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7 MYTHS ABOUT YOUR TEA – Tea Drinkers in the U.S.

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DO YOU LIKE TO DRINK TEA?Tea2

You may have started drinking tea for the health benefits, or as an alternative to coffee, or just because it tastes good. When Gary and I became interested in tea and found that most Americans drink instant tea, iced tea and hot tea with tea bags. Well, okay. However, we found that a revolution is brewing (hah, pun intended).

Although coffee is still king in the United States, a major change is brewing. (Oh, no. There we go again :))

Department of Agriculture statistics show tea drinking has increased as coffee drinking has declined. And while studies also show that coffee is associated with many health benefits, including helping protect against diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, a typical cup has much more jitter-producing caffeine than tea does.

Manelle Martino, co-owner of Capital Teas in Washington, said she has seen the explosion of interest in tea firsthand. Her sales of loose-leaf tea have risen substantially each year since she opened the business in 2007, she said. “We started the tea company with one shop. Now, there are six stores in the D.C. area,” she said. “People are becoming more health-conscious. You have baby boomers who are into preserving their youth. You see them wanting to take better care of themselves.”

harvesting tea

So what did we learn about tea in our research about tea drinkers and tea?

MYTH #1: TEA COMES IN MANY VARIETIES

Only one plant gives us tea leaves — the Camellia sinensis. The differences in color and flavor among the three basic types — black, green and oolong — depend on how the leaves are processed. For black tea, the most popular type of tea in the U.S., the tea leaves are exposed to air, or allowed to oxidize. Green teas are less processed to preserve the green color and delicate flavor. Oolong tea is between black and green.

Okay, maybe you knew that.

MYTH #2: HERBAL TEA IS TEA

No, technically, tea must come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Even more shocking is that Rooibos isn’t tea either. Rooibos or “red tea” is not a leaf; it’s a seed from a bush that grows in South Africa. Herbal teas such as Celestial Seasonings’ popular Sleepytime product are made from other plants and called “tisanes.” Though herbal teas can have health benefits, most of the research has been done on tea, not tisanes.

You say you knew that, too? See how smart you are? Well, okay. Hang on; there’s more, tea drinkers.

MYTH #3: TEA BAGS ARE FINE – THE BRITISH LOVE THEM.

Cat in a cup
These days, the tea bag rules here and in England. The problem is it is the coffee equivalent of instant granules. We can do better, America.

Nonetheless, Bruce Richardson sees progress. “We are enjoying a tea renaissance right now,” says the author of fourteen books on tea and the owner of a wholesale tea business in Danville, Ky. He is convinced that 20-year-olds are getting hip to leaves, coming in to sample single-plantation varieties and blends at his tea bar.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter:

First, tea bags have stale tea dust from broken leaves that have lost their oils and aroma. This is a huge compromise in quality from full leaf tea. When steeped, they release more tannins than whole leaf tea, resulting in bitter, astringent brews.

Second, the paper used is very suspect. If you have ever gotten a piece of paper wet, you know that it tends to fall apart easily. The solution that companies created was to treat the paper with something to make it stronger – usually Epichlorohydrin.

According to Dow Chemical (who is the largest producer of this substance): Epichlorohydrin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. In the U.S.A., it is considered to be a potential carcinogen for purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hazard communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.

Third: Tea leaves need room to expand for full-bodied flavor. Standard tea bag material is often low-flow, preventing the brew from diffusing beyond the inside of the bag.

That is the reason tea balls are not ideal for brewing loose-leaf tea.

“I just don’t get it,” says Linda Neumann, co-owner with Michelle Brown of the four Teaism shops in the Washington area. “I think if more people took the time to steep and strain instead of dunk and dash, the world would be a better place.”

However, quality is at the heart of the matter. What’s in tea bags “doesn’t come close to the quality of loose-leaf tea. It’s just not of value,” Neumann says. Walk into their Alexandria restaurant and shop, for example, and you can plunk down $15 for a mere 2 ounces of Jinzhen, a Chinese black tea with golden-tipped leaves and a light chocolate aroma in its brew. That works out to about 80 cents a cup. Affordable.

