Mastrad Apple Cooker A Success!

October 10, 2011

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The Mastrad Apple Cooker is a great new gadgety thing that we have in-store… I tried it out over the weekend and love it!

Simply core and cut your apples in half, sprinkle some lemon juice and a little bit of brown sugar on top, microwave for 2 minutes – and VOILA! you have a delicious cooked apple dessert… serve with vanilla ice cream and it is simply delicious:) Not a fan of the microwave? The two cookers are silicone and heat resistant up to 480 degrees F, it takes a bit longer, but warm up your oven and cook your apples in there.

Thanks to its ideal size, you can bake all types of fruits: apples, pears, peaches, berries. Whole or sliced, garnished or lightly sugared, fruits or vegetables – with the lid on – the food cooks in the steam issued from its own juice. As a result, it does not dry out and retains its flavour.

Each set includes: 2 Apple Cookers and 1 Corer. Dishwasher safe.

Although it comes with an apple corer, I don’t love it… I prefer to use the stronger, more practical apple corer from OXO Good Grips.

Happy Cooking,



Garlic Press OFF!!!

August 30, 2010

Okay, so we had a fabulous staff party the other night… and we decided to figure out… once and for all, what our favorite garlic press was…

Ranked #1 by: Jesse, Tracey and Claire was the Zyliss Garlic Press… reason we loved this one so much?  Easy to squeeze and clean.

I’ve had my Zyliss garlic press for years and love how well it works… what I have noticed though from other customers who have purchased it, is that if put in the dishwasher, instead of hand washing… eventually the finish will wear away.

Ranked #1 by: Lianna was the OXO Garlic Press because there are NO parts to loose… it’s all one piece… it is easy to just flip and go!!!

The down side to this press is that it is the garlic press that I get returns on the MOST. What happens?  People use too much force on the press and end up “snapping” the joint… so I would advise against this press if you are Hercules!

Ranked #1 by: Kendra was the Garlic Pro EZEE-Dice who liked how it chopped all of the garlic into nice little bits, was easy to “knock” them out and fairly easy to clean.

As a group… we all did like how well this little guy worked and personally I would have this one and another garlic press because I would use this garlic pro for when I wanted minced garlic bits and my press when I wanted mashed garlic (garlic juice drips into dish).

Ranked #1 by: Amanda and the Consumer Report was the Chef ‘n Garlic Press because it was the easiest to press… Amanda thought that seniors with joint pain would find this garlic press the easiest to use.  Personally we have not had this product very long so I’m unsure of it’s performance long term, but it does seem to be well made.

… so as you can see… we all have very unique tastes.  So our plan of attack in the future?  To keep stocking these fabulous four and keep our eyes open for even better ones!