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 Salter Platform Scale
Salter Platform Scale
Salter Platform Scale : Take the guesswork out of measuring and portion sizes. Measures up to 5 lbs. in precise 1/10-oz. increments. Stainless-steel platform resists stains and flavor migration. Weigh directly on platform or press key to weigh only the items in a container. US and metric. 6" dia. scale surface. Lithium battery included.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
It measures up!
PostedJanuary 17, 2008
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fromIndianapolis
Pastry chefs have always recommended measuring by weight rather than measuring by volume, and this little platform scale allows very accurate measuring in either English (oz) or metric (g) units. It is easy to zero, and that way you can measure either wet or dry ingredients in your mixing bowl. Dieters will rejoice when using it to determine exact portions. The printout is digital and easy to read, and there is a low battery or overload function as well. Since it will measure very small amounts, you can use it to weigh envelopes to determine correct postage. I've also used it for all sorts of weighing tasks not related to cooking because the base is large enough. It is easy to store because it is so thin. I keep finding more uses for this scale like wrapping coins (count ten coins and weigh, then extrapolate the value.) and you will too.
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 Lodge Logic Dutch Oven
Lodge Logic Dutch Oven
Lodge Logic Dutch Oven : Made by the cast iron experts at Lodge, this revolutionary Dutch oven is preseasoned, so it's ready to cook right out of the box. Designed to replicate the all-encompassing heat of an oven on the stovetop, Dutch ovens are ideal for meat-and-vegetable dishes such as pot roast or chicken cacciatore. The 5-quart size is perfect for three to four servings. The 7-quart size is ideal for five to six servings. Oven safe. Made in the USA. Lodge Logic's preseasoning process penetrates the metal's pores thoroughly and uniformly, so it looks and performs better than traditional home seasoning. You still get the even heating, superior heat retention, and inherently stick-resistant finish that has made cast iron cookware a favorite of professional chefs.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Lasts forever
PostedJanuary 17, 2008
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fromIndianapolis
I've had my dutch oven for at least twenty years. I purchased it for family camping when the children were small because of its versatility -- you can bake in it if you place a rack inside and put the cornbread, muffins, or whatever on the rack, and charcoal below and on the lid. We've had cobblers, baked beans, and mac and cheese made buried in the embers of a campfire. We even used it to boil water for lobsters on a trip to Maine, and the seasoning was not destroyed. Alton Brown suggested using it to fry chicken, and it really worked for that too, and there were no grease splatters to clean up because of the high sides. Mine is so old it wasn't preseasoned, but that is not a difficult process. It is very heavy so you don't want to walk far with it. I imagine it will still be in prime condition when our grandchildren are grown up and maybe their children too.
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 Pizza Peel
Pizza Peel
Pizza Peel : Crafted of basswood, this is the essential tool for separating fresh-baked pizza and breads from your pizza stone. 24" x 14". Imported. This item is not eligible for gift wrap.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Big, bulky and bravo!
PostedJanuary 12, 2008
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fromIndianapolis
If you have a permanent pizza stone on the bottom of your oven like I do, this peel will really help with bread and pizza baking. The only way I have found to get European style crisp light crusts and softer insides is with a stone and steam. That said, it is very easy to burn yourself putting the risen bread/pizza/brotchen on top of the stone--unless you have a pizza peel which gives you a twelve inch safety zone. I do the final rise on parchment on top of the peel and then slide the bread into the oven on top of the preheated stone. Removal is just as easy. Just tug on the parchment and ease it back onto the peel. No burns. I've had mine for a long time (probably 10 years), and the only problem I've had is finding a place to store it because it's big. It has gotten singed and stained a little over the years, but I'm not planning on serving guests on it. It works.
