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December 13th, 2010 by Sarah
Using the Breville BSG520XL is really quite simple. It is a sandwich maker and with this sort of kitchen appliance it is easy to prepare a number of different panini recipes. This sort of toasted sandwich tastes really good. You might be surprised to hear that it is not the filling that is the most important ingredient, it is the bread that you choose to use. Of course, the filling obviously makes a big difference to the taste. There are so many different recipes that you can try.
In this article I shall spend a bit of time talking about the features of the Breville Panini Duo machine and why this makes a good choice as a home panini maker. Then we can go on to look at some of the features of a good panini recipe. Is it the case that the more we put into our sandwiches the better they will taste? This is something that we will examine shortly.
Now, we can spend a bit of time considering the design of the BSG520XL. Some of the things that are noticeable about this device is that it has nice hot plates that are covered in a non-stick material. This ensures that sandwiches that you make will not stick. Even if some of the filling over flows, it is very easy to remove. One of the important points about this design is that you do not have to add extra butter or oil to the outer sides of your sandwiches, unless you want to of course.
With this sort of panini maker, there are many different styles of hot sandwich that you can prepare. The floating hinge design lets it close onto both thick and thin sandwiches alike. One thing to bear in mind is that we do not have to add lots and lots of fillings to your sandwiches. Sometimes just a combination of two or three ingredients can work really well. Often something crunchy, like crispy bacon, combined with a cheese works really well. There are so many different panini recipes to try. You can find lots of these on the internet.
December 9th, 2010 by Sarah
If you have a look on the Amazon website for rice cookers you will notice that the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is currently one of the most expensive machines that is being sold. This kitchen appliance costs upwards of $250. For most of us, this is not cheap. But this does not mean that it is not good value for money. This is going to be the subject of this article. I do not think there is anything wrong with spending a lot of money on the right kitchen appliances. From the research that I have conducted into the various Micom rice cookers on the market today, I am convinced that this 5 1/2 device is one of the best value options.
First of all I will give a brief run down of rice cooker manufacturers and who makes the best machines. Then I want to focus on one particular model. The reason for this is that as I discussed above, I think that the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 offers households something very special when it comes to cooking rice.
It is the Japanese brands that produce the best rice cookers in the world today. This is very hard, if not impossible, to dispute. We all know just how popular rice is in the Far East. Combined with this is the world famous Japanese electronics industry. Therefore it is no surprise that they have invented some particular technologies that allow their machines to produce superior rice.
The biggest advance has been the introduction of Micom components to these devices. What this has done is change the rice cooker from an electrical appliance into an electronic one. This is simply a higher technology version. The way that Micom works is much more sophisticated than simply an on/off function of more basic models. This is because they are able to actually control the way that the machine works. Micom is in charge of the actual temperature that the rice is cooked at as well as the duration of the cooking process itself. This is why machines such as the NP-HBC10 from Zojirushi are worth every penny.
November 11th, 2010 by Sarah
American customers are unable to purchase the Breville VST012 Sandwich Press. This is because it is a model that is sold in the United Kingdom. Conversely, U.K. customers cannot get units like the Breville Panini Duo because they are the American models. Machines that are sold in these countries areas of the world vary in styling and some of the design features are a bit different too.
You can find the Breville VST012 Sandwich Press for sale at online retailers such as Amazon. They are selling this machine less than the RRP of 40 pounds. So as a budget sandwich maker I think this is a really good option. To be honest, I do not really think that a fancy machine is required at all. All I want one of these grills for is to make hot toasted sandwiches. All of the other functions are un-necessary for me. Therefore more expensive machines do not really offer anything that I want.
Preparing two or more toasties concurrently is feasible with many of toasted sandwich machines available these days. Prior to toasting your sandwich, you need to join the electrical cord to an electricity supply. Once you have done this, the device will begin to heat up. The hot plates on the interior get very hot however the surface part should remain safe to come into contact with.
The outside surface is prevented from becoming dangerously hot. This could be dangerous.Toasties are sealed together because the lid comes down and presses the upper layer of bread into the lower one around the edges. It also puts a diagonal line across your sandwich. This turns the sandwich into a pocket containing the filling and keeping it from escaping.
The Breville VST012 Panini Press makes a good choice for anyone living in the United Kingdom that wants a machine to toast sandwiches. It is very easy to clean because both upper and lower hot plates are flat. Literally all that you have to do is give it a wipe with some kitchen towel after each use.
November 10th, 2010 by Sarah
Getting your hands on the best price Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo sandwich press is quite simple. All that you have to do is head over to Amazon and you will be able to order this machine for the lowest price that is available online. I am impressed with the low price of this device because it can be used to make any nice sandwich that you create into a great panini.
