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Food Processors and the D word.

Not the OP, but here is the link http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/ki...

I had to go look, as quite a while ago, I was part of a KA focus group for the concept/item (hadn't realized it was on the market now). It's quite similar to the old KA DVSA food processor attachment, that cost new, a fraction of this unit.

Things may have changed since I last looked, but KA was constantly slammed in consumer reviews of the variable blade slicing function (when it was first introduced) on their food processor.

Jul 29, 2014
Molly James in Cookware

Food Processors and the D word.

I was thinking french fry disc, then taking those pieces and feeding them thru the other way. Wouldn't that produce a dice of uniform pieces?

I'd love to test it out, but I don't have a french fry disc :-(

Jul 29, 2014
Molly James in Cookware

Advice for baking and icing equipment purchase

For cake pans, I'd recommend the Parrish Magic Line in either an 8 or 9 inch round (the most common cake size). Parrish Magic line also has square pans that are truly square.

I'm not a huge fan of Wilton products overall, but they do have a nice cake pan line. I think it's called Decorator Preferred or something similar. They also have nice muffin tins that have straighter sides than most and that pan is in whatever their low cost line is.

For good quality, reasonably priced tips, I like Ateco. PME tips are better still, but more costly and may not be worth the cost if you're a casual decorator.

I mostly use disposable bags.

Sheet pans I would get at a restaurant supply store if one is convenient to you, otherwise, Nordicware Naturals is reasonably good.

As someone mentioned, you can take Wilton classes to learn everything from basic decorating in buttercream to more advanced tired cakes and gumpaste design and decorations. Most Michael's, Joann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby offer all the classes. Craftsy.com also offers numerous classes, both free and paid, and you can log in and learn at your own pace. Another alternative is to buy the Wilton course books and or course kits and teach yourself. The kits will contain most of the basic supplies, such as tips and bags, to get you started. Youtube is wonderful for tutorials on just about everything.

Finally, a good source for information on all things cake is the decorating forum at Cake Central http://cakecentral.com/f/9/cake-decor...

Happy baking and decorating.

Jul 19, 2014
Molly James in Cookware

Do I keep this 9qt French Oven?

Sorry, I wasn't clear. I edited my post to clarify 'Fontignac' brand.

My local BB&B is tiny and they don't carry either LC or Fontignac. It was just last week that I first saw a Fontignac piece in person and that was as Tuesday Morning. The piece was a huge oval. Smooth iron. Nice, even color/glaze on the outside but it didn't appear (subjective, I know) to be as thick as the Staub and certainly not as 'flashy,' but it looked good. The interior looked just like my Staub's.

The piece must have been in the 8 or 9 quart range and the price was $109. If I were in the market for something that large, I would seriously consider it.

Nov 04, 2013
Molly James in Cookware

Do I keep this 9qt French Oven?

BBB carries Fontignac as their other ECI line. Both Fontignac and Staub are under the Zwilling umbrella. Staub probably does the manufacturing for the Fontignac brand.

I've no personal experience with Fontignac, but Staub products are excellent.

Nov 04, 2013
Molly James in Cookware

Temp-taions bakeware

HI, dixiegal.

Are you familiar with the QVC Community Temptations forum?
http://community.qvc.com/forums/tempt...

I have no personal experience with Temptations, but know of the piece you're interested in. The first time I saw it, it reminded me of a set of casseroles I had in the late 70's or early 80's, made by Anchor Hocking/Fire King, I think. They were clear and the lids could also be used as trays. Loved the concept. Lost them in a move, but really enjoyed using them because of the versatility. Still miss them all these years later.

If you get the piece, please let me know what you think about
it.

Feb 19, 2013
Molly James in Cookware

le creuset 5qt multi-pot

Thanks, cutipie!

I hope you get your toy and now thanks to you, I may get one as well!

Dec 24, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

le creuset 5qt multi-pot

Can you please clarify the sale at cutleryandmore.com? I usually get sale notifications and didn't receive one for the 20% off sale you posted about nor is it listed on their website.

The last notification I remember getting was for 20% off Wusthof knives and that was a few weeks ago.

Dec 24, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Do older Kitchenaid mixer attachments work with a new mixer?

Does your question relate to hub attachments? If yes, then they should fit.

If your question relates to things like bowls, beaters, etc. they tend to be model specific. I don't think, for example a bowl or beater from a 4C will fit any of the newer models.

Your question reminds me how much I miss the old KA Conversations forums. Kitchenaid shut it down a few years ago and moved to a Facebook page. It's a very different environment, but may be helpful to you if pose questions to a KA rep.

Dec 01, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Confused about cutting boards

I condition by oiling it once a day for the first week and then put a mix of oil/beeswax on it. It just took me a bit to get started doing that.

I'm sure it would be fine to use after oiling once or twice. (I think that's the general recommendation).

Jul 09, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Confused about cutting boards

I did a lot of research here and at kitchen knife forums looking for a good cutting board and I recently received my first Boardsmith, in walnut. I'm still conditioning it and it's so far unused, but I have to say that it is a thing of beauty and craftsmanship and that's just for a stock piece! The craftsmanship truly reminds me of old school furniture makers -those that took pride in their work and had it reflected in what they made. That's high praise from me.

