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Stovetop Smoker : Featured on "The Today Show" (NBC). Get the savory flavor and low-fat benefits of wood-smoking indoors or out with this heavy-gauge stainless steel smoker. The lid seals in moisture and smoke, producing flavorful meats, chicken, fish, and vegetables. Can be used on the stovetop or backyard grill, or over a campfire. Long loop handles stay cool during normal stovetop use and fold in for easy storage. Each smoker comes with an easy-to-clean nonstick rack, cookbook, and instructions. The large smoker also comes with two sample packs of smoking chips (Alder and Hickory) and the small comes with one sample pack of smoking chips (Hickory). Imported.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
A Reasonable, Albeit Stopgap, Solution
PostedAugust 7, 2013
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wordguy
fromThe Boulangerie at Thistle Acres, Brighton, CO
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Hearty
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Mario Batali
I purchased the large stovetop smoker to replace one that was lost in a move. This one is MUCH better than the last one. Why? Because our remodeled kitchen has a MUCH better exhaust fan than the kitchen in my previous home....
Don't even think about this product unless your fan is top-notch. The makers indicate that it can be used outdoors - but I fail to see the point/advantage over wood chips on the BBQ (or a purpose-built smoker)..
That said, on a rainy or snowy day, it will give a smoky flavor to a modest quantity of fish, chicken, ribs, etc. It is emphatically not the same thing as ribs prepared on a purpose-built smoker, the flavor being less intense. As such, we find we use it most for fish, chicken, pork loins, etc., and not so much for brisket, ribs, tongue, etc..
In summary, a well built, well priced, product that performs well within its limitations - provided that your range's exhaust fan does likewise.
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Charcoal Companion Quesadilla Grill Basket : Make quesadillas at home in minutes and enjoy authentic restaurant-style grilling flavor with this quesadilla grill basket. Place a flour tortilla inside the Charcoal Companion basket, add peppers, onions, grilled chicken, black beans and cheese, top with a tortilla and grill. A couple of minutes on each side is all it takes to serve this savory southwestern specialty, without heating up the stove top. Easily vary flavors using cooked steak, sausage, rice or fish. Freshly-grilled quesadillas are ready to serve. With the wooden-grip handle and basket latch, flipping is safe and easy. Sliding latch secures baskets for easy transport. Nonstick quesadilla basket ensures easy release and cleanup. Hand wash. 12" Dia. Charcoal Companion invents superior barbecue tools, baskets, grids, thermometers and specialty accessories for the outdoor grilling enthusiast. Product Features Enjoy the char-grilled flavor of restaurant-style quesadillas at home Place tortilla in basket, add ingredients, top with a tortilla and grill Delicious quesadillas are ready in minutes Easily vary quesadilla flavors using cooked steak, sausage, rice or fish Wooden-grip handle and basket latch allow easy flipping Nonstick basket releases quesadillas and cleans easily Charcoal Companion is an enterprising innovator of unique and practical outdoor grilling tools and accessories
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Quesadilla Grill Basket
PostedMay 1, 2013
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wordguy
fromThe Boulangerie at Thistle Acres, Brighton, CO
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Hearty
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Mario Batali
This works entirely too well, and is a guaranteed diet-buster.
A couple of trial runs are in order to get your grilling temps correct (it's easy to scorch the first couple of tortillas) and you'll want to keep a sharp eye on the process, as the progression from "done" to "scorched" can happen quickly.
Fast cooking times mean that,, if you have your fillings prepared in advance, you can feed 4 or 5 people pretty easily, as the quesadillas come off the grill in a matter of minutes.
We were suckered into purchasing some "unbaked" flour tortillas at the local big box store. Bad idea, as they require longer cooking times (maximizing the opportunity for scorching) and they have a distinctly "pre-made pie-crust" flavor.
Finally,, in our very small town there are no fewer than five tortillarias, and we can always find dead-fresh tortillas beginning at 5:00 am seven days a week. If you live where you're stuck with grocery store, mass-market tortillas that may be several days old, YMMV.