Making two sandwiches at the same time is easy with most of toastie makers on the market now. Prior to toasting your sandwich, you need to join the electric cord to an electric power supply. Once you have done this, the sandwich toaster will begin to heat up. The hot plates on the interior get very hot but the external section should be safe to come into contact with. Electrical toasted sandwich makers are safe to operate because the inner hot plates do not make the machine too hot on the outside. There is an insulation layer that keeps the temperature on the inside hot but cooler on the outside.
In the end, these machines are simply just two hot plates, one siting on top of the other. They are not fancy electronic devices so they do not warrant a huge price tag. What I like about machines such as the Breville Panini Duo is their simplicity. They have one function, to make hot sandwiches, that they carry out really well. All that you require is some nice bread, sandwich fillings and your own imagination. You are then able to create some lovely hot snacks or meals at any time of day or night.
If you take a look at the sandwich maker review website you will find a host of reviews for a number of different sandwich makers. While they are similar in their main parts, they all have slightly different features that make each brand and model unique.
November 9th, 2010 by Sarah
The Black & Decker G48TD is a cool kitchen appliance. What I like about this machine is that it has a few different cooking functions. The highest profile function that it has is to make waffles. There are not too many waffle makers to choose from if you want to make your own home made waffles. This one comes at a very reasonable price especially when you consider that it can do other things as well.
The reason that it has more than just the waffle making function is that the inner hot plates can be taken out and reversed. So on one side the have the waffle making pattern and on the other they are completely flat. The waffle making side obviously can only be used for one thing only, making waffles. But the other side of the machine actually has two separate cooking functions.
One of these is to make pressed sandwich. Since the hot plates do not have ribs, the sandwiches that come of out of this machine can be very hot. In addition, they do not have the grill line marks that some other sandwich makers produce. For example if you choose a unit like the Cuisinart GR-1 you get ribbed upper and lower hot plates. This really depends upon what style of hot sandwiches you want to make. But the fact remains, that with the Black & Decker G48TD you have the option of making both toasted sandwiches as well as waffles.
There is a third function as well. The way this one works is that by opening up the machine until both hot plates are facing upwards, it can act as a griddle and cook bacon, eggs, hash browns and so on.
This device also comes with a variable heat control. There are three different settings for you to choose from. Care must be taken if young kids are about. This unit can get extremely hot.
November 1st, 2010 by Sarah
The Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler is a best seller on Amazon. It is in fact the top selling sandwich press. The reasons for this are that it is a high quality device that is also very reasonably priced. Indeed, you can actually get this unit for under $50. When we consider that a panini from a cafe can easily cost over $10, it starts to look like great value indeed.
Cuisinart’s GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press is basically a professional style sandwich press that is designed for the home market. Just like more expensive commercial models, the top plate is connected via a floating hinge. This is much better than the fixed hinge models because it ensures that the top plate always presses down on the toasted sandwich rather than pushing on it from one side. This helps to keep the filling inside your sandwich rather than on the grill plates.
Both of the hot plates of the Griddler GR-1 are ridged. This means that on the top and bottom of your sandwich you will get the cafe style burn marks. The weight of the top plate pushes down on the sandwich to compress it and turn it into a concentrated taste experience. This is a great way to liven up plain sandwiches. There are so many different panini that are worth trying, you are really only limited by the combinations that you can come up with in your head. The booklet that comes with the Cuisinart GR-1 contains lots of different savory and sweet recipes for you to try too.
Using this machine is a great way to reduce your food costs while at the same time increasing the quality of the taste of the things that you eat. A toasted sandwich makes a great light meal but if you add a salad or a bowl of soup, you can turn it into an excellent meal.
October 28th, 2010 by Sarah
The Champion juicer has been around for over fifty years. The family owned company Plastaket started making them in 1955. This company is based in California. So buying a Champion is supporting U.S. manufacture. There are two different models that are currently produced. They are the G5-NG853S and G5-PG710. These are simply the model numbers. The difference between these two units is that the first one is designed for home use while the second for use in a commercial setting, such as a juice bar, cafe, or restaurant. There are not too many differences between the two. The commercial machine is a bit heavier and has a slightly more powerful motor. It also costs a bit more. You may think this would be worth having at home but unless you are going to be running your juicer for hours on end, there really is no need to get the more expensive machine.
Masticating juicers are thought to be able to create juices that are a bit more nutritious than centrifugal style juicers. The juices are a bit thicker and have a richer color. Does this mean that more is being squeezed out of the fruits and vegetables that you use? Perhaps.
