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KosherEye Featured Kitchen Tool

Petite Herb Saver
PL 8 Collection from Progressive International

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The new PL8™ Herb Saver Petite is a helpful kitchen tool – especially in spring and summer. We love to grow our own organic herbs and this little container keeps herbs fresh for days! We simply clipped some fresh dill, mint, basil and parsley, washed them well and put the whole bunch into the compact PL8 petite saver. We replaced the removable, non-skid bottom, added water and placed the herb saver container into the fridge. Just as the larger size that preceded it, the container fit on our refrigerator door shelf. Our bundle of test herbs lasted 6 days – and still look bright, and taste garden-fresh! This is a must have for any home herb gardener, and, if you buy fresh herbs, this container will keep them fresh and usable for an extended time.

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  •  Easy to refresh water due to the removable base reservoir
  •  Garden or store-bought herbs stay crisp & fresh longer
  •  BPA free, Shatterproof container
  •  Fits on refrigerator door shelf
  •  Built- in herb stripper
  •  Dishwasher Safe
  •  2 sizes available PL8 original herb saver, and now the PL8 petite. Both are designed to fit on most refrigerator door shelves

The new PL8® collection by Progressive International was designed to combine quality, sophisticated style, innovation and functionality. Cooking from scratch is becoming increasing popular, and PL8 tools will likely become favorites of the home cook.

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Innovative Kitchen Helpers

We are obsessive about keeping our sugars and flours fresh and bug-free. Our children know that we consider flour, sugar, coffee and many other edibles refrigerator foods, even if they are not. So when we discovered Prepworks pro-keepers at the Chicago Housewares Show, it was love at first sight. These containers are air tight, shaped to easily fit in the pantry or fridge and unique because of the extras hidden inside of each.
We tried three of these storage containers and plan to purchase additional sizes. So convenient and perfect for safe and hygienic food storage!



The sugar Pro-keeper features a silicone seal for airtight storage. The flip-to-pour spout and contoured body make for easy one-handed use. Clear body with measurement marks to see how much sugar is remaining.
• 2.5 qt capacity
• Holds a 4 lb. bag of sugar (Wish it held 5 lbs.)
• Dishwasher safe



The tinted UV-blocking Pro-Keeper preserves flavors and freshness of coffee beans and grounds. The silicone seal provides airtight storage
• 1.5 qt capacity
• Includes a one Tablespoon scoop which stores inside the container
• Dishwasher safe


The flour Pro-Keeper features a silicone seal for airtight storage. The removable leveler snaps into the lid for easy storage. Measurement marks clearly display remaining flour.
• 4 qt capacity
• Holds up to 5 lbs. of flour (YAY!)
• Removable flour leveler store in lid. Great feature
• Dishwasher safe


Watch the Prepworks Pro-Keeper innovative storage solutions in use:


Prepworks ProKeepers™

Posted by Progressive International on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pro-Keepers may be purchased by clicking here: Prepworks Pro_Keepers

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This Kitchen Tool is on the Cutting Edge

Microplane has introduced its new, innovative Elite Box Grater. Maximizing the functionality of traditional box graters, which typically include 2-4 different blades, the new Elite Box Grater is a space-saving 5-in-1 grating tool with the unique feature of five different stainless steel cutting surfaces.

The newly updated grater boasts a sturdier design and 30% more blade surface than previous models. Five different ultra-sharp blades cover just about anything that you can think of grating. (See our recipe for gluten free, scrumptious potato kugel)

• Black plastic frame 5" x 3" x 10 3/4" high
• Soft-grip, Non-slip handle
• Stylish Ergonomic design
• Nonskid rubber base provides stability and leverage while grating
• Surgical-grade stainless-steel blades, made in the USA
• Five grater blade surfaces: fine, coarse, ultra-coarse, ribbon and large shaver.
• Removable bottom collection tray to catch grated ingredients and eliminate messy clean up
• Clear window on two sides to measure as you grate - up to 2 ½ cups
• Top rack dishwasher safe

It is available for purchase now exclusively at Williams-Sonoma at $39.95
The new Microplane Elite Box Grater will be offered at other retail stores nationwide starting in August 2015.
What a GREAT kitchen tool! This is a gift yourself, gift others KosherEye selection.

See our recipe for World's Best Potato Kugel, made with our new Microplane Elite Box Grater.

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Zojirushi Electric Air Pot
Micom Super Boiler Hot Water Urn


Most Sabbath observant homes maintain a Sabbath friendly water-boiler urn for Shabbos and Yom Tov use. In fact, unless a home has a built-in kitchen instant hot water dispenser, a water-boiling urn is a staple in many kitchens.

At the International Housewares Show in Chicago, one of our searches was to find a Sabbath friendly hot water urn. An easy search at the world's largest housewares show? NO! This was not an easy quest due to all of the intricate electronics currently installed in most appliances. However we found a star- or shall we say a mini-star. The Zojirushi Micom Super Boiler is an excellent hot water solution for Shabbos and weekday use for an individual or small family. It is compact, easy to clean and holds 74 ounces (about 8 cups) of water. We like it because of its simplicity, its small footprint, and its ability to maintain the perfect water temperature for coffee and tea. As an added benefit, which we plan to take advantage of on our next driving vacation, it is easily transportable and can be used in a vacation condo or hotel room.

