Our Blog is Entered in the Best WordPress Design 2009 Competition

WPContestNominee300Our blog has been entered in the Best WordPress Design 2009 Competition being run by Freshventure.com.

Now we are pretty excited about this competition as apart from getting even more exposure for Only Cookware, there are some great prizes up for grabs.

We would certainly appreciate our readers voting for our blog, the voting begins on September 1, 2009.

Thank you for your support, and don’t forget to watch out for our next exciting competition right here on Only-Cookware.

Review: Victorinox Cutlery 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife

Victorinox 6 inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox HandleIf you are a cook who likes to make everything right in the kitchen, there is no doubt you find yourself in the midst of a major boning job from time to time getting the meat cuts just right for that next creation.

That job can go much easier with the Victorinox 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox Handle.

Created by the same people who have been creating Swiss Army Knives for over 100 years, the Victorinox Cutlery 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife has been created specifically to go in the hands of someone who is doing the delicate job of boning meat.

First and foremost, it was created with a 6-inch blade made of high carbon stainless steel. This type of blade holds it’s sharpness for some time, even when going up against bone, and can be easily re-sharpened time and time again.

When it comes to grip, a lot of attention was paid to the importance of being able to keep a good hold on this knife.

First it comes with an ergonomically created handle that will fit well into your hand, comfortably, for as long as you need to use it.

Secondly, the handle is a black Fibrox handle. That means that it is a slip resistant handle and easier to hold on to. In the wake of the water, fat and other gooey things that can get on such a knife in use, this is a vital trait.

What We Like

  • It is a strong blade that will be able to work up against bone day in and day out.
  • The handle is comfortable to hold, which is important if you are doing a lot of cutting.
  • The handle is slip resistant, making it easier to keep a hold even when the work gets messy.

I Only Want a Cup of Coffee! How to Choose a Coffee Maker

Choosing a coffee maker is an entirely personal decision.  There are many different tastes in coffee and there are machines and makers to cater to every taste, so before you buy, here are some questions that you may like to consider.

1. Where Will You Be Using Your Coffee Maker…and When?

This sounds like a very obvious question but some machines are specifically for home users and others for office users.

2. What size would suit you best?
Many models now allow you to make just one cup of coffee at a time – which is great for occasional use.  If you love your caffeine, go for a maker that will supply a pot holding four cups.  The most versatile makers can brew up a pot of 8 – 12 cups or make small pots of 4 cups, so if you regularly have get-togethers with friends, this style would be ideal for you.

3. Do you drink your coffee at home or make it ‘to go’?
If you like to make your coffee and then put it into a vacuum flask or travel cup, try a coffee maker that makes it straight into a thermally insulated coffee mug.  Some models make two at a time, so if time is precious in the morning, get one of those so that there is no queuing or waiting!

4. Does Your Coffee Sit For Ages in the Pot?

If  you find that your coffee has cooled or burned the hot plate by the time you come back for yet another cup, either choose a maker that brews less cups at a time or go for a thermal carafe.  This will keep your coffee piping hot but the downside is that you can’t see at a glance how much coffee is left.  A plus point for the thermal carafe is that the taste of coffee is said to deteriorate after twenty minutes on direct heat…

5.  Do You Have a Favorite Coffee or Like Variety?

In either case, you may like to look at one of the most popular types of coffee maker – the single serve coffee system with pre-packed ‘pods’.  You simply choose your flavor, slot the pod into the machine and brew.  Check out what each maker offers as some brands have as many as a hundred varieties of coffee.  Some also feature reusable pods so that you can use your own coffee, rather than be limited to the pre-packed kinds.

Espresso or Non-espresso?

An espresso machine will be right for you if…

  1. You are not on a budget and are willing to part with extra cash – espresso machines are always more expensive than non-espresso machines.
  2. You want to be able to make different coffees – including cappuccino, macchiato, latte.
  3. You are happy to clean parts, (or, if you have an automatic machine, happy to empty waste units) and make fresh coffee for each cup.
  4. You have the time to take a few minutes to make each cup of coffee (unless you are use a super-automatic maker).
  5. You will be brewing for less than four people at any one time.  Making espresso can be time consuming unless you buy an automatic or super-automatic maker.

A non-espresso coffee maker will be right for you if…

  1. You are on a budget or don’t want to spend a lot of money. Non-espresso machines are generally less expensive than espresso machines.
  2. You don’t want a machine that makes fancy coffees.  You’re happy with plain black or white.
  3. You like to have a pot of coffee on the go throughout the day.
  4. You like to start the coffee and then get on with other things while it brews.
  5. You regularly supply coffee to lots of people and need between six and twelve cups in a short time.
  6. You prefer to buy your coffee pre-ground or flavoured.
  7. You don’t like your coffee too strong.

