REVIEW: Circulon Elite 12 inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized Deep Skillet

circulon-elite-non-stick-hard-anodized-deep-skilletThe Circulon Elite 12-Inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized Deep Skillet with Glass Cover is made from hard anodized aluminum. This ensures that the skillet is strong and durable.

Aluminum is also an excellent material in cookware as it ensures even heating. So you don’t get those annoying hot spots that you can get in some skillets where you have to continually move food around the pan in order for it to cook evenly.

The handle is made from 18/10 stainless steel and is riveted to ensure that it doesn’t come loose as often happens with screwed on handles.  The silicone coating on the handle ensures a comfortable and secure grip.

The skillet is oven safe to 400F which means you can transfer it straight from stove top to the oven without having to transfer the contents to an oven proof dish. This saves on clean up time too.

The skillet comes with a tempered glass lid so you can keep an eye on your food cooking without having to constantly remove the lid. It is also quite stylish looking with its stainless steel rim.

Circulon promote this skillet as having a patented Total Hard Anodized Hi-Low Food Release System. According to Circulon that means that the nonstick surface will outlast all other non-stick surfaces. They guarantee it!

This is quite a deep pan as skillets go and when it comes down to it, this could almost be classed as a saute pan. The only thing that really distinguishes this from a saute pan is the fact that it doesn’t have a helper handle and the sides are slightly flared.

The only real drawback with this skillet is that it isn’t dishwasher safe so hand washing is required. Fortunately the nonstick surface makes this relatively easy.

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REVIEW: Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet

cuisinart-nonstick-oval-electric-skilletThe Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet has a massive 12in by 15in cooking surface. This is a good family size electric skillet that you will use again and again.

The skillet heats up to 450F and has a non-stick surface so foods release easily from the pan and clean up is easy. This is great particularly if you don’t have a dishwasher and have to wash by hand.

The brushed stainless steel exterior and stainless steel riveted handles give this skillet an elegant look and once the temperature probe is removed this skillet will transfer nicely to the table as a serving dish.

What We Like

  • The glass lid allows you to see whats cooking without having to constantly remove the lid.
  • It’s dishwasher safe. You just need to remove the temperature probe and then you can place the whole unit in the dishwasher.
  • It comes with a recipe booklet with around 30 recipes.
  • It has a three year warranty.

What We Don’t Like

  • The cord is relatively short but this is actually a safety feature preventing the user from accidentally knocking it off the counter top.

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REVIEW: KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 12 Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set

kitchenaid-gourmet-essentials-12-pce-cookware-setKitchenaid make some of the best food processors on the market today but does their attention to quality and durability transfer over to their cookware sets? It appears so according to the number of excellent reviews this set has received by consumers on the net.

The KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 12-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set is an excellent value for money set that includes all the basic pieces necessary for the average home cook.

What’s Included

  • 1qt saucepan with lid
  • 2qt saucepan with lid
  • 3qt saucepan with lid
  • 8 inch skillet
  • 10 inch skillet
  • 8qt stockpot with lid
  • 12 inch saute pan with lid

What We Like

  • This Kitchenaid Gourmet Essentials cookware set is constructed from hard anodized aluminum. This ensures even cooking without hot spots. So you won’t get the problem of foods cooking quickly at one end of the pan and not cooking at the other. Hard anodized aluminum also heats quickly and responds relatively quickly to temperature changes.
  • The surface is non-stick so foods release easily. This is particular good for sliding foods like omelets and crepes easily out of the skillets.
  • The handles on the pot are made from stainless steel but have a silicone coating. This ensures a secure grip which is especially important when you are holding heavy pots of food. The handles are riveted which means you won’t have the problem of handles coming loose at the worst possible times.
  • This set is oven safe to 400F which ensures that you don’t have to transfer foods over to an ovenproof dish to continue cooking.

Other Things to Consider

  • This set isn’t dishwasher safe so you will have to wash by hand. The non-stick surface however means that you won’t need to scrub these. Clean up will be a breeze.

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REVIEW: Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan

Norpro Cheesecake PanCheesecake would have to be one of my favorite desserts and I love those mini cheesecakes that you get in an all-you-can-eat buffet. For some reason the smaller they are the more you can eat…at least, that’s my theory.

The Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan gives you the ability to make your own mini cheesecakes in your own home. But you are not limited to only using this pan for cheesecakes. It is equally suited to mini quiches, hors d’oeuvres, cakes and muffins.

The pan makes up to 12 mini cheesecakes and each cup measures 2 inches by 2 inches and  1 3/4 inches deep.

The non-stick coating ensures foods release easily and clean up is a breeze as it is also dishwasher safe.

Plus the bottom of each cup has a removable base so to remove the cheesecake you simply push up from the bottom of the pan and out it comes. This makes it so easy to create well molded cheesecakes that won’t fall apart when you remove them from the pan.

The pan also has riveted handles which is not always found in a pan like this but this ensures you don’t lift the pan from the bottom and inadvertently push up on the removable plates causing foods to spill out.

It also comes with a mini-cheesecake recipe which suits the pan perfectly. It might be worth starting with this recipe to try out the pan and then work towards your own recipes.

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Nordic Ware Non-Stick Pineapple Upside Down Cake Pan

Nordic Pineapple Upside Down Cake Pan

How delicious does this Pineapple upside down cake look?

You will certainly receive lots of compliments when you serve up this cake to your family and friends and they will congratulate you on how clever you are. This is definitely a cake to serve up for a ladies afternoon tea party. Just imagine the addition of a couple of sprigs of fresh mint  between some of the pineapple slices, I think it would just finish the decoration off nicely.

The Nordic Ware Pineapple Upside Down Cake Pan is molded to take standard sized pineapple slices and cherries giving you a perfect result when the cake is turned out onto the serving platter.

The pan is made from heavy cast aluminum which gives excellent heat conductivity without hot spots to burn your cake and the heavy aluminum walls ensure that the batter rises evenly and cooks uniformly so that your cake has a delicious moist center and  a nice golden crust.

And because the Nordic Ware Pineapple upside down cake pan has a  non stick surface so you know that means clean up is easy, although it is recommended that the pan be hand washed with a mild detergent.

Nordic Ware have been very helpful as they have included a recipe for Pineapple Upside Cake with the pan. S o you won’t have to go scouring through the recipe books looking for a suitable cake recipe.

Nordic Ware Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

And if you like to make individual treats for the family then  there is also the Nordic Ware Pineapple Upside Down Mini Cake Pan.

Forget the regular square cut cake portions. This  pan lets you create perfectly formed 3/4 cup sized Mini,  round, Pineapple portions. And check out the leaf pattern on these little cakes. The pan measures 14″ x 9″ x 2″ . It is made in the US and also comes with a recipe to get you started.

The mini pan is also made from the same heavy gauge aluminum as the larger pan and requires the same care.

Nordic Ware Pineapple Upside Down Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake Pan

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