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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Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder

Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder ReviewGrinding your own coffee can really make the difference in the taste of your daily drink. Grinding the beans just before you brew ensures that the flavors are retained and the aroma is beautiful and rich.

The Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder has received exceptional reviews from consumers on the net. Many indicated that this machine had lasted them for years (over 20 years for some) without any problems.

You’re not limited to just grinding coffee with this machine either. It will grind nuts, spices and whole grains making this a very versatile little machine.

What We Don’t Like

  • It will grind spices, nuts or even whole grains.
  • It grinds up to 3 ounces of coffee at the one time.
  • It’s reasonably priced at under $20.
  • It’s small enough to store easily.
  • It’s simple and easy to use – just pop in the coffee beans and grind them.

What We Don’t Like

  • This coffee grinder doesn’t have any coarseness control so really only grinds at one level which tends to be more fine than coarse.
  • It can be a little bit fiddly to clean.

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REVIEW: Presto 23-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

presto-pressure-cooker-cannerIf you are seriously into canning your own homemade foods then a pressure canner is really the only safe way to go. Basically using one of these helps you avoid food poisoning. This is particularly so for low acid foods like meats and most vegetables where higher temperatures are required to kill harmful bacteria. These temperatures wouldn’t be possible by simply immersing jars in boiling water.

The Presto 23-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canneris a heavy duty canner with an impressive 23qt capacity. It holds up to 24 half pint, 20 pint or 7 quart canning jars.

What We Like

  • It includes a canning rack to keep jars from touching the bottom of the pot and allows liquids to circulate underneath them.
  • You are not limited to using this simply as a canner. This also serves as a pressure cooker. And It comes with a handy 50 recipe booklet.

Some Things to Consider:

  • You can’t immerse the lid in water.
  • This is a heavy pot and with the addition of several cans becomes even heavier. You’ll need good muscles for this one.
  • It’s quite big so will take up a bit of space when storing.

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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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