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Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Featured Kitchen Tool and Free Giveaway

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Coffee Anytime
Shabbos Friendly

The search is always on to find the next fabulous cup of coffee. For six days each week, full bodied, coffee is a cinch. Rich, satisfying well-brewed coffee is readily available. On Shabbos, however, that is not always the case—especially for coffee devotees.

As we have reported previously, coffee extract is not a new idea and has been used for years commercially. Some coffee houses and cafes use cold-brew coffee extract. When brewing traditional hot coffee, acids and oils are released, which may effect some drinkers. According to research findings however, cold brewing produces smooth, low acid coffee perfect for people with acid reflux and digestive issues.
One of the benefits of the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker is that with cold brewing only the natural flavors are extracted, creating a well-balanced, lower acid, smooth, concentrated coffee, which can be used in hot or iced coffee drinks. And, once brewed, the concentrated coffee extract can be kept fresh in the pitcher of the Cold Brew Coffee Maker in the refrigerator.

It is simple to use.... ground coffee is added to the stainless mesh infuser, and then water is added to the pitcher. The coffee is left to steep in the refrigerator from 24 to 72 hours. At the end of the steeping process, the infuser is unscrewed and removed, and coffee can be enjoyed, with leftovers stored in the Takeya pitcher in the refrigerator...for up to two weeks. Yes, it is so easy; coffee can be made, served and stored in the Takeya.

And now more great news: For coffee loving Sabbath observant Jews, having a good cup of coffee on Saturday morning or after a wonderful Shabbos meal comes with limitations. There is a biblical prohibition against cooking on Shabbos, which includes the brewing of coffee. Most Shabbos observant people drink instant coffee. However, coffee made in the Takeya is Shabbos compliant, since there is absolutely no cooking or coffee sifting involved

Here's how:
On Wednesday or Thursday morning, add 14 to 16 tablespoons of your favorite medium or dark roast coarsely ground coffee to the infuser. Twist the infuser into the lid and add 4 cups of cold, filtered water to the pitcher. Lower the infuser into the water. Seal the lid, and store the pitcher in the refrigerator.

We have tested this coffee maker for several weeks and suggest the following: We like strong coffee – so we use a dark coarsely ground French roast. We made several batches of cold-brew coffee extract over several weeks, and allowed it to infuse in the refrigerated Takeya coffee for 36, 48 and 72 hours respectively. The 48-hour brew was excellent but, since we like our coffee very strong, our favorite was the 72-hour brew! Once the coffee has finished cold brewing, remove the Infuser. Now its ready to make a hot or iced cup of coffee, coffee that was smooth, rich and with a "freshly brewed" taste. One important tip: To ensure a really hot cup of coffee on Shabbos, the extract should be at room temperature. . We used 1 part coffee brew to 2 parts hot water to produce a hot brewed cup. We recommend removing the brew from the refrigerator on Friday night to bring it to room temperature by Saturday morning. Then enjoy it throughout the day, hot or cold, and refrigerate the leftovers.

For more information and to see a 2 minute video showing how to make coffee with the Takeyah coffee maker, go to http://blog.takeyausa.com/2013/10/introducing-the-takeya-cold-brew-coffee-maker/

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More than a decade ago, Keurig changed the world of coffee with its single serve coffee concept for use in the home or office. The company lives up to the American dream. The original K-Cup portion packs were invented by Colby College roommates Peter Dragone and John Sylvan, and Keurig was founded in 1990. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters invested in Keurig in 1996 and the very first Keurig brewer was launched in 1998. Keurig Green Mountain has been perking ever since!

Recently, we had the opportunity to try one of Keurig's newest innovations, a smaller machine, sleek and colorful on the counter since it is available in 12 luscious fashion color. We love its compact size, which makes it counter friendly in even the smallest of kitchens. It takes two minutes from filling to drinking and is easy to operate, just as prior models are. Simply add fresh water into the single-use reservoir, choose your favorite K-Cup®, add it to the holder, brew and enjoy.

So which K-Cups® are our favorites... We certainly know that this is a very personal choice. We like our coffee strong, rich, and full flavored. So, some of our favorites are:

Regular: Dark Magic, Italian Roast, French Roast (Darkest roast)
In Decaf (our after 5pm treat): Dark Magic, Italian Roast, Tully's French Roast

Keurig unflavored K Cups are all kosher, and many of the flavored coffees, teas and hot chocolates are kosher as well. Each K Cup is labeled with its kosher supervision mark. For more information visit keurig.com

The Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System along with a selection of K-Cups are available online at keurig.com, or in stores such as Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Belk, Macy's and more – or visit keurig.com.

