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My research before getting a slow cooker

Just like we are finding the right home to purchase for our family, it is the same thing with buying the right slow cooker. This is especially true if you are an avid cook for your family. Buying the right slow cooker will not only help the time that you have to spend on cooking but also the amount of energy that you spend. I’m currently making some research on the best slow cooker 2016 to buy here.

a-slow-cookerLuckily, every unit of slow cookers nowadays come with a manual book that we can refer to regarding the maintenance instructions and also the usage instructions. Unfortunately too, some people discard the manual book as soon as they get the unit back home, and they are left with no guidance on how to take care of their slow cooker. So, here are the simple basic tips that we can follow to maintain the life of the slow cooker.

First and foremost, do not ever remove the lid while the dish is still being cooked. If you do this, the heat from the cooker will be loss, and this will increase the actual time needed to cook the dish. Plus, it may also cause your dish to become diluted if the condensed vapors drop into your dish. Regarding your safety, removing the lid while cooking may cause the escaping teams to burn your face.

More information: Top tips of using a slow cooker

Secondly, you must consider the amount of energy that the cooker uses. If you are living alone, then it is okay if you wish to buy the one with high power since you do not have to worry on your monthly expenditure on the energy bill. However, it would be a different story for a family. You should get yourself the set that uses relatively low energy compared to its size.

Thirdly, whenever you have finished cooking, you must never try to turn down the temperature of the cooker by pouring it with cold water. Other than dangerous, this actually will cause your lid, which is usually made of glass, crack and break into pieces due to sudden temperature decrease. As you know it, when the lid breaks. Therefore you need to get a new replacement.

Fourth, if you wish to clean your slow cooker set, just use a clean cloth and warm water or vinegar. These are already enough to clean the stains without scratching the inside of your cooker. Using direct water may cause your cooker to rust should any of the water droplets land on the metal part of the cooker.

Best slow cooker 2016 does not allow steams and vapors to escape during cooking unless we remove the lid for a while. When we do that, the accumulated and condensed vapors will fall back into the dish that we cook, causing it to become diluted, watery and the taste is also affected.

Regardless of the drawbacks, the benefits of using a slow cooker are relatively major compared to the drawbacks (Read the benefits here). That should encourage us to use the slow cooker, especially for those of us who love to multi-task while cooking. Perhaps, while waiting for the stew to cook for 4 hours, we can spend the time exercising, gardening or at least spend the valuable time with our family.

Buyer’s Guide to the Best Coffee Maker 2016

You’ve finally made up your mind that you need to buy the best coffee makers 2016. Probably you’ve never had one or the one you had broken down, and you need to replace it. This is a choice that you should take careful consideration of because at the end of the day, the coffee maker you buy will determine the quality of the coffee that you brew.


In today’s ever changing market, products are changing from one day to the next. What is ‘in’ today may not be ‘in’ tomorrow. Coffee makers are no different. We have a wide range in the market. Different sizes, different colors, different prices. With all the brands out there, it becomes even harder for a consumer to make up his or her mind. This article will endeavor to help you with handy tips on the characteristics to watch out for when selecting the good coffee maker to purchase.

Technology is great! However, if programming buttons and options are leaving you more frustrated than eager to drink your coffee, this may result in you making errors and thereby not enjoying your favorite cup of coffee. The good coffee maker is one that is not only up to date with technology but also user-friendly and simple to use.

Whenever you’re looking for a coffee maker, you want the one that has safety features on. An automatic on/off feature will go a long way in ensuring you not only save on energy but in case you are a forgetful person it turns itself off. Still, on the matter of safety most coffee maker come with a short power cord. Don’t buy any with a long power cord; the short ones are meant to reduce the risk of becoming entangled in or someone tripping over a long loose cord. This is extremely useful especially if you have children in the house who have a tendency of pulling and pushing anything movable. Also, where style is concerned to consider buying a coffee maker that flows with your kitchen decor; look out for (color and size) and you will do just fine.

