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4th Annual Chili Cook Off

Posted on Jun 22, 2016. 0 comments

On September 17 from 12-3pm The Pan Tree will be holding their 4th Annual Chili Cook Off with proceeds going to The Kids with Cancer Society. Members of Strathcona County Emergency Services Fire Department and RCMP are back in the kitchen and ready to battle for chili supremacy! Tickets to the event are $8 in advance(service charges apply) or $10 at the door, $30 per family of 4. Ticket cost includes a bowl of each of the competitor’s chili, a token to enter your vote and access to the silent auction. At the end of the event, votes will be tallied and one team will be crowned Chili Champion!

Entertainment provided by Cooper Studios. Beverages for sale on site.

Purchase advanced tickets here

 

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Nespresso Now In-store

Posted on Mar 03, 2015. 0 comments

We are thrilled to be Sherwood Park's newest Nespresso dealer!

Built and designed by Swiss engineers, Nespresso coffee machines offer the best of two worlds: advanced innovation and extreme simplicity. Whether from the OriginalLine or VertuoLine, each machine deploys different technology to suit our coffee types, known as "Grands Crus". Timeless, innovative, intelligent yet intuitive, every detail has been carefully considered so you can enjoy the ultimate coffee experience.

Stop by and view these beautiful machines in action. We will even brew you a cup right on the spot!

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Le Creuset Forged Non-stick Cookware

Posted on Mar 29, 2014. 0 comments

Introducing Le Creuset's high performance, forged, hard-anodized, non-stick cookware line. Delivering unsurpassed nonstick performance, this cookware is designed with a seamless reinforced coating that will never peel or flake and it's backed by a lifetime warranty. Le Creuset is committed to using only the very best materials without the use of PFOAs. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, each piece is suitable for use on all cooktops including induction. This cookware maintains it's nonstick quality with little to no added fat which means you control how much extra fat you want added to your dishes. Eggs cook like dream, sliding out of the pan and cleaning up with merely a wipe.

I have to say, I'm very impressed with this cookware line. I find some nonstick cookware really deteriorates with time and use. I'll post again in a year to update on the performance of this pan!

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Bridal Registry

Posted on Mar 17, 2014. 0 comments

 

Did you know The Pan Tree offers a bridal registry service? It's easy! Just set up an appointment and one of our knowledgeable associates will help you determine your needs and add items to your registry. As soon as you're finished your gift list, it is saved on our in-store database. You will leave the store with a copy, all ready to go. You can make changes or add items at any time leading up to your big day. And of course, we will organize your gift delivery as well. Need registry cards? We can do those too.

As an added benefit, purchase the remaining items on your Gift Registry list within three months after your event and we'll give you a 10 per cent discount (some restrictions apply)!

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Riverbend Gardens CSA

Posted on Feb 18, 2014. 0 comments

 

We are happy to announce that we will be partnering with Riverbend Gardens again this year for their CSA program. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a subscription to high quality, locally grown and sustainably produced vegetables. Among the numerous advantages of CSA, producing food locally results in a greater percentage of dollars remaining in the local economy.

Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan river within Edmonton's city limits, this family owned business has been farming in the area since 1958. Riverbend Gardens grows over 20 varieties of vegetables on 120 acres using responsible and cautious treatment of the land.

For more information on Riverbend Gardens or to register for CSA, visit their new website at http://riverbendgardens.ca

 

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Knife Sharpening

Posted on Feb 12, 2014. 0 comments

Effective immediately, The Pan Tree will be offering in-house knife sharpening. Eric, our resident knife sharpener, will sharpen knives by hand using a whetstone. Rates for knife sharpening are as follows:

Small knives (up to 4")- $5.00

Medium knives (4" to 7")- $7.00

Large knives (8" and up)- $10.00

Kindly transport knives in knife guards or wrapped in towels or paper.

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Sous-vide

Posted on Feb 11, 2014. 0 comments

Gaining in popularity, sous-vide, in French, is "under vacuum". This method of cooking seals food in airtight plastic bags where they cook in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times. The result is deliciously tender and moist meats and perfectly cooked vegetables. Once only available in restaurants, sous-vide can now be done in the home. The Pan Tree currently has the SousVide Demi in stock. With a capacity of nine litres, the demi is the perfect size for home cooks.

Interesting in learning more about sous-vide? Resident Chef Richard Toll will be holding a sous-vide class at The Pan Tree on April 30. For more info, visit http://register.thepantree.ca/

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Holiday Entertaining

Posted on Nov 25, 2013. 0 comments

 

Holidays, a magical time of celebrating with friends and family . . . except that for some people it can be the most stressful time of year. Holiday functions are meant to be fun, not frantic. If the task has fallen on you to host an event or party, take a deep breath and relax. It doesn't need to be stressful. Here are a few tips to pulling off a flawless and memorable party this year:

-Plan ahead- Decide what you want to prepare and make a list for a timeline and what supplies and ingredients you will need.

-Keep it simple- Delicious food does not have to be difficult to prepare. Choose simple dishes and stick to what you are comfortable with. Now is not the time to experiment.

-Prep beforehand- Avoid being stuck in the kitchen by preparing as much as possible in the days leading up to the event. Many dishes can be prepared a few days before and reheated the day of.

-Consider potluck- If time and cost are an issue, go potluck style. Potlucks take a huge weight off the host by reducing work load and expense.

-Outsource the clean-up- Call on friends and family to help with cleanup and don't feel the need to do it all that night. Once the food is safely stored away, hit the hay. The rest can wait until morning.

