Ok, I have to admit, I’ve resisted using a mandolin for years! I used to think that if I cooked like a Chef, a good quality knife and cutting board was all I needed… until… I tried a mandolin! Why use a mandolin? Well it seems Chefs DO use a mandolin when preparing certain meals, and somehow it gives me permission to do so myself! The main reason is that it cuts perfectly, evenly, consistently and quickly for recipes that require thin cuts. It really does! Even if you count the time it
Here are the 5 golden rules to maintain your knives in perfect condition:
Rule #1: It is important to use a knife adapted to what you want to do / food you want to prepare. For example, you shouldn’t use a bread knife to slice a roast or use the blade of a paring knife and use it as a screwdriver (don’t laugh, we’ve all done it!)
Rule #2: Don’t drop your knife on the floor. Of course, accidents happen,
Can Openers… no one really cares to discuss them… until they are broken and you have to buy a new one! It’s one of those kitchen items that you take for granted, that you use regularly, sometimes daily and you just want yours to work properly when you need it!
A bit of history
Where does it all come from? Food was stored in metal cans since 1772 by the Netherlands. How they opened them for the next 80 years is still a mystery as the first official can opener was patent
The kitchen is without a doubt one of the most crammed rooms in a household. It contains rarely used gadgets, foods, containers and other accessories that all require efficient storage. This notion is especially relevant when it comes to smaller kitchens as in apartments or condos. They cannot benefit from the luxury of walk-in pantries and islands. However, there are many available outlets and hidden storage opportunities in your kitchen you never thought possible. For your next Spring cleaning
10 Essentials when you are just starting out!
If you are just starting out in a new apartment, chances are you will need to pick up some essentials for your kitchen. Even if you don’t plan on doing a lot of cooking, there are some things you will need just to get by. You may not even realize you need certain things until you don’t have them. This list of items is also great for young adults just moving out of the family home or if they are planning to accumulate be
The papers are signed. The keys are made. ... Now, what? As you enter the rite of passage to adulthood with your new home and newer mortgage, there is one milestone that should be a blast to cross off your list: the housewarming party. While the idea of having your friends and family celebrate with you at the happiest time of your young life is warm and cozy, there's only a short time before the panic sets in. What should I cook? Sh
From slicing steak to dicing an apple, every kitchen should be equipped with a good set of knives. Whether you already own a set or plan to purchase a few to add to your collection, you'll want to know which knives are essential in your kitchen. Sharpen your skills when it comes to knives by taking a look at these must-haves.
Cooking like a Chef - A quick reference guide to cooking methods
You like watching cooking shows and would like to be able to cook like a Chef? Learning about the many cooking methods out there is a great start. We tried here to put together a quick reference guide to most popular cooking methods. Knowledge is essential, even in the kitchen!
Apple Bread and Apple Tarts are as Easy as Pie…..with a Starfrit Apple Peeler!
With so many apple varieties available these days, both locally and imported, baking with apples is inspiring and extra inviting. Add your own sous chef to the mix, i.e. a Starfrit Apple Peeler, to make the peeling and coring work extra quick and easy, and the ease of preparation only adds to fun and limitless possibilities.
The Starfrit Apple
If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and pack a lunch every day instead of eating out, but you are stuck when it comes to putting the plan into action, here are some tips to help you stay on track and achieve your goals.
Are you like me and have abused of the good food and drinks during the holidays? Now that it's behind us, our bodies are screaming for a more normal routine that includes healthier food choices.
Kilo Solution by Starfrit is a complete line of kitchen products that help you prepare and measure your evolution towards a healthier lifestyle. Here are the main products, practical and must-haves towards a more balanced diet.
Meal prep solutions
It's important to coo
Onions are used in multiple recipes to add flavor. Although they can make you cry, don’t stop including them in your meals! They taste great and are a healthy choice. How then, you ask, can we cut an onion without crying? Best solution: ask someone else to do it! But if you’re alone in the kitchen, here are some tricks that will help stop the tears.
Why do we cry when we cut onions?
Onions grow underground and when cut, they release molecules in the air
Depending on who you talk to, this futuristic way of cooking can be very complicated or explained very simply… let’s try to make this easy! In order to cook food, a heat source is required such as an oven, cooktop or when camping, a barbecue or even a wood fire! Cooktops have evolved over the years and the newer ones now offer “induction” cooktops. Induction cooktops use an electromagnetic field to heat up a pan or saucepan; heat is transferred through metal properties of booth the co
Your son or your daughter is getting ready to move out and you’re wondering how to help? Your parents are getting older and need tools in the kitchen to help with food prep? Your kids want to help out in the kitchen and you are wondering what they can safely use that also makes the task fun? Here are the kitchen essentials you need so as to make food prep fast, easy, safe and fun!
