Review: Victorinox Cutlery 3-Piece Paring Knife Set

Victorinox Cutlery 3 Piece Paring Knife SetThree great knives for the price of one moderate knife, that is what you will be getting when you purchase the Victorinox Cutlery 3-Piece Paring Knife Set.

If you have never seen or used the Victorinox Cutlery 3-Piece Paring Knife Set, you may not know just what is in store for you. But these knives will be a very loved addition to your kitchen.

All of these knives can be used to create culinary masterpieces and they will hold up to years of use and even some abuse.

All three knives have been forged out of high carbon stainless steel. That lets you know these will be strong blades that will hold an edge.

Additionally, when the sharpness does start to wear down, these knives can be sharpened again and again for as long as you own them.

Holding these blades is something else you will appreciate. The handles have been designed to be ergonomic, meaning they will fit comfortably in your hands and be easy to use and hold, even if you are preparing a large family meal.

When it comes to clean up, many people worry about their knives. Since knives are used to chop up and prepare raw meat, what can you do to make sure that there are not any bacteria sneaking into the knife blade just waiting to come out the next time you cook? With these knives that is not a problem as the construction reduces the number of places those bacteria can hide.

Included in this set are:

  • 3-¼ inch Straight Edged Parer
  • 3-¼ inch Wavy Edged Parer
  • 2-¼ inch Bird’s Beak Parer

What We Like

  • This set offers three good knives for a great price.
  • They are strong and will hold up to a lot of use.
  • The handles are comfortable to hold.

CLICK HERE to buy the Victorinox Cutlery 3 piece paring knife set.

Review: Victorinox Cutlery 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife

Victorinox 6 inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox HandleIf you are a cook who likes to make everything right in the kitchen, there is no doubt you find yourself in the midst of a major boning job from time to time getting the meat cuts just right for that next creation.

That job can go much easier with the Victorinox 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox Handle.

Created by the same people who have been creating Swiss Army Knives for over 100 years, the Victorinox Cutlery 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife has been created specifically to go in the hands of someone who is doing the delicate job of boning meat.

First and foremost, it was created with a 6-inch blade made of high carbon stainless steel. This type of blade holds it’s sharpness for some time, even when going up against bone, and can be easily re-sharpened time and time again.

When it comes to grip, a lot of attention was paid to the importance of being able to keep a good hold on this knife.

First it comes with an ergonomically created handle that will fit well into your hand, comfortably, for as long as you need to use it.

Secondly, the handle is a black Fibrox handle. That means that it is a slip resistant handle and easier to hold on to. In the wake of the water, fat and other gooey things that can get on such a knife in use, this is a vital trait.

What We Like

  • It is a strong blade that will be able to work up against bone day in and day out.
  • The handle is comfortable to hold, which is important if you are doing a lot of cutting.
  • The handle is slip resistant, making it easier to keep a hold even when the work gets messy.

I Only Want a Cup of Coffee! How to Choose a Coffee Maker

Choosing a coffee maker is an entirely personal decision.  There are many different tastes in coffee and there are machines and makers to cater to every taste, so before you buy, here are some questions that you may like to consider.

1. Where Will You Be Using Your Coffee Maker…and When?

This sounds like a very obvious question but some machines are specifically for home users and others for office users.

2. What size would suit you best?
Many models now allow you to make just one cup of coffee at a time – which is great for occasional use.  If you love your caffeine, go for a maker that will supply a pot holding four cups.  The most versatile makers can brew up a pot of 8 – 12 cups or make small pots of 4 cups, so if you regularly have get-togethers with friends, this style would be ideal for you.

3. Do you drink your coffee at home or make it ‘to go’?
If you like to make your coffee and then put it into a vacuum flask or travel cup, try a coffee maker that makes it straight into a thermally insulated coffee mug.  Some models make two at a time, so if time is precious in the morning, get one of those so that there is no queuing or waiting!

4. Does Your Coffee Sit For Ages in the Pot?

If  you find that your coffee has cooled or burned the hot plate by the time you come back for yet another cup, either choose a maker that brews less cups at a time or go for a thermal carafe.  This will keep your coffee piping hot but the downside is that you can’t see at a glance how much coffee is left.  A plus point for the thermal carafe is that the taste of coffee is said to deteriorate after twenty minutes on direct heat…

5.  Do You Have a Favorite Coffee or Like Variety?

In either case, you may like to look at one of the most popular types of coffee maker – the single serve coffee system with pre-packed ‘pods’.  You simply choose your flavor, slot the pod into the machine and brew.  Check out what each maker offers as some brands have as many as a hundred varieties of coffee.  Some also feature reusable pods so that you can use your own coffee, rather than be limited to the pre-packed kinds.

Espresso or Non-espresso?

An espresso machine will be right for you if…

  1. You are not on a budget and are willing to part with extra cash – espresso machines are always more expensive than non-espresso machines.
  2. You want to be able to make different coffees – including cappuccino, macchiato, latte.
  3. You are happy to clean parts, (or, if you have an automatic machine, happy to empty waste units) and make fresh coffee for each cup.
  4. You have the time to take a few minutes to make each cup of coffee (unless you are use a super-automatic maker).
  5. You will be brewing for less than four people at any one time.  Making espresso can be time consuming unless you buy an automatic or super-automatic maker.

