A Rocket Scientist Just Designed the Energy-Saving Pan of the Future
What do you get when you apply the same science behind jet engines and rockets to the kitchen? You guessed it — all the ingredients you need to cook with some serious heat. Add a side of helpful time saving and a scoop of TLC for the planet and you have a new-and-improved pan that could change the way your future dinner makes it to the table.
Dr. Tom Povey, Professor of Engineering at the University of Oxford, was on a “mountaineering trip” (do you think that’s like glamping?) when he became frustrated with how long it took to boil water at high altitudes. Instead of just complaining to his fellow mounties and posting a sad, hangry selfie with a “watched pots don’t boil” pun, his wheels started turning. If he could improve the heat transfer to the pan, that water would be cookin’ in no time. And faster cooking speeds are enjoyable at all altitudes.
Back in the lab, Dr. P. and engineering students at Oxford worked on a more efficient and aerodynamic design that would improve heat transfer to the everyday pan. Set your current cookware on the stove and watch as the heat rises around it. So much of that heat is dissipating into the atmosphere and doing nothing to actually help you cook.
By adding fin-like ridges to their pan, they created Flare, cookware that captures and pulls in more of the once-wasted heat. If you think we’re making a big fuss about a little pan, think again. The improvement is a significant one you would spot in the kitchen, and then again when you paid your gas or electric bill. Compared to conventional cookware, the Flare pan heats up about 44% faster and your regular ol pan uses 40% more gas.
You can snag Flare pans in multiple sizes at Lakeland, a “creative kitchenware” retailer in the UK with an expected ship date later this August. Prices range from about $86 USD for a small Flare frying pan, to $145 USD for a large saucepan. Do we smell some new additions to your wedding registry, or what?
What high-tech kitchen gadget is on your wish list? Share the kitchen innovation that’s caught your eye recently!
(h/t First We Feast)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!