Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:57:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Aervana Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40890-aervana-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40890-aervana-review-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:57:41 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40890 Aervana is one of the most innovative wine products I've seen - combining the functionality of an aerator and a no-drip pour.

We tried so many different wine aerators - from the classic wide, curvy body of a decanter to a strange magnetic powered aerator machine that swirled your wine.

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Aervana is one of the most innovative wine products I’ve seen – combining the functionality of an aerator and a no-drip pour.

We tried so many different wine aerators – from the classic wide, curvy body of a decanter to a strange magnetic powered aerator machine that swirled your wine.

We like the Aervana. Sure, it’s another battery-operated wine gizmo, but its innovative design allows for sediment to stay where it belongs – at the bottom of the wine bottle.

The unit pumps up the wine, adds in the air before allowing the wine to pour out into your glass.

I like that I don’t have to pour an entire bottle of wine into a decanter (along with the gritty sediment), and that I’m only aerating exactly the amount of wine that I’m drinking. No more wasting wine in the decanter, or trying to pour unfinished wine back into the bottle without spilling.

We also used to have an aerator that you had to hold in your hand, balancing it over your wine glass. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed the pour, and spilled red wine all over. Plus, where do you put the drippy, messy aerator after you’re done with a glass?

aervana reviewThe Aervana is no mess, effective, easy to use and keeps the sediment from mixing in with my wine. We also love that there’s no pouring involved, no balancing and no dripping. A clean, steady stream of properly aerated wine.

A set of batteries will last you 250 bottles of wine. It’s expensive, at $99. But if it means enjoying a better glass of wine over and over again, it’s worth it.

Aervana won the Red Dot Award for innovative product design and has also been awarded as a finalist for the Innovation Award at the International Home + Housewares Show.

Buy the Aervana for $99

 

~Jaden

 

 

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Oster Versa Blender Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40881-oster-versa-blender-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40881-oster-versa-blender-review-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:30:14 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40881  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1924, John Oster started a company in his garage. His first product was hair clippers for cutting men's hair! These days, Oster is known for their kitchen small appliances, and is now owned by Sunbeam.

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In 1924, John Oster started a company in his garage. His first product was hair clippers for cutting men’s hair! These days, Oster is known for their kitchen small appliances, and is now owned by Sunbeam.

While they’ve been manufacturing quality kitchen blenders for some time now, Oster hasn’t been able to compete in the high-end blender market that Vitamix and BlendTec have long dominated, until now. We’re impressed with their Oster Versa line – with an all-metal drive, dual directional blade, 1,400-watt motor that runs at 28,000 RPMs.

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Not everyone can afford a Vitamix or BlendTec – the Oster Versa 1100 is priced right at less than $200. Plus, it also includes a food processor component AND a to-go smoothie cup that can be used on the Versa.

How does it blend?

Side by side with my Vitamix, I blended a morning frozen fruit smoothie with a handful of spinach. The Versa performed fabulously, the frozen berries and fresh spinach smoothie was smooth, creamy, no un-blended bits. I did have to use the “Reverse Blend” button twice to get all of the spinach, but the job was done well.

I like having the Reverse button, it saves me opening up the lid, using a small spatula to get pieces unstuck. On the Vitamix, I don’t have a reverse button, but it is rare that I need to open up the Vitamix lid, unless I’m making something like almond butter.

71CK8NeQwmL._SL1500_How does it process?

The food processor attachment did an okay job. The container is smaller than I’m used it, but for small jobs it’s fine. Personally, I probably would just use my trusty Cuisinart food processor. But for a starter kitchen, the Oster Versa is actually a really good deal – high performance blending with food processing capability.

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The smaller 20-ounce to-go cups are very convenient, but they didn’t perform as well with hard vegetables, like carrots and fresh leafy greens. Because the jar is so skinny and tall, the ingredients just couldn’t get to the blade very well. But for soft fruits, frozen small berries, it worked well enough. Tip – as you fill the cup with your ingredients, place the hard to blend stuff in last, so that it will be closest to the blades.  Have plenty of liquid in the cup to make the ingredients move better.

