The top 10 essential kitchen utensils of all time
“Never without”: 10 essential kitchen utensils
I don’t know what I’d do without you… how many times have we said that? In the kitchen, that is.
Yes, because while we cook we perform our very own personal rites and rituals, which at times would seem impossible to us, or at least much more demanding, without the aid of our most trustworthy utensils. But there’s some we don’t even know exist! Here we go, then, with a list of the ten most essential kitchen utensils of all time: smart, strange, Green or designer utensils, these are the kitchen tools that will make you say with in a dreamy tone: “ah, I really don’t know what I’d do without you”, take Modì’s word for it.
Let’s start right away with a designer utensil: the Easy Cut breadboard by Eno. The difference with traditional breadboards is that, as you can imagine, with this one it’s impossible to get it wrong. What’s more, it’s designed in a Green spirit, being totally in wood, an extremely important feature for us at Modì, producers of the ultimate eco-friendly apple. Let’s not forget that Modì has lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 49% compared to other apple varieties grown under the same conditions.
Our second utensil is actually a set, especially thought out for younger chefs: Chewp is designed to help children approach the world of cooking. These tools are perfectly functional, but designed in such a way as to avoid any possible injuries.
And now, an object perfect for tea lovers, who will no longer need to worry about how to squeeze their teabags and putting them down somewhere without making a mess. Problem solved with Teasquee.
Let’s move on to desserts and an invention by Ivan Zhang: an egg whisk that separates the yolk and the white, a touch of genius!
Another indispensable kitchen utensil must be this pineapple cutter. Once you start using this very simple object, you’ll start wondering “how did I cope without it all this time?” You can find it online in various materials and on sale via a range of e-commerce sites.
Staying on the fruit theme, we bring your attention to an apple core remover (try it with our Modì apples): this too you’ll find on the Web in various shapes, materials and in a range of prices.
Number seven: an utensil that’s a real work of genius. Introducing ScrapTrap, the gadget that will help us keep cooking surfaces clean at all times. It can easily be positioned in the joints of our drawers and is of valuable help in waste separation.
For meat lovers, this very special thermometer is a must for your kitchen: ideal for barbecues, all you need to do is to stick it in the piece of meat you want to grill and decide the cooking level. This too you’ll find online from various producers.
With summer round the corner, don’t we all fancy some ice-cold cocktails? With Brrrrr it becomes easier to make them: this ice-cube container can be filled vertically, just like a bottle, and placed horizontally in your refrigerator. When the ice is ready, make the cubes come out by giving it a slight blow.
Let’s finish this review of “must have” kitchen utensils with some coffee: a handmade espresso with Rok Espresso Maker, which promises a perfect espresso every time you use it.
Music as “condiment”
Scientific research shows that music alters our perception of food
So, do you grate a little music on your pasta? Or what about a pinch of music in your coffee?
Yes, because a recent study by Oxford University reveals that musical notes, high and low, modify our perception of food.
A group of volunteers were offered some typically British cinder toffee, a dessert that, because of its composition, lends itself particularly well to this type of experiment,. As the volunteers savoured their toffees, high frequency sounds were emitted in the environment, immediately followed by low frequency ones. Participants were later asked to assess the flavour of what they had just tasted on a sweet to bitter scale: thanks to the results, researchers were able to conclude that high notes emphasise the bitter components of food, while low notes emphasise the sweet components.
But, we can safely say, Oxford isn’t alone in the world. Because researchers from the University of Arkansas also carried out a very similar project, publishing their results on Appetite magazine: in this case, a group of volunteers tasted several foods while listening to various musical genres, and form the results it seems clear that different musical styles have different influences on the way we perceive food. For example, jazz apparently makes chocolate more tasty, but has no effects on peppers.
These particular studies also explain why we prefer putting on some music while we eat, or why in an aeroplane, an environment with particularly tiresome noises, we perceive food as not very appetising, or even bad-tasting.
Obviously this kind of research is still very much in its early days, but we can bet on the fact that many food companies will be ready to perfect various techniques to make their products appeal more to our palates: like the famous American ice-cream chain, Ben & Jerry’s, which has already created an actual series of “musical flavours” associated to a QR code: in this case all you need to do is connect to the Internet with your smartphone and listen to the particular piece of music designed to enhance the flavour of your ice-cream.
