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5 Reasons Why This Nutcracker Is The Best

5 Reasons Why This Nutcracker Is The Best

When it comes to designing and making great products for the home you want something stylish but practical and we have designed the perfect nutcracker to use with every type of nut.

This cast iron nutcracker was designed by our main product developer back in the 1990's when he was using newspaper on his lap to catch the nut shells as he cracked nuts with a hand held cracker. 'I'm sure I can invent something better than this' he thought and the result is this stylish, hard working, hard wearing practical nutcracker. A bit like him we think, but don't say we said that !!! This nutcracker makes a great gift idea too but let us tell you our five great reasons that this is the cracker for you this Christmas.
Cast Iron Nutcracker With Bowl Catcher
1. Stylish Design. This nutcracker can be left out on display all year round it looks so good.
2. Easy to use. This nutcracker is so easy to use a child can operate it. Perfect for those with joint or mobility problems as it is simply a matter of letting the turn handle do all of the hard work.
3. Fun to use. It makes cracking nuts fun and enjoyable as you slightly turn the handle and hear the nut shell begin to crack.
4. Hard wearing. This nutcracker has been made out of last a lifetime durable cast iron. It will still be cracking your nuts in 10 years time and beyond.
5. The cleanest nutcracker around with its handy shell catching bowl there will be no more nut shells all over your floor.
So for us it's the best nutcracker on the market and one you will be pleased you bought year after year. It can be easily cleaned too with just a wipe over with a damp cloth every now and again. But don't spend too long thinking about it as we tend to run out of stock every year just before Christmas as they are so popular with men and women alike. We hope you like our reasons to buy one but we hope you love your cast iron nut cracker even more. 

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5 Great Mens Christmas Gift Ideas

5 Great Mens Christmas Gift Ideas

There is always the usual socks and aftershave to fall back on but it leaves a lingering feeling that there may have been a more original gift idea out there that he could appreciate. We are hoping that this list of 5 great mens gift ideas can inspire you to find a gift with a little more originality and yet still within an accessible budget.

5 Great Mens Christmas Gift Ideas

Our first suggestion is for nut lovers. This stylish yet practical nutcracker is so ornamental it can be left on display all year round and not just at Christmas. It has a great screw down mechanism which is easy to use and a handy shell catcher so that nut shells are kept neatly in the dish. With this solid cast iron nutcracker he can crack away to his hearts content as it will crack the smallest hazelnut and the largest walnut and any type of nut he loves, except you of course!! ( We're not saying you're nuts or anything) And he certainly won't if this arrives in his gift selection.

Cast Iron Nutcracker

Our second gift choice is for the man who takes his grooming seriously and yet doesn't want to give up his facial hair. This cast pewter moustache and beard comb is the take anywhere comb that is discreet enough to be popped into a top pocket and manly enough to use on a regular basis. We just love the moustache decoration and the chin sized body of the comb, it's got to be the next tool in his toolbox or certainly his travel bag.

Pewter Man Beard Moustache Comb

For the man who likes a beer or two these cast wall mounted bottle openers need to be in every room. They are perfect for use both indoors and out, placed near to fridges, doorways, on tables, dressers or even chairs they can mean the difference between running around looking for a bottle opener and always knowing where to open your beer. The perfect party must have too, guests will appreciate the fact that they can crack a beer as often as they want to without rummaging around your kitchen. so how many do you need to keep him happy?

Cast Iron Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

Does your man love to be outdoors? Gardening, walking or generally getting his boots muddy and then walking through the house while he finds somewhere to sit and take his boots off. Well this cast iron Beetle Boot Pull could solve all of your problems and his. It is decorative and looks great outside your front door and is perfect for removing those muddy wellingtons or shoes before you step foot in the house. It is simple to use and effective, with no bending down at all. Boot jacks like this could be the gift to save his back and yours.

Our final and 5th choice for an original Christmas gift is for the man who just likes to kick back and is a little on the lazy side at times. These great humorous tin signs allow you to express yourself without causing too much offence (we hope). Let him become a member of the Lazy Other Half Club which allows him to only be lazy on days which don't end with a Y. We're sure he'll appreciate putting his feet up this Christmas at least.

5 Best Nuts For Cracking

5 Best Nuts For Cracking

When it comes to cracking nuts we know a thing or two.
We designed our cast iron nut cracker to crack as many types of shelled nut as possible and even amended the design to accommodate some of the largest walnuts and smallest hazelnuts.
Cast iron Nut Cracker With Shell Catcher
 
A great feature of this nut cracker is that it has a built in catching bowl around the cracker which catches all those shells and bits that you don't want all over your floor.
It is cast in solid cast iron which is hard and durable and makes cracking nuts one of the easiest activities to have fun with in your kitchen.
Not only that, the design is beautiful and so we are sure you will want to keep this ornamental device on show all year round. Anyway lets get to our top 5 nuts for cracking in this fab cast iron nut cracker.
1. Walnut
It has to be the Walnut, not only healthy and nutritious as all nuts are (by the way but the Walnut it is said will protect your brain). So it gets our No. 1 spot every time. It's easy to crack in all sizes using our cracker.
2. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts, packed with selenium they are good for your mood and although the shells are tougher and a tricky shape they crack perfectly well under the cast iron cracking plate.
Cracking Nuts
3.Hazelnuts.
Hazelnuts, these are small and sweet and we love them, what better reason to put them at no 3. Our cracking plate screws all the way down and so these little sweeties are no problem. 
4.Pecan Nuts.
Pecan nuts are chewy and buttery and so delightful when cooked with Brussels sprouts (see the recipe below). Just perfect with a Christmas roast or absolutely delicious straight from the shell.
5.Macadamia Nuts.
Macadamia nuts are sweet and great to use if you are on a gluten free diet as they are free from gluten and yet provide your body with some great vitamins and minerals including many B vitamins.
So there's our top 5 cracking nuts, so what are you waiting for? Go get cracking with your new nut cracker and don't forget to try out the recipe below.
 
 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
Pecans Healthy Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup freshly cracked pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper

Procedure:

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, freshly cracked pecans, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Turn the Brussels sprouts cut-side down.
  2. Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are golden and tender.