de Buyer Mineral Pan, Saute Pan : Made of 99% iron, the organic Mineral pan is the natural choice of conscientious cooks. With its 2-3mm thickness, this pan performs outstandingly well at high temperatures to quickly seal in vitamins and nutrients. The shape of saute pans used in the French countryside with a wide surface and sloping sides to promote steam evaporation for perfect caramelizing and crisping of meats and vegetables. The more you use these Mineral pans, the better they perform, as these pans darken naturally and become nonstick over time. Free of PFOA and PTFE coatings, these pans naturally enhance the flavor of steaks, seafood, omelettes and more, by sealing in flavors under high heat. De Buyer takes a proactive approach toward ecologically-responsible cookware with the creation of the Mineral pan. Available in 10" Dia. (3-Qt.) and 12" Dia. (6-Qt.). Made in France. Safe for all heat sources, including induction. Founded in France in 1830, de Buyer is the manufacturer of the blue-steel French crepe pan used by chefs around the world. The name de Buyer is renowned as a premier European supplier of top quality utensils and cookware. Product Features 99% iron, organic pan is the preferred pan of conscientious cooks the environment Ecologically-responsible pan is 100% recyclable Seals in juices, resulting in carmelization (the Maillard reaction) Performance improves over time, the more the pan is used the darker it becomes for all-natural nonstick cooking Identical shape of saute pans used in the French countryside, this pan is ideal for carmelizing onions and searing vegetables and meats Steel handle is triple-riveted for durability Large 12" (6-Qt.) pan includes helper handle
The 12-inch pan is a great option, other than cast iron, which cooks similarly, but this unusual sized pan has a unique depth that I was looking for, to get a deep, wide area for deep frying or to sear without a lot of oil. Best of both worlds! As far as the other comments on the discoloration when wiped, I found that after initially seasoning the pan, according to the directions for 15 minutes with the potato skins in water, and I had added the water halfway up the pan, that the area that was seasoned did not give off a dark discoloration when wiped. I think I'll season the pan again, but go all the way up the sides of the pan, and that should, hopefully, eliminate any residue.
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KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Plus Series Stand Mixer KV25GOX
KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Plus Series Stand Mixer KV25GOX : This KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer is specifically engineered to stir, knead, mix or whip up to 6 loaves of white bread, 7 pounds of mashed potatoes and 10 dozen cookies. The high-performance 450-watt motor has 10 variable speeds and comes with a wide 5-quart stainless-steel bowl, PowerKnead coated spiral dough hook, professional coated flat beater and stainless-steel wire whip. The easy turn of a lever raises the bowl into mixing position. Hassle-free 1-year replacement warranty. 11 1/4"W x 14 5/8"D x 16 1/2"H. 25 lbs. Model: KV25GOX. Product Features Professional bowl-lift design High-performance 450-watt motor handles thick batters and heavy yeast bread dough with ease Wide 5-quart polished stainless-steel bowl holds huge batches and up to 12 cups of all-purpose flour 10-speed slide control ensures the just-right control you prefer from a speedy whip to a meticulous slow stir PowerKnead spiral dough hook powerfully punches and rolls thick, heavy dough with smooth efficiency that replicates hand-kneading Professionally designed stainless-steel wire whip rapidly increases airflow into egg mixtures for stiff soufflés and rigid meringue peaks Specially designed flat beater works with the planetary mixing action to thoroughly mix all ingredients Soft Start feature helps eliminate ingredient splash-out or flour-puff by starting the mixer slowly before increasing to the selected speed Planetary mixing action eliminates the need to rotate the bowl and guides the wire whip to cover 67 different points within the bowl for superior mixing Electronic speed sensor maintains selected speed regardless of load Lock-rotor protection safeguards the motor by automatically shutting off if something obstructs the mixing action Direct drive all-steel gear transmission ensures high-performance mixing action Spiral-bound recipe book includes more than 70 recipes
I chose this model, in the black onyx, after researching the others in the line of Kitchen-Aid because of its stronger motor than the Artisan and lower cost than the higher end model. And for the few dollars more than the Artisan, it made sense to go up in scale for more power. I like the lift also versus the tilt. A friend has the tilt and you can't see in the bowl unless you turn it off. It's a must-have for every serious baker and cook. If you think you're doing fine with a handheld mixer, there is no comparison. Your baking will improve 100% with the right tools -- this is one to be reckoned with. Efficienct, allowing for multi-tasking, so you can walk away. Dependable, durable, sturdy, easily wipes clean. Excellent creaming, beating, whipping. Fantastic volume for angel food cakes, meringues, glossy, smooth frostings. You will go to places you never thought you would attempt, e.g., bread making - the dough hook kneads well. Build your inventory with a choice of many add-on attachments - I have the wonderful pasta maker. This is a wonderful investment.