The cost of a Champion juicer is quite reasonable. You should be able to find them for under $250. This is about the same sort of price as higher end centrifugal machines. So you would have to think about whether you want the convenience of a centrifugal juicer or the extra juicing capacity of a masticating machine. The Champion 2000+ can do much more than just juice. It can also be used for wheat grass extraction; you can make frozen desserts; prepare baby foods; and even extrude pasta with it. So in this respect, it is a more versatile kitchen appliance than a masticating juicer.
October 26th, 2010 by Sarah
There are so many things that I like about the Vitamix blender. Its power is amazing and the fact that it allows us to consume whole foods as a drink is great. The cost of the machine in the first place is expensive. I am sure everyone will agree with that. But it is a piece of high quality engineering that should last for a long time and during that time will help you have a profound impact upon your own health. Many people who follow a raw food diet use this machine because it is so effective at preparing raw meals.
If you decide to invest in the Vitamix CIA Professional that is available from Amazon, or the Vitamix 5200, which you can purchase direct from the Vitamix website. Even though these machines have different names, they are actually the the same device. They are packaged differently and come with different recipe books and a DVD so there is a difference but just not in the unit itself. A kitchen appliance like this is definitely a major investment in both financial terms and in your own health.
People who own one of these kitchen appliances are able to be a bit more economical with the produce that they juice/blend. This is for the simple fact that unlike juicers which extract the juice from the pulp which becomes waste, with a Vitamix blender, there is no waste. The pulp becomes part of the juice. It is because the blender is so powerful that this can happen. The blades at the base of the blending jug can rotate at a maximum speed of 240 mph. They are powered by a 2 horsepower motor. This means that all the fruits and vegetables that you add to the machine will be completely blended to a smooth juice for you to enjoy.
October 26th, 2010 by Sarah
The Vitamix 5200 or CIA Professional as it is also known is possibly the most expensive blender on the market today. It is used heavily in restaurant kitchens as well as some cocktail bars. Now a days, more and more people are deciding to use this machine in their homes too. The reason for this is that a Vitamix blender can be a great kitchen appliance to help us stay in the best physical condition. This is because with this machine it is so easy to make the most nutritious and great tasting fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. If you are considering following a raw food diet then you have probably already heard about this machine. The hard part can be in justifying the expense. But one way to look at it, which is what I am doing just now, is that, yes it is expensive but it is possibly one of the best investments that we could make in ourselves as possible.
What do I mean by this? Well, our own health is in many respects the most important thing for us to have a good life. A Vitamix blender can really help in this regard. So if we have to spend $500, don’t think that it is five hundred dollars on a blender, rather, you are investing five hundred dollars in yourself. And when you make an investment, you expect a return. So I believe that when I get my Vitamix blender, my life will improve by more than $500.
This sort of blender can deal with whatever we add to them. It has a variable speed setting so after adding our fruit and vegetables we start off slow and gradually increase the speed until all of the ingredients have been turned to a liquid. Then just pour the juice into a glass and you are ready to go. Cleaning the machine is so easy too. All we have to do is add some water, put the lid back on and then blend it up for a few seconds before rinsing it out.
Another thing that I like about this device is that it is produced in the United States by a U.S. owned company.
October 25th, 2010 by Sarah
A common question I hear is “What is the best juicer?”
Trying to improve our health is of major importance to so many people today. And finding the best juicer can be a bit of a quest. But there are so many good juicing appliances to choose from, we do not have to worry so much and we can just go ahead a get a device that we think looks attractive. This is one way to choose a juicer. Of course, there are other things that we can look for too. This is what we shall now discuss.
There are actually a few different styles of juicer. Some of them look completely different and others look quite similar but internally, the juicing action that they use is somewhat different. The three major types of units are centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers and twin gear juicers. Each style has some specific advantages associated with it which I want to point out.
Firstly, centrifugal juicers are known for their speed and ease of use. They really are quick. This is a great benefit for those of us who are in a bit of a rush or do not leave ourselves enough time in the morning to prepare our breakfast. With this type of juicer we can still have time to make a juice that will benefit our energy levels all through the day.
Masticating juicers are great because they can juice not only fruit and vegetables but also wheat grass too. This makes them perhaps the most versatile sort of juicer and great for people who want to enjoy the health benefits of green drinks.
Finally, twin gear juicers are said to be the best type of juicer with regards to getting the most liquid out of the fruit and vegetables that are processed. So for the same amount of produce, this type of machine will get the highest quantity of highly nutritious fruit and vegetable juice.
Examples of these machines are as follows:
Centrifugal juicer: e.g. Breville BJE200XL
Masticating juicer: e.g. Omega J8003
Twin gear juicer: e.g. Green Star GS-1000