REVIEW: Nesco American Harvest BJX-8 Jumbo Jerky Works Kit

Nesco American Harvest Jumbo Jerky Making KitNow you can make the perfect jerky with the Nesco American Harvest BJX-8 Jumbo Jerky Works Kit.

The kit comes with everything you will need to make your own homemade jerky. All you need to do is add ground meat.

This kit has received exceptional reviews on the net for not only its ease of use but also for the quality of the jerky it produces.

Most reviewers have indicated that the jerky is as good as store bought jerky.

We tried out the smaller version of the Nesco Jerky Works gun to see how it performed and were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make jerky using this system.

The first step involved blending some lean ground beef with one packet of the seasoning and one cure packet. We received a variety of seasoning and cure packets with our purchase including cajun, pepperoni, teriyaki, fajita and original.

Next we just filled the gun with the beef mixture and screwed on one of the attachments so we could get flat shaped jerky.

Then it was simply a matter of holding the jerky gun over the dehydrator tray and squeezing the trigger. You have to squeeze it multiple times to get a strip of jerky.

Once the dehydrator trays were filled we turned on the machine and then about 8 hours later – it may have been more – we had the tastiest jerky we’ve ever had.

This would have to be one of the simplest ways to make jerky and I will definitely be making more. The flavors are wonderful and they look like they have been professionally made.

You can see how we went on our very first try using the Nesco Jerky Gun in the video at the end of this post.

What’s included

  • jerky gun
  • flat tip for making jerky strips
  • 2 round tips for making small and large jerky strips
  • jerky spices and cures

How Does it Work?

Simply buy some ground meat and mix in the spices that come with the kit. Add the mixture to the jerky gun using whichever tip you like and out comes perfectly shaped jerky strips. You then need to dry them using a dehydrator.

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Delonghi Magnifica Esclusivo 1.8L Super Automatic Espresso Machine Review

delonghi-magnifica-esclusivo-espresso-makerThe Delonghi Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso machines main claim to fame is it’s unique brewing system which grinds the beans right before it starts to brew. I like this concept. This makes for exceptionally fresh and tasty coffee.

With the ability to make espressos, capuccinos (my favorite), lattes and just about anything you can think of in a coffee this is one machine that won’t disappoint.

What We Like

  • As already mentioned the big appeal about this espresso machine is its ability to grind the beans just prior to brewing.
  • You can adjust how finely you want the beans ground.
  • You can also use pre-ground beans in this machine.
  • Automatic shut-off after 3 hours.
  • This espresso maker has a removable water tank which makes it real easy to fill.
  • It has a cup warmer – very important if you want the perfect cup of coffee.
  • You can adjust the coffee strength as well as the amount of coffee dispensed.

What We Don’t Like

  • This is not a cheap coffee maker so you would have to be a big coffee drinker to appreciate the value of this model.

Where Can I Get the Best Price?

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Berndes Milestone Non-Stick Cookware Review

berndes-milestone-nonstick-cookwareHeinrich Berndes with his wife Sophie both love cooking and realize the importance that good quality cookware makes to the outcome of a recipe.

In 1921 they decide to start a company in Arnsberg, Germany, which is dedicated to producing top quality, functional and practical cookware from then until the present day.

Berndes have a number of cookware lines that take into account most cooks taste or preference in cookware material, style and budget.

This review is for the Berndes Milestone Line of Non-Stick Cookware.

This cookware range is made from vacuum-pressure cast aluminum that provides superior heat distribution and is guaranteed never to warp. Now that’s what I call a great guarantee.

The cooking surface is manufactured with the restaurant tested, Dupont Autograph 2 Gourmet non-stick surface which is designed so that it will never chip, crack, blister, bubble or peel.

There are extra high ridges that elevate the food above fat and grease which gives you a healthy cooking result as the fat and grease drain away from the food.

Bernes Milestone cookware has heat and break resistant glass lids so the you can keep an eye on what’s cooking without having to lift the lid.

The two sets reviewed were the 7 pce and 10 pce and they are equally as good as each other, it is just a matter of whether or not you feel that you need the extra pieces.

The 7 Piece Set Includes:
• 2-qt. Covered Sauce Pan
• 9.5-in. Open Fry Pan/Skillet
• 11-in.Covered Saute Pan
• 7-qt.Covered Stockpot

The Berndes – Milestone 10 Pc. Set (Black) includes

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  • 1.25 qt covered saucepan
  • 2 Qt. covered saucepan
  • 9.5-in open skillet
  • 11-in open skillet
  • 9.5 covered saute
  • 10 Qt. covered stockpot.

