Black Truffles

October 9, 2013 in Food

Black Truffles In Switzerland

Although France and Italy are world renown for their famous White and Black Truffles, Switzerland also is a known location where the “Black Diamonds” can be found. The Tuber Uncinatum can be found in most regions of Switzerland and have an aroma that is extremely fine. There is another “Truffle” in Switzerland, but those are made by the Chocolatiers and Confectioner…

Black Truffles Switzerland

The Truffles are searched for between the months of October right through to the end of January.Many years ago a female pig was used to search for Truffles but usually once found, the Truffle became the pigs food, eaten before the handler could get to the prized delicacy.

Today, most Truffles are located with the help of a specially trained dog as canines have an extraordinary perception of smells and odors. It has been said that any dog breed can be taught to discover Truffles, but there are some breeds that excel over others. Most notably are the following breeds who are as well used for narcotics detection, bomb detection, agriculture detection, etc. The most famous “Truffle Dog” breed is the Lagotto Romagnolo a medium sized dog with a heavy coat of hair. Other breeds used to search for Truffles are Belgium Malinois and more common is the Hungarian Vizsla which is a very versatile hunting dog.

There is a website dedicated to “Hunting Black Truffles” in Switzerland which describes in words and images the birth and training of a female Vizsla puppy named “Tuli” and their search for Black Truffles..

Vizsla puppies

Also well known in Switzerland is the legendary “Truffle King” Fredy Balmer from the Canton Jura.

His first contact with truffles had been as an apprentice cook. Fredy Balmer has since then been involved with Black Treuffles , be it looking with his two dogs, Tomi & Zizou or in the manufacturing and preparation of homemade truffle delicacies.  Over 40 years Fredy Balmer has been enjoying his passion for the black diamonds.

 

Yoghurt Flying High – Swiss Milk Products

October 1, 2013 in Milk Products

Swiss Dairy products

are one of the most well known products that Switzerland is famous for throughout the world.

The Emmi Group located in the Canton of Lucerne of Switzerland produces 47 different sorts of dairy products, 21 varieties of swiss made cheese and 11 different sorts of ice cream. From coffee cream to sourcream, butter, milk drinks, yoghurt, curd and desserts, Emmi supplies its Swiss products to many major international airlines for their 1st and Business Class customers.

Emmi is the largest Swiss milk processor and one of the most innovative premium dairies in Europe. In Switzerland, Emmi focuses on the development, production and marketing of a full range of dairy and fresh products as well as the production, ageing and trading of primarily Swiss cheeses. Outside Switzerland, Emmi concentrates on brand concepts and specialities in European and North American markets.

Air carriers like Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air, Cathay Pacific and others have emphasized the importance to include high quality food products from appointed destinations for their flying passengers.

Yoghurt Made In Switzerland
Flying into Switzerland for example, passengers are treated to such Swiss Swiss milk products from Emmi like yoghurt and Swiss Cheese.

Famous Swiss Cheeses produced by Emmi include the following cheeses

Culinary aficionados  throughout the world know that Switzerland has been producing unique cheeses for centuries and are masters in what they make.

Famous Swiss cheeses are usually named after the region of Switzerland in where they are traditionally made. Sbrinz, Luzerner, Tilsiter, Appenzeller, Emmentaler, Gruyère are some of the better known ones which are exported worldwide.

Fondue and Raclette In Switzerland

Swiss Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue and Raclette are very tasty traditional meals originating in Switzerland and is traditionally made with a variety of cheeses mixed together.

To find out more about milk products made in Switzerland and the nutritional values and tips on eating for a healthier life visit Emmis Nutrition section on their website

Cable Cars – Cable Transport – Ski Lifts

September 20, 2013 in Machinery

Cable Cars of Switzerland

Switzerland is amongst other things, world renown and famous for their Alpine aerial lift systems and networks. Aerial lifts we talk about now refer to cable transport that include aerial tramways, Chairlifts, Funifors, Funitels, Cable Cars and Gondola lifts for transporting both passengers and freight.

ski-lift-switzerland
An aerial tramway, cable car, or aerial tram is a type of aerial lift which uses one or two stationary cables for support while a third moving cable provides propulsion. Depending on the size of the cable cars, line speeds and line lengths, transport capacities can vary between 1 and 2,000 persons or more per hour.

Swiss Innovation

The Swiss company Graventa AG, which is now currently owned by Doppelmayr, currently has product lines that include ropeway & cable systems for passenger transport. They also are constructed for material transport, avalanche blasting lifts, and cable-propelled systems for public transport.

The most famous Swiss cable car is the Titlis Rotair, located in Engelberg, Switzerland, canton of Obwalden.

Since 1992, Titlis has been the highest point in central Switzerland to transport visitors to the top of the Alps.

