Your need a good kitchen knife set, you know

If you do not have a good kitchen knife set, your cooking time simply doubles. I know because I have been there and done that. You also get panic attacks or at least something similar to that when you see guests. They may be only a couple of them, but you will still feel stressed out imagining the time it would take to chop the meat and onions, not to mention salad. At the end of the day, you will feel exhausted simply because you have so much to do. You end up planning your next day even before the day arrives. You will also need to do your vegetable shopping more often because your knife will not be able to cut through the ripe tomatoes, even if you have used the knife sharpener just half an hour ago. Then, there is the knife sharpener increasing your power bill, agreed not much, but even small amounts add up. Does this sound like you? If it does, then your solution is simple. You need a good kitchen knife set, and you should be prepared to pay for it.

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I learned my lesson the hard way, but eventually I did learn it. I always opted for knives that were honestly cheaper among the ones shown to me. Their shine and handle was all that was needed to impress me. Believe me, all knives look equally good at the shop so the decision to buy cheaper one does not seem to be wrong at all. However, it is the perfection and steel of the expensive ones that makes them last longer. When I bought this set of knives, I was not aware that I could have bought only one or two knives. The salesperson did not enlighten me.

But still, I have no regrets, because I am able to use the knife for other purposes as well. For chopping with the cheaper knife sets I had no choice but to stand and chop in the kitchen because the required level of pressure on the knife’ handle could only be achieved in that position. Now, I sit at the dining table, and chop easily my day’s vegetables as I watch the television programs. Even the bread knife in the set does a great job. The bread slices can be cut almost evenly with this knife. You could use the bread knife to chop onions, do you know that? That is how good this set of knife is. So my advise is, do not compromise on quality for saving monies on your kitchen knife set.

Don’t Just Choose Any Bread Maker

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Bread makers are not additional kitchen appliances. They are one of the most essential supplies that homeowners should have. Well, at least, that’s my opinion, which might represent thousands of homeowner worldwide. I cannot live a day without consuming bread. It was the reason why I spent a whole day to find the best one among so many top bread makers.

Fortunately, there are lots of websites, which feature details about bread makers with popular brands, in which they can make things easier for me. I might not have much time to make my own bread through conventional bread makers. But, I have made my decision in creating my own bread, as I can get lots of advantages by maximizing my bread maker. First, I can be free from any kind of preservative and other chemical substances. Second, I can try various kinds of bread, that I might have never made them before. Third, I will save much money significantly as my homemade bread is enough for the whole family members.

But, I am a kind of a person, who does not just believe in what all those reviews said. I know that some websites are affiliates for some manufacturers. I decided to choose a bread maker, which has versatile programs, reasonable size and sleek design. My bread maker has various settings to make a massive array of dough for pizza, French bread, sweet breads, and many more. I also got a recipe book after buying the bread maker that I can use to make healthy bread for my kids.

Of course, the more versatile bread maker may cost higher. But, I can assure you that it will save much of your time and money in a long term. Imagine, how much money that you should spend to buy some loaves of bread for the whole family members. They cost much higher than the price of the required ingredients to make your kids’ favorite munchies.

How We Started A Profitable Espresso Bar In Town

Our journey to the top is quite fascinating; after my wife and I came for our retirement, just like other people, we had very big plans. With all the money we had in our bank accounts, we were not going to take some useless vacations and road trips, but starting a business was on top of the list. However, the business world being very competitive, the whole thing was going to be a little bit tricky and for us to make an impact and possibly start making money, we needed to go into uncharted territory; a business that has never been tried in area before.

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After a through research, starting a chain of espresso bars in town came out on top. After all, for a world that had seen people taking coffee, it was sad; there was not even a single espresso bar in town. After very lengthy discussions with a number of our friends; they all loved our new idea and gave us the go head. The best part, starting the whole thing was not going to be an uphill task; we had a number of family properties in town and all we needed was a few employees, the best espresso machines and other formalities.

To bring you up to speed on where we are now as business; in the last year alone, we have spread our wings and we now operate a whopping 10 espresso bars in and around town. The business is doing great and to some extend I owe all the success to some of the best espresso machines we have; they are reliable and they have in a way seen our espresso bars receives tons and tons of customers on daily basis. With all that we have been through as a business; my advise to people who are thinking of going into the same industry; get the best espresso machines if you want to leave a mark in the market.

Blessing in Disguise: My new Aroma Rice Cooker

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I recently bought an Aroma Professional 20-Cup Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer because my old rice cooker broke down. I chose the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer at first because it looked nice and sturdy, and the sleek metallic design was really eye-catching, but I learned about all the features after reading this blog on the rice cookers review and I’m really glad my old rice cooker broke down.