The Micom Super Boiler features an air pump dispensing system. It is easy to use with only one temperature setting and a lock/unlock feature to prevent accidental dispensing.
• 74 ounce capacity; Maintains a 208° temperature
• 3 simple-to- use controls including lock, reboil and descaling for cleaning
• Easy to see water level gauge
• 360 ° rotation on swivel base allowing pouring from all directions
• De-chlorinate and descaling mode reduces chlorine and musty odors from tap water
• Micro computerized temperature control system
• Removable magnetic power cord
• Convenient re-boil mode and easy to clean nonstick interior
• Dimensions 8 ½ x 10 ¼ x 12 ½ inches – Fits under most kitchen cabinets; White floral exterior
• Convenient size for travel
To confirm use on Shabbos and/or Yom Tov, please check with your own rabbinical authority.

For more information, visit

To order The Micom Super Boiler, click here:  Zojirushi Micom Super Boiler 2.2L, Floral

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When our kitchen remodeling project was complete and we started using the new appliances, cabinets, sinks, fixtures, etc.,  we  encountered some unexpected consequences of our new purchases - namely care and maintenance of the completely different surfaces than those that we previously had. Since we chose stainless steel appliances and natural stone countertops, we had to research appropriate cleaning products. Stainless steel is beautiful, but oh the fingerprints. We actually knew this when selecting appliances but couldn't resist the beauty! We didn't realize that the natural stone countertops required special cleaning as well. After testing and researching cleaning product choices we discovered Granite Gold. And, we are now huge fans of this line. Here are some of our favorites:

Granite_gold_all-surface_cleaner_128wX303hGranite Gold All-Surface Cleaner:
We wanted to protect and preserve our quartzite counters. This cleaner is recommended for a variety of natural stones including granite, marble, travertine and all other natural-stone and quartz surfaces. Works with mirrors, glass and cabinet hardware. It is efficient in removing food spills and stains, and we like the citrus scent. Be aware that many everyday, typical household cleaners, which contain ammonia or bleach, are not recommended for natural stone. We know this because we contacted several companies including Lysol, and also perused the product labels. Our research led us to Granite Gold. Their All Surface granite cleaner is safe to use regularly, and is available in both spray bottle and as wipes.
Safe on food-prep surfaces
• Non-acidic
• pH Balanced
• Biodegradable
• No phosphates or ammonia
• Also available in a cost-saving refill

Granite Gold Scrubbing Sponge:
We also tried the Granite Gold scrubbing sponge. Regular household scouring pads are too abrasive for natural stone, and may leave scratches.
The granite cleaner scrub sponge is safe on natural stone and removes stuck on food particles. Non-scratch pads are also available at supermarkets, but it is reassuring to have one specifically designed for stone.

Granite Gold All-Surface Wipes®
We love these – because they are so versatile, convenient, and make our stainless steel appliances instantly shine, shine, shine. They are perfect for a quick wipe on our stainless steel, appliances, glass backsplash, cooktop and more. The streak-free, non-toxic and non-abrasive formula won't scratch surfaces. It is also recommended for solid surface countertops like Corian and quartz surfaces as well.
• Safe on food-prep surfaces, Non-acidic, pH Balanced
• Biodegradable, No phosphates or ammonia

Granite_Gold_daily_cleaner_116wX303hGranite Gold Daily Cleaner
This product is a handy spray cleaner specifically for daily deep cleaning of natural stone surfaces. We keep this one very close by, especially when we are cooking.

About the company:
Granite Gold® is the brainchild of cousins Lenny Sciarrino and Lenny Pellegrino. Their grandfather moved to the United States in the 1950s, bringing with him an Italian heritage known for expertise in the stone industry that he passed on to generations. We contacted Granite Gold founder Lenny Sciarrino with some additional kitchen maintenance questions:

How do you properly disinfect food-preparation surfaces?
Be wary of common household cleaners that contain disinfectants. They can break down the protective seal on granite and other natural stone, leading to costly repair and replacement. Granite Gold Disinfecting Wipes® are the only EPA-approved wipes for sealed-stone surfaces. An important reminder about any disinfectant is to let it sit on the surface for at least five minutes for it to take effect. Don't wipe away the residue right away; let the disinfectant do the job. After that, rinse with potable water or Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®.

What types of stone would you recommend in various household settings, such as kitchens, bathrooms and entryways?
Granite is the use common in most kitchens. Marble is widely used in bathrooms, which don't see as much traffic as kitchens, and with marble you can enjoy softer, lighter color tones most people like in their bathrooms. With floors, you need to be mindful of the wear and tear, and that's why travertine is the popular choice. Not only can it withstand wear and tear, but also because of its unique markings and patterns, it hides nicks and imperfections.

How do you prevent and remove stains, and water spots?
Let's first start with prevention, and that begins with the extremely important protective seal. Without the protective seal, or one that's wearing away, you'll soon be facing costly repair or replacement.
We're often asked how often stone should be sealed. Truth is, you can never over-seal natural-stone surfaces, and by doing so frequently, you're building a protective barrier against stains and etches. The best way to determine whether you need to reseal stone is with a simple water test. Be sure to do this in several locations, since the integrity of the seal could vary from one area to another. If the water beads, then the stone remains sealed. However, if the stone is penetrated – look for a dark mark or ring created by the water – it is time to reseal. Check for etching and stains as well before sealing your stone surfaces. You'll want to fix these issues before the sealant is applied.

We advocate an easy three-step process: Clean often, seal frequently and polish regularly. With polishing, you're getting multiple benefits: Enhancing the shine and luster of the stone – the wow factor we all love – reinforcing the protective seal and preventing build-up such as water spots.

Lenny Sciarrino share some thoughts on natural stone care and maintenance on this video: Granite Gold Lenny Sciarrino On the House Interview

To buy Granite Gold products online, click here: Granite Gold. To find them at a store near you use this Granite Gold Store Locator.

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