by on Feb.17, 2010, under Uncategorized
Dutch ovens have been an important part of the kitchen for hundreds of years already. This is because they are well suited for unhurried, slow cooking. They can be used in the stove or in the oven. Dutch ovens are thick-walled and are usually made from cast iron. They also have a tight-fitting cover, thus avoiding spilling.
Le Creuset and Le Chasseur are French manufacturers of modern Dutch ovens. Le Creuset’s Dutch ovens are made from cast iron and are enameled. The company’s cookware products are known for their vibrant and varied colors. Le Creuset says that its Dutch ovens are the ideal cookware for every household. Le Chasseur also manufactures enameled, cast iron Dutch ovens. The company says that its products are made using traditional methods at is factory in France. All-Clad Metalcrafters is another company known for its Dutch ovens. Its products are made from stainless steel and are handcrafted. All of the company’s Dutch ovens are broiler safe. The company’s stay-cool handle, made from solid stainless steel, is ergonomically designed for easy and comfortable cooking. Lodge’s Dutch ovens are made from cast iron. They are available in 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 12 diameters. Other well known manufacturers of Dutch ovens include Wagner, CampChef, Staub, and Sante.
by on Aug.16, 2009, under Uncategorized
All around the world, people are beginning to learn that their actions greatly affect the environment. They’re jumping on the green movement, trying to use less energy, eat better foods, and create less waste.
In the kitchen, the green movement is generally associated with buying organic foods. Buying pesticide-free, sustainable products is definitely important, but it’s not the only thing you can do to make your kitchen area more environmentally friendly. Green cookware and green appliances will also make a huge contribution.
Scanpan: The Green Cookware
If you really want to eat safely and reduce pollution, buying properly made cookware is a must do. Scanpan, a cookware company based in Denmark, creates excellent products that are free of dangerous pollutants. Most conventional pots and pans are created using PFOS or PFOA, two non-stick materials that have been associated with cancer, infertility, and other health problems. The chemicals are also extremely harmful to the environment. Scanpan doesn’t use these pollutants in any step of their production.
Many of Scanpan’s products are coated with an innovative non-stick surface that is completely free of PFOS and PFOA. This coating, known as Green Tek, is only available through Scanpan. It gives consumers a safe way to prepare food with the convenience of a non-stick surface.
Scanpan produces other environmentally friendly products in addition to its Green Tek line. The company’s flagship products are its cast iron pots and pans, which are coated with a ceramic titanium compound. All Scanpan products are meant to create healthy, high quality food for years in the future. Choose these products if you want to makeover your kitchen with environmentally friendly cookware.
Another way to get green in the kitchen is with your appliances. It’s not a good idea to get rid of appliances just to make your kitchen more eco friendly–that would create unnecessary waste–but if you do need a new refrigerator or dishwasher, shopping with the earth in mind is wonderful.
The good news is that all kitchen appliances have become more energy efficient in the last few decades. Refrigerators, for example, are an estimated 70 percent more efficient than they were in the 1970s. So any appliance you buy today will be much better than what you had before, especially if your previous appliances were more than 20 years old.
Always look for Energy Star rated appliances; these are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than minimum standards. Also, Bosch has a line of environmentally friendly products known as Green Thinking. Consider these appliances if you’re in the market for new ones.
If you don’t need new kitchen appliances, the best thing to do is to use your current set less often. Do you really need to run the dishwasher twice a day? Does the refrigerator have to be on the coldest setting? Just making simple adjustments, like hand washing dishes and raising fridge temperatures, will greatly reduce your energy usage. That will save you money and help out the earth.
It’s the little things that make a big difference in going green in the kitchen. Change your lifestyle gradually and you’ll have a large impact.