Exactly what I was looking for in a tea kettle

I have a friend who doesn’t have a coffee pot. I can’t imagine that, myself. However, she has an electric kettle and keeps an assortment of teas, hot chocolate mixes, and instant coffee available for her guests. There are many times that I want tea or coffee and don’t have the need to make a full pot, so a kettle is a nice way to allow me to do that. Sure, I can heat water in the microwave, but that can be tedious, especially if you are making more than one cup. Yes, I’ll admit it. I had kettle envy.

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So, I decided to start looking for a tea kettle of my own. I had a couple of requirements: I did not want a plastic kettle, it needed to have automatic shut off, and it needed to heat water quickly. I came across this little guy and it fit the bill perfectly. All of my appliances are stainless or black, so this kettle looks nice on my counter, and is available to heat up water at any time.

Additional reading: Scouting for the best tea kettles to buy

I have teenagers, so they are always using boiling water for soups and noodles and whatever else, and this works very well for that. I use it for tea, instant coffee, and to make coffee in my french press. It is so convenient! The water heats up so quickly, even faster than I expected. It doesn’t make noise when the water is ready, but you can hear the water boiling, and you can hear the kettle making a click sound when the water is heated.

I have owned several products from Hamilton Beach, and have always been pleased with them. I associate Hamilton Beach with quality, and this kettle does not disappoint. It feels very sturdy. Filled with water, it can have some weight to it, but it isn’t too bad. It is about the same weight as a full pot of coffee. The outside of the kettle can get very hot, but the handle stays cool, which I like. I was pleasantly surprised at how long the water stayed warm afterward. My friend saw this on my counter and could not believe that I paid about the same amount for my kettle as she did for her plastic one. I guess now she has kettle envy! I imagine she will be purchasing this model very soon. Information from Shelleyd73

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My highest recommendation on this toaster oven

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Why did I wait so long to get this toaster oven? I probably was put off by the relatively high price (in comparison to the low-end versions that I’ve bought way too many times over the years). But I finally got fed up with yet another toaster oven that didn’t toast well and was so difficult to clean on the inside. So I decided to spend the big bucks, and honestly, I love the Breville. Number 1 – the crumb tray is the absolute best I’ve ever seen, so easy to remove and keep clean, very well-designed. And the toast actually toasts! And the other functions work great. I have already used it more often, for a variety of small baking and roasting dishes, than any other small oven I had before, and I’ve only had it for about a month. As you can tell, I am a very satisfied customer. I give this toaster oven my highest recommendation. - dlg

” We located that the best-rated toaster oven are the Breville Smart Oven, the KitchenAid 12″ Convection Digital Counter top Oven and even the DeLonghi Digital Convection Toaster Oven. Each of these toaster ovens has brief heat-up times, chefs food evenly, cleanings effortlessly and has safety attributes. Additionally, these versions are portable adequate to sit on your counter, but have a big enough capacity to prepare pizzas, chicken or multiple pieces of toast.

If you are seeking a characteristic toaster that costs less than $100, the Oster Huge Digital Countertop Oven is a good option. The Oster toaster oven has the very same design and even convenience features as the top options, but supplies fewer food preparation features. If toaster ovens lack the ability, functions and capabilities you searching for, have a look at our electric array and gas range reviews for traditional ovens. ” - http://insurance-1.net/what-to-look-at-when-you-select-a-toaster-oven

 

 

Buying camping pots and pans is a big decision

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I use a set of lightweight pots and pans daily.  If I’m camping or cooking in a hotel room, my set of camping cookware is pretty important.  Buying camping pots and pans is a big decision because they last for years.

Living with only a small set of pots and pans can be easy if you think before you buy.  It boils down to overall size and every piece having multiple uses.  Camp pans take up a lot of space in your bags.  If your set is cheap and large, you will have trouble packing them.  If your set is too small, you will find any type of creative cooking impossible.  It is important to choose the smallest set that can handle your biggest meal. 

The size and amount of the pots and pans that I carry varies somewhat depending on what continent I’m on.  If I’m going to be doing a lot of wilderness camping and making my own showers I take a full set with a 4 liter pan and a frying pan.  A 4 liter pot is great for retrieving water from a creek or heating shower water.  If I’m in more developed areas and mostly camping in campgrounds or staying in hotels I can scale back to the next smallest pan and skip the frying pan.

My pans are a mixture of several different cookware sets that I’ve collected over the years.  Some are titanium and others are stainless steel.  The most important thing is that they fit together nicely in my bags and last over the years. 

