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 California Kitchen Chef's Press
California Kitchen Chef's Press
California Kitchen Chef's Press : The heavyweight construction of these grill presses allows meat to cook up to 30% faster. Stainless-steel meat presses apply consistent pressure to retain juicy interior flavor, while vents release steam and surface moisture to prevent overcooking. Stack and interlock to create an extended press and accommodate larger cuts of meat. Grilling, sauteing, steaming, roasting or marinating, these grill presses are ideal for steaks, poultry, hamburgers or fish fillets. Pan sear chicken breasts or halibut, saute and caramelize onions, roast vegetables or press marinating meats and infuse seasonings faster. Perfect to toast panini sandwiches, searing the top and toasting the outside of bread, while heating ingredients inside. Accommodate the thickness of ciabatta rolls or baguette breads. These stainless-steel meat presses were invented by a professional chef, enabling the restaurant chef and home gourmet to cook more efficiently, and accurately gauge the cooking time of multiple steaks, hamburgers, poultry or fish. These stacking cooking presses are more effective than spatulas that apply inconsistent pressure, squeeze out too much juice, that can overcook foods. Lets you decide the number of grill presses and even distribution of pressure according to food size, thickness and density. Press out grease from meats and serve healthier entrees. Also ideal to flatten bacon while cooking, and prevent uncooked edges. Stainless-steel. Freezer-, oven-, broiler- and dishwasher-safe. Product Features Heavyweight construction allows meat to cook up to 30% faster Applies consistent pressure to retain juicy interior flavor, while vents release steam and surface moisture to prevent overcooking Presses stack and interlock to create an extended press and accommodate larger cuts of meat Ideal for grilling steaks, poultry, hamburgers or fish fillets Pan sear chicken breasts or halibut, saute and caramelize onions, roast vegetables or press marinating meats and infuse seasonings Toast panini sandwiches, searing the top and toasting the outside of bread, while heating ingredients inside Accommodate thick ciabatta rolls or baguette breads Stackable to use multiple presses according to food size, thickness and density Press out grease from meats and serve healthier entrees Flatten bacon and prevent uncooked edges Superior conduction of heat promotes faster cooking times Invented by a professional chef, these presses are more effective than spatulas for applying consistent pressure and accurately grilling multiple foods
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great grill marks
PostedJuly 3, 2012
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FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
Just enough weight for slider's and once it warms up, makes a nice pressure to squeeze just enough juice out of the burger and still maintains a great profile.
I would recommend this item for those that like medium to well done burgers. For rare, this item would be too much. I did enjoy this press and the grill marks are superb!
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Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Stockpot, 12-Quart : The enamel-on-steel construction of Le Creuset stockpots provides uniform heating for slow-simmering soups and spaghetti sauce or cooking pasta. The 12-quart stockpot is tall and comparatively narrow so heat quickly percolates through layers of food and liquid. The mainstay of French chefs for nearly a century, Le Creuset cookware features bold and bright colors in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any culinary need. Each cookware piece is skillfully finished by hand. Imported. Dishwasher-safe, but hand washing is recommended. 12-quart capacity. 7 lbs. 11 1/4" Dia., 12.25"W (including handle) x 9"H (11 3/4 with lid). Product Features Enamel on heavy-gauge carbon steel construction makes stockpot easy to lift and pour Stainless-steel rim on base and lid prevents chips and cracks Enameled glossy porcelain coating is impermeable to odors and stains Easy-clean enamel surfaces are scratch-resistant Foods will not react with the enameled finish Superior conduction of heat promotes faster cooking times Even distribution and retention of heat ensures cookware stays hot longer Heavy, tight-fitting lid seals in heat and flavors Sure-grip phenolic knob is ovenproof to 450 F Suited for all heat sources including electric, gas, ceramic, induction and halogen top Bright color choices coordinate with virtually any home décor
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Le Creuset (made in Thailand)
PostedMay 9, 2012
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FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
I was impressed by the overall finish on this stockpot, but after turning it over and scraping off the "made in Thailand" sticker and another sticker that simply would not come off without the product "Goo Off", I noticed a huge indent in the bottom plate of the stockpot, which would inevitably cause uneven cooking. The knob on the pot was crazy loose, which I could fix, but I cannot fix the ding in the bottom, so I'm returning for a refund.
This pot was on sale, and probably for a reason... My other Le Creuset products, (made in France) are awesome, but this one was a let down right out of the box!
Can I just send a note out to manufacturer's everywhere? Please do not use overly adhesive sticker's, especially on the bottom of your product, where one has to damage the unit just to get the sticker off before first use! This is a real peeve for me! I should not have to use Goo Off or Acetone to remove a sticker! This happens all the time, especially on a plastic product! It's damaged before first use!
Sorry, Le Creuset, this model is a FAIL in my kitchen. I truly love your products, except for this unit.
My Favorite BrandCuisinart
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Progressive Tomato & Onion Keeper Set : Airtight lids on these onion and tomato keepers lock shut to preserve distinctively-fresh flavor, prevent transfer of odors and premature spoilage. Unlock with a simple twist to remove onion or tomato. Easy to identify in the refrigerator, clear domed lids fit the natural round shapes of onion bulb and tomato, ensuring a tight-fitting seal. Reverse lid and use as the base to store chopped or sliced onion or tomato. Stackable design with flat-top lids and bases save refrigerator space. Color-coded for efficient storage. Dishwasher-safe. Progressive International develops timesaving innovations for food preservation and kitchen prep. A dedicated team of professionals turns practical kitchen ideas into functional solutions. Progressive tools and organizers make cooking and storage more efficient for the home gourmet and professional chef. Product Features Airtight lids lock shut to keep onion and tomato fresh longer, prevent transfer of odor and premature spoilage Keep onion and tomato fresh longer and quickly identify contents in the refrigerator with clear lids and color-coded bases Unlock lids with a simple twist Domed lids fit the natural roundness of onion and tomato Reverse containers to store chopped onions or tomatoes Stackable design with flat-top lids and bases saves space Progressive International develops timesaving, innovative tools, accessories and organizers to make cooking and storage more efficient in the kitchen
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
No more stinky fridge!
PostedApril 9, 2012
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FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
These really work and we have two kitchens and transport food items all the time. These are lifesaver's and nose saver's if that is a term! We always had half an extra and the tomato always got crushed in the cooler.
Also works with shallot, or a piece of leek. Clear shell is easy to clean and we enjoy them a lot and need more!
 
