Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mommy Summers Reviews: Bamboo Cutting Boards

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you've been reading here lately you will know that we've been trying out a more clean eating type approach to our meals. If you know anything about clean eating you know that means LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies. I spend most of my time chopping up things. 


Let's take a moment to admire my chalk board table background. 

First off, these bamboo cutting boards are beautiful! Absolutely love the way they look. Second, when I was cutting some bigger/harder items, (squash, corn on the cob) the board did not run away from me. 


Close up of the smallest cutting board.

When it came time to wash them down, I was worried about the way they would look afterwards. Well after use 1 it still looked great. Day 2 I used the same large board to peel and make zucchini noodles and after I washed it I noticed it was starting to umm... I want to say peel. 
Just pointing to a few of the peeling areas.


It isn't splintering off, but the some pieces are starting to pull up. Now I've been looking around on forums and through reviews to see what people have to say about the boards doing this, if its the way I washed it (with a scrub brush in the sink) or if this happens during the first couple washes. I haven't really found much so far, though some have mentioned they splintered after their first wash. Have you guys had any experience with this? 


Moving on, after I saw that with the large cutting board I decided I'd better give the medium and smaller board a go and see what happens. Well only 2 small peels in the medium board after a use & wash and none in the small board.

On another note, they mention that these boards have "Anti-Bacterial Properties"  and while it sounds great to me, I just can't bring myself to cut raw meat on them. There's something about not being able to throw them in the dishwasher that makes me uncomfortable with that idea. 

So just to sum it up for those of you looking for a quick review:

Pros:
Beautiful to look at.
Great varying sizes.
Doesn't slip while cutting.
Easy to clean.
Light weight. 

Cons:
Peeling(?)
My fear of using meat on it.(Of course only a personal negative.)

So would I recommend these to you? To tell you the truth, I just don't know if I would recommend these or not. I feel like the smaller & medium ones wore better but they aren't the ideal size for anything more than just a smaller cut. Maybe another larger board will be better than the current one I have. Maybe I'm doing something wrong with it, though I feel like the instructions were pretty easy, just use, hand wash and occasionally treat with mineral oil. So again if you have any tips on what I'm doing wrong, or how I can fix this please let me know!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Brown Sugar.

Linking up with Shelley today!


I made my own brown sugar. See it all started when I wanted to make cookies with A, but we didn't have any brown sugar, so I got out my cookbook and looked up a substitute.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 TBS molasses 

Simple enough right?

Right. All you do is mix the two together.

And you get this. Friends, it even tasted pretty darn good!
And I used it to make cookies!
They tasted great too! Couldn't even tell a difference.


My future SIL noticed that when I bake chocolate chip cookies they're always so huge! Like puffy, they don't flatten out like the store bought rolls do. Well when I make cookies, I leave out the granulated sugar. Just add in the brown sugar that it calls for. They are puffy and a little less sweet. Makes me eating about 4 of them right after they cool off, a little better diet wise, ha! 

Thanks Shelley for the great link-up!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

12 months.

How did this happen Miss A?
How are you a year old?

At 1 years old, you are 22 lbs 13 oz, 30 3/4 in long, your head is: (I'll fill this in later) around.
You wear 18 month clothes, size 3 shoes, size 3 diapers.



You are an amazing little girl.
 Your personality is amazing.


 I love you more than anything. 

You have 6 teeth, 4 on top 2 on bottom. 


You still nurse & eat regular food. You don't sleep through the night again, yet. We're working on it, and your doctor said it could take quite a while. 

You wore your first set of pig tails.


You stand, walk around everything, try and climb. You love to play in the kennel at Grandma's house.


 You love to color, play with stickers and balls. 

You still love Tangled & Blue's Clues, we tried out Rio & you like that too. You cook & love to put things between your toes!


You love to read. You still only say  "da-da", and something that sounds like "don't". You love to clean up. You also love to play in the toilet paper.


You got your birthday pictures taken a couple days before you turned 1. I can't wait to print them off  bigger & put them up in your room. You go to church, but  would much rather crawl around the empty classrooms.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My little chef.

This is my little chef. She's starting to love being in the kitchen with me when I make dinner or well pretty much anything! I've started to give her things like baby spoons and kitchen spatulas to play with while I cook, and she loves it! She's starting to stick them in her mouth and is quickly learning that her mouth is bigger than just up by her lips so she's starting to gag herself, joy.Oh well, she has to learn somehow right?
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