Lightweight travel and trekking cookware can very greatly in price and quality.  Just like all camping gear, the cheap stuff can let you down at crucial times.  

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Things that I look for when buying  Camping Pots and Pans

Fit nicely together  If your pans do not fit snugly together they will make a lot of noise in transit.  Pack-ability is one of the most important things to consider in your decision.

Individual handles  Some camping pots and pan sets have a removable handle that is used with the entire set.  This is to avoid the redundancy of individual handles.  My problem is that I always misplace the handle and am left with no way of picking up hot pans.  I prefer individual handles for each piece.  This way they are attached and never get lost.

-Cleans easy     I like non-stick surface as it makes for easy cleaning.

-Does not burn easily Titanium behaves differently than stainless steel. The whole surface of a titanium pan heats up. Stainless steel pots heat mainly on the bottom. Cheap quality pots (aluminum) easily get hot spots that can scorch your meals.

More at http://www.downtheroad.org/Equipment/Camping/Pans.htm

 

An affordable Aroma rice cooker to buy

As a college student, I found myself eating rice on almost a daily basis. It was a cheap way to go about getting a meal every single day, and since I was on a budget, the best way to do so was through the use of rice. I had to make an investment in a rice cooker, and since some of the cheaper ones didn’t look too promising, I felt like I had to spend a lot of money. I was on a search for an affordable rice cooker that wouldn’t let me down, and I feel like I may have finally found it. There are plenty of pages to go to that will teach you about rice cookers, but I prefer to lean towards the more reliable ones. If the reviews seem fishy, they aren’t going to come in handy, that’s why I wish I knew about this site before. If this review helps even just one of the people reading this, I’ll be happy with myself.

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FEATURES OF THE COOKER

Aroma is actually the leading rice cooker brand that you can look for in the United States, so that speaks volumes to the products that they’re going to put on the market. This rice cooker can yield up to 8 cups of cooked rice, which equals to around 8 servings. It’s easy to use and be programmed to do many different things, and comes with more than the fair share of accessories. There’s a steam tray, rice measuring cup, serving spatula and a few recipes (as well as coupons) to sweeten the deal. It doesn’t only just cook rice, I’ve actually been able to cook both meats and vegetables using this item. It’s been good to me so far, let’s just hope that trend doesn’t stop anytime soon.

Read this: Tips on choosing the best rice cooker

THE LIKABLE TRAITS

I liked how I was able to cook all of my meals without needing to worry about whether they would be perfectly done or not. Most of the time I would just use a timer or program another setting to keep my meals the way I like them, and the 8 cup yield is another trait I enjoyed quite a bit. The accessories are there, and while I didn’t use them, would come in handy for many others.

THE “NOT SO LIKABLE TRAITS”

They only come in silver and white, and while a rice cooker isn’t supposed to look cute or fun by any means, I’ve always seen colorful ones in those Japan-based videos on YouTube. It hurts to know that nobody cares about coloring rice cookers in the US, for shame!

HOW I REALLY FEEL!

I love my rice cooker, even if they didn’t let me get crazy with the customization! It’ll happen one day, I can feel it in my bones. Rice cookers should be both cheap and reliable, which is why this one is the perfect fit for my dorm room. (Reference: http://www.benjaminpotter.org)

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Choosing kitchen faucets for your kitchen

The variety of shapes and designs in kitchen faucets today is remarkable. Even if you don’t have a great deal of money to put into remodeling, a unique faucet is a quick and easy way to make a noticeable change and can really affect the tenor of the room.
When looking through all of the kitchen faucets available, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
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First, dripless kitchen faucets are always a good idea, especially if you spend a lot of time in or near the kitchen. Of course, if you’re planning on moving or remodeling in five years and that fantastic Romanesque kitchen faucet with the marble handle is guaranteed to last that long, then it doesn’t matter that it isn’t dripless.

If you have small children it is also a good idea to look at kitchen faucets that have scald protection. This prevents the handle from being pushed past a certain temperature and keeps those little hands burn free.

Another thing to think about when looking at kitchen faucets is whether they include a pull out spray nozzle. If you’ve never had this feature, you may not realize how convenient it is.

For high-traffic sinks it is a good idea to look at kitchen faucets with a long lasting, low maintenance finish such as chrome or brass. These finishes are available polished or satin and easy to clean with ammonia or window cleaner.