Other Points to Ponder

  • Read consumer reviews online or in magazines to give you an informed view of how the different machines perform.
  • Decide if a programmable coffee maker would be useful for you.  You can set it the night before so that you awake to the wonderful smell…and taste…of fresh-brewed coffee!
  • Some models have an automatic switch-off, so if you are a little absent minded or very busy, you won’t end up leaving the machine on all day.
  • If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, go for a coffee maker that has a water filter built into it.  This would remove any taste of chlorine or iron.  Don’t forget that you would need to buy replacement filters for this type of machine.
  • Do you want to make lattes and cappuccinos?  Look for a machine that has a Frothing Wand.  On less expensive machines, this will just be a steam wand.  On the more expensive ones, you would also get a canister to hold the milk which is to be frothed.
  • If you are an espresso connoisseur, look for a machine that has a pre-moistening cycle.  This dampens the coffee grounds before you pull your shot of espresso which helps to bring out more of the aromatic oils and improves the taste.
  • If you want great coffee without any fuss, take a look at the newest machines that are ‘pod compatible’.  Pods are little packets of various flavors of coffee and hot chocolate.  You simply slot the pod into the machine and in as little as 45 seconds, you have a professional standard drink.  The newer models will accept both pods and your own choice of coffee grounds.  Some people feel that the amount of drink dispensed is on the small side however, as it’s so quick to make, you could brew one after the other.  This would obviously affect the cost.
  • High end espresso machines will let you change the amount of water for each cup, so that you can get the strength that you prefer.
  • If you like to grind your own beans, look for a model that has a built-in grinder.
  • If you can’t wait until the whole pot has brewed before pouring a cup, there are now models with the special feature of stopping the drip of the filter while you take the jug out of the machine to pour your coffee!
  • If you’re not buying online, handle the coffee jug or carafe and see if it feels comfortable in your hand.  Is it easy to take in and out of the machine?
  • Check out the water reservoir to find out how easy it is to add more water and/or more coffee.

Review: Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender Mixes Things up

Oster BPST02 B Professional Series BlenderIf you are ready to mix things up in your kitchen, you need a good blender to get the job done. The Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender is that blender.

The folks at Oster know what most people want from a blender. They want a machine that can take a block of ice and turn it into a Pina Colada or frozen Margarita in no time. If you think about it, this really is the toughest job you can ask of a blender, giving it a hard, solid item that you want it to turn into a smooth creamy drink.

Well the Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender is ready to please and serve up those frozen cocktails. Its ½ horsepower  is a strong motor powering a relentless ice-crushing blade.

Unlike other blenders that use inferior parts to run their motors, this one has an all metal drive system that will stand up to years of use.

The Oster BPST02-B Professional Series Blender has only two speeds. While many people think that’s not enough, trust us, it is. This simple-seeming machine will do all the blending you need completed without any complaint, pomp or circumstance.

A quick look under the unit will also show you attention to detail by the folks at Oster. It has large rubber padded feet that  help to keep the blender in place even when working on hard crushing jobs.

This blender is also as attractive as it is functional. It has a die cast base that is resistant to fingerprints so it can keep looking like new for years to come.

What We Like

  • It is a strong rugged machine that will break down ice like it’s nothing.
  • It has an all metal drive system that will keep it from breaking down.
  • The glass pitcher is dishwasher safe.


$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway – Leave a Comment to Enter

Amazon Gift Card

This contest has now ended. You can view the winners here…

We are running our very first giveaway with a prize of a $100 Amazon Gift Card for the winner plus prizes for 2 runners-up….a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd.

To enter all you need to do is leave a mininum of 2 comments on our blog – leave the first one below this blog post so we know you want to be entered and leave the second comment on any other post on our blog…

So just so it’s clear you need to leave 2 comments in total (although you can leave more if you like) – one on this post and one on any other post on the blog.

The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning.

The entries close at midnight (PDT) on Saturday 29th August and the winners will be contacted the next day via email.

To be eligible you must be over 18 and live in a country that allows you to purchase from Amazon. No point having a gift card if you can’t use it so please check first.

We will choose our favorite comments as the winners. This could be the most constructive, helpful, funniest or informative comments or just the best question asked and we will publish the results (with winners names) on this blog.


STEP 1: Leave a comment below telling us you want to be entered.

STEP 2: Leave a comment on any other blog post on our site.

STEP 3: That’s it…your done…you can leave as many comments as you like. the more you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Good Luck!!

Wanda & Paula