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Kitchen products that no cook should be without.
As some of you already know, I like to cook. With that comes a love of kitchen gadgets. I love them even more when said gadgets can make tedious kitchen tasks simpler and dare I say, fun. Thanks to the folks at Chef’n, I am now spending even more time in the kitchen and not minding it at all.
Chef’n is a Seattle-based company, founded by inventor David Holcomb, that strives to “make better tools so you can make better food”. Chef’n has made an art of reinventing old standards and making them, well…better. Creating completely new products that will surely one day become old standards. Their offerings include a variety of salt and pepper grinders, assorted gadgets, salad tools, general kitchen tools, and their CleanGenuity line of cleaning tools and accessories. With over 250 innovative product patents worldwide, Chef’n really does have a little something for everybody.
The lovely people at Chef’n were kind enough to send us a few of their fabulous kitchen and salad gadgets to try, including:
- Mini Magnetic Salt and Pepper Grinders – Shaped like a bunny face, they stick to your refrigerator.
- SleekSlice Collapsible Hand-Held Mandoline – Thinly sliced veggies with no cut fingers!
- Emulstir Emulsifier and Salad Dressing Maker – Gourmet dressing at the pump of your hand.
- Garlic Machine – The easiest way to enjoy freshly crushed garlic.
I was lucky enough to receive their VeggiChop to use in my own kitchen (it’s on the bottom shelf, farthest right in the image). It sounds like an exaggeration, but it really changed the way I cook.
The VeggiChop is like a hand-powered food chopper that you can control the degree of chopping. The construction is simple: a generously-sized plastic bowl with a non-skid rubber ring on the bottom and a patented blade mechanism that is controlled by a pull ring on the lid of the chopper. To use the VeggiChop, you simply have to put whatever you want to chop in the bowl, close the lid, press one hand firmly on the lid, and take the ring on top of the lid with the other hand and give it a few good pulls for a coarse chop and about 20 for a very fine chop or a puree, depending on what you are chopping. It’s as simple at that.
You really can do pretty much anything with this little chopper. In the time I’ve had it, I’ve made salsa, chopped nuts, tearlessly chopped onions, used it to puree sweet potatoes and mash regular potatoes, chopped up some apples to put in my oatmeal—the possibilities are endless! If you can imagine it, you can probably do it with this little gadget. I am already trying to narrow down the list of which Chef’n product I will be adding to my kitchen next!
Don’t forget to check the comments for the we heart this review team’s thoughts and experiences with the products listed above. And readers, have you tried any Chef’n products? Let us know what you would recommend!
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