Kitchen 680

    Published on November 3rd, 2009 | by Greg


    Everything But The Kitchen Sink: Cuisipro, Ginsu and Messermeister

    You know, one of these days maybe we’ll even review the kitchen sink, if somebody creates one worth talking about. For the time being we’re going to discuss all kinds of other things, and our hope is that by the end you won’t even miss that dumb sink.

    Starting things off is a company that at one point in time laid it’s claim to fame by being able to cut through everything but the kitchen sink. Ginsu gave us the opportunity to test out the Hanaita Damascus Series 8-inch Chef’s Knife

    Of course, the first thing we wanted to do with this knife was try to cut through tin cans, but we showed restraint and gave it a spin on more conventional items like fruits and veggies. We were impressed with the balance and weight of the knife; it was right on par with a knife like the Wusthof 8 Classic Cook’s Knife, and yet has the aesthetic and functional appeal of a Damascus steel knife. Created with 33 layers of high and low carbon Japanese steel, and sharpened to a ten degree angle the Hanaita is definitely not the same knife as the infomercial-tastic knives most of us associate with Ginsu. The Hanaita comes with a limited lifetime warranty as well as free lifetime sharpening (though you might find it easier to simply have a good knife sharpener at home to do your own sharpening). Because we like to be comprehensive in our coverage of the items we review, and because there are days when we feel the need to act out our own infomercials, we are happy to inform you that this knife does cut through many strange objects including metal and plastic, and continues to maintain a nice sharp edge. We suggest you refrain from using your knife to perform such hijinks, as it’s definitely a knife worth having around and taking care of. How much would you be willing to pay for such a knife? You can find the Ginsu Hanaita online directly from Ginsu, or through online retailers like Knife Depot for around $100.

    But wait, there’s more! A lot more, really. Next is the Messermeister Pro-Touch Red tools, as well as the trio of peelers. Each of these items is sold individually, except for the peeler trio, all of them retail for between $6 on up to $24 for the peeler trio. We tried out (deep breath) the egg flipper, mini santoku, grapefruit knife, channel knife, tomato shark, cheese plane, cheese/tomato knife, and a serrated apple corer. Whew!

    All of these gadgets are made of stainless steel and feature big ergonomic handles, in a fun red color. Each is covered by a lifetime manufacturing warranty, which we always appreciate, though we didn’t have any problems with workmanship on any of our gadgets. Some of these things were entirely foreign to us, like a tomato shark… What’s a tomato shark, you ask? Well, it’s a tool that hulls such things as tomatoes and also strawberries- genius really. It turns out that a channel knife is that thing that you use to create a “twist” for a martini, or other such garnishes. The peeler trio is fun, as each peeler is a different color. One has a fine edge, one has a serrated edge and one has a julienne edge, and all are strong enough to do things like carrots and potatoes as well as more delicate things like tomatoes and peaches. Look for Messermeister Pro-Touch utensils in kitchen stores or on such sites as Cooks.com.

    If you call in the next ten minutes. we’ll include for absolutely free a review of Cuisipro’s Click ‘N Sip coffee mug featuring a 360-degree drinking area and single hand push-button use. This cup holds 13 ounces, which is just about the perfect amount of coffee, enough that it’s not really necessary to go back for seconds, but not so much that it’s too much to drink before it gets cold. The lid pops open and closed from the center, so there is no right or wrong side to drink out of- any spot you choose will work! It’s durable, pretty easily washable, and reasonably well-insulated. The Click ‘N Sip, despite the slightly kiddie-sounding name, has replaced our other coffee mug as our go-to choice for travel.

    We also have the Herb Keeper in all of it’s herb keeping glory. The herbs you are growing at home should be coming along nicely and you’re going to need somewhere to put them. With the Herb Keeper the stems of your herbs and asparagus stay immersed water, keeping them hydrated and fresh for far longer than your crisper drawer can do. This one is best to be hand washed, and works a little better than another recently-reviewed item even though it does take up a bit more space and is a little more difficult to refill with water.

    If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this review, celebrate with a drink, and make that drink with fresh citrus juice using your very own Citrus Juicer. This will measure up to a cup of juice, though it holds more, and the reamer has a large side and a small side allowing you to control the amount of pulp in your juice. There is also a grapefruit reamer, with the same feature. The ergonomic shape made holding on to the entire thing very easy indeed, which is important when you get to the 10th lemon for a lemon meringue pie and and your hands are starting to wear out. It is easy to put together and take apart, and quite easy to clean. Look for all of the Cuisipro items on their website, or through online retailers like Amazon. The Click-N-Sip will be around $12, the Herb Keeper $20 and the Citrus Juicer will run you $18.

    Now, what was that about a sink?

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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