What I Tried: The Food Loop ($9.95 at Amazon.com)
While shopping at a gourmet store in Pittsburgh, PA I came across this amazing little tool and at first glance I had no idea what it was. With some closer examination I became immediately intrigued.
The Food Loop is the first heat resistant trussing tool designed to take place of kitchen twine and toothpicks in the cooking process.
Here are some facts: The silicone based, magenta colored kitchen item can withstand up to 675 F/375 C. Truss a chicken, bind a pork loin, wrap a stuffed fish, secure your herbs for an amazing stock... This tool can be pretty useful and is also dishwasher safe. It also comes with a handy little bag for keeping all in place when you store or toss them into the dishwasher.
How it Rated:
This product is amazing, not only for its versatility, but also for the ease of use. The only thing that is missing with this product is the lack of lines that are seared into the meat when you truss with twine and the excitement of searching for that piece of string when your bird or loin is all done. And compared to the cost of a ball of twine -- a few bucks -- the $9.95 price point, although not that much money -- seems a little high, especially since a ball of twine can last the regular cook a few years.
What I Made: Easy Roasted Chicken
As I sit here writing this piece I can smell the chicken that I am serving at a dinner party this evening roasting away. The scent is incredible, but what is even better is how I trussed the bird with The Food Loop. I always like to stuff my bird with 1 lemon (cut in half) and a handful of herbs (usually sage and rosemary). Then I used the Loop to secure the legs and keep the stuffing neatly tucked inside while roasting in the oven.
This recipe comes from my mother and is truly the best way to cook a chicken. It always comes out moist as can be. All you need to do is preheat your oven to 475, place the bird on a roasting pan, breast side up, stuff, truss, liberally coat with salt and freshly ground black pepper and roast for 1 hour. Take your bird out of the oven, sprinkle the top with more fresh herbs, squeeze the juice of 1 lemon on top and cover with foil for 15 minutes.
Remove, carve and serve. This is an easy and amazing way to cook a chicken and the Food Loop makes it that much easier. Bock Bock.