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 Calphalon One Nonstick 11-inch Grill Pan
Calphalon One Nonstick 11-inch Grill Pan
Calphalon One Nonstick 11-inch Grill Pan : A raised grid surface imparts authentic grill marks to give you the healthy, fast, flavorful benefits of grilling on your stovetop. Nonstick finish makes cleanup easy. Taller sides than most grill pans catch spatters and keep run-off grease and juices in check. Calphalon&#174 One Nonstick is the first cookware that combines infused anodized technology with an innovative nonstick cooking surface. Four interlocking nonstick layers on the inner surface enhance the cookware's durability and exceptional performance. An advanced polymer is infused into the pans' exteriors to prevent staining and maintain durability. Calphalon One Nonstick promotes healthy, low-fat cooking because little to no added fats are needed. Even the stickiest of foods release flawlessly, so clean-up is a breeze. Riveted handles are expertly balanced and ergonomically contoured for comfortable use. Flaunting great attention to detail, the tight-fitting tempered glass lids lock in flavor and assist in cooking. All items feature a lifetime warranty. Product Features Interior surface features a proprietary matrix of four interlocking nonstick layers, each of which contributes to the cookware's long-lasting performance Delivers flawless food release, even with the stickiest foods Nonstick surface requires no oil or butter and provides healthier cooking options Calphalon's exclusive anodization process infuses the exterior of the cookware with an advanced polymer that protects against staining Food does not stick to interior or exterior surface Contoured stay-cool riveted helper handles are purpose-built to accommodate the substantial craftsmanship of the pan Unlike most other nonstick cookware, you can cook on high-heat with Calphalon Nonstick Oven safe to 450 F Nonstick surface is safe for plastic, coated or wood utensils Surface is stain resistant inside and out Sears perfectly, deglazes beautifully, releases with ease and makes cleanup effortless Handles: Stay-cool, cast stainless-steel triple-riveted handles are expertly balanced with a triangular opening to diffuse heat during stovetop cooking Material: Heavy-gauge infused anodized aluminum exterior with nonstick interior Hand-wash only Made in USA Lifetime Warranty: Calphalon One Nonstick cookware is covered by a Lifetime Warranty. Calphalon will repair or replace any item found defective in material or workmanship when put to normal household use and cared for according to instructions. Minor imperfections, surface markings as a result of shipping and slight color variations are normal. This excludes damage from misuse or abuse, such as improper cleaning, overheating, dishwasher use, use of caustic or other unapproved cleaners, neglect, accident, alteration, fire, theft or use in commercial establishments.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
It Works - but with a cost
PostedJanuary 12, 2008
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fromIndianapolis
I have such angst when I use this product. Tonight I made lamb "lollypops" for an intimate dinner, and I used the grill pan, now about 8 years old. The good -- the pan gets hot quickly, the grill marks were beautiful, the square shape made it easy to cook hubby's medium and mine rare by adding them a few minutes later, the chops absolutely did not stick, by adding a a little wine I could deglaze the pan and rescue the meat juices and fond for a quickie sauce. The bad - I had forgotten how horrible this pan is to clean up. Nonstick does apparently not apply to what is left stuck to the pan (and remember, I did deglaze it for the sauce). I just finished scrubbing each individual ridge with a brillo
pad, and now I hate the pan. I'm looking at that 4 rating and considering downgrading it to a three. What it does well, it does very well. Nonstick? Not really...At least the dark gray color camouflages the black stuff I cannot get off.
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 Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet Ice Cream Maker : This Cuisinart machine features a heavy-duty motor, automatic mixing arm, double-insulated freezer bowl, and an easy-lock transparent lid. The large spout makes it easy to add ingredients without interrupting the freezing cycle. Nonslip rubber feet ensure stable operation, and cord storage is built in. Comes with a recipe booklet. 50 watts. 9"Dia. x 14"H. The freezer bowl must be completely frozen before you begin your recipe. Before freezing, wash and dry the bowl. Wrap it in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn. We recommend that you place the freezer bowl in the back of your freezer where it is coldest. Be sure to place the freezer bowl on a flat surface in its upright position for even freezing. The length of time needed to reach the frozen state depends on how cold your freezer is. For the most convenient frozen desserts, leave your freezer bowl in the freezer at all times. You can take it out any time for immediate use. In general freezing time should be a minimum of 12 hours. To determine whether the bowl is completely frozen, shake it. If you do not hear liquid moving, the cooling liquid is frozen. Model: ICE-20. Reminder: Your freezer should be set to 0 F to ensure proper freezing of all foods.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Easy, Easy, Easy, and so good
PostedDecember 4, 2007
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Potsticker
fromIndianapolis
Anyone who has ever handcranked ice cream is going to love this ice cream maker. NO WORK! NO MESS TO CLEAN UP! NO ICE! NO SALT! Just prepare your ice cream mix and chill it (a few hours in the refrigerator really helps), assemble the ice cream maker, push the button, and pour in the mix. You'll stand in amazement at what is created because you do no work at all. You do have to pre-freeze the bowl (mine has taken up permanent residence in the freezer) and sometimes the ice cream has to harden a while in the freezer, but you will love the result.
