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Revolving Spice Racks - The Benefits of Using Them





For me, with a Revolving Spice Rack, I don't have to go through my entire cupboard to find a container of spice!
Revolving Spice racks really free up a lot of space, especially if you don't have a lot of space to begin with.

If you are are a very short person, and you store your spices and herbs in an overhead kitchen cabinet, it will be very difficult and time consuming going through several bottles of spices just to find a particular bottle in the back of your cabinet.
  
This is great way to keep your spices in check, as you will be able to easily see what you already have, don't have, or what needs to be refilled.

 A great way to keep you cabinet clutter-free

You can save on spices also, when you purchase some spice racks, since you are eligible for free spice refills for 5 years from the date of purchase. Get complete information about the program at https://freespicerefills.com.



Kitchen Cookwares and Utensils

Get the Right Cooking Utensils 

Like the old saying goes "A bad workman blames a poorly done job on his tools." If you are a beginner or have recently started cooking, don't end up being like the bad workman. In other words, don't only avoid getting some bad cooking tools, but also get the right and necessary tools. Don't go spending all your savings on cooking utensil you don't necessarily need, or expensive brands that are not necessarily better than other cheaper brands. Try to be as frugal as possible.

Why You Should Get The Right Cooking Utensils

Let's first take a look at cookware. Having pots that are the best for preparing meals on stove-tops or baking containers that are oven-proved for example, is of paramount importance if you intend to do a lot of cooking and baking. Pots and pans made from cheap materials or are poorly designed will not only cause your food to stick to the bottom of them or burn, but will also warp, rust, scratch, chip and even break, after using them for just a short period of time.

This I can definitely attest to. When I first started my undergraduate studies, because I was struggling to make ends meet, all I could afford was some cheap pots and cooking utensils. One evening I had just finished preparing dinner, when another student who was also a resident of the Dormitory I was staying came to the kitchen and asked me if he could borrow my frying pan. He told me that he was going to be quick, because he was just going to fry two eggs, so I should wait for the frying pan.

As I stood there waiting, I wished he had allowed me to return to my room, just for a minute or two, instead of having me waiting around to witness what this cheap frying pan had done to his eggs. I was so embarrassed as he cursed this poor pan, calling it all sort of names. No matter how hard he tried the prevent his eggs from sticking, his effort was in vain; the eggs just kept sticking to the bottom of the frying pan. As a result, what was meant to be fried eggs, turned out to be scrambled eggs. It didn't take long for the bottom of this pan to get discolored and my cooking fork, skillet, spoons etc to start rusting.

How to Choose Pots and Pans for Cooking

If you are working with a limited budget, or is someone who really don't know how to choose good quality pots and pans, you might find yourself struggling with the decision as to what types of pots or pans you should buy. The first thing you should be aware of is that most cookware sets on the market today are made either of aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron or copper. The materials can either be nonstick or non-coated.

 Secondly, your should think about the things you like to cook the most which will ultimately affect your choice of materials. If you prefer to fry your eggs, meat, etc, most of the time for example, you might want to consider purchasing at least one non-coated pot or pan. Finally, if you would like to be able to wash your pots and pans in dishwasher, you should also take this into consideration when choosing your cookware sets. However, it won't hurt getting both a nonstick and a non-coated pan, since they both have their share of advantages and disadvantages. Below are some advantages and disadvantages of  nonstick and non-coated pans:-

Nonstick Pans
     Advantages
·         Perfect for simple cleanup
·         Require less oil for cooking, thus help to reduce fat intake

Disadvantages
·        More easily scratched than non-coated pans, for this reason, it’s best not to use metal utensils in them
·        Don’t allow your food to brown as well or like they do in nonstick pans

   Non-coated
       Advantages
·        Perfect choice if you do a lot of browning and braising

Disadvantage
·        Much harder to clean than nonstick pans



A Few other Useful Cookwares 

  1. Slow Cookers

Why Do You Need a Slow Cooker
We are currently living in a society where most people are always “on the go.” If you are one of those individuals, who are currently living a fast-paced life, a Slow Cooker--- often refer to as Crock-Pot--- is definitely recommended, simply because it saves time by allowing you to cook your meals at a relatively slow pace unattended.When cooking soups, stews, and tough cuts of meat, for example, a slow cooker will get the job done well.

Newer models are designed to simmer food at a low temperature, generally between 170° and 280° F, for an extended period of time. The later models are even equipped with electronic controls that allow you to program cooking time, usually in intervals of 30 minutes, and that automatically switch to warm when cooking is completed.


  2.  Pressure Cookers


While Crock-Pots AKA Slow Cookers are designed for cooking meals at a slow pace, the traditional Pressure Cooker on the other hand, are designed to cook tough cuts of meat or bony pieces of meat such as beef oxtails, at a much faster pace. If you need to prepare something that takes quite a long time to cook, and you are pressed for time, the original pressure cooker will get the job done quickly for you. For example, it usually takes 45 to 60 minutes to cook oxtails when using a traditional pressure cooker.

With a traditional Slow Cooker, on the other hand, it may take as much as 6 hours if you were to cook oxtails at high temperature, and 10 hrs, if you were to program it to cook it at low. However, it's not safe to leave an older model pressure cooker unattended. Secondly, because the meat is being cooked under high pressure, you have to be extremely careful when removing the lids of the older version pressure cookers. For this reason, you are advised to always read the manufacturer's instructions prior to using them.

 Some newer model Pressure Cookers however, are multifunctional and programmable, just like Slow Cookers. Some of them for example, even function as rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, warmer and can even saute/brown meat. The bottom line is that, all you need is a traditional or simple Pressure Cooker, which of course is much cheaper. 

3. Food Processors or Blenders


If you enjoy or would like to experiment with different herbs, fruits and vegetables like I do, either of these two pieces of appliance is a must. It suffices to say, you should always consider the types of food and drinks you will be preparing before choosing a blender or food processor. For example, some processors can help you to reduce the amount of time you normally spend cutting fruits and vegetables into small pieces to feed smaller sized processors, simply because they are designed with wider feed tubes, which allow you to feed larger pieces of fruits and vegetables into them.
  
My advice is that, you shouldn't  buy any of these just because of the design or simply because it matches the color of your other kitchen utensils or appliances. Other important things you may also want to take into consideration when trying to figure out what food processor or blender you should purchase are:- whether or not a blender or processor  has easily read measurement marks and controls that are not technical to use. Also, if you are going to prepare meals for a small family or just for yourself, a processor that can hold up to 7 cups of dry ingredients should be okay.

 Last but no least, you may also want to consider the quietness of the blender when in use. This bit of information should be enough for a beginner or someone who will not be catering for large crowds. For others who will be catering for larger crowds or will be needing food processors or blenders for other purposes, there are certainly several other features you might want to take in consideration when deciding on the type of  blender or food processor you should purchase.



 KIRKLAND SIGNATURE STAINLESS STEEL COOKWARE
I recently started using these Cookwares, and must honestly say they are some of the best pots I have so far come across. These are some of the reasons I find them to be excellent for cooking:
1.They are not too heavy or too light
3. Reach desired cooking temperature quickly
2.They retain the heat perfectly well
4.Cook evenly

FYI. The first time you use any of these Cookwares, the bottom(inside) may develop a temporary stain or  discoloration. However, this is not a problem! Whenever you are washing them, just pour a bit of vinegar or lemon juice in the bottom and gently scrub. This will get rid of this discoloration.




FYI: Look for this Signature and Information
at the bottom of these awesome pots.

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