Ok, so I almost forgot I owned this, and for some reason I always had it in my mind that it was mostly for deep frying and cooking pasta. Sure, you can use it for those things, but it actually has several other uses as well. You can use it to boil, steam, poach, for blanching, it can be used as a colander, for washing fruits and veggies, draining, straining, and you can cook so many other things with it.
So far I tried it for cooking spinach and mozzarella filled ravioli and I have to say I am pretty happy with how easy it is to use. The handles stayed cool as was advertised, and it literally took mere seconds to drain and have it dished up onto my plate. And even more fantastic, after I was finished, I folded it up all nice and flat and it took up no more space in my dishwasher than your average dinner plate.
This morning I decided to try and make hard boiled eggs with the Chef Basket, and as happy as I already was with my results from last nights ravioli, I love this product even more with each use I find for it.
I think the hardest part about using this product will be trying to decide what to cook and learning to try new things. As always, I am going to share a little about myself and reveal a confession or two. The first thing I will admit is that I have owned my Chef Basket since last May….. Nearly 9 ,months ago! And yes, this was the first time I tried using it. The next confession, is that I don’t particularly care to cook. Throughout my adult life I have always been fortunate enough to have a man that did all the cooking. So I never really needed to cook. I suppose there was a short period between age 22 and 23, I was on my own and I had to fend for myself, but still, I never really cooked. This is not to say that I can’t cook, or that I’m a terrible cook, I just choose not to. I guess I just feel like I lack the creativity and inspiration to make amazingly creative dishes. I am definitely creative, just not when it comes to cooking….
So because I forgot all about this product, I wasn’t quite even sure I remembered all the uses until I rewatched the infomercial just now. Let me tell you what, inspiration has definitely hit!
Oh my goodness, I think I have just planned out the next weeks worth of meals! Shrimp, crab, fried Chicken, steamed asparagus, boiled red potatoes, egg salad, steamed artichokes, more of that delish ravioli, and I cant forget my favorite weekend snack attack treats where I might make my amazing homemade onion rings, deep fried breaded zucchini, and everything fatty and delicious. Heck, I have always wanted to try and make my own mozz sticks… I’m on a roll and I might just give it a try. So as soon as the week is over I will be adding to this review.
Update: out of my above mentioned list, I did in fact test it on steaming asparagus, carrots, I boiled potatoes, steamed quite a bit of seafood, and my results yet again, were fantastic. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to deep frying all those fatty dlights as I have been on vacation and then shortly after attending the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago this last weekend, but you can rest assured soon enough I will be filming all of those in a supplementary video demo for the Chef Basket. Stay tuned