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Krups Panini Grill
Krups Panini Grill : Two nonstick grill plates make panini and bruschetta, hamburgers, chicken and steaks in minutes and clean up quickly, too. The floating hinge adjusts to accommodate different food thicknesses. Regulator light switches off when the correct temperature is reached. Latches keep unit closed for upright storage.
This is great for grilling not only paninis but shrimp, tuna and swordfish steaks, veggies, chicken, meat, etc. I bought this just before Krups came out with their Krups Griddler, which in addtion to the panini feature, it also opens up to a flatbed to cook pancakes, eggs, etc. on. Being more versatile, I would have purchased the Griddler if I hadn't had the panini grill. I think for the additional short money, it's probably a better investment. But if you're perfectly happy with a panini grill that grills everything else, its convenience is that it cooks quick, clean up is okay because it's a little awkward rinsing it in the sink. But a very good, performing product for what it is designed to do.
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OXO Salad Spinner
OXO Salad Spinner : The OXO Salad Spinner washes greens and whisks away water instantly. One touch of a button starts the spinning motion. A second press stops it. Optionally, use as a colander or serving bowl. Product Features Stop and start at the touch of a button. Lid comes apart for easy cleaning. Basket can be used as a colander. Bowl can be used for serving. Available in green or clear.
Oh, my gosh, no more blotting lettuces with paper towels, or using hand towels, then having to launder hoping the green stains wash out. I throw everything, e.g., lettuces, veggies into the bowl and spin. The salad comes out crystal clean, no water lingers on the tender greens, and the bowl can be used to serve the salad in. I was the first of my friends to buy this, and they've all purchased one after seeing the convenience and how efficiently this works. Definitely worth the money, a hundred times over.
Maple Rolling Pins : The perfect tools for both the home baker and professional chef, these versatile pins are fitted with stainless-steel ball bearings for a lifetime of effortless rolling. Handcrafted from solid rock maple with maple handles. Each pin is designed for a specific purpose: The traditional pin is ideal for rolling out pastry dough; the lightweight cylinder-style bakery pin is great for small jobs like rolling out individual pastry squares or cookie dough; the French pin is the tool chefs prefer when rolling out thin piecrust. Product Features Solid rock maple construction Stainless-steel ball bearings for a lifetime of rolling ease Crack- and warp-resistant 3 pins: traditional, bakery and French Lifetime guarantee Made in the USA
I purchased the bakery pin (without handles), because I had my grandmother's old pin with the handles that took away from the length I needed to roll oiut dough. It was either the bakery or the French for me. I like the idea of the French for more control and smaller areas, so I might make that purchase in the future, but the bakery accomplishes the same plus more. It's especially great for rolling out pizza, all pies and cinnamon bun doughs. The pins are handmade in New England, which I love the idea of USA made. It washes well and dries quickly. Excellent quality tools make a definitive difference for the discerning cook, and this is a working pin that will be passed down to tuture generations.
Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder DCG-12BC : Efficiently grind up to 90 grams of whole coffee beans, enough for 18 cups, with this heavy-duty, 175 watt machine. Imported. 18-month limited warranty. 8"H x 4"L x 5"W. Model: DCG-12BC. Product Features One-touch control with built-in safety interlock grinds beans to the ideal consistency for any coffeemaker Grinds up to 90 grams of beans at once, enough for up to 18 cups of coffee Heavy duty motor and stainless steel blades deliver the perfect grind Stainless steel bowl with blade assembly is removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup Convenient lid lets you store unused ground coffee right in grounding bowl Cord storage feature keeps countertop neat and safe One touch control offers easy operation Safety interlock feature prevents unit from operating until lid is securely closed Graduated markings make measuring easy Illustrated instruction booklet included
I've been using this exclusively for spices as I have another grinder for coffee beans, and have only good to say about this product. Maybe a previous reviewer got a defective model, which can occur in any brand. Also, because of the difference in oils in coffee beans versus spices, you do want to keep separate grinders for each. It's easy clean, just dry wipe, excellent performance for my use and highly recommended.