Titlis Rotair Cable Car

 

Von Roll AG of Switzerland was famous for their earlier cable transport systems and gongolas implemented in the Alpine regions of Switzerland.

Swiss Alps

Although the Swiss Alps are covered in chairlifts, cable cars and gondolas transporting tourists for winter sports and summertime trekking, there are currently no world records held by Switzerland for their cable transport systems.

Even though accidents involving cable cars are rare in Switzerland, they do sometimes happen, which is usually because of human error instead of manufacturing irregularities or non conforming standards of safety applied.

Ski Lifts in Switzerland

A ski lift is a power-driven conveyor, usually with attached tow bars, suspended chairs, or gondolas, used to carry skiers to the top of a trail or slope. Sometimes they are also called a ski tow, chairlift, surface lift or rope tow.

 

Snowboards

March 30, 2013 in Sporting Goods

Snowboards Made In Switzerland

Since the beginning of Snowboarding in the Swiss Alps, there  have been many Swiss pioneers noted for the development of Alpine snowboards and related gear.

Being centrally located to the famous Swiss Alps where one can snowboard all year round, many famous snowboard brands have their roots in Switzerland. Pro riders collaborate with many snowboard designers located in Switzerland to further the advancement in snowboard technology such as snowboard boot bindings, snowboard boots, and most important is snowboard safety gear. Besides involvement in design and development of high tech snowboards, the companies in Switzerland are also involved in fashionable riders clothing, masks, goggles, glasses, and snowboarding pants.

Best Nidecker SnowboardOne of the better known brands in Switzerland for Snowboards and accessories is the company “Nidecker

Nidecker snowboards offer boards in the following snowboard lengths/sizes…

158, 163, 163 XL, 167 XL, 153, 155, 157, 157 XL, 159 and as well custom freestyle snowboard sizes for large people, and smaller custom versions for kids who want to ride snowboards.

Freestyle Boards for Racing & Competition

Advanced technology has certainly been a blessing to the advancement of technical freestyle snowboarding as Snowboard competitions draw large crowds for a winter sport. Some of the best snowboards for freestyle competition are made in Switzerland, including such famous and well known brands like “SnowBlind” which make made to order, custom hand made snowboards, per specification.

Best Kessler Snowboard

Another well known Snowboard manufacturer is the company “Kessler” which pride themselves in both Snowboards and Skis for both racing and alpine competition. The Kessler Snowboard company develops a customised product for a professional rider and premium-prototype snowboards for serial production.

The shapes of Swiss made snowboards has evolved over the years, integrating both high technology and new materials which offer the manufacturers endless possibilities to transform high quality woods into top quality,Olympic quality snowboards. As always, the aforementioned companies strive in “Swiss Quality” with all of their products.

Now, going onto amazing Swiss Made Boards, this company makes both custom Skateboards & Snowboards from Pumpkin Snowboards, where you can design your very own custom snowboard or skate deck. Personalized, custom snowboards made after your wishes for personal use or marketing purposes.

Pumpkin Snowboards

 

Jura Wines

February 16, 2013 in Wine

Wine From Jura

In the French speaking part of Switzerland in the Canton of Jura there are many high quality, biological wines being produced.

The regional vineyards are producing a variety of award winning red and white wines, which have been lately regarded as some of the best wines being produced now in Switzerland.

One wine producer well known in the region is the Master Winemaker Mr. Martin Buser who owns and operates the Vin Du Jura or Jura Wine , winery in Liesberg, Switzerland.

Swiss Bio Wines

Swiss Red Winef

In regards to Biological wines produced by Martin Buser, he says the following;

Finally they realize that my wines are absolutely pure nature and the diversity of the floristic composition of the spaces between the rows guaranteed. This consequence I pursue for 30 years!

The entire winery operation is certified organic, the Vin Du Jura  wine production is completely labeled “Bio Suisse”.

Growning over 70 varieties of wine producing grapes, Martin Buser has a wide knowledge of producing and making high quality wines. Due to a low production level, the wines are sold in the region only, supplying some of the finer restaurants in the Jura and Basel regions. Fine white wines like Saphira, Gutedel, Solaris, Chasselas, and Gewürztraminer are amongst the very best, and the red wines with grapes like Cabernet Carol, Cabernet Cortis, Cabernet Corbon one can expect an amazing Cabernet Cuvèe.

Bio wine production in Switzerland has been extensive, spreading rapidly across the wine producing regions of Switzerland. The results have shown that the Swiss have relied on their long standing tradition of quality products.

BioSuisse Jura Wine

Another well known Cabernet Cuvèe from Switzerland is the Obermumpfer “Damart Cabernet Cuvèe” which is very rich in tanins and with elegant hints of berries, vanilla being a well rounded, exceptional wine. Again, production is very low and vintage supplies are bought years in advance by local consumers. The average price of a Bio Swiss wine will cost approxiamately CHF30 to CHF 50 per bottle when bought direct from the winery, expect to pay double the price in a restaurant.

