Posts tagged ‘Housewares’

January 27, 2012

OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer

I’ve always wanted one of those fancy stainless steel professional mandolines. Possibly owning one of those would make me a better chef? I guess not. But it would make tedious slicing jobs easier, as I stand miserably hunched over the kitchen counter trying my best to make perfectly even apple slices for a tart. Well, no more! I just bought this hand-held slicer from OXO and I think it’s solved my thinly sliced cucumber problem, and for only 15 bucks. With 3 thickness settings, this kitchen tool is not only affordable, but gets the job done fast and perfectly. I can now tackle Laura Calder’s Shaved Vegetable Salad fearlessly. I’ve seen mandolines for as much as $300. I think my $15 purchase was quite a find. Look how nicely it sliced this cucumber…

Truth be told, I’m a bit of a klutz. The first to trip on a crack in the sidewalk, walk into a wall, bang my knee on the coffee table, and cut myself with this damn mandoline! It’s very sharp. You’ve been warned. You can find this at your local housewares store. I purchased mine at Bed Bath & Beyond.

January 7, 2012

Bar Keepers Friend

Cleaning up from the holidays? I was inspired to write this quick post by my husband who was diligently (and surprisingly) using Bar Keepers Friend over the weekend to clean-up pit marks on our stainless steel flatware. He announced, “This stuff is great! You need to write a post on Bar Keepers Friend.”

He’s right! If you don’t have a can of this, you need one. It’s a miracle worker in the kitchen. For your stainless steel cookware, just sprinkle some in the pot with a little water and rub it around with the scrubber side of your sponge. It gets rid of most stains with minimal effort. It makes my All Clad Stainless cookware look like new, inside and out. I have even used this successfully on my stainless steel countertops. It does come in a liquid form, but I don’t think it works as well as the powder.

I should note that one can of the powder lasts a long time. I think the packaging may have even changed since I bought our container seen in the photo above. You should have no problem finding Bar Keepers Friend at your local grocery store or housewares store. I bought mine at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Happy Cleaning!

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