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Rosle Grill Tools in the Great Outdoors

No Comments 31 July 2012

Recently we made a trip up to New Hampshire to take in some New England sites, and try out a range of Rosle Grilling tools. It’s a tough job here at Didriks, planning grill parties and relaxing in the beautiful summer weather, all in an effort to test out the merchandise, but someone’s got to do it!

The products tested included a Rosle bottle opener, locking tongs, curved tongs, a grill fork, and a barbeque turner. Read on below for photos of each piece in action, and some notes on performance.

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Desserts

Creme Brulee and Its Apparatus

No Comments 03 March 2012

Contributed by Bryce Lambert

There are few sounds in the culinary world more satisfying than the crack of caramelized sugar as you dig into a creme brulee. And there are few kitchen gadgets more exciting to use than the kitchen torch. So, we set out to make this dish that has a reputation for being something you order off prix fixe menus or while on vacation in Paris.

But, like most French bistro food, it’s actually incredibly easy to make at home (once you get the hang of the torch) from basic ingredients you probably always have on hand. What keeps most people from making this delicious restaurant-style dessert is their lack of the necessary equipment. Because while the ingredients are common, creme brulee’s signature wide shallow ramekins and the essential sugar-caramelizing torch are not.

creme brulee in a pillivuyt patisserie ramekin

Cracking into creme brulee, served in a Pillivuyt Patisserie ramekin

It’s for this reason that one often sees low-priced “creme brulee kits” for sale. These include a couple ramekins, a torch, and sometimes even a baking pan with a kind of canning-rack-like contraption to lift hot ramekins out of it. Don’t buy this, unless you’re only interested in a single use. The ramekins are cheap and the torches are worse, often leaky and underpowered (even compared to the same model that’s sold individually). Continue Reading

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A Guide to Whisks and Their Uses

2 Comments 15 February 2012

For this whisk run-down, we tested Rosle’s range of whisks in everything from beating eggs, to whisking together sugar and cream, to whipping up a roux in a Mauviel pan. Rosle’s whisks have a sturdy handle that clearly differentiates them from cheaper whisks, where the wires are shoddily glued into the handle. The real mark of quality in Rosle’s whisks is the superior steel of the wires. It’s both strong and springy, ensuring that these essential kitchen utensils (well, at least some of them are essential) will mix well and hold up to whatever abuse you can muster, while you whisk muffin batter and meringue.

Balloon Whisk

rosle balloon whisk beating eggThis balloon-shaped whisk is by far the most popular kitchen whisk and you likely have at least one floating around your kitchen. It’s the multi-purpose whisk, but it really excels at aerating liquids, making light & fluffy scrambled eggs or thick whipped cream. Its shape also makes it great at blending dry ingredients. Because of its popularity, balloon whisks are available in innumerable variations of size and the number of wires and how dense the wires are. You’ll benefit from keeping a few in your kitchen for differently sized bowls.

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Fall Cocktail Series 2011

Cocktail #9: Pear Ginger Whiskey Smash

No Comments 14 December 2011

The Whiskey Smash. A classic Southern drink tradition that tempers the heat and grit of straight whiskey with sugar and freshly muddled mint. The original used whiskey, sugar, mint, and shaved ice. Modern versions often replace the sugar with simple syrup and include dashes of bitters and citrus. The edgiest versions depart from tradition altogether, adding liqueurs and the muddled pulp of things like peaches and pumpkin–both of which we tried earlier in this cocktail series. The Pumpkin Smash went a little too far from tradition for us.

For this go ’round, we stuck to sweet and accessible flavors; pear, ginger, and lime. This smash leaves out mint altogether, substituting it with the bite of ginger provided by Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. Pear pulp and ginger ale sweeten the whiskey.

We mixed ours up in a Rosle cocktail shaker and served them in a Schott Zwiesel Basic Bar Allround glass. It’s sort of a hybrid between an old fashioned and a highball, perfect for this tall, refreshing drink that’s topped off with ginger ale.

Muddling pear in rosle cocktail shaker

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