Pasta continues to be a staple in most American kitchens, but can the “Chef Basket” hold it’s own?
The chef basket claims to have a dozen uses in the kitchen from boiling, to deep frying, and even rinsing food.
The first thing about the Chef Basket is that it's flat, so it will fit in just about any drawer, which is convenient.
It then opens up where you can use it as a colander to drain things.
The great thing about the Chef Basket, according to the manufacturer, is that it can go from the pot to the plate.
Drop it into a pot of boiling water, and just pour the pasta in.
However, if using linguine or regular spaghetti, it is not going to work, unless you use the bigger mostaccoli, like the rigatoni, because it will slide out of that colander during straining it.
Another interesting thing about the Chef Basket are the specially designed handles that are cool to the touch even when they are sitting in boiling water.
Among the other twelve uses for the Chef Basket is using it as a steamer.
Simply put it on top, drop in the veggies, and put a top on.
It says it does not have to be a perfect fit because, obviously, with the sides of the basket hanging out here it's not an air tight seal.
The manufacturer claims that should not matter and it should steam these vegetables perfectly.
While we didn't attempt to do all twelve things that the chef basket claims to do, it passed the few things we did try.
It did a great job making the pasta, even going from the pot to the plate.
Steaming the vegetables was great, and rinsing off any vegetables or anything else you're going to cook in the sink is easy as well.
The Chef Basket is dishwasher safe and is available throughout the store like Walgreen’s for $15 or on the internet.
So, if you don't want to be a basket case in the kitchen, get yourself the Chef Basket.
We are giving it the thumbs up.
For more information on the Chef Basket, click here.