Join us on August 13 & 14th (1-4 PM) in our 2nd floor Housewares Mezzanine to taste how great Zabar's Coffee tastes from the iCoffee Brewing systems.
At Zabar's 2245 Broadway NYC
Single Serve Coffee Brewers iCoffee® Z Single Cup compatible single serve coffee brewers feature patent pending SpinBrew™ Technology, which delivers Impossibly Smooth™ coffee taste. SpinBrew™ jets spin, steam and stir right inside the Z Single Cup, creating a mini French press-like effect that produces a noticeably smoother tasting coffee with a more pleasant aftertaste and aroma.
Join us throughout the month of June for new product demos, tastings and samples!
At Zabar's 2nd Floor Housewares Mezzanine 2245 Broadway, NYC
June 4th, 2 - 6 PM Uchicook by Mira Design presents their Steam Grill - an amazing way to cook your foods by both steaming and grilling them! Shorten your cooking time by 1/3 and discover a healthier, more delicious way to cook!
June 26th, 2 - 6 PM Vitamix Blenders will be whipping up some delicious and refreshing summer smoothies! Stop by and get a sample!
11th from 2 - 6 PM Join us for ice cream! Made on site, with Cuisinart's new ice cream maker!
Also June 11 from 1-5pm Shun Knives will be show casing there knives with demonstrations & tutorials. Join us!
People who know Zabar's know what fills our first floor - fine foods, smoked fish, gourmet coffee, international cheeses, and baked goods galore! But have you been to our 2nd Floor Housewares Mezzanaine?
Head up the stairs, just past the cheese counter (yes, that gigantic cheese counter) and what you'll find is our 2nd Floor Housewares Mezzanine. With the same expert care given to our food offerings, we've searched far and wide for the greatest gadgets, handiest kitchen helpers and great gifts for making kitchen and home life a breeze.
Join us for these upcoming event product demos and see what it's all about!
Sunday, April 17th, 2-6 PM Vita Mix product demo and lessons in preparing some of the healthiest and tastiest blended drinks, purees, mixes, and spreads you've ever tried! Tastings during the whole demo plus 10% off Vita Mix blenders, that day only!
Also on 4/17 from 2-6 PM OXO experts will be demonstrating some of their best, newest and brightest gadgets for making cooking and prep a breeze!
Start the day together, sent it to your sweetie or let someone know you’re thinking of them! Send a Valentine’s Day Breakfast! ½ lb Zabar’s Nova, 6 Zabar’s Original New York Toasting Bagels, Lindt Chocolate Truffles Heart, Plain Cream Cheese, 1 lb. Zabar’s Special Blend Coffee, two Zabar’s coffee mugs, and Price includes 1-day shipping!
These beautifully photographed volumes are chock full of recipes from the top chefs in New York. One Sweet Cookie has a delectable collection of innovative cookie recipes by world-renowned chefs, pastry chefs, and bakers. Chocolate Chip Sweets will appeal to discriminating chocolate chip lovers who crave this satisfying taste sensation. Amazing photography, delicious cookies, these recipe books will be enjoyed immensely by your special someone. Buy both books, save $1 on each!
Join us on Saturday, January 30th for a cooking demo in our 2nd Floor Housewares Mezzanine!
This Saturday Le Creuset chefs will be on site to show how to best cook in and care for their amazing cookware. Have a sampling of the Chicken Stew with Corn & Peas that will be prepared on-site and walk away with a lot of knowledge!
For a limited time, Zabar's is offering the original Bagel Guillotine by Larien for $4 off! Normally priced at $21.98, you can start your own 'Schmear of Terror' for only $17.98! Bring the most memorable parts of Brunch and the French Revolution together with this countertop finger-saving device.
The stable base section self-centers the bagel, while the pointed stainless steel blade first pierces and then slices the bagel in half as you simply push down. The clear finger guards safely isolate fingers from slicing action.
• Never worry about you or your kids cutting yourselves slicing bagels • Excellent for people with limited ability to grip knives or cut steadily • Guillotine-action blade safely slices the bagel • Top-shelf dishwasher safe • Non-stick coated blade for easy slice & easy clean • Award winning design.
With Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season approaching, Americans everywhere will be making the ubiquitous and delicious side dish of mashed potatoes. What is the secret to making mashed potatoes and what tools can help create a creamy, light batch for you and your guests this holiday?
I can remember my grandmother standing over a bowl of recently boiled potatoes, wailing away with her simple wood-handled, steel wire masher while she made mashed potatoes the old fashioned way: one smoosh at a time. Then, when I started cooking on my own, there were times where my attempts to create a light, airy batch of mashed potatoes results in a white, gluey paste with a consistency more useful for putting up wallpaper in a parlor. Preparing the right potatoes, and utilizing the right tools can be instrumental in creating the perfect mashed potatoes and here are some tips to help steer you down the right path to creamy potato goodness.
A brief history of Potatoes and their mashing.
Mashed potato recipes started appearing in the early 17th century, yet the ‘father’ of the mashed potato is generally accepted as Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. As a major supporter of bringing the potato into the accepted diet of everyday Frenchmen, Parmentier proposed a competition to ‘discover’ new nourishing foods and won his own competition with a mashed potato recipe, which he published in his Examen chimique des pommes de terres (1774). Over the next two centuries, the potato has become an everyday part of the North American and European diet, and new ways to mash, roast and fry potatoes has made it an integral part of gourmet and holiday fare.
