I love finding new gadgets and tools to make life easier or more fun, and that is especially true when it comes to the kitchen-my favorite place to work! Recently I discovered a company that has a whole catalog of just such tools for your kitchen, called Vacu Vin. I'll be honest; I had never heard of Vacu Vin until last month. After checking out their website, I'm wondering why I haven't discovered them before! From the handy slice and catch tool to the cute and useful PopSome cake decorating set, you will be amazed at the choices.
I received the Instant Marinater, and the Active Cooling Carafe for review. The Instant Marinater is an amazing tool that every chef needs in their kitchen! I have used it several times in the past few weeks, and I know it will get a lot more use now that the weather is actually staying at warmer temps. This might look like just a pastic storage container at first glance, but it's so much more. Place your meat (or whatever food you're marinading) in the dish, add your marinade and snap on the lid.
The process doesn't stop there though; next you attach the included pump handle to the center of the lid, and pump out the air in the container. Let your food marinade for the required time (using the instant marinater it's only minutes!) and you're ready to go. The idea is that by pumping the air out of the container, it creates a vacuum effect, which opens up the pores of the meat. This means the marinade soaks in within minutes, and it also tenderizes the meat, for a flavorful, tender, tasty meal in less time than I can write about it! In case you're thinking this is too good to be true-it really does work! I used this for some sweet and spicy bar-b-que chicken legs, and literally only left the chicken in the marinater for about 10-15 minutes before cooking. And the taste came through great!
|The seal ensures no air gets in while marinating|
The 2nd item I received is also one we will be getting a lot of use out of over the spring and summer. The Active Cooling Carafe will chill your beverages-without ice-in 5 minutes, so as I said-a lot of use this summer! It's perfect for outdoor bar-b-ques and back porch get-togethers, because it doesn't water down your drink as the ice melts. Instead, freeze the cooling elements for several hours before use, then replace in the cooling stand.
Fill the carafe with tea, lemonade, milk, juice, etc. and slide it down into the cooler. In 5 minutes you've got a nice, icy cold drink! I actually used this with freshly-made (hot) sweet tea, and even though the tea wasn't just room-temp, but actually hot, it only took 7 or 8 minutes for it to reach a cold temperature! I would recommend the Active Cooling Carafe to anyone who likes ice cold drinks without the watered-down, melted-ice aspect of it!
Be sure to visit Vacu Vin and check out all their other great products for the kitchen and table. I'm sure you'll find at least one or two items you would love to add to your kitchen!