Lots of parts to keep track of

The great thing about all-in-one machines is multi functionality at one price. The bad thing? Don’t ever lose your manual and keep track of all your parts. The Oster Versa 1100 has a lot of parts, and you have to remember what goes where, or keep your manual handy.

Conclusion

It’s a powerful blender. I like the all-metal drive, and 7 year warranty. The price is right for a powerhouse blender that can also multi-task. It’s great for starter kitchens – if you don’t have a reliable food processor, or can’t afford a Vitamix or BlendTec, put this Oster Versa 1100 on your wish list.

 

 

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Summer Essentials Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40663-summer-essentials-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40663-summer-essentials-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:31:33 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40663 The ultimate seasoning for BBQ’s and year-round cooking.

Buy Colmans Original English Mustard

 

 

This citrus press will make squeezing lemons and limes (essential for marinades, margaritas and lemonade) a breeze!
Buy Imusa Lemon Squeezer

 

Not all summer cooking is done outdoors or on a grill – sometimes it rains! T-Fal has a variety of awesome cookware sets to choose from!

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T-Fal Ceramic Non Stick Pan

summer-essentials--2Even though summertime is known for grilling, cooking on a pan is just as essential!

T-Fal’s ceramic nonstick cookware is stain and scratch resistent. More importantly, it features PTFE and PFOA free surface for safe cooking.

We love searing chicken and pork chops in our T-Fal Ceramic Pan – it’s great for high heat cooking, safe up to 700F!

It’s affordable – a 2-piece set for less than $30!

summer-essentials-Gaea Organic Greek Olive Oil

With all of the frauds on the market, its safe to say that Gaea is the real deal! Gaea’s olives are naturally grown in the fertile earth of Greece, sun-ripened and are harvested at the perfect time when they will deliver the right balance of flavor, nutrients and oil at the crush which is within hours of being picked.

They are never left to sit overnight.  Gaea’s oils are never blended or mixed with lower quality oils. They contain 100% Greek verified and traceable Extra Virgin grade Olive Oil.

Gaea is also certified organic by “DIO” according to EU as well as the USDA NOP standards.

We’ve been using the Gaea Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in our homemade salad dressing: In a mason jar: 1 tsp Colman’s Prepared Mustard, juice of 1 lemon, salt/pepper, 1/4 cup olive oil, minced herb of your choice.

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Colman’s Prepared Mustard

 

 

I was so happy to find this Colman’s Prepared Mustard in a convenient squeeze bottle! This is a new bottle design, it’s so cute!

We’ve used this mustard in easy homemade salad dressings (recipe above), on our burgers and as a marinade.

Colman’s is known all over the world as the Englishman’s mustard, with a history of nearly 200 years! Did you know that 45 jars of Colman’s is sold every minute?

imusaIMUSA Red Citrus Squeezer

The IMUSA Red Citrus Squeezer from the GlobalKitchen Caribbean line is a handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze. Start with a cut citrus half, then simply press down to squeeze and extract juice.  A little bit of pressure goes a long way. Try fresh lemonade or lime juice to mix into your margaritas and civiche!  This colorful and stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and a bright red exterior finish to add a pop of color to your kitchen.  The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, without the seeds or mess.

It’s super affordable, less than $8 at Target!

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Enter the Summer Essentials Package Giveaway

Giving away T-Fal Ceramic Pan, Colman’s Mustard, IMUSA Citrus Press, Gaea Olive Oil.

 

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Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40858-adobe-creative-cloud-photography-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40858-adobe-creative-cloud-photography-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:51 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40858 Adobe provided the giveaway of 1-year Creative Cloud Photography.

 
Outside of our kitchen and camera, the number one business tool that we use is Adobe Creative Cloud Photography. Lightroom and Photoshop are always open, and I seamlessly transition between the two programs to manage digital assets (Lightroom) and edit or create graphic images (Photoshop).
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Adobe provided the giveaway of 1-year Creative Cloud Photography.

