Review: Hamilton Beach 62695V Power Deluxe Hand Mixer

hamilton-beach-62695v-power-deluxe-hand-mixerNo kitchen is complete without a mixer to do everything from beating batter to whisking eggs.

While you could get a different kitchen gadget for each of these purposes, who really has the room for a number of different mixers in the kitchen? Instead you want to have one that can do it all. That one is the Hamilton Beach 62695V Power Deluxe Hand Mixer.

The Hamilton Beach Deluxe Hand Mixer comes with a 225-watt motor that can be set to one of six speeds, meaning it can be used for delicate work as well as those tougher kitchen projects.

In addition to coming with the speed flexibility that you need, this  mixer also comes with the tools you need to do those jobs, coming with wire beaters, traditional beaters and a whisk.

Once you are done mixing, you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning. That is not a problem with this set as the beaters are stainless steel and can be dropped right into the dishwasher when you’re done cooking.

Also, once you have finished using the unit, the designers realized you want it to take up as little space as possible in the kitchen. So the mixer has been designed to stand up, with the cord wrapping about it, so it takes up a very small amount of counter space.

What We Like

  • That it’s compact and fits into a small area on the counter to make it always accessible.
  • That it has variety in mixing speeds.
  • It is easy to clean since the beaters can go into the dishwasher.

Other things to consider:

  • It seems to struggle when mixing heavier things like cookie dough.
  • While it does have six speeds, it is missing a low speed, which is what you need if you are doing a lot of folding.

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Review: Revere 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

revere-3-piece-mixing-bowl-setOne mixing bowl in the kitchen is never enough. At the same time you don’t want a stack of them that can’t fit together as that just means more shelf space you are going to lose in those kitchen cabinets.

Instead, consider the Revere 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set to serve all of your mixing needs while still being able to stack inside one another and not take up too much space.

This set of stainless bowls comes in three sizes:-

  • 1 Quart
  • 2 Quart
  • 3 Quart.

Each bowl also comes with a matching plastic lid that you can pop on the top so they can immediately become a storage container to save some of what you mixed up for later.

The stainless steel construction means these will allow you a lot of use, and even a lot of abuse in the kitchen.  The stainless steel is strong enough to handle mixers and other rough use. When it comes to clean up, they are also easy enough to care for as you can throw them in the dishwasher and let it do all of the work.

What We Like

  • That they are dishwasher safe which makes clean up easier
  • The rings on the side of the bowl make it easy to hold the bowl in place while mixing.
  • This is a great value for the three bowls you get.
  • The lids make these a great and easy way to store foods that you didn’t finish without having to dirty up yet another piece of kitchenware.

Other things to consider:

  • The lids are for storage only and should not be placed in the microwave.
  • Be sure to check the sizes as these bowls are smaller than they look in the picture.  So just check to make sure the sizes suit the purpose you buy them for.

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Review:Progressive International Heavy Duty Nut Chopper

progressive-internation-heavy-duty-nut-chopperWhether you are making cookies, sundaes or your own peanut butter, you need a way to chop up a lot of nuts for some recipes. The Progressive International Heavy Duty Nut Chopper may be the answer you are looking for.

When it comes to simplicity, the Progressive International Heavy Duty Nut Chopper wins hands down. Put the nuts that need to be chopped in the top, turn the crank and watch the stainless steel blades spin around inside the container and make quick work of the nuts you have loaded. Then you can follow the nut pieces as they fall through to the measuring cup that is the bottom of the grinder. When your chopped pieces get to the measurement you need, you’re done. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Additionally, the creators thought of practical problems when they created this design. The bottom has a non-skid area so it will stay put as you use your arm power to turn the crank and chop the nuts.

What We Like:

The chopper allows variety from thick and coarse nut pieces to a very fine chop.

As the nuts chop they fall into a cup that has measurements on the wall so you know how much you have made.

If there is a lefty in your kitchen they will appreciate that the handle is made to be used by either left handed or right handed cooks.

It’s a great price for what it does.

Other things to consider:

You may find that it grinds a little to well in some instances and end up with quite a bit of very fine grindings,  one reviewer has stated that to combat this, turn the grinder one way to get coarse grindings and the other way to get finer result.

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Review: Calphalon Commercial Hard Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan with Lid

calphalon-commercial-hard-anodized-everyday-pan-with-lidThis is the  Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan that has 2 loop handles and a lid.

This pan is well named because you will find yourself using it everyday. It can be used for just about anything.

It’s not as shallow as an omelet pan and not as deep as a wok so it’s great for roasting a chicken, frying chops or steaming vegetables. You can also cook an omelet in it, stir fry or sauté. If you leave the lid on your can even make a pot roast in it.

It’s also great for taking straight to the table as it looks so good, so that cuts down on the need for additional dishes and additional cleanup.

As it’s such a good price and a good size for cooking for one to four people, it would be a great gift for anyone leaving home, starting a new home or getting married. It’s like having several items of cookware all in one.

The shape of the pan gives it more space than a 3 quart sauté pan and because the sides are flared, it’s easy to get a spatula under the food to turn it over. The domed lid also increases the capacity so it’s great for one-pot meals.

Some people have complained that food sticks to this pan but the trick is to preheat the empty pan and then when it’s at the temperature that you want, add your oil and ingredients.

So stop meat sticking,  if you just let it brown until it’s caramelized, it will then release itself from the pan.

This pan shouldn’t go into a dishwasher as it will ruin the surface. To clean off stubborn burnt on food, just add hot water to the hot pan, scrape gently with a soft brush and the residue will dissolve. You may find that t’s better not to use too much soap. Just like cast iron, anodized aluminum will become more seasoned the more you cook with it. However, it’s easier to care for than cast iron because if you do have to give it a good cleaning, you don’t need to re-season it.

It seems strange at first to not have a long handle but in fact, the two small stay-cool handles are much easier. This pan goes from stove top to oven so the two small handles fit better and make it easier and safer to lift out of the oven. It’s also easier to pick up a full pan with two hands than one and you’re less likely to drop it or tip it and spill the contents.

Once you have this pan, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it!

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Review: Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution (Paperback)

eat-this-not-that-supermarket-survival-guideIf you have taken a walk through the supermarket and tried to sort out what would be the best things for you to eat from all the offerings on the shelves, you may have had a tough time making sense of it all. Nearly every package has some health claim. It may be that they have 0 trans fats or are low fat or low calorie or heart-healthy.

What do all of those labels mean anyway?

That is exactly what Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution is going to tell you. This book is a walk literally through the grocery store telling you which foods really are as good for you as they claim and which ones are really just a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

This book is chock full of 336 pages of information helping you know just what is in those foods that you are considering putting in your shopping cart and not only what they will do to your wallet at the checkout, but also your body if you eat them. This is a must have book for anyone who wants to try to make healthier decisions when purchasing food.

What We Like:

  • If you are dead set on purchasing a certain snack or kind of food, why not choose the best of them. This book will help you pick which one is better for your body.
  • It’s easy to look through, allowing you to go section-by-section, food type by food type, to select which one is best for your health.

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