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Karoto, the Vegetable Sharpener, Peeler and Curler

karoto sharpener and peeler

karoto sharpener and peeler
photo: Karoto for Monkey Business $15 USD

If you are looking for a small and unique hostess gift, have a look at Karoto. When Israeli-based designer Avichai Tadmor imagined Karoto for Monkey Business he started by enlarging the basic pencil sharpener. He then added a vegetable peeler to one end. The end result is a 3-in-1 kitchen gadget that lets you peel, sharp and create curly ribbons from vegetables.

Available in yellow or black, Karoto makes it easy to style carrots, zucchinis, cucumbers for a vegetable platter or a salad. And the best things is that everyone will be able to give you a hand with your food preparation.

You can watch this short video to see Karoto in action. At $15 a piece, you may want to stock a few for your small Christmas gifts.

+ via designboom


Tatau: A New Kitchen Knife Collection by Alessi

tatau knife set

tatau knife set

Anna and Gian Franco Gasparini designed for Alessi a 5-knife collection with a unique design feature. Grip styles and food icons that identify the knife usages are printed on the blade like tattoos. That explains the name tatau, that is tattoo in Polynesian.

tatau knife printed instructions on the blade

Each knife has a symbolic name: “Peel” (paring knife), “MPK” (small cook’s knife), “Thick” (the traditional chef’s knife). “Thin” (filleting knife), “Tusk” (for bread and crust desserts). You can buy each knife separately or as a set. The Tatau knife collection could make a nice graduation gift or for someone who is new to cooking.

+ Tatau Kitchen Knife from $42 to $69 USD at Alessi



Roast Turkey Equipment Essentials

roast turkey equipment essentials :: meat thermometer

roast turkey equipment essentials :: meat thermometer

Confession time: I’ve never roasted a turkey. When it comes to collaborative holiday meals, my contribution tends to steer toward side dishes and desserts. Though the flavour payoff is worth it, all that cleaning and stuffing and trussing and basting and carving can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re a turkey first-timer like me.

The best place to start? With a few equipment essentials to ensure your feathers don’t get ruffled in the kitchen. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth bird, we rounded-up the top tools you’ll need to prepare the perfect roast turkey.

Equipment Essentials

Equipment essentials for carving your roasted turkey

  • Invest in a sturdy roasting pan with strong handles and it will repay you with a beautifully browned bird.
  • Regular basting is the secret to moist meat.
  • A meat thermometer helps to prevent under-cooking by providing an accurate temperature for your turkey.
  • A super sharp carving knife and meat fork are essential for easy slicing and serving.
  • Presentation is everything! A pretty patterned platter showcases your culinary handiwork.

+ Calphalon Stainless Roasting Pan with Rack $129.95
+ Tovolo Angled Dripless Baster with Basting Tip and Cleaning Brush $18 at [affiliate link]
+ Taylor 9842 Commercial Waterproof Digital Meat Thermometer $12.70 at [affiliate link]
+ Salter Gourmet Digital Meat Thermometer £ 9.99
+ Alessi Mami Carving Knife and Fork Set
+ Sesame Letterpress Harvest Entertaining Platters $15 – 31 at West Elm


Creative Uses for Everyday Things: Magnetic Knife Rack

Knife Racks

Knife Racks

For those of us who like to spend time in the kitchen, a magnetic knife rack is a must-have for keeping knives and other gadgets organized and within arm’s reach.

Not Just for Knives

But it’s clutter-busting abilities don’t end there, as I recently discovered. I put one to use in my craft space to store my (growing) collection of sewing and craft scissors. Not only are they easier to find when I’m working on a project, I also use the rack to corral other metal sewing essentials like pins, a stitch ripper and a ruler.

My husband liked the idea so much he uses a knife rack for his screwdrivers, wrenches and other guy stuff. I even have plans to mount one near our entryway to trap outgoing mail, keys and shopping lists.

Have a revolving display of children’s artwork on the fridge door? Consider mounting a magnetic rack in another room to create a mini gallery.

Affordable Magnetic Knife Racks

Ikea has a few different styles. We opted for the sleek simplicity of the affordable Grundtal stainless steel version – but other options are easy to find in most kitchenware stores. And if you want a more colorful, customized rack, don’t miss the super cute and easy Magnetic Knife Rack tutorial from The Farm Chicks.

Don’t you love finding new ways to use old things?

+ Ikea Bygel Magnetic Knife Rack, $4.99 CAD / $2.99 USD
+ Ikea Grundtal Magnetic Knife Rack, $14.99 CAD / $8.99 USD
+ Ikea Kroken Magnetic Knife Rack, $9.99 CAD / $7.99 USD
+ DIY Customized Knife Rack Tutorial at The Farm Chicks


Hand Held Julienne Slicer

julienne slicer :: elena pantry

You know how I like kitchen gadgets that simplify my life and are easy to clean. I pick my big mandolin slicer when I need julienne strips but I would prefer a hand held option for when I only need to slice one carrot. I found this julienne slicer that seems to do a good job on Elena Pantry.

Another option is the Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler with Blade Protector, which costs less ($15 USD vs. $22.99).

+ Via Elena Pantry


Kitchenware by Jamie Oliver to be introduced at Ambiente Fair

jamie oliver new kitchenware collection

I learned that the multidisciplinary design studio Ontwerpwerk created a new line of kitchenware for the Jamie Oliver brand.

This is a black and white collection made of melamine, synthetic resin, bamboo or polyethylene. And they delivered some innovations.

It is more hygienic to use different surface to cut meal and vegetables. Ontwerpwerk thought about that fact when they design two easily identifiable surfaces for the cutting board. Cut your vegetables on the white side and cut the meat on the black side. A two in one, I love that!

Unfortunately, I cannot find an English-version of the Ontwerpwerk Web site. But I read on David Report blog that:

The line consists of bowls in different sizes, a colander, storage boxes, sealable measuring cups, cutting boards, a salt and pepper mill, knives and a knife set.

The products distinguish themselves by their sober design, functionality, quality and affordability. Ed Annink, partner at Ontwerpwerk, has created a timeless design which enhances the products’ sustainability.

The line looks promising. I cannot wait for its introduction at Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt, Germany from February 8 to 12, 2008. Hopefully, I will be able to tell you more after the launch.

Learn more: Ontwerpwerk voor Jamie Oliver
Via: Jamie Oliver kitchenware on David Report