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Cuisinart Deluxe 11-Cup Food Processor DLC-8S : This Cuisinart classic features an 11-cup shatter-proof Lexan work bowl and 625-watt motor, giving you the capacity and power for a full range of processor tasks: kneading up to 2 pounds of white bread dough, mixing batter for four 8" cake layers or dough for about 65 cookies, chopping up to 1 3/4 pounds of meat or poultry, plus mincing, grating, slicing, shredding,and pureeing. An extra-large feed tube accommodates whole fruits and vegetables. Comes with 4mm stainless steel medium slicing disc, stainless steel shredding disc, chopping blade, dough blade, spatula, and how-to video. Imported. Full 10-year motor warranty. 7 1/4"W x 10"D x 14 1/2"H. Model: DLC-8S. Product Features Additional small feed tube insert holds food like cucumbers and carrots securely, for perfect slices in record time A stainless steel chopping/mixing blade, a shredding disc, and 2 slicing discs perform a variety of food prep tasks A separate dough blade lets you knead 2 lbs. of dough in less than 2 minutes Heavy-duty motor handles any food prep task with ease, including batch after batch of heavy dough Two paddle controls offer On, Off, and Pulse with the touch of a fingertip Dishwasher safe parts mean quick and easy cleanups 625 watt motor is powerful enough to handle a large variety of processing tasks Cushioned feet keep unit securely in place during use How-to video with full color, photographic instruction booklet and 38 recipes included
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
A Proven Winner
PostedDecember 4, 2007
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fromIndianapolis
Cuisinart set the industry standard thirty years ago, and it's just as good now as it was then. It will chop, slice, knead, grate, whip, blend ---whatever you want. It is heavy-duty and powerful, easy to clean, and versatile. The Lexan bowl is truly unbreakable; I've dropped the top many times with no ill effects. While it is possible to change the feed tube size, it isn't easy to use the larger tube. It's hard to get the parts lined up correctly with large pieces of food inside the tube, but once you do, it takes seconds to prepare a workbowl full of cabbage or whatever. No kitchen should be without this marvelous tool.
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 Cuisinart Brew Central 12-Cup Coffee Maker DCC-1200
Cuisinart Brew Central 12-Cup Coffee Maker DCC-1200
Cuisinart Brew Central 12-Cup Coffee Maker DCC-1200 : A striking blend of retro style and modern technology. Programmable for brewing up to 24 hours in advance. Setting for 1 to 4 cups ensures full-bodied flavor and aroma. BrewPause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup before brewing is finished. Adjustable heater plate setting keeps coffee at the temperature you prefer. Audible "ready" signal. Automatic shutoff. Includes Gold Tone metal filter, #4 paper filter starter kit and coffee scoop. Model: DCC-1200. Product Features Charcoal filter removes calcium and chlorine impurities for pure coffee flavor Reservoir lid lifts up for easy filling Brew Pause feature lets you pour a cup before the brewing process is finished 12-cup carafe has ergonomic handle for comfortable, dripless pouring Simple On/Off operation make unit easy to use On/off switch, auto-on 24-hour advance brew start, programmable auto shutoff and a choice of 1-4 or 5+ cup settings, make this coffee maker easy to use Decalcification indicator signals when its time to clean Heater plate features adjustable settings for custom temperature Brushed stainless steel finish and industrial switches give a vintage look for today's gourmet kitchen LCD digital clock is easy to read Showerhead distributes water evenly over coffee reducing temperature loss as water passes through grounds Ready tone signals the end of the brew cycle Cord storage feature keeps countertop neat and safe Includes 12-cup glass carafe Charcoal water filter Gold tone coffee filter Filter basket Illustrated instruction booklet
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Solid performer
PostedDecember 4, 2007
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fromIndianapolis
I've had this pot for several years now and have not experienced any problems with it, other than the ones my hard water, low cabinets, and lack of pouring skills have caused. I do think that the water level indicator, which is located inside the reservoir rather than on the outside, is very difficult to read, and the positioning of the reservoir on the back is an invitation to a messy spill. The appliance is very large; it is over fourteen inches tall, and it is impossible to open the lid to access the water reservoir while it is stored under my upper cabinets. It does have nice features like the gold coffee filter, the carafe temperature settings, the auto start and stop mechanisms, and brew pause, as well as the ability to make a smaller pot of coffee, and the price is attractive as well. If you want a LARGE coffeemaker, this is a good candidate, but keep a towel under it to catch the spills.