At this point we can try it out by connecting to this link, perhaps while tasting our Modì apples, with their perfect balance between sweetness and sharpness. They would seem ideal for this kind of “experiment”. And then, please let us know the effect it had on you :)
Modì Apples: why you should eat them with the skin!
Properties of Modì apple skins
Perhaps not everyone knows that apples too, like many other fruits, should be eaten with the skin, because that’s where the main nutrients are found. Modì apples too, with their consistent yellow pulp, crispy and juicy, are best relished if you don’t peel them, for at least five good reasons.
The skin, as we said, possesses most of the fibres that are fundamental for our health. Consider that when an apple is peeled, it loses over half its fibres: a real shame for our intestines and physical shape.
Without the skin of the apple we can say goodbye to most of the vitamin content too: to give you an idea, when we peel an apple we lose substantial quantities of Vitamins A and C.
Not to mention those substances considered to be anticancer and which are contained precisely in the skin of the apple. They’re known as Triterpenoids and, according to several studies, they deactivate cancer cells in laboratory cultures, particularly those that develop in the colon, liver and breast.
What’s more, if you have memory problems, remember not to peel your apples, because the skin contains Quercetin, an antioxidant substance that protects our memory faculties and alleviates certain breathing problems.
And if weight is your main concern, it’s advisable you eat a little more and stop peeling your apples, because the ursolic acid contained in the skin is ideal for controlling your body weight, reducing the risks of excess weight and obesity. So, remember: Modì apples are always a healthy and nourishing snack, but with their skin they’re even better for you: So, clean them thoroughly and relish them to the fullest!
The new trend in the kitchen? Green Cooking
Be smart in the kitchen with Green Cooking
Reusing, readapting and reinventing. Day after day, these initiatives are irresistibly becoming part of our way of intending cooking. They’re better known as the principles of Green Cooking, which also include the choice of seasonal ingredients and the care with which they’re grown.
Let’s say straight away that this new trend is probably the result of our particular historical moment. Or, more simply, it is induced by our greater awareness and sensitivity towards everything that has to do with the sphere of food and diet.
Motives that Modì has always been more than familiar with, turning them into its trademark, starting from the product itself: because Modì is the ultimate environment-friendly apple, it is born as an eco-friendly fruit. The innate resistance of the tree to the main pathogens and to field production reduces man’s intervention in the growing process to a minimum, with huge benefits on the surrounding environment.
So, we can safely say that if you use Modì you’re already practising Green Cooking. And what’s more, if you check us out on the Internet, you’ll find out that our recipes section has been totally reformulated with a special emphasis on this trend, with advice and tasty recipes based on these principles!
And Modì has also organised an actual competition dedicated to the trend. It’s taking place from March 10 to April 21 of this year and every day a Green Cooking KIT will be up for grabs, up to the final prize draw that will give you the chance to win an Atala electric bicycle.
The competition is yet another reason to join in the Green Cooking trend. After all, it really takes just a few simple tricks and tips for this style to become part of our lives. What do you think? Is your cooking smart enough?
What do 200 calories of food look like? WiseGeek shows us!
WiseGeek’s photo project showing 200 calories of food
Ever wondered how many calories are in the dish you’re eating? Or rather, what 1000 calories of chicken look like? Or of salad? What do 300 calories of ravioli look like? Or 200 calories?
There you go. Ever wondered what 200 calories of broccoli look like? Or 200 calories of green beans?
What about 200 calories of eggs? Or 200 of salty snacks? Well, WiseGeek has developed a new absolutely surprising study project entirely devoted to representing 200 calories.
They start from a very simple assumption: some foods have more calories than others and an absolutely immediate way to realise that is by illustrating this principle with a selection of images. All the types of food have been photographed with this in mind and all show 200 calories. At this point we can tell at a glance that a whole plate of broccoli has the same calories as a mere teaspoonful of peanut butter or that a couple of inches of oil correspond to a huge plate of carrots.
Extremely important factors to decide autonomously what to eat, bearing in mind that, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an average adult needs between 2000 and 2500 calories per day. In other words, the principle is the following: as we need a fixed quantity of calories each day, by looking at these images, what do you fancy eating?
It’s definitely a very stimulating project that immediately gives us a clear picture of the caloric density of different types of foods. In addition, the photographs on the popular search site WiseGeek are also beautiful to look at. On this point, risking to sound a bit biased, we at Modì have particularly concentrated on the 200 calories offered by apples, a food that we consider without a shadow of a doubt, to be the most photogenic :)