Kitchen

March 4, 2013

The Neat Glass: The best way to experience whiskey!

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Do you like to drink whiskey, but the alcohol sometimes gives you a little nose burn? The NEAT Whiskey Glass's unique shape enhances the experience of enjoying your favorite spirits.  Plus it makes you want to swirl like a sophisticated drinker!

Here's a game-changer in the way the heady aromas of fine spirits are enjoyed. Whether you or those on your gift list enjoy Whiskey, Rum, or Tequila, the NEAT glass will dramatically enhance the experience. "The Shape of Flavor" is more than a slogan for this scientifically designed glass. How does it work? The bowl shape enhances evaporation and swirling; the neck shape concentrates aromas, and the rim shape dissipates alcohol away from the nose. When nosing spirits, it's the harsh ethanol aromas that overpower the delicate, fragrant smells of the liquid - the patented shape of the NEAT glass reroutes the ethanol away from the nose, leaving only the sublime enjoyment the distillers had in mind in the first place. An extra bonus with the absence of "alcohol smell" is that many people find they do not need to add that pinch of water to their whiskey to enhance and soften the flavor. The NEAT glass is made in the United States of 100% lead-free Crystalyn(TM) .

What a simple, great idea! I am not a big whiskey, rum, or tequila drinker, so I can't really comment on how well this product does as it promises. I like my organic wine, but maybe with such a cool glass, I might diversify my beverage drinking.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 31, 2013

Glass Dharma Glass Straws: Reusable, Durable, and Healthier than Plastic

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If you have sensitive teeth, have children, or just like to have fun, Glass Dharma glass straws are for everybody! I love these straws!

Since March of 2007 GlassDharma has been producing glass drinking straws. The GlassDharma mission is to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to our environment. Glass Straws provide an alternative that eliminates the need for straws made from plastic.

Actually, we were sent a set of straws four years ago to review on my other blog. We have only broken one, which we could have sent back for the lifetime guarantee.  These glass straws continue to remain clean, durable, and popular with my family, plus they help us live a more plastic-free life.

There are five reasons why you should switch from plastic straws to glass ones:

    1. Glass Dharma's straws are handmade in the USA (Fort Bragg, CA)
    2. Glass doesn't leak toxins into your beverages
    3. Glass straws are dishwasher safe making them easy to clean and sterilize
    4. Glass Dharma straws are guaranteed for life against breakage
    5. Glass straws won't end up in our oceans as part of of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Some of these straws also come with a little cleaning brush, but we find that the dishwasher does a great job when you place them in the utensil section and don't really need it.
 

Glass Dharma straws come in a variety of sizes and designs (dots!) to fit your beverage needs. From cocktails to smoothies, there's a perfect glass straw. I am so thrilled to have more Glass Dharma straws in my kitchen!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 12, 2012

Kitchen Gadgets: The Garlic Chop

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The Garlic Chop is a kitchen gadget designed to make dicing garlic easier and hands-free, for those who wish to avoid the odor on their fingers.

I grow a lot of garlic, and yes, sometimes I am lazy about using it in my cooking, as I don't want to peal it and clean the garlic press. The Garlic Chop does not change the need for peeling garlic, but it is easier to clean than a press.

The Garlic Chop is powered by your hands and with a simple side-to-side twist, perfectly chopped garlic is revealed. A conveniently placed button on the rear of the design escalates a patented riser plate that pushes the garlic upward, which can be removed with a knife or spatula.

It has the makeup of handheld food processors and quickly dices up to four peeled cloves at a time. Small ribs on the side of The Garlic Chop allows for an easy grip and the interior plastic teeth are sharp enough to create a chopped, pulp-like consistency ideal for fish, meats and potatoes.

It is dishwasher safe.

The Garlic Chop does not cut up the garlic as fine as a press, which is good if you want bigger chunks. It also only accepts pretty small cloves. The first clove I tried it with was way too big, and I had to cut it up to make it fit in the Garlic Chop. I like to grow bigger cloves, as they are easier to use in cooking. Often, they need to be cut up for the press too.

The Garlic Chop would not work with elephant garlic unless you cut it up ahead of time.

There is nothing eco-friendly or natural about this product. It is made in China.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 10, 2012

Paperless Kitchen: Each Skoy Cloth Saves 15 Paper Towel Rolls

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There are major things you can do to help the environment, like converting your home to renewable energy, and there are little things you can do, like using reusable shopping bags.

One of my eco sins is using paper towels. I hate them, but I have yet to go completely paper free in the kitchen. This is a little thing I could do for the environment, which is much easier and less expensive than getting an electric car.

Paperless Kitchen has the solution with Skoy earth friendly cloth:

SKOY is the perfect cloth for your home due to its absorption ability of 15X its own weight in liquid. If you used regular paper towels, you would need at least 15 sheets to soak up that much fluid. The cloth is washable so you are able to re-use it for months. It has a quick dry feature and does not provide a suitable environment for bacteria, unlike a sponge which can leave your dishes, counters and hands dirty and bacteria ridden. Simply, microwave your SKOY cloth regularly to kill germs and keep you and your home healthy.

