New Line of Kitchen Utensils I just had to tell you about!

This is not going to be a single product review, in fact Elite Chef (sold by Pure Life Essentials) has just recently released an entire line of utensils that have fully replaced other things in my kitchen, and I wanted to share them all with you.

(Full disclosure:  I received complimentary samples of these products in exchange for my honest reviews, and hopefully, my readers know that I will not say something is great if it isn’t.  I receive no other compensation from Elite Chef, so I am not doing this for commission or as an affiliate, I am going this in-depth because of how much I love these products)

I will have links to where you can find and purchase them, as well as photos taken from their product sales page (which is where you will also find the links to their Amazon page).  I will also try to upload links to several videos of these items in use on my YouTube Channel eventually.  You can see their entire product line here on Amazon.com, but I will also include individual links to the various products I review below.

The item I first received and was probably the most excited about was their garlic press.  Why?  I love garlic, but without a good garlic press, I am too lazy in the kitchen to peel and chop those little garlic cloves, and will grab the jar and cheat!  But truly, nothing beats fresh garlic (although I recently reviewed a really good garlic powder that I will often use in place of fresh).

This is their garlic press, and it is really unique  It also comes with a stainless steel handle as well as a black handle, and I cannot decide which I like best.  The silicone tube pictured (mine was blue) also comes when you order the garlic press and it is for peeling those little cloves.  Now I can be technologically challenged, and that peeler tube looks easy enough, but it took me several tries (and actually reading the instructions) before I was able to consistently get that little baby to peel the garlic.  But I think I have it now.  Additionally, there is a removable basket where the garlic goes and gets pushed through to be ‘pressed’.  This is really nifty because you can drop that in the dishwater without having to wash the entire handle and everything else.  I personally think that this little feature will prolong the life of the press.

One of the things that I LOVE to use garlic in is mashed potatoes and they have a really unique potato masher.

I love mashed potatoes, and they were one of the first things I learned to cook when I was growing up. I really scored when I met a man who liked lumpy potatoes because no matter how I’ve tried, I have never been able to make silky smooth lump-less potatoes without a hand mixer, and frankly, I think hand mixers mash potatoes ‘too’ much, making them more like glue than a side dish. This masher gets my potatoes more lump-less, but keeps them fluffy and ‘real’. I love it! I also use this for mixing all kinds of things. The shape makes it ideal in my mixing bowls for keeping my brownie batter lump free, and when cooking ground meat in my stainless steel or cast iron skillet, I can break up the larger chunks with this baby.  I won’t use it in my non-stick cookware because the metal would scratch it. Love it!

The literal first item out of the box that I was sent was the ice cream scoop.  And the only reason it came out of the box first is because my husband saw it.  He promptly took it to the kitchen, washed it (as you should do all items for the kitchen before their first use), opened the freezer, took out his 1/2 gallon of Butterfingers ice cream and oohed and aahed at how this scoop made short work of filling his bowl.

In his words…”50 star product!
It enabled me to get my ice cream AND more of it sooner.
I did not have to “fling” or thump it on the bowl to get the residue that clings with spoons or other utensils.
It just works perfectly. ”

Cleanup is a breeze too. So many ice-cream scoops have the mechanical strip that scrapes the ice-cream out of the scoop, and that is simply impossible to get clean. This is just the one piece, and something about it is completely non stick. The ice cream didn’t stick at all. It is simply wonderful!

Another item they sent, which frankly won’t get as much use in my home, but will be nice to have when I need it is their apple corer.  I really think that one of the reasons that I do not use apples more often in my home and cooking is because of how work intensive they are.

It is really easy to use, and would make short work of a bushel of apples for pie or canning.  You would still need to peel the apple, but you can find gadgets out there for that as well.  I made baked apples for dessert after testing this item, and it was great to know that my prep time was literally seconds.

The next item on my list of favorite utensils by Elite Chef are their whisks.

How do I love this whisk…let me count the ways. 1) Appearance: It looks great for any kitchen (although I wish it came in other colors than red for the whisk part). 2) The whisk part is solid, although silicone. I’ve owned other silicone whisks, and the whisk part was always rather flimsy. This is very solid which is needed for really mixing and aerating things that you are mixing. 3) I love silicone for cooking because I can use this whisk to mix and stir my bechamel sauce and gravies without worry about scratching my non-stick pans (metal whisks) or melting the whisk (plastic whisks). 4) The size. At 12″ I can whisk eggs for an omelet or egg whites for dessert in my deepest stainless steel bowl without worrying about coating my hand in eggs. While I’m sure the 10″ whisk also sold by Elite Chef, is fine, I am a fan of the longer length of this one. There are other things I like about this whisk, the stainless steel handle, and you absolutely cannot beat the 100% Lifetime Guarantee. It ROCKS!

