Thursday, January 24, 2008

Alton Brown's Steel Lotus


What's shiny, disc-shaped, and stacked on a thin column? No, it's not the Jetson's apartment complex, it's Alton Brown latest kitchen creation: a multi-tiered, non-unitasking, steamer basket. With a piece of threaded rod stock and a couple of stainless steel steamer baskets you too can create your own Steel Lotus! Plans for the three tiered steamer are on Alton's site. Heck, I could fit a six tier unit in the stock pot I use for corn!

His newest creation will be featured in the latest Good Eats episode, The Wing and I, airing Wednesday, January 30th and will be used for, you guessed it, chicken wings. This lead up to the Super Bowl will follow other party food shows like Dip Madness and Man Food. Maybe they'll break out the ol' Miller cardboard cutout of Alton Brown and we'll be all set of a long day of eating Sunday!

7 comments:

Lewis said...

OMG! It's so funny that you are writing about this. I just happened to be on his site the other day and I was looking at the pdf for his 'Steel Louts' and I was looking for your email because I was going to send it to you. How funny.

That is a cool idea but I wonder if there is any particular order that you would need to stack the food. If the bottom layer is full of squash and the top layer is full of broccoli will the top layer cook? Maybe you just need one of those really deep stew pots.

Ole de Cronche said...

Thanks Lewis! Alton mentions about the temperature of the steam and that llonger cooking foods should go towards the bottom; though i don't know exactly how much of a difference it would be in a closed system. I'm sure he'll get into the technical details on the show next week :-)

Dizziness said...

Did you save the PDF? Its not up on the site anymore.

Nathan said...

It works. It's awesome. I made the wings with crispy skin indeed. But how is one to clean it? The schmaltz schmutz has rendered itself through every crevice. I am reluctant to think of what might bloom from that lotus.

Anonymous said...

PDF is now available here

http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season11/EA1119.htm

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Ray said...

Thanks for posting the pdf. I have the book and am going to make Vegie Steamed Dumplings (S08Ep112 - Wonton Ways). The book has a pretty good little drawing, but some of the details about the parts are missing. The PDF helps a lot. Thanks.