Sunday, March 16, 2014

prepara herb keeper and oil mister review

Press sample for review
Prepara Herb Savor
If you've been following my blog/books for awhile, you know how much I hate clutter. I'm of the "A place for everything and everything in its place" ilk. The few kitchen gadgets I opt to keep in my smallish city kitchen are there for good reason. So when Prepara asked me to choose two of their products to review, I felt a bit of trepidation. But upon closer inspection, I saw that their gadgets are not frivolous, like so many kitchen accouterments. They are well designed and serve well-defined purposes. And their products come with a 5-year warranty, which tells me that they are built to last – not to recycle. After much musing, I chose to review the herb savor and the tabletop oil mister.

Prepara Herb Savor

Since I used a lot of fresh herbs, and get a fair amount in my CSA share, I knew I would use the herb savor a lot ... assuming it worked. You simply pour some water in the container and snap in the herbs. It creates a mini-greenhouse, except it's a fridge greenhouse.

dill
Since I had a humongous bunch of dill on hand, I decided to put it to the test.


Prepara Herb Savor
Day 1 – dill is fresh and green [Yes, I am that backed up on reviews].

Prepara Herb Savor

You can't really tell from the photo because of the condensation but on Day 9, my dill was still fresh and perky, and in fact, was perky for a few days after. The bottom line? It's a keeper. Sure, you can store fresh herbs in the fridge by wrapping the ends in a damp paper towel and placing the whole bunch in a Ziplock bag. But this looks much neater and in fact, does keep the herbs fresh longer.
Prepara Herb Savor
Months later, I am still using this gadget regularly....here's parsley.

Prepara Tabletop Oil Mister

Prepara Tabletop Oil Mister
Next up was the tabletop oil mister. This is one gadget I actually had been eyeing for some time. Like most people, I use cooking sprays for baking, but I wasn't down with ingesting the chemical propellants used in many mainstream brands. I'd looked at versions in Marshall's and Ross, and took a pass since they looked like they were poorly made. I'm glad I waited for the Prepara model. You simply fill the container with oil, pump seven times and voilà, propellant-free sprays of oil abound. Besides being adorable, this tabletop sprayer has the added benefit of allowing you to made your own gourmet oils. Since I used cooking spray mostly for savory foods, I infused my extra-virgin olive oil with a few garlic cloves and some rosemary. [Obviously, skip this step if you use cooking spray mainly for baking.] The bottom line? I love this mister and rely on it daily. I even use it to dress salads, along with a splash of vinegar or citrus.

I was blown away by the quality and design of Prepara products. I have my eye on the Produce Wash next! What kitchen gadgets are you lemming?

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83 comments:

Cadry's Kitchen said...

Great reviews! Those look like really useful products, especially for someone who uses fresh herbs as much as I do. I hate wasting food and throwing away wilty herbs.

Andrea said...

The herb keeper looks excellent — I think I'd need at least three! The plastic bag method doesn't work very well for me, and I hate using (and throwing away) plastic. As for the mister, I'd love to find one that works long term. I've had misto brand misters and they always eventually clog and stop working. Can you clean the Prepara mister spray-parts so you don't end up spraying rancid oil?

urban vegan said...

Andrea, I also hate throwing away baggies (I wash and resue them until they're in shred) and like both you & Cadry, hate tossing wilted herbs. I try to freeze them before they wilt but you can't remember everything, right?
Yes, you can clean the Prepara mister. Here are the directions from the web site: "To clean, soak nozzle in warm soapy water for about 20 minutes. Rinse. Fill unit with warm water and spray through as you would oil. This will release any clogs. Dry and refill with your favorite oil."

coconutandberries said...

I could definitely use one of those herb savers! I'll have to see if I can get them in the UK. Thanks for the review :)

Tina Muir said...

Wow! Thats so cool! I would love to have one of those! That would make purchasing herbs so much easier. I have never seen anything like it, but now I have, I can see how someone would think of it, and its really handy!

Thanks for the review :)

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