What do we like about this product:

• The cast aluminum pots and pans are guaranteed never to warp.
• The cast aluminum gives quick even heat without hotspots.
• The cookware looks good
• There is a limited lifetime warranty
• The handles are a combination of stainless steel and phenolic which are designed to be comfortable and oven safe to 450°F.

What we don’t like:

  • Hand washing is recommended, and we are never fans of having to hand wash cookware. However the non-stick surface does make it easy to clean.

There are a number of additional items available so that you can add to your set if required. Including a stylish fondue set.

Kitchenaid 4 Slice Toaster Reviews

kitchen-aid-4-slice-toaster-reviewsKitchenaid actually markets two different types of 4 slice toasters. The difference between them, other than the price, is that one has 4 slots for 4 slices of bread and the other has 2 slots for 4 slices of bread.

We are going to take a look at both to see which one makes the grade.

2 Slots/4 Slices – Kitchenaid 4 Slice Toaster KTT570

This toaster is around $20 cheaper than the 4 slot version which you can read about below. So what makes it cheaper? Basically, it comes down to features.

Apart from the features and options, the main difference between this toaster and the 4 slot/4 slice is that the two slots means that you can put in any length of toast or bagel.

What We Like

  • This Kitchenaid toaster is cool to the touch. This is important especially when there are kids around who just want to touch everything.
  • The slots are wide enough to fit bagels.
  • There are an amazing 9 heat settings including one specifically for bagels and also one for frozen breads.
  • It comes with a removable crumb tray which makes it easy to clean.
  • You can store the cord under the base.
  • It also has a reheat button which I love.
  • It comes in three different colors – white, empire red and onyx black

What We Don’t Like

  • There wasn’t much that we could find wrong with this toaster in terms of features and options however we found that a number of reviews on the net mentioned that this toaster really didn’t cook toast evenly.

Where Can I Get The Best Price?

We found the prices to be fairly static across the net so we can’t really give a best price. Our preference is as they are known for their good service AND they also provide FREE SHIPPING for this item.

4 slots/4 slices – Kitchenaid 4 Slot/4 Slice Metal Classic Toaster

KitchenAid 4-slice Metal Classic Toaster, RedI really like the look of this toaster. To me it looks like something that would be used in a commercial setting so it just speaks of quality and durability.

The features and options on this toaster just set it apart from the rest and the dual controls are a brilliant addition to this already great toaster.

What We Like

  • This toaster has specific settings for toasting bagels which means it toasts the cut side more than the uncut side.
  • This toaster has dual settings so you can set the controls independently. For instance. you can toast two bagels on one side with specific settings just for those bagels and on the other two pieces of toast with totally different settings…and you can do it all at the same time.
  • The exterior of the toaster is kept cool to the touch which is great if you have kiddies around.
  • The extra wide slots allow for toasting of bagels.
  • It has a warming function which warms the toast rather than toasting it even further.

What We Don’t Like

  • Nothing really. This is one quality toaster that does the job exceptionally well. The bells and whistles are what really sets this apart. We were hard pressed to find a negative review for this one on the net.

Our Recommendation

Well it’s obvious that we prefer the 4 slots/4 slices toaster and for the extra $20 we would have to go with this one.

Where Can I Get The Best Price?

We found that this toaster was priced fairly evenly across most merchants. Our preference is always for their quality service PLUS they offer free shipping for this item.

Cookware Review: Calphalon One NonStick Covered Chefs Casserole

calphalon-one-nonstick-chefs-casserole-reviewOur latest review is for the Calphalon One NonStick Covered Chefs Casserole. I think I have said on numerous occasions how much I like the Calphalon One Nonstick line of products so it’s no surprise then that we decided to review yet another piece of cookware from this range.

This casserole is a beautiful piece of cookware with an elegant look and sleek lines. This pot is perfect for soups or stews and since it is ovenproof it makes it easy to move from stovetop to oven.

But what I love most about the One Nonstick range is the effortless clean up.  I don’t have a dishwasher so I look for nonstick that cleans up easily and the pots and pans in this range are brilliant in this respect. All I do is place the pot or pan in a sink of warm soapy water and it takes a few wipes with the wash cloth and the pan is clean.

Read the full review here:  Calphalon One Nonstick Chefs Casserole