Lodge Logic Cast-Iron Skillet : It's perfect for making virtually anything from bacon and eggs to grilled sandwiches, pan-fried fish, and fabulous cornbread. Each has dual pour spouts (except the 15" size) and a helper handle. Set of 2 includes the 10 1/4" and 12" diameter skillets. 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. Oven-safe. Made in the USA.
Cast iron has been around for, nearly, forever, and I've had this pan for just about that long. Of recent, I've started using it more, because I need more iron in my diet, being vegetarian, and a health practitioner told me the cast iron pans have this benefit. Good 'ole American ingenuity. I found that it cleans beautifully with salt added to the pan while still hot. Then I scrub it with the salt, rinse with water and dry. Season occasionally in the oven with oil, but never let it soak in water. It's a great, basic pan that fries anything exceptionally well.
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All-Clad Stainless-Steel Casserole
All-Clad Stainless-Steel Casserole : A terrific
casserole to make individual portions of savory soup or
stew. Wider than a typical casserole. We especially like
the extended, extra-wide loop handles for easy lifting.
All-Clad's leading cookware line is brilliantly
styled with a hand-polished gleaming stainless-steel
finish that many of the world's professional and
home chefs prefer. The 18/10 stainless-steel interior
will not react with your food, leaving the pure taste
you desire. Dishwasher-safe. Product Features 3-ply
bonded construction for a lifetime of use
Mirror-finished magnetic stainless-steel exterior is
hand-polished to a lustrous shine Pure aluminum core
covers bottom of the pan and extends up the sides for
greater heat conductivity Easy-to-clean 18/10
stainless-steel interior helps prevent foods from
sticking Stainless-steel interior will not react with
foods Cookware maintains even heat distribution that
prevents "hot spots" when cooking Signature
stay-cool handles are cast from solid stainless-steel
and designed for ergonomic comfort Handles, rivets and
lids are polished stainless-steel creating a striking
impression High-strength, non-corrosive
stainless-steel rivets keep handles permanently secure,
making cooking safer Suited for all stovetops
including electric, gas, ceramic, induction and halogen
Bonded cookware handcrafted in the U.S.A., lids and
components manufactured overseas. All-Clad Cookware
Lifetime Warranty: From date of purchase, All-Clad
guarantees to repair or replace any item found defective
in material, construction or workmanship under normal
use and following care instructions. This excludes
damage from misuse or abuse. Minor imperfections and
slight color variations are normal.
de Buyer French Steel Crepe Pan, 9 inch : The same pan used by chefs at five-star restaurants throughout the world has become the preferred pan for home connoisseurs. From de Buyer, maker of the finest French cookware since the 1830's, comes this magnificently-designed pan for cooking crepes to light-and-tender perfection. The batter spreads quickly and evenly over the hot surface, while the skirted edge allows easy flipping. The handle's long length makes it easy to tilt the pan for transferring delicate, light and thin crepes onto serving plates. If you are an experienced chef or novice, this is the single pan you will use for impeccable breakfasts and desserts. Produces 8" crepes. Hand wash; season between uses. Made in France. 9 1/2" Dia. x 3/4"H pan. 8"L handle. Product Features Quality blue-black steel, 2mm thick Long handle makes it easy to flip crepes, tilt pan and transfer crepes onto serving plates Pan will darken with age de Buyer is the maker of premium French cookware since the 1830's
A simple pan, dedicated to specific use, I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the fast and even heat distribution quality of the blue-black steel pan construction, which makes for cooking perfect crepes, pancakes, omellets, eggs, in addition to the durable weight and stay-cool handle. The only negative I have is that there was not consistency in the pan's construction, and I found small pits of rust on the backside of some pans and rough pieces of metal on the handle, upon inspection at the time of purchase. Otherwise, if you receive a pan without imperfection, it's well worth the purchase. Make sure you follow the directions on seasoning and wipe well; it does have a black residue.
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Garlic Peeler : Peeling is now amazingly easy without damaging the garlic. Insert a whole clove inside this smooth rubber cylinder, then rub and roll to remove the skin quickly and easily. Peeled clove rolls out in its original shape - skin is left inside the cylinder to rinse away. Keeps garlic odor off your fingers and hands. Will not transfer garlicky aroma or sticky tidbits onto your countertop. You will use fresh garlic more often in marinades, pasta dishes, soups and stews when you own this easy-peeling cylinder. Hand wash.