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We all love the smell of freshly baked bread, nothing quite beats it. It always reminds me of my mother when I was a little girl, she loved to bake bread, maybe that’s why I like to bake bread. Sadly though my new job means more hours in the office and less time at home. I love my job but I miss baking. However, I still wanted to enjoy the taste of homemade bread and so therefore made the decision to buy a bread maker. That way I would have the best of both worlds.

The first decision I had to make was what brand to choose? There are so many different makes on the market. I asked friends and family for their advice and the name that kept popping up was that of panasonic. So a panasonic bread maker it was to be. I just didn’t know what particular maker.

That was the time to hit the internet, in order to find a good bread maker review that told me what the best bread maker would be to suit my needs. Budget was not a particular problem, I just needed a fairly large machine that I could pre programme and which would make me a decent loaf of bread.

I firstly checked out the panasonic website. This listed all of their available bread makers with customer reviews. Each bread maker was also given a star rating that helped me in my choice.
I then visited Amazon.com in order to read what panasonic bread makers they had available. Again customer reviews and star ratings were given.

By consulting both of these websites I was able to find the best bread maker for me. My advice is to always read those customer reviews, as they help you in your decision making process. You therefore get the best that is available to match both your needs and budget. I am so glad that I took the time to read reviews as I now have the perfect bread maker.

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Here are 4 tips to choose a chef knife.

Size:

For most tasks in the kitchen an All purpose knife will do the job well. An 8 inch knife is the most practical for most jobs, including cutting vegetable and small cuts of meat. A 10 inch or a 6 inch knife can be used if you want a little bit more specialization for the task. For cutting hard vegetables use a bigger knife

Weight:

Will you be using the knife for the whole day? 5 hrs? 30 mins? Imagine using a heavy chopping knife the whole day. If you don’t want to tire out before the end of your shift consider using lighter knives. The lack of weight can mostly be compensated by keeping the blade sharp. But there is another school of thought where chefs use heavy knives because it feels right.

End of the day, it is about your personal preference.

Handle:

Wooden handle or fiber? Or some other material like steel. Depending on your preference for the “feel” of the knife, choose a handle. What ever handle you choose, try to select a knife with full tang as it provides a good balance to the knife.

Sharpness:

Every knife is different. Some hold their sharpness for a long time. Some need to be constantly sharpened and honed and loose their shape because of that. Try to sharpen your knife at least once a day to maintain the quality of cuts and keep your fingers safe. A sharp knife is a safe knife.

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I was told by friends that copper cored stainless steel cookware sets were the best available in the market when it came to selecting cookwares. I had an aluminum core stainless steel set, and was quite content with it until a couple of months ago when the pans started overheating and developing hot spots. Food would get burnt more often. That’s when I decided I needed to change my set. I got looking at the best rated cookware sets of different materials to know if indeed the brand they had suggested was the best or if something else was there that was better than that.

Copper I knew had absolutely excellent thermal conductivity. Cooking in a copper vessel would assure that the food would cook evenly. I simply needed to avoid acidic or alkaline food in copper cookware since that would leave a metallic after taste to the food. Also, I needed to be careful when cooking light-colored foods in copper since they would tend to have small grey streaks on them as evidence of some copper compounds being stuck to them. The best alternative would be stainless steel with copper core, since steel by itself was a relatively poorer conductor of heat compared to copper, to get the best of both worlds! (Related article: Cookware buying advice)

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Since I knew that much, choosing my cookware set online from the best rated cookware sets of different materials was a rather easy task. It was the most reputed brand; in fact they were the pioneers to have started cookware sets with copper and aluminum cores. The aluminum option was cheaper, but if you were ready to shell out a few bucks more, the copper core was far superior than anything else!

I have had the cookware set for little over a year now! It works perfectly. The heat is distributed evenly, food is cooked better, and the pans heat up real fast! Only thing though, I still prefer my traditional cast iron skillets. Call it blind faith or whatever, I believe they cook braised meat like nothing else, not even the ones that came with this cookware set. I simply cannot throw them away, though I have replaced all pieces from the old set and use the new pots and pans now, but the new skillets have been kept aside in the cabinet for that rainy day when I simply need to replace my old ones!

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When I got married, I received many beautiful kitchen gifts, including silverware, china, table linens, and a complete cookware set. But my favorite gift was a set of kitchen knives from my best friend. I had no idea that a good set of kitchen knives could inspire me to learn how to cook wonderful meals.

I rarely cooked before I got married, and usually just grabbed some fast food with my friends after work. My new husband, however, preferred to relax at home after a long day, and encouraged me to try new recipes with his help. Years before, he had taken a knife skills course at the local community college and learned that there are many types of kitchen knives available to help with various types of food preparation. Now I know the difference between a paring knife (used for peeling and slicing fruits and vegetables) and a bread knife (with serrated edges to cut through crusty loaves.) I use a chef’s knife for daily chopping and slicing, and a boning knife to prepare boneless chicken breasts. I even invested in some other kitchen knives, including a Nakiri knife, which is a type of knife popular in Japan for cutting vegetables.

