New Electric Pressure Cookers

When it comes to pressure cookers, and all cookware for that matter, the above quote is a great place to start.  High-quality and heavy-gauge steel is the most important criteria to look for.   No matter how great the features or components they’re all for nothing without quality materials.  We are in luck because not only is the metal makeup in the cookware you are considering likely to be labeled clearly on the box or on the bottom of the piece itself, many of the name brand cookware manufactures use quality materials by default.  Always know what materials go into the products you buy, especially if used for cooking.

Stainless Steel & Three-Ply Bottom

Choose a pressure cooker that is made of high-quality durable stainless steel.   Not all stainless steel is the same. Look for the label or bottom stamp to indicate “18/10 Stainless Steel” (a composition of 18% chromium and 10% nickel) which indicates the makeup of the metal.  Chromium and nickel add the following advantages:

  • Stain and corrosion resistance. (stainless steel must include at least 10.5% chromium to be considered stainless.  A greater amount of chromium adds to its durability)
  • Shine. (nickel works to increase the protective layer that chromium forms and also adds gleam and shine)
  • Learn more about how stainless steel is made: (video)

Accurate Pressure Indicator & Quick Release

A pressure cooker capable of reaching 15psi (pounds per square inch) is the accepted standard for most pressure cooker recipes.  Often taken for granted, be sure the model that you select is capable of reaching this level.   Also look for an accurate indicator that will clearly indicate when this level has been reached (pop-up indicator, colored marker, etc).  The less guesswork the better.

Look for a pressure cooker with a quick release option built into the pressure regulator.  Modern pressure cookers allow this mechanism to quickly lower the pressure inside the pot without losing the heat.  With the pressure quickly equalized the option will allow the addition of other ingredients from the recipe and then allow the cooking to resume with the switch back to pressure cooking.

Styles of Blenders

A blender is one of the most versatile appliances that you could have in your kitchen. It makes it easier to introduce more fresh fruits and vegetables in your lifestyle, vary the tastes and textures, with ease, and enjoy super-foods that are barely cooked, packed with vitamins, oxidants and healthy nutrients.

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Besides helping you cook larger quantities of fresh veggies and fruits, a blender can successfully do a lot more: making smoothies, preparing purees from different nuts, grinding your own flour, making cold, creamy soups, preparing the creams, barter or dough for different cakes/pizzas, making your own yogurts or vegetable milk, preparing pesto or crushing ice.

The possibilities are endless and the market offers different types of blenders to make the choosing process pretty hard. Before buying a random model ask yourself some edifying questions: What is the main purpose for the blender: heavy duty, frequent or occasional use? Is it easy to clean? If the model takes lots of time to clean it is very possible that you won’t be very motivated to use it often. What extra functions would you require to make your life easier? What to choose between glass and plastic jar?

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Would a hand held blender do the job or should you rather go for a sleek, stainless steel counter-top model?

In the following post we try to offer enough arguments to help you make the right choice when it comes to different types of blenders.

Aspects to Consider When Choosing Between Different types of Blenders

Glass or Plastic Jar?

Most blenders have a plastic or a glass jar. Preferable would be to opt in for glass models since they are more sturdy and durable.

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A glass jar would never alter the taste or smell of its content and this cannot be guaranteed, in time, by a plastic version- plastic tends to “borrow” odors and colors from the ingredients mixed in.

On the other hand, these days, the quality of plastic materials is much improved compared to the past- and special models with hard to scratch, reliable, plastic pitchers are available to buy with the advantage of the affordable prices. They are particularly recommended for those with two “left hands” that are prone to frequently drop them.

Capacity

Choose wisely when it comes to your blender capacity- a large blender can prepare smaller portions but not the other way around. Maybe space saving/storage is important but so is being able to serve larger portions when you have guests/ or an extended family. A blender with less than 1-liter capacity is almost useless.

Blades

It is essential to have good quality blades, especially when you want to prepare green smoothies or crush ice. Stainless steel is the best material for good blender blades.

Extra Functions

In order to get the most out of your experience it is a must that your blender has more speeds and turbo/pulse function. They guarantee more power, faster and better results.

Some models have special modes for grinding, chopping or mixing ingredients for an increased efficacy.

