Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set

The Rachael Ray Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set is the best-selling hard-anodized cookware set.

rachael ray 10 piece nonstick hard anodized saucepan set It’s made of hard anodized aluminum – an anode electrode is passed through it to increase the oxide coating on the outside of the aluminum – this makes the aluminum resistant to corrosion and wear and tear. The anodizing process is what produces the lovely graphite look to the pans pictured left.

This cookware set has a nonstick interior, and the handles are made from stainless steel that is wrapped in orange silicone that is cool to touch.

The lids are glass – safe for cooking and they allow you to watch the food as it cooks.

Here is what comes with this set:

* two french skillets/frying pans – one eight inch and one ten inch
* two covered saucepans – a one-and-a-half quart pan and a three quart pan
* a three quart covered sauté pan
* a six quart covered stockpot

In other words, the ten pieces consist of six pans and four lids. The pans including the handles, are safe in ovens up to 400 F. They come with a limited lifetime warranty as long as you only cook on a low to medium heat, and you don’t wash them in a dishwasher. However, washing by hand is not a problem as long as you make sure you soak the pans first in soapy water to soften any food stuck to the pan. Then use mild dish soap and a gentle sponge to clean. They advise you not to use on a glass or ceramic stove top. It is recommended that you cook with a wooden, plastic or silicone spoon to preserve the nonstick interior (don’t use metal).

This 10 piece cookware set is considerably cheaper than equivalent sets being sold by other brands. Please note that this Rachael Rat set is made in China. You can cook pretty much anything with the pans included in this set, making it perfect for someone who is just setting up house and wants a versatile range of pans. The stockpot can be used to make large quantities of pasta (it’s sometimes referred to as a “pasta pan”) or winter stews, the small skillet is perfect for cooking eggs in, and the saucepans are the correct size for cooking vegetables.

Amazon are selling this with free shipping

 

This Rachael Ray set is also available on eBay:



 

 

 

This Rachael Ray set came in at number 11 in the Good Housekeeping Institute test for nonstick cookware.

If you are a Rachael Ray fan, visit her page on the Food Network, where she shares her recipes.

Other types of Rachael Ray Cookware:

Rachael Ray 10 piece nonstick enamel cookware set

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Remote Meat Thermometers

Anyone who has ever grilled meat knows of that moment when you try to stick a thermometer into the meat and hold it there long enough to get a reading without singeing your hand in the process. It used to be a test of manhood that you could do it, but now, remote meat thermometers have thankfully solved the problem. You just stick the probe into the meat beforehand, and take your reading from a safe distance.

Here are the best meat thermometers available:

Taylor Dual Probe Thermometer

taylor dual probe thermometer This probe can measure temperatures ranging from 16 to 302 Farenheit. It has two probes, so you can measure two dishes at once. It allows you to preset meat temperatures and also comes with a timer feature.

It is made of stainless steel and is easy to keep clean. It works on barbecues as well as food on the stove or in the oven (so you can use it to check your cooked roast).

 

Polder Digital Probe Thermometer

polder remote meat thermometer The Polder Digital Probe Meat Thermometer can measure temperatures from 32 to 392F. It allows you to pre set temperatures as well as time. The probe is 43 inches long, and it comes with a pan clip and two rear wall magnets.

It is powered by a single AAA battery (included) and they also include a USDA food temperature cooking chart. In my opinion, this is the best bbq meat thermometer.

 

The Kintrex Non-Contact Laser Thermometer

kintrex laser thermometer The Kintrex Laser Thermometer (model number IRT0421) is an infrared thermometer that you just point, press the measure button and read. This means you can use this for electrical and automotive diagnostics as well as for establishing surface cooking temperatures (note that for temperatures inside meat you need a probe thermometer).

It comes with two AAA batteries in the box and has a 2 year warranty. The box also includes a padded nylon carry case and instructions on how to use it.

 

Getting Food Temperatures Right

To be safe when cooking meats, please see the following USDA minimum cooking temperature chart for an indication as to how hot the food needs to be to kill bacteria present.

How to use a probe meat thermometer

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La Cafetiere Titania 8 Cup French Press Coffee Maker

The La Cafetiere French Press Coffee Maker is one of the prettiest cafetieres available at the moment.

la cafetiere titania 8 cup french press

It has is made of stainless steel etched in a flower and vine pattern, by designer Alison Appleton, and the glass beaker slips inside the stainless steel tube. This makes the construction much sturdier than other french presses.

This French Press is easy to use – you spoon in your grounds, pour in hot water (it is important that the water is just off the boil – if it is boiling it can burn the grounds leaving a bitter taste), let it sit for four minutes and then push the plunger down to separate the grounds from the coffee.

The capacity of this cafetiere is 32 ounces – this means it makes eight dainty sized cups of coffee (equivalent to about two to three American mug sizes). The stainless steel and glass are easy to clean (you can remove the glass beaker from the stainless steel tube), and they also sell replacement beakers and plungers so you can continue to use the cafetiere for decades.