So, relax and enjoy yourself this holiday season and get back to what the season is really all about!

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What's New!

Posted on Nov 12, 2013. 0 comments

What's New?

Yes, believe it or not, Christmas is only 42 days away. This time of year brings all kinds of new and exciting product into the store, all of which compliment our Holiday displays! So, here are few of the latest and greatest gift ideas . . .

Wine Glass Writers

Keep track of your wine glass with these clever little pens. Non-toxic, washable markers identify your guest's glass or just have fun and be creative! These colourful pens make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Choose from colors or metallics. $12.50/set of 3.

Maple Leaf Spices

Maple Leaf Spices is a family owned and operated gourmet food business located in High River, Alberta. Founded in 2004 in a Kelowna kitchen, the company started with just a few mouthwatering dip mixes. The spices are all-natural, contain no MSG or gluten and are blended using ingredients sourced from Canandian suppliers and growers. We love the convience of the spice grinders. Just grind directly on your favourite meats, pastas, veggies and just about anything else for a kick of flavour! $6.95 each

Bar Keepers Friend

New to The Pan Tree but, around since 1882, Bar Keepers friend has been flying off the shelves! Barkeepers Friend premium household cleaning products are perfect for removing stains, lime, rust and tarnish in the kitchen and bathroom. We love BKF for stainless steel and non-stick ceramic cookware, sinks and cooktops!

Spiegelau Glassware

Spiegelau is dedicated to producing the very best wine glasses. This means bringing to market, glasses of the highest quality and aesthetics as well as durability and value, with the goal of making the wine experience a pleasurable, fun part of today’s lifestyle.

During the Holiday season we are featuring "Vino Grande" 8-pack wine glasses in red or white for a special price of $79.95. Or for the beer lover in your life, check out the Beer Tasting Kit. Featuring four specialized glasses, you'll have the ideal glassware for any craft brew. $39.95

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Cutting Edge

Posted on Oct 28, 2013. 0 comments

 
Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto once said, " A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen", and I'd have to agree. Good kitchen knives are an essential part of any kitchen and for many chef's, a knife is like an extension of their hand.

So, how do you choose a knife that is right for you? Firstly, purchase the best knives you can afford. When it comes to kitchen knives, it is true -- you get what you pay for. A good quality blade will serve its purpose for years to come. There are many options out there so, do some research to determine the best knife for your needs.

As important as a good knife can be, it really won't be useful if you don't know how to use it. Learn the proper technique for holding and cutting and then practice, practice, practice. In no time you'll feel like a master chef.

Be prepared to regularly maintain your knives for best performance and longevity. A honing steel is a necessity to bring back the edge on your knife and should be used evey time you reach for your blade. Dishwashers are a no, no and glass cutting boards are pure evil. Also, consider storage options such as knife blocks, magnetic holders and protective sleeves to protect your knives and yourself. A good quality, well-maintained knife will still need to be sharpened in time, so take it to a trusted source that knows how to properly sharpen.

Over the past year, The Pan Tree staff has learned a lot about knives and would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have about your existing knives or what to consider when purchasing your next knife.

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Brining

Posted on Oct 08, 2013. 0 comments

With Thanksgiving closing in on us, I thought it appropriate to discuss brining. What is brining and why brine?

Brining is the process of soaking meat in a cold water, salt and sugar mixture. How long you "soak" it for depends on the weight but, typically 1 hour per every pound of meat.

Brining makes meat more moist and flavorful through a process know as osmosis. Meat already contains salt water so, by immersing meats into a liquid with a higher concentration of salt, the brine is absorbed into the meat. If you are adding to spice to your brine, the seasoning will also be carried to the meat. Salt in brining solutions also causes proteins in muscle fiber to dissolve resulting in tender, moist meat. Lastly, brining causes the proteins to unwind and swell, also known as denaturing. This allows water from the brine to bond directly to the proteins and stays trapped through the cooking process.

So, this might sound like a lot of scientific jargon but, the result will be an unforgettable turkey experience!

Once the brining process is complete, season your turkey further with a dry spice rub on top of and under the skin. For a super moist breast, try roasting your turkey breast side down. Be careful not to overcook as doing so will cause protein bonds to tighten and squeeze out the trapped liquid.

Urban Accents makes an excellent brining kit that includes brine mixture, an extra large brining bag and spice rub along with an online video tutorial to help you through the process. Click below to view the video.

So, pick up your bird from your favorite local producer or butcher and start planning your most memorable turkey feast ever!

http://youtu.be/B9u9ZgINdqs

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One Year Anniversary

Posted on Sep 26, 2013. 0 comments

We can hardly believe it's been a year since we opened -- and what a spectacular year it has been! Join us Saturday, September 28 to help us celebrate our special milestone.  We'll be awarding door prizes, conducting demos and offering door crasher specials throughout the day.

Enter our draw for a grand prize of a Krups Silver Art Espresso maker, plus receive a FREE gift if you're among the first 40 people to arrive on Saturday!

Chef Bianca Osbourne, Edmonton's effervescent chef with a natural foods perspective, will be in the kitchen conducting demonstrations every hour. Bill Marshall, our Zwilling representative will be here in the afternoon to educate on Henckels products and you will be able to sample products from our best suppliers -- Gourmet du Village, Bella Cucina, Garlic Box and more.

Thank you to everyone for your support and patronage over the past year! We look forward to serving the community for many years to come!

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