 

Outside of our kitchen and camera, the number one business tool that we use is Adobe Creative Cloud Photography. Lightroom and Photoshop are always open, and I seamlessly transition between the two programs to manage digital assets (Lightroom) and edit or create graphic images (Photoshop).

I’ve been a long time user of Adobe products, I think since their early 90’s! Prior to the monthly subscription of Creative Cloud, users had to purchase the software full price, and then purchase upgrades to stay current. It was always too expensive for me to buy on my own, so every job I went to, I would convince my managers that Adobe products were needed to do my job in marketing.

These days, using Adobe is so much more affordable! A monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud gets you access to their programs AND all the software updates.

We use the Creative Cloud Photography plan at $9.99 per month. It not only is essential to our business, but also for our personal photography and video, too. Being able to catalog, organize and do basic photography editing in Lightroom has given structure to the tens of thousands of photos we take each year – between the iPhone, iPad, computer and dSLR camera.

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All the video shot from the iPhone also gets organized and tagged. So, if I ever wanted to find Andrew playing tuba in 6th grade video, all I would have to do is search “tuba” — and up pops all of the digital assets.

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I use Photoshop for adding text to photos, detailed editing of photos or designing a cool collage for Pinterest!

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Creative Cloud Photography includes not only Lightroom and Photoshop for the desktop, but also Photoshop Mix and Lightroom for your iPad or iPhone. I haven’t tried using Adobe on my mobile devices yet, but we’ll have fun exploring the possibilities.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Giveaway

Giving away 1 year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography!

 

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Bella Popcorn Maker Review and Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40847-bella-popcorn-maker-review-and-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40847-bella-popcorn-maker-review-and-giveaway.html#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:45:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40847 Bella Housewares provided the product for giveaway.

The Bella Stir Stick Popcorn Maker gave us a break from the nasty chemicals found in our microwaveable popcorn! We never looked at the label before, thinking, "popcorn can't be that bad!"

Here's what we found on the label of our Pop Secret Microwaveable Popcorn: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural & . . .

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bella popcorn Bella Housewares provided the product for giveaway.

The Bella Stir Stick Popcorn Maker gave us a break from the nasty chemicals found in our microwaveable popcorn! We never looked at the label before, thinking, “popcorn can’t be that bad!”

Here’s what we found on the label of our Pop Secret Microwaveable Popcorn: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Color Added, Propyl Gallate.

Propyl Gallate is a man-made substance used to prevent oil from going bad. If you do a little research, you’ll never buy products with Propyl Gallate ever again!

The alternative? Pop your own corn.

We tried out the Bella Stir Stick Popcorn Maker for family movie night (X-Men FTW!) Our local farmstand carries the Amish Country Popcorn, and we bought the Baby White Popcorn kernals. One batch, we seasoned with regular salt for the kids. And the other was for me, seasoned with Japanese Furikake!

Furikake is a Japanese seasoning that you normally sprinkle on top of rice. Each blend is different, but it contains things like bonito fish flakes, seaweed, sesame seeds, dried salmon flakes and powdered miso. I love it on french fries and popcorn.

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Furikake – image from Wikipedia

The Bella Stir Stick Popcorn Maker performed well, I like that the top dome doubles as a serving bowl. The motorized stirring rods ensures even popping of the kernals. We used very little oil, and it was pretty fun for the kids to watch the popcorn come to life. We also place a little container of butter on top of the dome to melt.

Pros: Simple to use, all natural ingredients, no chemicals. 6 quart capacity (huge!)

Cons: It’s a giant appliance! Hard to find room to store. After popping, you need to carefully grasp each side of the popcorn maker and flip it. It was hot! Oven mitts required, Bulky oven mitts made it difficult to grasp the little handles.

