Advice On Cookware And A Small Food Processor
Q: The alzheimers myth has been well debunked many times over. It is not a problem, never was. If you want aluminum, go for it. Get the best cookware you can afford. All Clad, Calphalon, etc are nice, but rather pricey. I've seen some of it along with other brands such as Cuisinart in places such as TJ Maxx if they have them in your area. Club Aluminum makes a god saute pan and it is available at WalMart. Their Dutch oven is pretty good also. My preference for pots is stainless steel. We have a set of 35 year old Farberware, but I don'tthink the newer stuff is quite as good. (What is?) but it will still make a good set for you.
A: I would love to have some advice on what kind of kitchen aid might be able to perform a particular task. I would like to start making fresh salsa, and this involves finely mincing cilantro (spelling?). What kind of gizmo would be a good choice for this chore, along with an occasional blending of a tomato? I have a blender, but trying to finely grate an herb in a blender simply doesn't work.. On a second note, I am wanting to replace my cookware with something a bit better. I am by no means a person who cooks elaborate meals daily, but I want a set of pots and pans that are a good compromise between 'a serious cook' and someone who basically doesn't cook at all. Considering aluminum is a health hazard (causes althzheimers), is there are concern for having aluminum cookware? Any advice on these two issues? Mincing cilantro, as well as chopping the other ingredients for a nice fresh salsa, is no big deal. We make fresh salsa about three times a month and the only appliance used is a knife. Say you start with a mound of leaves. Just gather them together and roll them into a cylinder. Slice through the cylinder into fine shreds. Now you have a pile of chopped cilantro. If you want it smaller, hold the tip of your chef's knife down with your left hand and work the knife through the pile, up and down, up and down, from one end to the other. You're done. It's true that a small food processor is fast, but it's another thing to own and to clean, while improving your knife skills will enable you to make enough salsa for a family dinner in a matter of moments. Plus, it's fun to do and satisfying to know that you can do it without some contraption. As to cookware, many serious cooks on this newsgroup (who may also be good cooks) swear by their All Clad. But it is expensive. For the situation you describe, I'd suggest watching for Farberware sales for stainless steel pots, and the copper-bottomed stainless steel saute pan. But there is no need to buy a "set." Lots of us have a very mixed battery -- cast iron skillets, woks, aluminum saucepans as well as stainless steel. Finally, if you check DejaNews for the supposed connection between aluminum cookware and Alzheimers, you will find that this topic has been exhaustively discussed. The very firm consensus is that there is no substance whatsoever to the idea.