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Progressive Citrus Keeper Set, LKS-05CDP
3.7 out of 5(3)
 
 
 
 
 
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 CHEFS Flour Sack DishTowels, Set of 6
CHEFS Flour Sack DishTowels, Set of 6
CHEFS Flour Sack DishTowels, Set of 6 : The flour sack dish towels relied upon in every grandmother's kitchen provide the same multitude of uses today. Tightly-woven fabric, aptly named centuries ago for the ability to hold flour, these flour sack dish towels are durable and highly absorbent to dry glassware and china streak-free and lint-free. Cover bread dough or rolls to promote even rising. The large 32"W x 37"L size of these flour sack towels is ideal for canning, straining stock, making yogurt or cheese. 100% cotton. Due to the nature of the material, the dimensions may vary slightly. Machine wash cold, tumble dry. Imported. CHEFS signature collection of professional-grade kitchen tools, cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and more, is available only at CHEFS Catalog. You will love the selection -- meticulously crafted and tested to delight the most discerning cook, these tools deliver exceptional quality, performance and durability in the kitchen.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Flour "sack" does not cover it!
PostedApril 9, 2012
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FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
These are the creme de la creme of kitchen towels and we have ordered multiple times! I've tried cheaper ones on eBay, only to send them back.
Well worth it and plenty strong!
+2points
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 John Boos Mystery Oil
John Boos Mystery Oil
John Boos Mystery Oil : From the creators of the finest butcher blocks in the world, this NSF-certified John Boos Mystery Oil replenishes the moisture lost from repeat washings and use. This food-grade mineral oil penetrates deeply into the grain of the wood, creating a smooth protective finish. Prevent butcher blocks, cutting boards and wooden utensils from drying, bleaching or cracking. Mystery Oil conditions and maintains the quality of all types of wood food-preparation surfaces. Proprietary blend of mineral oil, orange-scented linseed oil and tung oil is nongreasy, easy to apply, and superior in absorbency. NSF-certified.* 16-oz. Made in the USA. Product Features NSF-certified food-grade oil locks in moisture to preserve wood cutting boards, blocks and utensils Penetrates deeply to replenish the moisture lost from repeat use and washings Prevent wood from drying, bleaching or cracking Nongreasy and easy to apply to create a smooth protective finish Superior absorbency with the proprietary blend of mineral oil, orange-scented linseed oil and tung oil Recommended for all types of wood food-prep surfaces John Boos & Company has offered the finest butcher blocks, kitchen workstations and carts since 1887. The oldest manufacturer of premium quality kitchen equipment in America, Boos has proudly built products for the best kitchens, including the White House *The National Sanitation Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that employs stringent sanitation standards in evaluating food equipment for commercial use.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Boos is truly a "mystery" oil
PostedMarch 26, 2012
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FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
I had purchased another major brand for my butcher blocks (I have 1 large Catskill board and 4 small) and that brand was just "OK." I was really pleased with the Boos oil and although it did soak in quickly, it did require several coats to achieve a wonderful luster and it covered up all the chopping marks with ease!
At first the word "mystery" threw me, and I smiled as this rich, smooth oil dribbled on and I wiped the Catskill board (also a shameless endorsement) with a paper towel.
Boos is an excellent product and I will get the cream to compliment the mystery oil.
My Favorite BrandCuisinart
 
