Rachael Ray Kitchen Tool Accessories – Rachael Ray Tong Set

rachael-ray-tongsI find that a good set of kitchen tongs are an essential part of my kitchen. I use them for all those jobs such as turning steaks on the grill, sausages,kebabs, chicken pieces, tossing and serving a salad and a myriad of other cooking tasks.

For many years I used a set of tongs with the black silicone tops which is essential to making sure I don’t scratch any of my non-stick cookware. Well, although my set is functional, black sure doesn’t have the whizz bang effect that this set of Rachael Ray tongs has. Because like all Rachael Ray kitchen accessories, these tongs  are available in her signature color of  orange.

So apart from being one of those really useful kitchen essentials these tongs add a bit of pizzaz when it comes to serving food.

Now another feature that I really like about these Rachael Ray 2-Piece   ‘lil Hugger Tongs’ is that the heads of the tongs are  designed to withstand heat up to 500°F, so you can use them on the grill without worrying if they are going to melt, and the tong handles will withstand up to 350 ºF.

They have  grippy silicone handles which are comfortable to hold and make it really easy to hold onto slippery foods such as corn on the cob.

When you have finished using the tongs they lock into a closed position for easy storage in the drawer or utensil holder. You will be really happy with how easy these tongs are to clean and they are dishwasher safe. Included in the set are tongs in the following sizes:

  • One pair  measuring 9 inches
  • One pair measuring  12 inches

The Rachael Ray tong set is one of those really useful kitchen utensils that you will have you wondering how you ever did without them.

Stirr Causes A Stir – Battery Powered Sauce Stirrer

stirr-lI have just come across a kitchen appliance that is going to blow you away.

If your forte is making beautiful tasty sauces then you know that they require the utmost attention to ensure that they turn out smooth, and the slightest bit of inattention equals disaster.

You know how it is, you are in the middle of whipping up a roux sauce and you get interrupted, by the kids, the dog or the next door neighbour, it may be just a few seconds of inattention, but when you turn back to the stove – lumpy sauce.

Its so frustrating and nothing you do can redeem the situation.

Well, this handy little battery operated tool means that  no longer do you have to worry about those minor interruptions because while your attention is elsewhere, Stirr keeps on stirring so your sauce remains nicely smooth and lump free and you will never have lumpy cheese sauce or gravy again.

So what is Stirr?

It is an automatic hands-free sauce stirrer, but you aren’t restricted to using it only on sauces or gravy, you can also stirr custards, soups, baked beans with simply a push of the button.

This is also a practical kitchen gadget for anybody who finds stirring tiresome or difficult, so its ideal for anyone with arthritis or wrist problems.

This really nifty battery powered kitchen accessory is the latest invention from  üutensil’s designer Gavin Reay.  The Stirr simply  glides around the pan base stopping the food from sticking or burning.

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It is safe to use in your brand new non-stick saucepan and the legs can be removed and popped into the dishwasher for easy clean up.

So often we come across gadgets full of promise that turn out to be less than effective but this is one kitchen accessory you are going to love.

No more lumpy gravy, through inattention, no more sore joints for arthritis sufferers, Stirr just keeps on stirring, ensuring even heat distribution through the sauce or gravy.

And where can you buy  Stirr!!

It is available from uütensil.com for  around  £14.99 plus p+p.


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Kuhn Rikon Vase Spice Grinder Looks Classy – Works Well

51oP6SpmOtL._SL1082_We really enjoy the flavor and aroma of freshly ground spices. After all the addition of a herbs and spices can quickly jazz up what could be an ordinary tasting or bland dish.

And there are just so many beautiful spices available which means I never tire of experimenting when I am cooking.

So I am always on the lookout for grinders that not only do a credible job of grinding up spices, seeds and herbs quickly and efficiently but also look good.

I have a number of grinders that perform well but I am a bit like the Imelda Marcos of grinders, I don’t believe you can have too many.

This Kuhn Rikon Spice Grinder has the ceramic mechanism on the top of the grinder which means that your counter stays clean and you won’t end up with bits of ground spice all over the place. The Vase Spice grinder is equipped with the CrushGrind® ceramic mechanism that is reportedly sharper and stronger than steel.

This classy looking Vase Spice Grinder has four interchangeable inserts which allows you to quickly and simply change to whichever spice or herb you require. The adjustment wheel turns easily  giving you control over the final result and  letting you choose whether you want extra fine or coarsely ground spices.

Just imagine have total control over your ground spice results. The Kuhn RikonVase Spine Grinder lets you easily grind up salt, peppercorns,  rosemary, flax seeds, cloves, chilis, basil, oregano….all your favorite dried herbs and spices, with a minimum of fuss and you can even grind up the spice mixes that you and your family like, whether you make your own homemade mix or use a store bought mix.