Time to Camp Out!

So here I am, the camping fever is already building up. All the preparations have been made meticulously so far. My family and I want to make the most of this vacation. Everything is set; the food; the hiking gear, basically everything we are going to need.

Now I need to know on what my babies are going to be sleeping on. The previous picnic and camping experience we had (at that time it was only Steve, my husband, and myself) makes me cringe. We had to make do with sleeping on the tent floor and like is common knowledge with a night spent on bare floor, it doesn’t matter how beautifully the lawns are mowed or how nice and soft they have advertised gardens to be, you wake up feeling like you spent the whole night on a night-running marathon.


Then to make matters worse you wake up too early and the only thing that will save you is if the advertised ‘spectacular view of the sunrise’ is not a misplaced phrase. Come to think of it, nowadays even backyards are referred to as ‘spectacular gardens’. Am hoping against hope Steve chose a nice place. he said he would surprise us and honestly, sometimes his surprises leave a lot to be desired.

Not that am complaining, but sometimes I think men ought to have been given better judgement. Anyway, I digress. I was going to pack in our old mattresses when Baby Nathan, (God! this boy is eleven! I need to stop calling him Baby!) comes to my rescue.

“Mom,” he starts, then gets carried away on picking his nose, a habit which gets under my skin like nothing else ever has! At some point am tempted to ask Steve if he did that because am so sure this, he did not pick from me! “I came across a¬†good camping air bed with frame. ” More nose picking. “Don’t you think they could lessen the baggage?”

My word! Why had I not thought about that all along! This could be just what my family needs to make the picnic memorable and less cumbersome.

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From the last four years I am using air bed

When I was young, we carried hold all in trains, and it was mandatory. We had a few air beds rolled into that with pillows. Back then, the trains did not have good quality cushions, if at all. But most, it was my mom who was scared of us getting bitten by bed bugs or infections from whatever it was the previous occupant had used. We always got the assignment of inflating those beds, for which we used a pump of course. The real fun was watching all that air being slowly released from the bed before it was packed in again in that small holdall.


My mom also used the three air beds she had to accommodate guests, and they always complained of backache on the following day. As children we never understood, and my mother could only be apologetic about the inconvenience.

When I married, one of those air beds was given to me, which my husband promptly rolled into a neat bundle and pushed up in the attic. The air beds he bought looked neater and could be stacked up if needed to offer seating arrangement in day time. So I never complained. These air beds were slightly wider than what my mother gave me. These could also be stored neatly in the cupboard. About four years ago, one of the two air beds breathed its last, and so began our hunt for best air bed. We were surprised that air beds these days are not confined to picnics or travel. Instead, they can be used everyday. I asked my husband if they can also find me air bed that will be cooler to touch in summers, and warmer in winters. My husband laughed and said they have already built in the air pump. It is only matter of another 25 odd years for a heating element and cooling element to be included. We decided we will use these beds everyday provided we could find them to be more comfortable than our foam beds, which make it difficult for me to clean under them.

So we began our search for the best air bed for everyday use. We were not sure in the beginning what we were looking for. Looks matter but I am old now, and I prefer a bed that is easier to sit and climb. We also wanted a much wider bed though we were not sure whether the king size would look alright in our bedroom. The air beds these days come with frame so they look neater as well. Durability and comfort matters too. The salesperson was kind enough to patiently tell us what we should be looking for, though she mentioned it all indirectly. For example air beds being light are likely to slip on the floor, even if there is a frame work. Now, why didn’t I think of that! Or that the surface has to be comfortable. I would have used a thinner mattress as the surface of air bed is usually difficult for spreading bed sheets, and it is all slippery. But the one we found has flocked top to prevent such slipperiness. I was told it is waterproof. Now why would I need that feature on bed, I thought. But I took whatever they gave with both hands.

Finally, we bought a 78 inches by 58 inches bed, which is about 19 inches in height. I wish it was slightly higher, but it was the best air bed for everyday use that was around when we bought it.