Kitchen faucets come in all shapes and sizes, so you also need to make sure that the one you select will fit the faucet holes in your sink. If you’re also buying a new sink you will need to settle on one or the other first and then select from those that fit. (See repairing kitchen faucets)

A basic rule when selecting kitchen faucets is to make sure that the spout reaches the center of the sink basin. This helps to ensure that the faucet isn’t either too large or too small for the sink. Also, many people find that an immobile spout is terribly inconvenient. That great old-fashioned static goose neck faucet with the fancy ceramic base suddenly doesn’t seem like such a great purchase when you can’t fit the soup pot in the sink.

The variety of styles available in kitchen faucets leaves a lot of room for individual flair. When redecorating your kitchen, don’t overlook the impact a new, stylish faucet can have.

Pros and Cons of Various Cookware

cookYou can find cookware in a variety of materials, from copper to porcelain and beyond. Which one you buy depends on how you plan to use it. Find out what you need to know before dropping hundreds on that matching cookware set.

Aluminum cookware
Pros
Anodized aluminum pots and pans are lightweight, resist denting and scratching, don’t rust and are excellent thermal conductors of heat (they’ll distribute heat evenly to cook food without hot spots). Approximately half of all cookware manufactured is made from aluminum, and it is often used to improve stainless steel.

Cons
Raw aluminum (as opposed to anodized) is reactive to alkaline and acidic ingredients (tomatoes, leafy vegetables and citrus) and prone to warping and scratching. It can also discolor certain foods (such as white sauces). Fortunately, most aluminum pots and pans are treated with a coating of aluminum oxide, which vastly improves the cooking properties.

Cast-iron cookware
Pros
A properly seasoned cast-iron skillet is the not-so-secret weapon of many cooks. Great for simmering and browning, cast iron imbues years of flavor into every meal. It’s inexpensive, won’t warp, conducts heat very well and, if seasoned well, has a relatively nonstick surface. You can also easily go from stovetop to oven.

Cons
Even though no kitchen is complete without a cast-iron skillet, it does have its drawbacks. It’s heavy, reactive, high-maintenance and not suited for all food. It also isn’t recommended for ceramic-glass cooktops. It’s worth noting that cast iron leaches — surprise — iron into your food. Many people consider this a benefit, but unexpected metal in the diet can be dangerous for certain people.

Ceramic cookware
Pros
Pots and pans made from ceramic are perhaps the most versatile and best cookware available in stores today. They can survive heat that would melt stainless steel (so oven-safe, unless you have one heck of an oven) but still can be used to store food in the refrigerator and freezer. And unlike metal cookware, they can be used in a microwave. They are generally very easy to maintain with a naturally nonstick surface, but can take mild abrasives and scrubbing without marring their attractive gloss finish, which is important since they also make attractive serving dishes. They’re widely considered to be the least reactive cookware available.

Cons
Despite many superior cooking and aesthetic qualities, ceramic cookware also has some drawbacks. It can be heavy and cumbersome and will crack if dropped. It may also crack your tile floor. Older cookware made from ceramic and stone may contain lead. Additionally, cheaper ceramic cookware may discolor ceramic-glass cooktops at higher heat.

More types of cookware here.

When it comes to making espressos, I would advise Semi automatic espresso makers

I have my reasons to recommend semi automatic espresso makers. Manual espressos are obviously a pain, especially for business. But fully automatic espressos are also not the best espresso machines. That is because in many of those machines you get to select water volumes that are often preset. Even if you do get to program it, in the programmable models, there can still be problems with electronics. Therefore, everybody making customized brew can be a problem. Semi automatic espresso makers on the other hand have allowed me to vary the concentration of coffees as I want.

What is meant by semi-automatic

The automation part of it includes a sophisticated mechanism by which pump is engaged or disengaged as needed. The water temperature in this machine is also controlled automatically so I can concentrate on other chores at our cafe. This obviously means my espresso machine is not going to be burnt down due to my neglect or absentmindedness. The pump in this best espresso maker is also automated. The extraction in these machines stops after some time.

We bought the Breville with dual boilers for our new coffee house. This model is identified with a number, i.e., BES900XL. I need to grind the beans outside, which is not exactly want I wanted, but you can’t have best of both worlds always. The good news is I can vary the extent to which I want the beans to be ground. The looks of this machine are also not very inspiring. I have seen better looking coffee machines. But this great espresso machine maintains constant pressure and temperature. There is a valve for releasing over pressure, and there is a valve for infusion as well when there is low pressure. I liked the chrome and steel outer parts. They are easy to clean. The espressos from this machine are perfect. I have many customers who frequent the shop and bring others along with them. Espresso machine reviews are extremely helpful when you want to buy an espresso machine.

