Review:Rachael Ray 8qt Hard Anodized Oval Pasta Pot

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Like most home cooks I have always cooked my pasta using a traditional pasta pot that is vertical with a strainer insert.

And anyone who uses the vertical pot to cook pasta knows how easily they boil over and how you have to break ‘long’ pasta to fit inside.

Well I want to introduce you to the pasta pot of your dreams.

The  Rachael Ray 8-Quart Hard-Anodized Covered Oval Pasta Pot with the funky orange handles has a sensible oval shape means that you don’t have to break up your pasta and you don’t have to wait around for one end to soften so that you can push the dry ends into the boiling water, nearly scorching your fingers. Simply submerge your pasta and get on with your life – why did no-one think of this before?

Another great feature is that the pot has a pouring spout on the side so all you do is leave the lid on and drain it straight into the sink. No more burning your fingers  or losing some of the precious pasta in the sink when you are in a hurry and don’t take the time toreach for a strainer.

The pasta stays warm in the pot and if you add sauce, you have plenty of room to toss the pasta without half of it landing up on your stove top.

It is a great pot for every day use as you can use it to also cook soups, roasts, stir fries and casseroles. It’s safe in the oven up to 400 degrees making it a good all-rounder. The large size is great too. In fact, this pot has so much room that you  find yourself adding a lot more vegetables than you usually would so you will be eating healthier as well!

The pot is a good weight. It’s not lightweight but not so heavy that it’s difficult to lift when full, which is good when you’re walking to the sink carrying a large pot of boiling water! While we’re on that subject, the zingy orange silicon handles are give you an excellent hold as they stay cool and you can grip them firmly.

It has a non-stick interior so it can’t go into the dishwasher but it really is easy to clean so this isn’t a drawback.

There are just two points to be aware of. Because the pot is so large, you need to watch that the handles aren’t positioned over another heat source, if you’re using more than one at the time.

Also, if you have a small  cooking ring, you may need to stir the pot a little more often to make sure that all of the contents gets to the heat. As the pot is anodized aluminum, it conducts heat brilliantly so this really isn’t a big problem but it’s just something to be aware of.

In summary, another winner from Rachael Ray who manages to combine great performance with good looks…and her cookware isn’t bad either!”

CLICK HERE to buy the Rachael Ray 8 quart Oval Pasta Pot.

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And click here  if you would like to find out all about Rachael’s extremely popular Hard Anodized 10pc Cookware Set.

Silit Nickel Free Cookware Set

silit-cookware-setAnyone suffering from allergice reactions to nickel will be pleased to know that Silit cookware is nickel free.

Although studies by the Nickel Institute have refuted claims that nickel leaching from Stainless Steel cookware may be a health hazard, ift you are concerned then this cookware from Silit is just what you need.

The exterior of Silit Nickle Free Cookware is made from a ceramic coated stainless steel  which is resistant to scratching and chipping.

There is a steel core that allows for efficient heat distribution.

And the best part is the interior of Silit’s cookware which is made from Silargan which is an ultra hard, ceramic surface that is both nickel free and anti bacterial.

The cookware can be used on the stovetop and you can also use it in the oven.

The  handles are made from a metal that is heat insulating and  they are oven proof while the lids are made from high quality stainless steel and are designed to fit so that the steam and heat are locked in.

Designed with functionality in mind the rim around the pots give you  spill-free pouring.

This four piece  set is available in the following colors:  green, orange and red and would make an ideal starter set as it has the basic pieces  needed for most cooking. Included are:

  • 2 quart high casserole
  • 2-1/2 quart casserole with lid
  • 3-3/4 quart  casserole with lid
  • 7 quart casserole with lid

These high casserole in 2-quart is dishwasher-safe color fast, in fact the pots have been tested in 1000 cycles through a dishwasher and have shown no signs of fading.

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Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love (Paperback)


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For many people, watching the dramatic life changes that are made by those who are able to lose and keep off hundreds of pounds on the TV Show – The Biggest Loser, there is a part of them that wants to do it to – wants to be healthy and make smart food decisions.

But you may not know how to do it. That is why the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love was created.

It takes those great foods that have seen results for the people on the show and translates them to something you can enjoy in your home.

This cookbook is chock full of recipes from breakfast to lunch, dinner and even snacks and desserts you may crave at other times of the day. At 256 pages, this book has more than 125 recipes that will please nearly every palate.

Overall the book has received mainly positive reviews. Some people found that they didn’t always have the ingredients in the pantry meaning a trip to a specialty store.  However, most find the meals to be tasty and appetizing.

What We Like:

  • The recipe instructions are very simple and do not require a lot of kitchen know-how.
  • Many of the recipes are those the whole family will eat which are great for getting everyone on a healthy diet.
  • It has recipes for all times you my need them, not just meals but snacks and sweet treats as well.

CLICK HERE to buy The Biggest Loser Cookbook and read more reviews.


Review: KitchenAid Nylon Tongs

kitchenaid-nylon-tongsIf you’ve never had tongs in your kitchen, you really don’t know what you’re missing. If you do have them, you realize that there is not a meal that goes by where you don’t think of putting them to work in some way or another.

Whether it’s to move a piece of bread around in a toaster oven, turn meat on the stove or to serve up salad at the family dinner, you need tongs.

It used to be that you needed a variety of tongs to do all of these jobs. You could have an attractive pair for serving salad, then a special pair for the bread items and still another heavy-duty pair to turn the meat. Now you can have just one pair of tongs for all these jobs – the KitchenAid Nylon Tongs .

First, these tongs are very attractive with a sleek design in stylish black nylon. These look just as attractive on the table as they are useful in the kitchen.

Additionally, they can handle hot temperatures, up to 450 degrees; so they will be able to well handle turning things that are cooking in the oven, like Texas toast.

Finally, these tongs are built to be durable.

They are made of heavy-duty nylon so they can even turn those big pieces of meat you are cooking up.

What We Like:

  • This is a great set of all-purpose tongs that are good for anything from picking up salad veggies to heavy meats.
  • These are made out of a nonstick material so they are easy to clean after use and they are dishwasher safe.
  • These  tongs are safe to use to move things in the oven as they are rated for 450 degrees.
  • These are made with a looped end that makes them easy to hang on any hook in the kitchen.

CLICK HERE to buy a set of KitchenAid nylon tongs and to read what others are saying about them.


Review: KitchenAid Garlic Press

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Whether you are just a fan of fresh garlic or do a lot of Italian cooking and like to follow those old family recipes, you likely need a lot of minced garlic in your kitchen.

While you can spend a lot of time hand peeling and chopping garlic down into those tiny pieces, who has the time?

If you are already working on great cooking, you don’t have time to deal with that type of detail when there is an easier way to do it.

That is why the KitchenAid Garlic Press was created. The KitchenAid Garlic Press will make quick work of those cloves. You put a few cloves in the catch basin, press the two handles together and watch the perfectly minced garlic come out of the other side of the press.

Once you’re done pressing all the garlic you need, clean up is not that hard.

First, this press is nonstick, which makes it easier to get the garlic off.

Second, this press comes with a brush that will help you get any caught up garlic out of the mechanism to speed up the process.

What We Like:

  • The garlic presses through the holes instead of up the sides like you may have had happen in less well-designed models.
  • Comes with a brush to clean out the garlic that gets in the way when you are using it.


Other Things To Consider:

  • It could have been  built to be a bit more durble, some of the plastic parts are liable to break.

CLICK HERE to find a range of  Garlic Presses that are excellent value and have received high positive ratings from reviewers.