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Salt and Pepper Pots For Your Kitchen and Dinner Table

November 15th, 2010

Many of our kitchens are a slave to design. We can spend a fortune redesigning a kitchen and then sometimes let it down by the little details. Whether its those out dated saucepan sets, kitchen storage canisters or your humble salt and pepper pots. This is why for very little money you should consider changing those old, worn  and out dated, salt and pepper pots. Not only can they look out of place in your Philippe Starck designed kitchen but also can spoil a dinner party especially when everyone of your guests will probably be using them. Whether you want a shaker, seller or mill they can add that finishing style to your kitchen or dinner table.

Grinders, Shakers or Mills?

There is a variety of designs to choose from the novelty salt and pepper pots made in the shape of animals or even a couple hugging, to antique salt and pepper pots. Select the material carefully as this will affect not only how they look but also feel to the touch. Glass salt and pepper pots can become scratched and dirty very easily and chipped if dropped by accident. However one design aspect you should ensure is that they are easily identifiable. The last thing you would want is a guest getting them mixed up and spoiling their food. One universal method of telling them apart is the amount of holes in the top of a shaker. One hole for salt and multiple holes normally five for pepper. This method cannot be used if you decide upon a salt and pepper grinder and these are often transparent so you know which one is which. These have the added advantage you know when they are getting empty and need replenishing.

Keep Them Filled and Clog Free

Personally I prefer a grinder as you not only keep the salt and pepper fresher but also you have less chance of it clogging up. One trick is to put a few small grains of rice into the pots or shakers as this will absorb any moisture, although storing them in a dry place away from any heat source is essential. It can be embarrassing if  your guests can’t get anything from your shakers and there is something satisfying about grinding your own salt and pepper. If that all seems like too much hard work then consider entering the 21st century and look at the electric salt and pepper pots that are available. These normally powered by small batteries and can grind at the push of a button.

Where To Find Salt and Pepper Pots

Which ever type of salt and pepper pot you are looking for, the internet is a great place to search for the available types and designs. Amazon have a great selection from plastic to silver salt and pepper pots. You will be glad you took the time to match your condiments to your style that will help add that finishing touch to your kitchen and dinner table.

Second Hand Catering Equipment Cheap and Eco Friendly

November 5th, 2010

The worldwide economic recession is now hitting home to many people. Although we have been talking about the recession for many months it only now seems to have started to effect our everyday lives. Be it your benefits being cut, your local amenities being reduced, closed or even worst being threatened with redundancies or loosing your job. If you are affected by any of these you should look at it as an opportunity rather than a disaster. One such example is a friend of mine who recently decide to start up a catering business part time. We all have a small business inside us and sometimes the threat of leaner times is that push that puts us on the road of starting out and creating our own business. Although their not looking to make a million, large oak trees grow from small acorns.

As with all small business start ups money and budgets were very tight but they needed some industrial catering equipment to get them going. This is where I suggested they use the internet and consider second hand catering equipment.

There are normally two types of second hand catering equipment for sale that is B grade or reconditioned catering equipment:

B Grade Catering Equipment

Is normally old model equipment or ex demonstration models that maybe slightly marked and cannot be sold as new.

Reconditioned Catering Equipment

Would have previously been used but no longer required due to change of ownership or no longer required because the layout of the kitchen has been redesigned. Either way this equipment can be hygienically and  professionally restored to an almost new condition.

How Long Will Second Hand Catering Equipment Last?

Most professional catering equipment can last many years however is often moved or removed before its lifetime is reached. This actually makes second hand catering equipment very ecologically friendly as you are recycling equipment rather than purchasing new.

However the best reason for looking for a second hand catering equipment sale is the amount of money you could save. Although it may not look as new when you first buy it even new catering equipment soon loose that new lustre and you will be happy when you have saved yourself a few thousand. Fortunately my friend took my advice and soon found just what they were looking for and saved them selves a pretty penny too.

Choosing Breakfast Bar Stools

October 20th, 2010

It might be a through back to the seventies but breakfast bar stools are back into fashion in recent years. Maybe because kitchen space has become a premium with the price of real estate or that you miss sitting on your favourite bar stool at your local bar. The breakfast bar is an efficient use of space in your kitchen and has the advantage that you can store your stools underneath the counter top when not being used.

Breakfast Bar Stool Options

When choosing a stool there are a few options you need to consider.

