Category Archive: Product Reviews

A Dog Lover’s Giveaway

Our farmhouse dog Pete Townshend has been busy testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm. Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered their products for our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.

Our Dog Lover’s Prize Package includes a one pound package of Omega Fields Omega Canine Shine Omega-3 Supplement, one 12 ounce package of Omega Fields Omega Nuggets Treat Supplement, one bottle of Goodwinol Shampoo, and a Hand Embellished collar from You Had Me at Woof’s Etsy Shop.  If you’re not familiar with these products, take a moment to learn about our experience using each of them at 1840 Farm:

Omega Fields Omega Canine Shine Omega-3 Supplement

Omega Fields Omega Nuggets Treat Supplement

Goodwinol Shampoo

Hand Embellished Dog Collar from You Had Me at Woof

I know that you will enjoy using these products as much as we have with Pete here at 1840 Farm.  Enter to win and we’ll randomly select one winner on November 27th.  Good luck to all who enter!

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You Had Me at Woof Hand Embellished Collar

One of my favorite Facebook pages to follow is Read to Roo.  I love seeing Roo’s smiling face in my newsfeed and sharing stories of his work with the members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook.  While I have never met Roo in person, I can’t help feeling a connection to him.  Earlier this year, I published a post entitled, “The Greatest Dog” which explained that connection along with the fantastic work that he does to help enable children to become confident readers.

So, when Roo’s page shared a photo of his new custom dog collar, I couldn’t wait to learn more about it.  One click and I was in You Had Me at Woof’s Etsy shop finding myself amazed at the wonderful collection of hand embellished collars they offered for sale.

I just knew that our farmhouse dog Pete Townshend needed his own collar from their dazzling assortment.  After looking through the selection, I found that it was difficult to choose just one design.  I liked so many of them!

Then I saw a Snoopy collar and fell in love.  I have a lifelong love of all things Snoopy and this collar was perfect for me and for Pete.  Now all that was left for me to do was wait for Pete’s collar to arrive in our mailbox.

When it did, I was eager to open the package and see the collar in person.  I was astounded at what was waiting inside.  Both the product and its packaging were unique and of the absolute highest quality.  With one collar, You Had Me at Woof had made me their newest fan.

The collar was packaged inside a stamped, reusable muslin bag.  The collar itself was sturdy and strong and  features a reflective safety clasp.  The embellishment detail is firmly attached and appears to be seamlessly integrated into the overall design of the collar and its appearance.  A beautiful ribbon detail with “You Had Me at Woof” was applied to the collar without compromising the look of the Snoopy collar.  Everything about the collar was beautiful.

The package wasn’t the only thing that impressed me.  I also discovered a hand stamped, custom made dog treat waiting inside the package, Pete was suddenly very excited about a collar arriving in the mail.  I fastened the adorable Snoopy collar onto Pete’s neck and rewarded him with the fresh biscuit.  Pete carefully carried the grain free pumpkin molasses dog treat to his favorite sunny spot in the window of our Parlor and ate every last crumb while sitting in the warm sunshine.

With the treat gone, he settled in and took a nap.  Snoopy may have preferred napping on top of his red dog house, but Pete’s spot is the window.  Bathed in sunshine, both Pete and Snoopy seemed perfectly content.

Pete has been wearing his adorable collar for several weeks now.  I still love it just as much now as the day it arrived.  I can’t help but smile when I see Snoopy and Woodstock toasting marshmallows over a campfire looking up at me when Pete stops by to see what I’m working on in the farmhouse kitchen.

You Had Me at Woof offers a wonderfully diverse selection of collars and accessories.  I hope that you will visit their Etsy shop to select something for the dog or dog lover in your life during this holiday season.   Their collection of holiday collars is amazing.  Pete just might need another collar to celebrate the season!

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers. It is in that vein that I choose to review products here. It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed. Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed. It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life. It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

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Goodwinol Shampoo

Bathing our farm dog Pete can be an interesting experience.  He’s a good sport about it, standing in the tub as we go about his bath.  Yet, no matter how patient he remains or how successful he is at fighting the urge to shake soapy water all over the bathroom, I still seem to end up soaked and then find myself cleaning up the bathroom.  In short, the dog gets clean and the bathroom and I get dirty.

