You order a product online and it’s not what you thought. Do you keep it or mail it back? I just hate when that happens.
That’s one reason I’m always grateful for honest reviews of products. So I have decided to start a Favorite Finds series, which I will post whenever I have something to share. While most of what I highlight will be products, I might also share something that’s not. And although there will always be something food/cooking related, I might also include other topics (like the adorable baby moccasins in this post).
I previously had a little hand-held spiralizer that didn’t work very well and I really wanted to do more spiralizing (especially for making zucchini noodles). I looked at a number of models on Amazon, all with mixed reviews. The reason I went with this particular one was because I liked the fact that it can also be used as a juicer (like for juicing a lemon).
Now that I’ve had it for a few months, my thoughts are mixed. It does spiralize better than the hand held one. But it’s taken a little time to get the hang of it. I don’t like that the spirals fall into the front of the container that catches them and quickly fills up and overflows out the spout.
I also don’t like the grater attachment. The grating surface is very small and the holes are very small, so it takes forever to grate something using it. I either pull out my basic metal grater or my food processor.
But I do like the juicer attachment, and I have learned to work with the problems I’ve had with the spiralizer. I have used it a lot for zucchini and also for beets.
Although I’m not sure this particular one is the best, I do love having a spiralizer, and it might be something different that you could buy for a foodie or put on your Christmas list.
2. Broth Base
I often make my own chicken or beef broth, and I also like to keep organic chicken broth in my pantry for making soups. But I like an easy way to make a cup of broth for adding to recipes when needed, particularly beef broth, which I often only need one cup of. I’ve tried this Orrington Farms brand, which is labeled gluten free. It does contain corn-based ingredients, and it is salty like bouillon would be, so it’s not something I use all the time. I like the flavor and it comes in handy occasionally. They also make chicken and ham flavors as well as vegan versions of those. I have tried the chicken version and it is good also.
3. Baby Moccasins
So why am I including baby shoes in my post? You see, my granddaughter is now 7 months old, and she is such a doll! I have forgotten just how much fun it is to have a baby around and to watch their personality develop.
I didn’t purchase these baby moccasins, but recently she showed up at my house wearing these adorable shoes. They come in a variety of colors, with or without the bow. And they come in three sizes for 0 – 18 months. If there’s a little one in your life, these would be a great gift!