Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Kitchen Gadgets #3 - a Microplane Zester/Grater

What it is: A Microplane zester/grater (the kind you see ALL the time on popular Food Network shows)
Why You need it: Because it's an ultra sharp little grater that makes everyday prep tasks in the kitchen fast & easy.

This handy little MUST HAVE in the kitchen is useful in all sorts of ways:
  • the Microplane grater/zester works quickly to remove the delicious zest of citrus fruits. All the natural oils in the zests make them a must in so many recipes - from baking, to salad dressings
  • Great for grating (har har) - hard chocolate or cheese is no match for the sharp little teeth on the Microplane. It also works well to finely grate nutmeg to sprinkle into cream sauces, or to top your fancy Coffee Creations.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Kitchen Gadgets #2 - A $6.00 Candy Thermometer for Fudge and Candymaking

What it is: A good old-fashioned thermomenter, likely very similar to the ones your Mom & Grandma had
What it does: Help you to create consistenly decadent homemade fudges and candies
Kitchen Gadgets Rating: 5/5 (Yep, it's REALLY that good!)

You COULD go and spend $25, $50 or more on some fancy thermometer for your candymaking adventures, but why bother? This version will only set you back a very reasonable $6 and the results are consistent and reliable. And yes, fudge making in particular is far easier with a good candy thermometer - no more guessing if it's hardball or softball stage...

Kitchen Gadgets #1 - Silpat Nonstick Silicone Baking Liner for Cookie Sheets

Kitchen Gadgets #1 - Silpat Nonstick Baking Liner
Why You Need It: Because don't you have BETTER ways to spend your time than laboriously greasing cookie sheets and other baking pans?
Kitchen Gadgets Rating: 4.7/5

Yep, you've found the first gadget or kitchen must-have that you really WILL absolutely need. Once you try one of these Silpat silicone baking sheets, you'll be going back for more. Because either you'll WANT more, or a family member or friend will have swiped yours...they're THAT good.

Silpat sheets make cookie baking an absolute breeze - no more sticking to the tray, no matter what sort of cookie sheets you use. The cookies even seem to come out fluffier somehow. For $14.99 for a large size (that you can also pop in the dishwasher to clean, hurray!) it's a bargain for gadget addicts.

Kitchen Gadgets - All the Latest and Greatest Must Haves for Cooks

If you're addicted to the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets, then you have found a fantastic new home! I'll be posting both the newest and coolest gadgets that you'll WANT, plus all the old stand-bys that you can't get by without. :) Working in a kitchenwares shop has only increased my own addiction for gadgets, so this blog should be a lot of fun...

Happy cooking, gadget lovers!