No matter the outcome, Pete Townshend still needs a bath. While he is a non-shedding breed, he is still a dog.  He loves to tromp through the sloppiest conditions that Mother Nature brings to his backyard.  He, on occasion, smells like a dog that desperately needs a bath.

So, when our sponsor Goodwinol Products offered to send me a sample of their Goodwinol Shampoo, I was happy to accept.  I already use several of their products here on the farm, and I was eager to try their shampoo the next time Pete was ready for a bath.  I didn’t have long to wait.   I armed myself with the bottle of shampoo, the dog in question, and a stack of towels and marched towards the bathtub.

As soon as I opened the bottle of Goodwinol Shampoo, I was greeted by the pleasing scent of cedar.  The aroma was light and a decidedly non-perfume scent.  While I can’t speak for Pete’s preference when it comes to the scent of his shampoo, I was happy to have a scented shampoo that didn’t leave him smelling like he had visited a perfume counter.

I do love the way the cedar oil lends a pleasing scent to the shampoo.  I also love that it serves a much more important function.  The cedar aroma that I enjoy is known to naturally repel ear mites, fleas, mosquitoes, and other bothersome pests.

The cedar oil is paired with Benzocaine to help alleviate the dry, itchy skin that so many dogs suffer from.  Lanolin is also included to help soothe and soften the skin.  Lanolin is derived from the wool of sheep and is an oily compound that is an effective moisturizer.

Goodwinol Shampoo is also approved for use on cats.  It is safe enough to be used for puppies and kittens.

Goodwinol Shampoo worked beautifully for Pete and for me.  Yes, I still ended up worse for the wear and wet from head to toe.  I didn’t mind as Pete ended up smelling fresh and clean.  That lovely cedar scent stayed with him for days and his coat was soft and shiny

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!

 


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers. It is in that vein that I choose to review products here. It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed. Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed. It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life. It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

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Omega Canine Shine

Our farmhouse dog Pete Townshend is known for eating anything in his path.  His habits of eating blueberries fresh from the garden and begging adoringly for popcorn, oatmeal, and carrots are well-known.  So, I wasn’t at all concerned when Omega Fields asked if he would like to try their Omega Canine Shine as a supplement to his daily diet.  I knew that he would happily enjoy this new addition to his meals.

Now that he has been enjoying this healthy supplement for a few months, he has developed a new habit.  This one has nothing to do with him actually ingesting food.  Instead, it has to do with him anticipating its arrival.

Every mealtime, he waits with great anticipation as I place his food in the bowl.  Then, as I reach for the bag of Omega Canine Shine, he follows my every movement.  As soon as I touch the package, he registers his approval in a very canine manner.  He begins licking his lips as if he is about to dine on a T-bone steak.

The first morning he reacted in this way, I thought it was mere coincidence.  Now that I have seen him repeat it at every meal for weeks, I know that it is much deeper than that.  Instead, he is truly giving me his nod of approval.

I am happy to see that he looks forward to the Canine Omega Shine that I add to his morning and evening meals.  I am even happier to know that I am increasing his intake of essential fatty acids and giving him something delicious to look forward to.  While he may not realize it, those essential fatty acids help to reduce shedding, combat bothersome itching, and maintain his good health.

Pete and I have enjoyed our time evaluating Omega Canine Shine.  His coat is shiny and healthy and he comes running at mealtime.  Now we both want to make sure that you have the same opportunity to share this supplement with your best friend.  Thanks to Omega Fields, you can do just that.

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover’s Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!


The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm. Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance. The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided. Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers. It is in that vein that I choose to review products here. It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed. Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed. It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life. It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

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Omega Nuggets

As a dog owner, I am always looking for ways to ensure the good health of our dog Pete.  Lucky for me, Pete is a willing participant.  He happily indulges my attempts at grooming and eagerly eats the healthy food that I select for him.

