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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Oxo Steel Pie Server

OXO Good Grips Pie ServerOXO make some of the best kitchen gadgets for the money and this Oxo Steel Pie Server is yet another in the list of quality products.

This pie server actually has two functions – obviously as a pie server but it always works nicely as a slicer as well.

The edges of the lifter are serrated on both sides making this perfect for both left and right handers. So you don’t need to swap between using a knife and a pie server – the OXO Steel Pie Server does both jobs.

The handle has a brushed stainless steel exterior with flexible rubber sides providing a nice secure non-slip grip. The blade itself is stainless steel.

This pie server is dishwasher safe so you won’t need to hand wash this one.

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Le Creuset Balloon Silicone Whisk

Le Creuset WhiskI have a rather old plastic whisk that does the job if I want to whisk up something quickly without having to get out one of the electric beaters. But it is uncomfortable to use and it is really thick and it isn’t very efficient.

So if you have one of these thick plastic whisks or an old bent, rusty metal whisk, my advice is “Toss it Out’ and get yourself a Le Creuset Balloon Silicone Whisk.

This whisk is 100% silicone coated and you will find that it will flex when you need it to, but it will keep its shape and its color after use.  The ergonomic handle gives you a nice easy, comfortable grip.

The wires are fully encased in silicone so it won’t scratch the surface of your precious Le Creuset cookware.

And you can use it safely on your nonstick and metal cookware. The Le Creuset balloon silicone whisk is stain resistant and will not absorb food flavors.

It is heat resistant to 800° F and it stays cool in pans on the burner.

The whisk cleans up easily by hand in soapy water or you can simply pop it  in the dishwasher.

The majority of people who have purchased this whisk just love it and find that it whisks quickly and efficiently. You can read the reviews for the Le Creuset Balloon Silicone Whisk at Amazon.com

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