Its already been a few days and I haven’t encountered any problems with it. In fact, I’m actually glad I bought it. I’ve been tinkering with the food steamer and I’ve been steaming meat and chicken instead of microwaving and frying them, and they taste great. Just marinated them an hour before or even the night before. Then when I’m hungry, I just cook a few cups of rice and steam the meat or chicken, and leave for a few minutes to watch TV or do something else, and after 10 – 15 minutes, its done. What’s great about is that its simple to use and operate. Its not a hassle to cook tasty food, even for a lot of people, I don’t even have to watch over it that much. Even when I have leftovers, I just put it in the rice cooker and food steamer, then I just turn it on whenever I’m hungry again. Plus, its super easy to clean as well, I just have to remove the inner cooking pot and all the other accessories and throw it into the dishwasher.

I really love it, its not a hassle anymore to cook for lots of guests or other family members because of the Aroma Professional 20-Cup Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, I can make food that is quick, easy to make, tasty and delicious, and super healthy. My friends keep coming over at a moments notice and I don’t worry because cooking for them is a snap.

Why I needed a coffee maker

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I LOVE coffee! I drink around 3-5 cups a day at home. You may think that it’s a lot but for someone like me who works from home, it’s just normal. I need coffee to help me stay sharp and focused when I’m in front of my computer.

Recently, I did an audit of my spending and to my surprise, I found that I was spending a lot on Starbucks! I go there nearly every day when I go out for a walk to take a break from work. I usually get myself a hot cup of Caramel Macchiato, my year-round favorite, and occasionally a frappuccino, when the weather is too hot.

So I thought to myself… with all the money I’m spending on coffee, why don’t I just buy a coffee maker? I can get coffee beans from Starbucks and make gourmet coffee at home.

I went online and looked at various coffee maker reviews to find one that suit my needs and budget. Some of these coffee machines are ridiculously expensive! I don’t need a super automatic one with all the bells and whistles. But I also don’t want a cheap one that breaks easily. There are pod coffee makers with the coffee in little plastic pods. Yes, they’re nice but I think they’ll fit much better for office use. After all, I don’t want to buy these pods all the time.

I saw some Aeropress coffee maker reviews too – it’s highly rated and a lot of users love it! But I didn’t quite like it as it functions more like a French press. If I wanted a latte, it a complicated process of pouring and stirring which I don’t fancy.

I wanted a push button solution so I settled for the Bunn Thermo Fresh. This home coffee brewer is a real workhorse, capable of making up to 10 cups of coffee at a time. Its reservoir is made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel so brewed coffee won’t get cold easily. I can brew it once, and I’ll have enough for an entire day!
So that’s the story of how I found my favorite kitchen gadget, next to the microwave of course. Doing research and reading up on coffee maker reviews certainly helped a lot.

Nonstick, Copper or Stainless Steel Cookware?

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Before you buy a cookware set, you need all the information about cookware before you make a decision. Many people want nonstick cookware because it is easy to clean. A good cookware set should be one that offers heavy cooking, and is easy to clean and maintain. Below are the good cookware reviews:

Farberware 20772 Enhanced Cookware Set

This cookware set is designed with clear glass lids and durable handles. A 10 piece nonstick cookware comes in a very good price. The pans are also made for flipping omelets and pancakes. With these pans, you will be very confident while flipping anything on the pan. Its pots are great for making soups and stews. This is because they are nonstick and cleaning them is very easy. The nonstick feature lets you cook bacon and meat without worrying about the extra cholesterol.

All-Clad Stainless 9-Piece Cookware Set

This set is known for good performance, handsome looks, and durability. If you take good care of it, it will last you very long. This set includes 3-quart covered pan, a 10-inch fry pan, 2 quart covered fry pan, 6 quart stock pot and a 3 quart covered casserole pan. This set is made of aluminum core sandwiched between magnetic stainless steel exterior. The cooking surface is made of stainless steel. The aluminum core extends to the sides of the pot and pans. This ensures they heat up quickly and evenly, helping you to avoid undercooked food.

Caphalon Tri-ply Copper 10 Piece Cookware Set

Caphalon is one brand that makes the best copper cookware. It gives you a lot of control during the cooking process. Copper is a very good heat conductor. It comes with stainless steel lids to ensure heat and flavors are kept inside the pot. Another amazing feature is the flared rims to help you transfer liquids from one port to another. Its handles remain cool even while you are cooking.

These are a few of the good cookware you can buy. There are many more brands in the market for you to choose from. It all depends on your needs and your budget. For instructions on how to clean copper cookware, read this article.