Bella Stir Stick Popcorn Maker Giveaway

 

 

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Made in USA Baking Sheet http://steamykitchen.com/40838-made-in-usa-baking-sheet.html http://steamykitchen.com/40838-made-in-usa-baking-sheet.html#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:05:38 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40838 Jacob Bromwell products have been our favorite products to review and write about - not only do they function as advertised, but the products are all a true pleasure to work with and handle.

The company's rich history began nearly 200 years ago, with products like the Tin Cup that was used during the Civil War. In . . .

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Jacob Bromwell products have been our favorite products to review and write about – not only do they function as advertised, but the products are all a true pleasure to work with and handle.

The company’s rich history began nearly 200 years ago, with products like the Tin Cup that was used during the Civil War. In fact, Jacob Bromwell is one of America’s oldest brands in kitchenwares! These days, the company still makes non-electric, timeless wares with a focus on craftsmanship and durability. All products are made in the USA.

We’ve been testing out the Jacob Bromwell Flour Sifter and Baking Sheet.

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Did you know that Jacob Bromwell held the world’s first patent for the flour sifter?

The sifter still is made with the original style, with a 4-wire stainless steel agitator that sifts 5 cups of flour at a time.

Sifting flour the old fashioned way is not only fun (the kids love doing this), but it’s also a connection to the past. This is how generations of bakers lovingly sifted their flours too.

The boys had so much fun sifting the flour that they ended up sifting the entire bag of flour, just for the heck of it.

As with all of the Jacob Bromwell products, this flour sifter is guaranteed for life. I love that the flour sifter is customizable for lefties as well!

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About Jacob Bromwell Flour Sifter

  • A Jacob Bromwell® product is an investment for life. Only Bromwell manufactures these quality old-fashioned flour sifters! Many other flour sifters imitate the original Bromwell design. None are made as well, and none have the history to back them up. See how it’s made here at ourFactory Tour!
  • Our most famous and instantly recognizable product. Undoubtedly, the All-American Flour Sifter is our most famous and instantly recognizable product, which can be found in millions of American households.
  • Available in both ‘original tin’ and ‘stainless steel’. As a company that prides itself on the authenticity of its products, this Heritage Collection product is available in ‘original tin’, which is the same material that our company used nearly two centuries ago. For those who prefer a more premium material, we are now offering this product in ‘stainless steel’ as well for an additional cost. As a premium material, stainless steel has a shinier finish than tin, is a bit heavier, and is rust-resistant.
  • It’s still made the good old fashioned way. The handle is attached to the sifter using old-fashioned metalworking techniques, just like the sifters made by our company nearly 200 years ago.
  • Our secret is the uniquely-designed 4-wire agitator. Each wire smoothly sweeps the screen below it, creating the smoothest flour possible for a consistent measure every time.
  • It’s easy to use. Just pour in your desired amount of wheat, acorn, almond, chestnut, maize or rough whole grain flour, turn the handle and fill your mixing bowl. You can also fill the sifter with powdered sugar for a dust on top of a cake, pie, or whatever else you’re cooking.
  • It holds 5 cups of flour. It features a stainless steel body, stainless steel mesh screen, and our uniquely-designed 4-wire stainless steel agitator.
  • Left-handed? Not a problem! Our flour sifters come in a specially designed option for lefties.
  • It’s guaranteed not to rust. Built out of quality stainless steel and guaranteed not to rust.
  • Product care: Hand wash only. Do not place in dishwasher.
  • Dimensions and weight: 7.5 x 7 x 6.25 (inches), 0.75 (pounds).
  • Minor cosmetic imperfections may occur. Small imperfections are a natural part of the handmade process and lend charm, depth, and individuality to each piece.
  • This product is guaranteed for life. Your purchase is backed by our 100% Lifetime Guarantee, so you can buy with confidence.
  • It’s proudly made in America. Still Made in the USA, even after all these years. Buy American and save jobs.

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cookie_sheetI’m a not-so proud owner of over a dozen baking sheets. Each one of these is warped and stained from use. They’re so unstable even my kids said to me, “Mom, this is too wobbly to use.”

