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Gifts for the Cook: Best Soup Ladle Strains Broths – Pair with Soup & Bread Cookbook

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Amco’s Ladle for All Seasons

soupladleI’ve been making a lot of soup lately — the holidays give me a lot of leftovers and bits to use in stocks and such – and they freeze so well, they make a quick meal with a salad for our small household.

 The late Mathias Radits of The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach was adamant about no waste in his kitchen, and constantly complained about how much food Americans throw out in their home kitchens. “They can always just put them in the soup pot,” he’d say, shaking his head and tsk-tsking.

Soup’s easy on the cook

Aside from a bunch of chopping that you might need to do, soup’s one of the easiest things to cook and requires very little. But one task – dipping out bones, herb sachet bundles or vegetable peels and ends you’ve used in stock, can be made so much easier with this neat Straining ladle by Amco.

It will strain if you hold it left-handed, or ladle normally from the right-hand pour. Good for soup, or if you cook greens – it strains out the pot likker. It’s got a generous bowl, and is sturdy, clean stainless steel that’s dishwasher safe.

At $14.99 suggested retail, I consider it a good buy.

Wrap it with Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook

soupcookbookTo present it, wrap it in a kitchen towel, and include either a Mason jar full of dried beans and spices for making soup or chili  — and the recipe, of course — or a good soup cookbook. I recommend Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon, and have used several recipes from it.

Bonus: The bread recipes are as good as the soups.

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