My husband and I will often stand in the kitchen and discuss our day while we are chopping and dicing the ingredients for our dinner. We’ve prepared some memorable entrees like pork chops with thinly sliced apples, hamburgers with diced onions and parsley, and a delicious vegetarian chili with chopped zucchini squash. We also love entertaining on weekends, and invite our friends or neighbors over. One of our favorite meals is a stir fry with lots of chopped vegetables and meat. I break out the kitchen knives and ask everyone to help cut up the ingredients. It’s a fun and relaxing way to spend time with friends. You should try it too!

Learn more: Tips for handling kitchen knives

Cooking rice is relatively easier for almost everyone but cooking the best rice with the right aroma, tenderness and tasty requires one to have a rice cooker. This kitchen appliance makes it easy to cook high quality rice for the guests. In the use of this type of appliance you will be able to get the best quality for your rice. Large Aroma rice cooker has been designed in such a way that it I able to make the rice tender and have a nice aroma that adds to its taste. This type of rice cooker has a large capacity to hold large volumes of rice at a time.

In doing so, you will be able to cook much rice for many guests without wasting time in cooking multiple meals at different times. In addition to that it is economical in the use of electric power and hence saves on high electric bills. The best brown rice cooker have been rated the best due to their service provision to clients who have used them. In terms of capacity, customers especially restaurants and hotel owners have provided positive feedback on these kitchen appliances due to their capacity to cook more rice for their customers. This has minimized inconveniences on the part of the restaurant owner to their customers. In that case, they have improved the business.

Aroma ARC 787D is both a rice cooker and a food steamer. In that case, it is a multipurpose rice cooker whereby it is not limited in cooking rice only. It is able to prepare up to 14 cups of cooked rice for your guests. It is thus suitable in a medium restaurant as it will make it easier for one to cook rice that can be served to many customers at a time. In addition to that it is easy to use as it is a digital appliance. It has controls for cooking white and brown rice. On top of that it steams meat and vegetables as it cooks the rice, making it easy to prepare delicious meals.

Aroma 1033E has a capacity of up to 60 cups of cooked rice. It is thus ideal for large hotels and restaurant whereby there is a large turn out of customers at a time. This will help the owners of the business to attend to the customers’ orders in the shortest time possible. The kitchen appliance has an electronic control system so as to make it easy to control the appliance. It is specially designed for commercial purposes.

In choosing the best rice cooker for your kitchen, here are various factors you need to consider. The capacity of the rice cooker. For commercial rice cooking a large rice cooker is needed to save time and energy in cooking. On the other hand a medium sized rice cooker is needed in homes where the number of people is small. Simplicity in controlling the rice cooker is another important factor to consider before choosing a rice cooker. A rice cooker with digital control system is the best a sit is easy to control. In addition to that, the material used to design the rice cooker is essential in terms of durability. You should go for a rice cooker that is made out of stainless steel.

Additional information: Aroma Housewares

 

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The search for the perfect pots is still on and everyone is looking for one that will satisfy all their needs. Choosing the best cookware set for your home or the best cookware set for induction may be very daunting with the many brands around. Many renowned chefs have recommended various varieties of pots and pans ideal for using at home together with tips of how to buy the best cookware. You might be interested read this best cookware set review.

You need to consider the price of the set as lack of planning on budget will set you back badly. Some sets are so expensive and you might not use all the pieces so consider the price well. Before you get that beautifully colored set consider the material used as this may define the quality of food. The more common materials of cookware are aluminum, copper, stainless steel and cast iron. This metals behave differently when heated and this should be a priority consideration.

Check the durability of the pots and pans as you don’t want to go shopping two months after buying that set. The reactivity of the metal is also a factor to consider as some materials may react with some types of foods. If you hate cleaning and polishing cookware just for it to look good, you should go for the easier to clean materials like stainless steel.

This is the most popular material for professional use cookware and the top chefs love it, no pun. Copper is a good conductor of heat and this fact helps with even cooking of foods. Other metals tend to over heat or concentrate heat in certain areas resulting in uneven heating and hot spots that make browning very hard.

The metal also responds well to heat changes so temperature control works best with copper. This makes copper cookware the best fort cooking most foods and sauteeing. Copper cookware is a favorite for the executive chef for the Ritz Carlton hotels, Henri Boubee.

He loves the copper cookware because, “they heat faster…hold heat more and cook the quickest”. This is just but one of the many standing ovations the copper cookware has been given. Stock up a set and see for yourself.

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