No more wobbly, cheap, thin baking sheets for us! We’re using the Jacob Bromwell Heritage Cookie Sheet, made of heavy-gauge aluminum that won’t rust, and are crafted for a lifetime’s use.

 

At $39.99 per baking sheet, it’s an investment, but one that you’ll only have to make once in your lifetime.

Cookies bake evenly, no turning necessary for our test of 3 batches of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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About Jacob Bromwell Heritage Cookie Sheet

  • Built for lifetime durability. Made of heavy-gauge natural aluminum, which will never rust, for lifetime durability.
  • Aluminum bakes best. Aluminum is 100% food safe and FDA approved, and experienced bakers agree that aluminum bakes best!
  • It provides superior heat conductivity. Provides superior heat conductivity so your cookies bake and rise evenly without hot spots, and the encapsulated steel rims prevent warping.
  • It’s elegant, and it’s casual. Elegant enough for your finest dinner party or family gathering.
  • Product care: Hand wash only. Do not place in dishwasher.
  • Dimensions and weight: 17.5 x 13.5 x .5 (inches), 1.60 (pounds).
  • Minor cosmetic imperfections may occur. Small imperfections are a natural part of the handmade process and lend charm, depth, and individuality to each piece.
  • This product is guaranteed for life. Your purchase is backed by our 100% Lifetime Guarantee, so you can buy with confidence.
  • It’s proudly made in America. Still Made in the USA, even after all these years. Buy American and save jobs.

Jacob Bromwell Giveaway

Giving away one Heritage Flour Sifter and one Heritage Cookie Sheet.

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Philips AirFryer Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40822-philips-airfryer-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40822-philips-airfryer-review-giveaway.html#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:02:15 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40822 Philips provided unit for giveaway
Philips AirFryer Review
We have a deep fryer that's been sitting unused for three years. It used to get lots of action, homemade french fries, homemade potato chips, crispy egg rolls. But these days, the only thing I deep fry is the egg rolls - and it's easier for me to deep . . .

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Philips AirFryer Review

We have a deep fryer that’s been sitting unused for three years. It used to get lots of action, homemade french fries, homemade potato chips, crispy egg rolls. But these days, the only thing I deep fry is the egg rolls – and it’s easier for me to deep fry those in a wok than it is in the machine.

For the past 5 years, we’ve used the T-Fal ActiFry, which uses hot air, rotating paddle and minimal oil (1 tablespoon for 2 pounds of potatoes) to cook healthier fries, chips, wings and even Brussels sprouts!

phillips-airfryer-review-2Philips sent an AirFryer, which is similar in concept, for us to review. How does it stack up against the ActiFry?

The AirFyer is beautifully designed, sits upright and shaped like a coffeemaker with a pot belly. I like it’s smaller counter footprint, making it easier to store in the pantry and taking up less space on the counter. Plus, it’s not bad looking if you keep it on the counter – nice and sleek design.

While the ActiFry has a moving paddle to stir and move the food around, the AirFryer does not. If you have more than one layer of food (like fries) in the AirFryer basket, you need to open and pull out the basket, give it a good shake or stir several times during cooking.

However – because the Actifry’s paddle continuously rotates (there’s no way to stop the rotation), it’s only good for food that can withstand constant motion (like fries, shrimp, wings). Not good for a whole chicken, frittata or rack of lamb. This is where the AirFryer shines. Roasting a whole chicken is easy – just plop the bird into the basket and set the timer.

One thing that is difficult for BOTH machines – adapting recipes or package instructions (if you use frozen foods) to cook in these appliances. It’s trial and error – food cooks much faster in circulating hot air than in the oven.

My Mom also took the AirFryer for a spin. She purchased some small fish fillet, brushed the fish with just a tiny bit of cooking oil. Normally, she would pan fry the fish, in batches on the stove.

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The AirFryer performed beautifully. Crispy skin. Minimal mess (basket goes in the dishwasher) and no greasy splatter on her stovetop. So much healthier than deep frying or pan frying!

