Choosing the best non stick cookware

non stick panLet’s begin by clarifying a few important things. One, what is non stick cookware? This is simply cookware that does not have food sticking on the surface when heated to high levels. Non-stick status is achieved by coating the cookware metal with a material that does not react easily when heated. Teflon is mostly used for this purpose. Two, benefits of non stick. The first one, obviously, is well, non-stick. This ensures you only eat what went into the pot, not a reactive compound that may harm you. There is also the factor of allowing you to use less cooking fat, you know what that means. Then there is the ease of cleaning. Three, even non stick cookware can have food sticking if it is overheated or once it has worn out. The recommended heat is around 500 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will usually be indicated on specific models. Read more about non stick cookware before you buy.

Simply Calphalon
While it is a bit heavy, I would recommend Calphalon as a non stick because the weight compensates for durability, and also allows for heating to a significantly higher degrees than other models. That is from personal experience, but reviews back this up too.At around $200 for a 10-pc set, it is actually a good buy. There are complains of the coat wearing out when put in the dishwasher, but you can simply avoid this by not putting it in there. If you must, wait for your cookware to cool down before putting it in.

Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Enamel
If you love a traditional look, this is for you. Porcelain-enamel is already easy to clean in itself, the non stick is a sort of bonus. It is durable, and once the non stick wears out, replacement does not become an emergency; you can push the porcelain a bit.A little downside: It takes a while to heat up.

Anolon advanced nonstick
I have not used Anolon myself, but I have a friend who does, and I eat at her place often. Her food never got stuck, she’s never complained about cleaning, and she rarely shops for non stick cookware. When she does, it has to be Anolon. Surely, that’s enough to guarantee a recommendation. She says Anolon is for the budget shopper, so, if that is you, there you go!
Remember, all non stick cookware will need a little caution than normal ware in cleaning and storage.

We now give bread makers as wedding gifts

I know bread makers seem a bit odd for wedding gifts, but every newly wed couple can do with one at home. Buying breads is an expensive affair, and nowadays everybody works. My husband is more Internet savvy than I, so he spends a lot of time doing window shopping, which I suspect is his way of avoiding listening to what I am saying. Nevertheless, I trust his wisdom on many things, and I leave wedding gifts decisions to him. It is one thing to do shopping for our home, and it is another thing to do shopping for others. I simply don’t have time.

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Honestly, modern bread makers fit our budget for wedding gifts, at least gifts at most of the weddings. But the first such bread maker ordered from an online store actually came for our home. I admit I was overjoyed with the looks and lack of mess while baking and cleaning. I am able to get folding bread, and many other varieties of baking jobs from this beautiful black colored appliance which watches me cook in kitchen. We have more than recovered our investment in less than 3 years and I am still in love with this little appliance.

Related reading: Bread machine reviews by George SSF

Searching for bread making machines is again a time consuming affair, right? But if you have family members who will do all the surfing and short list a few for you to take a managerial call, you have the best family in the world. I simply do not have patience to read through those lengthy best bread maker reviews, which confuse me. Our bread maker actually got a few negative reviews. I was surprised. My husband mentioned that the reviewer possibly did not follow the instructions. Am I glad to be married to such a knowledgeable man? You bet. He is so meticulous that he even staples special instructions about the bread maker we order for friend’s weddings, so that the newly weds do not have any problems with the appliance. I know this is not done usually, but honestly, everybody who gifts any appliance that they are delighted with should consider emphasizing such instructions. This little help can make the gift worthwhile.

Related reading: Choosing the right bread machine – Salad in a jar

Good Rice Cookers to Buy

A rice cooker is a really useful tool if you try to avoid disappointing results when cooking rice. Also, rice cookers can be used for cooking many more meals like for example pasta, chicken, soup or vegetables. Here are some good rice cookers that I recommend.
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First of all, is the Black & Decker 6 cup rice cooker with steamer basket. It is one quite basic but very good rice cooker and is the cheaper choice, as it costs about 13,88 dollars on Walmart. This rice cooker is an ideal choice for me as I can make up to six cups of rice. What I really cannot stand, is the excessive cleaning after every time of cooking with a pot. The stuck food on the bottom of the pots can make me sick, but cooking with this rice cooker has really made my life much painless, as it has a removable cooking bowl and a nonstick coat that is super easy to clean. Moreover, it is fully customizable and it gives you the option to turn off the cooking automatically and just function to keep the food warm. One of its major advantages which has really helped me a lot, is that it has a divider that can separate the food inside the bowl, so you can cook different meals simultaneously.