When it comes to the grooming, I would like to think that he tolerates my efforts because I am such a wonderful owner and he loves me so much.  Deep down, I believe that his motives might not be quite so pure.  In fact, he may be allowing me to give him a haircut because he knows what will happen when I am finished.  He knows that I have an Omega Fields’ Omega Nugget ready and waiting for him.

While Pete enjoys the flavor of these bite sized treats, I enjoy knowing that they deliver more than great taste.  These Omega-3 treat supplements contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants in a delicious treat perfectly sized for use as a training reward.

Omega Nuggets are made using human grade ingredients.  They contain wholesome ingredients including ground flaxseed, barley, and molasses.  These treats promote healthy skin and coat.and are all natural and don’t contain any artificial preservatives.

I’m not sure if Pete cares about the ingredients in the treats that he loves so much, but I do.  I’m happy that I can provide him with the flavor he loves and the nutrition he needs with Omega Nuggets.  We both want to make sure that you have the same opportunity to share this flavorful and healthy treat with your best friend.  Thanks to Omega Fields, you can do just that

Pete has been a lucky dog lately, testing out several fantastic dog products here at 1840 Farm.  Now it’s your turn to be the lucky one.  Several companies including Omega Fields, Goodwinol Products Corporation, and You Had Me at Woof have generously offered to add their products to our Dog Lover’s Giveaway.  You can enter to win this fantastic prize package to share with your best friend or the dog lover on your holiday gift list.  Visit our post:  A Dog Lover's Giveaway to learn more and enter to win.

Good luck to all who enter!

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The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge in order to allow me to evaluate its use here at 1840 Farm.  Samples of the products that I review are sent to me at no expense in order to allow me to use the product and evaluate its performance.  The framework of our review process does not guarantee a positive review in exchange for the product provided.  Our product reviews contain both facts about the product and my personal opinion of its performance while it was used at 1840 Farm.

I have personally learned which products would be a good fit for our farm by reading reviews written by other homesteaders and bloggers.  It is in that vein that I choose to review products here.  It is my hope that my reviews will help readers to determine which products might be best suited for use in their homes and on their homesteads.

Product reviews include my honest opinions about the product(s) reviewed.  Products that do not meet our standards of daily use on our farm will not be reviewed.  It is our goal to provide you with our personal experience using a product in a positive and informative manner so that you can determine its usefulness in your life.  It is not our goal to negatively review a product that while not an ideal fit for our farm, might perform very well on yours.

For more information, please view our Disclosure Statement and Privacy Policy.

Permanent link to this article: http://1840farm.com/2013/11/omega-nuggets/

Fennel Friday – Smoked Cheddar Gougères with Fennel Pollen

Gougères are a favorite here at 1840 Farm.  We have been enjoying them for years.  A holiday or special occasion almost always includes a batch of gougères served at our family table.

I’m a tinkerer by nature, constantly adjusting recipes ever so slightly.  Sometimes, I just can’t help myself.  Once, I even attempted to modify our recipe for gougères.   The whole family was disappointed with that batch.  They just seemed to be missing something.  Sometimes, making a recipe different doesn’t make it better.

I learned my lesson, at least with this recipe.  Since that fateful day, I have not made even the slightest change to our gougères.  Well, that is until last week.  This time, I was smarter about it.

I didn’t make a change to the cheese in the gougères or in the method I used to make them.  Instead, I made them as I always did and then embellished them with a little something special that arrived in the mail a few days earlier.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in the Fennel Friday Cooking Club by The Hungry Goddess.  It’s not every day that a Goddess invites you to have fun in the kitchen playing with delicious ingredients.  I couldn’t possibly say no, so I didn’t.

Instead, I happily accepted the invitation and joined Fennel Friday.  A few days later, my package of ingredients from Pollen Ranch arrived.  From the moment I opened the package, I was taken with the delicious aroma emanating from the tins contained inside.

I couldn’t wait to try the fennel pollen.  Gougères seemed like the perfect place to start.  A tiny sprinkle of fennel pollen was added to the top of each mound of dough before they were transferred to the oven.