The controls on the AirFryer are easy to use – just the basic settings for temperature and time. My ActiFry was a pain in the butt to adjust – only one temperature setting and one button for timer (no up/down, so you had to scroll through the numbers if you missed your target).

The AirFryer can bake as well, though we haven’t tried this yet. Philips has three recipe booklets that feature American favorites, Asian specialities and Indian recipes.

While the promotional video from Philips shows cooking steak and shrimp in the AirFyer, I find that steak is easier to cook and tastes better on my cast iron pan (or BBQ grill) — and the shrimp is easier to control/prevent overcooking in on my stove. Unlike the ActiFry, the AirFyer lacks a transparent window to monitor your food.

I suggest using the AirFryer for food items like whole chicken (cooking time based on weight of chicken), traditional fried stuff (nuggets, fries) or baked items (turnovers, Char Siu Roast Pork — see below). Our next test will be Mom’s Crispy Spring Rolls.

Coincidentally, I was at the HSN offices two weeks ago, and sat down for an hour with one of the executives in charge of product and talent. We talked about both units (they have sold both on their show) and I raved about the AirFyer.

ActiFry or AirFyer? AirFyer wins for more evenly cooked food, larger variety of recipes that you can make, smaller counter footprint and ease of use. ~Jaden

char-siu-recipe-phillips-airfryerPhilips AirFryer BBQ Pork Char Siu Recipe

1.25 pounds pork butt, cut into 2″ strips
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Char Siu Marinade/Sauce
2 tablespoon maltose (or corn syrup)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
2-4 drops red food coloring (optional)
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
4 teaspoon sesame oil

1. In a small saucepan, add all of the marinade ingredients and whisk on medium-low heat until sugars has dissolved. Let cool completely. Reserve half of the marinade for cooking.

2. In a gallon-sized resealable bag, marinate the pork with the other half of the cooled marinade, along with the garlic for at least 8 hours in the refrigerator.

3. Preheat the AirFryer to 390F for about 5 minutes. Drain the char siu and discard the marinade. Pat dry and brush on the cooking oil. Place the pork in the AirFryer basket. Set timer for 10 minutes. Roast the char siu until golden reddish brown. During cooking, brush the reserved, unused marinade/sauce onto the char siu.

4. Lower the temperature to 320F and roast the char siu until perfectly charred.

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Giving away one Phillips AirFryer HD9220.

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Kale Sprouts with Roasted Garlic and Parmesan http://steamykitchen.com/40309-roasted-kale-sprouts-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/40309-roasted-kale-sprouts-recipe.html#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:59:40 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40309 Earlier this year, I discovered a new NON-GMO vegetable hybrid – the “Kalette” / “Kale Sprouts” / “Lollipop Kale”, which is a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. I found it first at Johnny Seeds, while shopping for vegetable seeds. We planted the kalette seeds in our aquaponics garden, but they never really took off, I planted them too late in ...

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Roasted Kale Sprouts Kalette Garlic Recipe

Earlier this year, I discovered a new NON-GMO vegetable hybrid – the “Kalette” / “Kale Sprouts” / “Lollipop Kale”, which is a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. I found it first at Johnny Seeds, while shopping for vegetable seeds. We planted the kalette seeds in our aquaponics garden, but they never really took off, I planted them too late in the Spring. Both Brussels sprouts and kale don’t care for hot weather, and our heat started quite early.

Where can I find Kale Sprouts?

Despite my planting failure, I did find Kale Sprouts at Trader Joe’s (see below for more retailers). The little sprouts did indeed look like a cross between two of my favorite vegetables – miniature bunches of sturdy, frilly leaves.

Roasted Kale Sprouts Kalette Garlic Recipe

More retailers & producers:

Each kale sprout is about 1 1/2″ big.

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Cut them in half to cut down on roasting time. The sprout centers are slender and quite tender.

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I also added a small head’s worth of whole, smashed garlic cloves to the pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss.

Roasted Kale Sprouts Kalette Garlic Recipe

A good roasting in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes. I like to shake the pan halfway through.

