Kitchen Squeeze Bottles : Restaurant-style squeeze bottles make excellent containers for storing, squeezing and squirting thicker liquids. Use for sauces, dressings, toppings and more. Product Features Cut-to-fit nozzles. Stay-tight tops screw-on won't pop off.
Years ago I had bottles like these for dressings and condiments. They were all the rage and were total necessities in my kitchen. Then they went out of style and I couldn't even find them in my local restaurant supply store. I'm so glad I found these because they are absolutely indispensable. These bottles from Chef's Catalog in particular are great because they are thin enough to make squeezing easy and yet are surprisingly strong. Not flimsy at all.
The two different sizes are also a great feature because I usually have several sauces on hand that I only ever make a little of so the bigger bottle is a waste. Best of all, the price for the set is such a bargain that I can afford to get them all and therefore don't have to constantly be cleaning one out in order to refill it right away with the next dressing in line.
AND they're dishwasher safe! To me the lack of spout cover is not a disadvantage but a real plus. Those little covers were always a pain to clean and always got in the way. I usually ended up just cutting them off. Especially since I needed to cut off the tip of the spout anyway to accommodate the larger ingredients in the sauce; which you can do with these too since they have a little line around the spout to act as a guide.
Measuring Tools : 18/10 stainless steel cups are designed to balance without tipping. Grooved thumb holders make handling even easier. Cup set includes 1/4-, 1/3-, 1/2- and 1-cup measures. Spoon set includes 1/4-, 1/2-, 1-teaspoon and 1-tablespoon measures. Set of 8 includes all four cups and measuring spoons. Dishwasher-safe.
I needed measuring cups that could be placed inside of our tea, coffee and sugar jars. As a result they needed to have short handles. But since I wanted sturdy stainless cups and not those ugly plastic or colored cups I've seen, I had to really search long to finally find these. They most definitely fit most of what I wanted: they're heavy, sturdy and easily cleaned. And the handles, with that indented valley that run the whole length, make them easy to hold. They are not as short as they appeared on the picture but they are still very close to what I wanted. The only problem is that the actual cups have very wide circumferences. If our jars had been any smaller, they would have had trouble going in and out. Otherwise they're a great item.
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OXO Palm Squirting Brush
OXO Palm Squirting Brush : Fits in the palm of your hand and dispenses only the amount of dish soap needed by pressing the top button. Safe to use on nonstick cookware and bakeware, this OXO palm-size squirt brush has soft nylon bristles to clean the curves of pots, pans and containers and into corners. Scrub off baked-on food from cookie sheets and baking pans. This leakproof squirt brush provides a nonslip grip, even when wet. Screw off the top to easily fill with dish soap. Palm-size brush gives you on-the-spot control to clean grill grates, outdoor furniture, decorations and planters, even the whitewalls on tires. Top-rack dishwasher-safe.
I have a dishwasher (after a lifetime of never having one) and only ever have to wash by hand the big things that need a harder scrub. I also need to scrub off the caked on food before loading the machine. Those long-hamdled wand things never did the trick. They were weak and not as easy to handle as you might think. This little scrubber is perfect. It's actually bigger than you'd think but it fits just perfectly in my hand and produces a lot of suds. The bristles are hard enough that they remove hard food but soft enough that they don't mar surfaces. The best part is that I don't have to put on gloves before washing (my skin is very sensitive to detergent) because my hand stays on the handle. I love it.
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Measuring Pans/Butter Warmers
Measuring Pans/Butter Warmers : These handy stainless-steel containers go straight from counter to stove top, so you can measure and heat ingredients all in one pan. Also great for cooking or warming up small servings of sauce. Choose 1 1/2-cup, 2-cup, 3-cup or set/3. Product Features Stainless-steel construction for fast even heat distribution without hot spots Pour spouts to prevent drips and messes Handle holes for hanging
We got rid of our microwave months ago in an effort to live healthier lives. But being such a handy appliance, we had gotten so used to the ease of microwaving everything that it took a little effort to find solutions for the tasks of heating and reheating. The one headache was always how to easily heat up or reheat the small things: from a small pat of butter for popcorn to the last half cup of cold coffee. We only have one smallish saucepan and that thing was getting used so often that it was constantly having to be washed as soon as one thing was done in order to use it right away for another thing.
Since it would be used often I wanted something strong and solid, not a flimsy saucepan that would only last a couple of months. it would also have to be inexpensive enought that I could buy at least three in order to avoid the constant washing and re-using of one pan. And varying sizes would be great too.
I searched and searched and was only able to find expensive smallish, but not small enough, suacepans. When I finally came across these I couldn't believe it. It's so rare to find exactly what you're looking for. And it's hard to believe that only Chefs Catalog has them. But they're perfect. Their sturdy thickeness distributes heat evenly and the long handles make it easy to swirl without getting burned. And the price is amazing for such quality. They are absolutely great and well made little pots. Indespensible.