KosherEye Featured Kitchen Tool
KosherEye Featured Kitchen Tool
As many know, Microplane originated as a woodworking company and has evolved into a brand of "must have" tools for the kitchen. And now, there’s a new line of hand-held graters from our favorite “grate” company. The new collection, the Master Series is crafted in walnut and stainless steel. The line consists of four paddle-shaped graters and the rasp-style Master Zester with blades configured for fine, ribbon, coarse and extra coarse grating. The four paddle shaped Master Series graters have suggested retail prices of approximately $29.95 each, while the rasp-style Master Zester lists at $26.95. Get ready! The Master Series availability is expected in early fall, 2016.
As always, graters by Microplane have contemporary design, durability and dependable performance. The made-in-the-U.S. blades are sturdy, heavy-duty stainless steel. The oiled wood for the handles is sourced in the U.S., and is comfortable to hold. The graters also feature a wide non-slip bottom for stability when positioning the grater vertically on cutting boards and bowls. We tested the extra coarse grater, and found it extremely useful for grating chocolate for baking, and for shredding vegetables. It made grating beets, potatoes and onions a cinch. Yes a GRATE new tool – especially for small everyday jobs.
- Ultra-sharp cutting edges effortlessly grates foods
- Ergonomically designed oiled wood handle
- Ideal for grating cheeses, apples, onions, carrots, potatoes & more
- Includes a cover for protective storage
- Stainless steel blade is made in the USA
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Cuisinart 14 Cup Elite Processor
I form personal attachments to many of my kitchen tools. Take – my 5-year-old OXO peeler; my trusty Wusthof paring knife; …my mom’s antique wooden chopping bowl and cleaver. I know that it is time to replace some of these, but they are reliable staples in my culinary life. And, I resist change, especially in the kitchen.
So, you can imagine how I felt when I realized that it was time to update my trusty Pro-Custom 11 Cuisinart Food Processor. This 11-cup wonder is still running perfectly, and I’ve used it regularly for 21 years, without a concern, a malfunction or a complaint. However, with our readers at the forefront, KosherEye tries to stay knowledgeable and on the cusp of food prep and kosher brands, we realized that it was time to update. We knew that the Cuisinart Processor family has moved along in 21 years, and wanted to explore the changes. Yes, there have been many updates and once again, this company has amazed us.
The Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 is a 14 Cup Food Processor with a 1300-watt power motor. The innovative updates allow versatility and include a removable and interchangeable 4½-cup bowl nested inside the 14-cup bowl. (In our opinion, 2 processors in one!) The processor has a touchpad control with on, off, dough and pulse options and an LED light up bar indicating when the unit is powered on. Pretty Avant-garde! Additionally the processor has a wide mouth feed tube for larger ingredients, which saves Prep time.
Accessories include a dough blade, reversible shredding disc, adjustable slicing disc, along with both small and large chopping/mixing blades. This model actually offers multiple food processors in one. Both small tasks and large are effortlessly accomplished!
The new SealTight™ Advantage System helps keep the ingredients in the bowl, and works to make processing and pouring efficient. We love, love love the feature that the blade stays put when we pour out processed ingredients. No more finger gymnastics trying to keep the blade in the bowl. All blades and removable parts are dishwasher safe and they fit in an easy to fasten storage case. Great for the neurotically organized, like me.
A specially shaped bonus spatula designed for the processor is also included.
So our results and recommendations; Cuisinart is the royalty of food processing. We like both bowl sizes. In fact it is like having an all in one mini and maxi processor. The 14-cup size makes preparation for a crowd easy and quick. It mixes, chops, purees, liquefies, slices, grates, kneads and more.
And the 4.5 cup bowl makes it easy to prepare dips and smaller recipes. Both make prep almost effortless and efficient. We also like the soft-touch control panel, with its intuitive, simple operation. No need to be a techie to operate! Although the processor has a larger footprint than our old model, we like the fact that it is a 2 for 1 appliance, and that all of the accessories are in a compact, lockable case. If you are searching for a new processor, this is the one! Buy it here: Cuisinart FP-14DCN Elite Collection 2.0 14 Cup Food Processor
We highly recommend the Elite 2.0 because of its versatility, power and ease of cleaning. Thank you Cuisinart! We love our new processor. However, we are not wasteful! We are transferring our older model our trusty 21-year-old processor base to our Passover kitchen and replacing the plastic bowl and steel blade with new ones. We’ll let you know when our 21-year-old Elite 2.0 reaches its 25th milestone anniversary. Just as we did with our prior processor, we are keeping this one parve.
We tried several recipes in our new Cuisinart, and are sharing some:
Homemade Challah Bread Crumbs
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Faux Kosher Crab or Fish Cakes
One more thing:
The ultimate guide to creating deliciousness with a food processor was written by chef, author, recipe developer and food lecturer Norene Gilletz. Her landmark cookbook shared hundreds of recipes using the food processor. The original cookbook is now out of print, however the updated edition “The Food Processor Bible 30th Anniversary Edition - 600 fast & fabulous recipes” is now available. We have both the original and the updated version front and center in our personal culinary library!
