It’s the heart of the home; the place everyone naturally gravitates towards to connect with one another. It reflects your personality and your flavour for life, and does much more than offer a place to create nourishing food – it nourishes your soul.
It’s your kitchen, of course.
For generations, kitchens have replaced living rooms as the nucleus of the home. Whether amongst family or entertaining for a crowd, people assemble in the kitchen to create lasting memories. Like stirring brownie batter with your mom… or watching your dad make Sunday morning pancakes. I can honestly attribute some of my happiest moments to time spent in this very special place.
And today, kitchens need to be both functional and fashionable. They should reflect your personal style, take advantage of your space and incorporate appliances that fit your lifestyle. However, planning a kitchen renovation (or building a new kitchen) can be overwhelming.
What defines your style? How should you plan your layout? And most importantly, what are the top in-store appliance decision considerations?
Introducing Your Next Kitchen, developed by Panasonic in collaboration with industry experts to provide Canadians with the resources they need to create their best kitchen. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything from design inspiration to expert advice and product facts, and is a wonderful resource to guide you through your renovation journey.
Designer Janette Ewen and Chef Craig Harding lend their expertise to assist Canadians with all their kitchen reno questions. From tips on How to Design to Ultimate Entertaining Kitchen to Designer Insights from Chef Craig Harding’s Home Kitchen, this is a website you’ll return to again and again for fresh inspiration and advice.
Of course, the most important decision for any kitchen – whether it be a large, farmhouse-inspired room or a functional condo space – is choosing quality appliances that meet your needs. Lately, I’ve been following the experts at Panasonic Cooking for advice and support.
Panasonic Cooking, the culinary lifestyle brand of Panasonic Corporation, is dedicated to excellence and innovation in the kitchen. Through its lineup of built-in and small appliances, Panasonic Cooking brings together food experts and tastemakers in each region to elevate the status of professional home cooking, and establish Panasonic’s commitment to developing quality appliances that improve life through innovation.
So, if you’re thinking of a kitchen reno, what are the top must-haves for 2015?
1. Induction Cooking. Induction offers quicker and easier ways to cook, and a faster clean-up. Shaving even a few minutes off dinner prep and clean-up is a big deal!
Pro Pick: Panasonic’s Induction Cooktop, in particular, prevents overheating by utilizing a next-generation infrared-sensor that monitors the heat within the pan, adjusting temperatures as warmer or cooler ingredients are added. The infrared sensor detects the bottom of the pot’s temperature quickly and accurately, and then adjusts settings so that a consistent temperature is held throughout the cooking process.
This leads to an exceptional 90 per cent heating efficiency for the unit, providing energy savings comparable to 50 or 60 per cent in similarly-sized gas or radiant units. In addition, a focused delivery of energy allows items to be cooked faster. In fact, a pot of water can boil up to 30 per cent faster.
2. Built-in Appliances. Built-in or integrated appliances are great if you want to give your kitchen a sophisticated, stylish look.
Pro Pick: Panasonic’s Built-In Convection Oven features a twin fan system that provides continuous circulation of hot air. Its state-of-the-art engineering and advanced design make this convection oven perfect for baking, browning and crisping. The built-in convection oven’s large interior capacity, telescopic shelf, and self cleaning capability are all added features to this sleek, stylish, and excellent cooking appliance.
3. Inverter Microwaves. Inverter technology provides true variable power to ensure even cooking results. This output delivers even cooking from the centre of your food, which prevents overcooking on the edges and surface.
Pro Pick: Panasonic’s Over-the-Range Genius Prestige Plus Inverter Microwave is a sensor-based cooking approach that eliminates the need to set a power level, cooking time, or food weight, to cook the perfect meal. With 19 cooking pre-sets, this innovative microwave allows you to cook like you would in a traditional oven, from bake to broil.
Expert Janette Ewen concurs: “These appliances are simply gorgeous – I regularly recommend induction cooktops and built-in ovens to my clients because of their clean look and the freedom they provide renovators when configuring a space; and these microwave ovens even have an electrostatic glass touch control panel! They’re available in various colours and are a fit for every kitchen style.”
If you’re thinking of a kitchen reno or redo this year, be sure to visit Your Next Kitchen for tips, techniques and trends straight from the pros.