“People think loose-leaf tea is too hard,” she says. “But tea is really very simple.”

Typical tea bags are produced on an industrial scale — picked, processed and processed by machines overseas.  Then these low-grade leaves sit in a warehouse or on a shelf for a long time.

In contrast, most premium teas are carefully hand-selected and crafted by tea masters, packed in small batches – air-tight tea tins or resealable bulk pouches, assuring that you get fresh handcrafted tea from this year’s crop.

MYTH #4 – BREWING LOOSE LEAF TEA IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE.

Steeping tea doesn’t have to be difficult and achieving great tea can be simple if you have the right equipment.

  • Boil your water
  • Place the tea infuser with handles resting on the rim of the mug or teapot.
  • Pour the hot water in, put the lid to keep warm.
  • Let it steep.
  • Take the lid off and place the tea infuser in it for later. Don’t throw the leaves away!
  • Second and third brewing is even tastier. Just pour hot water through again.

Now for a quick commercial break from our regularly featured program:

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Here is what customers are saying:

5.0 out of 5 stars  I hate fumbling with those little balls

This makes using loose-leaf tea so much easier! I hate fumbling with those little balls. This is easy to fill, use and clean. I love it!

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Tiny holes allow plenty of water flow but not seepage of any loose-leaf tea product. So excited to make a large pot of tea. The top has sturdy sides. This tea strainer is amazing, it lets you brew a cup or a pot of tea. No tea seepage, just water. I’m very impressed with this little gadget, it really is a 5-star rating. Much bigger than what I thought it would be.

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Myth #5: THERE IS A RIGHT WAY AND A WRONG WAY TO BREW TEA.

You may have been given tips on how to brew tea from a well-meaning person who made it far more complicated than necessary. A heads up: Tea people are akin to wine connoisseurs.  Some self-identified experts are more dogmatic: there is only one right way to brew this tea, and if you disagree, you do not know what you are talking about.

Conventional Western tea-brewing wisdom says black teas must be brewed with near-boiling water while delicate, prissy green and white teas need, nay, demand cooler water, usually around 160 to 175°F, lest you irreparably ruin their subtle flavors and transform their antioxidants into deadly neurotoxins.

In broad strokes, this is not wrong. Black teas and darker oolongs do benefit from very hot water to extract the full range of their flavors with just the right dose of tannins, while many green teas will taste sweeter and less bitter with cooler water. But not every green or white tea is made the same way—as a category, green tea is as vast as white wine—and some greens and whites do just as well in fully boiled water as black teas.

pouring tea from a teapot

Here is a good rule of thumb:

The hotter you brew, the darker and more robust your tea will be.  The cooler your water, the sweeter and more mild it will taste. You can brew any tea with this in mind, see what tastes best to your palate, and adjust accordingly.

A white tea or lightly oxidized oolong, for instance, will make two different brews at 175° and 205°. If it is a quality, both brews should good; which you prefer is up to you. Some people tend to start brewing a new tea with boiling water and dial it down from there if they need to.

The big exception to this freedom is Japanese greens, which really do benefit from rigidity in brewing to achieve a balance in sweet and bitter flavors. Most, like sencha and matcha, do well in the 160° to 170° range, while shade-grown gyokuro benefits from even lower temperatures, around 140°. However, no matter what you’re brewing, it’s your tea—don’t rely on a label to tell to how to brew it.

HERE’S THE THING – DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.

Now if you WANT to get super geeky, here are some brewing guidelines.

White Tea:  A rare and delicate tea variety harvested before the plant’s leaf is fully open. The least processed of all teas, smooth, subtle. Brewing requires hot water at 175 (simply add two ice cubes for every 8 oz of boiling water to achieve this temperature). Use 1.5 tsp per 8 oz of water. Steep for 4-5 minutes.

Benefits: boosts immune system, better skin and complexion, high amounts of antioxidants

Green Tea:  The leaves are picked, dried, and heat-treated to stop fermentation. For most green teas use hot water at 175, (adding two ice cubes for every 8 oz of boiling water achieves approximately this temperature), use 1 tsp per 8 oz of water, and steep for one minute.

Benefits: antioxidants, boosts immune system, lowers risk of heart disease, healthy teeth & gums, and weight loss

Black Tea:  Fully fermented tea, creating a full bodied taste. Usually requires hot water at 195. 1.5 tsp per 8 oz of water. Steep for 3-4 minutes.

Benefits: known for heart health, increased circulation and lowering blood pressure

Oolong Tea:  Undergoes slight fermentation and oxidation and usually requires hot water at 195. 1.5 tsp per 8 oz of water. Steep for 3 minutes.

Benefits: known as the weight loss tea, helps with digestion, burning calories and fat loss

Herbal Tea:(Tisanes)  Made from dried fruits, herbs, spices, or dried flowers. Usually requires hot water at 208º. 1.5 tsp tea per 8 oz of water. Steep for 4-5 minutes.

Benefits: caffeine free, antioxidants, vitamins, relaxation, pain relief, and soothing to stomach and throat

You can consider buying an electric kettle with a full digital range so you can dial in any brewing temperature that your heart desires. There are several great brands on Amazon. Just put in the search bar: variable temperature electric kettle.

AND Amazon has some cute little timers made especially for tea lovers to time the brewing process. Just put in “tea timer’s in the search bar.

Tea pot with tea infuser

There are two ways for tea to become unpleasantly bitter: steeping at too high a temperature, or steeping for too long.

Quality water is important. It is also possible that if your water is heavily chlorinated or otherwise impure that it could be making your tea taste bad. Many tea aficionados are very fussy about the quality of water they use in their tea, apparently for good reason.

MYTH #6  TEA HAS LESS CAFFEINE THAN COFFEE

The difference in caffeine content between coffee and tea is more complicated than that. Both coffee and tea contain caffeine and therefore have a stimulant-like effect on the brain, but the nature of these effects is quite different.

Theophylline and theobromine are organic compounds related to caffeine and found in small amounts in tea. They stimulate the body in several ways.

 

Theophylline relaxes smooth muscles in the airway, making breathing easier while also stimulating both the rate and force of contraction of the heart.

Theobromine can also stimulate the heart, but it does have a mild diuretic effect and improves blood flow around the body, leading to a net reduction in blood pressure.

Some of the caffeine we ingest in tea is metabolized with the theophylline and theobromine.

NOW IT GETS INTERESTING

Tea has a unique amino acid called L-Theanine, which has some very interesting effects on the brain. It is mainly found in the tea plant Camellia sinensis and crosses the blood-brain barrier.

In humans, L-theanine increases generation of brain waves called Alpha Waves, which are associated with alert relaxation. This is perhaps the main reason for the different, milder “buzz” that tea generates compared to coffee.  That is why tea may be a suitable alternative for those who are sensitive to the high amounts of caffeine in coffee.

Available as a dietary supplement, L-theanine is used to boost focus and concentration as well as to promote relaxation. The amino acid is found in rich amounts exclusively in tea. Research suggests it may enhance brain function and help your body deal with stress. Green tea — which, unlike black tea, is made from leaves that have not been allowed to oxidize — generally has a higher concentration of L-theanine compared to black tea. Oolong tea is made with semi-oxidized tea leaves and can get as much as 9.2 percent of its dry weight from L-theanine.

The difference between green and black tea is in the processing, something that doesn’t affect caffeine content. Because they’re derived from the same plant, they contain similar amounts unless you brew your green tea for short periods.

Now we have our last Myth. We are sure there are many more, but here it is:

Lady with a cup of tea

Myth #7  GREEN TEA IS “BETTER” FOR YOU THAN OTHER TEAS

Considering how many people start drinking tea for its purported health benefits, it’s worth looking at green tea in some detail.