Based on all the good reviews Boardsmith gets, I'm sure I'm going to be very happy using it. My only regret is not getting something custom designed, but I think that can be remedied.

Jul 09, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Vintage Kitchenaid Metal Meat Grinder

I agree going into a gun shop may be intimidating for some, but for some of us, a gun shop may be hard to find. I live in Chicago and although I know the laws of gun ownership have changed a bit in the past few years, I believe gun shops are still prohibited in the city. I could be wrong, of course.

Mar 24, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Vintage Kitchenaid Metal Meat Grinder

Thanks for the assurances the plates look like as they should.

The grinder was a thrift store find. I almost didn't even look in the box because it was in such horrible (dirty, greasy, musty smelly) condition, but two aisles over, I decided to go back and take a look. I'm glad I did, because what was inside was in pretty good condition.

Sueatmo, I have no idea how old my grinder is. I didn't even think about it missing the pusher until I started researching it on ebay. I have an old maple muddler that I intend on redirecting to use as the pusher. I may even see if I can find something in stainless steel that I won't have to worry about.

I'm excited to try out the grinder, but it will have to wait a tad. My mixer is on loan for a few more weeks.

Mar 24, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Vintage Kitchenaid Metal Meat Grinder

The automotive department has those brushes, too. I picked up a couple last summer and the unused one has now been diverted to the kitchen.

Mar 24, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Vintage Kitchenaid Metal Meat Grinder

Yes, oxidation is rust and I misspoke. I meant and should have said orange colored, pitting rust. The plates and blade are totally smooth, and are a very light grey.

Mar 23, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Vintage Kitchenaid Metal Meat Grinder

Thanks all for the info.

I tried tried the magnet and the're magnetized. I used some Bar Keeper's Friend and a stiff bristled brush and most of the oxidation was removed, however, the pieces are still a very light grey (almost like the color of a new tin lined pan that's starting to turn dark). Perhaps that's the way they're supposed to be?

I didn't find any rust or old food residue, and they generally look like they've been only slightly used. I'm thinking perhaps they may be carbon, so I put a little shortening on them. Is that the proper care?

Mar 23, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Vintage Kitchenaid Metal Meat Grinder

I'm hoping someone can help me with some information.

I just picked up one of these in great condition and really want to give it a good cleaning before I use it.

The main body and auger are cast aluminum, so I know how to clean them. However, I'm embarrassed to say, I can't tell what the plates and blade are made of. I think they're aluminum, but not sure. Whatever they are, they have heavy oxidation. Before I go crazy in trying to get them all shiny again, can someone please educate me on the material and subsequent care of the plates and blade?

What I picked up looks like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/260983375664?... including the dark plates and blade.

Mar 23, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Trying to pick a blender for my disabled son.

I see you have a Magic Bullet. Have you considered a Ninja Master Prep (from what I've heard, similar but much more powerful)? http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pro...

I can't compare it to a Vita Mix or a Blendtec as I have not experience with those models, but I have become a huge Ninja fan since getting one several months back.. It's a great blender and fairly inexpensive. Reminds me of the old Osters from the 60's/70's, in that it will turn ice into snow, blends expertly and chops pieces consistently.

It's a simply operation; just press the big power button on the motor, which sits on top and disengages from the container, release quickly for pulse or hold for pureeing, pulverizing, blending, etc. Just one caveat with chopping - you have to pulse in quick short bursts or you run the risk of liquifying.

If you think this might be something that could potentially meet your needs, check at the reviews on Sam's Club, Amazon, or BBB.

The Ninja Warrior is their immersion blender. I have that too, but haven't used it yet. Although not as widely available as the Master Prep, it's gotten great reviews as well.

Jan 13, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Kitchenaid Stand mixer - which size to get?

Guide link http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_... Ok, I see the link is still being parsed when I post. Try this: Google "Amazon Kitchenaid Guide" The link will take you to a consolidated KA standmixer page. On the left, the last text section is for Guides and Charts, click on Model Comparison.

In my experience, making pizza dough in the Artisan causes the machine to bounce around and "walk" a bit while kneading- not good if the machine is near the counter edge!

The 600 does have metal gears, and it's stronger motor is more capable of kneading heavier or more dense doughs.

I agree with the suggestion below if you get the 600, the 3 quart bowl is a great addition if you intend on using it for much smaller quantities.

Jan 05, 2012
Molly James in Cookware

Kitchenaid Stand mixer - which size to get?

charmdesign, here's a good guide that compares all the KA models
http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&n...

As you look through the guide, think about how you'll be using your mixer to help determine the best mixer for your needs.

A very quick summary between the Artisan and the Pro 600 is the Artisan is a tilt head with a 5 quart capacity and its motor is 325 watts. The 600 is a bowl lift, 6 quart capacity and it's motor is 575 watts. Theoretically, the 600 should be able to handle heavier loads.

