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    Spotlight on Cleaning Brushes With Style

    Spotlight on Cleaning Brushes With Style

    Today's spotlight is on our Bottle Brush with extra long wooden handles and strong bristles. The extra-long handle allows effective cleaning of deep containers such as coffee maker reservoirs or humidifiers, large water flasks, water bottles, and to-go cups with lids.

    The naturally soft, dense bristles are delicate, yet effective in cleaning and are positioned to scrub at all angles. It is suitable for any surface - plastic, metal, or glass. The bristles are flexible enough to reach into right angles of straight edges containers, and into small necked insulated bottles, and are superb for cleaning your to-go cups.

    The bristles can be targeted into small crevices such as the insides of complicated lids, such as Contingo brand lids, or mouthpieces of to-go cups or flip-top lids, and the bristles reach into lid threads.

    Other uses for this well-designed brush are the inside of muffin tins, Bundt pans, food processor containers and their food shoots, blender jugs, as well as camelback-type water bladders.
    The natural wooden handle and bristles dry quickly and thoroughly. Simply clean food residue off the bristles with clear hot water. Shake the excess water from the brush and leave it in the open to air dry.

    The natural beauty of this brush is a perfect accent to any kitchen decor.

    Drop by our Instagram account post of July 27, 2021 to see this brush in action. 

    Sending warm wishes to your home,
    from the husMait home kitchen.

    Cookie Cutters as Cookie Molds

    We lived in Hong Kong for 30 years, longer than I lived in the United States!         In that time Chinese New Year became a traditional holiday for our family, rivaling the festivities of Christmas. This year Chinese New Year falls on Feb 12, 2021, and it begins on the evening before is celebrated for at least 3 days and often longer. It is a time of elaborate dinners, gift-giving, trips to the Victoria Park Flower Market, Dim Sum, and Lion Dances. 

    Food is central to Chinese New Year traditions in the way it is created, gifted, and consumed.  There are customs and traditions going back generations in regards to the variety, shape, and color of the food. So when I saw Helen Au’s Vegan Chinese Almond Cookies I knew I had to make them. 

    Unfortunately, I do not have traditional wooden almond cookie molds. A quick google search will show you what I am talking about. However, as I was contemplating this challenge I came up with an amazing cheat! The basic premise of a cookie mold is to compress the sandy texture dough into a solid shape that can be turned out onto a baking surface. While living in HK for 30 years I became very adept at substitution and ingenuity- So I just reverse-engineered, and used what I have to create a mold - the base of the 1/3 cup Stainless Steel Measuring Cup fits perfectly into the second smallest Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters and the 1/8 Stainless Steel Cup can be used in the smallest Stainless Steel Cookie Cutter. 

    I assembled my ingredients and equipment.
    I prepared the recipe according to directions and then put 1/4 cup of mixture into the second largest cookie cutter and took the 1/3 cup and pressed very hard into the dough. Turning the cookie cutter over and gently released the cookie onto the husMait baking mat. 
    So while I did not end up with the lovely traditional design on the top of the cookies, this method gave the cookies the lovely scalloped edges of a traditional Chinese Almond Cookie. This recipe is amazingly simple and delicious. The batch I baked yesterday is nearly finished and a good friend said “They taste very authentic. Yummy.  They go well with coffee.”

    恭喜發財  Kung Hei Fat Choi!

    With warm wishes for your home,
    from the husMait home kitchen.

    husMait products used:

    Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters - Set of 6Stainless Steel Measuring Cups,

    Essential Bakeware Set 5 Piece Set - also available individually: Silicone Baking Mat, Silicone Rolling Mat, Set of 2 Flour ScraperStainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowl