REVIEW: Back to Basics TEM500 Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher

back-to-basics-egg-and-muffin-toasterThis Back to Basics TEM500 Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher is a great addition to any kitchen. It not only makes toast but also cooks eggs and keeps meats warm.

This is perfect for making a breakfast sandwich. No need to go to McDonalds to order a McMuffin – you can easily make them at home with this great little appliance.

Simply toss in some English Muffins, crack in an egg and heat up a bit of cooked sausage pattie or ham and when cooked just pop them all together to form your breakfast sandwich. If you use the Egg/Toast function then the toaster will cook everything so that it is all ready at the same time.

You can also boil up to 4 eggs in this multi-function toaster.

What We Like

  • It has a removable crumb tray.
  • The slots are wide enough to take bread, bagels (not too thick), English muffins and even croissants.
  • It has light to dark toaster settings.
  • It has a cancel button.
  • A measuring cup is included.
  • It comes with an egg poaching tray and a meat heating tray.

What We Don’t Like

  • It only makes one at a time.

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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: KitchenAid Box Grater

Kitchenaid Box GraterThe humble grater is no longer so humble now that Kitchenaid have gotten into the act. The KitchenAid Box Grater is made from 18/8 stainless steel and comes with three grating sides – find, medium and coarse – and one slicing side.

What makes this grater so good is the additional plastic food catcher that fits onto the bottom of the grater. This allows you to grate your foods directly into it. This means less mess plus the plastic container has measurements on the side so you know exactly how much your are grating without having to transfer the contents into measuring cups.

The container comes with a lid so you can store the contents of whatever you have grated in the fridge.

What We Like

  • The base of the grater is rimmed with rubber to ensure that the grater doesn’t slip across the counter when you are using it.
  • The grater is made from 18/8 stainless steel.
  • It’s dishwasher safe so you don’t have to worry about cutting your hands on this one if you have to hand wash it.

What We Don’t Like

  • It’s big so will take up a bit of storage space. Compare this with the OXO Good Grips Grater if you are looking for a similar box style grater that is easier to store.

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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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