Crock-Pot 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker

Posted on March 27, 2011 by ElaineNo Comments

Something that can be really handy to have is a programmable crockpot, I suppose it simply makes life a little bit better and the Crock-Pot 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker might just deliver exactly what you’re looking for.

Crockpots are normally aimed at small families or even people who are only cooking for one. It is an excellent way to ensure that you have a nice meal ready for you when you come home from a long day in the office. It comes with a warming function so that you can easily set it to have dinner ready for you when you are ready to have it yourself.

In fact, this particular 3 1/2-quart size cold enough food for two or three people. It has temperature knob which has a number of different settings (off, low and high). It also has what they call wraparound heat cooking which allows your food to cook evenly so you have no story or ensuring that you are supervising the cooking at any time.

What the reviews say

When I’m looking at a variety of products I love to see what customers who have purchased this product have to say. This August issue a really good indication as to what they think of the particular product, and it comes to this Crock Pot there is plenty of positive feedback, which in my opinion is always a good thing.

What do people say

  • This has been working for five years for me I have no problem with it
  • I use my crockpot all the time and it works perfectly from the first time I purchased it
  • This is an excellent product
  • I really love coming home to a cooked meal at the end of the day

I suppose we start to read positive comments like that is always a good sign that this is doing exactly what people expected to

What do Customers No Like

Reading the many refuse to reward to people complaining about the plastic handle. Some people said that it was quite difficult to lift it safely because of these. I also read other reviews which were actually pretty positive that they have no problems about this, so I think you have to take these all into perspective before making any type of decision when purchasing any type of appliances nevermind just purchasing a crockpot.

You can read more customer reviews here to find more about this particular product

What Else Should You Look For

if you looking for a way to cook healthy recipes would define these items can really count towards what you are looking to do. You want to make sure it doesn’t get too hot and it has a secure lead that will not cause you any problems. Making sure the unit is clean and easy to clean it is always an important question.

We hope you found this review helpful to you really want to find more out about having one of these in your kitchen you can find more information over at Amazon

Filed Under: Slow Cookers

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 6 Quart Dutch Oven

Posted on April 27, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

If you are looking for a Dutch Oven at an affordable price then you should definitely take a look at the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 6 Quart Dutch Oven.

Lodge have been in business for over 100 years and are a respected American cast iron cookware company so you know you are buying quality from a manufacturer knows the business. It must also be noted that all of their non-enamel cookware is made in the United States and their enamel coated cookware is made in China.

So while you are customers purchasing this

  • one of the problems with cast iron is that you have to season it great thing about the lodge color enamel cast-iron Dutch Oven is you do not need to season it.
  • It has actually been treated using porcelain which helps to make it chip resistant
  • It is very reasonably priced compared to others.
  • When you need to wash it its very easy to clean.
  • It is the dishwasher safe but many people recommend you hand wash instead.
  • The 6-quart pot lid is oven safe up to 400°F.

This is an ideal Dutch Oven for any kitchen and could be used over and over again for cooking. A friend of mine was using one of these a couple of weeks ago and I must say I was quite impressed. I’m the only problems (even if it is a problem) is because it is made from cast-iron its quite heavy.

Overall this is a super product and definitely offers good value for money. Reading some of the reviews over at Amazon some customers who have purchased other products and compare this one think it is probably the best value.

You can read many more customer reviews on the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 6 Quart Dutch Oven over at Amazon.

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Anolon Advanced Covered Windsor Stockpot

Posted on April 27, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

Here we have the Anolon Advanced 7-Quart Covered Windsor Stockpot, which is ideal if you want to slow simmer beans or soups. Because of its size it is also perfect for a large family or perhaps if you are entertaining friends.

There are a couple of important things that you need to consider when thinking of purchasing cookware. What absolutely perfect about this stockpot is that it heats evenly and ensuring that your food is cooked properly requiring less intervention and stirring and no hot spots. It’s been constructed using heavy gauge anodized aluminum and because it is also using DuPont’s durable Autograph 2 this means it has a nonstick surface.

It has been designed to taper down in diameter which in turn requires less heat.

So why would you buy this

  • Because the pot tapers down in diameter it requires less heating.
  • Because of the nonstick surface it is easy to clean.
  • The lid fits perfectly which will bring your food to the boil quickly.
  • You can easily view what’s being cooked you have the ability to see what’s going on without removing the lid.
  • It is oven safe up to 400° F which enables you to start cooking on the stove and then move it into the oven if required.

We always read plenty of reviews from customers who have previously purchased the product. It really gives us a good insight into what their customer thinks and it’s also very helpful. Being able to choose from ratings and reading the details that they have gives a really good indication of consumer satisfaction.

Reading some of the reviews on this product it was clear that many people find this a wonderful addition to their kitchen.

You can read some more reviews on the Anolon Advanced Covered Windsor Stockpot over at Amazon.