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Anchor Hocking TrueSeal 10-Piece Glass Storage Set : The TrueSeal lid technology of this stackable Anchor Hocking 10-piece glass storage set features compression lids for airtight freshness and spillproof storage. Provides audible and visual proof of the food-preserving vacuum: press the clear center of the lid and hear the release of air - the lids stay recessed for a custom-fit seal. Thick-walled, tempered glass in a variety of sizes will heat food in the microwave, store food or sauces in the refrigerator. Preserve staples in a pantry and see exactly what is stored inside. Transparent windows for easy viewing. This durable set nests without the lids or stack for compact storage. Anchor Hocking tempered glass bowl set with TrueSeal lids was the only product, from 28 tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, that earned a perfect score for airtightness. Microwave-safe. Lids are BPA-free. Glass bowls are oven-safe up to 425 F in gas and electric ovens. Freezer- and top-rack dishwasher-safe. 5-year limited manufacturer warranty. Product Features TrueSeal lid technology of Anchor Hocking 10-piece set features center lid compression for airtight freshness and spillproof storage Thick-walled glass to heat food in the microwave, store food in the refrigerator and preserve staples in the pantry Audible and visual proof of the food-preserving vacuum: pressing the center releases air - lids stay recessed Clear glass and transparent windows to view contents This 10-piece glass bowl set with TrueSeal lids was the only product, from 28 tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, that earned a perfect score for airtightness Anchor Hocking is the premier manufacturer of cooking dishes and bakeware since 1905 Set includes: One - 1-cup with lid Two - 2-cup with lids (two) One - 4-cup with lid One - 7-cup with lid
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finally a lid that has a good seal!
PostedSeptember 27, 2011
Customer avatar
FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
I have used Anchor Hocking glass storage sets for years. But the biggest fail was on the blue lid seal. I have enjoyed the new seal, which has a see-through lid, and the improved tag style makes opening a breeze, even when frozen.
You can also push down and remove the extra air inside, which will preserve much longer when frozen, or just for normal storage.
Thanks AH for a much needed and improved design! We love 'em!
-FoodieNY
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 Flour-Sack Towels
Flour-Sack Towels
Flour-Sack Towels : Made of pure cotton, these hemmed towels are super-absorbent, sterilized, and preshrunk for years of kitchen use. Set of 6, 29"L x 28"W each. Due to the nature of the material the dimensions may vary slightly.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sack it to me!
PostedMay 11, 2011
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FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Even after ordering these, I have to say I'm still looking for the ultimate lint-free kitchen towel.
They are not my idea of perfection, however they are better than three other major brands I tried. I'm just trying to get lint free wine glasses!
The value/price is good, however I will continue my quest for the perfect towel.
I still love Chef's Catalog!
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Taylor Refrigerator & Freezer Tube Thermometer : Keep tabs on temperatures in the freezer and fridge with this easy-to-read magnified thermometer. Shows range from -20 F to 80 F and -30 C to 26 C, with safe temperature zone indicated. Shatterproof clear plastic lens protects the glass tube, which is filled with non-toxic liquid. NSF listed. Product Features Magnified clear plastic lens over glass tube Non-toxic liquid Range: -20 F/-30 C to 80 F/26C Safe temperature zone indicator
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Keepin' it cold
PostedMay 11, 2011
Customer avatar
FoodieNY
fromCairo, NY
Hey, living in the country, the power can and does go out occasionally! I bought the Taylor Refrigerator & Freezer Tube Thermometer to know how both the fridge and the freezer are doing in case of a power outage.
It works great and is very flexible in mounting options. I don't mount it anyplace in particular, because I move it to/from the fridge to the freezer.
It's also good to adjust your refrigerator settings to get within range and not waste too much electricity.
Highly recommended for any "foodie."
+2points
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