perfectly suited for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and stairs, wall paneling and interior furniture. You can choose from the widest range of colours and structures, though not all are available in every country, to match your own taste or meet the demands of the most demanding clientele.

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July 2010 Monthly Round-Up for Kitchen Contraptions

July was another hot and amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions – filled with kitchen gadgets, grilling, and other kitchen wonders plus. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers for visiting us each day, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

General News

Bicycle Doubles as a Folding Shopping Cart

Grilling

Magnetic Flexible Mini Grill Light Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush – Steam Clean Your Grill Oregon Scientific Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer

Kitchen Gadgets

Peach Pitter Microplane Herb Mill Apron Cooking … (read more)

Turn You Kitchen Countertops into Touchscreens

Photo: A counter top acts as a touchscreen display.
Priya Ganapati/Wired.com

All you need is a counter, projector, and a little math – and bam – touchscreen countertops in your kitchen according to new work and research at Intel.

“There’s nothing absolutely special about the surface, and it doesn’t matter if your hands are dirty,” says Beverly Harrison, a senior research scientist at Intel. “Our algorithm and a camera set-up can create virtual islands everywhere”

The project uses real-time 3-D object recognition to build a model of almost anything that’s placed on … (read more)

Recall: General Electric Coffee Makers From Walmart Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: General Electric®-branded 12-cup digital coffee makers

Units: About 900,000

Importer: Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The coffee maker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Walmart has received 83 reports of overheating, smoking, melting, burning and fire, including three reports of minor burn injuries to consumer’s hands, feet and torso. Reports of property damage include a significant kitchen fire and damage to countertops, cabinets and a wall.

Description: This recall involves General Electric®-brand 12-cup coffee makers sold in white or black. The digital coffee maker has programmable … (read more)

Vertical wine rack – Vynebar

[KBIS 2010 Review]
Functional and sleek, Vynebar is a new vertical wine rack that offers trendy wine storage solution. The design is the trend for the next generation and the new Must Have for wine enthusiasts. Epitomizing form and function, the Vynebar small shape and simple installation make it the perfect accompaniment to any decor. Designed with a sleek, state of the art style, the Vynebar can easily be mounted in any home or business to display specially selected vintages. The new Vynebar vertical wine rack solves the ongoing consumer complaint of clutter … (read more)

Kitchen Costs

Your budget will normally dictate your choice of products but there are other considerations you need to take into account when working out how much your new kitchen is going to cost.

Prices vary quite a lot, so the figures given below are just a guideline and, as always, shopping around is the best bet.

But work out roughly how much money you want to spend and use this figure when talking to designers and contractors.

Below are some guidelines for establishing a realistic budget.

Budget Guidelines

First of all, if you limit your … (read more)

Kitchen Cabinets

There are so many choices where cabinets are concerned, such as the door materials, style, color, frames, etc., and so much variation in price that the whole area can be confusing at times.

Hopefully, this section should give you a good place to start.

You may also want to consider the option of having your cabinets refaced. You will be surprised at the results you can achieve by doing this, and also how inexpensive it is, especially if you can find a good deal with a reputable company.

Definitely check it out first, get … (read more)