If you decide on the 600 and it's not available at your local Kohl's, try another or look online. There is a $50 rebate on the 600 that expires today, but keep in mind KA offers rebates on both machines several times yearly. If you can be patient, get your mixer during a rebate period.

Whichever model you select, the great thing about Kohl's is they will price match to other retailers and you can use multiple coupons to further reduce the price. Additionally, if you hit a Kohl's sale and get their cash back, it's usually a great deal after all the discounts (for example, right before Christmas, with sale prices, discounts and Kohl's cash back, members at slickdeals.net were reporting the Artisan for about $145 and the 600 at about $225.

I have both models and use the 600 the most due to bread doughs and capacity.

Happy choosing! Please let us know which one you selected.

Dec 31, 2011
Molly James in Cookware

FoodSaver starter kit for $49.00

Hmmm... I usually go directly from the emails I receive from them. The link in the OP is parsed. Let's see if this works http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx...

EDIT I see my link is parsed, too. If the link above doesn't give you the promotion price when you put the item in your cart, here is the full link with spaces added to prevent the parsing. Copy the address into your browser and then remove the spaces.

http://www.foodsaver.com/ product.aspx?pid=8326&promo= V1FE2AA&utm_campaign= V1FE2AA&utm_source= MainImage

Oct 29, 2011
Molly James in Cookware

FoodSaver starter kit for $49.00

On the Foodsaver website, the price usually adjusts when you add the items to your cart.

Oct 29, 2011
Molly James in Cookware

Vanilla Bean Purveyor?

Thanks for both the advice and link!

Oct 25, 2011
Molly James in General Topics

Vanilla Bean Purveyor?

Thanks, HillJ. That's good to know. Which variety of beans did you get from Saffron Vanilla Imports?

I love the idea of storing them in rum to keep them moist!

Oct 25, 2011
Molly James in General Topics

Cleaning Waffle Irons

After all the waffles are made, I just cover the surface with damp paper towels and close the lid, allowing the steam to work it's magic. While still warm, but before it cools, use the paper towels to clean all the crevices. It's a method that works really well for me.

For those of you with vintage Sunbeam's - I have waffle iron envy!

Oct 25, 2011
Molly James in Cookware
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Vanilla Bean Purveyor?

I've looked at all the prior thread on Chowhound related to vanilla beans and it looks like the 2 most recommended online purveyors are Vanilla Products USA http://stores.ebay.com/Vanilla-Produc... and Saffron-Vanilla Imports http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html

I'm looking to get a pound of Grade A Bourbon (Planifolia) beans for baking, general cooking, extract making and gift giving.

Vanilla Beans USA lists both the grade and region grown. Saffron-Vanilla Imports, doesn't specifically list it, so I corresponded with the owner, and the Gourmet Planifolia beans are Grade A and are grown in Papua, New Guinea. In my research, I read that Bourbon beans from PNG, are slightly sweeter tasting - don't know if that's true or not.

Has anyone purchased beans from both of these vendors? If so, do you have a decided preference of vendor? Is the quality/price factor about the same? Or is there another vendor altogether that you'd like to recommend?

Thanks for your help.

Oct 24, 2011
Molly James in General Topics

Loaf Pans

Both Le Creuset and Fiestaware make the size you're looking for. I've been itching to get the Fiestaware in Paprika, but have been unable to find it in any store to look at first.

I do have the Le Creueset loaf pan. I picked it up very inexpensively at TJ Maxx/Homegoods. I believe Canada has the equivalent of TJM/Homegoods, but right now the name escapes me. Perhaps you're familiar with the store? If so, it might be worth it to see what they have if one is close to you. I know the stores I frequent carry LC, Chantal, HIC international and Portmeirion ceramic loaf pans all the time.

Oct 16, 2011
Molly James in Cookware

What is this Utensil? Thrift store find.

You're welcome. Here are a couple of pictures for you.

The first is the package insert and the second shows the spring.

Sep 04, 2011
Molly James in Cookware

What is this Utensil? Thrift store find.

I have that. Surprisingly, it's both a nut cracker and a bottle opener (or so says the package insert).

I bought mine about 10 years ago from QVC. They came in a package of two. There should be a spring connecting the two halves. I think you can see the hole for it in the second picture, right side, toward the top.

It works pretty well as a nutcracker on larger nuts. Never tried it to open bottles. I don't know that the missing spring will have an impact on it's use as a nutcracker.

Sep 04, 2011
Molly James in Cookware

The latest about All Clad D5 & 20th Anniversary ?

I've seen D5 being offered at Bloomingdale's on their website and I think Amazon.

I just ordered the 40th Anniversary American Pan from Macy's. It's the regular tri-ply, but has the updated feature of the pouring rim and larger (casserole) handles. I'll report back when I receive it.

Just an FYI on this particular pan - some website have it listed as 3 quarts and some 4 quarts. The All-Clad website only introduces the pan and not the sizes it comes in. I honestly don't know what size it is and may go back immediately if it's a 3 quart, as I don't need this pan design (casserole handles) in a 3 quart. In as much as I can, I'm trying to transition to casserole type handles because the design is just easier for me to maneuver these days.

Aug 30, 2011
Molly James in Cookware