The most common claims in favor of drinking green tea are its low caffeine content and high antioxidant value. We have already dealt with the first claim—some green teas have just as much caffeine as other varieties. As for antioxidants, well yes, thanks to its low oxidation, green tea possesses more antioxidants than black and oolongs. (Though lightly oxidized white teas often show even higher levels!) What those antioxidants do when you’re drinking tea is far less clear, and there’s far less scientific consensus on the practical benefits of regularly drinking green tea.

That’s not to say there are no benefits, but rather that when sensationalist headlines call out green tea as a miracle cure for everything from allergies to cancer, it’s worth taking a more skeptical perspective. It’s also doubtful that green tea is the only kind of tea to make you feel good. Green tea’s modern popularity means it dominates the scientific literature; researchers focus far less on certain dark, heavily processed teas that have been used as folk remedies for hundreds of years.

Black tea leaves are prepared by breaking the leaves or rolling them, which allows them to oxidize fully– a process that involves oxygen interacting with the leaves to produce the necessary active ingredients. The oxidation process — often mistakenly referred to as fermentation in the tea business — is the longest of all the four types of teas and produces the greatest amount of caffeine of any in the group, as well as beneficial antioxidants known as theaflavins and thearubigins. The oxidation process also turns the leaves a darker color.

In our research, we found there are as many benefits from black teas as there for green tea. For instance, increasing evidence hints that the antioxidants in black tea may reduce atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). especially in women. It may also help lower the risk of heart attack. Regularly drinking black tea may also lower your risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney stones. However, there are studies that it will increase high blood pressure. If you have more information on this, our readers would love to hear from you.

Chinese harvesting tea

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Why Would We Do That with Our Tea Basket Infuser?

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The regular price on our Brew-in-Mug Tea Basket Infuser  on Amazon.com is $12.95. Your price is $4.95. That price just covers our Amazon vendor/seller fees, not the manufacturing costs.

Well, why would we do that?

The Amazon ranking system is built on a few things, including awarding products with a lot of reviews.  When the ranking is high, Amazon sell it for us. So we will give you a huge discount in exchange for your honest review.

 

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Tea Basket Infuser

 

Brew-in-Mug Tea Basket Infuser for Loose Leaf Tea With Lid, Extra Fine Mesh 304 Stainless Steel Strainer/Filter Basket For Tea Cup, Tea Mug, or Tea Pot. From Love Your Tea. 4″ with handles, 2 1/2″ deep

Click here to get your single use coupon code to get your tea infuser: gary@yourcoolkitchen.com

To sweeten the offer, once your review is up, let us know we will give you a free ceramic vegetable peeler. (US only)

How’s that?

Vegetable Peeler

Ceramic Vegetable Peeler

WHY WOULD YOU WANT OUR TEA BASKET INFUSER?

PRICE vs. QUALITY: Why the low price of $12.95? Our tea basket infuser is the highest quality 304-grade stainless steel, with a large capacity basket, lead-free, custom made, light but sturdy, and built to last. However, we are planning more products for our brand, Love Your Tea, so we decided to offer it a lower price so you can get acquainted with us.

LID DOUBLES AS A COASTER Keeps tea hot during brewing and reverses to use as a nice little tray after steeping for the basket. Provides a place to put the wet infuser until brewing the tea a second and third time.

THAT TASTED SO GOOD! Do you want another cup? With loose leaf tea, the best flavor often comes with the second and third brewing. Just pour hot water through again to re-brew your tea with our steep-in-mug and teapot infuser. CLEAN UP? Simply dump tea and rinse with running water and a little soap.

GET THE MOST FLAVOR from your premium tea. Instead of using a tight tea ball, our tea infuser gives your tea room to expand, allows the tea to unfurl completely, and allows water flow. Great for brewing all fine loose leaf tea such as Rooibos, Jasmine Purls, Oolong, Darjeeling, and Vahdam loose leaf tea samplers.

WILL IT FIT MY TEA MUG OR TEA POT? It will fit most as it has 4″ with handles, 2 1/2″ deep.

IS THE MESH FINE ENOUGH? Some products say: made of fine mesh and no more particles in your cup. Let’s be honest. Even though our basket is extra, extra fine mesh, you may get some particles in your cup. It is debatable whether the dust (fannings) is an indicator of low-quality tea. However, most premium tea is from whole leaves only. Never mind the debate, just run the water through once and pour it out to get rid of any particles.

CAN I PUT A TEA BAG IN IT? Sure, but there is a whole world of difference with loose leaf tea, which provides you with more flavor, aroma, antioxidants, and pleasure.
First, tea bags have stale tea dust from broken leaves that have lost their oils and aroma.

Second, the paper used is very suspect. If you have ever gotten a piece of paper wet, you know that it tends to fall apart easily. The solution that companies created was to treat the paper with something to make it stronger – usually Epichlorohydrin.

According to Dow Chemical (who is the largest producer of this substance): Epichlorohydrin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. In the U.S.A., it is considered to be a potential carcinogen for purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) hazard communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.

WILL THE TEA STRAINER GET TOO HOT? It will get hot, but we decided not to manufacture one with silicone. Just grab the edge of the two handles with forefinger and thumb and place it in the lid/coaster.

CAN I ADD HERBS, SPICE OR DRIED FRUIT? Mint or basil leaves. Dried fruit, a whole clove, a cinnamon stick, or other spices. Let your imagination go wild.

WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH IT? Our Tea Infuser has been lovingly designed by our U.S. small business. We quality control the items here after they arrive from China. It has a 100% money back guarantee.100% With the cute box, it makes a nice gift. Buy two.

Click here to get your single use coupon code: gary@yourcoolkitchen.com

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Our New Tea Basket Infuser is Live on Amazon.com

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Love Your Kitchen now has a new line called Love Your Tea.

Our first product is a Brew-in-Mug Tea Infuser for Loose Leaf Tea With Lid, Extra Fine Mesh 304 Stainless Steel Infuser Basket For a Cup, Mug or Pot.  4″ with handles, 2 1/2″ deep                              

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Tea Basket Infuser

SEE IT HERE ON AMAZON.COM

PRICE vs. QUALITY: Why the low price? Our infuser is the highest quality 304-grade stainless steel, with a large capacity infuser basket, lead-free, custom made, light but sturdy, and built to last. However, we are planning more products for our brand, Love Your Tea, so we decided to offer it a lower price so you can get acquainted with us.

  • LID DOUBLES AS A COASTER Keeps your brew hot during brewing and reverses to use as a nice little tray after steeping for the basket. Provides a place to put the wet infuser until brewing the tea a second and third time.
  • THAT TASTED SO GOOD! Do you want another cup? With loose leaf tea, the best flavor often comes with the second and third brewing. Just pour hot water through again to re-brew your tea with our steep-in-mug and teapot infuser. CLEAN UP? Simply dump strainer and rinse with running water and a little soap.
  • GET THE MOST FLAVOR from your premium tea. Instead of using a tight tea ball, our infuser gives your tea room to expand, allows the tea to unfurl completely, and allows water flow. Great for brewing all fine loose leaf tea such as Rooibos, Jasmine Purls, Oolong, Darjeeling, and Vahdam loose leaf tea samplers.
  • WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH IT? Our Tea Infuser has been lovingly designed by our U.S. small business. We quality control the items here after they arrive from China. It has a 100% money back guarantee.

 

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What Kind of Tea do You Like?

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Throughout history, tea has been a special libation, expressing all sorts of healthily, relaxing, and even spiritual elements. One definition of a libation from Merriam Webster is an act or instance of drinking -often ceremoniously, or pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity. As you know in Japan, drinking tea is a serious ceremony.Tea2

Gary and I are novelists, but we also have physical products on Amazon and are branching out from our original line of LOVE YOUR KITCHEN to a niche area of tea and calling it LOVE YOUR TEA.

We received our first product from China, a tea diffuser basket, and we are in the middle of a launch plan for it. However, after that, we will continue to expand the line to other accessories and ultimately to quality loose tea from China.

