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Dining in 2015 Design Competition

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Posted by Jenny Lewis
Categories: Features, Trends, Utensils, Kitchen Gadgets,

You may not think much of your silverware or your plates, but someone does.  The results of designboom’s Dining in 2015 design competition were announced a few months back, and there were a number of fantastic entries.  Out of a total of 4843 entries from 98 countries, the five person jury narrowed it down to 3 first prize entries and an honorable mention from a shortlist of 160 amazing entries.  My favorite entry from the …

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History of the Salt Shaker and Salt Cellar

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Utensils, History, Spices,

Salt shakers were invented in 1858 by John Mason, the guy who invented the screw-top Mason jar.  He made little screw-top jars to keep salt in at the table and keep it from caking from the humidity.  But these were short-lived. Just over a decade later, salt was more finely milled and ceramic containers with perforations in their tops were invented.  In between these two salt containers, C. P. Crossman patented an agitator in his shalt …

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Preserving Your Knives

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Utensils,

Wash your knives immediately after use to avoid food build up on the knife edge. Don’t put them in the dishwasher since the blade may become damaged. Handwash and dry on a soft towel. Do not store you knives in a drawer (unless it’s a knife drawer with a built in wooden block). Store your knives in a wooden block. An angled knife block makes retrieving the proper knife easier. Avoid cutting food on hard surfaces …

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Herb Mills Help Add Appeal With Ease

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Utensils, How To, Kitchen Gadgets,

Fresh herbs can add zest to salads and soups or eye appeal as a garnish on an entree, but mincing them fine enough by hand can be a labor of love and can take a long time.  Using a hand herb mill might save you some time and effort.  These gadgets, a little over 8 inches long, have rotary steel blades that can make short work of mincing herbs and produce them as finely as any …

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There’s Nothing Like a Good Knife

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Utensils,

Every chef will tell you that you have to have the right tools to cook with, and a good set of knives is essential. If you can’t afford a complete assortment and a wooden knife block, buy a good paring knife, a chef’s knife (sometimes called a cook’s knife or a French knife), and a slicer.  The paring knife should be small enough to fit into the hand comfortably but big enough to do the job …

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The Salad Chef and The Gourmet Oil Mister

The Salad Chef is ideal for the extreme home gourmet cook. You create your salad dressing mixture in the glass carafe, which has pre-marked lines for oils and vinegars. Then, you insert the mini battery-powered emulsifing blender (what Emeril often calls a “Boat Motor”) into the carafe and blend away. The Salad Chef comes with an instruction booklet and fill-line charts so you don’t even have to measure The Gourmet Oil Mister is a sleek stainless …

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Necessary Salad Gear: The Salad Spinner

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Utensils, Salad,

Though you wash salad greens thoroughly, you don’t want the leaves to remain wet or your salad dressings will slide right off. That’s why a salad spinner is essential for any home cook. A salad spinner uses centrifugal force to spin the water away from the salad greens to the sides of the container. The large pump action ones are the best. You don’t have to crank the thing. You just pump the pump in the …

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