Four of five new kitchen electrics shift upscale

As part of a year long effort to shift its product mix somewhat upscale, Hamilton Beach has introduced five kitchen electrics that it says fit the food preparation lifestyles of today.

Also, according to Paul Ackels, Hamilton Beach’s vice president for sales, the company is having a good year, especially in food processors and blenders.

Hamilton Beach’s new products are a meat grinder, electric knife, juice extractor, auto cook slow cooker, and an espresso cappuccino machine. Shipping is to begin in the fall.

Ackels said the new kitchen electrics are designed to appeal to health conscious consumers and, second, they’re targeted at those who want to do more food preparation at home, with specific appliances that do specific jobs. As an example, Ackels pointed to Hamilton Beach’s new meat grinder, which can make homemade sausage. (more…)

Food of spring

Wild mushrooms

As we went to press (mid December), mushrooms were in tight supply due to excessively wet conditions in the main growing areas, which means prices are up overall. The delayed Portuguese and Spanish girolle, chanterelle and pied de mouton seasons should be picking up in January, and you can expect larger numbers of American black trompettes through at the beginning of the month. There are very limited quantities of South African cep available, but you’ll pay for them at least 30 [pounds sterling]kg. Black truffles both Perigord and Italian are starting, and you can expect to pay around 800 [pounds sterling]kg, with the price probably dropping by the end of the month. British wild mushroom expert Brigitte Tee says UK Perigord should be available in January, along with brownwinter chanterelles, pied de mouton and pied bleu.


Partridges are good, and pheasants hens in particular are in excellent condition (all 8 [pounds sterling] brace). Mallard (13 brace), widgeon (10 brace) and teal(9 [pounds sterling]brace) are in good supply, and venison continues to be top quality (saddles 18.50 [pounds sterling]kg, haunches 10kg).

Beef, lamb and pork

Beef prices look like they’ll be mirroring last month’s as we head through January. Usually you’d expect prices to fall across the board in the new year, especially for fillet (currently 22 – 23 kg for Scotch, 19 – 20 kg for English) and bone in rib (Scotch currently 9 kg, English 7.80 kg), but last year they tended to hold steady, and there’s little indication it will be different this time around, says trader Phil Muchmore on Smithfield. Lamb prices are likely to hold their pre Christmas levels until the first week of the new year, due to the effects of the bank holiday on the supply chain, but thereafter you’ll probably see some falls.

It’s difficult to call, says lamb trader Paul Andrade, but you could be looking at 5.20 pounds sterling 5.30 [pounds sterling]kg for leg, 2.80 pounds sterling 3 pounds sterling kg for chines, upwards of 4.40 pounds sterling kg for best end and 3.80 [pounds sterling] 4 [pounds sterling]kg for shoulder. And pork Currently trade is on fire, with legs (more…)

Why you should purchase meat Grinder

Food lovers all over the globe who wish to possess burgers as well as meat golf balls more regularly for his or her supper are now able to provide relieve for their life through getting meat grinders for their kitchens. These types of grinders tend to be simple to use and you will select the one which fits the needs you have in the big number of versions available for sale. Therefore, include more enjoyable for your cooking food with this particular meat grinder reviews as well as help to make all of the tasty meals a person desire with regard to rapidly.

Getting meat grinder for your own house:

Guide grinders will also be a great way associated with milling meat in your own home because they don’t price much and you will possess high quality grinded meat from this very easily. These types of grinders tend to be ideal for those who want meat products for his or her loved ones because they don’t have to mill a sizable volume of meat. Therefore, anybody might have an excellent high quality meat through milling this with one of these quite simple meat grinder with regard to planning healthy food choices in your own home. (more…)

Staying Healthy During Winter

India, June 11 Winter is the time to celebrate the richness of a much awaited season. It introduces a cozy change with short day light hours welcoming end to a hectic day. The lethargic sun appears a little late and can be seen lazing around the less arduous route across the sky. In most cultures the long and dark winter nights are excuses for festive celebrations.

Winter also brings along a baggage of woes cough, cold, flu that may doom you to bed snuggling with a box of tissues. Follow some of the scientifically proven ways to remain healthy during winter.

Winter Virus

Winter is the season when contagious virus is literally everywhere. Our hands play a very vital role in transporting these deadly germs. Studies reveal that television remotes are the worst carriers of bacteria in hospital rooms, worse even than toilet handles. (more…)

There are more reasons than ever to “eat your greens”

Iron, vitamin A, antioxidants the average serve of green vegetables contains an impressive number of goodies. But while they all share the same colour partly due to their chlorophyll content each one brings a slightly different health benefit to the table. So, whether it’s for easing a hangover or preventing cancer, there’s a green vegie that fits the bill.

Watercress a daily dose of watercress can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, something that’s believed to be an important trigger in the development of cancer. Irish researchers found consuming watercress regularly is linked to an overall reduced risk of cancer at various sites in the body. Choose bunches with fresh looking leaves and healthy, robust stems.

Broccoli Researchers have discovered another reason broccoli is so good for you by stimulating the release of antioxidant enzymes, the cruciferous vegetable helps protect against the respiratory inflammation that leads to asthma and allergic rhinitis (think runny nose and watery eyes). A half cup serve of cooked broccoli also provides near to 60 per cent of your daily vitamin C requirements. (more…)

When in season fresh sweet corn

A salad bar staple it may be, but when in season fresh sweet corn can add a wow factor to summer menus
With canned sweetcorn a mainstay of salad bars, jacket potato toppings and questionable vegetarian pizza options, it is perhaps understandable that its fresh counterpart is neglected by ‘proper’ chefs. Yet when cooked very fresh sweetcorn must be used promptly as the sugars start turning into less tasty starch as soon as it is harvested it can be a revelation.

Sweetcorn is essentially a variety of maize with a high sugar content, but unlike most other corn varieties it’s picked when immature (the ‘milk stage’) and consumed as a vegetable rather than a grain. Native American tribes were the first to cultivate the plant and most believe Christopher Columbus brought it back to the old world, along with tomatoes, potatoes and chilli plants.

A true corn star

As well as being a canned vegetable stalwart, sweetcorn is now a hugely important food processing ingredient. Corn syrup is the US go to and somewhat controversial sweetening and thickening agent, and a very close relative of sweetcorn provides popcorn. Polenta and corn flour are processed from other types of maize. (more…)