Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hot Kitchen Gadget Right Now: Trudeau Perfect Mix Oil and Vinegar Pourer

As soon as these come in, they're sold out! The Trudeau Perfect Mix oil and vinegar pourer is unique in that it pours out the exact right proportions of oil and vinegar to make a perfect blend on any salad. Simply pour, and you're done! If you just want a little oil, simply press the 'O' button on the top of the cruet to drizzle. The same goes for vinegar: just press 'V'. The hottest new vinegar and oil gadget of the season...perfect for a salad lover.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kitchen Must Haves: WMF Bistro Ice Cream Spoons (for Sundaes, Iced Tea and More)

When you have a delicious, tall ice cream sundae in front of you, the last thing you want to do is struggle with a stubby spoon to get to all the good stuff at the bottom of the sundae dish! These sublime spoons by WMF are perfect for getting to the gooey goodness of any, they're the perfect length to double as iced tea spoons!

Kitchen Gadgets - Vinturi Wine Aerator Set - deluxe Set

Vinturi wine aerators are amazing gifts, and so perfect for a wine lover. Since introduced, Vinturi wine aerators have been selling out...but, why? Because Vinturi simplifies and beautifies the entire process of aerating your wine and making it perfectly ready to drink and enjoy.

This deluxe set includes the Vinturi tower, sediment filter, no-drip stand and travel pouch. In the time it takes to pour a regular glass of wine, you'll have perfectly aerated wine - delicious. And it does justice to even your finest bottles of vino.

P.S. Click on the above link and read the reviews - Vinturi really is the most popular aerator on the market by far right now!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets - Mortar and Pestle

A mortar and pestle is a useful (and old-fashioned) way to grind up herbs, garlic, chilis or whatever ingredients you like - into a paste like consistency. It's also great for grinding spices. The mortar is the bowl, and the pestle the grinding tool that does all the actual work. For obvious reasons, mortars and pestles are generally made out of very durable materials, such as marble, stone or even cast iron. They need to be durable, because they really take a beating!

Here are a couple of examples of good, heavy-duty mortars and pestles:

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets - Cookie Scoops (Stainless Steel)

Perfectly measured cookies or muffins is the goal. A good, sturdy stainless steel cookie scoop will make it easy to create big batches of cookies, muffins or cupcakes. Depended on by professional kitchens, once you use these, you'll come to rely on them too for your home baking.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets - Honing Steels vs. Knife Sharpeners

Ever wonder what the true difference is between a knife sharpener and a honing steels? (Those are the long, metallic devices you see chefs on TV use with wreckless abandon!)

A honing steel doesn't remove any metal from your knives, but hones them by realigning the edge of the blade. It makes your knife more effective at cutting again. Good knives don't need to be sharpened very often - only once or twice a year - as opposed to honing. You should hone your knives every time you use them, and maybe even in between large chopping jobs.

So, quick summary: hone your knives every time you use them, sharpen them (or get them professionally sharpened) only about once or twice a year at the most. Good knives won't need to be sharpened any more often than that.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Herb Snippers - Four Bladed Herb Scissors - Great for Gardeners

Now here's a gadget that really makes sense! Snipping herbs (especially the slender stalks of chives) can take forever, so reach for these herb snippers/cutters/scissors instead, and make the most of the herbal bounty from your garden this summer:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets - Orange Peelers

With all the delicious, fresh and juicy oranges in the markets right now, it's no wonder everyone's getting curious about orange peelers again! I just bought a tiny one that fits easily on your finger, and I'm pretty pleased with how it sections the peel up and then swipes it away. And it cost me around a buck, so I liked the price quite a lot, too.

And this longer handled orange peeler is the very one my Mom had for years! And it's still made by Tupperware, no less. But, I'm pretty sure hers was a bright orange color, while this version is an updated purple.

Ta dah! Delicious segments of juicy orange ready to eat. Go crazy, citrus fiends.