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KosherEye Featured Kitchen Tool

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More than a decade ago, Keurig changed the world of coffee with its single serve coffee concept for use in the home or office. The company lives up to the American dream. The original K-Cup portion packs were invented by Colby College roommates Peter Dragone and John Sylvan, and Keurig was founded in 1990. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters invested in Keurig in 1996 and the very first Keurig brewer was launched in 1998. Keurig Green Mountain has been perking ever since!

Recently, we had the opportunity to try one of Keurig's newest innovations, a smaller machine, sleek and colorful on the counter since it is available in 12 luscious fashion color. We love its compact size, which makes it counter friendly in even the smallest of kitchens. It takes two minutes from filling to drinking and is easy to operate, just as prior models are. Simply add fresh water into the single-use reservoir, choose your favorite K-Cup®, add it to the holder, brew and enjoy.

So which K-Cups® are our favorites... We certainly know that this is a very personal choice. We like our coffee strong, rich, and full flavored. So, some of our favorites are:

Regular: Dark Magic, Italian Roast, French Roast (Darkest roast)
In Decaf (our after 5pm treat): Dark Magic, Italian Roast, Tully's French Roast

Keurig unflavored K Cups are all kosher, and many of the flavored coffees, teas and hot chocolates are kosher as well. Each K Cup is labeled with its kosher supervision mark. For more information visit keurig.com

The Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System along with a selection of K-Cups are available online at keurig.com, or in stores such as Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Belk, Macy's and more – or visit keurig.com.

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WÜSTHOF- A Cut Above

Treat yourself to these cutting edge culinary investments. We have recently been on a journey to upgrade some of our cutting implements. Blunt knives and old, no longer sharp--kitchen cutting implements are actually dangerous, and unfortunately we have come to this conclusion using many a Band-Aid. So, we are in the process of knife testing, perfect for this "cooking intensive" time of year. We know that the kosher home requires 3 of everything, which is often a costly proposition. We begin with shears, and present two we recommend:

pull-apart-shearsWÜSTHOF Kitchen Shears

No kitchen, including ours, is complete without a pair of all-purpose shears. In fact, after using these WÜSTHOF tools, we recommend that if you don't yet have shears as part of your culinary cutting "wardrobe", do consider them. They will become essential in your kitchen. Shears are ideal for a multitude of tasks – from snipping twine, fresh herbs and flowers to slicing dried fruit, shaping parchment, cutting up salads, herbs, vegetables and fruits. We have used them to cut parchment for baking, for trimming pastry and to open soft plastic containers.

• Durable stainless-steel shears
• Slip-resistant polypropylene handles allow for a steady grip
• Steel-tooth insets in handle has a built-in bottle opener to twist open bottle and jar caps
• Blades come a part for easy cleaning
• Can be held with either right or left hand

WÜSTHOF 10"Poultry Shears
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These WÜSTHOF poultry shears are a cutting dream. They allow us to easily make our own cut up chicken, and are quite helpful when cutting a turkey or even trimming fat from meats. We can buy a whole chuck roast and easily chunk it ourselves for cholent or stew. These 10" shears cut right through poultry ribs, bone and gristle. Equipped with stainless-steel serrated blades, their sharp edge cut easily through meat, cartilage and bones without tearing the meat itself. The notched edge blade can even be used for cutting through and cracking bones while leaving the meat intact.

• Durable textured stainless-steel handles provide a steady grip Stainless steel serrated blades
• Saves time and energy with efficient cuts
• Ambidextrous design - suitable for left- or right-handed users
• Lock closed for safe, compact storage.

Buy these WÜSTHOF Shears and other Wüsthof products here: WÜSTHOF Kitchen ShearsWÜSTHOF Poultry Shears

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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen
Sushi Making Kit

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From HIC Harold Import Co.

Helen Chen's easy to use Asian Kitchen Sushi Making kit takes the fear out of making sushi rolls. You can now consider sushi a family activity – yes, even the children can roll.

Sushi rolls combine vinegar-seasoned rice with raw, smoked or cooked fish, cooked or fresh vegetables, and pickles into a myriad of shapes and sizes. It has made its way onto most American and International restaurants, and now it can easily be prepared at home.