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Black & Decker G48TD Grill and Waffle Baker

Posted on April 26, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

The fresh smell of Waffles in the morning can be absolutely beautiful. I remember a few months ago I was staying in a hotel and they had a professional Waffle maker where you simply forward in the batter and worked on a rotated system which rotated the cooking plates. It was very simple but yet very efficient.

This got me thinking the other day to review a waffle maker and I came across the Black & Decker G48TD Grill and Waffle Baker.

What are the important things to look for

  • Very solid and very well made
  • Can be easily changed and will allow you to remove the cooking plates
  • Easy to use – this is a key point especially if you have children that want to use this
  • Safety is also important because you do not want the waffle maker becoming too hot where it could be dangerous.
  • Easy to store – if it comes with a handle you want to make sure that this can easily fold so it can be store in your kitchen cabinets.

The Black & Decker G48TD is also a grill and waffle maker so offers the extra functionality. The plates can easily be taken out which makes watching Oprah very easy. The many reviews that I have read on this all say that nothing sticks to it which, of course is a good thing.

What features do we like?

  • You can easily remove the cooking plates
  • It can also be used for making pancakes and sandwiches.
  • Many customers who have purchased this found that no batter sticks to the inside. Even one customer tried it using gluten free batter and found no problems.
  • Cleaning is very easy.

Is there anything we don’t like?

A number of customers who have purchased is reported that it can get very hot on the outside at times. Once you are careful it will not pose any problems whatsoever. But, it’s always recommended to keep children at a young age away from this because of the extra heat on the outside of the waffle maker. The general consensus amongst many customers who have purchased this was very positive and they seem to be the only issue that the odd person had.


It’s funny when you start to research various products and read the many reviews as we do here. Lots of positive reviews and even some customers who have purchased a second one which is always interesting to read.

You can read more reviews about the Black & Decker G48TD Grill and Waffle Baker over at Amazon.

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Myson Copper Cataplana

Posted on April 26, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

This Myson Authentic Portuguese Copper Cataplana is ideal for cooking and the perfect cataplana. If you’re looking to make a Portuguese dish that is full of tradition you are going to need a Cataplana. The cataplana is a copper dish that was introduced to the Portuguese from the Arabs over 400 years ago. It was first used by fishmongers went fishing and they could easily cook within 10 minutes inside a boat.

You can find plenty of websites online that will explain how to make an ideal cataplana recipe even popping onto YouTube you can see demonstrations of this exact cookware being used to produce a wonderful dish.

Essentially cataplana is a stew made of clams and simply steamed in the airtight copper pot. I guess it’s like the equivalent of a modern-day pressure cooker. It’s always said that you should never eat clams in months without the letter “R” this seems to be a rule from long-ago when there was no refrigerated transportation, so if this is true now I’m not really sure.

This is a very specialized copper cooking pot and once you have tasted food cooked with one of these it’s quite hard to explain how beautiful and how easy the cooking can be achieved.

If you’re looking to buy a Copper Cataplana you should check out the Amazon website to read some of the reviews about the Myson Copper Cataplana pan

Filed Under: Copper Cookware

KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors

Posted on April 26, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

If you are looking to dice, chop or puree quickly this is exactly what the KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors can do. It’s been designed to handle most tasks and comes with a 12 cup capacity. It is able to handle these tasks using 745 watts of power.

One of the interesting things is it comes with duel feeding tubes and because of the powerful motor and various cutting blades is able to make short work of anything you require.

If you are looking to do a smaller job and do not require the 12 cup capacity bowl it also comes with a smaller 4 cup capacity bowl, this is ideal if you of course are looking to use this food processor for smaller jobs.

One of the other interesting things is also comes with is a dough blade which is ideal for mixing and preparing batter, which could be used by any baker for cooking.

Product features

  • It comes with dual feeding tubes, which can be easily used to accommodate a large food or narrow foods.
  • It’s dishwasher safe but you need to doublecheck which parts can be 100% washed in the dishwasher.
  • The non-slip rubber feet makes sure it stays in place and does not move when in use.
  • It comes with a 12 cup capacity and a 4 cup capacity bowl

What comes in the box

  • Transparent plastic work bowl cover with tall feed tube
  • Plastic dough blade
  • Multipurpose blade
  • Fine (2 mm) and medium (4 mm) slicing discs
  • Medium (4 mm) shredding disc
  • 2 piece plastic food pusher
  • Plastic spatula
  • Plastic slim-line chef’s accessory case
  • Illustrated instruction booklet

What do customers think that have purchased this

The general consensus amongst many of the reviews that we read over at Amazon were very positive. One customer who has purchased this only had one complaint about the delay experienced once you stop the machine because the blades keep spinning and was caught out a number of times by over processing.

You need to also ensure that the Lid is pushed down correctly so you do not get any leakage. Also one of two people mentioned that there are a number of places where food can actually get caught so you need to be aware of this when it comes to cleaning.


