Francoise Joi Kitchen Accessories September 25, 2017 06:55:10
Mega mixer. I thought I could stand over a bowl with my hand mixer until the cows came home. Then my husband Ace bought me the fabulous big boy of mixers. Egg whites beaten in seconds. Cream whipped so fast I have to watch carefully or I ll have butter. Cookies cakes cheesecakes go together so quickly the oven hardly has time to preheat. If only it d clean up its own splatters.
“I would never skimp on a KitchenAid mixer“ says Hambright who bakes even at home and uses her mixers primarily to beat batter and whip egg whites. “I have four ranging in age from one to 17 and they are machines absolutely built to last.“Hambright uses one of her mixers as a juicer and admires the many attachments that can enhance the machines from food mills to sausage grinders. “But they cost hundreds of dollars so you should really figure out whether you re going to use one of those attachments a lot getting it down to how much it will cost per use before making the added investment“ she says.
Built-in grills whether custom-designed or pre-assembled are a great way to make the most of your outdoor kitchen space. The extra surface area can be used for prep work sinks or burners while the base can be decorative (think stone brick or rock).
Grapefruit knife. OK this is the height of decadence. But in this two-ended knife the parallel blades on one end allow me to slice on both sides of the membrane at once. Then the other end which is serrated deftly cuts around the outside edge of the grapefruit. (Don t reverse the process though because it s not as effective.) When the Texas ruby reds come in I m a happy slurper.
Wax paper. This oldie but goodie the ugly stepsister to plastic wrap is back in my drawer after an absence of many years. But wax paper lies flat on the counter to sift flour onto and it minds its own chemicals when microwaving dishes. Some plastic wrap fits so tightly over the bowl that it holds in big gusts of steam — an open invitation to a burn when opening.
Professional baker Peggy Hambright recently purchased a house replete with pro-quality appliances including a Viking range and Bosch dishwasher — but that didn t significantly improve her ability to cook chef-style meals for her husband and friends at home she says. “Even when we lived in an apartment with a 35-year-old stove and fridge I already had the equipment that s important to me like a good knife and my KitchenAid mixers“ says Hambright who is also a wedding cake designer and owner of Mag-Pies in Knoxville Tenn.