Rachael Ray Orange 10 Piece Stainless Steel Set Review

Rachael Ray 10 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware SetThis set contains a 1½ quart saucepan with lid, a 3 quart saucepan with lid, an 8 quart stockpot with lid, an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch skillet and a 10 inch (3 quart) sauté pan with lid.

This is a very ‘Rachael’ set with her trademark favorite  color orange.  If you like orange you will love this set – and it is also quite a good safety feature as it makes you more aware of where the handles are positioned on the stove top and so you automatically turn them in for safety. 

The stay-cool handles are also attached to the pans with double rivets making them extra strong.  They are easy-grip silicon and angled high so it doesn’t hurt your wrist to lift a full pan.

Stainless steel is not known for its’ ability to heat up quickly and evenly.  However the Rachael Ray 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set has a thick, flat aluminum base which makes up for this deficiency and it is great when you’re cooking as you don’t get hot spots that cause the food to stick and burn. 

It also has a nice satin finish rather than a shiny one  which is aesthetically pleasing – it looks really good. The slight rounding of the interiors from the base to the side makes them work like professional chef’s pans and gives great results.

The edges of the pans are slightly flared which makes it possible to pour from them without annoying drips. Dishwashing is not recommended but to be honest, because the bases are so thick, you don’t need a high heat so not much sticks to these – so hand washing isn’t a chore. 

If anything does stick, just give the pan a good soak in hot, soapy water and use a non-scratch dish scrubber.  Bar Keepers Friendwill get rid of even the most stubborn stuck or burnt on food.

The glass lids are great for seeing what’s happening to the food but the drawback with these is that there is no vent in the lid.  This means that as steam builds up, it clouds the glass so that you can’t see the contents and you do end up having to lift the lid off anyway.

A helpful bonus with this set is that the lids for the sauté pan and the Dutch oven also fit the 10 inch skillet so you don’t waste time hunting for lids. The set is compatible with all stove tops, even induction and is safe in an oven up to 400 degrees. All in all, a great ‘starter’ set for a reasonable price, which you can add to as there are many other matching items available.

Where Can I Buy the Rachael Ray 10 Piece Stainless Cookware Set?  Amazon

Is There a Doctor In The Kitchen? – Dr Andrew Weil’s Cookware

Dr Weil 10 Piece Stainless Cookware SetWhat have a Medical Doctor and Waterford Wedgwood got in common?  They have collaborated to produce an innovative line of cookware.  Dr Andrew Weil M.D. says “I believe good health begins in the kitchen and together, we have created the first authentic healthy lifestyle brand to provide consumers the tools they need for optimal food preparation.”

Who is Doctor Andrew Weil?

Doctor Weil studied botany at Harvard College.  He then went to Harvard Medical School but instead of taking a residency there, he completed his internship in San Francisco at Mount Zion Hospital, followed by a year working for the National Institute of Mental Health.

He became a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and spent four years travelling throughout South America, publishing his first book ‘The Natural Mind’ in 1972.  The book explores the idea that the body creates its’ own natural highs, which medications access, rather than create. Doctor Weil has written or co-authored ten books.

Honors received by Doctor Weil

• He has appeared twice on the cover of TIME magazine (in 1997 and 2005).
• Doctor Weil has the honor of a mushroom named after him!  In 1995, Mycologists (mushroom experts) Dr. Gustan Guzman, Fidel Tapia, and Paul Stamets honored him by naming a newly discovered mushroom, Psilocybe weilii.
• In 1997, TIME also honored him as one of the 25 most influential Americans. 
• He was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1998
• In 2004, the New York Open Center honored Dr. Weil as having made “extraordinary contributions to public awareness of integrative and complementary medicine.”
• In 2005, TIME magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
• In the same year, Smithsonian Associates awarded him the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences.
• In 2006, Dr Weil was award the honor of “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” by the Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco.
• Forbes on-line magazine listed his web site as one of the three “Best of the Web” in their  “Alternative Medicine” category.

Doctor Weil is now focusing on healthy living and general health care, with a particular interest in the health concerns of the growing population of older Americans.  In his book ‘Healthy Aging’, Dr Weil examines the aging process from all aspects – physical, social and cultural.  He advocates that people do not seek to reverse the process but focus on having good health, “serenity, wisdom and its’ own kind of power and grace.”