The last item for this post is the cheese-slicer. If you haven’t guessed by now, I love food.  One of the foods toward the top of my list of favorites are any kind of cheese.  I love hard, soft, cream, even the fake liquid cheeses on State Fair Nachos.  But my absolute favorite snack is to take a block of extra sharp cheddar and slice off bits and just nibble on it.

This is a great cheese knife. Both my husband and I LOVE cheese. I like anything that is cheese and he especially likes sharp cheddar. When I received this, I went out and bought a block of extra sharp cheddar because I figured that I might as well get something we both would like. I filmed the video (hopefully I will get it uploaded to YouTube soon), and put everything away. I didn’t particularly like this video I made, so the next day, I went into the fridge to get the cheese and couldn’t find it. Then I went to my utensil drawer for this cheese slicer, and couldn’t find it EITHER. My next step was my hubby’s home officer where I found a plate, some cheesy crumbs and the cheese slicer…well used.  It was a hit!

I will do another post for the final item from Elite Chef, the Almond Nut Milk Bag.  I’m in the process of finding a good source of natural raw almonds, and this is a new thing for me, making almond milk.  I’ll dedicate an entire post to that however.

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Kitchen Elite V Blade Mandoline Slicer – Easy to use and to clean!!

This is something I’ve always wanted. I’ve had the cheap white plastic versions in the past, and they were an improvement over nothing I guess, but I am a foodie, I love to cook, and I really wanted a professional Mandoline for food preparation. This one is a real find! It comes with 5 different inserts to allow you to have some versatility. Two slicing plates for two different thicknesses. The thinnest makes perfect crispy potato chips, and the other is slightly thicker for fried potatoes or scalloped. I am excited to try several new recipes using these. The other blades are for grating, tiny julienne and a larger julienne which is perfect for shoestring french fries or veggies for stir fry. Warning, the blades on the main unit are EXTREMELY sharp. I was washing it, carefully, and my kitchen sponge has a piece sliced off of it because I wasn’t as careful as I should be. I can’t wait to try all kinds of veggies on this. The pusher thingy (sorry don’t know the technical name for it) is one of the best I’ve seen. It is sturdy, has long prongs to hold even the hardest potato securely, and protects your hands and fingers while slicing. They even provide a little holder for all of the insert blades when not in use. Now I just need a bigger kitchen! I love this thing, and can’t believe I’ve lived without it. Highly recommended!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest review**

I do not sell the items I review, but in case it interests you, I do include a link to it’s product page on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Elite-Blade-Mandoline-Slicer/dp/B00KOUH16M/ref=cm_rdp_product

Radha Beauty Tea Tree Oil – The miracle oil!! (claims not approved by the FDA, merely my opinion)

I have been a fan of Melaleuca Oil for years, in fact long before Essential Oils became trendy, this was a staple in my home. Also known as Tea Tree oil, this has many uses and I will simply talk about how I use it.

I have begun making my own health and beauty products, and three that I use the most are my homemade shampoo, homemade laundry detergent and a skin softening healing salve. There are so many chemicals in the commercial versions of these products that I wanted to find healthy, organic or more natural versions, and tea tree oil is a prominent ingredient in each of these. I’ve been buying the small 15 ml bottles and if you make any quantity of these products, it can be quite cost prohibitive.

This product by Radha Beauty is of top quality, and by selling this in 4 oz. bottles, you can incorporate it in many ways without worrying about running out when you need it for something else. It comes in a lovely blue glass bottle, with a glass eyedropper so you can measure it precisely. I also rub it into my nails (both hand and toes) and while it strengthens my fingernails, it is rapidly clearing up a fungal toe nail infection I’ve dealt with for years.

My doctor gave me a product that has more health warnings on it than benefits, and I used it for two months with little results. Within two weeks of using tea tree oil, I can see new, healthy nail growing in. Granted nail growth is a slow process, but I’ve got a nice supply now to ensure I’ll finish the treatment with new healthier nails. Every house needs one of these bottles (in my humble opinion) because this one bottle can replace dozens of products. Wonderful!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

I am simply providing the link where I found the product, I do not sell any of the items found on my blog, I am simply giving my honest opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Tree-Oil-Therapeutic-infections/dp/B00VKHKH8C/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Calily TM Starter Gift Set of Essential Oils – 14 Bottles

