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Masticating Juicer is the Best Juicer

I too thought all juicers are alike until my daughter became a nutritionist. She gave me long lectures on how I am wasting my money using conventional juicers for getting fruit and vegetable juices. I don’t know if it is true or not, but one reason I was keen on getting a masticating juicer was to drink wheatgrass juice. The mechanism of conventional juicers is different from the mechanism of masticating juicers. Conventional juicers do not squeeze out the vitamins in the fruit, grain, or vegetables. Unlike them, masticating juicer presses the pulp with augur.
My daughter suggested I buy the Omega j8006 masticating juicer. Unlike the manual juicer I wanted for extracting wheatgrass juice, this masticating juicer is motorized and requires power supply. Though it looks like a tortoise holding up an umbrella on its head, it has the top rated masticating juicers reviews and is a welcome addition to my kitchen because it does much more than merely serve as a masticating juicer. I am now able to grind my coffee seeds in it, and also other spices. I mince nut butters in it and also use it for mincing herbs. There is arrangement for extruding pasta as well. Obviously, this is a better choice when compared to conventional juicers, which require minimum quantity of fruits, vegetables, etc. As for wheatgrass, we’re getting maximum nutrition.

But I cannot deny that I found Breville BJS600XL more to my taste. For starters it does not have a part that protrudes oddly. Therefore, it can be easily accommodated in the kitchen. But my daughter was against me purchasing that masticating juicer.She said mama, that can only be used for making juices, whereas Omega juicer can be used for many other purposes. Both the juicers had similar prices, so I could not disagree with my daughter’s contention. In the end, it is the versatile usage possible of Omega juicer that tilted the balance in its favor.

Good Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

The process of buying a good set of stainless steel pots and pans can be overwhelming. There are a ridiculous number of brands and models available; the choices can be overwhelming! A search for stainless steel pots and pans on Amazon resulted in 11,679 products. I have done the leg work, narrowed down the choices, and feel confident in any of the following:

stainless steel cookware

Cooks Standard NC-00391 11-Piece Classic Stainless-Steel Cookware Set ($130.98 on Amazon)
This set is very visually appealing. They have glass lids which makes it easier to monitor foods during cooking. However, these lids don’t fit as tightly as I would have liked; steam escapes from the sides of the lids as well as the vent hole on top. The handle stays cool during stovetop cooking, which is nice for an accident prone gal like myself! They are oven safe up to 500 degrees. This is a solid set for the investment.

Guy Fieri Stainless Steel 10 pc ($141.98 on Amazon)
This is a great set of cookware for a reasonable investment ($141 on Amazon). These pans heat up very quickly. However, the heat does not get evenly distributed throughout the pans resulting in uneven cooking. Even so, they would be suitable for most jobs. These handles also stay cool during cooking. Pans are oven safe to 500 Degrees.

Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set ($224.95 on Amazon)
This is the only of the three with Triple Ply Construction and it is the best cookware for induction cooktop. Triple-Ply consists of a layer of aluminum in-between two layers of stainless steel. The theory is this maximizes heat retention and evens the distribution of heat, eliminating hot spots. And I do find this set to be the superior in that regard. The Rims are tapered allowing for easier pouring and avoiding messy drips! I don’t care for the stainless steel lids; I much prefer glass lids so I can see my food. But this is the only complaint I have.

There is no perfect set of cookware. But these sets are durable and will yield solid results. I hope this review has helped narrow your choices and created a more pleasant buying experience.

Rice Cooker For You Too!

rice cookerSo you’ve been looking around for a good rice cooker and my guess is that you landed here by Googling something close to “rice cooker review”…right? Well, you can thank your lucky stars today because I’m going to let you in on a secret about rice cookers. See, no matter what you read or hear, all rice cookers operate almost on the same principle. That goes for both entry level and high end rice cookers. The formula is put in as much rice as you require (or as much as your rice cooker can swallow at a go…), pour in enough water and switch it on and wait.

The major differences in rice cookers generally fall under the capacity, design and color, make (company), and may be whether the thing is just electric or if it’s programmable, period. After going through several rice cookers in my lifetime, I can recommend a few quality rice cookers based on performance and features; the construction, capacity, price and cooking technology notwithstanding. You will probably want a rice cooker that can double up as a steamer for obvious reasons.

Panasonic has been around for a long time and most of their appliances have been reliable and have served us well. Their rice cookers also come with the same quality and one particular model – the SR-DE103 – has served me extremely for years. This baby does everything; brown, white or sticky rice; cakes, porridge, stew or soups, it really does it all for me. It comes with “fuzzy logic” technology.

Although I had to replace it with a Zojiroshi rice cooker a few months back, the Panasonic rice cooker continues to prepare excellent rice servings. The switch was entirely on “personal” issues and not performance (ok, my wife thought we’d had the rice cooker for a long time… but I suspect one of her friends talked her into it!). I went for the Zojiroshi (NS-ZCC10) because it has the same capacity (approximately 5 cups) but gives a totally different experience with its “neuro-fuzzy logic” technology. I have to admit, I was sucker for the music it plays when your food is ready!

I hope this will help you choose a rice cooker for your kitchen. There are several other nice rice cookers out there but these two have been tried and tested by me so I can personally vouch for them and I highly recommend them to anyone.