Why is Doctor Weil’s Cookware Healthy?

Dr. Weil believes that cookware should have the advantages of aluminum without it coming into contact with your food.   His cookware range features 5-ply bonded 18/10 stainless steel for optimum heating with a core of aluminium to ensure an even distribution of heat.  The unique part of the design is a rolled and sealed rim the makes sure no aluminium ever touches the food.

The cookware also has riveted handles that stay cool and has been ergonomically designed so that it is perfectly balanced for all types of stove tops, including induction.

Dr Weil’s Range of Cookware Includes:

Why is Aluminum Considered Unsafe?

Many people are scared to use aluminum cookware as they believe it may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Back in the 1970’s, some researchers in Canada reported the finding that people who had died with Alzheimer’s had unusually high levels of aluminum in their brains.  It sparked controversy – was aluminum the cause of Alzheimer’s, or the result of it?  Many people were alarmed by this and threw away their aluminum cookware.
More recent studies would seem to indicate that the increased levels of aluminum were due to the Alzheimer’s itself.  Brains which have already suffered damage from Alzheimer’s will allow unusually high levels of aluminum in. 

This is not difficult as aluminum is everywhere.  The most common elements on Earth (in order of prevalence) are oxygen, silicone and aluminum.  It’s in air, water, soil and consequently in the plants and animals that we eat.

The Weil Foundation

Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from sales of Spring Switzerland cookware directly to the Weil Foundation.  This is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the support of integrative medicine through training, education and research.

Dr Weil’s Website

http://www.drweil.com/

Get a Grip with the OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Non Slip Base Mixing Bowl

OXO Good Grips 5qt Mixing BowlIts common knowledge that OXO make some of the best kitchen gadgets available on the market today. You only need to check out Amazon to see that their products are rated exceptionally well by consumers.

The OXO Good Grip 5qt Mixing Bowl is another in their line of products that receives top reviews.

And what is it that makes  this mixing bowl stand out from the rest? Well   first of all there is the  non-slip handle. This comes in very handy when whisking eggs or cream or beating up a cake mix.

Then there is the non-slip bottom which is a great feature you don’t often find in mixing bowls.

How many times have you been mixing something and the bowl slips and slides away from you?

Both these great non slip features help to stabilize the bowl and prevents it from moving around on the kitchen bench top. It even works if you have the bowl tilted.

Once you have nicely blended all the ingredients there is a nice wide lip that allows for easy pouring and as the bowl is dishwasher safe, clean up is a breeze.

So if you are looking for a practical bowl for all your mixing needs then why not do yourself a favor and BUY NOW

Unusual and Not So Unusual Recipes of the Week

We’ve decided to start adding a regular blog post per week highlighting some of the best cooking recipes we’ve found during the week. Since we both love to cook, we regularly surf the net looking for recipes and it seemed like a waste to not post the ones we thought deserved a mention.

So here are the results for this week:

  • Recipe for Cool Cherry Soup – This one is unusual but looks very refreshing and so easy to make. I love the sound of the ingredients with the additon of ginger, mustard and honey. Unfortunately cherries aren’t in season here in Australia but I know that most of our readers are from the US and you shouldn’t have a problem finding cherries at the moment.
  • Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream – There’s nothing like making your own homemade ice cream and I love the sound of this recipe. Combining balsamic vinegar with strawberries may sound a little strange but they actually work really well together. This is a great looking blog and well worth a visit.
  • Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Dessert – This one looks soooo good and is another really quick and easy one to make.
  • Marinated Flank Steak (London Broil) – My mouth watered when I saw the photo of this succulent steak.


The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set

stainless-steel-best-set-logo-blogA reader told us about a particular stainless steel cookware set that she had purchased. She couldn’t say enough good things about it. Now it took us a while to get around to reviewing this set…not sure why really but let’s just say that we are glad we eventually did.

Well were we surprised! After all of our research we could finally understand our readers enthusiastic praise for this cookware set.

This has all the qualitites of an All Clad cookware set but at a quarter of the price. Its a beautifully finished set which gives excellent performance

Want to know what this set is? CLICK HERE to find out…