A Cut Above THERE IS always prep work in the kitchen, something to snip or cut. No, No, No, it is not a good thing to use your paper cutting or hair trimming scissors on chicken, meat, salad, or recipe ingredients. Investing in good kitchen shears is a must. In our opinion, kitchen shears make the cut!
Kuhn Rikon Swiss designed shears put stylish "fun" in functional. Cutting up beef, slicing through chicken bones, and opening those tough plastic food packages become easier tasks with razor sharp blades. These shears have ergonomic handles, and come in a variety of bright colors, a plus for the kosher home.
Blades come apart for quick, easy cleaning
Includes an herb stripper and flowerstem cutter
Yellow, Blue, Green, Red, Black
Size is 8½"L x 3¼" W.
Price: $15.95 per pair To purchase or view, click here.
At the recent Atlanta AmericasMart Gift Show, a kitchenware showroom rep brought this item to our attention. She said it was selling like "hot cakes"! We have tried many gadgets that mince or press garlic and, naturally, we were eager to try this one. Winner of six industry awards, The Garlic Twist, by NexTrend Products, will make mincing garlic easier than ever. Based on a cross–cutting design, it is quick and easy to use and minces anything from garlic and ginger to nuts and olives into fine pieces, all without waste. Use the bottom of the container to smash the cloves to loosen the skin, then place the peeled cloves into the container. The Garlic Twist fits into the palm of your hand and, using a back and forth twisting motion, just twist it and mince the garlic to the desired texture. A very handy kitchen tool – and multipurpose too!
Available in clear, green and purple
Made of durable polycarbonate
Easy and fun to use
Controls mincing for coarse to fine textures
Multipurpose– try ginger, olive, chili pepper, onion, herbs, nuts and more!
Lékué(pronounced lay-kway) products are sold in over 40 countries on 5 continents, adapting to many culinary cultures. They are popular with both professional chefs and devoted home foodies due to their ease of use and healthful cooking potential. The steam case, one of the many Lékué innovative, functional products, allows nutritious cooking. It is easy to use, and frees a cook to prepare recipes without added oils. The steam case is made of a “platinum silicone”; it is more elastic, smoother and stronger than typical silicone, plus it’s safe for microwaves, conventional ovens, dishwashers and freezers. Function and versatility are core tenets of Lékué's products. The steam case with removable tray allows healthy steam cooking to maintain nutrients.
Cooking can be done with or without the tray depending on the desired results. Lékué offers a 10-year warranty for manufacturer's defects.
Watch this video demo – and see how easy iit is to use.
Allows for steamed, oven or microwave preparations
Foods are cooked in their own juices or steamed – enhancing original flavors
Use with tray for steaming; without tray for "stew-like" cooking
Available in 2 sizes – 1 quart (large) and 22 ounces (small)
Available in mutiple colors – red, green and with clear tops
Sometimes a culinary tool just doesn’t live up to the claims made about it. We’ve all watched those “as seen on TV” ads, and some of us have even succumbed and purchased the item. So when we tried the ChopStir, made by D&A Bryan, we did so with some trepidation. Its claim: The Only Kitchen Tool That Chops Ground Meat In a Fraction of the Time! Guess what dear readers, we don’t know if it is the ONLY tool of its kind, but it absolutely does what it says.
The ChopStir is a handheld, innovative cooking tool that substantially decreases the cooking time of separating and chopping up ground meats. It also pulverizes fruit; we tried it on both berries and bananas. Ingredients of all kinds are chopped and stirred instantly and easily. This tool truly stirs us to recommend it highly!
Ready to start making crêpes? OK – so you can call them blintzes! The process is the same and, for both, the first step to success is the proper pan –– one that conducts the heat evenly and allows for easy release of these thin, tasty, delectable creatures. No one wants their crêpes/blintzes to stick to the pan. Founded in 1956 in Demark, Scanpan Cookware offers both professional and home cooks the most technologically sophisticated nonstick cookware on the market. They are the first producer of nonstick cookware certified PFOA free, so it's safe for your family and the environment. Their signature Classic line is manufactured in Denmark from pressure–cast aluminum that heats evenly and will never warp. The virtually indestructible ceramic titanium nonstick coating is safe for use with metal utensils. Yes, the crêpe pan is a bit pricey but the investment will give you years of usage and a pan that will make you a crêpe/blintz star.
Heavy-duty pressure cast aluminum base for perfect heat distribution
Patented ceramic-titanium nonstick surface for use with metal utensils
Handles are free of rivets or screws, creating one smooth surface for easy cleaning
Perfect food release, easy to clean
Dishwasher safe, though hand washing is recommended.
Suitable for all stove tops, excluding induction
Oven safe to 500°
Manufactured in Denmark
Price: $79.95 Available at most major cookware shops and Amazon.com.