Getting healthier with wheatgrass

My cousin is a real health nut. In fact, he recently ran an Iron Man event and plans to run more in the coming months. He is always ribbing me about my pretty unhealthy lifestyle and trying to get me to go on hikes and to the gym with him. I have resisted so far, but I was recently given my first bad cholesterol report and realized I had to start making healthier choices. I started by walking three times a week and decided to eat healthier. One of the foods that my cousin is always recommending is wheatgrass, so I decided to try it. After all, how bad can it taste?

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I started by trying to eat it raw but it was playing havoc with my bathroom schedule. I read online that it was best as a juice. So I set about finding the best wheatgrass juicers reviews on the internet and chose a juicer. After it was delivered I tried to juice some wheatgrass but the taste was still very strong. So, I decided to try some smoothie recipes from the internet. I decided that I liked a Hawaiian style mix the best. I used some honey, pineapple juice and orange juice with the wheatgrass and blended it all together. The resulting mixture tasted great. The wheatgrass has also helped my stomach. I have a pretty weak stomach and any sort of spice and alcohol results in pain almost instantly. The wheatgrass works wonder in cooling down and comforting my stomach. Along with dietary changes like these and more exercise, I have noticed a real difference in the amount of energy I have and I have shown lower cholesterol levels on my last test as well. I sleep well and I have decided to start increasing my intensity of exercise slowly to make sure that I keep myself healthy.

What I Love About My Rice Cooker

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A few years ago, although, I loved cooking rice, investing in the best rice cooker is one thing I had never given any serious consideration. However, that was soon to change after I visited a friend one day. I saw her cook using a stains steel rice cooker and I liked how the rice came out looking great and tasty. Three days after that day, I was out looking for a rice cooker; I went through every single rice cooker review I could get, but with the number of options that were available, I was practically spoilt for choice. I decided to call my friend and ask for a few recommendations and that when she advised I go for the best stainless steel rice cooker.

It is now months since I bought my rice cooker and what I have been able to net from it have all made this cooking appliance one of the best investments in my kitchen. I love the kind of convenience and reliability it comes with. Unlike in the past, when I could spent hours ad hours trying cook great rice, I can now do all that with some much ease and within the shortest time possible. It does not even stop there; compared to those traditional cooking methods, mine is by far one of the best rice cookers. Coming with a non-stick finish, I can preserve the aroma of my rice.

Last but not least; it is amazing how I can clean my cooker after each use with so much ease. With warm and soapy water, I am good to go. Overall, if you are out the looking for a great rice cooker, just like me, I suggest you go for stainless cooker. I have had this model in my kitchen for close to 4 months and all I have been able to do with it is simply mind blowing.

A camping air mattress to replace your regular bed mattress?

Unbelievable, but true, at least for us! written by: Anchordeep We love going camping ever so often. The wild outdoors simply beckon us to spend some time out of the concrete jungle that we live in. After every few weeks when fuel fumes, sound and other pollutants become too much of a nuisance to handle, we simply pack our bags and set up camp beside a lake to spend weekends and come back to the city absolutely rejuvenated! Our old camping mattress was getting a bit worn out and couldn’t hold air tight enough throughout the night. That’s when we started looking for the best air mattress to buy for camping among the vast plethora of options available in the market.

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We were basically looking for a queen size mattress that would have a height of at least 20 inches above ground level when fully inflated. We also needed the mattress to have an inbuilt pump that could be operated by a battery which could also be charged by our car’s lighter or charger console. And the most important feature was the mattress needed to be absolutely comfortable so that we could simply pop off to sleep and not have to wake up awkwardly sunk together in the middle of the mattress because it had lost some air during the night!

We zeroed in on the perfect mattress that we were looking for quite fast since we knew exactly what we wanted. The mattress top was waterproof, so in case it suddenly started drizzling when we were asleep during the night, we wouldn’t have to carry a damp and heavy mattress back home. It also had coil springs and vinyl supports to offer maximum comfort and give the feel of a real bed, just as if we were sleeping on our bed at home.

The best thing though was the price. It was unbelievably low, and for a moment we thought it was one of those beach toys and not a real mattress when we saw the price! Anyway, we read the reviews and noted how others were satisfied with its use. We ordered it and took delivery last month.

We have been out camping twice since then. Every time we have slept on it, we have had the most sublime sleep ever! In fact, we are actually thinking about replacing our regular mattress at home and using this instead! Thanks to our knowledge about mattresses, we could find the best air mattress to buy for camping since we knew what we wanted, and now are seriously considering sleeping on this every night, whether at home or out camping!

