Gadgeting for Kitchen Quirks
So you want to add some favorite herbs and spices to your best meatloaf recipe?!
The one thing that’s always gotten in the way about using fresh flavorings like garlic cloves, though, is that they can be notoriously tricky to work with, especially, if you don’t have the right tools on hand. You may have even gotten sick of cleaning out the garlic crusher every single time you use it and now no longer are using garlic in any of your dishes! Revolt against the garlic! Now you’re looking for an option that can handle the garlic without having to run the whole thing through a food processor, which can get even messier if you’re not careful. Am I right, or am I right?!
The modern world has taken us beyond the mortar and pestle, and even the fancy food processor. Enter ..the Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker, you can not only crush the garlic, but also get a nice blend of herbs and spices that go right into the meatloaf. It can even handle small nut chunks if you want to sneak a slight nutty flavor into the meatloaf. The ceramic ball spins when shaken, giving you the perfectly bashed ingredients you need every time. What’s especially awesome about this Flavour Shaker is that it’s dishwasher safe, making cleanup that much easier.
The Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker makes it easy to get herbs and garlic just right to blend in with your meatloaf for a more even flavour regardless of where you slice it. Maybe you’re familiar with Jamie Oliver from seeing him on TV, in which case you may have seen this in operation. It’s pretty good at emulsifying whole spices like cinnamon sticks. Just be careful and make sure you put it together correctly because there have been reports of this shaker being damaged through carelessness when adding the ingredients and putting it together. It should be firmly locked down, which may take a bit of hand strength.
Of course, this flavour shaker goes beyond the meatloaf. Favorite uses include making salad dressing, marinades and dry rubs for meat. It makes a brilliant gift for people who have proven themselves to be fairly inept at working with fresh herbs but have a herb garden and still want to get the maximum flavor out of them. For best results, be sure to follow the directions carefully or the garlic may not be fully crushed. You have to shake it pretty vigorously for several moments to get anything you put in it fully pulverized. Don’t be fooled by being used to electronic food processors; this is not electronic. You shake it and should shake it pretty hard. It still generally beats a mortar and pestle, though.
Pop it in the dishwasher when you’re done and it’ll be cleaned more easily than a typical garlic crusher. This is one example of a modern device that can help you work with herbs even when you may be pretty clueless and haven’t been getting the maximum flavor out of your herbs because of it. Your best meatloaf recipe just gets better when you make use of a device that can maximize your results with no need for a mortar and pestle. And that about wraps up this week in kitchen quirky gadgeting!