Rachael Ray Orange 10 Piece Stainless Steel Set Review

Rachael Ray 10 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware SetThis set contains a 1½ quart saucepan with lid, a 3 quart saucepan with lid, an 8 quart stockpot with lid, an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch skillet and a 10 inch (3 quart) sauté pan with lid.

This is a very ‘Rachael’ set with her trademark favorite  color orange.  If you like orange you will love this set – and it is also quite a good safety feature as it makes you more aware of where the handles are positioned on the stove top and so you automatically turn them in for safety. 

The stay-cool handles are also attached to the pans with double rivets making them extra strong.  They are easy-grip silicon and angled high so it doesn’t hurt your wrist to lift a full pan.

Stainless steel is not known for its’ ability to heat up quickly and evenly.  However the Rachael Ray 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set has a thick, flat aluminum base which makes up for this deficiency and it is great when you’re cooking as you don’t get hot spots that cause the food to stick and burn. 

It also has a nice satin finish rather than a shiny one  which is aesthetically pleasing – it looks really good. The slight rounding of the interiors from the base to the side makes them work like professional chef’s pans and gives great results.

The edges of the pans are slightly flared which makes it possible to pour from them without annoying drips. Dishwashing is not recommended but to be honest, because the bases are so thick, you don’t need a high heat so not much sticks to these – so hand washing isn’t a chore. 

If anything does stick, just give the pan a good soak in hot, soapy water and use a non-scratch dish scrubber.  Bar Keepers Friendwill get rid of even the most stubborn stuck or burnt on food.

The glass lids are great for seeing what’s happening to the food but the drawback with these is that there is no vent in the lid.  This means that as steam builds up, it clouds the glass so that you can’t see the contents and you do end up having to lift the lid off anyway.

A helpful bonus with this set is that the lids for the sauté pan and the Dutch oven also fit the 10 inch skillet so you don’t waste time hunting for lids. The set is compatible with all stove tops, even induction and is safe in an oven up to 400 degrees. All in all, a great ‘starter’ set for a reasonable price, which you can add to as there are many other matching items available.

Where Can I Buy the Rachael Ray 10 Piece Stainless Cookware Set?  Amazon

Review: Oster 6848-000-950 Blend-N-Go Cup

Oster Blend n Go CupWhether you are a fan of smoothies or protein shakes, you know the hassle that can go with making that perfect drink every day.

You have to pull out the large pitcher for your blender to mix up one drink. Then you have to wash off all the pieces you have used to make one cup full.

It usually only takes a few drinks to realize that there is more hassle than it’s worth to make such drinks and you go back to something easier to prepare.

But, you don’t have to give up on the drink you want because of the mess. Instead you can use the same container to blend and drink your favorite beverage without all the hassle and clean up.

The Oster 6848-000-950 Blend-N-Go Cup is a cup that goes straight from the blender to your drink holder without any steps in between.  This 16 ounce cup has been created to attach to the blade of your blender so you can fill it with the ingredients you want mixed, pop it on the blender, then just pop the blade off and your drink is ready to go.

Made of sturdy polycarbonate this cup is capable of handling a lot of use and abuse, and it has also been made to conveniently fit right into your car drink holder.  The spill and splash proof lid means you can take it from blender to car and office without any mishaps and spillages.

What we Like:

  • It cuts down on the clean up of the old days of using a blender pitcher to make mixed drinks.
  • You cut down on waste, as you will only make enough of a drink to fill the cup.
  • It fits in most car cup holders and has been constructed to be spill and splash proof to keep your vehicle clean.
  • It’s dishwasher safe for easy clean up.

CLICK HERE to buy the no spill, blend n go cup from Oster


Is There a Doctor In The Kitchen? – Dr Andrew Weil’s Cookware

Dr Weil 10 Piece Stainless Cookware SetWhat have a Medical Doctor and Waterford Wedgwood got in common?  They have collaborated to produce an innovative line of cookware.  Dr Andrew Weil M.D. says “I believe good health begins in the kitchen and together, we have created the first authentic healthy lifestyle brand to provide consumers the tools they need for optimal food preparation.”

Who is Doctor Andrew Weil?

Doctor Weil studied botany at Harvard College.  He then went to Harvard Medical School but instead of taking a residency there, he completed his internship in San Francisco at Mount Zion Hospital, followed by a year working for the National Institute of Mental Health.

He became a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and spent four years travelling throughout South America, publishing his first book ‘The Natural Mind’ in 1972.  The book explores the idea that the body creates its’ own natural highs, which medications access, rather than create. Doctor Weil has written or co-authored ten books.

Honors received by Doctor Weil

• He has appeared twice on the cover of TIME magazine (in 1997 and 2005).
• Doctor Weil has the honor of a mushroom named after him!  In 1995, Mycologists (mushroom experts) Dr. Gustan Guzman, Fidel Tapia, and Paul Stamets honored him by naming a newly discovered mushroom, Psilocybe weilii.
• In 1997, TIME also honored him as one of the 25 most influential Americans. 
• He was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1998
• In 2004, the New York Open Center honored Dr. Weil as having made “extraordinary contributions to public awareness of integrative and complementary medicine.”
• In 2005, TIME magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
• In the same year, Smithsonian Associates awarded him the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences.
• In 2006, Dr Weil was award the honor of “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” by the Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco.
• Forbes on-line magazine listed his web site as one of the three “Best of the Web” in their  “Alternative Medicine” category.

Doctor Weil is now focusing on healthy living and general health care, with a particular interest in the health concerns of the growing population of older Americans.  In his book ‘Healthy Aging’, Dr Weil examines the aging process from all aspects – physical, social and cultural.  He advocates that people do not seek to reverse the process but focus on having good health, “serenity, wisdom and its’ own kind of power and grace.”

Why is Doctor Weil’s Cookware Healthy?

Dr. Weil believes that cookware should have the advantages of aluminum without it coming into contact with your food.   His cookware range features 5-ply bonded 18/10 stainless steel for optimum heating with a core of aluminium to ensure an even distribution of heat.  The unique part of the design is a rolled and sealed rim the makes sure no aluminium ever touches the food.

The cookware also has riveted handles that stay cool and has been ergonomically designed so that it is perfectly balanced for all types of stove tops, including induction.

Dr Weil’s Range of Cookware Includes:

Why is Aluminum Considered Unsafe?

Many people are scared to use aluminum cookware as they believe it may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Back in the 1970’s, some researchers in Canada reported the finding that people who had died with Alzheimer’s had unusually high levels of aluminum in their brains.  It sparked controversy – was aluminum the cause of Alzheimer’s, or the result of it?  Many people were alarmed by this and threw away their aluminum cookware.
More recent studies would seem to indicate that the increased levels of aluminum were due to the Alzheimer’s itself.  Brains which have already suffered damage from Alzheimer’s will allow unusually high levels of aluminum in. 

This is not difficult as aluminum is everywhere.  The most common elements on Earth (in order of prevalence) are oxygen, silicone and aluminum.  It’s in air, water, soil and consequently in the plants and animals that we eat.

The Weil Foundation

Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from sales of Spring Switzerland cookware directly to the Weil Foundation.  This is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the support of integrative medicine through training, education and research.

Dr Weil’s Website

http://www.drweil.com/

What is Tri-ply Cookware?

When you’re choosing new cookware there are plenty of choices out there including stainless, copper, glass, and composite materials. But one great new product out there is called tri-ply cookware. What is tri-ply cookware?

Tri-ply cookware is a method of bonding different metals together. The typical metals used are aluminum, copper, and stainless steel.

What’s the point of mixing a bunch of different metals though? Simple. By combining and bonding different materials together you get cookware that combines the best qualities of each material.

Aluminum and copper both distribute heat evenly. Stainless steel is durable and cleans up easily.

The way it works is they sandwich different materials together. It’s extremely durable and cooks food evenly, no scorched spots.

One of the drawbacks to tri-ply cookware is its price. It’s more expensive than just a regular old aluminum pot. It’s not a branding issue though. It’s more expensive because of the time and labor required to cast different metals and then attach them to each other.

Not all types of tri-ply cookware use 3 different metals. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative you can find a stainless steel and aluminum only model.  These are just a piece of aluminum stuck between 2 pieces of stainless steel.

Aluminum has almost the same conductive qualities of copper but is much cheaper. If you need a break on price then the steel/aluminum option of tri-ply is a great choice.

Whether or not you choose a copper, stainless, aluminum or a stainless and aluminum set is just a matter of personal choice. If you like the look of copper, the three metal tri-ply is the choice for you. If you’re more budget minded the sandwiched aluminum stainless will work for you. Either choice offers a great cooking surface that will let you whip up a perfect meal.


Get a Grip with the OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Non Slip Base Mixing Bowl

OXO Good Grips 5qt Mixing BowlIts common knowledge that OXO make some of the best kitchen gadgets available on the market today. You only need to check out Amazon to see that their products are rated exceptionally well by consumers.

The OXO Good Grip 5qt Mixing Bowl is another in their line of products that receives top reviews.

And what is it that makes  this mixing bowl stand out from the rest? Well   first of all there is the  non-slip handle. This comes in very handy when whisking eggs or cream or beating up a cake mix.

Then there is the non-slip bottom which is a great feature you don’t often find in mixing bowls.

How many times have you been mixing something and the bowl slips and slides away from you?

Both these great non slip features help to stabilize the bowl and prevents it from moving around on the kitchen bench top. It even works if you have the bowl tilted.

Once you have nicely blended all the ingredients there is a nice wide lip that allows for easy pouring and as the bowl is dishwasher safe, clean up is a breeze.

So if you are looking for a practical bowl for all your mixing needs then why not do yourself a favor and BUY NOW