Friday, May 1st, 2009 at
Whether you are making cookies, sundaes or your own peanut butter, you need a way to chop up a lot of nuts for some recipes. The Progressive International Heavy Duty Nut Chopper may be the answer you are looking for.
When it comes to simplicity, the Progressive International Heavy Duty Nut Chopper wins hands down. Put the nuts that need to be chopped in the top, turn the crank and watch the stainless steel blades spin around inside the container and make quick work of the nuts you have loaded. Then you can follow the nut pieces as they fall through to the measuring cup that is the bottom of the grinder. When your chopped pieces get to the measurement you need, you’re done. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Additionally, the creators thought of practical problems when they created this design. The bottom has a non-skid area so it will stay put as you use your arm power to turn the crank and chop the nuts.
What We Like:
The chopper allows variety from thick and coarse nut pieces to a very fine chop.
As the nuts chop they fall into a cup that has measurements on the wall so you know how much you have made.
If there is a lefty in your kitchen they will appreciate that the handle is made to be used by either left handed or right handed cooks.
It’s a great price for what it does.
Other things to consider:
You may find that it grinds a little to well in some instances and end up with quite a bit of very fine grindings, one reviewer has stated that to combat this, turn the grinder one way to get coarse grindings and the other way to get finer result.
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 at
Do you like camping as much as you like being in the house? Perhaps you want the secret to how restaurant pancakes taste so great. The Lodge Round Griddle is what you need.
Made of cast-iron, the Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 10-1/2-Inch Round Griddle is a great piece that will hold up inside, outside and more for generations, not just years.
This is the type of griddle your grandmother cooked on and likely her grandmother before her. Cast-iron is a tried and true cooking surface and will last for decades or longer if you take care it.
It is important to understand how cast iron works before you start cooking with it. Before cast iron is cooked with it has to be seasoned. This pan has been seasoned in advance of your purchase with vegetable oil. Periodically it may need to be re-seasoned with more vegetable oil to keep it cooking properly.
When it comes to cleaning you should only rinse the Lodge Logic griddle clean with hot water. Soap will remove the oil it has been seasoned with. If there are particles of food that you cannot get off you can scrub the surface with steel. Make sure to dry it thoroughly before you put it away as it can rust if you don’t.
What We Like:
- This is a good piece that will be with you for generations to come.
- The griddle cooks evenly.
- This is a heavy-duty piece that will do just what it’s supposed to.
- It can be used inside the oven, on the stovetop or on an open fire.
- The flat edge makes this a great choice for cooking things that need to be flipped like eggs and pancakes.
Other Things to Consider:
- It has to be hand washed and periodically re-seasoned to keep cooking effectively.
CLICK HERE to buy the Lodge Logic pre seasoned round griddle
Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at
If you like to bake but hate the mess and problems that often come with the baking process, you may want to add the Matfer Exopat Baking Mat to your cooking arsenal.
This nonstick baking mat is the perfect way to take the stress out of your baking projects.
What is the biggest complaint when baking?
The cookies or candy sticking to the pan and then becoming a mess as you try to remove them, right? Well this mat will stop that from happening. Instead of having to scrape and make a mess of those perfectly shaped cookies, your baked creations will slide right off of the mat, give it a shake and it will be ready to be used again for the next batch of treats. Do not use water, and store it flat or slightly rolled.
This is even better than the old parchment paper cure. With parchment paper you have to cut it to fit and it always seems the roll runs out right in the middle of baking and you have to improvise.
The size of this mat also is great as at 11-5/8″ x-16-3/8″ it is large enough to keep you baking at full potential. If you are a serial baker you may want to get two of them so you always have one ready to go for the next batch of cookies.
The Matfer Exopat nonstick mat is freezer safe and can withstand oven temperatures up to 580 degrees.
Use it over and over – it’s guaranteed to last up to 3,000 bakings.
What We Like:
- It gets rid of the waste and expense of having to use a lot of parchment paper.
- It’s big enough to make a lot of cookies at a time.
- It lets you have perfect cookies every time because they don’t stick.
- Easy to clean just rinse and it’s ready for the next baking project.
- Putting it away is easy as it rolls up and can tuck nearly anywhere.
Other things to consider:
- It’s not dishwasher safe, but it is quick and easy to wash up by hand.
CLICK HERE to buy the Matfer Exopat Nonstick Baking Mat and enhance your baking experience.
Read what others have to say at Cooking.com and Amazon.com
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 at
It’s getting harder and harder to find quality products that are handcrafted these days. Tree Spirit are the exception.
The Tree Spirit Solid Wood 14.5 in Salad Bowl is handcrafted from one piece of solid wood. This means that although these bowls all have the same shape and dimensions, each is unique because of the piece of wood used.
What We Like
- This will last a lifetime. You will be handing this one down to your children.
- The bowl has a very simple yet elegant look to it.
- It is a 22 cup capacity.
What We Don’t Like
- This isn’t dishwasher safe.
- This is a pricey item but you are looking at an heirloom here.
Want to Read More Reviews?
You can read more reviews for the Tree Spirit Wood Salad Bowl at Cooking.com
WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?
We found the best price at Cooking.com
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at
If you’ve never had tongs in your kitchen, you really don’t know what you’re missing. If you do have them, you realize that there is not a meal that goes by where you don’t think of putting them to work in some way or another.
Whether it’s to move a piece of bread around in a toaster oven, turn meat on the stove or to serve up salad at the family dinner, you need tongs.
It used to be that you needed a variety of tongs to do all of these jobs. You could have an attractive pair for serving salad, then a special pair for the bread items and still another heavy-duty pair to turn the meat. Now you can have just one pair of tongs for all these jobs – the KitchenAid Nylon Tongs .
First, these tongs are very attractive with a sleek design in stylish black nylon. These look just as attractive on the table as they are useful in the kitchen.
Additionally, they can handle hot temperatures, up to 450 degrees; so they will be able to well handle turning things that are cooking in the oven, like Texas toast.
Finally, these tongs are built to be durable.
They are made of heavy-duty nylon so they can even turn those big pieces of meat you are cooking up.
What We Like:
- This is a great set of all-purpose tongs that are good for anything from picking up salad veggies to heavy meats.
- These are made out of a nonstick material so they are easy to clean after use and they are dishwasher safe.
- These tongs are safe to use to move things in the oven as they are rated for 450 degrees.
- These are made with a looped end that makes them easy to hang on any hook in the kitchen.
CLICK HERE to buy a set of KitchenAid nylon tongs and to read what others are saying about them.