Another good rice cooker is the Aroma 8-cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. Its price is 29,92 dollars on Walmart. This rice cooker in my opinion is the most ideal cook helper for a hard working person, as it can be programmed to start the cooking and end before you return home. So, you will find warm high quality and nutrient rice or other meals ready to eat. This rice cooker is super easy to use with just the hit of a button. I can prepare up to 8 cups of rice. What I like most of this cooker is that it has different levels with lots of space, that allow to cook different recipes in less time.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-cup Rice(uncooked) cooker and warmer is one good but more expensive choice of a rice cooker. It costs 138,59 dollars on Amazon and it can cook 6 cups of rice. Although its price is more expensive, for me it is a real asset to have a rice cooker that can boil rice correctly for sushi. Moreover, it has an LCD screen and modern design. For beginners of cooking, this machine offers measuring lines that assist on calculating the amount of ingredients to be used. Also, it has reheating and automatic cooking options.

More rice cooker reviews here.

What You Need to Know About Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast has long been a favorite of vegans, who use it as a cheese substitute. But now nutritional yeast is everywhere—maybe you’ve seen it in the market, or on a food blog. Here’s what you need to know about the popular seasoning.

This article originally appeared on Cooking Light.

It’s simply deactivated yeast—similar to the kind in your bread or beer. To make the seasoning, manufacturers feed the yeast sugar, to make them grow and flourish. Then they kill (or deactivate) the yeast by heating them. Finally, they dry the deactivated yeast and fortify it with vitamins and minerals. That’s it.

It tastes cheesy and savory because of naturally occurring glutamate. Nutritional yeast does not contain added MSG, but it as the yeast break down, they leave behind amino acids, glutamic acid among them, which has a naturally savory, umami-like flavor.

It’s fairly nutritious. Nutritional yeast contains B vitamins and protein, and it has only about 20 calories per spoonful.

You can use it the same way you’d use Parmesan. Nutritional yeast is a super useful seasoning for vegan or dairy-free diets: It’s fantastic sprinkled on popcorn or nachos, or over roasted vegetables or salads. You can use it to make vegan pastas taste cheesy. But it’s good in non-vegan dishes too—as a flavoring in breadcrumbs for crispy chicken or fish, for instance.

More info at Real Simple

Why an excellent kitchen knife makes all the difference

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It’s that time of the year when I call friends and family for Thanksgiving. Having roasted my turkey, I would not want to end up with a botched bird just because am using the wrong kitchen knife. Over the years, I have learnt that a great kitchen knife makes all the difference when slicing a turkey. What’s more, when it comes to dicing, chopping or mincing, a great kitchen knife makes the job effortless. The art of cooking naturally becomes more of a hobby than a chore. Reading a lot of best kitchen knives set reviews could sharpen one’s knowledge about kitchen knives. However, acquainting yourself with some kitchen basics will not hurt.

A well-resourced kitchen ought to have four types of kitchen knives. I have stocked my kitchen with a chef knife (8 inches long), a utility knife, a paring knife and a slicer. Generally, a chef’s knife is the workhorse of the kitchen as it is used to slice, chop, and dice various kinds of foods. I use this one when slicing my turkey. A utility knife, on the other hand, may be used in place of a chef knife. Though slightly smaller, you will be surprised that a utility knife will work just as well as the workhorse of the kitchen (a chef knife).

A paring knife is ideal for peeling fruits. It’s about 4 inches long and pretty lightweight. A slicer is moderately longer and thinner. This one is perfect for cutting cooked meat. As such, I sometimes use it when slicing my turkey. Note that when buying a kitchen knife, you should not look at the price but how it feels in your hand. A while ago I used to compare prices and pick then cheapest knife. Only with time I have realized the best way to pick a great knife is by first getting a feel of the knife rather than worrying about the price. This way, I get to narrow down to what I really, need and want.

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