A Potpourri of Gadget Gifts for the Kitchen

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Want to be confident the gift you give will really be utilised? Then think about providing kitchen gadgets that make food preparation, serving, or storage safer, less difficult, and/or tastier. To support you find such things, we asked the scientists on our site’s Advisory Board to tell us what their preferred kitchen tools are, and we got some wonderful tips from them. We found a handful of much more attractive items in newspaper and magazine articles. Lastly, your Shelf Life Advice guru, married to the world’s greatest gadget collector, added a couple of utilized often in her personal kitchen. You may possibly like these gadgets so significantly that you purchase some as gifts and some for your self.

 

Food scientist Dr. Catherine Cutter’s recommendations are all about food safety—1) keeping cold foods cold and two) avoiding cross-contamination (from one particular meals to an additional):

 

Chillzanne® Rectangle Server: A freezable, reversible tray that can preserve veggies and dip on the buffet cold for hours.
http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_goods/catalog/item.jsp?productId=7924&ampcategoryCode=ET

 

Chillzanne® Sectional Server: It has removable gel-filled inserts. Freeze them, insert, and this server will  also preserve food cold for hours.
http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_merchandise/catalog/product.jsp?productId=253&ampcategoryCode=ET

 

Chillzanne® Bowl: It also uses gel inserts that you freeze beforehand to hold a salad or what ever cold.
http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_merchandise/catalog/solution.jsp?productId=12066&ampcategoryCode=ET

 

To avoid cross-contamination, Dr. Cutter recommends these  colour-coded merchandise:

Meals Safety Paring Knives:It is a set of four—red for meat, blue for seafood, orange for poultry and green for vegetables.

http://progressiveintl.com/index.php/information/meals_safety_paring_knives

 

Colour-Coded Cutting Boards: Cross-contamination is a widespread trigger of food-borne illness. It typically results when microorganisms are transferred from one particular meals to one more on a cutting board. Especially dangerous is the transfer of  bacteria from raw meat or fish onto foods that are not going to be cooked soon after cutting. For safety’s sake, it really is a great notion to use distinct boards for produce, raw poultry, dairy products (such as cheese), fish and seafood, and raw meat. Hence, this set contains 5 color-coded cutting boards.

http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/safetysanitation/p/cuttinbrdcolors.htm

 

Meals approach engineer Dr. Tim Bowser provided us with suggestions for preserving an open bottle of wine or champagne.

 

Epivac Stoppers:The Epivac wine stopper pumps air out of a wine bottle, acting like a bicycle pump in reverse. The removal of air helps to preserve the wine from oxidation. There’s also an Epivac stopper for champagne. It forces air into the bottle and prevents bubbles from escaping.

http://www.bizrate.com/bar-shakers-tools/epivac-wine-saver/

 

Meals scientist Dr. Karin Allen is considering about cookies this time of year. When she bakes them, she uses portion (or cookie) scoops and parchment paper.

 

Portion Scoops:These scoops (shaped like ice cream scoops) come in various sizes (Dr. Allen recommends sizes 40 – 70), which can be utilised for creating a assortment of foods—meatballs, fruit balls, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and so on—in brief, any item you want to come out a constant size. One more benefit: the food doesn’t stick to these scoops. Commercially, they’re also employed for portion handle. Scoops can be bought in kitchen shops, restaurant supply retailers, and on the internet.

http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Substitutions-Leftovers-Storage-643/portion-scoop-equivalents.aspx

 

Parchment Paper:Not considerably of a gift by itself, but, along with cookie scoops, it really is an exceptional item to introduce to a friend who’s beginning to  bake. It is useful when baking bread, cakes, or cookies. A pan lined with parchment paper doesn’t need to be washed after use! Furthermore, foods cooked on parchment paper do not stick to the surface. For that reason, the bakery chef does not have to spray the pan with nonstick spray or apply oil, each of  which shorten the life of a pan. Also, oil on the pan may possibly make cookies spread out a lot more than desirable. Parchment paper can be bought in rolls in several supermarkets and in restaurant provide retailers (where it’s sold in massive, flat sheets in boxes of 500 or 1,000. The 12″ X 16″ size is very good for cookie sheets.

 

Here’s an low-cost gift item that nearly everybody can use to smash some comfort food  for vacation meals and/or when those holiday bills come pouring in:

Potato Mashers: These days, some potato mashers look like abstract sculpture. The Chicago Tribune ran an write-up about six of these items: Potato Ricer (target.com), Bethany Heavy Duty Potato Ricer (amazon.com), Zyliss Potato Masher, Chef’s Planet Simply Mash Potato Masher, Oxo Great Grips Smooth Potato Masher (bedbathbeyond.com) and RSSVP International SPUD Endurance Potato Ricer (cooking.com). The value variety for these products is $ ten – $ 17. To attain the photos and author’s comments on each item in the Orlando Sentinel reprint of this write-up, go to the hyperlink below and click on “photo gallery.”http://www.orlandosentinel.com/characteristics/meals/sc-meals-1112-testings-mashers-20101116,,2808867.story

 

Private Juice Bar:Does it perform any better than a dumpy-hunting old-fashioned juicer? We don’t know, but it will appear nifty in the kitchen. It’s the Bodum “Bistro” citrus juicer. As Well being magazine says, “Pop the fruit on the top, and it extracts the juice in seconds.” If you can’t locate that one in the stores, check out the link under for a enormous range of other juicers.

http://www.cookware.com/Juicers-C22148.html?refid=MS25197.”citrus+juicer”

 

Suggested by Shelf Life Suggestions visitor Joan Friedman:

 

Mini-Cuisinart Processor: It really is considerably significantly less high-priced, requires up significantly much less space, and is simpler to clean than the large version.  And its blades are powerful sufficient to meet your chopping and grinding requirements.
http://www.zappos.com/cuisinart-kitchen-electrics-housewares~1

 

To conclude, right here are two gadget favorites from the household of your Shelf Life Advice guru:

Bodum French Presses:  For a good cup of coffee (or two or more), a lot of folk we know adore this gadget. A couple of instances a day, my husband utilizes the size that tends to make about 1 cup of coffee, for coffee and for tea (made from tea leaves). He uses the quart size for organization. Bodum also has a 16-oz. mug/press combo called the “travel press coffeemaker.” It really is dishwasher protected, BPA-cost-free, and available on the web only. Note: our knowledge with the glass models has been that the glass is very thin and fragile, so we suggest the plastic models. There’s also the Electric French Press-Plus for creating piping hot coffee without possessing to pour in hot water. Get in touch with EdgeCraft at (800) 342-3255.

 

Meals Saver®:This item isn’t low cost, but sometimes, honestly, you have to invest cash to save income. The Meals Saver lets you make a second meal out of leftovers and a good one particular at that. Its vacuum packaging seals meals in an airtight bag so that the high quality will hold up far better in the fridge or the freezer. Vacuum packaging not only reduces oxidation (which impacts taste and nutritional worth), but it can also inhibit the development of microorganisms such as mold and bacteria. The Meals Saver system includes bags, canisters, jar sealers, and bottle stoppers (for wine, non-carbonated liquids, and oils). http://www.foodsaver.com/index.aspx?

 

Source(s):

Karin E. Allen, Ph.D., Utah State University, Dept. of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences

Catherine N. Cutter, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Meals Science

Timothy J. Bowser, Ph.D.  Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Biosystems and Agricultural  Engineering