KitchenAid Ravioli Maker Attachment Review

KitchenAid Ravioli Maker Attachment

Kitchenaid Ravioli AttachmentYet another KitchenAid attachment with very mixed reviews. I think the problem with this one is that you have to get the pasta just right for this to work and many struggle with this.

And although you can manually roll out the pasta, what is really needed to get it ‘just right’ is the KitchenAid pasta roller which you will have to purchase separately. Even in the manual for this ravioli maker attachment, KitchenAid provide instructions for preparing the pasta using the pasta roller.

This attachment does work if you use it correctly. You can see the results of this in the Amazon consumer submitted images section to see how well the ravioli can turn out.

Also note that this is not an automated attachment. To get this to work you actually have to hand crank it.

We have yet to purchase this KitchenAid mixer attachment and until we do we can’t really provide a definitive recommendation.

Read Reviews
Buy Now from Amazon

The Breville Automatic Tea Maker & Kettle Review

Breville-one-touch-tea-makerI have fallen in love – with my new Breville Automatic tea maker.

Paula and I went out to our favourite tea store ‘Adore’ in Federation Square. We had run out of our favourite herbal teas –  French Earl Grey Tea and Evening Mist, both very nice blends with a floral hint.

On the counter was this great looking The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
priced at $299.00. I kept being drawn to the tea maker, just as intended by the shop owner of course. I could certainly see a use for this item in my household.

We finished making our tea purchases and headed to the cafe nearby for a milkshake and to discuss whether or not we should buy the tea maker, keeping in mind we would have to buy two, one for each household.  Paula went online and found the same item at David Jones, a local department store, for $249.99. So we  headed off to DJ’s.

The Breville Tea Maker can also be found for $249.99 on Amazon.

We couldn’t wait to get home to try it out. And we were not disappointed.

Getting Started

As with any new appliance – read the directions first. There is a quick start guide included and we simply followed the instructions on that.

So we set the power base onto a flat surface then performed a cleaning cycle with just plain water – no tea.

You do not add the tea basket for this initial clean.

Fill the jug with water up to the 1500ml mark, replace the lid and insert the power cord into the power.

The tea maker has a short power cord that I find ideal as I don’t have to wind up long lengths of cord which has to be tucked out of the way.  The cord also has a unique assist plug, which has a convenient finger hole which makes it easy to remove from the power socket.  If you require a longer cord, these are available from Breville.

The LCD lights on the power base will light up.

  • Press the up arrow to select 100°C (212°F)
  • Press the ‘Hot Water’ button to start.

Once the first lot of water has boiled simply discard it and your tea maker is now ready for use.

Making the tea

Okay, so far so good. Now for the next step – Making the tea.

At this point we hadn’t added the basket but once you start making tea you simply lift the basket out of the glass carafe, by the sides.

Pop off the basket lid and add tea leaves.  There is a plastic measuring spoon included and as I like very weak tea I only add a ½ a teaspoon. But you can make your teas as weak or as strong as you like.

Fill the jug with the amount of water you need. It’s generally only Paula and I having a cuppa so I fill the jug to the 750ml water line, 1200ml is the max recommended fill line.

Slip the tea basket onto the post in the jug and pop on the jug lid.

Now simply select the tea type which helps your tea maker to determine the brew temperature.

Select the tea strength – there are 4 modes:

  • Strong
  • Medium
  • Mild
  • Custom

Whichever one you choose determines the brew time.

Now press the ‘Tea/Cancel’ button to start the tea making process.

Now this is the really groovy part. Once the water reaches the correct temperature, the tea basket will automatically lower down into the water. Then as soon as the brew time has elapsed the tea basket will automatically rise out of the water and the machine will beep to let you know that your tea is ready.

Then you simply pour and enjoy.

How simple is that?

There is also a Keep Warm button the will keep the brewed tea or the heated water warm for up to 60 mins. Ideal if you are doing something you want to finish before sitting down to have your cup of tea. And because the tea basket isn’t sitting in the brew, it wont become bitter as with a normal teapot.

Do we think it is a worthwhile purchase – yes we do.

So what do you get in the box

  • One Power Base
  • One short Power Cord
  • One German Made Schott stain resistant glass kettle
  • One jug lid with stainless steel scale filter
  • One tea scoop
  • One stainless steel tea basket and lid

The Power Base

The power base has all the function controls to make the perfect cup of tea.