I only added the fennel pollen to half of the batch.  I really had learned my lesson.  I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have to explain to my family why I had done the unthinkable and tried to tinker with our gougère recipe again.

As the gougères baked in the oven, the farmhouse kitchen began to have the most amazing aroma.  It was equal parts smoked cheddar and fennel. It was intoxicating.

A few minutes later, the gougères were ready to remove from the oven.  I always find it difficult to wait as they cool.  I know that they will have a deeper flavor when room temperature, but they smell so delicious that it seems torturous to wait even a minute.

I was rewarded for waiting.  The first bite made me a believer in the ability of fennel pollen to improve an already fantastic recipe.  The pollen added a wonderful herbal punch to the gougères without masking their earthy, rich flavor.

I waited anxiously as my family gave them a try.  Everyone agreed.  The fennel pollen was a nice addition to our gougères.  As we enjoyed them, we discussed what other recipes we could add it to.

I can imagine a whole host of recipes that could be garnished with a dusting of fennel pollen.  I know that my tinkering instinct will be indulged as I try a few of them in the coming weeks.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing them with you right here.

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Smoked Cheddar Gougères
makes 60 one inch puffs

8 oz Whole Milk

4 oz Butter
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup Flour
4 large eggs
4 oz Sharp Cheddar, grated
2 oz Smoked Cheddar, grated
Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen

Position the racks in the top and bottom third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Measure the flour into a small bowl. Crack all of the eggs into a bowl and set aside until they are needed. Grate the two cheeses and gently combine them.

Combine milk, butter, and salt in a medium sized pot over high heat. Monitor the mixture closely, stirring often, to avoid scorching. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and add the flour in one addition. Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together to form a ball. Continue to stir continuously for two minutes until the dough is completely smooth and leaves a film on the bottom of the pot. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes.

Once the five minutes have elapsed, add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition. With the addition of each egg, the dough will break. This is normal; rest assured that the dough will be perfectly smooth by the time the fourth egg is incorporated. Once the eggs have all been added, stir in the grated cheese until it is evenly distributed.

Using a spoon or a Tablespoon sized cookie scoop, drop the dough by rounded Tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets leaving 1 inch of space between each gougère. Sprinkle a pinch of fennel pollen on top of each mound of dough.  Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 20 – 28 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time.

The gougères will be done when they become golden brown in color and have a puffed appearance with a dry exterior. Remove the gougères from the oven and place the baking sheets on wire racks to cool. Gougères can be served warm or at room temperature.

Note: Rounded Tablespoons of dough can be frozen individually on a tray lined with freezer paper. Once they are completely frozen, store the gougères in a freezer bag until ready to use. To bake, simply place frozen gougères on a prepared baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 – 36 minutes.

This post is included in the Fennel Friday Cooking Club on Fennel Friday and The Hungry Goddess

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Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder Giveaway

Raising baby chicks is a wonderful experience.  Here at 1840 Farm, we have counted ourselves lucky enough to enjoy the process twice.  Each time, we were captivated by the sight of the tiny birds in our brooder.  We couldn’t help gathering in our barn to watch the little, fluffy birds mill about.

Both of our brooding experiences were positive.  The day old chicks matured into young pullets, moved into their coops, and went on to become beautiful, egg laying hens.  The major difference in our brooding experiences was our use of my favorite piece of brooding equipment:  The Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder.

I can’t say enough about the quality and effectiveness of the EcoGlow.  The EcoGlow provides the warm environment that chicks require without bringing the danger of a brooder or coop fire to your farm or homestead.  Instead of worrying about the brooder’s temperature or our safety, we could simply enjoy the experience of raising our chicks, content in the knowledge that all was well.

Now you can do the same.  Our sponsor, Brinsea Products has generously provided a Brinsea EcoGlow 20 Chick Brooder for this giveaway.  We’re proud to share Brinsea and their line of high quality line of products with our readers.  We use Brinsea products here at 1840 Farm and believe that they are the best products on the market.

