Cook's Illustrated Product Reviews - Fall 2016

Cook's Illustrated Product Reviews - Fall 2016

Trez is the Manager of our Lexington Store and every time a new Cook's Illustrated article comes out she is the first one to devour it word for word.  We look forward to her “reviews” of the reviews as it helps us to do our jobs better and keep our customers in the know.  Here is her latest installment…


Which Food Processor took top marks (again)?

It’s the Cuisinart Custom 14-cup Food Processor!  A food processor is essential for kneading dough, cutting butter into pastry, and grinding meat.  With a powerful motor, responsive pulsing action, and sharp blades, this model effortlessly handles these tasks.  It also chops, slices, and shreds neatly and with ease.

Top Immersion Blenders

Our very own KitchenAid 3-speed Hand Blender received top marks! An immersion blender is a great backup to a traditional blender, saving time, effort and cleanup.  Soups can be pureed right in the pot, and small jobs like blending vinaigrette or even whipping cream take mere seconds.  This model is comfortable and simple to use as well as tough and durable. 


Top Spice/Coffee Grinders 

Krups Fast-Touch Coffee Mill (only $19.99!) – this model produces an exceptionally fine, uniform grind and easily pulverizes spices of varying hardness, density, and shape.  What’s more, it is easy to fill and use.  If you grind coffee beans regularly we advise buying two mills and using one exclusively for coffee and one for spices. 


Top Ice Cream Makers 

Cuisinart's Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker (Model ICE-21) consistently earns CI's coveted "Highly Recommended" status. This affordable model made desserts that were even-textured and velvety.  We appreciated its lightweight compact design and its one button operation.  The paddle blades were fully submerged in the base and did not interfere with our thermometer probe. Available in white or red.


Top Hand Mixers 

KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer (KHM512) – This handheld mixer is perfect for every day light tasks. Don't worry about pulling out your stand mixer if all you need to do is whip 1/2 cup of cream!  This model is light, maneuverable, and efficient.


Top Digital Kitchen Scales

Highly Recommended – OXO Food Scale with Pull Out Display.  Our longtime favorite scale has it all: consistent accuracy; a clear digital display (which pulls out from the frame and includes a backlight); responsive, clearly labeled, accessible buttons; a removable platform that makes cleanup a breeze; and a sturdy, slim body that stores easily.  (Note, they really LOVE the 11 lb, we carry the 5 lb model)



Until next time, happy cooking!


September 27, 2016 by Jody Morgan
Healthy Grilling with a Himalayan Salt Block

Healthy Grilling with a Himalayan Salt Block

The Himalayan pink salt block is catching on and for good reason. Not only do these colorful prehistoric crystals make healthier, tastier and more interesting meals, they’re also pretty to look at!

Cooking on a salt plate naturally adds the incredible health benefits of Himalayan pink salt into your food. Such benefits include balancing your body's pH, stabilizing hydration levels, improving digestion and reducing acid reflux.  

This plate is sourced from natural salt deposits found in the Himalayas.  The dense crystalline composition adds complex flavor to all types of food. Heat on the grill to sear seafood and meat, or chill for serving a selection of fruits, vegetables and cheeses with just a hint of salt.

 Serve moist food on it, such as mozzarella and watermelon, and the food will pick up a delicate saltiness that sets it off perfectly.   

Heat the salt plate on the stove or grill then set the hot block on a trivet at the table to sear scallops or thinly sliced steak while seated with your guests. They will be so impressed!

July 28, 2016 by Ladles Linens