Roasted Kale Sprouts Kalette Garlic Recipe

Then, season with salt, pepper and a grating of your favorite hard cheese to serve.

Roasted Kale Sprouts Kalette Garlic Recipe

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More Kale Sprouts Recipes

Balsamic Roasted Kale Sprouts (A Cookbook Obsession)

Meyer Lemon Kale Sprouts (Raley’s)

Roasted Kale Sprouts (Stir It Up)

Orange Kalette Salad (Kalette’s)

Lollipop Kale Sprouts (Grub Street)

 

 

 

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OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40765-oxo-greensaver-produce-keeper-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40765-oxo-greensaver-produce-keeper-review-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:42:02 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40765 OXO provided the products for the giveaway.

 

Waste less and save more with OXO GreenSaver™. Three things cause produce to rot and spoil quickly: ethylene gas, improper airflow and uncontrolled humidity. The OXO GreenSaver system has the solution. GreenSaver Produce Keepers feature all-natural, non-toxic activated carbon filters filled with nooks and crannies that trap and absorb . . .

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OXO provided the products for the giveaway.

OXO Greensaver Container 3Fruits and vegetables are the largest part of our grocery budget, especially during the summer months when our garden is down (way too hot in Florida to grow anything!) However, fruits and vegetables are the most wasted foods in our house as well.

They just go bad too fast. We’ve tried sprays, drawer inserts to keep the produce fresher, but really couldn’t tell a big difference in its use.

Oxo just launched their GreenSaver products. We love them. Here’s why:

1) The Produce Keeper, which is a non-toxic activated carbon filter that absorbs the ethylene gas to slow down spoiling, is contained INSIDE the lid. This makes it more effective, trapping as much gas as possible in a smaller space. The refrigerator drawer inserts that we were using, were not as effective. The same size filter, trying to work an entire vegetable drawer.

2) The Basket keeps the produce dry. You can use the basket and the container as a colander to wash and rinse your vegetables, then add the lid to refrigerate. This saves time and washing of an extra colander. Such a smart design. The basket also lets the produce have airflow all around, not just on the top.

3) All of Oxo’s products are very well made. Sturdy, thick plastic, yet lightweight. The 3 sizes we got are the perfect size – the smaller one for soft fruits (berries), the larger ones for vegetables. We use the largest size for kale. We buy kale in large bags, and add handfuls of kale leaves for smoothies. We used to keep the kale in the same bag we purchased, but the kale would rot at the bottom of the bag. With the Oxo GreenSaver, our kale lasts us 3 weeks with no spoilage.

4) Carbon filter lasts for 90 days, and are inexpensive to replace. A few times, I’ve forgotten to remove the carbon filter prior to throwing into the dishwasher. I wonder how that affects the filter.

5) Use this outside of the refrigerator. Some produce, like tomatoes, are not refrigerated. We love to use the GreenSaver on the counter for these items. They have prolonged the life of my tomatoes! We also don’t like refrigerating strawberries – the GreenSaver comes to the rescue and gives us an extra 3 days. Just this alone has saved us so much money.

Big thanks to Oxo for providing the giveaway! ~Jaden

About OXO GreenSaver

Waste less and save more with OXO GreenSaver™. Three things cause produce to rot and spoil quickly: ethylene gas, improper airflow and uncontrolled humidity. The OXO GreenSaver system has the solution. GreenSaver Produce Keepers feature all-natural, non-toxic activated carbon filters filled with nooks and crannies that trap and absorb ethylene gas, slowing down spoilage and keeping fruits and vegetables fresh longer. They also have elevated, removable baskets that promote proper airflow and help prevent moisture buildup by lifting produce up and away from the bottom and sides of the container. These baskets can also be used as a colander to rinse fruits and veggies before enjoying. The vent on top of each Produce Keeper slides open and closed to maintain optimum humidity levels for different types of produce. These three factors work together to keep your produce fresh longer.

