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The top 10 reasons to host a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

Imagine calling a few friends together, cooking up a couple of delicious recipes, heartily devouring them and then scoring lots of free stuff and half price, top quality cookware!  That’s a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party for ya!

Cook up paella at your cooking party!

Cook up paella at your cooking party!

Why hold a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party?

  1. You get to try before you buy.
  2. Revive your enthusiasm for cooking.
  3. Share cooking tips with friends and family.
  4. Learn a couple of easy, delicious new recipes.
  5. Treat yourself to some top quality cookware.
  6. Start building your collection, piece by piece.
  7. Receive free cookware.
  8. Do some half price shopping.
  9. Introduce your friends/family to something new.
  10. Have a heap of fun, with very little effort!

The Chef’s Toolbox mantra is “cooking is fun”.  Whenever I say that, I see a few raised eyebrows in the room, but hey, you have to do it so you might as well enjoy it, right?  Frankly, there’s nothing fun about a sink full of baked-on, greasy, daggy looking pots and pans.  At a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party, you’ll be introduced to our gorgeous, practical cookware that enables you to cook more healthfully, and not tax your time with endless washing up.

“People always feel obliged to buy at these parties” …… not with Chef’s Toolbox!
Since the range is almost unheard of in Queensland – and we aim to change that – the very name is enough to intrigue your guests to come along.  And once they attend your cooking party, they will get to see what we’re all about.  Most people fall in love with it when they see how easy it is to use and clean, and they snap up a few pieces on the spot.  Others prefer to get to know it by buying one or two small items and consider holding their own party to build upon what they’ve bought.  That’s fine by us!  If we were into pressure, we’d be selling pressure cookers!

“I don’t have time to hold parties” ……
To host a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party, all you need to do is invite your friends and buy a few inexpensive ingredients.  We do the rest at your party!  We cook two simple recipes and eat them afterwards.  No dips, nibbles and munchies to put out.  Just a pot of tea or a bottle of wine and it’s all done.  This is meant to be fun, not work!

“My husband doesn’t like these ladies’ parties” …..
Who said cooking was just for the ladies?  Tell him to hang around and see how “the toolbox” will even get him to enjoy getting into the kitchen.  And since men are so practical, wouldn’t it be far better to be able to try something in your own kitchen, on your own stove, before you fork out for it?

“There’s no room in my kitchen” …..
We don’t need a kitchen!  How about a patio, the verandah, the garage or your living room?  With my handy dandy portable electric cooker, I can cook up a stove top pizza in a laundry as long as there’s a power point!

Look, whatever your sensitivity, no one wants to pressure you into holding a cooking party.  Just remember, there’s plenty to be gained – fun, new recipes, new cooking tips, free and half price cookware – and nothing to be lost.  Contact me if I can help :).

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How to spend your $900 stimulus package bonus

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

stimulus-package-moneyWell seriously, how hard can it be?  Many of us have been granted a $900 windfall courtesy of Rudd & Co and we’re being told to spend, spend, spend.  Sure it’ll help the economy, but will it help us individually?  The Government says yes … ultimately, by ploughing the money back into the economy, it will help us all.  As for what to do with it, we believe we’re faced with 3 choices:

  1. Spend it on luxuries, long-awaited necessities or day to day living.
  2. Save it for the proverbial rainy day.
  3. Make a dent in your mortgage (however grand or small the dent may be).

How about putting your $900 towards something useful, practical, used by the whole family, durable, high quality and absolutely necessary?

Yep, you knew I was going to make a Chef’s Toolbox sales pitch here but think about it.  Every home has to have cookware.  If $900 falls out of the sky, why not invest in some good cookware?  Items that last and last, pots and pans that will serve you for many years whilst turning out healthy meals for your family.  Upgrade your blunt old set of knives and add a knife sharpener to keep them in tip top shape.  Treat yourself to beautiful, practical, easy-to-use, easy-to-clean cookware that you can be proud to show off in your kitchen.  Start building your collection and add to it as you wish to.

Click here to see how you can turn $900 into over $1,400 worth of cookware!

How to make your non-stick cookware last longer

Posted in Articles, The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

como-set-3Whether you’ve treated yourself to some gorgeous, hard-wearing, highly functional Chef’s Toolbox non-stick cookware or you’ve chosen to purchase another brand, here are some important tips on how to make your non-stick cookware last longer.

Before cooking

New pans should be washed in hot, soapy water, then rinsed and dried. There is no need to season the pans before use.

Cooking

Heat settings

  • A lower heat setting than usual can be used as como advancedTM conducts heat very efficiently.
  • The correct heat setting should be chosen for the cooking method being used:medium heat for frying, sautéing or stir frying low heat for simmering or warming.
  • When cooking with gas, the flame must not be allowed to extend beyond the stainless steel base of the pan.

Pre-heating

  • The pan should be heated to the desired cooking temperature before adding the food. This will ensure the food cooks as expected from the moment it hits the pan. Due to the heavy gauge alloy base, the pan heats quickly and evenly.
  • The pan should not be overheated to hasten the heating process. Overheating the pan will cause the non-stick coating to deteriorate and turn brown. Overheating voids the warranty.

Oven cooking

como advancedTM is oven-safe to 250°C.

Utensils

Even if your non-stick cookware claims to be resistant to scratches, it is best to use silicone, nylon or wooden tools so that it lasts longer.

spray-bottleOils

As much or as little oil as desired can be used in the pans. That’s the beauty of non-stick.  Any dishes may be cooked with minimal fats for a healthier meal. However, oil or butter can be added for a crisp texture, golden colour and more flavour.

TIP => Aerosol sprays should not be used directly on the pan as they leave a gummy residue that is very difficult to remove. For a lighter coating, the food can be sprayed before adding to the pan, a small amount of oil can be wiped over the surface of the pan, or pure oil in a pump-action spray container can be used, see example at left.

Safety
High heat, long cooking times, and oven cooking may cause the handles to become very hot. Care should be taken. Care must also be taken when carrying a full pan as it will be heavy and hot food may be spilled.

Cleaning

To extend the effectiveness of the non-stick surface, the pan must be cleaned thoroughly after every use. Any build-up of oil or food particles will impede the ability of the non-stick surface to release properly.

It is recommended that:

  • the pan is washed while it is still hot, and
  • the pan is washed with a micro-fibre cloth.
  • Where needed, a non-abrasive cloth can be used on the non-stick surface.

Should food particles stick to the pan, it can be filled with water and bicarbonate of soda and left to soak for 30 minutes. Any food residue should now wash away.

dishwasherDishwasher use

como advancedTM has been treated to withstand occasional dishwasher use. However, we recommend hand cleaning to extend the life of the pan. The dishwasher-safe treatment will withstand 200 cycles in the dishwasher. After this number of cycles, the harsh alkaline agents in dishwasher detergents may begin to damage the hard-anodised surface.

Storage

Pots should not be nested inside each other without protective cloths as hard-anodised surfaces are twice as hard as stainless steel and may scratch the non-stick coating.