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Re: Good Kitchen Tools, Gadgets, White Good etc.....
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2019, 10:21:44 pm »
In terms of white goods, Miele.  8)

They are engineered and tested to last 20 years based on typical usage.
This is from someone who used to fix appliances from all manufacturers.


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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2019, 10:30:05 pm »
Studies have shown wood's perfectly safe, and maybe safer than plastic. I think the most important factor is how you care for it. In our case, we frequently wash our block with soapy water, keep it oiled up with an oil that won't go rancid, and routinely flip it over so that any bacteria that have penetrated the grain on a given side can die off. We also avoid meat and cheese on it. The one thing that is a standing disadvantage for nice cutting boards is that you don't typically routinely replace them, but I am not sure the science is settled that there's a cumulative microbiome of bacteria that necessitates that. What I can say is we don't get sick, the board doesn't stink, and foods cut on it taste untarnished by it.

We love our Boos block and it is permanently on the counter, secured to the granite by a rug pad. We have plastic cutting boards for meats and cheeses. The only use for it than cutting vegetables is as a charcuterie board.

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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2019, 11:15:58 pm »
Yep, thats what I read too, Oak boards even "kill" Bacteria because of the Acid that is in Oakwood (which is also used to tan leather). I do it like you @mclaincausey I use the Wood Board for everything then Chicken including Pizza serving and cutting and never had a single problem.

In great Michelin started Sushi Resturants basicly every cutting and preparing Surface is made out of Wood, I recently watched the "Omakase" Series on the Eater Youtube Channel and noticed that.

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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2019, 12:15:21 am »
I wish I had not started this thread - it's costing me a feckin fortune.... :) :) :) :)
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Re: Good Kitchen Tools, Gadgets, White Good etc.....
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2019, 12:35:37 am »
I can personally attest that I have aseptically swabbed wooden cutting boards and found Listeria monocytogenes.


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« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2019, 12:52:46 am »
Dont eat at mine then.... We have all manner of wood boards; ash, sycamore, elm, oak, African hardwoods.....I love a bit of wood.... Plastic has no place in my kitchen....
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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2019, 08:00:57 am »
We have a Joule sous vide wand and we love it. I have made 72hrs beef short ribs with it, as well as perfect roasts. It's been a revelation.

I also like the Thermapen Mk4 instant thermometer for when grilling steaks and the iGrill 2 for pieces I want to roast or smoke for a long time. If you've never cooked with a stay-in thermometer it will change your life.

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Re: Good Kitchen Tools, Gadgets, White Good etc.....
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2019, 10:07:25 am »
I wish I had not started this thread - it's costing me a feckin fortune.... :) :) :) :)

I already spend a Fortune and I´m not nearly there  :D

I recently discoverd Alpes Inox Kitchens an italian company that custom makes stainless steel kitchens with an insane eye for details, one of those will for shure go in if I buy my own place in the future  8)

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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2019, 11:24:11 am »
WRT boards, I think the key thing is to not use the same boards for meats and items one plans to eat raw (e.g., salad).

The fact that a lab can detect the presence of a given bacteria does not mean that said bacteria is present in quantities large enough to contaminate.

Personally I like the Epicurean cutting boards because they look & feel "woody" but they go in the DW.

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« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2019, 03:21:32 pm »
Can also vouch for the Sous Vide. My brother got my mom one for Christmas and it's amazing. We've done steaks and burgers so far and they've been perfect each time. All you gotta do is sear them on the cast iron.

I'd also suggest the Ninja Foodi for easy cooking. I got my mom one for Christmas and it can pressure cook, air fry, broil, and there's a few other options. We did a rotisserie chicken that cooked perfectly, then browned it using either the air fry or broil option. She had a solid Christmas for kitchen gadgets.

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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2019, 04:14:42 pm »
+1 on the Thermapen, @JDelage  it is bad ass. Instant read is important, and that is the best I've used.

I also have a thermometer that you leave in while roasting and smoking and allows you to set an alert temperature. Both are important, no matter how much cooking one does by feel.
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« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2019, 08:06:00 pm »
Pish tosh, y'all work way too hard.  ;D

Here in the 21st century, we have digital kettles:
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The gooseneck is great for tea and pourover coffee, but I'll even use it for a quick vegetable blanch (e.g., take the sting out of some julienned red onion). And setting specific temperature is great to get the most out of teas and coffees.

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« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2019, 08:08:24 pm »
Paula loves a leccy kettle.  I don't.  I'll get her one of those.....
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« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2019, 08:23:08 pm »
@mclaincausey I use a Digital Kettle at the Moment but i really don´t like the Tons of cheap looking plastic on those things, it ruins the whole ahstetic in the kitchen, I recently dicoverd the Kitchen Aid Precision Kettle which seems to be new and I´m really tempeted to try it, it looks quite well made on the photos which would go against my therory that everything they make is trash expect the Kitchen Aid Machine itself (at least these days, the old toasters where solid like a tank) but we shall see.

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I´m sorry for you loss of money @Giles don´t read further into what I wrote, there is a ton of money more at risk  :D