The Vase Spice Grinder is available in  black, red, blue or white.

Features:

  • Turn the spice grinder over and grind from the top so counters stay clean.
  • The Vase Spice Grinder easily adjusts for fine to coarse grinding.
  • Three containers make changing spices a snap.
  • There are ergonomic finger grips for easy action.
  • The CrushGrind ceramic mechanism stays sharp.

These spice grinders are attractive enough to leave out on your counter top.

For the black, white and red Kuhn Rikon Vase Spice Grinders go to Amazon.com

 

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Sango Dinnerware – Sango Splash Dinnerware

61gahYL05gL._SL1000_My daughter was looking to buy a new dinner set. She had a vague idea of what she wanted but like most of us she found it time consuming trying to find just the right dinnerware.

Generally the best place to start is to look for a pattern and set to fit your kitchen and dining room décor and from there to look for a set in your price range.

Sango manufacture dinnerware  in a wide range to suit all budgets.

They are an Indonesian company that has been producing fine tableware for years and they offer lines ranging from casual home ware right through to fine dining, in a variety of finishes.

Sango dinnerware comes in a range of different materials including:

  • Stoneware
  • Porcelain
  • China
  • Glazed Earthenware

This makes it very easy for you to pick the perfect set for your home.

Most Sango dinnerware comes in a complete set that includes the serving dishes, so that solves your problem of trying to match up serving bowls with salad bowls and dinner plates.

You will find pretty much any print pattern to suit your home from traditional kitchen designs to nostalgic designs that fit in with grandma’s décor. You will even find themed sets for the holidays such as a patriotic liberty theme.

The glaze and finish on almost all of the Sango dinnerware pieces is dishwasher and microwave safe. The only real exception is the China line. China should always be hand washed and never placed in a microwave.

So it doesn’t matter whether you are looking for fine china or casual everyday dinnerware Sango offers a choice that will fit your style and budget. With the wide variety of themes, material types, and integrated dishes you’ll find a product that will beautify your kitchen and dining room.

One of the patterns that I like in particular is the Sango Zanzibar range of dinner ware.

And the reason I like the Sango Splash range is that the pattern on each piece is totally unique.

My favorite is the earthy toned set that has a mixture of rich brown tones ranging in color from ochre to deep chocolate.  You can also see the spiral brushstrokes and soft accents that are “splashed” together to create the attractive pattern.

The manufacturer uses three separate layers of matte and gloss reactive glazes which drip differently when the green ware is in the kiln, which gives this mottled effect in a pattern of a combination of stretch, and speckle.

Engineering Meets Cooking to Create a Masterpiece

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Engineering doesn’t belong in cooking! Well, engineering created the cooking equipment we use, so it would be silly to ignore its role in cooking. A large part of designing anything is material selection. Materials have certain properties that make them good for some purposes and bad for others. There is no super material that is good at everything: light, strong, heat transfer, cheap, holds an edge, etc. When choosing cooking tools, consider both the material and the purpose of the piece. This will instantly tell you if it can perform the intended function. Of course, how the tool “feels” cannot be explained with numbers. That’s where testing comes in.

To demonstrate we’ll compare a cast iron frying pan to an aluminum one. Cast iron is a poor conductor of heat compared to aluminum. Why would you use cast iron as a material to make a frying pan? You want heat to move into the food you are cooking, right? The fact that it’s a poor conductor of heat, compared to aluminum, means it will slowly release heat at an even rate into what you are cooking. Searing is one of the cooking methods that surprisingly takes advantage of this cast iron property. For example with tuna, cast iron will sear the fish, but because of its low heat release rate, it will not over-cook the outside layer. The aluminum pan, which excels at conducting heat, will transfer heat so rapidly it causes the outside layer to actually over-cook.

“I am sold,” cast iron sounds perfect. There is the flip side. A side effect of cast iron’s poor heat conductivity is hot spots. If you are an experienced cook these can be managed, if not, you will learn how burnt food tastes. Other properties of cast iron as compared to aluminum are that it takes twice as long to reach cooking temperature and it’s super heavy. You can see there are reasons to use either type of material. What becomes more important is fitting the pan to the person’s skill level and cooking style.

all-clad-stainless-steel-14-piece-cookware-set-reviewWhat this points out, is that cooking tools don’t just happen. There are reasons why certain cooking tools are made out of certain materials. We noticed that all the currently available cooking sets do not consider these factors and deliver mediocre results. They might have an attractive price tag, but you will soon find yourself throwing most of it away or wondering why you have three frying pans that can’t fry properly.

Engineering principles are used to research and test all the items needed for everyday cooking and then crossed referenced it against real life cooking knowledge. The results determined the right items with the right features. The value of a cooking set is not achieved by sacrificing quality, but rather by eliminating redundancy and making correct design choices. The result is high quality cooking sets that let you cook right out of the box.