This page has some fun kitchen gadgets that I have used
Use this press to make this delicious tofu sandwich. Click on image for recipe
Tofu that delishous block that soaks up flavors like a sponge. Tofu is packed in water to keep it from drying out. However, in most tofu recipes, it usually requires it to be pressed to get all of the extra water out. By pressing the excess moisture out, it allows it to soak up more flavors when marinaded or when cooking. For a long time I would simpy wrap it up in papertowels and put either heavy books on top (books get wet) or use my cast iron pan. Problem is that it usually does not press even and the books or pan fall over or it presses uneven. So, I am not one for silly gadgets but, this one was one of the best ones I bought. Some they sell are fancy and expensive up around 60 bucks, but I found this one for $12.99 on Amazon and it works just fine! If you cook lots of tofu like I do, then this is a must have for the kitchen!
All Hale the Vitamix!
beautiful new vitamix
My vitamix after 100's of blended smoothies
Beautiful garden pesto blended in my vitamix. Click the picture for this easy and quick recipe.
Now if you are a smoothie junkie like me, then don't bother getting a cheap blender you will only burn out the motor in a couple months, trust me on this one, I have broke my share over the years. This machine is a staple in our kitchen and it gets used everyday sometimes twice a day! It is the Caddillac of blenders. The angled blades spin up to 240 miles per hour which are on the dull side. They don't need to be super sharp because they dont slice food like other blenders, it actually pulverizes what is inside to a liquid very quickly. They break down the foods cell walls to emulsify them at a molecular level. By doing this way it is more healthy because it breaks down the plant material. This is one of the main differneces from a regular blender which does not break down the food. The one main con with the vitamix is that is is very expensive.
Zucchini noodles are delicious with many recipes. Check out these noodles recipe with my garden pesto.
There are many kitchen gadgets out there that are just a waste of money. Small companies are looking to find the next million dollar hit, the as seen on TV, make your life conveient, take up more room in your draws and cubbords, and never really works right to begin with. Some that are just plain silly and you have to wonder who in the world would buy this stuff. Some great examples are the plastic banana slicer.The battery operated spaghetti fork twirler. However, this one is worth buying, the spiralizer makes some great veggie noodles that replace traditional wheat pasta. simple to use and simple to clean. There are a few different versions but, I find this one works the best and it is inexpensive on Amazon.
Sometimes a big bulky blender or a full size food processor simply wont work for certain smaller recipes or when I am really pressed for time and don't want to chop every little vegetable, this mini processor really comes in handy. I used mine so much making everything from homemade salad dressing to hummus over the past couple of years that I just went out and bought a new one. It is perfect for making smaller dishes like a creamy ginger tahini salad dressing, guacamole, nut butters and It is perfect for chopping up onions, carrots, peppers and other veggies in a seconds. It is not big so it fits into the cabnet quite nicely and it is super quick and easy to clean. They can be purchased cheap at Walmart, Amazon, Target or any other big department store. They only cost about $20.00. This is one that is worth taking up space in the kitchen!