Consumer Reports For Asian Cookware, Wooden Cutting Boards And Plastic Cutting Boards

26 02 2010

Asian Cookware: Wok Pan Needed

Cook up a scrumptious Mediterranean or Asian chicken stir-fry or a classic Mandarin pork and vegetable dish in this Lodge cast-iron wok. The vessel measures a generous 14 inches in diameter and 4-1/2 inches deep–large enough for virtually any family-size recipe. And thanks to its heavy-duty cast-iron construction, it cooks its contents beautifully, spreading the heat evenly throughout the bottom and all the way up the sides. The Asian wok’s esteemed heat retention is especially suited to browning meats and frying noodles, as its temperature never wavers. Chefs will also appreciate the pan’s Asian Cookware steady base, which stays stationary on the burner, along with the large loop handles that make it easy to maneuver.

The Asian wok cookware hails from Lodge’s Pro Logic line, which updates the classic Lodge look with contemporary rolled edges and graceful curved lines. Pro Logic cookware items are also pre seasoned through a proprietary "electrostatic" vegetable oil spray system. The pre seasoning process readies the wok for cooking right out of the box, making it far more convenient than old-style cast-iron items that required oil and oven seasoning before use. The timesaving process also generates a nonstick finish that helps preserve the cookware for generations. As with most cast-iron cookware, Lodge recommends hand washing the wok to protect the surface. It also carries a lifetime warranty.

Wooden Cutting Boards:

With wooden grooved channels to catch juices for making sauces and, these three inexpensive wooden cutting boards are ideal for carving roasts and poultry. The boards’ rounded edges make them unusually attractive for serving at table. Plus, they flip over to provide flat sides to prep vegetables or slice and serve bread. Because the set consists of a large wooden cutting boards, medium, and small board, all cutting and carving needs are satisfied. The large wood board measures 17-1/2 by 11-1/2 inches, the medium is 11-1/2 by 9 inches, and the small is 8-3/4 by 6-1/2 inches. Made of farm-grown hardwood (no forest trees involved), the 5/8-inch-thick wooden cutting boards are sealed with food-grade mineral oil so they won’t dry out. Wipe them clean with soapy water and dry and they will last several lifetimes.

Plastic Cutting Boards: Oxo Cutting Board Gets It Done

Quality plastic kitchen tools can easily turn tedious meal preparation into a fun culinary experience. OXO’s Good Grips utility plastic cutting board has all the makings of a top-notch cook’s aid. Crafted from thick polypropylene, the surface is durable, nonporous, and odor resistant; it is also impervious to deep scratches and maintains the sharp edges on kitchen knives. A juice groove around the perimeter of one side keeps liquids contained, and soft handles at either end make it easy to transport and keep it from slipping on the counter. The plastic cutting boards is designed to be used on both sides, doubling a cook’s work capacity without adding bulk. Measuring 10-1/2 inches by 15 inches, this cutting board versatile size handles medium to large jobs. It is available in a range of plastic handle colors and goes safely into the dishwasher between uses.




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