Reading the many reviews this is lots of positive feedback on the KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors. It can check out what more reviewers have to say over at Amazon.

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Oxo Good Grips Pastry Scraper

Posted on April 8, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

This might seem like a simple little requirements at times but having a good pastry scraper is something that should come as standard in everybody’s kitchen.

The OXO Good Grips Pastry Scraper offers just a little bit extra then you would expect because it has a strong and sharp stainless steel blade that will help you scrape pastry dough without even having to think about it.

It’s also able to do a few other things for examples crushing and chopping up maybe some other types of ingredients that you are looking to add to your mixture.

Reading the many reviews on this, it seems many customers were very satisfied with the handle on the scraper because being able to feel comfortable using makes it much easier to work with and in turn ensures that you get the job done quicker.

The handle is made from a non-slip rubber which has been desinged to make it comfortable and ensure that you keep a tight grip. Its slightly wider than what you will find on others.

So what do we like

  • It also comes with measurements on the blades and they have been etched in so there’s no chance of them rubbing off over time.
  • The ergonomic handle design ensures that it is comfortable to use especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
  • It’s dishwasher safe which is always good to make cleaning up quicker.
  • It’s fairly inexpensive at under $10 and for that you get a functional scraper that can be used for many other purposes.

What do people think that I’ve purchased this?

You can read many reviews off the OXO Good Grips Pastry Scraper over at Amazon


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Zyliss Mix-N-Measure Stackable Measuring Cup Set with Lid

Posted on April 7, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

It is one thing you can be sure of is that every cook needs to have measuring cup’s.

The Zyliss Mix-N-Measure Stackable Measuring Cup Set are made from a durable plastic and come in a set with 1, 2, and 4 cups sizes.

They have an easy to read measurement markings which allow you to check your measurements from both the inside and out. Because the cups have a rounded base design it makes it easier for mixing, beating ingredients.

It comes with an ergonomic handle design which is comfortable to hold. All cups have a nonslip base which makes them easy to use.

They are made from a durable polycarbonate.

What do you get when you purchase

  • 1-cup
  • 2-cup
  • 4-cup

What do you need to know?

The lid only fits the 4 cup measure you need to be aware of this before you purchase

You can find more information over at Amazon


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Filed Under: Kitchen Accessories

Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner

Posted on April 6, 2010 by ElaineNo Comments

The Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner is so easy to use. Once you take off of it you will find a basket that is extremely smooth it keeps your fruit and vegetable from bruising. When you pour your salad into the basket you can see use this as a colander and rinse under water.

You can simply place the basket back into the bowl and secured the cover back. All you need to do then is pull the handle and spin your salad King. It actually spends the salad at 1800 RPM.

Because it also comes with a nonslip rubber-base the Easy Spin will stay firmly in place throughout the spinning cycle.

The bowl measures 10.25 inches so is big enough to hold enough salad for 4 to 6 servings.

You can stop spinning by pressing a small button on top of the lid which brings it to a quick stop. This also has the added effect of fluffing up the salad.

Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner Features

  • It is made from high impact plastic so it is very durable
  • It comes with a nonslip base
  • Because of its stackable design it requires less space in your kitchen
  • It comes with an automatic cord retraction system
  • The spinning lid also keeps everything airtight
  • The cord is very hard wearing
  • The stop button was pressed brings the spinning action to a quick stop which helps to fluff up the salad
  • It can be cleaned in the dishwasher
  • It also comes with a five-year guarantee

If you happen to have any leftovers you can then the bowl in your refrigerator. Because of its flat top you can easily place other items on top of this if you are stuck for space. Cleaning is easy done in their dishwasher and you can place it on the top rack without any problems.

What do reviewers think?

You can read more reviews on the Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner over at Amazon


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Bialetti Mini Express 2-Cup Stovetop Percolator

Posted on April 5, 2010 by Elaine1 Comment

If there’s one thing you cannot beat it smell of freshly percolated coffee. The aroma in your kitchen is just beautiful. But, there can be a problem if you are simply wishing to make 1 or 2 cups and did not want to take out your big percolator out of the cupboard as let’s be honest sometimes too much coffee is just not that good for you.

When I went researching I came across the Bialetti Mini Express 2-Cup Stovetop Percolator which is just perfect for making a quick cup for you and a friend in a short space of time.

This is an easy to use percolator and does not take much counter space. It can produce fantastic tasting espresso in around five minutes. As you can see from the photograph it’s an elegant Italian durable quality product.

I must also note that the cups you see in the photograph are not included.

Reading many of the reviews many customers have recommended this product. It’s also recommended when cleaning you do not use soap.

What do customers think that I purchased this?

It’s always nice reading reviews of products that I would personally purchase. You can find many positive reviews over here at Amazon


We found the best price at Amazon

Filed Under: Kitchen Accessories

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