Blender Base

Usually the blender base is made of either plastic or metal and the latter is preferable. Pay attention to choose a model with led display, ease of control for different speeds or functions and safety locks if you are not a very handy cook.

Power

Power is probably the most important feature for a blender. A powerful motor allows frequent use, effortless mixing of nuts, leafy or root vegetables like carrots, celery, greens, smooth ice crushing. A decent blender should have a motor of at least 350 Watts but for crushing ice you need at least 500 Watts hence a 600 Watts, motor or more, should do a better job.

baby food processor for you?

After testing eight models over two and a half days—and making dozens of mushy, baby-ready servings of six kinds of foods—we highly recommend the Cuisinart Baby BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer (available at Amazon for $104.93). Priced around $130, it does the job of both steaming and then expertly pureeing foods without a lot of fuss.

Making your own baby food can seem daunting, but with the right gear and guidance it’s easy. I recently followed the plan in The Amazing Make Ahead Baby Food Book, which shows how to make three months of pureed baby foods in three hours. Spoiler: it took more than 3 hours. But it did make an enormous and varied supply of economical, natural, and nutrient-rich baby food that I’m happy to still have in the freezer (although with my advancing baby and her ever-more numerous teeth, a mushy food format is less necessary).

For that project, I used my early-aughts-issue, Black and Decker food processor. It did okay. It’s a workhorse (having served unquestioningly through my vegan years), but it has zero features designed to make baby food-making easier. Now that I’m a puree-making veteran, I wanted to see how the specialized baby food makers stack up. We sought out the highest-rated models on the market, including different types—electric, manual, and hand-held blenders—to suit different people’s needs, and gave them a whirl.

We evaluated each baby food maker’s performance across multiple food types, with 30 seconds of pureeing per dish. The first round of test foods included soft steamed and peeled apples, tough-skinned blueberries, and steamed dense butternut squash. Then we additionally tested the top three performers (two electric and the best manual) with multi-textured broccoli, leafy green spinach, and as a basic meat, chicken (all were also steamed). This is how they fared.

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How to choose your waist trainer?

When it comes to training your waistline, the simplest way to go about it is with a waist trainer, or corset as it is more commonly known. Often associated with period drama movies, corsets are still widely used today to help women create that ideal ‘hour glass’ figure. A woman who feels more comfortable with her body and likes how she looks is much more likely to be confident in her approach to life and be successful at what she does. With this in mind, here are the things that I think are important, and aspects that you should consider if you are planning on buying a waist trainer.

Get your measurements right

There are 3 areas that you will want to measure before trying any waist training corset.

  • Under your bust
  • Around your waist
  • Upper part of your hips.

You will also need to measure your bust at its fullest part if you are to go for an over-bust corset – see section further down for choosing between the two. You do not need to measure your hips at their widest part as your trainer should not come down that far. The image to the side shows where the measurements should be taken from. Remember, being accurate with these measurements will save you time and money when it comes to buying a corset.

How to Measure

When you wrap the tape measure around you, pull it taut but not tight. Don’t leave any slack in the tape, but don’t create a crease or indent in your body by pulling it too tightly. You will need your natural waist (often the smallest part of your waist-check out this video), hips, underbust and fullest part of your bust (for overbust corsets) in inches.

When I measured myself, the smallest part of my waist was about 27″, my underbust just shy of 30″ (37″ at the fullest part) and my upper hip was about 36″. The fullest part of my hip measures is about 40″, but as I said before, your corset will not come down that far. With these measurements I am pretty solid size 22 with just barely enough hip curve for the 426. The 411 and 426 short fit great, as does the 201 and 301 if I am in the mood for a shorter fitting corset (the “426”, “411”, “201” and “301” are all the procuts that I’ve ever tried, if you are interested, I have also shared some reviews about all the waist trainers that I’ve been using.)

Choosing the right size

Making a decision on the size of waist training corset you go for comes very much down to working out how much you want to trim off your waistline. Losing between 4 to 7 inches is an achievable amount for the majority of women, so if you have a 28” waist then a corset size of 23” would be suitable.

However if you are only looking to tidy up your waistline for a one-off event, such as wedding, then you should consider going for a corset that only takes a couple of inches off your waistline as this will be more comfortable, so using the example above, a corset size of 25” would suffice.

