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post #31 of 51

Rice Cooker.

 

I want one of these http://www.zappos.com/zojirushi-ns-zcc10-5-5-cup-neuro-fuzzy-rice-cooker-warmer-premium-white?ef_id=U2kJdgAABAsZ8LPd:20141014231805:s

 

But instead I just just buy the $10 ones and use them till they die...

post #32 of 51

Who can live without a pizza decrustifier?

 

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post #33 of 51

Hahaha!  Nice!  :)

post #34 of 51
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I want one of these http://www.zappos.com/zojirushi-ns-zcc10-5-5-cup-neuro-fuzzy-rice-cooker-warmer-premium-white?ef_id=U2kJdgAABAsZ8LPd:20141014231805:s

 

But instead I just just buy the $10 ones and use them till they die...

I bought a $10 one 16 years ago and it was pretty bad, I think it died after 2 years. So I bought a $20 one 14 years ago and I still use it several times a week to this day. Like you, I dream of a zojirushi one, I just can't wait for the one I have to die, it just won't die!! :lol: 

 

This is the one I want!! -> http://www.target.com/p/zojirushi-induction-rice-cooker-warmer-stainless-steel-brown-5-5-cup/-/A-14576519


Edited by French Fries - 10/14/14 at 5:09pm
post #35 of 51

Other than my chef and utility knife, I would have to say a non-stick rubber spatula and my 3" offset spatula. Can't live without my spatulas.

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post #36 of 51
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I bought a $10 one 16 years ago and it was pretty bad, I think it died after 2 years. So I bought a $20 one 14 years ago and I still use it several times a week to this day. Like you, I dream of a zojirushi one, I just can't wait for the one I have to die, it just won't die!! :lol: 

 

This is the one I want!! -> http://www.target.com/p/zojirushi-induction-rice-cooker-warmer-stainless-steel-brown-5-5-cup/-/A-14576519

 

I am starting to feel like the $10 ones are a false economy, I probably need to shell out the extra $10, but I really am tempted to splurge the next time around for a zojirushi.

post #37 of 51

A 357 magnum. -It really inspires my co-workers to perform!

post #38 of 51

@tweakz,

I think a 357 Mag is the perfect tool for a cook. If you're a Chef in charge, an Uzi hanging in the office is the proper utensil.:laser: 

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post #39 of 51

Sorry for that off topic. The term utensil just seemed ambiguous. I thought of chopsticks, but that's eating utensils. I thought of pressure cooker, but that's more equipment than utensil. Of nose and tongue, bowl, kitchen timer / cell phone (gadget) and now how a chef's knife can be pretty intimidating as well as useful, and it's definitely a utensil. You can open bottles of champagne or beer with one, play real life fruit ninja, cut and eat cake off of it, remove skin tags, warts, and foreskins, check yourself in it's mirror polish, make that heckler fit in a suit case, shave with, vasectomy,  trim nails, and impress the ladies or gentlemen by showing them you don't need a mandolin slicer.

post #40 of 51
my benriner mandoline biggrin.gif one of the best bang for buck tools IMO, and sort of fits into a knife wrap (lol)
post #41 of 51

Chips or crisps I made with a knife:

 

 

Would have taken a pic of chips I made with a mandolin, but I didn't waste fry oil on those wedges. -Returned the mandolin.

Someone suggested using a meat slicer. The texture didn't come out right, and they didn't cook evenly.

It was suggested that a v-slicer would solve the problem, but how long is that gonna last, and how's it to be sharpened?

 

I'm taking my Chef's knife to bed tonight. =P

post #42 of 51

A mandolin is one of those items I would like to try out someday. But being currently unemployed, buying new toys is not a high priority. And I know I would be unhappy with a cheaply made one.

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post #43 of 51

Buy a good one. I bought a Bron in 1980, I still use it almost daily to cut 50lbs of fries with. It is bullet proof!

 

post #44 of 51
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Buy a good one. I bought a Bron in 1980, I still use it almost daily to cut 50lbs of fries with. It is bullet proof!

 

Same blade, no sharpening, can it make chips / crisps as good as the ones in my previous post? -Please more details.

post #45 of 51
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A mandolin is one of those items I would like to try out someday. But being currently unemployed, buying new toys is not a high priority. And I know I would be unhappy with a cheaply made one.
Benriner can usually be found in an asian supermarket for 20 dollars, I dont think they are cheaply made I have had mine for about 2 and a half years and one of those was spent in a drawer in a professional kitchen (I used it at work for the whole time but for a year I actually left it so people on other shifts could use it because it is alot better than the metal death traps usually found in kitchens) honestly they are a great great buy. If you can get the super it is wider so it's a little more versatile. Their turning slicers are nice too. Just watch your hands or use the guard. wink.gif Though I dont think I would ever use it to do fries en masse, it probably would not stand up to that kind of application. Will do carrots no problem though. I think also it's fun to cut fries by hand, great chance to practice the ol' knife skills.
post #46 of 51

I'm use to rock chopping (not this style), and took this video to test some lighting I put under my cabinets, along with a new knife that I'm displeased with:

 

 

I can't imagine a mandoline being faster than even my slow novice pace for that. I have yet to see someone demonstrate decent potato chips with a cheap mandoline, but that makes for a project for me to do today (scour youtube).

 

I suppose Julienne is where they might shine, but I think there are better contraptions for that; especially for carrots.

post #47 of 51

I have a small drawer next to the cooktop just for assorted microplanes. I always seem to use at least one whenever I prepare something.

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post #48 of 51
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I'm use to rock chopping (not this style), and took this video to test some lighting I put under my cabinets, along with a new knife that I'm displeased with:

 

 

I can't imagine a mandoline being faster than even my slow novice pace for that. I have yet to see someone demonstrate decent potato chips with a cheap mandoline, but that makes for a project for me to do today (scour youtube).

 

I suppose Julienne is where they might shine, but I think there are better contraptions for that; especially for carrots.

 

You need to take lessons from this cook:  :eek:

 

 

post #49 of 51
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You need to take lessons from this cook:  :eek:

 

 


 Ha, yeah.. where can I get that mandolin? I spent some more time today looking at potato chip making videos, and reading / watching reviews on cheaper mandolins and still can't find anything that comes close to that video. There's so many phonies on youtube trying to pass off either 2-4mm slices, or wedges as potato chips. Then there are a lot of reviews for these cheap mandolins saying they make perfect slices (when I can see the wedges, or see another review that shows why they make wedges).

post #50 of 51
lol wedges come from improper technique and/or dull blades. Go get a benriner. There are a host of world class chefs that don't have that problem. http://hickitchenblog.com/2014/05/11/benriner-mandolin-slicer-makes-baked-potato-chips/
post #51 of 51

Make some potato chips (deep fried in oil) with it and take a pic (I posted a pic I did by free hand =P ). I've seen demonstrations of how flexible the runway on Benriners are. You can't get really thin slices on one w/o some pressure. If it were so simple; I wouldn't have spent more than 5 hours trying to find a cheap solution. Show me a single video of a Benriner making decent potato chips in a decent resolution, and I'm sold. -Until then it's all smoke and mirrors like the typical youtube professionals that fake it.

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