My Favourite Microwave Ovens

Technological revolution is taking place at a very high rate. In this regard, those involved in design and manufacture of products must move along with this ever-changing technology to make sure that they remain valid in the market. Nevertheless, in the field of microwaves, designers are having sleepless nights producing sophisticated, efficient, and effective devices that suit the customer’s needs.  This article presents you with microwave oven reviews of some of the brands and models:

The following are the most reviewed and highly rated by satisfied customers:

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Sunbeam Microwaves

Thanks to American-bred Sunbeam who launched it in 1910. Since then, numerous improved has been done to it, and currently, it is one of the best electric home appliances. It has been known to be the most efficient as it uses less power as compared to other brands. There are various models available for customers to choose from, and it includes Sunbeam SGS90701B Microwave Oven, Sunbeam SGN30701W Turntable Microwave Oven, and Sunbeam SGB8901 Microwave Oven.

Oster Microwaves

Oster Company manufactures this microwave. Though the name of the company is not known to many since it’s still a small fish in the market, but its products is quickly sinking into the customers’ hearts. It is one of the cheapest brands offering the best services like no other. The various models available that customers can choose from include Oster OGG614031.4 Cubic Feet Microwave Oven, Oster OGZB11011.1 Cubic Feet Digital Microwave Oven, and Oster OGB11011.1 Cubic Feet Microwave Oven. These models are readily available at Bella Luna Knox.com.

Kenmore Microwaves

This is one of the trusted home electric appliances used by over a 100 million Americans. This microwave has been designed to perform numerous tasks such as roasting, cooking, baking, and so on. Satisfied customers have reviewed it as excellent device for preparing delicious cakes and meat. Available models in the above store include Kenmore 73092 Countertop Microwave, Kenmore 6633 TrueCookPlus Contertop Microwave, and Kenmore 69122 Countertop Microwave.

Conclusion

The list of the best brands available in  is just endless. However, the above three are the most reviewed by customers, and there is no doubt that it will offer you the maximum satisfaction at cheaper and affordable prices. Wait no more, hurry while stock last. Thanks.

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The Top Most Rated and Spectacular Toasters

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Kitchen-Aid Pro Line KMT4203CA

This elegant machine has toasting cycles that operates automatically. It is able to detect whenever you put bread on its toasting slot. It is also very the most suitable toaster that has suitable blend of modern operations with super competence. You will also get to know how long each toasting will take you. This is shown by its LED shade that displays dual as progress indicator. This digital display also is used whenever you want to select a shade set from the available seven. When toasting your bread it will always get even heat from all sides. This is enabled by the self-centered slots. This leads to uniform browning of the bread. The slots are big enough for both bagels and artisan breads. This makes this toaster very convenient hence has the top toaster reviews.

Breville smart toaster BTA840XL

This splendid toaster is very efficient and reliable. It is simple to operate and allows for easy toasting of bread. It operates automatically. Its Lift and Look are also easy to operate. This is done by just switching on the button. It is designed with modern features despite its fast cooking performance. It has a digital display, tapered top and die-cast aluminum. These features make it more stylish and attractive. This toaster is suitable for wide range of activities. It will enable you toast plain white bread, thick bagels or artisan bread. The toaster is very convenient and a multi-purpose machine.

Dualit NewGen 47180

This spectacular is among the roaster with top toaster reviews. Its spectacular appearance is attributed by the casing colors and classic metal design. This makes it very stylish machine in your kitchenette. It is a durable roaster with efficient services. Its heat distribution is evenly. This allows for the best browning. It is suitable for other specific functions not performed by other roasters. This is because it has the optional rack and its sandwich cage. The toaster also has a timed dial shade setting. This makes it more suitable brands and convenient for its operation. It is operated from one toasting slot despite the numerous slots. It can have two, three, four or six slots. These aids in its efficiency and also easy to operate from slot.

Other quality brands include: Kitchen-Aid one touch and Breville Lift and Look.

How to Choose a Kitchen Knife

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There are four types of kitchen knives that a home kitchen should have. These types are a chef’s knife, a slicer, a utility and a paper knife.

Let’s see each of the above types separately. The chef’s knife is usually eight inches long and is the most important knife in our kitchen. It has a wide variety of uses. We can use it for slicing, dicing and chopping. A utility knife is like the chef’s one but in a smaller size. It is about four to six inches long and it is used mainly for cutting and slicing. A slicer knife is longer and thinner from the other two types and it is mainly used to cut cooked meat. Finally we got the paring knife that is three to four inches long and is used to core and peel. Where we find out.