How tea is harvested and processed is a fascinating subject, and we are busy educating ourselves. As part of our education, we would love to hear from you about what kinds of tea you like and how you like to brew it

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Tea Smarts

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In preparing for our new Love Your Home line of products, LOVE YOUR TEA, we are educating ourselves. Follow along with us in our quest to know as much as we can about tea.

Share your own information about tea with us in the comments. Like I said, we are learning and welcome your ideas and knowledge of tea.

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  • Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.  After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.

  • There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.

  • On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea and there could be more. So you just don’t say “tea”. You have to be specific which of those 1,500 kinds you are referring to. And although there many kinds, they are only derived from six major varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves.

  • Tea tasting is like learning to be a wine tasting connoisseur. It’s no easy job as you have to have a keen eye for tea leaves, a sharp taste for brewed teas, a sense of touch for the tea leaves and a keen smell to determine whether the aroma of brewed tea is good or not.

  • Teas don’t taste the same. Their taste would depend largely on the temperature and taste of water and the time they took to brew.

  • A pound of loose tea leaves can make more than 200 cups of tea.

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Crispy Baked ‘Fried’ Chicken

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Food 8We found this from the Food Network

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cat-cora/crispy-baked-fried-chicken-recipe.html

Photograph by Con Poulos

Ingredients

  •  8 chicken pieces (preferably 2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs and 2 wings)

  •  1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  •  4 cups cornflakes

  •  2/3 cup buttermilk

  •  2 tablespoons dijon mustard

  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  •  1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

  •  3/4 teaspoon ground sage

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a rack in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet.

Rinse the chicken in cold water; pat dry. In a wide bowl or on a plate, season the flour with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Dredge each chicken piece through the flour so it’s fully coated, tap against the bowl to shake off excess flour and set aside. Discard the flour.

Here comes the part kids like best: Crush the cornflakes by placing them in a big resealable plastic bag, carefully pressing the bag to push out the air. Seal up the bag (with as little air inside as possible) and run over the flakes with a rolling pin. Open the bag and pour the crushed flakes into a wide bowl or onto a plate.

In a large bowl (big enough to dredge the chicken pieces), mix the buttermilk, mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika and sage. Give each floured chicken piece a good buttermilk bath and then roll in the cornflake crumbs.

Arrange the chicken pieces on the rack and place in the hot oven. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, lower the heat to 375 degrees and cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, until cooked through and crispy. The juices should run clear when the meat is pierced with a knife. Serve with Easy Greens.

Per serving: Calories 520; Fat 22 g (Sat. 6 g; Mono. 9 g; Poly. 5 g); Cholesterol 136 mg; Sodium 1,040 mg; Carbohydrate 41 g; Fiber 1.5 g; Protein 40 g

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USES YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF FOR SCISSORS

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Kitchen Shears are more than fancy scissors, they’re the most underrated tool in your culinary arsenal.

Many people think kitchen shears for only opening packaging. Sure, they’re basically fancy scissors, but here is why they’re the most underrated tool in your culinary arsenal.

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They cut up raw (or cooked) bacon with ease. If you’ve ever sliced raw, slippery bacon with a knife, you know that uniform cuts are a frustrating and usually unattainable goal. Not so with kitchen shears—each snip yields straight, accurate lines of porky goodness.

They lop off unwanted bits with less mess. Do away with messing up a clean cutting board and knife and put the shears to work. Hold a bunch of green beans end-side up in one hand while snipping all the ends off with scissors in the other hand. And cut away unwanted carrot tops, fennel stalks or the prickly tips of an artichoke directly over a garbage can.

Quickly remove thyme leaves from fresh sprigs. Anyone who has picked 3 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves will appreciate this tip: Instead of stripping the sprigs, which can be tender and break, or picking off the leaves individually, hold a sprig in one hand while snipping the leaves off using scissors in the other.

They easily snip through all breads. Use them to cut pizza into slices, quesadillas and pitas into wedges, foccaccia into squares, even stale bread into cubes for croutons. Oh, and use them to snip off crusts, too.