Buy the anniversary edition here: The New Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition
NEW GIVEAWAY: Cuisinart and KosherEye have partnered to give away the Elemental 8 cup processor- the compact wonder for every day use! Read about this processor and enter here.
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Cucina Pro Electric Griddle and Crepe Maker
Whether they’re called crepes, blini, pancakes or blintzes they are an international favorite. Blintzes and crepes are close cousins - until it comes to the country of origin the fillings, the toppings and how they are folded..They can be filled, topped, made sweet or savory - and are perfect for an entrée or dessert. When we make crepes, we usually top them with a lovely liqueur infused strawberry or orange preserve sauce and a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar. And then, there are the times we make blintzes – using our beloved heirloom recipes. We fill them with farmer’s cheese or cream cheese and top with a dollop of sour cream.
We love our crepe pan, but have just discovered and tested the electric Cucina Crepe Maker, model 1448. When we are in Israel, we are enamored with the professional electric crepe making machines we see, and now we have our own. What fun! So easy to use too!
Since Passover is approaching, we have chosen to keep our new crepe maker parve and Passover friendly, and are delighted with the results. We have prepared blintzes filled with mashed potatoes, our heirloom recipe for Passover noodles, and some extra crepes which we have frozen, likely to be topped with fruits, nuts sugar and whipped cream. (Recipes below)
Features of the CucinaPro Electric Griddle and Crepe Maker:
- 12" nonstick Electric Griddle and Crepe Maker
- Five different temperature settingsWe also plan to pop some Passover pancakes on it and try it as a griddle.
- Makes pancakes, crepes, blintzes and more
- Includes spreader and recipe guide
- On/off ready light lets you know when the plate is hot enough
- Rubber feet for extra stability
- Two prong polarized plug; Measures 14" L x 15.8" W x 4.2" H
- Wipe clean
- 1-year manufacturer's warranty
Cucina Pro is available at retailers such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, or Buy it here: Crepe Maker and Non-Stick 12" Griddle by CucinaPro (1448) - Includes Spreader and Recipe Guide
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Totally Bamboo Tree of Life - Cutting & Serving Board
What a beautiful gift for yourself or others! Each of these unique boards is a one-of –a kind crafted kitchen accessory. It is laser etched on one side for elegant serving, and smooth on the opposite side for cutting. It offers function, versatility and design – and goes from kitchen to table. If you look closely at this solid bamboo board, you can actually see over 800 laser-etched images of exotic and endangered animals.
The Tree of Life board is a product of Totally Bamboo. A percentage of each sale is donated to the National Forest Foundation; a U.S. based non-profit organization that has planted 4 million trees since its inception in 2008. For each dollar donated one tree is planted!
The commitment from Totally Bamboo is focused on reducing widespread practice of clear-cutting precious hardwood forests by giving consumers a sustainable alternative choice.
Bamboo is the alternative for all things wood. It is one of the world’s fastest growing plants. It is actually a species of grass that can produce more oxygen than hardwood forests of comparable size, and helps prevent soil erosion. It is growing in popularity due to its sustainable, renewable nature and beauty, and has become a cost effective and ecologically responsible choice for use in kitchen accessories, furniture and flooring.
The Unique Tree of Life Board:
- It functions as a cutting and serving board with beautiful and permanent laser-etched art. It features over 800 images of exotic and endangered animals which make up the tree ring design
- Easy on knife blades, bamboo is a natural alternative to wood, it is substantially stronger than hard woods and easier on the environment;
- It is 15 1/2" diameter by 1 1/2" thick and created from Moso, a type of bamboo known for its strength, density and high quality
- Easy to maintain; hand wash with warm water and occasionally use Totally Bamboo's Revitalizing Oil or a similar oil to extend life and beauty
More about Bamboo
Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height between 3 - 5 years. Some species grow up to 2 feet per day. After harvesting, bamboo does not require replanting, it has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself, making it one of the most renewable resources known. Bamboo is 16% harder than maple wood, 1/3 lighter in weight than oak, yet in some instances as strong as steel.
For more information or to purchase, click Totallybamboo.com or this board:
The Amazing New HotMat
The Compact, Foldable Warming Tray
Meet the HotMat…a practical and innovative food warming tray, which was born in Israel and internationally patented. It is ideal for daily use and practical for traveling... Unlike standard metal warming trays, which are heavy and bulky, the HotMat is lightweight and user friendly. The HotMat was invented and designed by Jerusalem born and bred Rafi Gabbay, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy's Master in Design program. When Rafi, was still a student at Hadassah College Design School, he sketched some ideas for his final project. The concept of a foldable warming tray emerged, with emphasis on performance, advanced technology and safety. HotMat uses mica-heating elements to ensure evenly distributed and energy-efficient warmth. It is divided into two “warm” hobs and two “hot” hobs. It accommodates up to 4 pots and pans… It can be folded for efficient storage, and uses less storage space than standard warming trays, fitting into most kitchen drawers when folded. This was created as a Shabbos friendly heating solution, but do check with YOUR Rabbi.
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