One of the most popular types of sushi is rolled sushi (maki-zushi) made with seasoned sushi rice and a filling and wrapped in a seaweed sheet (nori). It's shaped into rolls, cut into bite-sized pieces and served with Japanese horseradish (wasabi), pickled ginger (gari) and dipped in soy sauce. It is fun to make, delicious, and can be made with a wide variety of fillings. We often serve it as an appetizer on Shabbos!

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Suggested fillings to use in your rolled sushi:
• Watercress
• Asparagus (parboiled)
• Carrots (parboiled and cut into thin strips)
• Green beans (parboiled)
• Avocado
• Mushrooms
• Spinach (parboiled, water squeezed out)
• Cucumber (seedless is best)
• Japanese pickled vegetables
• Takuwan (pickled daikon radish)
• Abura-age (tofu, sliced thin, seasoned and fried)
• Pickled ginger
• Egg Omelet
• Tuna (sushi-quality raw tuna)
• Smoked salmon or other smoked fish
• Kosher Surimi (crabsticks)
• Scallions
• Sesame seeds (black or white)

Watch this Video and get inspired: Helen Chen demonstrates how to make sushi rolls with her sushi making kit from HIC Harold Import Co.

Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Sushi Making Kit contains three different sized sushi shape molds, a spatula, a slotted rice paddle, and an instruction booklet. You will need Nori sheets (Emerald Cove brand is kosher) and of course your choice of fillings. Some of our favorite fillings are faux crab, avocado, scallions, and cucumbers. Simply follow the directions in the kit – press, roll and release! You will be a sushi maven in no time!  To purchase the kit, click here: Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Sushi Making Kit.

For an easy sushi rice recipe, seesssss: How to Make Sushi Rice

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Bye Bye Chip Clips – Hello FreshTape!
We discovered this innovation at the AmericasMart summer gift and gourmet show. What a great idea. Simply fold over the bag, use this tape to seal the bag.

• Made in the USA
• Helps keep pantry organized
• Available in several fun designs
• Recyclable and reusable

About the FreshTape founders;
Liz and Laura have been BFFs since they worked together in rock and roll radio in Chicago (The Loop). They've gotten married (several times, truthfully) raised kids, travelled, run households, helped parents and have led very full, very messy lives. Like yours.

They got tired of using lame bag clips that held sticky germs and were the wrong size. They were tired of throwing away food that got stale or freezer burned. And they didn't have the time to rearrange everything in happy little containers, either.

There had to be a better way. So they invented one. Made in America. Recyclable. BPA and Phthalate free. And it really works. Really.

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Coming soon to a store near you.
Order FreshTape now at: FreshTape

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685_Quick_Whip_low_smHutzler Quick Whip
Fresh Whipped Cream in a Minute!

How we love our fresh whipped cream- all 4 seasons of the year. In spring and summer we pair it with ice cream and frozen desserts. In winter we dollop it on our hot chocolate and coffee and decorate cakes. Yes it is a cinch to make with our hand mixer, but for a small batch, we like this the Hutzler Quick Whip a terrific non-electric kitchen tool. Make delicious fresh whipped cream in 60 seconds and then decorate from the same unit!

  • Makes fresh whipped cream in just 60 seconds
  • No cartridges or electricity needed
  • Ideal for frothing milk for coffee drinks
  • Dishwasher safe & BPA Free
  • Includes decorating nozzles for elegant presentation and filling pastries
  • The canister doubles as a storage container

No chargers are needed, which saves money and storage space. Best of all, you get rich whipped cream made with fresh ingredients and your choice of flavors!

Recipe for Quick Whip Whipped Cream
Just pour heavy whipping cream in the canister. Add some flavoring such as vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of sugar - pump the handle for 60 seconds and serve. Then simply attach one of the included decorating nozzles to quickly and easily decorate a cake or dessert. Decorative tips are included so you can make rosettes, designs, or pipe out a name on a cake.

See more at: http://www.gourmac.com/quickwhip.html#sthash.FHCyzuts.dpuf

 

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