Chef Basket: All Your Cooking Essentials in One

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Whether you live in a small city efficiency apartment or a spacious suburban home, storage space in the kitchen is probably limited. There is simply never enough room for all the pots, pans, plates, bowls and utensils you need for cooking. The counters are cluttered with toasters, microwave ovens, food processors and the like, and all the drawers and cabinets are stuffed. An appliance that takes up little room during its downtime but still performs multiple functions in the kitchen can be a treasure. The 12-in-1 Chef Basket is one such treasure.

The 12-in-1 Chef Basket is a lightweight but sturdy steel wire basket that can perform a multitude of tasks in your kitchen. Itís easy to clean and it folds flat for storage in a drawer. With this handy tool, you can get rid of your bulky colanders and at least a couple of big strainer spoons that take up room in the utensil drawer. But what jobs can it handle when it isnít resting out of your way?

Its most obvious use is as a colander. Fold the handles down and stand it in the sink. Youíll be able to rinse all your fruits and vegetables right there in the sink without having to worry that a baby carrot will slip down the drain. When all your food is clean, leave the Chef Basket in place until all the excess water has drained away. Then lift the Chef Basket out of the sink and set it on the counter to act as a container from which you can work with those vegetables. Cut them into small pieces, invert the Chef Basket and throw the pieces back into it, then youíre ready to steam those vegetables.

Carry the Chef Basket to the stove where youíve got a pot of water boiling and place the basket over the water. The sides of the Chef Basket will rest on the rim of the pot, keeping your veggies above the boiling water but in the path of the rising steam. Itís the simplest steamer youíll ever use, allowing you to keep an eye on your food as it steams to perfection. When the veggies-or whatever you want to steam-are done, lift the Chef Basket without worrying about burning your fingers. The handles of this handy tool are specially designed so that they remain cool. You can lift the Chef Basket safely and carry it right to the platter. Better yet, if youíve made just enough food for one, youíll be able to turn out those freshly steamed vegetables right onto your plate.

But the Chef Basket can be used for more than rinsing and steaming foods. It makes a perfect deep fat fryer, too. You can fry chicken, French fries or onion rings easier than ever before. Simply place your food into the Chef Basket, then lower it right into your pot of hot oil. Once your food is cooked as crisp as you want it, lift the Chef Basket out of the pot by its always-cool handles and turn out the food into a bowl or onto a platter. Then place the basket in the sink for easy cleaning.

For easy and perfect potatoes, drop the spuds into the Chef Basket and then place the basket right into your pot of boiling water. When the potatoes are tender, grab that handle without fear of burning your hands and turn out the potatoes into a bowl for mashing. Youíll be amazed at how much easier it is to use the 12-in-1 Chef Basket instead of having to use a slotted spoon to lift out each individual potato. Youíll make mashed potatoes faster than ever.

And cooking pasta has never been easier. You pour your pasta into the Chef Basket, then pick up the basket and place it in the pot of boiling water. When the pasta is tender, you lift out the basket, let the water drip back into the pot, then pour your pasta onto your plate. Itís the easiest way ever to make a meal for one or two-or a whole family.

You can even use the Chef Basket for poaching eggs or blanching foods. Itís such a simple idea and it will make your life in the kitchen easier than ever. However you use it for cooking, remember that the 12-in-1 Chef Basket is easy to wash, and when itís time to store it away, youíll always find room for it. Put it in a shallow drawer. It takes up so little space that youíll be amazed.

The 12-in-1 Chef Basket is one of the handiest kitchen tools youíll ever own. Cooking will be easier than ever, which makes it fun. And youíll love the fact that you can get rid of all those bulky colanders, freeing room forówell, for free space. What a unique idea in todayís kitchen.

Tim Trautz is a freelance writer who writes about a cooking and products like the Chef Basket.

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