Kitchen 298

    Published on February 8th, 2009 | by Greg


    Kuhn Rikon: Help from Switzerland in the Kitchen

    In a day and age where everything we use is plugged in, battery operated, controlled by infra-red or Bluetooth it’s rare to find human powered tools that are useful and pleasing to operate. In some respects it feels like the kitchen might actually be the last frontier for manual tools. (Don’t take away our stand mixer though, we’d be lost without it!)

    The Kuhn Rikon vase spice grinder is a delightfully manual tool we tried out recently. It came with three spice containers, which twist in and out of the grinder with little affair. We look forward to seasoning our foods, just so we have an excuse to use this grinder. It can be set from fine to coarse, and the CrushGrind system uses a ceramic wheel that is stronger than steel. The vase grinder is easy to handle, easy to use (even with very hard spices), and is attractive enough that we don’t mind leaving it out on the counter. The vase grinder can be found at many kitchen stores, or can be ordered online, and will run $30-35.

    The next item we tried out from Kuhn Rikon is the Mini-Pro Knife Sharpener. Recently we wrote about choosing knives. Even with proper care a knife needs to be sharpened occasionally, so we went in search of a tool that will help make that task less tedious. The mini-pro sharpener really fits the bill. It has ceramic stone, and sets your knife at the perfect angle. It’s foolproof, really. It also has the benefit of being quite compact, so it takes up far less room in your kitchen than a traditional stone. The mini-pro knife sharpener can be found at almost any kitchen store, or can be ordered online for $20.

    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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