While I am a relative novice at essential oils, I’ve been dabbling off and on for the last several months with using different blends for use in diffusers, as well as in several DIY health and beauty products I’ve been making. Both my husband and I are learning the benefits of different oils, and different oil combinations, and collecting the variety of oils needed for the different preparations can be quite expensive. This Set by Calily is a godsend. It contains fourteen (14) different oils, most of which are some of the more commonly used ones. Some are duplicates to oils I already have, so I was able to compare the aroma and the consistency of the oils, and how well they work in products I make regularly. The oils in this batch that I already have by other oil companies are lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Tea Tree. Those are also the ones I use the most in my diffuser. Additionally, others that I had heard of and wanted to try are Bergamot, Clary Sage and Patchouli. To round off this kit, it also contains Spearmint, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf and Lime, and while I do not know their use, I am certainly open to learning and experimenting with them. Each oil is in a dark 10 ml bottle, which is quite generous for the price they are charging.

My only complaint is that the label is extremely difficult for my old eyes to read, so I am going to have to add little labels so that I can tell what is what. These oils compare positively with the ones I already have, and seem to be of similar quality. If someone is just starting out with essential oils, this is the set I would recommend because it contains most of the oils in the more common aromatherapy formulas, so the newbie can get started immediately with oils.

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

http://www.amazon.com/Calily-Premium-Aromatherapy-Essential-Starters/dp/B00UGHNIWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Essential Bakeware Co. Silicone Baking Mats

Not only are these silicone mats non-stick, but they seem to allow my baked goods to brown more evenly. As you can see in my video, I baked cookies using these and am extremely happy with the results. In addition to using them as a liner for your cookie sheets, the non-stick quality would also be good for using to knead dough, or as a protective surface for setting down hot dishes to protect your tables and counter tops. Being so very easy to clean means that their potential uses are endless, whenever you need to contain messes, and have easy cleanup. Although they are top-rack dishwasher safe, I don’t have a dishwasher (other than me, myself and I), and the cleanup after the cookie-baking experiment was very easy. These seem to be high quality, and I am looking forward to getting many years of use from these mats/liners.

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

If you visit my review on Amazon.com, you can view a video review of this product:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Essential-Bakeware-Professional-chef-FDA-certified/dp/B00QMFHYTC/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Natures Alchemy – Citronella Essential Oil, .5 fl. oz oil

I bought this at a local vitamin store because I was bored and my husband was in the ColdStone Creamery nearby. I was thrilled to find out that this store has essential oils, because all the others I have bought have been online, and the few I had seen in stores in my area were either overpriced, or not pure. I bought Citronella essential oil to use in my own blend I am making as an insect repellent. I have been experimenting with essential oils only for the last 3-4 months, and through research found out that not only outdoor candles use citronella, but it can be used in other preparations as well, often more effectively. It smells heavenly,  a lot different than the commercial candles I’ve had, so I am hopeful that this will work well.

http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Alchemy-Citronella-Essential-Oil/dp/B005P0JQWS/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Lavender Population Essential Oil. 10 ml. by Plant Therapy Essential Oils

As many of you may know, I am an essential oil novice. There I said it. But I am loving learning about these products right now. I have used Lavender essential oil before, but when I received this bottle, it smelled different, so I looked closer at the bottle and saw that it said Lavender Population Essential oil. I had NO idea what that meant, but as in all things in my life, if I find myself knowingly ignorant of something (I know, an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one), I set about to change that, so before I used this oil, I researched what exactly the word ‘population’ meant when referring to an essential oil. What I found out is really quite interesting. For many aficionados of essential oils, particularly lavender, ‘population’ is considered the finest and most ‘true’ lavender, because it isn’t cultivated or grown commercially, but rather comes from naturally occurring stands of lavender, which means that pollination isn’t controlled nor is the climate, all factors that can affect the plant.

The reason that I began exploring essential oils is because both my husband and myself are interested in being healthier (we are both in our early 50s), and both suffer from multiple minor issues that neither of us want to treat with traditional medicines. Once I discovered these and how well they work for our purposes, I have been adding to my repertoire as well as beginning to use oils in more than diffusers. I have begun making my own skin and beauty products (mainly skin), and have used this lavender in a body butter that I made. Unfortunately, I learned that cocoa butter has a very dominant scent that even this lovely lavender population oil cannot compete with, so for now it is used in my diffuser, as well as on little cotton balls around my house (for air freshener and insect control). I look forward to learning more uses, because this lovely oil needs to be put to use!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review. My comments above are my genuine experiences and opinions of this product.**

http://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Population-Essential-Undiluted-Therapeutic/dp/B00JV8JRWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj