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Is Your Stainless Steel Rice Cooker Better Than Mine?

Nothing means more than a high quality rice cooker. As a person who lives in a country, where rice is the staple food, a rice cooker that ensures fluffy rice is a necessity. But, less people take the materials of the rice cooker for granted. When they decide to buy a unit of rice cooker, they expect to get the best price with the most comprehensive features. Well, they have made the best decision. For me, I expect to get them both, while ensuring that my rice cooker is made of high quality stainless steel. This was why, I really paid attention to some reviews that I browsed around about the best rated rice cookers. Then, I decided to buy a stainless steel rice cooker from a Japanese manufacturer, which has been in the business since I was at the kindergarten.


Why stainless steel? I don’t want to be seen like a boring teacher to you. But, I’d like to explain a little bit about the importance of stainless steel as the main material of the inner cooking pan. The boiled water, which is the result of the heat element process, will remain at the same temperature if the pan is made of stainless steel in high quality. The stable temperature lets the rice or grains to absorb the water properly, and automatically turn the device into warm’ mode when it is perfectly cooked. Well, there are some other materials that many manufacturers use for their heating pan, such as aluminum. But, it may not deliver a stable water temperature, while consuming high electricity.

If you think that a stainless steel rice cooker is much pricier, you should have considered some factors that make your money worth spending. All stainless steel-based appliances ensure high longevity. Next, a stainless steel rice cooker will not cost you too much, especially if you cook a high amount of rice for your big family. My best rated stainless steel rice cooker is not easily chipped, even if it has been used for nearly four years now. I focused on the non-stick coating feature that this product has, because my easily wear-and-tear, old aluminum heating pan didn’t deliver a satisfying result, even for less than a year of usage. My stainless steel rice cooker delivers similar results for cooking grains or brown rice, so I don’t need to find other pans to cook some recipes that need them as their main ingredients.

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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. Visit wikipedia for more details.

The twins asked for kitchen knives

My nieces are getting married on the 18th of this month. They are identical twins, and planned to get married on the same day. While the double family celebration is just what we needed to get together, it has put me a quandary. Under normal circumstances, I would have spent about $150 to $200 for each of them. But now, I have to confine myself to $100 for each of them. That does not leave me with much choice, does it? It is customary in our family to ask what the would-be bride wants at her wedding. The twins asked me to buy them knives. Now, I am searching for best knife set under $100 for each of them.

Ceramic Knives

I noticed that I do not have much choice in this. I can only hope that the set I am about to order turns out to be good. Nowadays, food processors take on many of the slicing and chopping jobs. To that extent, I am confident that the knives set that I intend to gift will be spared the humiliation. But I know how troublesome washing the work bowl of food processor can be, when chopping multiple vegetables, and that happens regularly. This is the reason, I still continue with my age old knives set.

The sets I am ordering will cost me about $90 each, and they include steak knives, peelers, parers, and slicers, apart from a sharpening steel. The reason this set is more appealing is because the set of 17 pieces is housed in a nicely designed compact wooden block. My nieces would not have to search for knives every morning. Since I still have $10 to spare, I am planning to include chopping board too. Chopping boards are available at cheaper rate and will fit my budget perfectly. I, however, wish, I could have bought them something better. For know, I have little choice but to settle for this set of knives, and hope that they are appreciated.

How I Learn How To Use An Espresso Maker And Make Great Espresso


My story is quite interesting; when I was growing up great espresso is one of the things I loved the most. I saw my parents make great espresso every single morning and my sister and I always looked up to. However, even though I loved taking espresso, I never developed any interest on how to make it and let alone how to use an espresso maker itself. On numerous occasions, my mum insisted that I learn how to make espresso, but all her please felt on deaf eyes. Had I known the whole thing was going to hunt me later on, I would have taken her seriously; soon after I moved out of my parents hours, it dawned on me that I didn’t not how to maker espresso. Although I had the urge of taking a cup of espresso, I dint know how to make it and worse of all, I had one of the best espresso makers in my kitchen after reading the top espresso machine reviews. I called my mom and told her about my woes. She told me all was not lost for if I could go through espresso maker review and guide, I would learn how to make a great espresso.

Just like she said, I took her advice seriously and went through espresso maker review and guide that day. From the reviews and guide, I learn a few skills on how to make the best espresso and also some of the best makers out there. To cut the story short, it is now over a month since I went through reviews and guides and well blended espresso is what I take every single morning. I really thank my mum on the advice she gave. Had it not been for her, I really cant tell what I would be doing. My advise to people, if you want to get an idea on how to make great espresso, I suggest you first go through espresso machine review and guide. It is worth it.

