Change of Seasons

Well, I had started a blog to post about the upcoming eclipse, but I didn’t finish it.

So here we are, riding that eclipse energy of change right up to the change of seasons and the upcoming Autumnal Equinox.  “The equinox occurs on Friday Sept. 22nd at 1:02 pm (West Coast).  The sun will rise and set exactly in the east and west.  It will move in a laser-straight line across the sky. It’s a time of precision and a good time to contemplate the idea of equality.”*

Fall has always been my favorite season.  The changing colors are glorious!  The busy-ness of summer slows down, the very air smells different and turns cool and crisp, the harvest of the gardens, fields and orchards comes to a celebratory finish.

Our energies shift as well.  We begin to turn inwards, we start to think of cozy places indoors and lovely warm foods – soups, stews, baked apples, warm bread.

In the shop we have a versatile Food Mill and a Vegetable Chopper to help with your preserving and cooking.  Some wonderful Gardener’s Salve to refresh your hands after harvesting or cleaning up your yard.  And beautiful stone or salt candle holders to warm your home.

Welcome Autumn!

 

*from This Week’s Amazing Sky in the Farmer’s Almanac.

 

 

 

Have you heard of ChicWrap?

Let Us Introduce You!

ChicWrap is professional grade Parchment Paper, Plastic Wrap and Foil.  Each roll comes  in it’s own refillable dispenser that is made to sit right on your counter, as well as fitting in a drawer!

 

Each roll includes a starter-edge to initially insert through the slot in the dispenser.  Four rubber feet are attached to the bottom of the box for stability.  The box is reusable.  And Yes, we carry the individual rolls for refills.

Professional Grade Plastic Wrap, Foil and Parchment Paper in handy dispenser boxes

The Plastic Wrap is Professional Grade wrap that is BPA free and FDA approved.  It is used by professional chefs around the world.  It is stronger, has better stretch and provides unmatched cling for sealing in freshness.  The dispenser comes with one 250 roll of plastic wrap.

The Foil is professional grade HTS (Heavier, Thicker, Stronger) aluminum foil. It is moisture-proof, grease-proof and odor-proof and is made to withstand high heat and extreme cold with unmatched strength and quality.  Perfect for everything from grilling to freezer storage.  The dispenser comes with one 25 foot roll of aluminum foil.

The Culinary Parchment Paper is non-stick and seals in nutrients and enhances food’s natural flavors while eliminating the need for synthetic cooking sprays.  Culinary Parchment products are not only 100% biodegradable, but they are also FSC and Kosher certified. The dispenser includes a 41 foot roll of parchment paper.

So far, I have had the most experience with the Parchment Paper.  I had run out of the brand I was using and wanted to give this one a try.  I use parchment paper to line my cake pans, and cookie sheets and to layer in between items for freezing.  This Parchment Paper handles well and freezes well.  It does not get soft and soggy and does not stick to the food.

Another way I use Parchment Paper is to make little packages of cut up bananas to freeze for smoothies.  I dice the bananas ahead of time, wrap them in the Parchment Paper and then I can put several little packages of bananas in one freezer bag, ready to pull out and use anytime.

 

 

 

 

ChicWrap makes a great gift for the baker, the person who likes to BBQ, for newlyweds, for housewarmings and many other occasions.

 

Our Blog has been Updated

Our blog page has been updated!

We have some new products to share and some staff favorites as well.

Have you heard of VitaJuwel?  VitaJuwel products are made to enhance water with the use of gem stones.  “Everything in nature vibrates.  Gems naturally act like a source of subtle vibrations.  These vibrations inspire water, making it more lively and enjoyable.”   They are beautiful as well.

assorted stones in our VitaJuwel Vials and Droplets

We now carry Chic Wrap – World’s Best Plastic Wrap, Aluminum Foil and Parchment Paper for all your kitchen needs.  These are professional grade products.  They come in handy refillable dispensers that feature a Zipsafe Slide Cutter.  And yes, we carry the refills too.

professional grade

Our staff favorite for this blog is from Louise – I have many favorite products at Inner Oasis, but today’s pick is the Shrubbie.  The Shrubbie is super absorbent Cotton on one side with a gentle Nylon scrubbing surface on the other side.   This is my favorite scrubber for washing dishes and cleaning up spills.  They are gentle enough to use on my flat surface stove and rugged enough to clean out my pots and pans.  They also come in a rainbow of colors.

best scrubbers

April’s Tip Of The Month – try using our citrus prayer to spray lemon or lime juice on your cut fruit to keep it from turning brown.

