REVIEW: Circulon Elite 8 and 10 Inch Open Deep Skillets, 2-Pack

Circulon Elite 8- and 10-Inch Open Deep SkilletsThis pair of skillets is like the perfect duet in the kitchen. At 8 and 10 inches, they are the right size to cook nearly anything you need heated and are made to do their job without any major muss or fuss.

This begins with a layer of nonstick coating and continues with the handles that will allow you to take these from the stovetop to the oven and back again. The handles are riveted to the pan and covered with silicon comfort grip handles, which make them a joy to hold. But they are also safe to put in the oven up to 400F. This means you can keep one pan warm while waiting for the other items you are cooking to finish their course or for the family to get together around the table.

Because the Circulon Elite 8 and 10 inch Open Deep Skillets have a nonstick surface, clean up of these pans asks for nothing more than a very mild dishwashing detergent and some warm water. A couple swipes with a cloth, and you’re done.

It is important to note that if you have a ceramic or glass top stove, you may not want to use these pans. The heavy anodized aluminum and your stovetops may not get along well with one another.

What We Like

  • These pans have a great nonstick surface that makes them a joy to cook with.
  • The fact that these skillets are deeper than usual makes cooking foods with oil or that may splash much easier to keep under control.
  • It heats evenly for a great meal every time.
  • Its nonstick surface is easy to clean, just wipe it off and they’re ready to go again.

What We Don’t Like

  • Because of the nonstick coating, they have to be hand washed.
  • They aren’t recommended to be used on ceramic or glass top stoves.

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Review:Waring Pro FS150 Food Slicer

Waring Pro FS150 Food SlicerIf you’ve always wanted the luxury of having deli style meats and cheeses any time you want them, you should look no further than the Waring Pro FS150 Food Slicer. In fact, this slicer goes above and beyond what you often get at the deli.

The slicing blade is adjustable from 1/32 inch to ½ inch and everything in between. That means you can cut your bread, then tighten the slicer to use on the meat and cheese that you want to put on that bread to have a sandwich that tastes like it came right from the deli.

This is a heavy-duty cutting machine. It as a 130-watt motor and 7 ½ inch serrated edge cutting blade that will make quick work of the foods that you need sliced.

Additionally, safety features were remembered when it came to this machine. You don’t have to worry about the slicer sliding around the counter when you are using it. It has suction cup feet on the bottom that will hold it in place while you work. Also, the food guard will help to keep your fingers far away from the cutting blade, to keep you safe and happy.

Features of the Waring Pro FS150 food slicer:

  • Premium coated steel and die-cast aluminum housing for durability and professional performance.
  • Suction cup feet guarantee non-slip operation.
  • You can precisely control the thickness of your slices from 1/32″ to 9/10″ by twisting the large easy to use the slice control knob.
  • The 7.5″  stainless steel blade is perfectly balanced to give you precise performance throughout continuous operation.
  • Polycarbonate food-guide.
  • Heavy-duty 130 watt motor.
  •  Stainless steel carriage surface.
  • UL/CUL approved.
  • Limited 5 year motor warranty

What We Like

  • This machine is easy to use and get used to.
  • It is lightweight and doesn’t make you dread having to move it around in the kitchen.
  • It has a very good thickness control setting.

What We Don’t Like

  • It cuts at a slower pace than what we would like. If you need to make a lot of cuts, you’re going to be there for a while.
  • It has a number of surfaces to clean and becomes a hassle to clean if you are not making large stacks of sliced meat each time you use it.

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Oxo Good Grips Splatter Screen with Folding Handle

OXO Good Grips Splatter ScreenThere’s nothing worse than cooking up a nice steak or a swag of sausages and having fat just spatter all over your kitchen. This is where a good splatter screen really comes in handy. It not only protects your kitchen but also protects you from hot fat spraying all over you.

The Oxo Good Grips Splatter Screen has been rated extremely well by consumers. This isn’t unusual for OXO. Just about all of their kitchen gadgets have received exceptional reviews.

The OXO Splatter Screen fits frypans up to 13 inches wide and is made from perforated stainless steel.

The inner raised rings ensure that it sits securely on fry pans of various sizes. The splatter screen has a raised arch which allows you to place it on a counter without the problem of the fat coming into contact with the surface.

The handle is raised so it can sit above fry pan handles and it folds inward so that the splatter screen can be stored easily.

The splatter screen is dishwasher safe so there is no need to hand wash this one.

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Nigella Lawson Bliss Herb Chopper Mezzaluna

Nigella Lawson Bliss Herb Chopper MezzalunaI’m a bit of a fan of Nigella Lawson. I regularly watch her latest show ‘Nigella Express’ and have her cookbook of the same name on its way from Amazon.

And because I am into cookware and kitchen accessories I keep an eye on some of the products she uses (as I do with most of celebrity chefs).

The Nigella Lawson Bliss Herb Chopper Mezzaluna is one she uses often.

I can see why. It’s a neat little kitchen tool that not only chops herbs but spices, vegetables and anything you want to chop up into tiny little Nigella Lawson Bliss Herb Chopper Mezzalunapieces.

The blade on this chopper is stainless steel so its strong, long lasting and durable.

What makes it even more durable however is the fact that the whole mezzaluna is made from one piece of steel so you won’t get the problem of the handle falling off.

The herb chopper is dishwasher safe so there is no need to hand wash this one.

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REVIEW: T-Fal Initiatives 10-Piece Nonstick Inside and Out Cookware Set

T-Fal Initiatives 10-Piece Nonstick Inside and OutThe T-Fal Initiatives 10-Piece Nonstick Inside and Out is a set that for the money is hard to beat. For well under $100 you get 10 pieces of cookware and for the money it’s pretty decent quality.

This is the type of set I would buy for someone just learning to cook or if you are looking for a cheap cookware set but want something that is quality for the money.

One of the best features of the T-Fal range is the T-Fal Thermospots which are found on the bottom inside surface of the pans. This thermospot turns a solid red when the pan is preheated to the correct temperature. So it lets you know when you can start cooking.

What’s Included

  • 7-1/2 inch saute pan
  • 9-1/4 inch saute pan
  • 10-3/4 inch saute pan
  • 1qt saucepan with lid
  • 2qt saucepan with lid
  • steamer
  • 5-1/3qt Dutch Oven with lid

What We Like

  • The non-stick surface makes clean up quick and easy.
  • The lids are made of glass so you don’t need to constantly remove the lid to see how things are cooking.
  • The handles are welded to the pot and are oven safe to 350F. They also have a loop so you can hang these pots on a rack.
  • The lids have a vent knob to allow you to vent the steam.
  • The Dutch oven is very versatile and can be used for cooking soup or pasta, making stock or boiling up large batches of potatoes and other vegetables.
  • It comes with a lifetime warranty.

What We Don’t Like

  • You can use metal utensils with this cookware.
  • This set is not dishwasher safe so you will need to hand wash.

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