Chef'sChoice AngleSelect Knife Sharpener : This 3-stage electric knife sharpener is fast and easy to use. Works on smooth, serrated, Asian and sporting knives. The angle guides keep you within a perfect 15-20 degree angle, so there's no guesswork. Stage 1 at a 15% angle for Asian knives and Stage 2 at 20% for American and European knives hones cutlery to hairsplitting sharpness with diamond coated disks. Revolutional Stage 3 stropping/polishing disk finishes the job with a flawless edge. Lubricant-free so it's a joy to sharpen knives. 3 year limited warranty. Compact for easy storage.
I gave this sharpener to my boyfriend for Christmas and it has already paid for itself as he has sharpened four sets of knives within a matter of days (we had a lot of family to visit). I love that it gives you detailed instructions and explains exactly how the machine works, as well as why asian and european knives have different angles. This information, along with super sharp knives will certainly improve my time in the kitchen. I highly recomend this product to anyone who suffers from dull knives - it makes prep time fun again!
Wusthof Classic Hollow-Ground Santoku : Similar to a butcher knife, the Japanese-style santoku knife is a multipurpose gem for slicing, cubing, or dicing. Available in 5" or 7", the distinctive hollow-ground edge that alternates scallops on both sides of the blade, and yields a smooth, clean cut. 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.
I gave my mom this knife for christmas and have heard nothing but raves since. In fact, she and my dad constantly fight over who uses it. Now I know why; I was recently given this knife and it has become my absolute favorite. It cuts so clean and easily - even tomatoes! Chopping ingrediants has gone from a chore to a pleasure. It feels perfectly balanced in my hand and always slices easily through whatever I am cutting. I have the smaller pairing knife too and it's an equal delight. My next set of knives will definately be Wusthof.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor DLC-2A : The new work bowl is 14% larger, but the Mini-Prep Plus is still perfect for smaller chopping and grinding jobs (a few garlic cloves or cinnamon sticks). It boasts all the quality and features of a full-size processor, including Cuisinart's exclusive auto-reversing SmartPower blade, easy-to-use touchpad controls that wipe clean, and the clear bowl that now holds almost 24 ounces. Removable parts are dishwasher safe. Small enough to leave on the counter, easy to store. Comes with a spatula, instruction book and 9 recipes. Imported. 18 month limited warranty. 3 cup capacity. 6" x 7" x 9". Model: DLC-2A. Product Features The simple chop/grind touchpad control and auto-reversing SmartPower Blade offers powerful processing options at the touch of a button - a Cuisinart exclusive 3-cup work bowl is easy to clean Touchpad controls make cleanup a snap The "grind" control processes hard foods like nuts, seeds and spices The "chop" control chops or minces soft foods like onions, garlic and herbs Hidden cord storage feature keeps countertop neat Cleaning Instructions Rinse the work bowl, cover and blade immediately after each use. The work bowl, cover, spatula and blade are dishwasher safe. They may also be washed by hand in warm soapy water. Wipe the motor base clean with a clean damp cloth or sponge and dry.
I've been resisting food processors for years. I'm so gald I finally borke down and bought this one. This little machine makes cooking quick and easy. From chopping ingrediants for cooking to making hummus and small batches of soup. It has become my favorite appliance. Can't wait to try the bigger version!