Get more done during the
holidays in less time with
these helpful products for cooking and entertaining:
Some guests may enjoy their coffee or tea with the meal, others after
the meal. A morning spent together with friends and family over coffee
or tea is another pleasant holiday activity.
But, let a pot of coffee or tea set around too long and it cools off
and flavor diminishes. Or, if left on a heat source for too long, an
undesirable flavor may form. Reheating your brew doesn't add to flavor,
Rather than make several small, fresh amounts of coffee, keep coffee
(and tea) hot and fresh-tasting for hours in a carafe.
A carafe also is great for keeping hot chocolate warm to greet family
and guests as they straggle out of bed at different times.
Preheat the carafe by filling with it hot water and then emptying the
water before adding your beverage. This warms the carafe and helps keep
your beverage hot longer.
Look for a carafe that is easy to use and clean.
|2. Extra Cutting
Avoid cross-contamination when cutting different types of foods for the
same meal by owning several cutting boards. This is especially
important if you're cutting raw meats, poultry or seafood and then need
to cut ready-to-eat foods. With more than one cutting board you can
avoid spending extra time washing your board before cutting the next
Plastic or other non-porous cutting boards are easier to safely clean
as they can be run through the dishwasher. Check for a board that says
it won't dull knives.
While you're busy multi-tasking, make your kitchen utensils multi-task,
too. The spoonula is a spoon-shaped spatula that takes on many of the
tasks of both a mixing spoon and a spatula.
Its head is usually made of silicon. Check for the degree of heat
resistance. Most will resist heat of 400 degrees F or higher, making
them suitable for stirring at the stove.
When it comes to cleaning, for some, you can throw the whole spoonula
in the dishwasher. For others with a wooden handle, you may need to
remove the handle and wash just the head in the dishwasher. Look for
one where food is unlikely to stick in cracks where the handle joins
If you want to experiment with this kitchen tool, start with a
larger-sized one. Look for one where the head is both firm and
flexible. It should be strong enough to mix heavy batters yet flexible
enough to conform to the contours of the mixing bowl. The handle should
feel comfortable yet be sturdy enough so it doesn't bend when mixing.
Here are some of the things you can do with a heat-resistant
ingredients with fewer strokes using a large spoonula as its head is
usually broader than the head of a regular mixing spoon.
the sides of the bowl during mixing.
Use them for stirring
in nonstick pans as they won't scratch the pan.
scrambled eggs at the stove.
|4. Extra Set of
While the chili flavor tasted great in the dip, it doesn't go as well
in the sugar cookies. Rather than continually washing and rewashing
that single set of measuring spoons, buy an extra set or two.
And while we're on the topic of measuring spoons, why wash several
measuring spoons when you didn't use them all. Or hassle with holding
on to the remaining spoons while you measure from just one? Consider
taking your measuring spoons apart. This works best for sturdier
measuring spoons with easy-to-read size markings. Designate a storage
compartment just for the spoons in a drawer.
Every time you lift the lid to peek into a pan to check what is going
on, takes time and releases heat, making the food universal lid take
longer to cook. If you've ever wished your pans had see-through lids,
buy a "universal pan lid."
These lids usually have several rings of ridges that let the lid fit
over different sizes of pans. Some brands may cover pans from about 8"
to 12" in diameter (as measured across the top of the pan). Other
brands may offer both a smaller and larger size of universal pan lid.
When comparing features of various universal pan lids, consider whether
these factors are important to you for intended uses:
- Stay-cool knob?
- Oven-safe? To what
Ever pour too much of an ingredient into a recipe or forget if you've
added it? Worse yet, maybe you've added most of the ingredients, only
to discover you're out of an essential ingredient! Measuring those
small but mighty ingredients into "pinch bowls" before you start mixing
your recipe may save the day.
Usually sold in sets of four to six bowls, these bowls hold just a
"pinch" of ingredients like herbs, spices, flavorings, eggs, etc. They
generally range in size from one to four ounces.
Source: Alice Henneman, MS,
RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster County
1.85 liter Carafe
Direct from the Producer
Fits 7" - 12"