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When Tyna and I were developing we heart this and our eat, drink, be merry section was in it’s early stages, we knew in addition to recipes and our beloved cocktail of the month, we wanted to bring readers reviews of the best kitchen products around. One company, and specifically one product came immediately to mind; Silvermark and their cornerstone product The Toss and Chop. I’ve wanted this since it’s introduction in 2002. Even before it had a spot on the coveted “O List”. Well Oprah, it now has a spot on the “wht list”, because I can honestly say, I heart this!!
I was pleased to learn the Toss & Chop was developed by a couple. Wendy Silver, a stay-at-home mother of two, wanted to recreate a chopped salad that she had eaten in Manhattan restaurant. She soon discovered just how time consuming they are to prepare at home. I can relate, I love chopped salads, but after making one at home, I quickly decided this would be a restaurant only treat. (Seriously, who has time for all that chopping?!) Wendy sketched the device that would become the Toss & Chop, which allows all the ingredients to be put uncut, right into the bowl, then mixes and chops everything at the same time. After sharing the vision with her husband Michael, he resigned from his position at a major cosmetics company, and a legendary kitchen product was born!
Luckily for us, the couple realized they had a knack for kitchen gadgets and now there is a whole line of items that make your time in the kitchen not only shorter, but more enjoyable. And I really appreciate that most items are available in bright, fun colors (along with the standard grey and black). Wendy sent us a few of Silvermark’s best sellers to review…
Of course, we received the Toss and Chop (which I promptly snagged!) This is the single coolest kitchen tool I have ever used. Imagine a pair of scissors with 4 curved blades and a small scoop attached to the bottom. Now throw whatever items you desire into a large salad bowl (check out their recipes if you need ideas) and chop away. A chopped salad is minutes away. Not to mention homemade baby food, chicken salad and pasta sauce. You really won’t believe how amazing this is!
The Herb Snips are a versatile kitchen tool for fine cutting jobs. Specially designed for snipping and mincing herbs, scallions and other delicate foods. Complete with a stripping feature that allows you to take leaves from stems in seconds flat. We got these in their brand new bright fuchsia.
The Microfiber Salad Dryer Bag has a cult like following amongst foodies. Simply place washed produce in the bag and refrigerate. The microfiber material absorbs excess water and helps keep produce fresh. And, a heck of a lot more space saving in the fridge that your salad spinner.
I predict a purchase of a Resin Coated Santoku Knife in my near future. A heavy gauge, high-carbon, hollow ground stainless steel blade, that is coated with a non-stick material that prevents food from sticking. Available in different sizes and a rainbow of bright colors, all the knives come with protective sheaths and are really reasonably priced for such a high quality knife.
And last but not least, a Folding Cutting Board made of durable polypropylene that won’t dull knives. Sold in 2 sizes, this gives those with small kitchens more compact storage, and these clever cutting boards allow neater transfer of food to the pan or bowl by folding into a chute.
Review Team: let us know which Silvermark item you were lucky to receive and if it’s been added to your own must-have list!