I was approached by Mike at Open Sky about getting free samples of products from a company called Zevro. So I signed up for the samples and they sent me three Vacuum storage containers and a magnetic spice rack. The containers rock. Four clips to insure that the lid does not come off and it uses a standard Vacu-Vin suction gadget to remove the air in the container. The containers fit inside each other when not in use for even greater efficiency in long term storage. I instantly thought camping or rafting. This is the perfect container for that use. As far as chefs are concerned, some of the flaws are that they are not perfectly stackable and they are not square so they take up more room than necessary. Square containers are harder to remove all the contents from, but perfectly stackable and neat on shelves are a big draw for chefs. Zevro also offers a rectangular set and you can find them on my open sky store. OXO has containers that are very popular amongst chefs as they have a push button air sucker and you can clearly see the contents of the container. Removing the air from a container is very important as it dramatically increases the shelf life of a product. For example, put brown sugar in a non air tight container and it dries out and turns into rock sugar. Even an airtight container will keep it moist for a long time. Put it in a vacuum container and it will stay moist forever. The guy growing medical marijuana in my previous post would love to have these to store his product. I can think of many other legal uses, but specifically for a chef they can be used to store a whole panoply of herbs and spices as well as all the new fangled hydrocolloids every chef needs to have in their tool chest.
This spice rack caught my eye and I love that you can attach them to a magnetic strip. Mike at Open Sky arranged for me to offer you a 15% discount on the spice rack offered at my store and if you want to buy it, then when you check out type ZEVRO15 as the coupon code to receive the discount.
Magnets are big draw as they open a whole new option for storage. The unit they sent me is a good space saver, but I would prefer a magnet strip I can screw into the wall wherever I want and place these spice canisters. The design of the canisters are not optimal for my use either. Chefs like spices in whole form. As soon as they are ground they lose tons of aroma and intensity as all the surface area comes in contact with oxygen. Most people should throw away most of their spices in their spice drawer as certainly they are quite dead. Maybe you have seen the McCormick’s ads that show a spice container with their old label that says “if you have one of our spices with this label throw it away.”
Buy whole spices as much as possible and buy a coffee grinder to grind your spice mixes.
So I would prefer a spice container with a vacuum seal as well as quick access to my whole spices and the ability to pour them out easily. A few tweaks and these would be great for amateurs and pros alike. However, if you like to buy pre-ground spices or make your own blends and are low on space these could work very well for your needs.
On a side note, I spent some time updating my store on Open Sky and all of you should check out the new stuff I recently added. Father’s Day will be here before you know it and you might find just the right product to make him happy at my store.