A Guide to Visions Cookware

Vision cookware - saucepan with lidIf you are in the market for a new set of cookware, you may have considered Vision Cookware as a part of your kitchen selection. But you want to know more about Visions Cookware. Well, look no further, here’s a guide to the cookware that has piqued your interest

What is Visions Cookware?

Visions Cookware is cookware that, as the name implies, lets you see through it. From the cooking vessels themselves to the lids you will put on them, all of the pieces of these sets are clear glass and therefore easy to see through.

Visions Cookware is See Through

This serves a number of benefits. First and foremost, if you are a regular cook you know that as you prepare meals, you often need to check on the progress of those meals. The problem here is the more you lift the lid, the slower it is going to cook as you are letting out a some of the heat and a lot of the juices that have built up in the pot.

Vision Cookware Gives You  Versatile Cooking

Another benefit of the all glass construction is that Vision Cooking ware is really all-purpose cooking ware. It can not only be used for stove top cooking, but also go in the oven or even in the microwave, something none of your metal pans will ever be able to do!

Corning Visions 1.5 qt Double Boiler with lidUse on the Stove Top and  in Fridge or Freezer

What do you do with your leftovers after a meal? Perhaps you take them from the pot and put them in leftover bins to put them in the fridge or freezer. This just means more clean up in the long run.

With Vision Cookware you can put that same pot in the refrigerator or freezer and store the meal you just cooked in it.

Important Note - if you are doing this, you should always let the food get to room temperature before doing this.

That means both hot foods should be allowed to cool to room temperature before freezing or putting them in the refrigerator and cold or frozen foods should be allowed to get to room temperature or thaw out before heating them in the pans.

Cleaning

A final great thing about Vision Cookware is that the pieces are easy to clean. Just toss them in the dishwasher, pull them out when the cycle is done and they’re ready to go.

Win a $101 OXO Gift Voucher Simply Tag OXO on Facebook

OXO the official pageIt’s been one of those weeks, what with my grandaughter’s car breaking down miles from home and my husbands medical problems that I nearly missed out on passing this great competition onto you.  

 So I do apologise, because this is too good to miss.

For your chance to win one of 10 prizes of $101 worth of excellent OXO products you simply need to enter the OXOnomics 101 Contest on Facebook by 9 October 2009.

Now here’s the really good bit. It’s really easy.

To be in the running to win this great prize, all you have to do is become a fan of OXO – the Official Page and dedicate your  status update on Facebook to OXO by tagging OXO – The Official Page, and comment on OXO’s post for your official entry.

How easy is that! Facebook is the social media phenomenom that we all love to use when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends.  It is so easy to dash off a few lines of text letting everyone know what you are up to.

For those who are unfamiliar with tagging this is what you need to do:

To tag OXO – The Official Page in your status, use the “@” symbol beforehand, and click on OXO – The Official Page in the drop down menu.

 Visit http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=109765592130 for more information on Facebook Tagging.

And OXO, well they have to be the kitchen accessories available.  Everything is ergonomically designed with good looks and practical functionality in mind.  I use OXO goodgrips products because they work.

So off you go, quickly now and tag OXO on Facebook, write something nice about OXO in your facebook status and be in with the chance to win a $101 OXO Voucher.

Keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age and live in one of the 50 States of America.

Visit http://www.oxo.com/oxonomics101/ for all the Official Rules to the contest.

I found that by typing OXO the Official Page into the search function on Facebook I was easily able to find them.


Engineering Meets Cooking to Create a Masterpiece

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Engineering doesn’t belong in cooking! Well, engineering created the cooking equipment we use, so it would be silly to ignore its role in cooking. A large part of designing anything is material selection. Materials have certain properties that make them good for some purposes and bad for others. There is no super material that is good at everything: light, strong, heat transfer, cheap, holds an edge, etc. When choosing cooking tools, consider both the material and the purpose of the piece. This will instantly tell you if it can perform the intended function. Of course, how the tool “feels” cannot be explained with numbers. That’s where testing comes in.

To demonstrate we’ll compare a cast iron frying pan to an aluminum one. Cast iron is a poor conductor of heat compared to aluminum. Why would you use cast iron as a material to make a frying pan? You want heat to move into the food you are cooking, right? The fact that it’s a poor conductor of heat, compared to aluminum, means it will slowly release heat at an even rate into what you are cooking. Searing is one of the cooking methods that surprisingly takes advantage of this cast iron property. For example with tuna, cast iron will sear the fish, but because of its low heat release rate, it will not over-cook the outside layer. The aluminum pan, which excels at conducting heat, will transfer heat so rapidly it causes the outside layer to actually over-cook.

“I am sold,” cast iron sounds perfect. There is the flip side. A side effect of cast iron’s poor heat conductivity is hot spots. If you are an experienced cook these can be managed, if not, you will learn how burnt food tastes. Other properties of cast iron as compared to aluminum are that it takes twice as long to reach cooking temperature and it’s super heavy. You can see there are reasons to use either type of material. What becomes more important is fitting the pan to the person’s skill level and cooking style.

Red Sauce Selective Focus, Selective ColorWhat this introduction points out, is that cooking tools don’t just happen. There are reasons why certain cooking tools are made out of certain materials. We noticed that all the currently available cooking sets do not consider these factors and deliver mediocre results. They might have an attractive price tag, but you will soon find yourself throwing most of it away or wondering why you have three frying pans that can’t fry properly.

 Apprentice Cookware used engineering principles to research and test all the items needed for everyday cooking and then crossed referenced it against real life cooking knowledge. The results determined the right items with the right features. The value of the set is not achieved by sacrificing quality, but rather by eliminating redundancy and making correct design choices. The result is a 39 piece, high quality cooking set that lets you cook right out of the box.

Why did Apprentice Cookware do all the research? So you don’t have to. The more people we can help start cooking the better! If you want a cooking set that actually cooks, then look no further.

For more details visit http://www.apprenticecookware.com.

Article written by www.apprenticecookware.com. 

We Are Not Martha – Blog of the Week

We Are Not Martha

Paula phoned me the other day and during our chat she told me about this  site that she thought would be perfect as our ‘Blog of the Week’. And she was so right.

We Are Not Martha
but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to try

What a great name for a blog that encompasses all the things that these two young ladies aspire to.

Sues and Chels have put together a blog that is interesting to read and has the mandatory ingredients to meet ‘Blog of the Week’ – excellent recipes accompanied by beautiful photographs.

Now this is not just a recipe blog, the girls have put together pages that include their favorite things including events, shopping, restaurants and products etc. There are also lots of interesting stories about friends and family occasions.

I enjoyed reading about Sues and her mothers experience at the Pumpkin class at Stonewall Kitchen, and seeing the great pumpkin dishes  that were prepared on the day.  Stonewall Kitchen classes certainly sound like fun to do.

I even got wrapped up in the post about Sues, sister’s wedding and felt like they were all old friends by the time I finished reading. 

So all in all readers, a blog that is well worth visiting and popping in your bookmarks. Its well written in an easy to read style, its fun to read and you have the bonus of great recipes and fabulous photos.

An excellent blog Sues and Chels of  ‘We Are Not Martha’.

 

 

Cooking With Olive Oil for Weight Loss

It’s easy to conclude that any fat will make you gain weight, but that’s not necessarily the case. Not all fats have the same effect on your body. Different fats interact with your body in different ways. Some, such as olive oil, can help you to stay slim.

Olive oil, which features prominently in Mediterranean diets, is a healthy fat that can help you lose weight. In many reviews of best weight loss diets, the top programs are Mediterranean or Mediterranean-inspired. People who follow these types of diets often eat plenty of fish and veggies, which they cook with olive oil.

If anywhere from a quarter to a third of the calories in this type of diet come from fat, how can its followers stay slender? A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition this July described how and why cooking with moderate amounts of olive oil can help you stay slim.

Monounsaturated Fats vs. Polyunsaturated Fats

Which type of fat a person eats is one of the biggest factors in whether he or she will gain weight. Monounsaturated fats are found in foods like nuts, avocados and olive oil. They’re healthier than polyunsaturated fats, which are contained in foods like red meat and sunflower oil.

The study compared participants’ cooking habits and their weight statistics. The researchers took samples of the cooking oils that the participants used and determined whether they prepared their meals with olive oil or sunflower oil. The participants who used more olive oil (or a mixture that included olive oil) were healthier than those who used sunflower oil.

People who consume fewer polyunsaturated fats and more monounsaturated fats—particularly olive oil—are much less likely to be obese than people who don’t. And even though people who like to cook with olive oil might take in a slightly higher number of calories than people who don’t, they still will have a far lower chance of being overweight.

What Does Olive Oil Do?

According to the study, the monounsaturated fats found in olive oil reduce the risk of obesity in three main ways:

  • Healthy fats help you feel full longer. The healthy fats in olive oil help to satisfy your hunger, so you’ll need to eat less (therefore consume fewer calories) throughout the day.
  • Olive oil breaks down fat. Olive oil increases the break down the fat that is stored in the fat cells that make up fatty body mass. This process is called lipolysis. An increase in the rate of lipolysis is necessary when you want to reduce the percentage of your body fat.
  • Regularly cooking with olive oil raises your metabolism. Olive oil provides a boost to your metabolic rate. With an elevated metabolism, you can burn more calories all the time—even when resting.

Olive Oil Helps Reduce Obesity

The study, which followed about 600 people of a wide range of ages, found that those who were regular consumers of olive oil weighed less than people who weren’t. Although both groups ate about the same number of calories, the people who prepared their meals with olive oil took in a higher ratio of mono-unsaturated to polyunsaturated fats. On the other hand, people who ate a greater proportion of polyunsaturated fats were much more likely to be obese.

Some people who follow a diet rich in olive oil could have different eating habits than those who don’t, including taking in more calories, but they’re still slimmer. They have a lower percentage of body fat, their metabolisms are higher, and they feel fuller after mealtime. Regularly cooking your meals with moderate amounts of olive oil could help you stay full, lose fat and burn more calories.


Article provided by Matt Papa is a biochemist who enjoys researching the benefits of-as well as cooking and eating- healthy food. In his leisure time he develops his website where he regularly posts a Medifast discount coupon, offered by a medically approved diet program, and coupons for Nutrisystem discount.