More on air mattress:
Finding the right air mattress

Why I Would Go With Top Brands Of Kitchen Knives Anytime

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I personally having had a-not-so-good experience with an array of kitchen knives before, I have learned to be very careful with the choices I make. Whenever I need a set of knives, I do not just get into a store and pick one before taking into great consideration a number of factors. I currently go for top knife brands because I know all that I can net from them.To really give you a glimpse of what you too can get from top knife brands, here are all the good things I have been able to get from them.

First of all is all about versatility. After a friend first recommended I go for the best kitchen knife sets, at first, I was a little bit skeptical, but wait until I bought them; the kind versatility they came with is mind blowing. I can slice, dice and chop among others. In short, I can literary do every kind of cutting with them. Secondly, if durable kitchen knives is something you have always wanted, I suggest you go for nothing, but top brands. I have had them close to three years and they still do they job pretty well. They are fully stainless and the kind of material that has gone into their construction is unbelievably strong and of high quality. They are scratch resistant and my knives getting rust has become a thing of the past.

Lastly, their handles design is another thing. The way the have been crafted will definitely lure you into buying them. To me, they give one of the most comfortable grips. With all that, I can chop, dice without any problem. At the end, just like e, if you are currently thinking of buying this kitchen tool, I advise you go for the best. Yes, the top rated knivescan get a little bit pricey, but the benefits make them worthwhile. I have the in my kitchen and I love every single I can do with them.

Read more: How to get the best out of your knives

Check out this video to find out more on what knives are best for your kitchen and what their functions are:

Bread Machines; Get your Fresh Bread Serving Every Morning

Growing up, I used to admire grandma bake those delicious loaves of bread in a traditional oven. Every vacation I would travel to the countryside to have a piece of the bread. My favourite was when it was still hot, a thing I still relish even today. To me, bread is a necessity in my home; thank goodness, I don’t have to bake them like grandma did thanks to the advent of bread making machines. However, as I came to learn, mastering the art of perfect bread making takes time and if you don’t have the right equipment it can be stressing and discouraging.

When I moved to my apartment, a bread making machine was among the first things I bought. At the time, I thought any bread machine would do the job right, so, I bought the first model I came across to. Furthermore, I had no experience with any bread maker to know which the best was. After some time, I realized the bread machine I had acquired was not meeting my expectations and I decided to get another machine. But this time round, I was going to do a thorough research at first.
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Going online, I realized rather than concentrating on manufacturer’s specs, the best way to find a reliable and quality bread maker was to go through numerous top best bread machine reviews. Bread maker reviews from real users was the best source of information as I found a number of users who I could identify with. Going online, I went through numerous reviews and from the reviews, I realized that while it is not advisable to go for lower priced machines, the best bread maker need not be necessarily expensive. I found out satisfactorily reviews from customers who were using lower priced units. The only difference as I found out was that it was difficult to maintain consistent quality with low quality machines, so if you can afford it, go for a higher priced brand as it is likely to produce better quality loaves.

Having your own bread machine is very important, though he initial purchase cost is what puts many people away, in the long run you will end up saving compared to buying bread from your local grocery store every other day. Think of the joy of that comes with making your own loaves; you get to put the ingredients you want and the option to always have fresh bread as opposed to getting one that has overstayed on the shelves in your grocery store.

I realized there is no single best bread maker machine though and that “best” varies depending on user preferences. For example,among the top bread machines, the Panasonic SD-YD250 is excellent for gullten free recipes; however, it lacks automatic fruits and nuts dispenser available in other models such as Breville BBM800XL. On the other hand, some people prefer bread makers with large viewing windows, for such people, the Cuisinart’s CBK-100 is the best option.

All bread making machines have their own advantages and disadvantages, I would advise anyone to review their preferences before researching on a bread maker unit so as to find one that fully meets their expectations.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup With Honey And Lime

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup With Honey And Lime

Serves 6

3 Cantaloupe

3 Tablespoons of Lavender Honey

12 Mint Leaves Cut Into Julienne

6 Mint Sprigs For Garnish

Juice of 3 Limes

Halve cantaloupe and scoop out seed. Scoop out about 30 melon balls for garnish. Set melon balls aside. Of the remaining cantaloupe meat, remove rind and discard. Cut melon meat into small chunks. In blender or food processor, puree the melon chunks until smooth. Meanwhile in a small pan cook honey until it foams and caramelizes. Lower heat and add lime juice. Reduce by a third, allow to cool. Add honey-lime mixture to the melon puree and pass through a sieve. Add mint julienne and stir good. Refrigerate soup for 4 hours until soup is very cold and flavors are blended. To serve, ladle soup into chilled bowls. Float 5 melon balls in the center of each bowl and garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

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