SKOY is perfect for the environment too, simply by the fact that you are cutting down on the use of paper products used in your home, the cloth's durability and absorption, and because the cloth is entirely degradable. Now you can rest easy knowing not only is your home safe from bacteria, but you are protecting the Earth by keeping waste out of landfills and using a product that will compost easily.


I don't have a microwave, but I am not worried about keeping Skoy cloths sterile. They are safe to use in the washer/dryer or dishwasher.

Skoy is super absorbent and affordable. Bye, bye recycled paper towels!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 27, 2012

Repurpose Insulated Compostable Coffee Cups Made with Ingeo

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Ingeo is making its way into many products these days. From baby wipes to compostable cups, ingeo is replacing petroleum-based materials.

Repurpose Compostables offers a great solution to styrofoam and other disposable coffee cups:


The insulated technology keeps hot beverages warmer for longer, and prevents heat from escaping the cup, protecting the user and creating a more comfortable feel with only one product. The revolutionary new insulated cup requires no sleeve, uses 65% less CO2 than a traditional cup to produce, and can be composted in 90 days. The insulated cup uses FSC-Certified paper, the highest standard for sustainable forestry. Traditional insulated cups are made by adding additional layers of paper; however, the Repurpose insulated cup does the same with our patented insulation material on a single wall cup. This high quality food service product finally offers the greenest possible alternative to Styrofoam and non-compostable insulated cups.

Of course, using a reusable coffee cup is the greenest solution for your hot beverages. My favorite one is the Klean Kanteen Coffee Set Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 30, 2011

Really Natural Cookbooks: The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

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I love my Cuisinart Slow Cooker! Just toss the ingredients in, then come home from work to dinner made! Nothing could be easier, except I seem to make the same thing in the slow cooker. It is always some version of this soup or dal, and I have been wanting a slow cooker cookbook to get me out of my rut.

The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson is in its second edition. Although, this is not a vegetarian cookbook, which I would prefer, the recipes are easily adaptable and many are rated as "vegan friendly".

Opposite the pressure cooker's speed stands the leisurely pace of the slow cooker, also enjoying new popularity. Despite the hyperbole of the title, The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes breaks out of the usual soups/stews confinement of other Crock-Pot cookbooks. Judith Finlayson has gone to some trouble to create spicy Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup, full of tropical vegetables and hot pepper. Hearty Carbonnade reproduces the famous Flemish beef casserole, complete with its obligatory beer. Rarely seen elsewhere, South Africa's national dish, Bobotie, here boasts curry-spiked meat under an egg topping. Indian dishes, both meat and vegetarian, also appear. Even cake is not out of the question if the slow cooker is prepared as Finlayson suggests. There are enough temptingly tasty recipes here to keep those slow cookers plugged in 24 hours a day.

I'm making the red lentil and carrot soup with coconut for dinner tonight! Yum!

This book has beautiful photographs to get your mouth watering, and there are even dessert recipes. I've never made dessert in my slow cooker and look forward to more adventures in slow cooking!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

June 29, 2011

Twist 'n' Grate Anything From Chocolate to Cheese

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I hate to grate anything. I always scrape my knuckles and end up bleeding into whatever I am grating, and the alternative of using a food processor involves more effort in clean up than its worth.

Microplane Twist N Grate Dual Sided Grater offers a patented solution.

Sleek and space saving, the Microplane Twist N Grate - Dual Sided Grater is designed to easily come apart when not in use for compact storage in a drawer or cabinet. Comes with two Microplane blades, Fine and Extra Coarse. Microplane's signature grating blades are engineered to quickly and efficiently grate a wide range of foods, from hard cheese like Parmesan, to softer cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella, as well as assorted vegetables and fruits, including onions, potatoes, zucchini, apples, pears, etc. The Fine blade can also be used to zest the peel of citrus, such as lemons, oranges and limes.

I admit I was perplexed by this grater at first, but I like its sleek design. Unfortunately, the round design caused my hubby to scrape his knuckle on first try.  As a result, we prefer your standard grater. 

There isn't anything eco-friendly about this product, other than it is made in North America rather than China, cutting down on transportation emissions.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 24, 2010

Ditch the Paper Towel Habit: PeopleTowels Fair Trade Organic Cotton Reusable Personal Hand Towel

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I am always amazed at the number of disposable paper towels we go through when my family visits. It pains me to see them used for little drops of water on the counter, drying hands, etc. I do only purchase Seventh Generation Paper Towels, but they are still disposable.

PeopleTowels has a solution to the paper towel habit. These fair trade, organic reusable personal hand towels are a great alternative to the paper towel. Did you know:

The average person uses 3,000+ paper towels outside the home each year. Ambassadors will promote the B.Y.O.Towel message to their friends and families, and share the benefits of switching to PeopleTowels, such as reducing deforestation, waste and pollution. It is estimated that each person who switches from paper towels to PeopleTowels will save 1/4 of a tree, reduce landfill waste by 23 pounds and conserve 250 gallons of water every year.