  • Auto Start
  • Keep warm
  • basket

Tea Type Selection Button for the following tea types

  • Green
  • Black
  • White
  • Herbal
  • Oolong
  • Custom

There are buttons that allow you to override both  the preset brew temperatures and the preset brew times.

The back-lit LCD displays both the brew temperature and brew time.

The Tea Strength Button has preset times for:

  • Strong
  • Medium
  • Mild
  • Custom

There is a Hot Water/Cancel button

  • This allows you to use the tea maker as a variable temperature kettle.

The Tea/Cancel

  • This button activates the tea brewing cycle

You can purchase this great appliance from Amazon and take advantage of their Free super Saver Shipping.

Need to see it in action?  Here are a couple of videos to help you see how great this appliance is.


REVIEW: Trudeau Gravy/Fat Separator

Trudea Gravy Fat SeparatorThere is nothing worse than lumpy fatty gravy. It can really ruin a good meal.

This is where a good gravy/fat separator can come in handy.

The Trudeau 0991105 Gravy/Fat Separator creates a smooth fat reduced gravy by filtering the lumpy bits and the fat through a fitted strainer.

This pitcher was voted as the best fat/gravy separator by Cooks Illustrated in 2004.

What We Like

  • The pitcher is heat resistant to 400F – this doesn’t mean you should be putting this in the oven however. What this means is that the gravy you pour into the pitcher can be as hot as 400F without causing the pitcher to crack.
  • It is microwave safe.
  • This gravy/fat separator is dishwasher safe so you won’t need to hand wash this one.
  • It comes with a 5 year warranty.
  • It holds up to 4 cups of gravy so is a pretty decent size.
  • It comes with measurements along the side.

Want to Read More Reviews?

You can read more reviews for the Trudeau Gravy/Fat Separator at Amazon


We found the best price at Amazon

Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker Review: Sanyo 3.5 Cup ECJ-S35K Rice Cooker

sanyo-35-cup-fuzzy-logic-rice-cooker.JPGThe Sanyo ECJ-S35K Rice Cooker is a multi-purpose, very versatile piece of machinery. With the ability to make rice, soup, stews and even bread you will love have this piece of equipment in your kitchen.

This fuzzy logic rice cooker has a 3.5 cup capacity. This means 3.5 cups of uncooked rice which will make about 7 cups of cooked rice so it’s a decent sized rice cooker.

So what is fuzzy logic?

In relation to rice cookers, fuzzy logic means that the rice cooker cooks your rice exactly how it should be cooked. It adjusts the temperature and the amount of time as required and recognizes the type of rice you use and adjusts its cooking style to suit the rice.

What We Like

  • The non-stick interior makes cleaning quick and easy.
  • It includes a measuring spoon, a non-stick spatula and a recipe booklet.
  • It has a pre-soak function so you can soak your rice prior to cooking.
  • It has a keep warm function which will keep the rice warm for up to 24 hours after cooking.
  • You’re not limited to making rice with this cooker. You can cook soups, stews and even bread in it.

What We Don’t Like

  • Nothing really.

Want to read more reviews?

You can read more reviews for this product at


We found the best price at

Cuisinart Waffle Iron Review: Cuisinart 4-square Belgian Waffle Iron

cusinart-waffle-ironWith the ability to make up to 4  Belgian style waffles at a time, this Cuisinart waffle iron will make cooking breakfast quick and easy.

The waffle iron lets you know when the waffle iron is on via a red light and changes to green to let you know when to add the waffle mix. When the waffle is ready it will also let you know by an audible beep.

What We Like

  • This waffle iron has an amazing 6 brownness settings so you can make waffles to your liking.
  • This waffle iron has cool touch handles.
  • For storage, it has a lock down lid.
  • This is a nice looking waffle iron with its brushed stainless steel exterior.
  • The non-stick surface means that your waffles will come out easily and it can be cleaned simply by wiping with a wet cloth.
  • This machine can actually be stored on its side.

What We Don’t Like

  • If you ever want to give your waffle iron a really good clean then you’re out of luck as the grids cannot be removed.

Want to read more reviews?

You can read more reviews for this waffle iron at


The price was pretty standard across the internet for this item but we recommend