I know that you will be just as happy with the Brinsea EcoGlow as I am.  You can learn more about the EcoGlow by reading my posts at Community Chickens detailing our experience using it here at 1840 Farm.  But first, take a moment and enter the giveaway to win your own EcoGlow Brooder.  Good luck to all who enter!

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South Hill Designs by LeAnn Gratton

I love learning more about the members of The 1840 Farm Community.  I enjoy reading about their experiences as much as I love to share mine.  A few months ago, I had the chance to learn more about LeAnn and the beautiful lockets that she offers through her business South Hill Designs by LeAnn Gratton.

I browsed her online shop and found an amazing collection of lockets, chains, and charms.  My daughter and I continued to browse and later created our own custom locket.  Each charm we selected had a special meaning from the small dog that reminded us of our Miniature Schnauzer Pete to the music note that represents our shared love of music.

When LeAnn offered me the opportunity to host a giveaway for my readers, I didn’t hesitate.  Instead, I jumped at the chance for one of you to win a $50.00 credit to build your own custom locket.  As luck would have it, the winner will have just enough time to create their locket in time for Mother’s Day

I hope that you will take a moment and visit South Hill Designs by LeAnn Gratton’s online shop and Facebook page.  I know that you will enjoy her collection of beautiful jewelry as much as I did.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced in an 1840 Farm blog post and on our Facebook page.  Best of luck to all who enter!

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Product Review: Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder

Read my latest post on the Community Chickens  forum from the publishers of Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine:

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OXO Food Scale Winner

Congratulations to Steve from Kempner, Texas!  He was randomly chosen as the winner of the OXO Food Scale with Pull Out Display.  The winning entry was chosen by Random.org on Saturday morning.  Over sixty entries were received in the drawing and Steve was lucky number 16.

I hope that Steve enjoys using the OXO Food Scale as much as I enjoyed hosting this giveaway.  Follow 1840 Farm for more contests, giveaways, and product reviews this summer.  You could be the next lucky winner!

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Make Friday the 13th Your Lucky Day!

There are only three days left to enter the drawing to win an OXO 5 Pound Scale with Pull Out Display.   As the drawing will be held on Friday the 13th, I thought that I would give everyone the opportunity to increase their odds of winning.  Who wouldn’t like to win a fantastic food scale and make Friday the 13th their lucky day?

In order to earn up to three additional entries, you can:

  1. Like 1840 Farm on Facebook.   This is the best way to stay connected with 1840 Farm.  You can read our daily updates and learn what the chickens, goats, and farmers are up to.  In a few short weeks, our newest baby chicks will arrive and there will be an unending supply of adorable baby chick photos to share!  Once you have pressed the “Like” button, simply return here to leave a comment stating that you are following 1840 Farm on Facebook.  Already follow us on Facebook?  No problem, just leave a comment below that you already follow 1840 Farm on Facebook.  Either way, you’ll be given an extra entry into the drawing.
  2. Follow 1840 Farm on Twitter .  If you prefer Twitter to Facebook, you can follow 1840 Farm‘s activities there.  Once you have clicked the “Follow” button, leave a comment to let me know that you follow 1840 Farm on Twitter.  Again, if you already follow us on Twitter, simply leave a comment telling me so and you will receive an additional entry in the drawing.
  3. Subscribe to 1840 Farm to receive updates when a new post is added to the blog.  Click on the “Subscribe” button on the top right corner of this page and choose your preferred method of receiving updates.  Leave a comment below stating that you have subscribed to the blog and you will receive an extra entry into the drawing.  If you already receive blog updates, leave that information in a comment below and you will still receive the additional entry.

Of course, you are not required to follow 1840 Farm on Facebook, Twitter, or through a blog subscription in order to win the drawing for the OXO food scale.  If you prefer, you can simply leave your comment on the original post announcing the giveaway and wait to see if Friday the 13th is your lucky day!

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Friday.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Good luck to all who enter!

