Thursday’s Thingamajig: what the heck?

Back to our regularly scheduled program….almost. I skipped last week’s Thursday edition as I was on vacation. So many food items I bought on my dining room furniture now and pics to sort on the USB key (food trip post coming, be patient). This week I am back but not to introduce you to some new/unknown kitchen gadget. Oh no! This week I will show you 2 pictures of food products I encountered on my trip that made me shout out : “What the Heck”? I am using the nice word online, I did use the bad ones in reality.

Item no.1 Apple juiceS

A bottle of Minute Maid Apple Juice…with apple juice concentrate from how many countries? US, Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Germany AND Turkey. What? Talk about globalization and saving a buck to get cheaper outsourced juices. What are the farming, pesticides and labor laws in those countries?

Item no.2 100% Pure Natural Syrup

Served with my pancake at Cracker Barrel. OK this one I had to laugh so hard. The print is too small on the bottle but it does say 55% Maple syrup and 45% Cane syrup. I mean come on…I am from Quebec, the Kingdom of Maple syrup. I eat my pancakes with 100% Maple syrup, period!

We actually have a Quebec slang for the fake stuff: sirop de poteau

…which translates to pole syrup – as in the old wooden telephone or electricity poles – meaning diluted maple syrup or corn syrup imitation (like the Aunt Jemima stuff).

But wait till you find out what I did do with that syrup! I will tell you very soon in a future post…but my friend literally FLIPPED OUT on me and looked around in shame to make sure no fellow Southerner should have witnessed my sacrilegious action!

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Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowls

A bowl for every task. This set of six stainless- steel mixing bowls with easy-grip rims, holds from 2 cups to 8 quarts of ingredients for mixing, prepping and serving. Freezer- and dishwasher- safe.

Set includes:
• 1/2-quart, 5 1/8″Dia. x 1 7/8″H
• 3/4-quart, 6 1/4″Dia. x 2″H
• 1 1/2-quart, 8 1/8″Dia. x 2 1/4″H
• 3-quart, 9 7/8″Dia. x 3 1/4″H
• 5-quart, 11 7/8″Dia. x 4″H
• 8-quart, 13 1/4″Dia. x 4 7/8″H

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Sous Vide Supreme, SVS 10LS

The French culinary technique of gourmet cooking now available for the first time to use in home kitchens.

This once-secret method of slow simmering transforms meats, vegetables, seafood and fruit into succulent, delicious meals. The Sous Vide Supreme is the single best method of cooking offered for home kitchen use in decades. Season food, add to pouch and seal, fill water to indicated level and let the Sous Vide Supreme simmer – for minutes, hours, even days. With the precise temperature control, you are guaranteed rich and moist textures not achievable with any other cooking method, nutrient-rich flavor with negligible moisture loss. Simple to operate. Outstanding gourmet results every time without even lifting the lid.

Meats taste richer, ribs have a fall-off-the-bone texture that is as moist as it is tender. Seafood acquires a velvety smoothness without the lingering odors in the kitchen of pan searing. Marinades infuse throughout food for exceptional flavoring and brining becomes a rediscovered art in cooking.

Not solely for dinner preparation, this Sous Vide machine soft-boils, poaches or scrambles eggs and produces delicately creamy custards without any supervision. Instructional booklet includes cooking temperatures, times based upon thickness: beef, lamb, bison, spare ribs, baby back ribs, pork chops, roasts, chicken (white and dark), duck, seafood, vegetables (root and tender), fruit, eggs and recipes. Lift-out stainless-steel perforated tray and pouch rack are dishwasher safe. Brushed stainless-steel and stainless-steel exterior.

Product Features
• The French culinary technique of slow simmering in vacuum-sealed bags transforms meats, vegetables, seafood and fruit into succulent, delicious meals
• Simple to operate for outstanding gourmet results: add seasoned food to a pouch, seal, add water to the Sous Vide machine and let simmer for minutes, hours or days
• Precise temperature control ensures nutrient-rich flavor and unique textures not achievable with any other method of cooking
• Soft-boils, poaches or scrambles eggs and produces creamy custards
• Thermometer with prong gauges temperature, from 0 to 400 degrees F
• Instruction booklet includes recipes, precise cooking times and temperatures for meat, pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables, eggs and fruit
• Instructional DVD guides you through the cooking process

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Crossini Nonstick French Fry Baking Sheet

Crispy, low-fat golden French fries without frying in oil or turning.

Innovative thermal base with perforated ridges enables heat to circulate around French fries for all-over browning and crispy golden results. Crossini nonstick baking sheet bakes any breaded food in the oven to a deliciously light crispy texture without frying in oil: fish sticks and fillets, shrimp tempura, chicken sticks or wings. Use this perforated pan to make healthy homemade potato chips, croutons or seasoned breadcrumbs, and easily roast vegetables, nuts and seeds without turning. End chute slides food directly onto a platter for ease in serving.

Nonstick-coated steel with black exterior absorbs heat for reduced cooking times and allows quick release. Wide rim allows ease handling in and out of the oven. Oven safe up to 500 degrees F. Designed by Kaiser, leading German manufacturer of bakeware for more than 150 years. Hand wash.

Product Features
• Thermal base with perforated ridges enables heat to circulate around French fries for all-over browning and crispy golden results
• Healthy way to prepare any breaded, frozen food without frying in oil: fish sticks and fillets, shrimp tempura, chicken sticks or wings
• Bake frozen or homemade breaded appetizers, potato chips, croutons
• Roast nuts, vegetables or seeds without turning
• End chute slides baked food directly onto a platter for ease in serving
• Nonstick-coated steel with black exterior absorbs heat for reduced cooking times and allows quick release of foods for easy serving and cleanup
• Wide rim for ease in handling

Specifications
• Model 70.0650.7770
• 15″L x 13″W x 1″H
• 14-oz.
• Made in China

Care and Use
• Hand wash with warm soapy water
• Oven-safe up to 500 degrees F
• For best results, place pan on wire rack in the center of the oven
• Do not use metal utensils, scouring pads or abrasive cleaners

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Emerilware by Wusthof 6″ Chef’s Knife

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Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla, 32 oz

This rich, unsurpassed vanilla comes from a single variety of orchid found only on the island of Madagascar. Made from hand-selected beans through an exclusive cold-process method to preserve the complex flavor and bouquet, it enriches homemade ice cream, custard, creme brulee and baked goods. It also boosts the flavor of dishes containing chocolate and coffee. More concentrated than extract, the pure vanilla bean paste is a sweet, slightly spicy syrup with flecks of handpicked vanilla seeds and is used when the distinctive look of seeds is desired. From Nielsen-Massey, makers of the world’s finest vanilla since 1907 and the choice of chefs worldwide.

GLUTEN-FREE! Nielsen-Massey is the first extract company and ingredient supplier in America to be certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

  • Rich, intense vanilla flavor
  • Flecks of handpicked vanilla bean seeds in paste
  • Exclusive cold-process method to preserve complex flavor and bouquet
  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher pareve, certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council
  • Size: 32 oz.

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