I Found My Perfect Bread Machine!

There is nothing more intoxicating than the smell of freshly baked, mouth-watering, butter melting bread in the early hours of the morning! Oh!! Just the thought, and I want to drive back home! I had an old bread machine and I only used it over the weekends or on special occasions because I basically had to do all the work myself. It was time consuming and made a lot of noise. So I was only too happy to upgrade it to the bread machine I know have! But before making the purchase, I had to study every model there was out there to see which one would be the most suitable for me.
I started by searching out all the best breadmachine reviews 2015 available. It wasn’t too much work for me as I knew what I wanted. Being a diabetic meant that I required a gluten-free bread machine, which narrowed down my search completely. Before you go searching for your perfect bread machine, know exactly what you want. What is the size of your family? Do you want a horizontal loaf? How much time do you have in the mornings? What is your budget? All these questions help you tremendously to narrow down your search.

After narrowing down my search, I began to study the reviews for each glutton-free machine I found, until I got the one that was just perfect for me! This was the T-fal PF111. It is small which is perfect for me, is very quiet and it suited my budget perfectly!! And best of all, it has a 15 hour delay timer which is great for me because it means I wake up to the smell of hot, mouthwatering bread!!! I’m not a morning person, so I would rather prepare my ingredients the night before and set my bread maker to start making the bread a few minutes before I wake up in the morning. That way by the time I wake up, fresh bread is ready for me, hassle free and ready to eat! Now it’s your turn! With these few tips I’m sure you’ll be able to find the bread machine that is perfect just for you!

Microwave for Christmas!

Before the last Christmas my daughter asked me to bring a good microwave as she wanted to make a cake for the family. I thought, when it is for the family I prefer the best one, not only a good one. My daughter likes the color red most and, I planned to give a surprise then. In cold weather among winter it is really pathetic to go out for shopping, though I needed to go for that.

My wife recommended me to take a look online first so that I may save time for shopping. Great idea! Before going out for the microwave I was searching for a good website to know about the best microwaves. I found a good microwave reviews as the best though there are thousand of websites over the internet.

I found something very friendly from the Cooking Style website. Their reviews is great informative about all the microwaves. I was surprised, how it is possible to feel like shopping in a store without going there! Whenever anyone thinks of microwave, h/she thinks for the legend brands alive in the market. In this list the Cooking Style website presents the reviews of LG Microwaves, Emerson Microwaves, KitchenAid Microwaves, Panasonic Microwaves, Sharp Microwaves, and so on. What else need! All I needed I got there to know, and you will get too.

I am thankful to the website as I could save my time, and before going to buy I knew about the best one I needed. Their reviews and guide is enough friendly. Privacy Policy, and Terms of Services is clearly explained there. Also the Cooking Style website has their own sitemap so that you may be guided for the appropriation. Finally I got my red colored microwave for my daughter to present, and my daughter presented her first hand made Christmas cake.

One of the recipes I’ve tried:

Black & Decker Rice Cooker Makes Cooking Easy

Black and Decker rice cooker has made my cooking too easy when I am held up with work and I just think that it was the right one to get after reading this best rice cooker reviews. I just need to add dry rice and required amount of water in the rice cooker and put it on. This cooking device automatically switches to keep-warm mode after the rice gets cooked and keeps the rice warm at an ideal serving temperature. When I used the cooker for the first time it sprayed slime all over my kitchen and took me long to clean all the mess.

I was disappointed with the product and was thinking I chose on a wrong product. But later when I went through the instruction booklet I found that the mess was because I used too much water to cook the rice. I actually used the same amount of water which I normally used to cook it on the flame, but Black and Decker rice cooker requires less water to cook in comparison to the water needed to cook rice over the flame.
red rice
After then I always used the water as per the instruction booklet and I never faced the same problem again. This kitchen appliance gives you perfect firm and fluffy rice if you follow the instruction booklet properly and the best part is that it automatically switches to keep-warm mode after rice being cooked which gives you perfect warm rice even if you want to eat them at some later hours.

Black and Decker rice cooker have removable non-stick cooking pan and can be cleaned easily. It has a heavy-duty tempered glass tip that keeps in heat, moisture and allows me to check the food through glass without steam being released. Now I can make my favorite rice recipes, soups or stews in two simple steps: putting the ingredients in the cooker and switching on the button. That’s what I need to do, the rest is taken care by black and Decker rice cooker. I would highly recommend black and Decker rice cooker to working women who are busy and held up with loads of work and don’t have much time to cook. I love this product.