They cut up dried fruit. Hand-chopping dried fruit can be painstakingly slow and putting it through the food processor is a whole other world of trouble.

They toddler-ize any food.

They fix lazy chopping jobs. How about cutting meat for sir-fry?

They make chopping canned whole tomatoes a mess-free job. Point the blades directly into an opened can and snip, snip away. This will work with any canned or jarred food, like pineapple rings or roasted red peppers.

They shred leafy greens and herbs without bruising. Ingredients like scallions, chives and basil should be sliced using a sharp knife or else they can end up bruised and not sliced all the way through. Scissors will deliver clean cuts. You can also do this over the food to quickly garnish.

They prune away unsightly blemishes on vegetables. Use the sharp side of the blade to shave dark spots from heads of cauliflower or, with caution, use scissor tips to dig out “eyes” from potatoes.

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Look at these uses, but there are many more:

How about cutting sections of grapes for a garnish?

Cut meat into strips for stir-fry.

Hold a bunch of green beans end-side up in one hand while snipping all the ends off with scissors in the other hand. And cut away unwanted carrot tops, fennel stalks or the prickly tips of an artichoke directly over a garbage can.

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WHY YOU NEED MULTI-FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN SCISSORS

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ARE KITCHEN SHEARS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL IN YOUR ARSENAL?

Sure, they’re basically fancy scissors, but kitchen shears have their run-of-the-mill snipping cousins one-upped thanks to the fact that they come unhinged, making them into a knife, a peeler and a lot easier to clean.

PROBLEM: Are there problems with regular kitchen scissors?
• Blades break off because the stainless steel does not extend through the length of the handle.
• Handle uncomfortable.
• They rust because of low-quality stainless steel.
• Blades not sharp.
• Are they multi-functional?

SOLUTION: Here’s why you need LOVE YOUR KITCHEN’S Kitchen Shears

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• High quality stainless steel blades that extends through the length of the handle.
• Soft grip handle design for comfort.
• Detachable blades for cleaning, sharpening, and polishing. Single blades can be used as a knife.
• Open all that pesky packaging.
• Multi-purpose: Cut meat, slippery bacon with ease, scale fish, trim vegetables, shell nuts, crack crab legs, open bottles, cut chicken bones, strip herbs, cut up dried fruit, and many others.
• Trim fat off meat. Serrated edge so meats don’t slip.
• Knife on the end of the handle is good for many things.
• 100% money back guarantee.

  • SOFT GRIP/NON-SLIP HANDLE saves strain and helps when using force on harder objects and allows you to have a tighter grip on the scissors. Left or right handed. Sharp blades designed to cut through anything for everyday kitchen use.

  • • MULTI-PURPOSE: Cut meat and trim fat, cut slippery bacon with ease, scale fish, and trim and peel vegetables, shell nuts, crack crab legs, open bottles, cut chicken bones, strip herbs, Cut pizza into slices, quesadillas and pitas into wedges, foccaccia into squares, even stale bread into cubes for croutons. Trim fat off meat. Knife on the end of the handle is good for many things such as opening CD wrappers and opening clam shells.

  • • HEAVY DUTY STAINLESS STEEL: Blades extend through the length handle to ensure they will not break with regular use and ensures against rusting. BONUS: Magnetic sheath so you don’t lose your scissors again when you need them and keep your scissors within reach on the fridge or any metal surface.

  • • ANNOYED THAT BLADES COME APART TOO EASILY? The scissors/shears come apart only at an angle of 90 degrees, which is wider than normal use. This ensures that the scissors are not too tight to pose a problem for the user. On the other hand, it is not too loose that it creates inconvenience. Detachable blades for cleaning, sharpening, and polishing. Single blades can be used as a knife.

  • • 100% no-hassle, money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our product, email us and we will be glad to refund your money or send you a replacement. Even after Amazon’s return policy has elapsed, we stand behind our product. LOVE YOUR KITCHEN’S goal is happy customers.

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