Now it’s time to see another separation of kitchen knives. We can categorize the knives in forged and stamped. Forged knives are higher priced than the stamped ones and they are created from a single piece of molten steel. That’s why their blade is stable and less flexible than the stamped knives. In contrast, stamped knives are created by a cutter machine. Obviously this type of knives is cheaper than forged ones. Despite the fact that the best knives are forged we could find very quality knives that are in stamped category too.

A smart choice, by your side, when you are willing to buy kitchen knives is to find info source about the best kitchen knives brands that you are interesting and give a look at all the above advices that we gave you. I hope that this guide will also consist a useful info source by each own. Also, always you can choose a set of knives. In this way you will have a variety of choices to use in your cooking.

Finally you have to beware of the handle comfort of the knife. It is very important to feel the knife as an extension of your hand. I know it’s a little creepy but all the above must be considered when you are buying a kitchen knife.

Which One Deserves The Best Juicer Ratings?

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No other treat can help your family beat the scorching heat of summer than a glassful of homemade fruit or vegetable juice. This refreshing drink will not only help every family member cool down but can also serve as their main source of necessary vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy. All you need to have is a fast and reliable juicer.

However, choosing among the many juicers sold in the market nowadays could mean investing a lot of time and effort particularly for homeowners who lack both knowledge and experience regarding kitchen appliance. Which between the two best juicers today namely the Breville juicer and Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor is a better pick? Read further to know which of these famous juicers deserves the best juicer ratings and should be a part of everyone’s’ kitchen.

  • Breville Juicer

Almost every Breville juicer review claim that the product is the best of its kind in the market today. It boasts an 850-watt dual speed motor and stainless-steel cutting disks which allow its user to juice any kind of vegetable or fruit in a matter of minutes. This heavy-duty juicer is also packed with a number of innovative features including a safety locking arm, and a large-capacity pulp collector. Many homeowners also ended up choosing this juicer due to its sturdy structure and sleek overall design.

  • Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor

It’s not a mystery how the Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor currently have the best juicer ratings as it boasts useful features that are not available on other leading competitors. This juicer has a wider feeding mouth, large pulp bin, and a powerful 800-watt motor. It also comes with a pushing tool for faster juicing. All of its parts are dishwasher-safe which makes clean-up a breeze. But the main feature which made this juicer very popular is its energy-saving mechanism which enticed homeowners who want to serve mouthwatering juices to their family without dealing with excessive electricity bills.

The two juicers mentioned above are both perfect choices. Nevertheless, the Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor tends to be a much better option due to its affordable price. The Breville Juicer should only be considered if your aim is to acquire the best juicer available in the market even if it would mean spending more.

Additional information – 7 Days Juice Plan

Best Large Bread Machine – Panasonic SD-YD250

panasonic bread makerI snooped around the internet for a REALLY long time reading the best bread machine reviews before I decided to get the Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Machine. I’m really glad I made this choice because now I can make enough bread to go around!

The one thing that really prompts me to buy this machine in the first place was its option for 3 loaf sizes. It allows me to bake up to two and a half pounds and is suitable for my family, which is slightly larger than usual.

Like many other bread maker, it also has a 13 hours delay timer that allows you to add in ingredients the night before and wake up to the smell of bread in the morning. You can also choose to bake in the morning because the rapid mode takes only 3 hours (2 hours faster than your average) for a full cycle.

Other than that, the Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Machine has an automated yeast dispenser that adds in the yeast at the perfect timing and a temperature control program. Both is said to contribute to an even loaf. There’s no window for viewing, but the results are consistently satisfying. I always end up going to work or sleeping anyways so the window isn’t really necessary.

If you’re the type that favors dried fruit and nuts in your bread, but fear that it may get crushed during kneading, fret not, the bread maker will beep to signal you the optimal time to add it in.

Furthermore, this trusty bread maker comes with accessories such as measuring cup, spoon, booklet and a recipe book consisting of 40 breads and dough. It also makes dough for pizza, focaccia, croissants and other pastries without baking. All you have to do is pop them in the oven later, after you’ve molded them.

Apart from the above, the SD-YD250 also has a power interruption protection which automatically allows you to resume from wherever you’ve stalled and a safety fuse to protect you from a lightning strike. I think that’s really great!

With this bread machine I can choose the crust color as I like, but the downside is that the crust selections are only for white bread. Whole wheat ends up dark no matter the selection. It also consumes a fair amount of counter space and the recipes provided uses dry weights. You might want to get a book for conversion beforehand.

This bread maker is a decent bread machine, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a big family to feed.