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.

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Review: Cuisinart Chefs Classic Stainless Sauté Pan

cuisinart-chefs-classic-saute-pan1This is  Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Saute Panwith lid.

“For starters, this pan has been endorsed by a French Chef named Paul Bocuse, who is not as famous as Rachael Ray, Emeril, Paula Deen or other TV chefs. But he is the only restaurateur in the world who has been given 3 Michelin stars for over 36 years in a row! That is quite a record so the man knows good cookware!

Once you use this pan, it’s easy to understand his endorsement as it really is an outstanding piece of cookware. It’s beautifully made and is also a perfect size. Because it is professional quality, it’s heavy but the two riveted handles (one is long and the other is a looped ‘helper’ handle) makes it quite easy to pick up.

Because it has an aluminum core in its’ base, it conducts heat amazingly well  so you need to remember not to use high heat to avoid the food burning.

It weighs much less than cast-iron or anodized aluminum but is every bit as good at conducting heat fast and evenly.

As the pan is all metal, it can be used to sear food or start it off on the stove top and then put it straight into the oven – up to 550 degrees, which is the one of the highest heats I have seen for a stove-top to oven pan.

It also has deep sides which makes it great for collecting meat drippings and juices for making into gravy, again straight back onto the stove top. The deep sides also make it wonderful for soups and stews as well. It’s a very user-friendly pan for someone who loves to cook!

Size wise, it is odd as it doesn’t feel over-large when cooking for two people but it can easily accommodate food for eight.

Clean up is a breeze and it can even go in the dishwasher. It’s also safe in the freezer!

I have noticed some reviewers being disappointed that this pan is made in China, but the quality is excellent. I’m sure it will last for many years and it has a lifetime warranty.

If I could change one thing, I would have the lid made of glass so that you can see the contents as they cook but that is a very minor niggle.

This is such a great all-round pan that you will use again and again. Cuisinart say that it will keep its’ mirror like shine too. That remains to be seen, but this is one pan you will be very happy with and will wonder how you ever  managed without it!”

CLICK HERE to buy the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Saute Pan and to see what others are saying.

Farberware Enhanced 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set Review

farberware-10-non-stick-cookware-setWhen you are ready to create the perfect kitchen for your home, you need to make sure that you have a pot or pan for every need. First and foremost purchasing a set like the Farberware Enhanced 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware gives you one set with the same sleek attractive look.

Included in this set are the following:

  • 1-Quart Saucepan With Lid
  • 1-1/2-Quart Saucepan With Lid
  • 2-Quart Saucepan With Lid
  • 5-Quart Dutch Oven With Lid
  • 7-Inch French Skillet
  • 10-Inch Skillet

Made of aluminum, these pans are lightweight and easy to move around the kitchen, even when filled with your latest culinary creations.  They also have handles that stay cool when cooking which supports the need to move any cooking items around the kitchen.

You can also move these pieces from the stovetop to the oven (up to 350 degrees) as needed to follow cooking directions.

There is not much more frustrating than having to keep lifting the lid off of a cooking pot to see if it is coming along as you want it to. Thankfully with these pots and pans, the lids are see through so you can peek through the glass to monitor your progress without pulling the top off.

Once you’re done cooking for the day, clean up is a cinch. Pop these in the dishwasher and they’re ready to go.

What We Like:

  • This is a complete set that will serve almost all of your kitchen cooking needs in one purchase.
  • They are lightweight and easy to carry around, while still being durable.
  • Clear lids make it easier to keep an eye on what you are cooking.
  • They are easy to clean as they are dishwasher safe.

Other Things to Consider:

The lids don’t always fit as airtight as we would like them to.

You can read the reviews and buy the Farberware Enhanced 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set at:
Amazon.com

 

Corelle Livingware 34-Piece Dinnerware Set – Just White -Suits Any Kitchen Decor Review

corelle-livingware-dinnerware-setWhether you have a cottage in the country to decorate or you just want to change up the style in your home to take you back to a simpler time, the Corelle Livingware 34-Piece Dinnerware Set – Just White is a great beginning to this path.

Included in this set are:

8 Complete Place Settings (Dinner Plate, Bowl, Bread Plate, Mug)

Serving Bowl

Serving Platter

This crisp, clean white china is a great beginning to any kitchen  décor theme, and  will being all white it fit in with any other pieces that you already own or are thinking of purchasing.

Unlike the old days, these dishes also have some of the benefits of newer china. First they have been created to be more chip and break resistant so they will be with you longer. They are also dishwasher safe, which makes table clean up a breeze and they will look beautiful every time you want to set them out. Additionally, they are safe to put in the microwave when you need to heat up those leftovers.

When it’s time to put them away, it is easy to find space for this set as they are created to be stackable and save on shelf space.

What We Like:

  • These are beautiful pieces that are perfect for any kitchen theme. They are also easy to match up with other kitchen pieces to complete a full setting.
  • That they are dishwasher safe.
  • The 34-piece set has you ready to set the table for a meal in one affordable boxed set.
  • The chip and break resistance they are created with make it less likely that a couple taps of a bowl or plate against another will break a piece.

Farberware 3-Piece Poly Cutting Board Set Review

farberware-3-pce-cutting-board-setThe Farberware 3-Piece Poly Cutting Board Set are some heavy duty cutting boards that are going to make your work in the kitchen so much easier. This set includes boards in three sizes that are all ½ inch thick and can handle a lot of use without complaint.

 Included in this set are the following:  

Small Cutting Board (7 x 9-1/4 Inches)

  • Medium Cutting Board(10 x 8 Inches)
  • Large Cutting Board (14–1/4 x 10-3/4 Inches) 

Each of these boards have been created with a textured surface to help keep them from slipping and sliding when you are trying to make precision cuts.

 One concern many people have when using cutting boards is having a board to use while cutting raw meat. This is something the creators of the Farberware 3-Piece Poly Cutting Board Set kept in mind. One of the boards has a side with a channel to collect those meat juices and keep them from dripping onto your counter. Additionally, the boards were created with an agent called Microban. This stops many bacteria from growing on your cutting boards and can also help to keep them from staining. 

 Cleaning of these cutting boards is a breeze. Toss them in your dishwasher and let a hot wash and rinse remove any of the food particles that may be left to make sure they are clean and ready to go the next time you need to make a meal.

 What We Like:

  •  The paddle shaped board has a channel to catch juices so you don’t end up contaminating your countertop when cutting meat.
  •  They are non porous so you can chop all kinds of things on these boards, including meat.
  •  They are easy to clean and can be put in the dishwasher.