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A different kind of Pot Drainer

Silicone Pot Drainer by Trudeau

Everybody has a method when it comes to cooking pasta. Some people like to throw a strand of spaghetti against the wall to see if it’s done, while others opt for cleaner walls and a more traditional taste test. No matter what method you use, or if you add salt or oil to the cooking pot, that pasta somehow, someway, has to come out of the water.

While every pot of pasta should come in contact with a strainer, in the real world that simply doesn’t always happen. Quite often, a fork is used to push back the pasta while the water is drained. It’s not a perfect solution, but it keeps dirty dishes to a minimum. Due to its flat design, the Silicone Pot Drainer by Trudeau doesn’t take up as much space as a colander, thus saving space and being easier to clean, but I just don’t imagine it faring too well piled high with a heaping bite of sauce and pasta. Long live the fork!

October 13, 2009   No Comments

Reach for the silicone grips

Trudeau Silicone Pinch Grips

Put those clunky oven mitts away and stick out a hand for these Trudeau Silicone Pinch Grips. Easy gripping and cool to the touch, they’re perfect for peeking under the lid of hot pans. Available in a variety of colors, the bright grabbers feature a ridged inner surface that allows for a secure grip when handling even the slipperiest of items. At five bucks a pop, it might be worth it to keep one (or two) handy.

September 23, 2009   No Comments

Not your Italian grandmother’s pasta server

Buona Server! from Fred & Friends

What’s the best thing to serve with pasta with? Why pasta, of course! The Buona Server! from Fred & Friends is a beechwood serving spoon complete with toothed edge and draining holes to better scoop out the pasta. What makes this pasta spoon unique, however, is that it is literally a pasta spoon. The silicone spaghetti padding at the end of the handle not only gives a comfortable-as-spaghetti grip, but also makes for an attractive serving device at the table. Your Italian grandmother would be so proud.

July 17, 2009   No Comments

Price Alert: double duty spatula almost half price

Chef’n Switchit Spatula

Clean out your spatula drawer and get cooking with the Chef’n Switchit Spatula. Constructed of scratch-safe silicone with a sturdy steel core, the spatula features an asymmetrical design for easy reaching into any pan, pot or bowl. Both ends of the spatula are workable, with one side larger than the other. Able to withstand temperatures up to 650 degrees, the spatula is safe to use for most applications.

Three color choices: Clear, Lime or Cherry. Available in two different sizes: 10-inches or 11.5-inches. Both spatulas are on sale right now for $5.99. Dishwasher safe.

April 14, 2009   No Comments

Squeeze out the lemon seeds

Silicone Lemon Squeezer

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, so the saying goes. I consider that a knock against lemons. Lemons are delicious and have never done anyone any harm. Lemon seeds however, are awful and deserve to be banished.

With this Silicone Lemon Squeezer, you can keep your drinks and recipes deliciously seed-free. The flexible device keeps juice off of your hands while filtering out seeds and pulp. Easily washes off by flipping inside out and running under warm water. However, if life seems to be treating you to more seeds than juice lately, the silicone squeezer is dishwasher safe for a thorough cleaning.

March 25, 2009   1 Comment