Why Are Mashing Tools/Technique important?
The first thing to say is that under-mashing your potatoes isn’t ‘wrong’. Differing recipes can call for a completely smooth, homogenous bowl of mashed potatoes, as well as mashed potatoes with chunks and skin still included in the mix. The danger in making mashed potatoes is in OVER mashing. This can produce ‘gluey’ potatoes with the consistency of wallpaper paste and will distract from the flavors of your delicious tubers.
This result is caused by the high level of starch naturally occurring in potatoes. The initial step of boiling potatoes swells starch cells and when initially mashed, this starch is released. The more smashing, the gummier the potatoes and this starch can start working into strands.
One way to sidestep this issue is to make sure ALL of the water is drained from the potatoes before beginning to mash, and making sure not to overcook the potatoes in the first place. You should be able to just put a knife through the center of a potato chunk but before the edges of the potato start to wilt.
Sometimes this starchy, gluey result is from using wrong ‘type’ of potatoes. This isn’t to say that any type of potato is wrong for mashed potatoes, and experimenting is encouraged, but using low starch/waxy red potatoes takes more effort to mash to a uniform consistency, and may result in over-mashing, whereas Russet-type, high starch potatoes break down easier. This simply means that the type of potato being used needs to match the level of smooth/chunky that you’re attempting to reach.
The Tools of the Trade
Potato mashers come in all shapes, sizes and materials. The original mashers looked like mortar and pestles, but in the late 1800’s, the metal wire devices recognizable as the forbearers of the modern potato masher arrived. Since that time, new options have arrived and offer different pros and cons to any level of chef attempting to prepare their holiday side dish. Here are three different tools to mash your potatoes that are offered by the Zabar’s housewares department and some tips on how to utilize them.
Manual hand masher
This is what we all picture when we think of when we hear ‘home-made’ mashed potatoes. Like my grandmother’s recipe, this method calls for both a large amount of physical force, as well as enough restraint to stop mashing before you reach the ‘gluey’ texture. I personally believe that manual hand mashing is better for using recipes in which you want chunkier pieces of potato in the mashed potatoes, such as with certain flavored (such as garlic) or home-style mashed potatoes which also are supplemented with pieces of potato skin still in the final result. As a native New York with a kitchen that seems smaller every time I add a new kitchen tool, the PREPARA FLIP MASHER ($19.98) is a great space-saver that does its job to the fullest. Utilizing a ‘grid’ type mashing face that really gets all the big chunks with minimal repetitions, the most endearing attribute is the foldaway design. As someone who doesn’t just make a big bowl of mashed potatoes on a whim, the ability to slide this masher away in my tool drawer until the next time it’s needed is a huge bonus for this product.
Potato Ricers and Food Mills may seem like an extraneous product that only people with infants who need to make baby food should buy, but after making a batch of mashed potatoes with the Oxo Potato Ricer (29.98), I can tell you that the deliciousness of the end result makes the purchase of this tool totally worth it. Essentially an oversized garlic press, Potato Ricers allow the user to quickly work through an entire bowl of cooked potatoes without a great deal of physical effort. As the potato is extruded through the die (and the Oxo Potato Ricer comes with three screen settings for different textures/uses) air is incorporated into the potatoes which results in a finer, smoother texture of mashed potatoes. Because each potato is only being processed once, as opposed to repeated strikes from a hand masher, there is less chance of pulling too much starch out of the potatoes. One tip is to remove the skin from the potatoes before putting them through the ricer. Although not necessary, you won’t have to stop and remove the skin from the inside cup of the ricer between potatoes, which can result in an extremely quick and easy process.
Electric Counter-top/Hand Mixer
The quickest and easiest way to get from solid potatoes to mashed is with a standard electric countertop/hand mixer like this KitchenAid stand mixer ($349.99). Mechanical power allows the chef to make larger amounts of potatoes with a more homogenous texture, but it is extremely easy to over-mash! I typically only use it for a few quick revolutions as each ingredient is added. I initially mash the whole, cooked potatoes with the mixer whisk, then I fold in the cream and butter with a spatula, and give one last mix with the machine to incorporate all of the ingredients evenly.
Whichever method and tools you utilize for your potato mashing endeavors, there is no ‘wrong’ way to do it, but be cautioned that over-doing the mashing can result in a poorly textured final product. If you feel like skipping the whole process, you can find delicious Zabar’s mashed potatoes here. We’ll take care of the mashing and schlepping.
AM New York's Melissa Kravitz gathered together her favorites from across the city to represent New York Gifts - guess who tops the list? Zabar's! Thank you, Melissa. We think our Totally Bamboo Manhattan Board & NYC Gift Boxes make great gifts too!
"Think you heart New York more than the next New Yorker? Prove it with your gift giving. Here are some gift ideas that showcase the Empire State in all its glory, so you can share your love of the city.
Zabar's is one of the few markets that embodies the NYC spirit with its line of food products that include babka, black and white cookies and New York bagels. They've gathered some of their NYC favorites in baskets that range in price, but we love the New York Goodies Box, which includes an "I LOVE NY" cookie. Prices vary. Zabars.com