Tool Turn-About My No.1 Kitchen Kit essential is the Pampered Chef Tool Turn-About. I picked it up at a Pampered Chef party a couple of years ago and it’s been just about the most useful piece of kit I’ve ever bought. It sits beside the cooker and houses all my ‘grab quickly’ utensils. It spins around so you’ll have hours of fun turning it about looking for you garlic press! Beats rummaging around in drawers, and looking for a wooden spoon has never been so much fun. Pampered Chef have now brought out a bamboo version which is nicer looking than the black.
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Poached Egg Pods The pain of poaching eggs is no more. These little silicon pods make egg poaching so easy, and they eliminate the mess. Ok, so now and again I’ll poach my eggs the old fashioned way like my Mum does, in water and malt vinegar (it somehow adds a special something). But if I want quick ‘Saturday morning eggs’ I’ll use these pods. Simply put a saucepan of water on to boil, brush a little olive oil on the inside of the pods, crack an egg into it, place in the pan with the lid on for 6 mins (for soft runny eggs). When they’re ready, run a knife around the edge of the egg and slide out onto your toast. Super simple!
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Coffee Bean Grinder The coffee bean grinder is a bit of an extravagance. I used to go to this cute little deli when I lived in Guatemala to buy coffee beans (coffee is one of Guatemala’s major exports) as one of my housemates had a coffee grinder so got me addicted. I don’t know if it’s the taste of the freshly ground beans or the process of grinding your own beans that makes the coffee taste so good but I enjoy grinding them for my weekend coffee. Apparently you can also use it to grind spices but I haven’t got round to cleaning out the coffee to do that yet.
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Self-sharpening Kitchen Knife For a ‘not too expensive’ kitchen knife this one is really very good. Why? Because it comes with a sharpening case so as you slide it back into the case after every use it sharpens it, then goes back in the drawer until next time. When you need it, it sharpens it again as you slide it out of the case. You can always give it a ‘booster’ sharpen as well. The knife is never blunt!
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Julienne Vegetable Peeler Makes eating vegetables more versatile. The julienne peeler easily shreds vegetables into very fine strips. Use it to quickly shred carrots for a coleslaw, or do the same with carrots and courgettes and saute them in butter to serve with a main. Delicious!
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