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KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment : Attachment for grinding meats and produce, with fine and coarse grinding plates and wrench. Ideal for making homemade sausage (use with the sausage stuffer attachment sold separately). Designed exclusively for use with all KitchenAid household stand mixers. Model: FGA. Product Features Grinds meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese and more Enhance the versatility with the optional fruit and vegetable strainer (Model: FVSFGA), pasta maker plates (Model: SNPA), sausage stuffer (Model: SSA) and food tray (Model: FT) accessories that are sold separately. Easy to use One year full warranty Instruction and recipe booklet in English, French and Spanish included Imported
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Dandy grinder
PostedDecember 4, 2007
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fromIndianapolis
When the E coli scares started, I decided to grind my own meat to avoid contamination. I purchased this attachment for my KitchenAid, bought some chuck roast, and started my grinding adventures. Assembling all the parts takes practice, and cleaning requires a bottle brush and patience, but you'll love the resulting burgers, meatloaf, and sausages. Don't stop at meat though; you can grind about anything else from bread crumbs to dried fruit for fruitcake. When you make sausage, you can grind the spices in with the meat, but I do prefer to give the spices a ride in the coffee grinder first to make them smaller. If you prefer lower fat ground meats, you'll appreciate this device because you can reduce the amount of fat in the grind significantly and save some money at the same time.
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KitchenAid Pro 600 Stand Mixer KP26M1X : Driven by a potent 575-watt motor, KitchenAid's largest, most powerful mixer can handle even stiff, heavy mixtures, and the 6-quart stainless steel bowl is large enough for double batches of cookie dough. Makes up to 8 loaves of white bread, 13 dozen cookies or 8 lbs. of mashed potatoes. Product Features Bowl-lift mixer style Rugged, die-cast all-metal construction provides sturdiness required to support the raw power of this machine Direct drive transmission for durability Commercial motor protection for many years of reliable service All-metal gears Soft Start helps prevent ingredient splash-out and flour-puff at startup 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir High-performance, 67 point planetary mixing action insures ingredients are thoroughly mixed without frequent scraping or rotating bowl 14-cup flour power 6-quart mixing bowl capacity Electronic speed sensor maintains selected speed regardless of load Multi-purpose attachment hub Locked rotor protection - safeguard for the motor by automatically shutting down if the mixing action becomes obstructed 575 watts Model number: KP26M1X 25 lbs. 11 1/4"W x 14 1/2"D x 16 1/2"H. Assembled in the USA 1yr free of charge warranty Includes Professional wire whip Burnished flat beater and dough hook Clear, two-piece pouring shield with enlarged chute for easy addition of ingredients 6 Quart stainless-steel bowl with contoured handle Burnished PowerKnead spiral hook - handles 20% more dough than previous models
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Rolls Royce of Mixers
PostedDecember 4, 2007
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fromIndianapolis
This is my third KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The first one only lasted fifteen years, the second one was purchased by my mother in 1942 and I inherited it in 1993 and used it for a couple years until I replaced it with my present Pro 600; my sister now has the 1942 model, and it still works! Add the three together, and you get 90 years of good service. This workhorse can knead the most difficult dough in an apparent effortless style; it breezes through brioche and buttercream which must be beaten for long periods of time without overheating or "complaining," and can whip up a double batch of cookies in record time. You do have to scrape down the sides once. The lever to lift and lower the bowl is a great convenience, and rarely does anything splash out of the bowl, regardless of the speed ( you have ten to chose from). The huge metal bowl is unbreakable and has a handle for ease in lifting. This mixer is a lifetime investment and is worth the price.
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Wusthof Classic Serrated Bread Knife : The perfect all-around bread knife cuts smoothly through everything from slender, crusty baguettes to softer sandwich breads. The serrated edge also makes it terrific for slicing tomatoes. For large, round artisan breads, the blade gives you the length and control you need. The serrated edge penetrates heavy crusts without tearing the softer interior. About Wusthof Classic: Precision-forged blades of Wusthof's own high-carbon, stain-resistant steel alloy, for a lasting edge that is easy to resharpen. Distinctive bolster prevents your hand from slipping onto the blade. Handle is a virtually indestructible composite, buffed by hand for a smooth finish and triple-riveted to the full tang for optimum strength and balance. Dishwasher safe, but hand-washing is recommended. Made in Solingen, Germany.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A "wonder" for bread and other things
PostedNovember 30, 2007
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fromIndianapolis
I have used this bread knife for about ten years now, and it is still perfect for slicing homemade bread without tearing or squashing the loaf. However, it has other tricks in its repertoire: slicing a layer of a cake sideways to make multiple layers (it's long enough to get to the middle of the layer and doesn't destroy the crumb), slicing tomatoes from the garden thinly, slicing slightly frozen pieces of chicken, beef or veal into thin paillards, or slicing angel food cake without tearing it are easily accomplished. Buy this knife! It's worth the price.
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