It Works!

And remember our Spring Fling Specials are going on now through Sunday April 30th!  Come on in and see what’s new.

 

Guests coming? Need a gift? Try these

10 by 14" silicone lids Company coming for the holidays? Consider Charles Viancin’s 10 by 14 silicone lids.  Shown in the Banana Leaf pattern. Also available in the Poppy pattern  NOW 40% while supplies last.

 

13inch siicone lid in Poppy patternAnother favorite is the 13″ round lid – great for the salad bowl, stove top cooking or oven cooking (silicone takes temperatures up to 428 degrees!).  Patterns: Poppy and Lily Pad.  NOW 40% off

13" Silicone Lid in Lily Pad pattern
13″ Silicone Lid in Lily Pad pattern

 

Silicone Lids Holiday Special

Practical, Safe, and charming.

Sunflower Silicone Lids Charles Viancin’s silicone lids seal on any smooth surface: glass, plastic, metal, wood and porcelain.  Perfect for use in the refrigerator, microwave, stove top, or oven (up to 480 degrees).  Sizes:  11″, 9″, 8″, 6″ and pairs of 4″   NOW 25% off.  Buy the set and save $16.58

Holiday Specials

German steel knives and the Gefu Spiralfix
German steel knives and the Gefu Spiralfix

To help you through the holidays with ease …

Or to shop for just the gift you need for that special someone.

Buy one chef knife, bread knife or slicing knife and get a Spiralfix at 50% off.

 

Lekue Steamer
Lekue Steamer     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b3fKEgsw2U

 

 

Lekue’s steamers with tray – small will cook an entire meal for 1 to 2 people. Large cooks a meal or vegetables for 3 to 4 people.  Designed to circulate the microwaves and it steams (the most nutritious way to cook) your meats and vegetables to perfection.  Now 25% off.. and you get a free gift.

 

Zuccini Noodle Salad

A raw salad for health enthusiasits

Zuccini Noodle Salad from Chef Sarah Bambey
Zuccini Noodle Salad from Chef Sarah Bambey

This late summer salad is a winner with avocado for texture and almond butter for a salty seasoning. By Chef Sarah Bambey

Ingredients

  • 1 spiralized zucchini

    Spiralfix for casseroles, salads, garnishes and more
    Spiralfix for casseroles, salads, garnishes and more
  • 1 spiralized cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • handful of baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 minced garlic glove
  • himalayan salt (to taste)

Method

  1. Spiralize zucchini and cucumber.  With your 3 in 1 Avocado tool, slice 1/2 avocado saving the other half with Coverblubber.

    This 3 in 1 tool by Oxo cuts, seeds and slices your avocado with ease
    This 3 in 1 tool by Oxo cuts, seeds and slices your avocado with ease
  2. Combine all salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and enjoy!

Gefu – Products you can trust!

Gefu’s versatile easy to use products

Nearly 70 years of know-how make Gefu a specialist in high quality kitchen tools that are functional, beautiful, practical, design engineered and ergonomically pleasing. With a head office in Eslohe, Sauerland, Gefu products are sold in 47 countries. Inner Oasis is delighted to share these outstanding products with you.

A rotary grater for hard cheese, chocolate or nuts
A rotary grater for hard cheese, chocolate or nuts

Gefu’s rotary grater is suited for making shavings and fine crumbs. The clever design allows almost complete utilization of the material while keep in your hands safely out of the way and odor free.  Fine and coarse drums; grate right into a storage container or your bowl/pan. Easy to clean. Drums can be shifted for use in the left hand.