La cafetiere is actually a British company that started making French presses in the 1960′s.

The Titania comes in a very pretty gift box, so can double as a house warming present or Christmas gift. You can also buy a smaller three cup version. Amazon are selling both with free delivery – see below:

Norpro Digital Kitchen Scale

The Norpro Digital Food Scale (model number 8633) is a sturdy piece of equipment with a stainless steel base and a tough tempered glass platform on top where you can weigh your food – the overall effect is sleek, modern and functional.

norpro digital food scale

It is a sensitive high precision kitchen scale, which can measure food up to 11 pounds capacity.

It cleverly allows you to add multiple ingredients incrementally – so you don’t need to weigh everything separately. The weights display at the front in large digits.

This scale uses a 9 volt battery (which is included), and has an auto-off feature to save on battery juice.

Because this scale is made of stainless steel and glass, you can wipe it clean using a damp cloth and it is attractive enough to be left out on the kitchen counter-top.

Amazon are selling this with free shipping

 
You may also like to look at the following pages on the Ozeri Touch II digital kitchen scale and the Soehnle flip digital kitchen scale

Bosch Tassimo TAS6515UC Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Bosch Tassimo TAS6515UC (also known as the Tassimo T65 brewbot) is the best seller amongst the popular Tassimo single serve coffee machines. Unlike the Keurig coffee makers (see the sidebar for the Keurig machines), the Tassimo controls the brewing process using a barcode on the T-discs (little round aluminum envelopes that contain the coffee), so that the temperature and amount of water used to brew the coffee are tailored exactly to the type of coffee in the T-disc.

bosch tassimo t65

It makes tea and hot chocolate as well, and the variety of coffees you can make is large – lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, latte macchiato, filter coffee and so on.

The LCD display at the front shows every single step of the brewing process (including warnings when your water tank gets too low). The cup stand is illuminated with three lights above the stand, which automatically switch off after five minutes of non use. It is also adjustable, and you can hold down the button to add additional water to taste. The water heats up in just a minute, and there is a stand-by feature to save energy inbetween brews.

The removable water tank holds 67 fluid ounces (just over eight cups), and comes with an automatic cleaning and de-scaling feature (you get a cleaning disc with your Tassimo T65, which you use instead of the normal T-discs when doing a cleaning run, plus they give you de-scaling tablets). The removable parts are all dishwasher safe.

You get a limited one year warranty with this coffee maker.

What is the difference between the Tassimo T65 and the Tassimo T45? The illuminated stand (which is not included in the Tassimo T45), and the improved LED display. On the T65, the display really walks you through the entire brewing process, so you don’t have to consult your instruction booklet, and they’ve also added the warnings mentioned above about problems such as the water reservoir running low. The display on the T45 is much simpler. If you like these extra features, then buy the T65, otherwise go for the slightly cheaper T45.

Comparison with Keurig machines: the Tassimo is much quieter than the Keurig machines. Plus they appear to be better made, there have been very few reports if any of this machine breaking down. That’s reliable German engineering for you.

Best prices: Amazon are selling this machine with free delivery, see below. I’ve included the price of the T45 (which also includes free shipping) so you can compare:

 

You can also get this coffee maker from Coffee For Less – see below:

 

Here is a video demonstration of how the Tassimo makes coffee

 

Once you have bought the machine, do register it with tassimo direct (the manufacturer’s website) – they are offering two free packages of T-discs to those who do. Click here to register.

If you need the online version of the tassimo instruction manual, click here

Bosch tassimo T65 coffee maker

All American Pressure Canner

If you want a really good industrial quality pressure canner, then the All American Pressure Canner is the best for the home kitchen.

all american pressure canner
All American pressure canners are made from hand cast aluminum in a sand mold which means each canner is slightly different. It has a unique metal-to-metal seal, which means this pressure canner doesn’t need a gasket. The cover goes on easily (it’s designed to fit exactly) and you clamp it in place with wing nuts.

The handle is made from bakelite, which stays cool to touch. It has a geared steam gauge with automatic overpressure release. You get a pressure regulator weight with settings of 5 psi, 10 psi, and 15 psi (which means you can also use this as a pressure cooker at the lower psi).

It comes with two racks so you can stack your canning jars within the canner.

The only caveat is that you cannot use this pressure canner on glass top or flat top ranges. Please note that these canners are heavy – don’t leave them on the stove when not in use as the weight will impact the cooker, and get someone to help you when lifting it (and definitely don’t try to lift when it’s full of water, put the canner on the stove first and then use a pan/jug to add the water). All American pressure canners are made in the USA (that’s how they got their “All American” name). They’ve been making them in Wisconsin since the 1930’s.

The All American canner comes in a number of different sizes – the one pictured is the 30 quart canner which can hold 14 pint jars – but you can also get smaller sizes

Before you do any home canning, read these food safety tips on home canning, to ensure you are doing it right. All canning needs to be done at 15psi.

You can use your All American pressure canner for standard pressure cooking as well.

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