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OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper Features & Benefits:

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  • Activated carbon filter absorbs ethylene gas, is all-natural and made from coconuts
  • Sliding date indicator keeps track of when it’s time to replace the carbon filter
  • Elevated basket promotes airflow to prevent rotting, and can be removed to be used as a colander
  • Adjustable vent slides open and closed for optimal humidity levels for different types of produce
  • Chart on bottom of vent shows whether to keep the vent open or closed for popular fruits and vegetables
  • 1.6 qt/1.5 L capacity perfect for a pint of berries, grapes and other small fruits and vegetables
  • 1 filter included
  • BPA free

 

About OXO

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Mission

OXO is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier.

Design Philosophy

OXO was founded in 1990 on the philosophy of Universal Design, which means the design of products usable by as many people as possible. For OXO, that means designing products for young and old, male and female, lefties and righties and many with special needs. The goal of making products more usable forces us to first identify problems and inefficiencies of existing products (including our own!), not only in terms of comfort, but performance as well. This gives us the foundation to meet our commitment of making products that make a tangible improvement in peoples’ daily lives.

Enter the OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper Giveaway

Giving away (1) set (of 3) OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper

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Cookie Cutter Kingdom Review & Gift Box Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40777-cookie-cutter-kingdom-review-gift-box-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40777-cookie-cutter-kingdom-review-gift-box-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:21:30 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40777 Cookie Cutter Kingdom provided the products for the giveaway.

PRECISION:We use a sharp .6mm edge that will produce the finest cuts into cookie dough, fondant, and gumpaste.

COLOR: Colors may vary, but the quality is the same!

CARE : Hand wash ONLY and please do not heat the plastic.

(photo credit: instagram.com/cookiecutterkingdom)

About Cookie Cutter Kingdom

CookieCutterKingdom was born from one . . .

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Cookie Cutter Kingdom provided the products for the giveaway.

I’ve been having so much fun with the new cookie cutters from Cookie Cutter Kingdom! They sent over a gift box full of summer fun cookie cutters. While my decorating skills need a little help (I’m not so steady with the frosting LOL), we had a blast making shortbread cookies in the shape of surfboards and sunglasses.

 

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The shapes are so unique – and a collection tells a story (with sugar!) We’re giving away a set of fun summertime cookie cutters.

 

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You can also order customized cookie cutters – like a dog shape with your dog’s name stamped on it as well. Or how about a baby bottle with the baby’s name on the cutter? Have fun! Jaden

About Cookie Cutter Kingdom

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CookieCutterKingdom was born from one simple idea: to innovate the baking industry using cutting edge technology.

We aim to offer the most comprehensive catalog of cookie cutters across all sizes. We use 3D printing and 3D modeling technology to offer thousands of cookie cutter designs across various sizes. Every cutter you see comes in a mini (2″), regular (3″), large (4″), and XLarge (5″) size – no more hunting around!

Another thing you will also notice about us that is unique is our customization platform. We’re bringing down the bar for making awesome-looking cookies that are personalized for special events ,occasions, and people/pets! Our home grown technology lets you (1) pick a shape – like a heart, (2) enter personalized text – like ‘Mike & Jennifer 2015′, and (3) voila – see and interact with your personalized cookie cutter right in the web browser!

We believe that cookiers and bakers are some of the nicest customers in the world. That’s why we do our best to offer easy, comprehensive customer service. We will always make sure a human, not a computer, is your first line of contact and that your problem, no matter how small or big, will always get resolved in your favor. We’d like to think that we also offer a pretty awesome return policy – if your order is not to your liking, simply keep your cutters and we’ll send you a replacement set.

Enter the Cookie Cutter Kingdom Giveaway

Giving away (1) Beach-themed Cookie Cutters Gift box that includes:

(1) 2-Piece Sand Castle Cookie Cutter Set

(1) Palm Tree Cookie Cutter

(1) Sunglasses Beach Cookie Cutter

(1) 2 Piece Beach Surf Cookie Cutter Set

(1) 3 Piece Beach Time Cookie Cutter Set

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