Essential Tools for Cooking: Induction Cooking Magic

Viking Portable Induction CooktopToday we have a special guest contributor – Joe Girard from Rouxbe Online Cooking School:

Okay…We are continually asked to talk about kitchen tools and equipment. I know how important this is because there are so many tools out there that cost a heck of a lot of money and many of them are not worth their packaging. So to help you out, we’re going to start talking about the products we use and believe in.

“Essential Tools for Cooking” will focus on two areas. First, on tools that every cook should have in the kitchen. And secondly, we’ll share some great equipment finds that might not be “essential” but they sure can make life easier in the kitchen.

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Tis the Season to be shopping…

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are searching for something great for your favorite cook, shop online at MetroKitchen.com. We have everything you need to complete a gourmet kitchen, such as fine cookware, cutlery & wine accessories. Plus, we have FREE SHIPPING on any item over $49! That’s the lowest free shipping minimum available online! Ship your holiday gifts for free–how great is that? :)

Here’s a list of our Top 10 Gift Items for the holidays!
1. Viking Portable Induction Cooktop

2. Viking Hand Blender

3. All-Clad 10 piece Stainless Steel Set

4. All-Clad Slow Cooker

5. Global 3 piece Santoku Set

6. PEK Wine Steward Preservo

7. Vitamix CIA Professional Blender

8. Staub Mussel Pot

9. Riedel Tyrol Decanter

10. Riedel Glassware

Happy Holidays from MetroKitchen.com. Happy Shopping!

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Happy Blending with the Viking Hand Blender

 

Viking Hand BlenderI was recently passed the “torch” to try out in my own kitchen. What is the “torch” you ask? Well it’s the new Viking Hand Blender, of course! It actually does resemble Miss Liberty’s “torch”, and it also gives new meaning to the word “freedom” in the kitchen, just as the “torch” exemplifies freedom to Americans. The Viking Hand Blender provides you with the ability to work anywhere in your kitchen, from your stove, to your counter top to your wine bar.

My mission was to create a desert smoothie without having to use a full-size blender, since I was just making a smoothie for two. One of the many great benefits of using the Viking Hand Blender is that it’s just the right size when creating smaller amounts of foods. Yet, at the same time, if you are cooking a butternut squash soup on the stove for a party of 8, the hand blender by Viking provides you with the convenience of blending the soup right on the stove in your pot. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries, some crushed ice, mixed with non-fat vanilla yogurt and a dab of Cool Whip, was all it took to create a deliciously, creamy smoothie. The fact that all I had to do was place the ingredients in the 35 ounce mixing cup that came with the blender, and then immerse the blender into the yogurt mixture and lightly touch the speed button (I chose speed 1-the lower speed), and watch the Viking Hand Blender do its magic for literally 2-3 minutes, was amazing. I couldn’t get over how lightweight the actual blender was, and the ergonomic no slip grip provided great stability. Clean up was also a breeze, I chose to hand wash everything with mild soap and water. I never had to worry about bending down, pulling out my blender from the cabinet below and besides, cleaning a full size blender is never fun. Viking’s new Hand Blender is a great tool for the kitchen. You can store it easily or display it on your counter. You can also buy a separate chopper attachment as well. This product would also make a great gift, as it’s a multifunctional kitchen tool at a relatively low price. Create drinks at the bar, soups on the stove, or blend cake batter on your counter top, all with one tool.

Happy Blending!