REVIEW: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 6 Quart Dutch Oven

lodge-enameled-cast-iron-dutch-ovenLodge have been making cast iron cookware in Tennessee for well over 100 years so they know a thing or two about it. Even so, this Lodge Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Quart Dutch Oven is not one they manufacture in the USA. This pot is actually made in China and imported into North America.

Although this may deter some from purchasing this item due to ethical reasons it shouldn’t deter those whose only objection is quality. This dutch oven is extremely well made and  has received good reviews from both Good Housekeeping and Fine Cooking magazines. It has also been rated extremely well by consumers on Amazon with just about all giving this dutch oven a 4 or 5 star rating.

Price wise this is a great value for money dutch oven. Compare it with a Le Creuset equivalent and you are looking at a saving of at least $150.

What We Like

  • The enameled surface means that you don’t need to season this like you would with regular bare cast iron.
  • Lodge have used two layers of porcelain on this dutch oven making it chip resistant.
  • The lid fits tightly to keep in the moisture.
  • This is a very versatile pot – use it to marinade foods, sear foods on the stove top, store foods in the fridge or freezer or cook foods in the oven.
  • The pot lid is oven safe to 400F.
  • This Lodge dutch oven can be used on gas, electric, induction and ceramic stove tops.
  • It’s dishwasher safe but hand washing is recommended.

What We Don’t Like

  • Being made from cast iron this is one heavy pot.

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REVIEW: Braun Multiquick Professional Hand Blender – MR5550CA

Braun Professional Multiquick Hand Blender Review - MR5550CABraun have done well with this hand blender. With its powerful 400 watt motor and five blending speeds this handy blender provides greater control and increased power for better results all round.

However, it’s important to remember at the outset that the Braun Multiquick Professional Hand Blender and not a food processor so this does provide some limitations on what it can do with it. For instance, you will have to chop up some foods into smaller pieces before using it.

This blender is really for working on those smaller chops like whipping cream, making baby food and purees, whisking egg whites, making drinks or chopping small lots of herbs or vegetables. For anything more stick with a food processor.

What’s Included

  • hand blender
  • chopper – for chopping meats, vegetables, cheeses, onions, herbs, nuts etc.
  • metal whisk – for whipping cream, beating egg whites and mixing instant puddings etc.
  • covered beaker
  • wall holder

What We Like

  • Apart from the main gear box, all other parts are dishwasher safe. If you have to hand wash then be careful as the blades are mighty sharp.
  • It has a powerful 400 watt motor.
  • As well as the five blending speeds it also includes a Turbo button that allows you to automatically move up to the top speed blending speed.
  • It comes with anti-splash head which prevents foods from splattering around your kitchen.

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REVIEW: Oxo Good Grips 5 Piece Nylon Utensil Tool Set

OXO Good Grips 5 Piece Nylon Utensil SetIf you use non-stick cookware then you need to ensure that you use the right utensils to protect your pots and pans from scratches.

OXO Good Grips provides a set of nylon utensils that does the job nicely.

The Oxo Good Grips 5-Piece Nylon Tool Set has all the basic pieces you’ll need for a well equipped kitchen.

And as with most OXO Good Grips gadgets, the quality is good so this set is strong and durable.

What’s Included

  • 1 square turner
  • 1 lasagna turner
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 slotted spoon
  • 1 spaghetti server

What We Like

  • These utensils are dishwasher safe so you won’t have to hand wash them.
  • The handles are the typical OXO handles with a soft comfortable grip. They are also slip resistant when wet or dry.
  • The utensils are heat resistant to 400F.
  • The handle of each utensil has a hole to enable you to hang them neatly from a utensil rack.

What We Don’t Like

  • The handles are quite big compared to some utensil sets on the market today so may not all fit together in the usual size crocks.

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REVIEW: Cuisinart DCC-1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker

Cuisinart 12 Cup Brew Central Coffee MakerThis Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker is another in a long line of Cuisinart products that has received rave reviews from consumers on the internet.

With its brushed stainless steel exterior  and value for money features it matches good looks with functionality.

This is a 12 cup coffee maker and uses the same brewing system as found in commercial coffee makers.

This is a solid coffee maker that has some great little features including a warming plating with adjustable temperature control, a 1-4 cup option to provide maximum flavor and a programmable function so you can have your coffee ready for you as soon as you get up in the morning.

What We Like

  • The coffee maker is programmable so you can have a cup of coffee ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning.
  • It comes with a three year warranty.
  • You can program the coffee maker to turn off the warming plate up to four hours in advance.
  • The coffee maker stops brewing as soon as you remove the carafe from the warming plate so you can grab a quick cup before it finishes brewing.
  • You don’t need to use paper filters in this machine – it comes with a Gold Tone filter.
  • The coffee maker lets you now when it needs de-calcification with an indicator light.
  • The machine lets you know that the brew is ready with five beeps.
  • The heating plate is scratch resistant and has a nonstick coating.
  • The LCD display shows the time of day and auto on and off times.
  • The warming plates temperature is adjustable.

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REVIEW: All Clad Cop-R-Chef 7 Piece Cookware Set

All Clad Copper R Chef 7 Piece Cookware SetCopper cookware is used by chefs the world over and for good reason. The superior heat conductivity and rapid temperature changes make it a joy to work with.The All Clad Cop-R-Chef range of cookware is one of the best brands of copper cookware. It’s cookware for chefs or serious cooks.

The All-Clad Cop-R-Chef 7-Piece Cookware Set
is made from a tri-ply construction of a copper outer layer with a core of aluminum and a cooking surface of stainless steel.  Both aluminum and copper are good conductors of heat – you won’t find hot spots on the surface and foods cook evenly. You will really notice the difference when you cook with this type of cookware.

The only drawback with copper cookware is maintaining it in the same condition as when you bought it. It requires regularly polishing and you will need to hand wash it. The dishwasher is not too kind on copper cookware and can turn it a dark color.

What’s Included

  • 2qt saucepan with lid
  • 4qt casserole with lid
  • 8 inch fry pan
  • 3qt saute pan with lid

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