SMORGASBORD: Whisk with a twist ... More and less ... Beyond basic soyIf you find cooking and kitchen space limited by plump balloon whisks, this collapsible version called Twist 2-in-1, by Joseph Joseph, may solve the problem.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Whisk with a twist
If you find cooking and kitchen space limited by plump balloon whisks, this collapsible version called Twist 2-in-1, by Joseph Joseph, may solve the problem.
Use it balloon-style to whip egg whites or cream. Twist it into a flat whisk for blending sauces in a skillet. The silicone-coated steel wires play nice with nonstick cookware. Testers found this sturdy whisk worked well in both positions, beating eggs and stirring sauces.
It’s $9.95 at Sur La Table. Go to surlatable.com for a store locater or to buy.
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Betty Crocker has added to its line of muffin mixes three based on General Mills breakfast cereals: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese’s Puffs and Cocoa Puffs. At one store, where the other Betty Crocker muffin mixes (cinnamon streusel, banana nut, etc.) are $2.69, the new ones are $2.99.
Unlike those other Betty Crocker muffin mixes, packages of which range from 15.2 ounces to 18.25 ounces, all three new ones clock in at only 12.75 ounces.
Are the new mixes full of pieces of puffy cereal, which weighs less for the same volume? Nope: Neither the packet of the main muffin mix nor that of the streusel topping contains any noticeable pieces of cereal.
That leaves the other reason that the new mixes might contain a smaller amount of mix: They’re new, and pre-downsized. (The 15-ounce mixes used to be 18 ounces.)
Beyond basic soy
Time to move beyond basic soy sauce?
Consider this pair of artisan-made Japanese soy sauces (shoyu). Long-fermented Yuasa soy sauce (brown-wrapped bottle) is umami rich, with a mellow, rounded flavor, while testers found Marushima sauce tangier, with an almost buttery finish.
A 10.58-ounce bottle of Yuasa soy sauce is $10.59, and a 12.7-ounce bottle of Marushima is $12.29. Go to Mitsuwa Marketplace (shop.mitsuwa.com; click the English tab) for a store locater or to buy.
New food apps
A newer trend in the mobile app world is foodie apps dedicated to helping reduce food waste as well as increasing efficiency and saving money. Here are a few of them:
• Leloca: This app helps minimize restaurant waste while offering users great deals on dining out. When there are open tables at a restaurant food is wasted, as well as utilities, staffing and money. Leloca offers a platform for restaurants to activate dining discounts on Leloca when they have open space. The discount is seen by users in the area, bringing diners in and thereby minimizing the restaurant’s waste. Leloca is a great alternative to hosting a potentially wasteful holiday feast, offering people a dining discount and the ability to save on food waste both at home and at the restaurant dined at.
• Gojee: This is a recipe sharing site driven by food photography, but other than browsing through mouthwatering photos, users also can search for recipes by ingredient. The app allows users to type in the ingredients in their cabinets or fridge and it will return recipes that feature those ingredients. This means great holiday recipes can come from what is already in the pantry or fridge, reducing waste as well as saving money. Gojee has about 10,000 recipes from more than 300 contributors at www.Gojee.com.
• Green Egg Shopper: This grocery shopping app helps people manage and organize their shopping lists in a way that reduces food waste and saves money. Users can sort their shopping list alphabetically, by category or by priority (low, medium, high), as well as program in use-by dates, see built in categories of shelf life (short, medium, long) and much more; all helpful for holiday meal planning. Beyond organization, the app helps to avoid over-buying, minimize food spoiling and even save a little paper on grocery lists. It is at http://www.greeneggshopper.com/.
• 222 Million Tons: This app was inspired by the 222 million tons of food wasted each year and the question of how one can get through a whole bundle of celery without getting sick of it. 222 Million Tons develops one-week menus and shopping lists according to family size, whether it is one or nine. Two less or two more coming this year for Thanksgiving dinner? 222 Million Tons can help develop a menu that is appropriate for the family size. The app helps people reduce waste (so all of that celery is used) while still being able to enjoy variety and excitement in the holiday menu. Go to http://222milliontons.com/app/.