Now that the weather has turned warm and eating outdoors, whether a picnic or glorious dinner under the stars, is the seasonal treat we wait for all year. But with outdoor dining come some considerations: what dishes and flatware do you use, how to keep the bugs away from your food, and how to keep your food hot or cold (as the case may be) when you’re away from controlled climate and electricity?
Well, one of the best ways to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold is a low tech (no tech) solution: double-walled stainless steel. I was researching why double walls are so effective in retaining heat and cold and ran across this wonderfully whimsical explanation in reddit.com and had to share it with you:
So imagine you have a cat. You are full of warm lovely feelings of affection for said kitty. In order to transfer your feelings of warmth and love to Mr. Kitty you pet him, and after chewing on your hand a little bit, Mr. Kitty's cold little heart warms up and he decides he loves you back. This is also how heat transfer works. Hot things rub up against cold things and warm them up until they are both the same temperature.
Now imagine you put on a big fluffy glove and go to pet Mr. Kitty. Mr. Kitty's tiny little brain will be confused and it will take much longer for him to stop trying to gnaw his way to the center of the tootsie pop that is your hand. Eventually though, he will calm down and accept your petting. This is how traditional insulation works. Things make worse contact and heat transfers more slowly.
Finally imagine that you are trying to pet Mr. Kitty by just waving your hands back and forth over the top of him. Mr. Kitty is going to put up with this for about 15 minutes, and then go sit in the corner and wish his human wasn't such an idiot. This is how your double walled container works. There is essentially no contact between the outside and the inside, and as such, very little heat transfer occurs.
While I haven’t seen a cat at Oggi, they did develop these wonderful double-walled stainless steel lidded bowls that are perfect for serving your food all year long, but particularly great for summer entertaining. They keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold for hours with no puddles of condensation to mess up your table. And as an added bonus, they are both gorgeous to look at and easy on your wallet!
The bowls come in 3 sizes: 1-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart, and nest for easy storage (although you will have to find space for 2 of the lids). These are definitely Cool Tools that will enhance your summer dining experience!
- 100% stainless steel with polyurethane insulation
- Care: Hand wash only with mild soap and warm water
- Double walls protect against condensation and heat transfer
- Warning: Not intended for cooking. Do not use in the oven, microwave, or on a stovetop
- Dimensions: 1 Quart: 4.6" x 8.1" diameter; 2 Quart: 5.3" x 9.9" diameter; 3 Quart: 6" x 11.7" diameter