Archive for the 'Kitchen Series' Category

Kitchen Series: Cooking Tools

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Probably my favorite kitchen item is my pressure cooker!  The pressure cooker makes wonderfully juicy roasts in half the time that it would take in the oven!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Cuisinart Griddler

This has been a great substitute for a grill.  I use it quite a bit!

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

My parents got me a cast iron dutch oven that is similar to this one.  I love it!  It heats evenly and holds the temperature for a long time.  There is a large range in prices.  My mom got mine from Homegoods.  You can get inexpensive cast iron dutch ovens at Walmart.  They are also sold on AmazonLe Creuset dutch ovens are the more expensive variety and can be found at stores like William Sanoma.

Kitchen Series: Unitaskers

Friday, March 5th, 2010

If you have ever seen the show Good Eats, you are familiar with Alton Brown and his dislike for single-purpose kitchen gadgets.  If you are friends with Alton or know him personally, please don’t tell him about this post.  I love his show, but I unfortunately also love several unitaskers!

Progressive International Onion Chopper

I am not well skilled in chopping, slicing and dicing so I love this gadget for chopping onions. There are some down sides to this product:  cleaning is a pain and it isn’t so great at chopping other veggies… but I will keep it and continue to use it for my onions!

Oxo Good Grips Garlic Press

As I mentioned above, I am not so great at slicing and dicing, so this is a great tool for dicing up garlic! Any garlic press will do I just happen to own the OXO Good Grips one.

Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender

This was given to me as a gift for Christmas and I love it!  It is perfect for making a quick smoothie for one!  I usually make one before work and then I can grab it and I am out the door!

Proctor Silex Rice Cooker

I think this is a unitasker that Alton Brown actually approves of! This rice cooker makes awesome rice quickly!

Kitchen Series: Storage

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Pantry Storage:
A new (to me) item that I LOVE is the OXO POP storage containers.

I was first introduced to this product by my mother in law.  They are great for storage and organization.  Food items stay fresh and airtight!  They are a bit pricey, but I have found them at a variety of stores including: Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Max, Homegoods, and BJ’s.  They are about half price at TJ Max and Homegoods but they are sold individually and you can’t always predict that they will be in stock.  Bed Bath and Beyond sells them at full price but you can get them in sets as well as individually.  BJ’s sells them in sets of 3 at a reasonable price.

The following description is from the OXO website:

The OXO Good Grips POP Containers are airtight, stack-able and space-efficient, making it easy to keep your dry foods fresh and your kitchen organized. The Containers have a unique push-button mechanism that creates an airtight seal with just one touch. The button also serves as a handle to lift off the lid. The Containers are designed for modular stacking so that you can efficiently organize your counter top and pantry. In addition, with their square and rectangular shapes, the POP Containers make the most of any storage space, while their corners allow for easy pouring. The POP Containers are available in 11 different sizes to meet your dry food storage needs. They are also great for use in the garage, sewing room, play room and more; in fact, the Containers can be used in so many places that you’ll want them POPping up everywhere. The lid comes apart for thorough cleaning. All POP Containers are BPA Free.

Knife Storage:

The magnetic knife strip is the best way to store knives.  Cutlery blocks dull the blades from constant rubbing against the wood.  Tossing the knives in a drawer is disorganized and dangerous- and not good for your knives! The magnetic strip keeps the knives organized and accessible for quick use.  My mom introduced me to this preferred storage method and I love how quick and easy it is to grab the knife that I need!  You can find magnetic strips anywhere knives are sold.  They range in a variety of prices and sizes.

Kitchen Series: Intro

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I have long wanted to share with you about items that I LOVE in my kitchen.  Each time I use one of my favorite kitchen things I think, “The whole world should know about this!”  I will TRY to post weekly about a new topic.  This series will be short- maybe 3 or 4 postings.  Enjoy!