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 Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel Pepper Roasting Rack, 36 hole
Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel Pepper Roasting Rack, 36 hole
Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel Pepper Roasting Rack, 36 hole : With this extra-capacity jalapeno popper roasting rack, you can roast 3 dozen pre-stuffed Jalapeno peppers, the hottest sensation in grilling. Heavyweight stainless-steel pepper roasting rack holds Jalapeno poppers upright to easily add fillings and grill in the rack. Creative chefs invent endless variations using Anaheims and even banana peppers stuffed with minced beef or poultry fillings and gourmet spices for an explosion of flavor. Try Italian style, stuffed with minced sausage, spices and served with a side of tomato sauce. This 36-hole pepper roaster can also be used in an oven. Jalapeno popper recipe included. Stainless-steel. Dishwasher-safe. Charcoal Companion invents superior barbecue tools, baskets, grids, thermometers and specialty accessories for the outdoor grilling enthusiast. Product Features Large-capacity rack secures 36 jalapeno poppers for roasting on a grill Heavyweight stainless-steel features perfectly-portioned holes to keep peppers upright Balanced design allows easy placement and removal from grill grate Rack can be used in an oven Jalapeno popper recipe included Charcoal Companion is an enterprising innovator of unique and practical outdoor grilling tools and accessories
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Pepper Roasting Rack
PostedMay 1, 2013
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wordguy
fromThe Boulangerie at Thistle Acres, Brighton, CO
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Hearty
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Mario Batali
The up-side: This works beautifully for jalapeno peppers, as advertised (we have used it only on the grill)
The down-side: Small holes mean you're pretty well limited to jalapenos; if you'd prefer a milder approach (e.g., anaheims with an Italian-ish procuitto/ricotta/asiago filling) you'll end up sacrificing the "big end" of these larger peppers. '
If your audience has issues with jalapenos, consider blanching them first, be very certain to get all the seeds/membranes out., and consider low temp grilling to further reduce the heat.
Would definitely purchase again (for the buck, a great way to simplify a fiddly task), but I wish a similar product, capable of accepting anaheims, poblanos, etc. was available
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 OXO Good Grips Pro Poultry Shears
OXO Good Grips Pro Poultry Shears
OXO Good Grips Pro Poultry Shears : These OXO Good Grips Pro Poultry Shears are spring-loaded and ergonomically contoured to make cutting even easier. Extra-sharp blade construction with a lower tapered serrated edge cuts through chicken and small bones, trims thick stems on vegetables and snips fresh herbs with ease and precision. Quickly cut parchment paper and open stiff plastic packaging. The handle loop and bolster prevent the hand from moving forward, and the handle lock keeps the blades closed for safe in-drawer storage. Blades separate for thorough cleaning. These shears are a universal household tool. Stainless-steel and Santoprene. Hand wash. Product Features The cushioned ergonomic handle ensures a safe comfortable grip Extra-sharp with a lower serrated-edge blade to cut through chicken bones, thick stems on vegetables or snip fresh herbs without straining hands Quickly cuts parchment paper and opens stiff plastic packaging Spring-action design makes cutting effortless The handle loop and bolster prevent the hand from moving forward End lock keeps blades closed for in-drawer storage Blades separate for thorough cleaning This universal household tool works outdoors to prune stems and branches even cut wire OXO Good Grips is internationally acclaimed for pioneering everyday kitchen tools with a comfortable, easy-to-hold grip
 
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3 / 5
3 / 5
OXO Good Grips Pro Poultry Shears
PostedFebruary 11, 2013
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wordguy
fromThe Boulangerie at Thistle Acres, Brighton, CO
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Hearty
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Mario Batali
Makes short, easy work of spatch-cocking or disjointing even a semi-frozen "Sunday Roaster" chicken. Easy to clean. Price is right. Probably not the tool for more delicate tasks (e.g., snipping herbs). The only reason I've only given them 3 stars is that we haven't used them long enough to have a sense of their ultimate durability.