Length of corset

The final size factor to take into consideration when choosing a waist training corset is the length of corset that is required. Like any item of clothing the length and size of it will be partially determined by your length of torso. Naturally the longer your torso the longer your corset will need to be.

However this is not to say that style and practicality cannot be an influence also. A shorter length corset will make it easier to carry out practical day to day chores but there could be a risk of forcing an unsightly bulge between the bottom of your corset and your jeans.

Longer corsets may offer more support to the back but will require more fastening. All of this comes down to personal preference and again you knowing the exact reason for the corset and what you want it to achieve.

Under-bust vs. Over-bust

The choice between an under or over-bust corset is primarily down to whichever you find more comfortable. For people new to corset wearing, generally speaking, under-bust corsets are easier to start with and provide less discomfort.

If you are interested in an over-bust corset then it will require you to spend more time getting the measurements right as you will need to take into consideration your bust size. The choice between the 2 though could depend on what you are planning to wear the corset with, as an over-bust corset is ideal for strapless dresses whereas an under-bust could be used for every day wearing.

Boning structure

The bones within a waist training corset are what helps give it the strength and support to train your waist. At the lower end of the market these bones will be made of plastic and should really only be used for lingerie or fashion corsets.

Steel bones are the preferred option and will come in 2 formats, spiralled and flat. Spiralled steel bones will mould better to the shape of your body whereas flat steel bones are much more rigid. The higher the number of bones the higher the level of support and waist training capabilities the corset has. As a minimum you should ideally be looking for around 20 bones in your corset.

Consider the Type of Fabric You Want

There are a lot of options here and this will have a huge impact on the final look of your corset, so pick carefully. Some fabrics to consider are:

  • Satin (or satin polyester). This produces a very shiny corset and is especially common for corsets sold as underwear.
  • Taffeta. This is usually less shiny than satin, and so doesn’t look quite so much like underwear if you plan to wear your corset as a top. This is a good option if you want a plain corset but want to avoid looking like you forgot to get dressed.
  • Brocade. These beautiful woven fabrics make a corset look elaborate without the need for additional embellishments.
  • PVC. Not the kind of thing you’re likely to go out in public in, but if you’re after something to spice things up behind closed doors this might be just what you’re looking for.
  • Lace. While you won’t find any corsets made out of lace alone, a satin corset covered in lace can look very effective. Lace is also very commonly used to add embellishments to a corset.

Kid’s Golf Shoes – Quality Time Included

side from clubs, the most important purchase you make for your child’s golf game may be his or her footwear. The right pair of golf shoes will help promote a proper stance and increase stability on the way to a young golfer’s overall development.

But how do you know which style and pair is best? Make sure you and your youngster are considering all of these factors first.

FIND THEIR FIT

Making sure golf shoes fit properly is a must. Aside from the long walking distances a golfer may cover during a round, they’re also going to be on their feet for 4-5 hours, standing, walking or hitting their golf ball. So, here are a few things to consider when you’re trying to find the right fit:

  • Measure both of their feet before you select a size. If their feet differ in size, you’ll want to make sure you’re requesting a size that fits the larger foot.
  • When they’re ready to pick out a new pair of golf shoes, take the kind of socks that they’ll be wearing when they play. This will ensure the fit and feel is accurate when they step onto the course.

WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?

The look of golf footwear has come a long way in recent years with the addition of more style options. Golf shoes really do run the gamut in terms of what they look like and how versatile they can be. When it’s all said and done, golf footwear can be divided into two main categories: traditional and athletic.

Traditional

Traditional golf shoes have a very classic look. Generally constructed from leather, traditional golf shoes are very sturdy and long lasting. Because of the leather construction, they are known to be very comfortable and are commonly waterproof. Check the shoe’s product description to ensure the one they’re trying on is indeed waterproof. One downfall to a traditional golf shoe is a lack of ventilation and breathability.

Athletic

If air circulation is important to you, you may want to consider an athletic golf shoe. Because of their overall look, athletic golf shoes can be confused with everyday running or cross-training footwear. They have a very different appearance compared to their traditional counterparts, so if you know what you are looking for, distinguishing between the two can be easy.

Athletic golf shoes are breathable, lightweight and extremely flexible (much like conventional athletic shoes), making this shoe style comfortable in any number of outdoor conditions. Many athletic golf shoes also carry waterproof guarantees and offer a wide variety of style and color options for players.

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