Height

Probably one of the most important features is the height of the stool. Make sure you buy the correct height stool for your requirements. If you already have a breakfast bar then measure the height underneath your counter top. However if you have not yet installed your breakfast bar you can select your bar stool and install the kitchen counter top to suit. A good guide to the correct counter top height is your standard commercial bar counter top. These are normally installed about 40″ (1.016m) to 42″ (1.066m). The right size height stool for this would be 30″ (0.762m) as this would give a comfortable clearance of  about a foot. The home breakfast bar is normally slightly lower at 36″ (0.915m) so a good height would be 24″ (0.61m) to 26″ (0.66m) stool.

Adjust and Swivel

You then have a choice of either a fixed height stool or one that adjusts in height. The height adjustable stools give you that extra comfort to get the perfect height for the individual person. However don’t just focus on the height of your stool make sure you don’t buy too wider stool and you have enough room for the number of stools you require.  Ensuring they can all be stored underneath your bar without sticking out will make your kitchen or bar area look neat and tidy. Some bar stools have a swivel seat that makes it easy to position your self comfortably although these can seem a bit unstable if you are not use to them.

Style and Material

You will have a wide choice of styles and material to choose from and most will come down to personal taste. Try to match the stool to your kitchen design and style. Stools come in many different materials from leather, vinyl, acrylic, steel, chrome or wooden for that traditional looking breakfast bar stool. You should also consider which material will suit how much you will use the stool. For most requirement a wipe clean surface will not only last longer but is more hygienic.

Stability and Surface

A good tip is to try and test drive the stool of your choice as you hope to have the bar stool for many years. Don’t just go for cheap breakfast bar stools as comfort is important and it’s best to invest in a stool that will last you a long time and you will be happy with. One consideration you should not forget is the floor surface they will be standing on. Not only do you want a stool that will not damage your floor but also one that is stable as you don’t want to fall of you bar stool when tired in the morning or when you have had one drink too many.  If you have a vinyl floor ensure you go for a stool with a wide base rather  than small feet as these can leave indentations in your floor that are hard to remove and unsightly.

Where to Buy

Now you know the type of stool you are looking for you will need to search your local stores or the internet for your perfect stool. Whether it’s Amazon, Ikea, Argos, B&Q or a local independent store you will be sure to enjoy your breakfast or drinks so much more when comfortably sitting  on your new breakfast bar stools.

Why Choose A Magimix Food Processor?

September 27th, 2010

The Magimix food processor is the original food processor first designed by a French catering company salesman Pierre Verdan. He noticed how long it took his clients to prepare the food, particularly chopping, shredding and mixing. He designed a simple bowl with a manually rotating knife. This then developed into a powered consumer model which was introduced to the UK in 1974. This Magimix R1 was the original pioneer of the food processor and originated from Burgundy France. The Magimix can replace the need for chopping, slicing, mixing and even replace the need for seperate meat grinders.

How To Use A Magimix

The current version of the Magimix has not changed that much since this first model. Simplicity is the key to the operation of the Magimix food processor. It is operated by three buttons and the commercial strength induction motor automatically adjusts varying the power depending on the task.

The Looks

Now days we expect our kitchen appliances to fit in and suit our kitchens and the Magimix Food Processor is designed not only for ease of use but also available in several finishes including white, chrome, satin, cream red and black.

Guaranteed To Last

The Magimix food processor has a great pedigree and is recommended by celebrity chefs, food writers and cookery schools because of it’s reliability, quietness and robustness. All Magimix Food Processors are equipped with a powerful ultra quiet induction motor that comes with a 12 year guarantee. All other parts and accessories include a 3 year guarantee. The bowl’s are made of shatterproof Lexan plastic which is the same material as aircraft windows and riot shields.

Design

The design of the Magimix is what set’s it apart from other food processors. The simple operation that requires no need to select speed gives you controlled power all the time. New functions like the Blendermix used with the main blade to change the direction of the liquid from a centrifugal motion to vortex. Thus produces an ultra smooth blend that allows you to create smoothies, soups, pancake batter and much more.

Selecting a Model

Now you need to select which Magimix Food Processor is the best for you. They have a range of ten machines from the mini food processor “Le Mini Plus” to the top of the range 5200XL. When selecting your the machine that is right for you must take into account your budget, table top space available, the amount you wish to process and the functions/accessories available. When comparing the Magimix with other make food processors like the Cuisinart food processor or the KitchenAid food processor don’t forget the simplicity and guarantee you get with the Magimix food processor.