 

Milking Fat – Melkfett

February 15, 2013 in Agriculture, Health

Milking Fat or Udder Balm

is a sterilized ointment on the basis of high-quality, highly purified mineral oil  and is used primarily because of its protective properties.

It is particularly indicated for the udder care for animals, but also suitable for human skin. Farmers who use it while milking use, it also true of her own skin and rub thus a hands to protect them from water and cold. It was therefore quite natural that over time, Udder Balm has been used not only for the low-maintenance and milking hygiene, but also in the field of cosmetic and dermatological skin care before its protective properties were discovered in the industry or as a lubricant for numerous industrial uses.

melkfett100%  Made In Switzerland

Developed for milking hygiene in cows

“Melkfett” was developed in 1882 by the Swiss chemist and pharmacist Adolphe Panchaud who was looking for an alternative to the non-sterile fats (lard, butter, and other ointments) that used previously by animal breeders in milking were. Based on a skillful blend of purified mineral worked out a formula for an aseptic, sterile, odorless and durable Udder Balm. This product will not only keep the tits supple, but also protects the udder of the animals by forming an oily film that prevents the formation of cracks, fissures and disease of the tits. Soon, the milk fat to be a success and established itself as simple and ingenious product that improves the daily lives of farmers, the milking hygiene and well-being of the animals while optimizing milk production.

Udder Balm, a sterilized ointment on the basis of high-quality, highly purified mineral oil is used primarily because of its protective properties.

It is particularly indicated for the udder care for animals, but also suitable for human skin. Farmers who use it while milking use, it also true of her own skin and rub thus a hands to protect them from water and cold. It was therefore quite natural that over time, Bag Balm has been used not only for the low-maintenance and milking hygiene, but also in the field of cosmetic and dermatological skin care before its protective properties were discovered in the industry or as a lubricant for numerous industrial uses.

Developed for milking hygiene in cows

Udder Balm, which in agriculture has a high degree of popularity was in 1882 developed by the Swiss chemist and pharmacist Adolphe Panchaud who was looking for an alternative to the non-sterile fats (lard, butter, and other ointments) that used previously by animal breeders in milking were. Based on a skillful blend of purified mineral worked out a formula for an aseptic, sterile, odorless and durable Bag Balm. This product will not only keep the teats supple, but also protects the udder of the animals by forming an oily film that prevents the formation of cracks, fissures and disease of the teats. Soon, the milk fat to be a success and established itself as simple and ingenious product that improves the daily lives of farmers, the milking hygiene and well-being of the animals while optimizing milk production.

Ideal for skin

Earlier agriculture was associated with heavy manual work, whether on the field or in the barn. Farmers who used Bag Balm for udder care and treatment of minor injuries their animals realized soon that it is useful for itself: it turned out that Bag Balm in chapped lips and hands, and very dry skin works wonders. It was discovered that help its soothing properties also reduce stretch marks and even psoriasis. It was therefore quite natural that Melkfett gradually also used in cosmetics (sun protection and care, massage, make-up removal, skin care) and dermatology (care of dry and very dry skin, burns, foot care, support medical treatments for diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, bed sores …) was used. Also, it is appreciated by athletes (cycling, diving, skiing …), in all areas where the skin is stressed.

Hand Cream - Eutra

Considerable technical uses

Even after the introduction of milking machines, farmers used it continues, not only to the constant obtained by the suction of the machine dried udder soft and healthy. The Melkfett not damaged the rubber parts of the milking machine, but ensures that the teat cups adhere better to the teat. It has been found that can be used as an excellent general purpose Melkfett lubricant with proper formulation can. It keeps the rubber seals on car doors elastic cables are drawn tubes plugged together easily and effortlessly. Opens up a broad scope because Melkfett optimal solutions for the leather care products (shoes, saddle, bridle, etc.), the preservation of wood and metal, the smearing of pipe joints, guides of roller doors and sliding windows, seals, etc. offers.

Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox

February 15, 2013 in Instruments, Kitchen Utensils, Tools

The Swiss Army Knife…

The official Swiss Army Knife has a very long tradition going back to the year 1884, founded by Karl Elsener.

The Swiss company Victorinox has expanded its product line to include not only pocket knives, household knives, professional knives, but also fragrances, watches travel gear and electronic products.

VIctorinox success story began with the official “Officers Knife” in 1897 that had multiple tools besides a sharp blade for cutting.

Original Swiss Army Knife

Professional Chefs Kitchen Knives

High quality forged knives made from chromium steel, are made for both the professional butcher and the professional chef.

Victorinox produces a wide range of Swiss Made knives for slicing, carving, fileting, boning meats, fish and other food products.

