This egg beater is from 1959. I bought it on Ebay in 2009. The company who made it is in the food services industry and makes “stainless steel equipment for harsh environments”. My bowl of eggs does not present a particularly hostile setting, and yet it still performs majestically. So much so that is has moved into “My Top Five” – an elite category for kitchen tools.
If you are not having fun in the kitchen, blame your tools. If you are not cutting cross sections of leeks (and arranging them on marble and photographing them in indirect sunlight), or delighting in the fall of fine ginger zest into a pot of squash soup, maybe it’s your equipment.
Here are “My Top Five”
- My 12″ cast iron skillet that I never put away. (Actually my “french press” tied for #1)
- A peeler I was given as a stocking-stuffer fifteen years ago
- An egg flipper that I also use to stir things in the pan, whose silicone is melted and misshapen with over-use
- My chef’s knife that I sharpen with a steel blade which makes me feel very professional
- My egg beater, born well before I was and will expire well after I do
Because of my love of tools, I asked OXO* if they would give (to one of you) one of theirs. And they said yes. So they’re giving away the OXO Steel Chef’s Mandoline, a $100 “power tool” that they allowed me to test drive. And it is fierce!
Though manual, it is a seriously powerful machine, with thick, sturdy steel legs, a sleek steel back, and a stick-shift race-car feel. You can dial in the thickness of the slice, change blades and choose a julienne cutter that snaps into place with the twist of a wrist. It’s more mandoline that you might need, but once you start playing with it, not more than you want.
I created a big pile of leeks (slicing time: 20 seconds). It is smooth and sharp and there is something deeply satisfying and cathartic about holding onto a vegetable as you send it through the guillotine.
All of that then got cooked up, sausages were tossed in, so was “creamy” mustard and it became this…
Leeks with Sausage and Mustard (Click for recipe.)
This is the “machine” that created it all. (OXO’s Steel Chef’s Mandoline)
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So what are your favorite tools?? What are your go-to gadgets and would-save-in-a-fire favorites? Any you think are highly over-rated?
Leeks with Sausage and Mustard (Recipe mentioned above)
January Lentil Stew (A good recipe for mandolines, or sharp knives)
What’s Leaching Into Your Food From Cast Iron? (As seen in “My Top Five”)
* Disclaimer:OXO is not an advertiser nor are they paying for promotion. I asked them to give one of their top products away simply because they make great products.
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