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 Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Fry Pan
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Fry Pan
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sol Thermolon Fry Pan : The environmentally-friendly ceramic nonstick surface on Zwilling Sol Thermolon fry pans is heatproof up to 500 F. PTFE- and PFOA-free, patented Thermolon ceramic technology is a breakthrough in nonstick cookware to prepare healthy entrees without using oil or butter. With the magnetic stainless-steel exterior and strong aluminum core, these energy-efficient nonstick fry pans conduct heat evenly from rim to rim for uniform cooking, without hot spots. The ideal heat-retentive pans for pan frying eggs or hash browns, sauteing vegetables or searing meat, poultry or seafood, ensuring easy release and cleanup. Compatible with gas, electric, ceramic and induction stove tops, these Zwilling Sol Thermolon fry pans feature ergonomic, riveted stainless-steel handles that stay cool to the touch. Zwilling Sol cookware is produced utilizing environmentally-friendly manufacturing without toxic emissions. The durable Thermolon surface is scratch- and abrasion-resistant. Hand washing recommended. Lifetime manufacturer warranty. The cookware that consistently receives highest ratings from CHEFS customers has been improved. CHEFS, in coordination with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, has designed an ergonomic handle for Sol Thermolon cookware that provides a more comfortable grip for easier lifting. In 1731, German knife maker Peter Henckels registered his Twin trademark, which helped his company flourish into one of the world's most exclusive, best-performing kitchen cutlery producers in the cooking industry. Today, the Zwilling JA Henckels brand incorporates the company's nearly 300 years of tradition and innovative success into the design of superior quality cookware for professional and home gourmets worldwide. Sol Thermolon Ceramic nonstick cookware is available exclusively from CHEFS. Product Features Patented Thermolon ceramic nonstick technology is durable to withstand oven temperatures up to 500 degrees F Eco-friendly ceramic nonstick surface is PTFE- and PFOA-free to cook healthy meals without using oil or butter Tri-ply construction with magnetic stainless-steel exterior and aluminum core heats evenly for uniform cooking The ideal high-heat combination to pan fry, saute or sear, providing easy release and cleanup Ergonomic, stay-cool stainless-steel handle riveted for durability Thermolon ceramic nonstick coating does not contain toxic substances Scratch- and abrasion-resistant for lifetime durability
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Henckels Thermolon Pans
PostedNovember 19, 2012
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wordguy
fromThe Boulangerie at Thistle Acres, Brighton, CO
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I tend to cook meals that are:Hearty
Cooking Idol/Inspiration:Mario Batali
We purchased the 8" and 12" pans after Significant Other's idiot son ruined our low end scan-pan. Both of us are on miserable diets that severely limit the oil we can use for stir frying, sauteing, and in particular, the fake-egg-high-protein-omelet-wannabees that are part of many diets and that stick like glue. Both pans release flawlessly, and to the extent that we can obtain a malliard reaction with basically a fog of oil, deglaze well, too. Per the instructions, we are not using Pam et al, we do most of our cooking on low-med temps (there's no oil to absorb,, after all), and we've never needed anything but a sponge for clean up. Only issue now is long-term durability. We shall see what we shall see.
My Favorite Brandcuisinart
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 Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press
Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press
Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press : The two main qualities you look for in a garlic press are ease in use and ease in cleaning. Epicurean Garlic Press excels in both areas with a heavier-weight lever that does all the work for you. It's super easy to clean, thanks to the drop-down sleeve design. High-quality stainless-steel with ergonomic handle makes it easy to squeeze cloves, even elephant garlic, to produce uniform minced garlic. Kuhn Rikon, Swiss designer of the highest quality kitchen tools for over 70 years, is one of the most respected manufacturers in Europe. The Epicurean Garlic Press is a winner of multiple awards, including the prestigious Design Plus Award which is given to houseware products of outstanding function and design. Dishwasher-safe. 5-year limited manufacturer warranty. 7"L x 1"W x 2"H. Product Features Stainless-steel is restaurant quality Powerful ergonomic lever does all the work for you Uses 60% less effort than traditional presses Deep hopper presses multiple cloves Winner of the Design Plus Award for outstanding function and design Kuhn Rikon is the #1 Swiss brand of cookware and cooks' tools Excellent press for people who have weakness of the hands
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Gadget
PostedAugust 9, 2012
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wordguy
fromThe Boulangerie at Thistle Acres, Brighton, CO
My Cooking Level:Expert
BOY is this thing expensive.
BOY does it work well.
After losing several of the perforated screens that come in most garlic presses (they're most likely down in the compost heap), we opted for a press where the screen is retained in the press. The terrific performance (just a paper thin sheet of unpressed garlic left in the press) was a bonus.
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