Kitchen Sharpening Steel

Sharpening Knives

Keeping a knife sharp is very important when it comes to doing the job well and knife sharpening tools are also made in Switzerland by Victorinox.

Sharpening steels can be found in the home, professional kitchens, are used by your local butcher daily. Depending on the blade or knife to be sharpened, there are different degrees of coarseness of sharpening steels.

Professional Cut Resistant Gloves

Cut Resistant Gloves

Working with sharp knives can be dangerous and it is recommended that you protect your hands from getting cut.

Commercial kitchens, meat processing plants, and other food related procedures that require the use of a sharp instrument require employees to use cut resistant gloves for protection and germ contamination.

 

PB Swiss Tools

February 15, 2013 in Machinery, Tools

PB Swiss Tools

PB Swiss Tools is a Swiss family owned business, located in Wasen, Bern in the central part of Switzerland.

With a large line of “Swiss Quality” hand tools and medical instruments, PB Swiss Tools is a worldwide leader in their industry.

Featuring such hand tool products like professional screwdrivers, torque tools, Voltage testers, Ratchets and pocket tools. They also offer a wide range of striking tools, precision drill bits and high quality professional wrenches.

Swiss Made Screwdriver
Staying true to the “Swiss Quality” label of innovating Swiss made products, PB Swiss Tools also manufactures orthopedic implants and instruments such as single use inserts, screwdriver inserts, operating drills, and retraction reamers.

PB Swiss Tools prides itself on the use of such materials…

as “HSS otherwise known as High Speed Steel”, transparent “CAB” also known as Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, tungsten carbide, titanium and other specially alloyed metals.
PB Swiss Tools

Specialty tools…

such as Awls, Scribers, Pick Tools, and Key L wrenches are made with titanium and have a wide range of applications.Including not only Electrical, but also for Medical Engineering, Computer Tomography, Aerospace Engineering, Drilling and Chemical industries.
Swiss Quality features like Corrosion resistant, Anti magnetic, high material strength, high thermal stress points, and being lighter than conventional hand tools due the the extreme lightness of titanium.
Besides ensuring that each product maintains a high quality in both design and production, PB Swiss Tools also color code their tools.

100% Made In Switzerland

The quality labels of PB Swiss Tool company stand for quality, lifelong guarantee, outstanding product innovation and ecological responsibilities.

Contact PB Swiss Tools for professional and do-it-yourself tools that are entirely developed and produced in Switzerland.

PB Swiss Tools
Bahnhofstrasse 24
CH-3457 Wasen/Bern

Professional Tattoo Machines

February 15, 2013 in Machinery

Tattooing is popular the world over and there are an amazing number of tattoo suppliers from all over the world now.

This article is about…

Swiss made, custom handcrafted, professional tattoo machines and equipment.

Tattooed name lettering

Professional tattoo equipment has been mostly designed and developed by the tattoo artists themselves who looked for ways to improve their abilities.

Today, tattoo equipment can be bought online from Asian suppliers who mostly offer cheap and inferior products, usually copies from well known tattoo equipment brands.

Professional tattoo artists who are serious about their work and quality of the material and tattoo machines only purchase their equipment through professional tattoo supply companies.

Swiss Made Tattoo Machine

When it comes to Swiss Quality

Tattoo machine builder and artist Kaco from Fribourg, Switzerland has built a strong client following with his handmade, custom tattoo machines.

Using a variety of materials like steel, cast iron, bronze, and brass, Kaco machine frames are designed with the tattoo artist in mind.

tattoo machine switzerland

Hand wound coils, Blue Steel Springs, high tech machined parts…

Swiss Made With Love

And made with ” TLC”, Kaco tattoo machines are worth every Swiss Franc spent as these machines will last a lifetime. Liners and Shaders are sold separately or as a set., these are “professional tattoo machines” and are dangerous in the hands of a person with no tattooing experience.

liner shader tattoo machine set

You can order directly from Kaco Tattoo Supply on his website

Sales are worldwide and you must be a professional tattoo artist to purchase any equipment.

Vegetable Peeler – Swiss Made

February 15, 2013 in Kitchen Utensils

Switzerland is known for producing high quality products and this handy kitchen utensil is a winner! The “Swiss Edition Vegetable Peeler” from Peel Appeal in Pfyn, Switzerland.

Not only are these vegetable peelers practical and unique, they have won numerous design awards.

Swiss Made vegetable peeler

Swiss Made Kitchen Utensil

Made from fine quality stainless steel, Swiss based Peel Appeal have a wide range of other tools for professional use and for the home kitchen.

For cutting, grating and peeling… the Swiss company Peel Appeal has you covered. They even offer personalization of their products and make nice gifts for family, friends and promotional gifts for business customers & clients.

For those customers living outside of Switzerland, Peel Appeal has an online store for their products and ship worldwide.

Peel Appeal Online Store