Anyone who knows me knows I love to cook. I cook every night for my family and when I can find and/or use a product that helps my cooking go a little more smoothly, I am all in.
I was given the chance to review the newest products from Joseph Joseph. They strive to put innovative, functional and problem solving household products into the hands of home cooks like me!
They started out with a cutting board and are now known worldwide! They have grown from just kitchen gadgets to waste management and cleaning supplies as well.
You can rest assured that when you purchase these products that you are receiving a quality item. They even offer a 2 year warranty if your product for some reason is not working up to the standard that they uphold.
Personally, I think that that alone is an amazing feature for a company to offer. That means that they truly care about their product and how the customer is satisfied,
The first product I was given was The Nest Steam - a set of 3 steam pods. They come in all different sizes and each a different color.
As with many Joseph Joseph products, the Nest Steam Pods are space saving as they all fit into each other for easy storage when not in use. I like that, as my cupboards are at full capacity as it is. Anything that makes food prep a little easier for me makes me a happy cook.
Each pod has a pan rest which hooks right over the edge of your sauce pan. The silicone base of it works great for a lid to rest on top to utilize the steaming.
The pods are BPA free, dishwasher safe, food safe and heat safe. I put all 3 sizes to use at once to get the feel for the product. I steamed squash, carrots and halved onions.
This product is definitely best used for small portions, probably single serve portions as the pods themselves are very small. The smallest pod for me was pointless. I had no idea what to stick in there to steam because it literally is so small. It looks to be able to hold a half can of peas (possibly). We tried sliced onions just to test it out.
The pods when placed into a pan together do not all line up and fit together perfectly but they definitely do the job. Our veggies were steamed perfectly and we had no issues with it other than the size. Clean up was quick and easy and storage is a breeze.
The second product I was given was the Smasher. It is a pump action potato masher. When I looked on their website for more information on this product, I could not find it. I am assuming that it is no longer available as they have a new fold able potato smasher for sale. Now, your original potato masher that most everyone probably has in their kitchen drawers are the metal grate type. The Smasher is essentially the same, except it is a hard plastic material and you push down on the handle for a more powerful mash.
I found this product to be an ok kitchen item. It seemed to suction to the bottom of my pan with every mash and then when suctioned, it made for more work by having to shake it off to release all the potatoes.
While an interesting product - I don't think that this product is a must-need in my home. However, the one currently available on their site, the Delta, looks much more like the sort of masher most of us have used, with the added bonus of folding flat for easy storage.
So in light of a new potato masher and my all time favorite holiday coming up, why not add a nice little Thanksgiving Mashed Potato recipe for you all?!
Well, here is my go-to recipe. It's not anything special but my family sure loves it and begs for more when i make it. Now my recipe feeds a family of 4. Adjust the portions to the size of family that you have,
Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
4 Large Russet Potatoes - peeled, cut into chunks and boiled
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of sour cream
a generous amount of Parmesan Cheese
A generous amount of Garlic Salt
(when I say generous, i mean by taste. we like garlic salt in our house and well, you just cannot go wrong with Parmesan cheese... am I right? If you want to control the salt level and still have plenty of garlic, use garlic powder and salt separately)
After your potatoes are peeled, cut and boiled down, drain all the water and start adding all the ingredients. Mash them together well, and enjoy with all your delicious Thanksgiving side dishes.
This is definitely an easy recipe for the moms who need a quick go to!
Now would be the perfect time to check out Joseph Joseph's many cutting boards and household gadgets - which would find a place in your kitchen during your seasonal cooking? Which would make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the home cooks on your list?
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