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OXO Five Pound Food Scale with Pull-Out Display Giveaway

If I had to choose just one piece of kitchen equipment that I couldn’t live without, it would undoubtedly be my food scale.  I can’t bake without it.  I can’t serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner without it.  When my family travels, it comes along for the ride.  So far, I’ve traveled to Manhattan, Washington DC, and Boston all with a food scale in tow.

Before you get the wrong idea and assume that I must be an incredible control freak, the reason my food scale is never out of reach is much simpler than that.  One of the most important people in my world lives with Type 1 Diabetes.  I guess that I could try to match insulin to the precise amount of carbohydrates my daughter eats every day without it, but I’d rather not.  Instead, I use a food scale to give me the data I need to transform guessing into a mathematical formula with more predictable results.

Truth be told, I did use a food scale before my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Nearly a decade ago, I purchased Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan and Dessert Circus at Home by Jacques Torres within a month of each other.  After reading about the importance of weighing the dry ingredients, particularly flour, when baking, I decided to give it a try.  I couldn’t believe what a difference it made.

Suddenly, I could produce consistent results when baking bread, cakes, and cookies.  I wanted to believe that I had discovered a deep, dark secret known only to renowned pastry chefs, but it was too simple.  At first, I found it hard to believe that weighing the ingredients instead of using measuring cups could make such a marked difference in the consistency and texture of my baked goods.  I had grown up thinking that measuring cups were the only tool necessary for accurate measuring.  Now my use of a food scale was turning that belief on its head.

Today, my food scale and calculator take center stage on the kitchen counter at 1840 Farm.  I can bake and cook without the calculator if need be.  It isn’t always easy once I’m adding the carbohydrate and fiber content of a dozen or more ingredients to find the total number of net carbohydrates in a recipe.  Next comes the task of determining the carbohydrate ratio which requires the yield in grams of the recipe.

Here’s where the scale comes in.  By weighing the finished recipe, I can divide the total number of net carbohydrates by the yield in grams and the result is the recipe’s carbohydrate factor.  Now I can attempt to do the impossible and perfectly match an insulin dose to a serving of the finished recipe.  Now wasn’t that easy?  Maybe not, but it sure is easier if you have a good food scale handy.

When I began thinking about this post, I tried to put into words just how important my food scale is to daily life here at 1840 Farm.  I considered trying to fully explain the difficulty of matching insulin to activity and the type and amount of carbohydrates eaten in a day.  I thought of simply trying to illustrate how useful a food scale can be to achieving baking success.  Then I realized that it only mattered that I use my food scale every day.  The reason I use it is immaterial.

In case you wonder just how much I could possibly use a food scale on a typical day in the 1840 Farm kitchen, I decided to keep track for twenty-four hours.  It wasn’t long before even I was shocked at just how often I was using a scale.  Weighing everything has become such a common practice, that I had forgotten how often I put something on the scale and wait for the display to give me the information I need.

Here’s what a day in the life of the kitchen scale at 1840 Farm looked like:

     

7:30 am Weighed the ingredients to make the morning oatmeal for the heritage hens in our coop
8:25 am Weighed the fresh goat’s milk I had just collected for the day
9:15 am Weighed kiwi fruit for my daughter’s breakfast plate
10:35 am Weighed the ingredients to make a fresh pie for my father’s birthday
12:35 pm Weighed leftover quinoa for my daughter’s lunch
1:15 pm Weighed ingredients for a triple batch of our favorite homemade Italian bread
2:35 pm Weighed ingredients for a batch of raspberry crumble bars
3:20 pm Weighed fresh goat’s milk to make quark to be eaten with freshly baked Italian bread
4:00 pm Weighed the ingredients to make mushroom and spinach quiche for dinner
4:30 pm Weighed fresh Italian bread for my daughter’s afternoon snack
4:45 pm Weighed the fresh eggs collected from our coop
6:00 pm Weighed a serving of quiche for my daughter’s dinner plate
8:35 pm Weighed a serving of raspberry crumble bars for my daughter’s bedtime snack

