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KosherEye Featured Kitchen Tool

KosherEye Featured Kitchen Tool

Carol’s Club – Red Star Yeast


Sometimes simple is better.  Yes we love our digital instant read thermometer for its accuracy and speed. We use it for monitoring the temperature of meat and poultry. However, for baking we use this much simpler, traditional thermometer.

When baking bread, a thermometer is the most accurate way to determine correct temperatures.  The Carol’s Club - Red Star Yeast instant read pocket thermometer, has an easy–to–read dial,displays temperatures from 0° to 220°F, and comes with a pocket case with clip. This thermometer is an essential tool for measuring liquid temperatures when using yeast for bread making. It can also be used to take the temperature of baked breads to ensure that they are finished. (More on this below)

Yeast temperatures for Instant Yeast and Red Star Platinum Yeast:

  • In bread machine baking, liquids should be used at 80°F
  • In traditional baking, Use liquid temperatures of 120°F-130°F.

Price: $5.00 plus $3.95 S/H
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There are actually several methods to determine when bread is done. A combination of all is fineespecially for the beginning baker.

  • Visually:  The more often you bake, the more you'll be able to gauge how a finished loaf of bread should look when it's nearing doneness. Usually, the crust should be dry, firm, and a deep golden brown. If the crust is pale, it likely needs a few more minutes
  • Tap the Bottom:  Take the loaf out of the oven and turn it upside down. Tap on the bottom of the loaf. The bread will sound hollow when done.
  • Take the Internal Temperature:  Insert a thermometer into center of the loaf. (Point the thermometer at an angle, or through the side or bottom, to minimize the visual hole) Most breads are finished baking when the temperature reaches about 190°- 200°. For challah, due to the addition of margarine, oil and eggs, many experts recommend a finished temperature of 195°- 200°.
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The Tofu Press

What is a tofu press? It is our newest culinary discovery. The TofuXpress tofu press is designed to be the healthy cook's kitchen tool! It presses water effectively from a standard size brick of commercially made tofu to change the texture and add flavoring. 
Tofu is a great source of vegetarian protein.

Many people today want to add tofu to their diet and enjoy its benefits - it's a great source of protein, low in fat, high in calcium, and more!

The TofuXpress also converts into a marinating dish to add flavor, and avoid more dishes to wash! Since tofu easily absorbs flavor, the TofuXpress is an excellent tool for marinating and infusing.

The TofuXpress can also used to press vegetables and other foods, such as sliced eggplant, thawed, chopped spinach, fresh tomatoes, chopped onions, cabbage, pepper and more.

Product Description:

  • Designed to convert into a marinating dish

  • Parts fit together for convenient storage

  • Made of FDA approved thermoplastic and stainless steel

  • No more plates, weights or paper towels

  • Made In America! The TofuXpress is entirely made and assembled in the U.S. - 1 year limited warranty

  • Dishwasher-safe

Most Rabbis consider unflavored, plain tofu kosher, even without certification on the label. When buying tofu, we prefer organic varieties.

Price: Approximately $40
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If you would also like to learn to make a vegetarian stir fry with pressed tofu, watch this.

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SimmerMatWe’re Bubbling over with Excitement, but our Soup is Not! Get this Gadget!

Who is Tom Tothill? He is a New Zealander and in 1997 he invented the SimmerMat—one of our favorite kitchen helpers ever!  More than one million of these have been sold.

So what is it?

The SimmerMat is the ultimate heat diffuser for the range.  Made of enameled steel, it works on all cooking surfaces and is ideal for slow cooking.  No more scorched pots, no more burnt foods and no more soup bubbling over and making a huge mess.  It works! We tested it and love it!  We use it almost every day. It is a reliable flame diffuser for low and slow cooking on electric, gas or induction ranges… keeping the flame low to avoid scorching or burning foods. We agree with its fans, which include a lengthy list of chefs and foodies, such as the famed English TV chef and personality, Jamie Oliver.

Here’s how to use it:

Take control of your cooking! Simply place the SimmerMat on the range with the points of the cones facing up. Then place any type of pot or cooking vessel on top of it. The pot sits on the elevated points of the SimmerMat... the area of contact with the pot is so small that burned food and overflowing liquid are avoided.  It is absolutely perfect for braising and simmering, melting chocolate or making oatmeal, rice, soups, stews and casseroles.

And the rest of the story:

The newest version of this cooking wonder features 7 rounded cones to distribute the heat evenly to a pot or pan, rather than the 12 cones of the original. We have had ours, which is the original, for over 5 years and truly have had no complaints. So, the new re-design is a excellent kitchen tool getting even better.  Just keep in mind that the SimmerMat is a simmering utensil and is not intended for high heat cooking.  Remember to keep that flame low and slow!

For us, SimmerMat is a must; It is an indispensible time and money saving kitchen helper. It is dishwasher safe and has a lifetime guarantee. We think it is well worth the cost of about $15. Just do it!  To purchase, go to Amazon.

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rosletomatoslicerSince 1888, Rösle has been creating tools and utensils worldwide. You may not think that a tomato slicer is something that would be useful, but it is. With its serrated blades, this handy kitchen tool swiftly slices perfectly even slices of tomato. Just place the tomato on the base, position the slicer on the top of the tomato, press down on the slicer sides and presto...beautifully sliced tomatoes. A word of caution: the blades are sharp.

We did not try slicing Mozzarella cheese, since we are keeping our slicer parve. So yes, we likely need another one for dairy!  We do know that we love this tool for slicing tomatoes, cucumbers and, it easily and evenly slices hard boiled eggs as well! We'll be trying it on cheese when we buy our second one!

Product Description:

  • Tomato/Mozzarella slicer has 10 sharp, serrated blades for neat and easy slicing
  • Base ensures complete division and catches juice
  • Lateral handles provide a safe, firm grip
  • 18/10 stainless steel, POM base
  • Dishwasher safe, Lifetime warranty

Price: $29.54
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The wonders of the Rösle Tomato and Mozzarella Slicer

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honeypotrhRosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and like most Jewish holidays there are food customs associated with it. One of the most popular and well-known food customs on Rosh Hashanah has to do with dipping apple slices into honey. This sweet combination stems from an age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year. What better way to serve honey then in this beautiful glass honey pot. It is decorated with a red pomegranate and comes with a plate bearing floral patterns in several colors. Usher in a sweet year this next Rosh Hashanah with this glass honey dish set with accompanying plate. The pot also comes with a lid and special spoon and is designed with a large red pomegranate illustrated with golden leaves. The design of the plate is of three sections of colored floral patterns and a small honeybee. The center of the plate is plain leaving room for the jar and dividing between these beautiful illustrations. This stunning set of glass is the ideal present idea for Rosh Hashanah.

Price: $37
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