Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cutco Cutlery - Review and Giveaway!

I am very excited to offer the first giveaway ever on my blog!

If you love to cook, like I do, than you know how important it is to have high quality kitchen equipment, particularly knives.  Believe it or not, I despise chopping fruits and veggies, but I do it because I believe cooking from scratch is essential to good health and nutrition.  I think a significant contributor to the North American obesity epidemic is our over-reliance on restaurant, prepared and processed foods.  I don't see "hating it" or "not having time" as excuses for not cooking.  It's a life skill, and like brushing your teeth, I think you have got to do it, regardless of whether you want to or not to ensure good health - unless you are wealthy enough to pay someone to do it for you, I suppose. 

I was recently sent several complimentary products from the Cutco Cutlery company to try out.  The company makes a wide variety of kitchen knives, gadgets and cookware.  They sent me their can opener, Santoku knife, and trimmer in the beautiful pearl-handled line they offer.

As soon as I tried them, I was smitten.  The handles were a very comfortable, even for my small hands.  The knives are appropriately weighty, but not too heavy.  They did easy work of all the fruits and veggies I tried cutting, including raw chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, bell peppers, pear, ginger, etc.

At first I had difficulty with the can opener and, to be honest, couldn't get it to work.  But given how high quality the knives are, and how sturdy the opener looked and felt, I suspected I was simply doing something wrong, or it was because I am a lefty.  I asked Adam to give it a try and he initially had difficulty too.  Then we discovered that we'd both been holding it upside down.  Oops!  Yes, we really do have PhDs!  Once we held it correctly, we discovered it made quick work of can lids, leaving a smooth edge and intact rim.  We were both very pleased with the results.

Cutco was established in 1949 and is the top selling brand of cutlery in North America.  They are made in Olean, New York, and come with a Forever Guarantee, which is better than a lifetime guarantee (you can pass them on to your children and the guarantee still holds).  They offer knife sharpening, for a small shipping fee, and will replace any product that breaks.  All products are dishwasher safe.  The company has recently expanded and has recently launched a new division of their company that can help you brush up on your cooking skills.  Here is some additional info:

Cooking with CUTCO is an exciting new venture within the CUTCO Cutlery family that gives individuals the opportunity to run their own business from home. CUTCO has been in business since 1949 and we are the #1 Brand of Cutlery in North America! Our new venture, Cooking with CUTCO, combines the best of both worlds –Cutlery and Cookware! The CUTCO Cooking Experience allows YOU to showcase our amazing products in action in the kitchen as well as educate your client on how to cook nutritious and healthy meals for their families, in a fast and cost effective manner. But most of all you will have a tonne of fun creating these experiences for yourself & your clients in their kitchen! This business is fun and easy - we will provide you with hands on training, video training and so much more! For more info on how to become a Cooking Consultant, go to
Cutco is generously offering one lucky reader of this blog the chance to win one of their santoku knives. 
Table Knife
In order to enter the contest, please leave me a comment on this post stating what product you would most want on the website or what recipe you’d most like to try from the cooking with Cutco page  by October 31st, 2012.  Contest is open to residents of Canada only.
Disclaimer: I received free products from the Cutco company to review, but all opinions on this blog are my own.