REVIEW: Mauviel Cupretam Pour La Table Copper Bain-Marie Double Boiler with Porcelain Insert

Mauviel Bain MarieIf you are a real culinary pro and want to be able to do everything just like the big dogs do, you may be training your eyes on the Mauviel Cupretam Pour la Table Copper Bain Marie Double Boiler with Porcelain Insert.

If you know the name Mauviel, you know this is indubitably the top name in copper cookware that chefs the around the world have in their collection.

At first glance, you will notice something different about this double boiler. It is unmatched for beauty, crafted out of copper and accented with a stripe from the ceramic insert.

But the ceramic insert is not just for looks; it serves a purpose as well. By using porcelain as the cooking insert, the heating process is more controlled, making sure your culinary creations come out the right way every time.

As you know, double boilers are used to cook food items that can be extremely messy and take some time to clean up afterwards. From cheeses to custards and chocolates, the double boiler is the home of some of the messier foods that can be heated. This is why it is good to know that this double boiler is very easy to clean. After you are done with cooking your masterpiece, you need little more than some warm water and a mild dish washing detergent to clean all the food away and prepare the double boiler for your next culinary creation.

What We Like

  • This is a dream to clean. The ceramic insert is very easy to wash and easy to get ready for the next time you need it.

What We Don’t Like

  • The price. While this is a great piece of kitchen cookware, it is pricey and may well be out of the range of most kitchen budgets.

Those who have purchased and reviewed the Mauviel Bain Marie state that the item is well worth every cent they paid for it.

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REVIEW: KitchenAid K45SS Classic Stand Mixer – 250-Watt – 4 1/2 Quart

Kitchenaid MixerIf you are really love cooking in the kitchen, one thing you can’t live without is a mixer. For anything from dough to desserts and sauces, a mixer will come in handy when you need to make sure the consistency is just right.The KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer can handle almost any job you put in front of it. It’s a 10-speed mixer, powered by a 250-watt motor and is easy to use.

It comes with a dough hook, wire whip and a flat beater to make sure you can finish whatever mixing job you start.

If you are cooking for a large family, the 4.5 quart bowl gives you the room to make enough to feed the whole brood without overflowing the bowl.

Not sure what to mix? Conveniently, this mixer also comes with 67 recipes that you can try to give it plenty of jobs to complete in your kitchen.

What We Like

  • This mixer is extremely easy to use and does not require a large learning curve.
  • Made with rounded surfaces, this mixer is easy to clean. Once you are done, just a wipe of a cloth around the outside will usually do the trick.
  • Kitchenaid MixerSince this is a self-standing mixer, it allows for hands-free work, offering more preparation options.
  • The 4.5-quart size is enough to handle most menu needs.

What We Don’t Like

  • While we understand that size is necessary to have capacity, this is a pretty large mixer. If you don’t have a lot of counter space, you may feel cramped.
  • This particular mixer has limited power. This is all right for the periodic user, but if you are one of those folks who are always creating something in the kitchen, you may want something with more oomph.


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REVIEW: Kasumi Utility Boner Knife – 4-¾ inch

Kasumi Utility/Boner KnifeIf you are looking for an all-purpose cutting tool in the kitchen, you don’t need to look any farther. The Kasumi Utility/Boner Knife will be the one item you want. This knife has a 4-¾ inch blade. Think of it as a paring knife that was bigger than his brothers or sisters.

This knife was created to be a jack-of-all-trades. From the shape of the blade to the feel of the handle, it is easy to hold and can be put to work on a number of tasks.

The blade is simple enough, pointed in case you need to pry, poke or stab something with a sharp instrument. The top of the blade is smoothed to make sure you don’t cut your hand if you happen to push on this area. The bottom side, on the other hand, has a graduated blade area that can be used for anything from chopping to slicing or just general-purpose cutting.

For those who like the old fashioned style of cutting and peeling with their thumb on the back of the blade, this has a nice surface to exert the extra pressure to get just the right cut.

Wrap all of this up in an attractive blade package (the laminated wood handles) and it’s a great addition to the kitchen.

What We Like

  • This knife is built with strength in mind and can handle a lot of pressure. It doesn’t bend or feel like it’s going to flex as many other knives do.
  • That this is a knife for all seasons and can be used for nearly anything you need a cutting tool for. The blade has been shaped in a manner that it can serve a variety of tasks.
  • The sleek design makes it fit into most any kitchen.

Other considerations:

  • This knife  may be a bit pricey if you are not a professional chef with a major budget for kitchen tools.


REVIEW: Trudeau Gravy/Fat Separator

Trudea Gravy Fat SeparatorThere is nothing worse than lumpy fatty gravy. It can really ruin a good meal.

This is where a good gravy/fat separator can come in handy.

The Trudeau 0991105 Gravy/Fat Separator creates a smooth fat reduced gravy by filtering the lumpy bits and the fat through a fitted strainer.

This pitcher was voted as the best fat/gravy separator by Cooks Illustrated in 2004.

What We Like

  • The pitcher is heat resistant to 400F – this doesn’t mean you should be putting this in the oven however. What this means is that the gravy you pour into the pitcher can be as hot as 400F without causing the pitcher to crack.
  • It is microwave safe.
  • This gravy/fat separator is dishwasher safe so you won’t need to hand wash this one.
  • It comes with a 5 year warranty.
  • It holds up to 4 cups of gravy so is a pretty decent size.
  • It comes with measurements along the side.

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REVIEW: Sammy Knife from Rachael Ray and Furi – The Perfect Sandwich Knife

rachael-ray-sandwich-knifeRachael Ray has a knack for creating products that are not only fun and unique but also functional. But what makes the Furi Rachael Ray Gusto Grip Basics Sammy Knife so special?

Well it’s not so much the features but that fact that they are all combined into the one handy sandwich knife. So you don’t need to get out the bread knife to slice up the bread and then a spreader to spread the butter and fillings and then find a knife that will fit under the rim to get the very last bit out of a jar. With the Rachael Ray Gusto Grips Sammy Knife you have it all in one.

The Sammy Knife is made for Rachael Ray by Furi. Furi originally started out in Australia but started to promote their products to the US market. This turned out to be a wise decision as Furi became quite popular amongst both chefs and home cooks.

Rachael Ray loved the brand so much that she teamed up with Furi to create a range of knives and sharpening systems in her own signature colors and styles.

Let’s look at some of the features…


First of all the Sammy Knife has a round tooth serrated edge. This makes it easy to cut breads and crusts. Buy hey, all bread knives have serrated edges so that’s really nothing new. What the round serrated edge does however is ensure that there is a smoother cut when cutting sandwiches.

I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of slicing a sandwich in half only to have it tear and squash the bread. Essentially it is ruined but the rounded edges prevent this from happening. The rounded edges also ensure that the edges stay sharper for longer.

The end of the blade is rounded and what this becomes is a spreader for spreading butter and other spreads easily onto breads.

What would have to be one of the best features of this knife is the cut-out on the top of the blade. This is to enable you to scrape out the remaining spreads, jams, peanut paste or whatever from under the rim of jars.


The handle on the Rachael Ray Sammy Knife is made from a thermoplastic elastomer molded over a tough polypropylene core. Now I have no idea what I just said but essentially it means that the knife has a secure grip.

It also has a good ergonomically designed handle so it’s comfortable to hold and it is made in a way that your hand won’t slip forward even if wet or oily.


Unfortunately no. The Sammy Knife needs to be hand washed but hey, it’s not like we are washing a 10 piece cookware set here. It’s a knife so a quick scrub and it’s clean.


The Sammy Knife is available in Rachael Ray’s signature orange, the most popular of all Rachael Ray colors.