The good people at CSN Stores have made me a deal. They’ve offered to send me an $80 gift certificate to use in any of their stores as long as I review whatever it is I purchase. Clearly, I am not going to turn away this opportunity. So now I’m faced with a daunting task: what do I use my gift certificate on? Turns out there are like 200 specialized CSN stores; so my options are quite varied. Ultimately though, I’ve narrowed it down to a few contenders, all from the kitchen genre.
See my options after the jump.
Jaccard Safe Hands Mandolin in ABS – 200421
Want: I don’t have a mandolin, and I’m pretty bad at julienning vegetables. Occasionally I’ll use my food processor to slice veggies thin, but it never seems to be thin enough (and forget about the slicer side of my box grater). On the downside, I fear I might chop off my fingers. Plus, I can probably get a cheaper one.
Need: I would like a mandolin to round out my kitchen tools, but I wouldn’t say that I need to julienne or thinly slice that often. Might not be the highest priority (although, it would be nice to have).
Emerilware Cast Iron 20″ Reversible Grill / Griddle
Want: I kind of really want this. It’s two pans for the price of one, and while the griddle is something I can take or leave, the grill pan is certainly something that intrigues me.
Need: I do have a BBQ on my roof and a Foreman Grill knockoff in my kitchen, but the former requires me going to my roof and the latter doesn’t get hot enough (and it’s small). I would say that I certainly need this and would use it.
Black & Decker CitrusMate Plus
Want: Yes, yes, and yes. I’m sick of using my little reamer to juice umpteen lemons and limes for margaritas and other tasty beverages that my friends and I whip up. Plus, even for non cocktails, the tricky business of squeezing lemon juice into a dish without getting the seeds involved drives me nuts. Yes, I have a strainer, but it’s a pain.
Need: Note the above. Of all the items on this list, this is closest to a sure thing.
Progressive International Silicone Baking Mat
Want: This item would be nice, but I don’t often find myself wishing I had one in the kitchen.
Need: Again, not a huge need for this, but I’ve been told these mats are great to have; so it feels like a wise decision.
Farberware Nonstick Carbon Steel 12 Cup Muffin Pan
Want: I want this quite a bit. Wonderful B-Side Blog reader SpecialK actually gave me a lovely 6-cup muffin tin two years ago, which I have put to great use; however, for larger batches, I may need to supplement that muffin tin with this item so I can avoid having to repeat the baking process over and over again.
Need: Like I said, I already have a muffin tin; so I don’t need this purchase as much as the others. Then again, I am contributing to the Eat My Blog bake sale in two weeks, and I’ll need a larger muffin tin for what I’m making. Oh, the dilemma…
Paderno World Cuisine Composite Skimmer
Want: I certainly want other things more, but this might round out the gift certificate should I have a balance left over.
Need: I don’t have a huge need for this, but then again, I really hate skimming with spoons. I feel like I take too much broth.
Calphalon Nylon Potato Masher
Want: I actually want one of these quite a bit. Sometimes it can be a pain in the ass to drag out the ol’ food mill just to mash some potatoes.
Need: Then again, I do have a food mill. And forks. And other kitchen tools that can be used instead. But then again, a potato masher seems like a pretty basic kitchen staple. I feel like I should have one.
So that is the list. I’m leaning towards a combo of grill/griddle pan, juicer, and silicone mat, but I’m open to other suggestions. And again, all will be reviewed on this blog.