It was while watching the first season of Junior Masterchef Australia that my family was introduced to ceramic knives. The bright colorful handles fascinated us and I was intrigued at the idea of blades that will never ever rust. The day we bought the silicone mini-tube pans at The Landmark was the first time that Sam and I saw ceramic knives for sale. But they were so darn expensive that I had to turn my head away. I didn’t really need them anyway since I have full set of kitchen knives plus a cleaver plus a santoku.
Then, last December 30, we were at SM Megamall and, as we passed Cooks Exchange, Sam said we should go in so she could buy me a Christmas gift. I wasn’t about to pass up on that. We went in, she picked out several items, ditched the ones that were beyond her budget and finally chose a ceramic knife. She asked me if I liked it, my eyes lit up (the handle was coral pink!) and that was what she gave me for Christmas. I had to buy the sharpener for ceramic blades though since the girl did have a limited budget.
So, what’s so special about a ceramic knife? Aside, of course, from the fact that it won’t rust. Well, it’s super sharp, to start with. But then, all new knives are ultra sharp so that sharpness didn’t really make it unique.
What I really, really love about the ceramic knife is the lightness. My goodness, it’s so light that, after decades of using steel knives and cleavers, it almost felt weightless in my hand.
The other very sharp Christmas gift came from Tupperware. When the company’s rep contacted me for a delivery address, I wondered if Tupperware had been digging up old records and rewarding loyal customers. I grew up with Tupperware because my mother bought the stuff like crazy. After I got married, I did the same. I had a cousin who was a Tupperware agent and she often came to the house with samples and brochures.
When Tupperware came out with the baby bowls and drinking spouts, I bought them for Sam and Alex. When the first microwave reheatable items were introduced, I bought some too. I stopped buying after we moved to the suburb because I realized I had more containers than items to store in them. Until today, I still use their modular containers for my pasta and Asian noodles. Even the paper liners for cupcakes are stored in one of those modular containers. We even still have — and use — the two-liter pitchers with vacuum lids.
So, it’s kinda nice that I didn’t get another container for a Christmas gift. Instead, I got a great replacement for my mini-food processor that makes such noise to wake up the dead.
It’s a chopper. Okay, so it’s made in China. But what isn’t these days? Even my iMac and my iPad are made in China as far as I know. I had one like that a long time ago — one with a handle that you turn in circles to move the blades inside.
This one has a string instead. Cut an onion into one-inch cubes, put inside the chopper, twist the cover to close, pull the string three times…
… and you’ve got chopped onion. No noise, no power consumption. Very, very nice, thank you!