Product Review: Le Creuset Butter Keeper|新廚具使用心得 Le Creuset 奶油皿

One of my favorite items that I brought back from my travels this year, is my Le Creuset Butter Keeper (sometimes also known as a butter bell).  As far as I know, it’s not available in Taiwan, so it’s definitely an object of curiosity in my kitchen.

According to the Crate and Barrel’s website, butter keepers keep the butter soft, but not melted.  This is accomplished by a bit of water at the bottom of the container, which helps to keeps the butter cool. 

這次從美國回來帶了一個 Le Creuset 奶油皿~ 這個奶油皿特別的地方, 是可以讓奶油保持剛剛好 spreadable 的狀態! 神奇的地方,奶油不放冰箱也不會酸掉。 這是怎麼辦到的,其實我也不太會用中文解釋~所以就只能讓圖片說故事了!


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Field Trip: Must-Buys from the U.S. (Part 1: Kitchen Utensils) 美國必買心得 (1: 廚具 & 生活道具)

A few months ago, I went on a business trip to the U.S. I grew up there, but haven’t been back in about 6 years or so.  Aside from the work-related tasks, I also had just a bit of time to stock up on some favorites. A lot of people  ask me for advice for “must-buys” in the U.S., and for Taiwan, and I just have to say, I have no hard and fast rules except for one general guideline. Buy the items that you can actually use in your daily life. Otherwise, it’s likely to become just clutter.

As I noted here and here, I always try to buy items from my travels that I can incorporate into my daily life. These items usually fall under three main categories: (1) kitchen tools, and other lifestyle tools (2) cosmetics and (3) stationery .  In this series of posts, I would like to share the items I bought.  I thought of first taking photos of all the individual items, but we have been having some seriously abysmal, dreary weather here in Taiwan, so the natural light has been scarce. I decided everything would be more clear if I used stock images.

前幾個月去美國出差  回到以前成長的世界, 有機會生活在熟悉的環境裡, 聽跟說熟悉的語言,真的很開心。 雖然很忙碌, 但還是抽出一點時間買了一些小東西 帶回台灣用。這次買的東西可以 歸類成三大項目:(1)廚具(2)化妝,保養品 (3) 文具  。我們先聊聊廚具吧!

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Kitchen Storage Containers: 食物收納用品的小 ideas

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A few days ago, while idly rummaging through my kitchen for supplies to make madeleines, I was awestruck by the sheer haphazardness of my food storage containers:  A cute round Tupperware container that has withstood years of being banged around in my lunch bag, a few lidless rectangular containers, some recycled glass jam jars and some unfamiliar plastic containers painted with dancing vegetables.  I decided that this is the year to upgrade some of my everyday kitchen essentials.  So, here are some of the items that are on my food storage container wish list!  When doing research for this post, I happily found out that Crate and Barrel now ships items to Taiwan.  (My kitchen sings, my credit card weeps)
過年的時候 家裡難免會冒出很多食材。 有一天, 我本來備料要烤餅乾 可是被冰箱跟櫥櫃裡面的收納用品楞住了。 天啊。 我家怎麼那麼多大小不同, 亂七八糟的 containers ?! 一些好像也不是我買的, 也不知道從那裡飄來的。 而且我買的漂亮的 Muji 容器也不見了 (如果在你家, 請還我! XD)  本來要出門買的 可是那天剛好下大雨 所以決定先在網路上看看有沒有什麼 ideas,  再決定要買什麼款式。 我基本上有兩個原則,在櫥櫃裡面, 我喜歡買正方形。可以疊的容器, 因為比較不浪費空間。放在檯面上的容器, 我喜歡 colorful 一點的, 畢竟每天都要見面, 所以美觀對我來講 很重要。在研究過程中發覺我以前在美國很喜愛的品牌 Crate and Barrel 可以送貨來台灣了! 太開心了。 我最近會收集一些我喜歡的小東西 跟大家分享。

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