I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a new OXO 5 pound food scale with pull out display to evaluate in the 1840 Farm kitchen and one to give away to a lucky reader.  I put the OXO food scale to work as  soon as the package arrived on my front porch.  Right out of the box, I was impressed with its small footprint.  It took up less counter space than my previous food scale and had a sleek appearance.  The shape of the scale was also a plus.  It was rectangular in shape with a flat surface for holding the item to be weighed.  So many food scales offer a relatively small surface for supporting a bowl or plate.  In fact, my last scale was notorious for sending a meal hurtling toward the counter as it was being weighed.  It’s surface was too small and plates and bowls had to perform a balancing act in order to be weighed.  I looked forward to having the ability to set something firmly on top of the OXO food scale’s platform and not having to worry if it would soon come crashing down around me.

The display on the OXO scale is easy to read and large enough to see from a comfortable distance.  In addition to displaying the weight of the item on the scale’s platform, this food scale also has a capacity indicator.  If you have ever used a food scale, you know immediately just how useful this feature could be.

I can’t begin the count the number of times I have been weighing ingredients for a recipe only to have the scale max out without warning and refuse to weigh my ingredients.  This leaves me in the uncomfortable position of having to guess how much of the last ingredient I had added to the bowl before the scale hit its maximum weighing capacity.  Now I could simply check the status indicator and have fair warning if the scale was approaching its limit before my ability to accurately weigh the ingredients was at risk.

The buttons on the OXO scale are easy to operate and, more importantly, easy to clean as they are fully enclosed.  They won’t be collecting crumbs like the external buttons on my last food scale always did.  As much as I use my food scale, being able to easily and effectively clean the surface is important.  Small crumbs, particles of flour, and spilled liquids commonly come in contact with the scale.  Due to the flat surface  and compact design of the OXO scale, I could wipe its entire surface clean quickly and easily.

The feature that truly sets this scale apart from every other model I have used is also the one I have used most often.  The pull out display has the ability to revolutionize the way in which I can use our food scale.  So often, when  a dinner plate is perched atop a standard food scale, the display is obstructed to the point of being indecipherable.  This inevitably leads me to search for a small bowl to perch the plate on in order for me to accurately read the weight on the display.  It also leads me to serve my daughter a dinner grown cold while I worked to build a Rube Goldberg contraption to simply calculate her dinner’s carbohydrate content.

I am happy to say that during the last month, I have not had to endure this scenario and neither has my daughter.  The OXO food scale features a pull out display which allows the digital display to be moved up to 2.5 inches away from the scale’s weighing platform.  Even when the largest of our dinner plates was set atop the scale, I could easily and swiftly extend the display and read the resulting weight.  While this seems like such a simple modification to a kitchen food scale, it makes all the difference in the world.  After using this scale, I can’t believe how revolutionary this one feature has proven to be.  I also can’t believe that in an age where smartphones can practically drive your car for you, someone hadn’t thought of making this change before.

Four weeks into my love affair with this scale, I can’t think of anything that I would change.  It works reliably and easily.  Its unique pull out display greatly improves my ability to utilize it in my kitchen.  Gone is the need to attempt to invent new ways to perch my items high above the display as I have in the past.  The capacity indicator allows me to weigh ingredients without wondering if I’m about to push it over the edge and therefore, send myself right over the edge with it.

If it were to disappear tomorrow, I would head directly to the nearest store carrying this scale and promptly purchase another one.  For a person who intentionally tries to stay away from one use gadgets or tools that rarely live up to their promises and my expectations, I am sold on the OXO 5 pound food scale with pull out display.  It’s a winner.

Would you like to be an OXO 5 pound food scale winner?  If so, leave a comment on this post.  Each reader who leaves a comment will be entered once in the drawing to win a new OXO Good Grips 5 pound food scale with pull-out display.

One lucky winner will be randomly chosen and notified by Email.  I will also announce the winner on the 1840 Farm Facebook page.  I will accept entries until midnight on Friday the 13th of April.  It’s true that Friday the 13th isn’t often thought of as a day filled with good luck, but I think we should decide to redefine its usual connotation for the better just as OXO has re-imagined the kitchen scale for the better of those of us who use it.

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