These paper towel alternatives are also printed with eco-friendly dyes.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

June 4, 2010

Natural Home Cleaning Since 1886: New Bon Ami Products

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One thing I love about Bon Ami is you can find it any grocery store. It is my green cleaning standby when I can't shop at a health food store. Now, the company that has been making natural home cleaning products since 1886 has released new products. The new formulas include a tangerine thyme scent:
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser:

Bon Ami still uses the trademark feldspar and limestone as gentle, effective abrasives, but now combines them with even more sustainable cleaning agents from renewable corn, coconut, and palm oils. Plus we've added a touch of baking soda to help absorb odors.

Dish Soap:
Bon Ami Dish Soap was created with the same emphasis on gentle effectiveness as the original powders. Read through the ingredients - right there on the bottle - and you'll see there is nothing in the Dish Soap that will harm the environment either inside or outside your home. The all-natural ingredients are tough on greasy dish soils, but gentle on the skin, and will never contain phosphates or chlorine.

All-Purpose Cleaner:
Bon Ami All Purpose Cleaner is available in a Free + Clear version that has no added scent. And now Bon Ami offers a version of the product scented with natural essential oils. This fragrance, Tangerine Thyme, is a delightful fusion of mandarin orange, tangerine, orange, thyme, and clove.

Liquid Cleanser:
New Bon Ami Liquid Cleanser has the same gentle effectiveness of the original powder, but is easier to apply to vertical surfaces such as shower tiles, tubs, sinks, and walls. Like the powder, it contains the simple ingredients that have made Bon Ami a household friend for more than a century.

Our great grandmothers knew how to clean naturally! Beside, Bon Ami products are much cheaper than most green cleaning products!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

May 17, 2010

Green Cleaning: New Earth Friendly Products

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Earth Friendly Products was one of the first natural cleaning companies I discovered before going green was in vogue.

Our family began by making cleaners for industrial use before Corvettes had fins. When your grandmother was wearing a poodle skirt and drinking a float at the soda fountain, we were earning our first patents

Decades later, when Jimi Hendrix turned rock upside down and played guitar with his teeth, we started our own quiet rebellion. We decided: only cleaners that were plant-based. Only paper that was recycled. Only products not tested on animals, period.

Does it sound boring to say we're family owned and operated? Because what it means to us is that it's personal. We've been around, well - seems like forever. We know how to make cleaners that CLEAN, paper goods that work (with 80% post-consumer content, and that's good,) detergents that won't harm a fiber of your clothing, and a phosphate-free auto dish soap that won't etch anything. Ever.


Earth Friendly Products has introduced three new products we have tried:
Baby Liquid Laundry Soap, Organic Chamomile & Lavender:
Our new Baby Laundry Soap is a hypo-allergenic, everyday laundry soap containing only the highest quality ingredients. Gentle enough for baby's sensitive skin, Baby Laundry Soap rinses thoroughly, leaving baby's laundry clean and soft. As always, it is plant-based, non-toxic, and environmentally responsible. Baby Laundry Soap employs soothing chamomile and lavender essential oils, and is suitable for hand-washing wools, silks, and other fine washables.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash:
Helps remove pesticides, chemical, heavy metals, dirt, wax and bacteria from the surface of fruits and vegetables. Fruit & Vegetable Wash is tasteless and rinses away clean. Beacuse natural ingredients are used, color and body may vary.

DuoDish:
DuoDish™ is a revolutionary breakthrough in dishwashing. For the first time ever, you can handle your dishwashing needs with one detergent - DuoDish™. Have a few dishes to clean? Just hand wash to avoid waste. Is your sink cluttered? Use that same liquid for a full automatic machine load. Say bye, bye to etched dishes, glassware and utensils and hello to clean and clear dishwashing results with DuoDish™ Enjoy another "first" by Earth Friendly Products.

I love the baby liquid laundry soap, and I don't think it has to be just for babies! The use of organic essential oils is a bonus and a first that I do not recall encountering in laundry products. I don't use vegetable and fruit washes. I think that water and a little dish soap is all you need, but I don't even use soap usually, just a rinse in water. Of course, I only buy and grow organic produce, but I have never thought of the need to also remove bacteria when washing fruits and vegetables. The DuoDish is a great idea eliminating the need for two soap products in the kitchen. It also contains organic essential oils.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 23, 2010

Ditch the Paper Towels: Cloth Reusable "Paper" Towels

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Many of my friends have completely ditched paper towels, but I still keep a roll of brown recycled ones for really nasty clean up jobs I don't want to use my kitchen towels on. In fact, when my friend's father visited, he was pleased to see I was a paper towel user, as this was an issue between his daughter and him, and sent me a roll of super absorbent ones (he didn't like my brown paper towels).

Well, I have finally found a solution to paper towels: reusable paper towels! They aren't really made of paper, but they are cloth towels that can be used like a paper towel for those dirty jobs. They aren't quite as absorbent, but who cares when you are doing something that is better for the environment! They also come with a neat little bag you can hang from your cabinets to make them easy to dispense. The towels are made of "super absorbent birdseye diaper fabric", which got me thinking, why aren't I just using all those old cloth diapers I have from two children?


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking


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