1. Knife & board
Of course, everyone needs the basics. Your
A cutting board is a staple to have in your kitchen. When preparing any meal you will find yourself reaching for a cutting board to do the job and protect your counters. You can purchase a wood or polypropylene board to meet your needs. You may even want both in your kitchen!
Although contrary to popular opinion,
June BBQ Season Starts with a Father’s Day BBQ Bonanza
Most of us love barbecuing so much that some of us don’t even wait for spring; we barbecue even in the chill of February! But there’s something about school being out, vacation season upon us, and the consistent balmy temperatures of June (compared to the iffy weather of May) to launch the official summer grilling season. And what better occasion that a Father’s Da
With school starting back soon, schedules get hectic and time becomes limited. Meal prepping can help you get a handle on the week ahead so you can spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen. With so many resources available for meal prepping, you don't have to invent your own plan. Start by gathering information, invest in storage containers, and plan to shop with a food list. Here are 5 back-to-school meal prep tips.
There are kitchen gadgets to help you tackle just about any chore in the kitchen. One of the most useful, time-saving tools are apple peelers, and it doesn’t get any better than Starfrit’s Apple Pro Peeler. This tool is essential for any apple-lover. Planning on making apple pies, cobblers, tarts or other delicious baked goods for the holidays? It’s time-consumi
When cooking your favorite dish, you may add a few extra ingredients, leave something out, or change the measurements a bit without a problem, but when baking, ingredients need to be measured accurately. If you enjoy cooking and want to dabble in baking, you should know that baking is more precise and important to the recipe's outcome than you might expect.
When baking, you will want to measure dry ingredients such as sugar and flour in nested
For most folks, the beginning of summer means vacation time is near. But for foodies, it also marks the beginning of weeks after week of preserving and pickling the summer bounty.
Nothing beats your own preserves and pickles! First there’s the fun of gathering the fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market or wherever you shop for fresh produce or a family oriented U-Pick farm. Naturally you can use your own garden harvest or opt for organic fruit and veg
Have you heard of the new cooking trend for busy families? Pressure cooking reduces cooking time by at least half, is safe and retains vitamins and nutrients of your food. Oh, let’s not forget, it makes tasty and flavorful results!
What is a pressure cooker, and what does it do?
A pressure cooker simply pressurizes its contents, the liquid inside becomes steam and it forces liquids into the food making it very tender quickly.
It has 5 disti
If the first few weeks of your weight-loss resolution have not been going well, don’t give up! Going forward, commit to a healthy lifestyle by incorporating a realistic meal plan, exercise and enough rest into your daily routine. With a few tweaks to your plan, this is the year you are going to achieve your weight loss goals!
Summertime means a renewed appreciation for chilled snacks, sandwiches and even desserts. Cooler is better and also generally, easier to prepare.
We also tend to think healthier and ‘light’ in summer and the foods we make are often home-made (vs. the food court or drive through) for exactly that reason. Plus with so much great fresh produce around, you want to make your own. Chances are you’ll also be outdoors more often and you’ll make food that ‘trave
Christmas shopping is now in full swing and we at Starfrit want to help you get a head start. If you are like me and short on gift ideas for your friends and family, try surprising them with products everyone will enjoy. With Starfrit’s complete lines of kitchen gadgets, cookware, small electric appliances and food storage items, you will be sure to find something for everyone on your list regardless of the budget. These gift ideas are sure to help any advanced cook and average weekday blazer
Have Guilt Free “Pasta’ and Salads That Turn Heads!
Everyone knows vegetables are good for them and few of us get enough of them on a daily basis. But with a Starfrit Spiralizer, vegetables are not only easier to include but also fun to create both nutritious and aesthetic meals of every description. It’s an all-in-one art project/meal-maker!
Starfrit Kitchens Presents Salad Days
by Marcy Goldman
A great salad is always popular but these days, what with salad places cropping up in so many fast casual restaurants, the interest in ‘lite’ eating along with dense nutrition, has made our appetites for salad skyrocket. Salads are also so much more varied, appetizing and easily put together these days (and anything can be ‘salad’) that the