Chef’n SleekStor veggie steamer
Our old metal steamer from Ikea started to rust so I finally had an excuse to buy this one. The feet won’t scratch pots and it is flexible silicone so it moves to fit nicely into most sizes of pot (it doesn’t work in my small 1-quart saucepan). It’s easy to clean and doesn’t take up much storage space, we hang ours on the side of the fridge. I like it. Mine is Avacado green and it also comes in cherry pink and translucent.
I never did get around to buying the Escali Primo digital scale I was so cheerful about back in November and since then the OXO Food Scale has caught my eye. The display pulls out so you can read it if a large bowl is put on the scale, and it’s thin enough to store easily. It even has a backlit display for when you are, um, baking in the dark?
It’s touchless, you just put your hand under the spout and it dispenses your soap. Actually, I wish I had never head of this because then I wouldn’t think about how awesome it would be every time I reach out to my normal soap pump with my flour/oil/blueberry juice/melted chocolate covered fingers. I resent you Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump. No come back I love you!
Last year I had a crush on a small All-Clad saucepan but put off buying it, and eventually was lured by the “dishwasher safe” sticker on a small Calphalon Kitchen Essentials saucepan at Target. It’s been working great but I realized too late that, duh, the glass lid will inevitably shatter when I drop it (and I will drop it).
So when my four quart saucepan bit it I decided to look for a replacement with a metal lid. I was happy to find that the June 2007 issue of Cook’s Country recommended the Pinzon 3.5 Quart Stainless Steel Sauce Pan at Amazon for a very nice $20, but now I’m sad because it’s not available anymore (or currently, let’s hope currently).
Cook’s Country also recommended the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 4-Quart Saucepan, but it’s about $60. Do I buy the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic? Or hope Amazon brings back the inexpensive Pinzon saucepan? Maybe get the saucier-shaped Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 3-Quart Chef’s Pan that is a not-too-bad $30? Why couldn’t I have needed a larger saucepan last summer when the recommendation came out?
This post at Baking Bites reminded me that I really need to replace my six year old Ikea scissors and get a proper pair of kitchen shears. The WÃ¼sthof Come Apart Kitchen Shears are exactly what need and are recommended by Cook’s Illustrated. And apparently they are comfortable for left-handed people as well.