Technology Profile– Sharp Thinking

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Check out this article featuring Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Peter Weedfald, and the Sharp Superheated Steam Oven below.

Take a step back and think about the food we all consume. The majority of what we cook and eat is comprised mainly of water and most thrive and grow in bountiful rainfalls. Think about the vineyards that absorb the moisture of a late summer evening when fog fed by ocean breezes rolls in and shrouds the hills of Napa and Sonoma counties. Or the juiciness of a ripe peach. Or how plant life and animals depend on water for survival. Not to mention that when we cook, we often use water. Poaching, simmering, boiling, blanching, braising, stewing, pot roasting, steaming and en papillote. Water plays such a fundamentally important role in our lives, especially in our kitchens, that we sometimes take it for granted.

We also take for granted what is happening to those water-based foods we put in our ovens. Traditional ovens can dry out the food, leaching out the nutrients and significantly diminishing the taste. It’s no wonder professional chefs like to rub some butter on steaks once they come out of the oven to make your first bite savory and delicious.

There is an evolution happening in our kitchens today that is dynamically changing how we think about cooking food and how to provide our families with the healthiest meals possible. And it has to do with water. From foodies to home cooks to elite name-brand chefs, we are witnessing a revolution and a revelation with the latest technology being deployed in homes and restaurants around the world. Cooking with superheated steam.

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Steam cooking is one of the most ancient methods used for preparing food. Archaeologists have found the chards of ceramic pots at different digs around Japan that reveal the cooking habits of the people in the Jomon period. These pots date back as far as 15,000 years to the last ice age. Some used for cooking are the earliest incarnations of what we now call the nabemono, or hot pot.

Every family made its own pots for basic needs like cooking and storage, and later with spare time, pottery with stands and other ritual vessels were produced. The Yayoi people made different types of pots for different uses. Jars for cooking, pedestaled bowls used like dishes for serving foods, and vases for storing food and water. Perforated jars were used for steaming foods such as rice and oysters.


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30 in. width Induction Cooktop, European Black Mirror Finish Made with Premium SCHOTT Glass (SDH3042DB)

The Sharp(R) SDH3042DB Induction Cooktop is a powerful, beautiful addition to your dream kitchen. The black mirror finish of the premium Schott(R) glass surface is a perfect match and can be combined with our Easy Wave Open Microwave DrawerTM and our European Convection Built-In Single Wall Oven.

The four cooking zones give you more flexibility to orchestrate even your most elaborate entertaining. The SDH3042DB features a variable-sized zone and a convenient cooling zone. More precise than gas, more efficient than electric, the Sharp Induction Cooktop is faster than either. There is a kitchen timer, and even a Power Boost for those times when you just need that pasta water to boil. The Simmer Enhancer option provides low, consistent cooking performance for your most delicate soups and sauces. Heat is generated directly into the cookware itself, so there is less wasted energy to heat up your kitchen. And without an open flame or radiant coil, spills and splatters are less likely to burn, and a breeze to clean up.

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Stainless Steel European Convection Built-In Single Wall Oven (SWA3052DS)

Sharp’s all-new, modern and elegant, built-in wall oven features an edge-to-edge black glass and stainless steel design. The SWA3052DS pairs beautifully with our SMD2480CS built-in Microwave DrawerTM for a dynamic duo of style and performance.

This 5.0 cu ft. 240V. built-in wall oven uses True European Convection to cook evenly and heat efficiently. The 8 pass upper-element provides edge to edge performance. The 6-pass hidden bake element and sculpted floor of the modern, cobalt blue porcelain interior makes cleanup a breeze.

Touch glass controls and a large LCD display makes the control panel easy to see and operate. Six sculpted rack positions create a versatile cooking space. The bright, halogen interior lighting and large viewing pane let you keep an eye on your food from the outside, while the built-in precision probe thermometer lets you know what is happening inside.

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