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WÜSTHOF- A Cut Above

Treat yourself to these cutting edge culinary investments. We have recently been on a journey to upgrade some of our cutting implements. Blunt knives and old, no longer sharp--kitchen cutting implements are actually dangerous, and unfortunately we have come to this conclusion using many a Band-Aid. So, we are in the process of knife testing, perfect for this "cooking intensive" time of year. We know that the kosher home requires 3 of everything, which is often a costly proposition. We begin with shears, and present two we recommend:

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No kitchen, including ours, is complete without a pair of all-purpose shears. In fact, after using these WÜSTHOF tools, we recommend that if you don't yet have shears as part of your culinary cutting "wardrobe", do consider them. They will become essential in your kitchen. Shears are ideal for a multitude of tasks – from snipping twine, fresh herbs and flowers to slicing dried fruit, shaping parchment, cutting up salads, herbs, vegetables and fruits. We have used them to cut parchment for baking, for trimming pastry and to open soft plastic containers.

• Durable stainless-steel shears
• Slip-resistant polypropylene handles allow for a steady grip
• Steel-tooth insets in handle has a built-in bottle opener to twist open bottle and jar caps
• Blades come a part for easy cleaning
• Can be held with either right or left hand

WÜSTHOF 10"Poultry Shears
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These WÜSTHOF poultry shears are a cutting dream. They allow us to easily make our own cut up chicken, and are quite helpful when cutting a turkey or even trimming fat from meats. We can buy a whole chuck roast and easily chunk it ourselves for cholent or stew. These 10" shears cut right through poultry ribs, bone and gristle. Equipped with stainless-steel serrated blades, their sharp edge cut easily through meat, cartilage and bones without tearing the meat itself. The notched edge blade can even be used for cutting through and cracking bones while leaving the meat intact.

• Durable textured stainless-steel handles provide a steady grip Stainless steel serrated blades
• Saves time and energy with efficient cuts
• Ambidextrous design - suitable for left- or right-handed users
• Lock closed for safe, compact storage.

Buy these WÜSTHOF Shears and other Wüsthof products here: WÜSTHOF Kitchen ShearsWÜSTHOF Poultry Shears

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Bye Bye Chip Clips – Hello FreshTape!
We discovered this innovation at the AmericasMart summer gift and gourmet show. What a great idea. Simply fold over the bag, use this tape to seal the bag.

• Made in the USA
• Helps keep pantry organized
• Available in several fun designs
• Recyclable and reusable

About the FreshTape founders;
Liz and Laura have been BFFs since they worked together in rock and roll radio in Chicago (The Loop). They've gotten married (several times, truthfully) raised kids, travelled, run households, helped parents and have led very full, very messy lives. Like yours.

They got tired of using lame bag clips that held sticky germs and were the wrong size. They were tired of throwing away food that got stale or freezer burned. And they didn't have the time to rearrange everything in happy little containers, either.

There had to be a better way. So they invented one. Made in America. Recyclable. BPA and Phthalate free. And it really works. Really.

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Coming soon to a store near you.
Order FreshTape now at: FreshTape

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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen
Sushi Making Kit

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From HIC Harold Import Co.

Helen Chen's easy to use Asian Kitchen Sushi Making kit takes the fear out of making sushi rolls. You can now consider sushi a family activity – yes, even the children can roll.

Sushi rolls combine vinegar-seasoned rice with raw, smoked or cooked fish, cooked or fresh vegetables, and pickles into a myriad of shapes and sizes. It has made its way onto most American and International restaurants, and now it can easily be prepared at home.

One of the most popular types of sushi is rolled sushi (maki-zushi) made with seasoned sushi rice and a filling and wrapped in a seaweed sheet (nori). It's shaped into rolls, cut into bite-sized pieces and served with Japanese horseradish (wasabi), pickled ginger (gari) and dipped in soy sauce. It is fun to make, delicious, and can be made with a wide variety of fillings. We often serve it as an appetizer on Shabbos!

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Suggested fillings to use in your rolled sushi:
• Watercress
• Asparagus (parboiled)
• Carrots (parboiled and cut into thin strips)
• Green beans (parboiled)
• Avocado
• Mushrooms
• Spinach (parboiled, water squeezed out)
• Cucumber (seedless is best)
• Japanese pickled vegetables
• Takuwan (pickled daikon radish)
• Abura-age (tofu, sliced thin, seasoned and fried)
• Pickled ginger
• Egg Omelet
• Tuna (sushi-quality raw tuna)
• Smoked salmon or other smoked fish
• Kosher Surimi (crabsticks)
• Scallions
• Sesame seeds (black or white)

Watch this Video and get inspired: Helen Chen demonstrates how to make sushi rolls with her sushi making kit from HIC Harold Import Co.

Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Sushi Making Kit contains three different sized sushi shape molds, a spatula, a slotted rice paddle, and an instruction booklet. You will need Nori sheets (Emerald Cove brand is kosher) and of course your choice of fillings. Some of our favorite fillings are faux crab, avocado, scallions, and cucumbers. Simply follow the directions in the kit – press, roll and release! You will be a sushi maven in no time!  To purchase the kit, click here: Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Sushi Making Kit.

For an easy sushi rice recipe, seesssss: How to Make Sushi Rice

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