REVIEW: Vacu Vin 3-Pc Wine Saver

Vacu Vin Wine SaverHow often have you had a great bottle of wine that you wanted to savor for days? But you knew better. If you didn’t drink it all right away it was going to quickly lose that great flavor and become sour wine. So, you are stuck with a dilemma, do you drink more than you wanted to in order to be able to enjoy the wine or do you sorrowfully put it in the refrigerator hoping against hope that it will last just a little while longer, but knowing you will likely have to throw it away?

That is the type of situation that led to the creation of the Vacu Vin 3-Piece Wine Saver. It is a vacuum mechanism that will remove the excess air from the wine bottle and let you store it so it can last longer.

If you don’t understand the workings of wine, the problem is the air hitting the wine. Once you open the bottle, the air that gets into the bottle will begin to age and sour the wine. So, it would make sense that if you are able to remove that air from the bottle, the wine would last longer.

This set includes a plastic pump to remove the air and a pair of rubber stoppers to close up the bottle until you are ready to get back to it. This will help your wine last a few more days so you can enjoy it until it’s gone.

What We Like:

  • This will let you keep a bottle of wine tasting fresh for a few days.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Using the pump can be difficult if you have any sort of dexterity problems.
  • It doesn’t seem to be able to remove enough air to keep the wine as long as it claims. More sensitive wines may go south very quickly.

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Review: Sunbeam 5894 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

sunbeam-5891-2-pound-programmable-breadmaker.jpgThere is nothing more appetizing than having the smell of fresh bread greet you as you wake up in the morning. It used to be that would mean you had to have someone else get up extra early and do the cooking for you, but not these days. Now you can let a machine do it all. The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is one such machine.

This 600-watt bread maker can be programmed to mix the ingredients and have the bread piping hot and ready as you wake up in the morning. Additionally, if you have a big family, you will appreciate that this machine can create loaves up to 2 pounds in size, double what many other breadmakers can cook at a time. That means there will be more than enough bread to go around.

When it comes to baking bread, you have options with this machine. Whether you like a lighter brown crust or if you like your bread well cooked, you can program this machine to give you just what you want when you want it.

It is also coated with a nonstick surface on the inside, which means you shouldn’t have a problem getting the bread out once it’s ready as long as you make sure not to use metal utensils when working with the machine.

What We Liked:

  • This is an easy to use machine as most of the requirements are self-explanatory.
  • It comes with a recipe book so you can get to cooking right away.
  • It is programmable so you can do a number of extra things, like make specialty breads with extra ingredients added later in the mixing stages.
  • It is lightweight for the size of the bread that comes out of it.

Other Things to Consider:

  • It may not always cook as  evenly as liked.
  • It does not always like thicker breads, like wheat, and sounds as if it may strip gears as it tries to mix the more denser types of dough.

Overall the reviews for this breadmaker  on and are positive.

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Review: Cuisinart CPT 120/120R Electronic 2 Slice Toaster – Retro Red or White Toaster

Cuisinart Cool Touch ToasterWhen it comes to a kitchen toaster, most people don’t give it a lot of thought. They think they just need a device they can put two pieces of bread in to cook.

But why not get something that is attractive and has some of the extra features you would like.

That is what you will get in the Cuisinart Electronic Cool Touch 2-Slice Toaster.

First, let’s talk appearances. This toaster is very attractive with its bright retro red color (it is also available in white), and nice and small. It takes up just enough space to do the job it needs to do without you needing to make a lot of room on your kitchen counter top.

When it comes to monitoring your toast, there is an LED display that lets you select just how brown you want your bread to be.

Additionally, the construction of this device took a lot of common toaster problems into account. It has a toasting cage that is adjustable so it can toast a bagel as as easily toasts slices of bread.  Also, if your bread or bagel dips below reach when toasted, you don’t have to burn your fingers. The toasting platform on this toaster goes all the way to the top so you can get that toasted piece back, no matter how small.

