Review: Circulon Elite 12-Inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized Round Griddle

Circulon 12? griddleIt’s Saturday morning and the family wants pancakes. They want them hot and now, but you’re using a normal sized skillet or griddle and just can’t seem to cook them fast enough. It’s time for an upgrade to theCirculon Elite 12-Inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized Round Griddle.

This griddle will let you save time by being able to get a lot more cooking on the surface as soon as you pop it on the stove.

In addition to adding a lot of cooking space, the inventors of this one thought about the problems with traditional flat griddles, runoff. If you are cooking sausage on a normal griddle, it will run off the edge, but not this time. This griddle has a slight raised edge that will keep any oil, butter, grease or other liquids inside and off of your stove and burners.

The construction of this pan is going to be just what you want on the stovetop – a nonstick surface that will keep you from getting frustrated while you try to get a meal on the table and a handle that is oven safe (in case you need to keep the food warm while waiting for the family to gather) as well as a handle made with a slip-free material that will help you keep a grip on the pan.

Features of the Circulon Elite 12-Inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized Round Griddle:

  • It is made of hard-anodized aluminum for fast, even heating
  • Circulon-exclusive advanced nonstick formula total food-release system
  • Riveted 18/10 stainless-steel handle with Comfort Grip insert which  ensures slip-free grasp
  • The griddle is oven safe to 400 degrees F
  • It measures approximately 12 x 20 x 2 inches
  • Hand wash with a mild cleanser
  • limited lifetime warrant

What We Like:

  • The pan has a great nonstick surface so the items you cook will come out easily and look great!
  • This is the perfect griddle for more delicate cooking of foods like crepes
  • It heats evenly so you know the items on the griddle are going to cook at the right speed.
  • It’s large enough to be able to make more at a time, which is great if you have a larger family to feed.
  • It’s very easy to wipe up and clean after use.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Because of the nonstick surface, it has to be hand washed.

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Review: Waring Pro MG-800 Professional Meat Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel

41ceyy3atdl_sl500_aa280_.jpgThese days many people are looking to purchase their own meat grinder for a number of reasons. The first is the price of meat. With the price of everything going higher and higher it often is more economical to do some of the convenience work (such as grinding) yourself. Others are hunters and want to use some of their game meat in many forms, including ground meat. Still others like the idea of being able to know just what is going into their ground meat so they can deal with any dietary concerns and know just how healthy it is.

Whether you have one of these reasons or any other, you can’t go wrong with the Waring Pro MG-800 Professional Meat Grinder. This grinder is powered by a 450-watt motor, which means it can grind nearly anything you want to put through it. Consider this a professional grinder that was designed to be in your home instead of in a restaurant.

In addition to just ground beef, it also comes with attachments that will allow you to make small sausages out of the meat in the hopper.

Also, unlike other grinders that can clog when something large gets stuck in the hopper, this has a reverse button that will let you break loose the clog without having to stop grinding.

What We Like

  • This is extremely easy to operate.
  • While there are a lot of pieces involved, it does pop apart easily to make for easier cleaning after you use it.
  • It has the durability to handle large loads.
  • It is strong enough to even grind small bones.

What We Don’t Like

  • You have to clean and dry the machine well to avoid any rusting.
  • This seems to be more for personal use than for professional use as it takes a while to create each batch.
  • While it breaks apart easily for cleaning, it all has to be washed by hand.

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Atlas Brass Pepper Mill

Atlas Brass Pepper MillIf you are looking for something a little special in the world of pepper mills then the Atlas Brass Pepper Mill is definitely it.

This pepper mill is hand made in Greece using the same methods that have been used for the past 300 years. This is quality at its best.

The difference between this pepper mill and most other pepper mils on the market today is that this one actually grinds the pepper. Most others simply ‘smash’ the pepper corns.

The phrase ‘pepper grinder’ actually originated as a result of the Atlas Pepper Mills and the fact that it grinds the pepper rather than just ‘smashing’ it means that the flavor and aroma of the pepper is maximized.

This is one beautiful looking pepper mill and would make a wonderful gift.

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Review: Home Sausage Making: How-To Techniques for Making and Enjoying 100 Sausages at Home (Paperback)

Home Sausage MakingHave you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own sausage?

Whether it’s because you have a hunter in the family who gets fresh meat that you want to make into sausage, or you want to really know what goes in your foods, so you prefer making your own, you need a good book to get the basics on how to do it and how to do it right. Home Sausage Making : How-To Techniques for Making and Enjoying 100 Sausages at Home is that book.

This book not only teaches you how to make great sausages, but it is also chock full of recipes that will help you start to fill your freezer. And it doesn’t just stick to the usual meats that go into sausage as it includes everything from chicken and beef to shellfish and venison. Believe it or not, there even are options to learn how to make sausages that are vegetarian with all the taste but none of the meat.

For the beginner, this book is a must have that will give you everything you need to start sausaging any and all kinds of meat.

What We Like

  • This is a great beginner book that will give you a good grasp of this art.
  • If you have never made sausages before, this is a great step-by-step book to get you through the process painlessly.
  • Once you know what you’re doing, this book gives you a lot of ideas for how to make a number of different sausages.

What We Don’t Like

  • There could have been more sausage making recipes (and fewer recipes for using sausage) included.
  • This has the basics, but if you already know the basics you may not get a lot out of this book.
  • Many of the recipes are lacking in flavor and you will probably want to add more spices.

Where Can I Buy the Home Sausage Making: How-To Techniques for Making and Enjoying 100 Sausages at Home (Paperback)?

Review: KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand Mixers

KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand MixersIf you have a KitchenAid mixer and you have always wished that you had something that would allow you to add more items to mix without having to keep grabbing handful after handful, they have heard your requests.

The KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand Mixers can be attached to all KitchenAid stand mixers and will allow you to fill the tray with the ingredients to be mixed and then sit back and let the machine do all the work.

No longer do you have to hold your hand over the mixer to avoid splatter while trying to reach across the counter and grab the next bunch of ingredients to be combined. No need to waste time reloading anymore!

If you also have a grinder attachment for your KitchenAid mixer, this will allow a smooth constant flow of items to be mixed to pour into the bowl. This is especially helpful if you tend to cook larger quantities.

When it comes time for clean up, no problem. The whole tray is dishwasher safe, as long as you put it on the top rack.

What We Like:

  • Less Spillage than trying to mix most things in just a mixing bowl.
  • If you are grinding up ingredients to be in a soup, this will help reduce the splatter as new ingredients go in.
  • Makes the kitchen much easier to clean after a day of mixing.
  • You are able to put all the items in at once and let them feed through the tray instead of running back and forth grabbing handfuls of ingredients.
  • This makes big mixing jobs much easier to complete.

What We Don’t Like

  • You can’t pour liquid ingredients in with this attachment as it is not waterproof and liquids will leak through onto the counter.

Where Can I Buy the KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand Mixers?