Chef Pro Knives kitchen gadgets also include specialty devices for preparing herbs and spices. A garlic press with interchangeable screens will allow you to determine the coarseness of the garlic in your dish. It will enable you to mince an assortment of herbs without having to hassle with a knife. Microplane also produces a series of herb mills that quickly dice and mince herbs with a simple twisting motion. The Microplane herb mill features hundreds of tiny scissors that cut, not tear, herbs for salads, garnishes, and more.
Many tougher cuts of meat require tenderizing in order to make them softer for chewing and digesting. Tenderizing is accomplished by breaking down the collagen fibers that form the connective tissue in animal muscle. One of the ways to tenderize meat is through mechanical tenderization with a meat tenderizer. Using a metal meat tenderizer to pound meat breaks up the connective tissues, making it more palatable. Another method of mechanical tenderization is to puncture the meat using a series of blades to manually cut up the thicker connective tissue. If you prefer the impact method, Wusthof provides two different types of metal impact tenderizers. If you would rather use the blade method, Microplane has two rolling tenderizers that will allow you to silently rock your way to tenderness.
Many people use their knives to scrape food off of a cutting board not knowing that in doing so, they are ruining the edge of their blades. The Wusthof Bench Scraper will allow you to save your knives while easily moving all of the food on your cutting board precisely where you need it to go.
Fish have small, thin bones that can be a hassle to try to remove from the meat, but cause serious problems if you can’t get them out. Shun and Wusthof sell pliers, tongs, and tweezers designed to easily pick tiny fish bones out of your favorite fish meal. These specialist tools are also convenient for removing stems and tiny seeds from vegetables and fruit.
Wusthof makes two stainless steel needles used for very different cooking processes. The seven inch trussing needle is used when cooking poultry, such as chicken or turkey. In trussing, the legs and wings are brought closer together in order to ensure even cooking of all parts of the bird. An eight inch larding needle is used thread lardons into meats that are to be braised or roasted. A lardon is a strip of pork fat which is used to infuse flavor into lean or gamey meat. A larding needle is essential if you are preparing French cuisine or if you are looking to add more “wow factor” to your roasts.
Chef’n produces several devices designed to enhance your kitchen environment. The versatile Chef’n Oil Wand will allow you brush your favorite cooking oils into your pan or directly onto your food. You don’t need to fear your hot pan melting the bristles, because they are designed to resist heat up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit. The Chef’n Herb’n Shears are designed to make quick work of any herbs or leafy vegetables. Finally, the Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin provides you with a receptacle to store and compost food scraps right in your kitchen. The replaceable charcoal filter eliminates the odor of decomposition until it is time to dump it on your larger compost pile.
Get all of these handy kitchen gadgets, and more, from Chef Pro Knives.