Cuisinart Cool Touch Toaster whiteWhat We Like:

  • It is a small and compact unit that can fit even in a small dorm sized kitchen.
  • It has an adjustable cage that not only makes regular toast but also can comfortably accommodate bagels.
  • You can adjust how dark you want your toast.
  • There is no reaching in for broken or small pieces of bread. The toasting platform can be brought all the way to the top of the toaster to make retrieval easier.
  • The retro red color brightens up the kitchen while the white toaster coordinated nicely with most kitchen decor.

Things to Consider:

  • It does not always toast the bread evenly.

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Review: Oster 5715 Electronic Digital 6-1 Quart Steamer – The Healthy Cooking Alternative

Oster 5715 Electronic 6-1 Quart SteamerIn today’s day and age, many people are trying to come up with little healthier take on life. When it comes to cooking there is not much of a better way to go than steaming your food. Instead of using a lot of oil or butter to cook it, you add nothing but water, which means you keep all the nutrients in your food while not adding any fat or other additives you don’t need.

If you have a large family, you may think a steamer doesn’t have enough room to cook for all of you. Well the  Oster 5712 Electronic Digital 2-Tier  food steamer with two steaming trays, certainly does. What this  means is that you have two levels of cooking so that  you can double up the food output.

There are two serving bowls, one 3.8qt and the other 2.3qt giving you a combined capacity of 6.1quarts. Also included with the large bowl are eight egg holders so that you can make hard or soft cooked eggs and there is also a 10-cup rice bowl so you can steam up some fresh rice to go with your other healthy selections.

The LCD display is easy to read and will let you know when your food is ready. Also, once the meal has been prepared, clean up is a cinch. All of the plastic parts and pieces of this steamer are completely dishwasher safe.What We Like:

  • It offers a healthy alternative when preparing many foods, steaming, with no oil or additives.
  • It has an adjustable timer that you can use to make sure things come out right every time.
  • Cooking can be delayed for up to 12 hours and there is a keep warm setting.
  • It steams foods and has a meal on the table quickly.
  • It has multiple levels that can cook at lot of food at a time.
  • For what it is, it’s a very affordable piece of kitchen hardware.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Mold can form where the steamer water inlet is and it’s very hard to dry out even if you want to.
  • It takes up a lot of space.

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Review: Mario Batali Italian Essentials 4qt Dutch Oven – Cast Iron With Porcelain Enamel Finish Dutch Oven

Mario Batali 4qt Dutch OvenThe Mario Batali 4qt Dutch Oven takes the secrets of cooking from generations ago and makes them modern.

This Dutch oven begins with cast iron construction at its core, which will create a fast and stable heating environment for anything you put inside of it. Making it easier to clean and use on any stovetop is the porcelain enamel finish on both the inside and the outside. Not only is the finish more stovetop friendly, but it also makes clean up a lot easier as porcelain is much more simple to clean than cast iron.

If you are looking for durability and a heavy-duty pot, you will not find one that fits the bill more than this. Weighing in at 16.5 lbs, this 4-quart pot has the weight to back up its boasts.

Another benefit of the construction style of this Dutch oven is that once you are done cooking, you can move this pot right to the tabletop. Simply set a trivet down and the outer porcelain enamel will be an attractive addition to your table while the cast iron core will keep the food inside nice and warm.

Mario Batali 4qt Dutch Oven Assorted ColorsAdditionally, this is a self-basting oven pot. Because of the construction of the lid, whatever you put in the Dutch oven, and then into your oven, will stay nice and moist. The lid is lined with self-basting spikes, which continue to drip liquid back onto the food, keeping it moist and fresh.

The Mario Batali 4qt Dutch Oven is available in 4 gorgeous colors, persimmon, Chianti, espresso and Pesto.

What We Like:

  • This pot heats evenly and quickly.
  • It can be used on all styles of stovetops.
  • It can be used in the oven as well as on the stovetop.
  • The 4 quart size is one that will get a lot of use.

Other Things to Consider:

  • This is quite a heavy piece, especially when full. The weight can be tough on those who are not used to lifting heavy things or have arthritis or other problems with their wrists or hands.

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