Friday, December 18, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Oxo Good Grips Pastry Scraper (doubles as a food scoop)

This Oxo Good Grips pastry scraper is one of those tools in the kitchen that you'll use time and time again. Not only does it work fabulously to scrape up dough after you've made pie or bread, but its sharp edge helps to cut into that dough.

Plus, it also doubles as a handy food scoop - once you've chopped herbs, veggies or meat - you can use it to scrape up the food and get it into the bowl or pot! I've never regretted buying anything from Oxo Good Grips - love that brand.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Chef'n Citrus Zester - Clever Design

Another clever Chef'n product, this time a handy little zester that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The little container catches all the bits of zest as you go, making it so easy to use. And there's no clean up.

Such a smart design on this one. Comes in cute citrus inspired colors: lime green, orange, and lemon yellow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - A Great Knife Sharpener for under $10 (Accusharp)

Those beautiful kitchen knives you have don't seem quite so lovely when they get dull. Once in a while, you need to pull out this handy knife sharpener from Accusharp, which gets rave reviews from users! For under $10, you can get all of your knives nice and sharp again, good as new. Just sharpen your knives once or twice a year, and you should be good to chop, slice, dice, and julienne your way to culinary creativeness.

(Don't forget that every time you use your knife you should use a honing steel. Honing doesn't sharpen the knives or remove any metal from the edges, but it works to sort of realign the edge of the knife, giving you a more precise cut again. Hone every time you use the knife, and sharpen your knives only up to a few times a year.)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Highly Rated Vacuvin Pineapple Slicer

No more messy situations when you're trying to get into that spiny, spiky pineapple! Vacuvin's pineapple slicer makes it a breeze. Just slice off the top of the pineapple, then place the pineapple slicer at the top and screw it down into the pineapple.

The results? Beautiful, sliced pineapple - minus the hard inner core, and all the tough outer stuff. Delicious pineapple in just moments! This gadget is very highly rated. Read all the rave reviews by clicking on the link above.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Le Creuset Cool Tool Handle Sleeve - Keeps Pots and Pans' Handles Cool

Ahhhh, Le Creuset. You'll never catch me saying anything bad about this beautiful cookware. It cooks beautifully, is a perfect partner in slow cooked favorites like soups, stews and chilis. But, beyond that it looks exquisite - pretty enough to keep out on the stove anytime!

Le Creuset has a nifty tool to keep the long handles on any of your cookware cool enough to handle - the Cool Tool Handle sleeve, made of durable silicone. Comes in a variety of colors, and will work on Le Creuset skillets and grill pans. Easily slips over the long handle, to allow you to grab even a hot pan handle with ease. A top notch gadget for any kitchen. Would we expect any less from Le Creuset?

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets -What is a Mezzaluna?

Want an easy way to chop, chop, chop those herbs? What you need is a mezzaluna! Basically a dual bladed rounded knife with handles on either end, a mezzaluna makes chopping even piles of herbs a breeze. You might've seen Nigella Lawson (or other famous Food Network chefts) chop herbs this way.

Need a fun and unique gift for your favorite foodie? (Yes, that can include yourself! We all need to treat ourselves once in a while, right?) A mezzaluna might very nicely fit the bill...Check out this classic version I found for under $10:

A rounded-middle chopping board that is especially designed for use with a mezzaluna makes chopping herbs and garlic all the easier! This one is by Nigella Lawson, who (like I mentioned before) I've often seen on Food Network using a mezzaluna.

And, pizza lovers - here's an oversized mezzaluna just for slicing your favorite cheesey food! Just roll the mezzaluna a few times over the pizza, and voila! Perfect slices, all ready to pick up and chomp down on.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Trudeau Pot Clip Spoon Holder

Sometimes the greatest gadgets are the simplest ones, the ones you wonder: "Why on earth didn't I ever think of that?"

This handy gizmo by Trudeau is one of those gadgets. This handy little pot clip attaches easily to the side of any pot or pan, and securely holds your wooden spoon (or other utensil) in place over the pot, allowing any drips to drop right back inside the cooking pot. A fantastic gadget that really works! And prevents a lot of stovetop clean-up later on...

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Easy Jar Openers

Let's face it - there are a lot of people out there who have a very difficult time opening jars. Maybe (like me!) you just don't have big, strong hands. Or, maybe arthritis has set into your hands, and makes it very difficult to ease open jars anymore.

Jar openers are a very popular and helpful kitchen gadget - and they make a very thoughtful gift for a friend with arthritis. Jar openers come in a variety of styles, but I've chosen two of my favorites...

1. The JarKey or JarPop jar opener -

I've seen both of these brands and the concept is pretty much exactly the same. The Jar Key or Jar Pop basically pops open the seal of the jar, making it a breeze to open! These are bestsellers in kitchen shops everywhere, because these work so well! (We had one customer in one day and he bought up the rest of our stock - about six of them, I believe...because he wanted to give them as gifts to all of his friends.) And the current price of $3.49 is unbeatable.

2. Easi Twist Jar Opener

This style basically allows you to get a good grip on the jar lid, thus allowing you to remove the lid without such a struggle. Also popular are little grippy pads that you can find at hardware stores, that basically do the same thing - give you a real grip on the lid, which is often the reason why we can't remove the jar lid in the first place.