Consider treating yourself with a few sweet kitchen essentials for Valentine’s Day ~ guaranteed 100% fat free! Here are some Sweet Kitchen Treats For Valentine’s Day.
I don’t know about you, but I can get pretty messy while cooking. Seriously, when was the last time you used flour and didn’t get it all over some surface, including yourself? 😉 Enter the handy apron, a kitchen staple that’s now fashionable. Here’s an adorable apron perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Double Layer 100% Cotton Women’s Kitchen Apron with Pockets
I love my spiralizer! This gadget is so handy, especially in the spring when it seems cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini are in abundance. My favorite use for it is to make veggie pasta. So simple, so healthy. The uses for a spiralizer seem endless. If you have a vegetable, you can probably spiralize it. You get an assortment of blades so you can create different types of spiral slices for your veggies. It’s dishwasher-safe and is made from BPA-free plastic.
Spiralizer, Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer
If you don’t yet have a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, consider this beauty in gorgeous Empire Red. If that color doesn’t work for you, there’s a drool-worthy palette to chose from here. Wondering if the investment in a stand mixer is worth it? I wondered that, too. My experience is that I use it for so many more things than I thought I would, plus, it’s an incredible time-saver in the kitchen, and who doesn’t need that? I’ve never heard of anyone who has regretted having one! 😉
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5 Quarts, Empire Red
Are you a coffee lover? If so, you should try the pour over coffee method. Pour over coffee gives you great control over the strength and amount of coffee that you make. Here’s how I make it:
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I use the Chemex glass handle pour over coffee maker and I love it. Most people are familiar with the iconic wood collar Chemex pour over glass coffee carafe, which is equally lovely. If you love coffee and are particular about the bean, grind, flavor, and strength of your coffee, consider giving pour over coffee a try.
Tip: Using a gooseneck kettle like this one makes the whole pour over method a breeze and it’s much safer than trying to pour from a wide spout tea kettle or even a small pan. I eventually invested in one once I became serious about pour over coffee.
Yes, it takes just a little longer than a drip coffee maker or a single serve machine, but the end results are totally worth it for superior coffee made just the way you like it. It really has become a morning ritual for me.
How To Make Pour Over Coffee
It’s really easy:
- Boil your water. I use a gooseneck kettle like this one for easy pouring; it’s the best for pour over coffee.
- While your water is coming to a boil, grind your beans, unless you’re using pre-ground. The suggested ratio is 3 Tablespoons of coffee for every 1 cup of water. However, you know what you like, so play around with this ratio until you get it just right for you!
- Take your water off the boil and let sit for 30-45 seconds.
- Add the filter to the Chemex carafe. Do not add the coffee grounds yet. I use the Chemex pre-folder filters which just tuck right down in the top of the carafe. I’ve tried other brands and types of filters, but the Chemex filters are a special weight of paper that seems to filter with a precision that produces the best taste, in my opinion.
- Very slowly pour just a little water in and around the filter to wet it. That helps the filter stay put and adhere to the top section of the carafe. Trust me, you want to do this. A dry filter will tend to move around with the grounds in it and any splash of boiling water jumping the filter is not a good thing. So wet the filter just a bit.
- You can discard the water in the bottom of the carafe.
- Now add the ground coffee to the filter.
- Very slowly pour the water over the grounds as it drips through the carafe. Avoid pouring too much water too quickly. If you do, just take a spoon and stir the grounds a little to make sure they’re not clumping. Continue pouring slowly until desired strength and amount of coffee is reached. (You will want to play around with the coffee to water ratio until you get it just right for you.)
- After coffee has fully dripped, carefully remove the filter and grounds and discard.
- Pour your coffee into your cup and enjoy!
So if you have some extra time in the morning or even on the weekends, give the pour over method a try. You may never go back!
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