Gefu's Spirelli easily makes vegetable spaghetti
Gefu’s Spirelli easily makes vegetable spaghetti

The most popular of our Gefu products is the Spirelli. Operating like an old fashioned pencil sharpener, it will julienne carrots, radishes, cucumber, zucchini – I’ve even quartered and used potatoes for a tasty egg side-dish. Great for stir-fry, pasta, salads, garnishes and more.

One thermometer meets every need
One thermometer meets every need

 

This newly designed digital thermometer from Gefu is fast acting (4 to 19 seconds), easy to read and measures temperatures from -49F to 392F. Operates on an easy to change battery and comes with a cap to cover the tip when not in use. Great for everything from your wine to the baby’s bath.

Make unique casseroles, salads and side-dishes
Make unique casseroles, salads and side-dishes

Gefu’s Spiralfix with 4 different widths, cuts across the width of your vegetable with two high strength steel blades. Convenient and safe. Just dial the desired width, open the lid, place the vegetable in the box and close the lid. Push down gently and turn the handle. Vegetables spiral into a non-slip container – or directly into your bowl or pan. Great for casseroles, salads, and side dishes. Easy to clean; dishwasher safe.

The Jot, The Onpot, Supoons and Chopulas!

Kitchen Gadgets adding fun to your cooking

Many of the kitchen gadgets found at Inner Oasis are here because you asked us to find them.  Here’s another. Thank you!

Dreamfarm products come from down-under (Australia) and have charmingly fun names.

The Chopula chops, flips and sits upright
The Chopula chops, flips and sits upright

The Chopula is a cross between a chopper and a spatula. It’s thin and flexible enough to chop (even in a hot pan), and flip, yet it sits upright.  The Chopula comes in multiple colors, takes temps up to 480 F, loves your dishwasher, and won’t damage your ceramic (nonstick) pans.  All that for just $11.95!

The supoon measures, stirs, mixes, scrapes and serves
The supoon measures, stirs, mixes, scrapes and serves

Dreamfarm’s Supoon, like it’s cousin the Chopula, does multiple jobs and comes in fun colors.  The Supoon, in two sizes, measures, stirs, scrapes, mixes, serves and sits up. Safe to use on nonstick cookware, the Supoon is dishwaser safe and takes temps up to 500F.   Regular, $11.95, small $7.95.

 

The  Onpot is always there ready to hold your lid at a perfect angle.
The Onpot is always there ready to hold your lid at a perfect angle.

 

The Onpot sticks to your pot lid, so you can safely rest the lid on the edge of your pot. The lids rests at a perfect angle so condensation and food splatter drips back into the pot.  It’s always there when you need it. Safe up to 350F; the Onpot comes in joyous colors  – $9.95

The Jot... sticks to any smooth surface anywhere to hang anything
The Jot… sticks to any smooth surface anywhere to hang anything

Equally colorful is JOT, a suction hook that sticks anywhere to hold anything.  Perfect for you pen, hanging your keys or your charger cord. Sticks to a smooth flat surface.  $5.95

The Scizza slides, slices and serves
The Scizza slides, slices and serves

Scizza perfectly slices any pizza, on any surface and serves.  Nonstick safe nylon base won’t scratch cookware; heat resistant up to 400F.  Hardened German stainless steel blades provide a sharp, long lasting cutting edge.  The Scizza is extra long (5″ blades) to cut cleanly and completely through your pizza.  The unique spatula tip slides under food easily.

Fun to use – time saving gadgets

Using a Orange knife
Peeling and grating ginger

Inner Oasis is about unique, easy to use gadgets that make life easier and more fun.

Orange Peel KnifeOur new Orange Peel Knife from Funkey Buddha is a sturdy stainless steel. No more sticky hands with this well-priced tool.

 

Once you’ve used fresh ginger, you will never be satisfied with buying the available dry ginger again. And now it’s easy.

  1. Peel your ginger with the tip of a regular teaspoon… hold the spoon upside down and scrape from the top (or your cut edge) down toward the palm of your hand.Fresh Ginger
  2. Use a knife (or the point of a peeler) to remove any tiny spots of skin left.  The smaller the cut you make the better.
  3. Grate with our new Funkey Buddha grater… solid on the back so it rests easily in your bowl or cutting board… with a fine grater that reduces the stringy ginger to exactly the consistency you want.