A non-espresso coffee maker will be right for you if…

  1. You are on a budget or don’t want to spend a lot of money. Non-espresso machines are generally less expensive than espresso machines.
  2. You don’t want a machine that makes fancy coffees.  You’re happy with plain black or white.
  3. You like to have a pot of coffee on the go throughout the day.
  4. You like to start the coffee and then get on with other things while it brews.
  5. You regularly supply coffee to lots of people and need between six and twelve cups in a short time.
  6. You prefer to buy your coffee pre-ground or flavoured.
  7. You don’t like your coffee too strong.

Other Points to Ponder

  • Read consumer reviews online or in magazines to give you an informed view of how the different machines perform.
  • Decide if a programmable coffee maker would be useful for you.  You can set it the night before so that you awake to the wonderful smell…and taste…of fresh-brewed coffee!
  • Some models have an automatic switch-off, so if you are a little absent minded or very busy, you won’t end up leaving the machine on all day.
  • If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, go for a coffee maker that has a water filter built into it.  This would remove any taste of chlorine or iron.  Don’t forget that you would need to buy replacement filters for this type of machine.
  • Do you want to make lattes and cappuccinos?  Look for a machine that has a Frothing Wand.  On less expensive machines, this will just be a steam wand.  On the more expensive ones, you would also get a canister to hold the milk which is to be frothed.
  • If you are an espresso connoisseur, look for a machine that has a pre-moistening cycle.  This dampens the coffee grounds before you pull your shot of espresso which helps to bring out more of the aromatic oils and improves the taste.
  • If you want great coffee without any fuss, take a look at the newest machines that are ‘pod compatible’.  Pods are little packets of various flavors of coffee and hot chocolate.  You simply slot the pod into the machine and in as little as 45 seconds, you have a professional standard drink.  The newer models will accept both pods and your own choice of coffee grounds.  Some people feel that the amount of drink dispensed is on the small side however, as it’s so quick to make, you could brew one after the other.  This would obviously affect the cost.
  • High end espresso machines will let you change the amount of water for each cup, so that you can get the strength that you prefer.
  • If you like to grind your own beans, look for a model that has a built-in grinder.
  • If you can’t wait until the whole pot has brewed before pouring a cup, there are now models with the special feature of stopping the drip of the filter while you take the jug out of the machine to pour your coffee!
  • If you’re not buying online, handle the coffee jug or carafe and see if it feels comfortable in your hand.  Is it easy to take in and out of the machine?
  • Check out the water reservoir to find out how easy it is to add more water and/or more coffee.

Review: Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender Mixes Things up

Oster BPST02 B Professional Series BlenderIf you are ready to mix things up in your kitchen, you need a good blender to get the job done. The Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender is that blender.

The folks at Oster know what most people want from a blender. They want a machine that can take a block of ice and turn it into a Pina Colada or frozen Margarita in no time. If you think about it, this really is the toughest job you can ask of a blender, giving it a hard, solid item that you want it to turn into a smooth creamy drink.

Well the Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender is ready to please and serve up those frozen cocktails. Its ½ horsepower  is a strong motor powering a relentless ice-crushing blade.

Unlike other blenders that use inferior parts to run their motors, this one has an all metal drive system that will stand up to years of use.

The Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender has only two speeds. While many people think that’s not enough, trust us, it is. This simple-seeming machine will do all the blending you need completed without any complaint, pomp or circumstance.

A quick look under the unit will also show you attention to detail by the folks at Oster. It has large rubber padded feet that  help to keep the blender in place even when working on hard crushing jobs.

This blender is also as attractive as it is functional. It has a die cast base that is resistant to fingerprints so it can keep looking like new for years to come.

What We Like

  • It is a strong rugged machine that will break down ice like it’s nothing.
  • It has an all metal drive system that will keep it from breaking down.
  • The glass pitcher is dishwasher safe.


Review: Oster 6848-000-950 Blend-N-Go Cup

Oster Blend n Go CupWhether you are a fan of smoothies or protein shakes, you know the hassle that can go with making that perfect drink every day.

You have to pull out the large pitcher for your blender to mix up one drink. Then you have to wash off all the pieces you have used to make one cup full.

It usually only takes a few drinks to realize that there is more hassle than it’s worth to make such drinks and you go back to something easier to prepare.

But, you don’t have to give up on the drink you want because of the mess. Instead you can use the same container to blend and drink your favorite beverage without all the hassle and clean up.

The Oster 6848-000-950 Blend-N-Go Cup is a cup that goes straight from the blender to your drink holder without any steps in between.  This 16 ounce cup has been created to attach to the blade of your blender so you can fill it with the ingredients you want mixed, pop it on the blender, then just pop the blade off and your drink is ready to go.

Made of sturdy polycarbonate this cup is capable of handling a lot of use and abuse, and it has also been made to conveniently fit right into your car drink holder.  The spill and splash proof lid means you can take it from blender to car and office without any mishaps and spillages.

What we Like:

  • It cuts down on the clean up of the old days of using a blender pitcher to make mixed drinks.
  • You cut down on waste, as you will only make enough of a drink to fill the cup.
  • It fits in most car cup holders and has been constructed to be spill and splash proof to keep your vehicle clean.
  • It’s dishwasher safe for easy clean up.

CLICK HERE to buy the no spill, blend n go cup from Oster