cooking tools http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9498/all en-US The 5 Best Electric Skillets http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-skillets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-skillets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/skillet-185513934.jpg" alt="skillet" title="skillet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An electric skillet is a great and inexpensive way to expand the amount of cooking space you have in your kitchen. You can use it to take care of side dishes while your main stove or oven handles your main course, or simply use the skillet to make a meal for yourself. Like normal skillets, electric skillets are capable of sautéing and pan-frying, but many can also be used for deep frying. This versatility and ability to multitask makes it a great appliance to have around.</p> <h2>What Is an Electric Skillet?</h2> <p>An electric skillet is a kitchen appliance that incorporates an electric heating element into a frying pan so that it can cook food off of a kitchen stove. The electric heating element gives you control over temperature settings, with some skillets being able to reach temperatures of 450 degrees <span class="st">Fahrenheit</span>. Skillets that reach a high enough temperature are capable of deep frying as well as pan-frying and sautéing.</p> <h2>Best 5 Electric Skillets</h2> <h3>Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YE6I6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002YE6I6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/skillet-cuisinart.jpg" style="width: 243px; height: 126px; float: right;" /></a>Experts and users alike praise the performance of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YE6I6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002YE6I6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Cuisinart CSK-150</a>. The non-stick pan is constructed with a brushed stainless-steel housing, and the glass lid features a steam vent for safety. The skillet is capable of reaching 450 degrees which makes it suitable for deep frying. Users claim that the skillet cooks evenly and that the size is large enough to cook a meal for an entire family. Finally, this Cuisinart is also dishwasher safe and a breeze to clean. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YE6I6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002YE6I6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $129.00 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Presto 16-inch Electric Skillet 06852</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XRTDG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007XRTDG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/skillet-presto.jpg" style="width: 243px; height: 131px; float: right;" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XRTDG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007XRTDG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Presto 16-inch Electric Skillet</a> is another model that is met with rave reviews from users. Users love its large capacity, which is capable of cooking food for the entire family. The Presto reaches a maximum temperature of 400 degrees, which makes it better at sautéing and pan-frying than deep frying, but a number of users say that the skillet can be used to mimic many different cooking methods with a little creativity. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XRTDG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007XRTDG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $29.99 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Hamilton Beach 16-inch Step Up Skillet 38540</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ARWCTO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001ARWCTO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/skillet-hb.jpg" style="width: 243px; height: 141px; float: right;" /></a>Another high-performing electric skillet, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ARWCTO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001ARWCTO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Hamilton Beach 38540</a> comes with a number of additional features that users appreciate. The lid of the skillet can be clipped onto the pan to ensure safety and to prevent spillage or splashing. The skillet also features a pour spout so that you can easily pour cooked liquid out of the pan. In addition, the skillet cooks nice and evenly so that you can prepare great meals. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ARWCTO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001ARWCTO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $52.24 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Rival 11-inch Electric Skillet CKRVSK11</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Q331IG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Q331IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/skillet-rival.jpg" style="width: 243px; height: 167px; float: right;" /></a>For those who don&rsquo;t need to cook food for a large family, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Q331IG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Q331IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Rival 11-inch Electric Skillet</a> is a solid alternative. Users state that it can cook a number of different things ranging from burgers to rice to steak. The glass lid features a steam vent to ensure safe steam release, and the temperature control probe can be removed so that the skillet can go into the dishwasher as well as act as the serving piece. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Q331IG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Q331IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $18.96 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Oster 16-inch Electric Skillet CKSTSKFM05</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00451B84M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00451B84M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/skillet-oster.jpg" style="width: 243px; height: 147px; float: right;" /></a>Rounding out our list of the best electric skillets is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00451B84M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00451B84M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Oster 16-inch Electric Skillet</a>. This Oster is great at preparing quick and easy meals, especially for those who cannot regularly prepare meals over a stove. The tempered-glass lid fits snugly over the pan to maximize heat and moisture retention. From grilling and sautéing to frying and baking, this Oster can do it all. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00451B84M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00451B84M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $26.99 on Amazon.</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-skillets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-wine-openers">The 5 Best Wine Openers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Buying Guides cooking tools kitchen appliances product reviews skillets Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:24:09 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1101380 at http://www.wisebread.com Pour-Over Coffee: Better Than Brewed? http://www.wisebread.com/pour-over-coffee-better-than-brewed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pour-over-coffee-better-than-brewed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Chemex.jpg" alt="Chemex coffeemaker" title="Chemex coffeemaker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve never had a cup of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/magazine/13Food-t-000.html">pour-over coffee</a> before, you&rsquo;re missing out on a great cup. More meticulous than machine-drip coffee, brighter and cleaner than French press brew, and less dangerous than a stove-top percolator, pour-over coffee is often seen as purely the realm of coffee snobs and &ldquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_cupping">cuppers</a>&rdquo;. But that&rsquo;s a shame, because not only is pour-over coffee delicious, it&rsquo;s easier to make than you might initially realize. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simply-good-coffee-the-chemex-coffeemaker">Simply Good Coffee: The Chemex Coffee Maker</a>).</p> <p>Upon viewing the process of creating a perfect cup of pour-over coffee, your initial reaction might be something along the lines of &ldquo;Why bother? My regular old coffee maker can do this for me.&rdquo; While it&rsquo;s true that pour-over brewing is a bit more labor intensive than pressing the &ldquo;On&rdquo; button on your DeLonghi, the resulting coffee might just change how you view your morning Joe altogether.</p> <h2>How It Works</h2> <p>The idea is pretty straight-forward &mdash; grind your coffee beans, add coffee grounds to the (rinsed) paper cone inserted inside the pour-over container, and pour water carefully over top. The resulting coffee that collects in the carafe or coffee cup reservoir is bright, flavorful coffee that should highlight the best of the roast&rsquo;s flavor without any of the bitterness. Details such as how hot your heat your water, your water-to-coffee ratio, how much you rinse your filter, and your rate and style of pour are entirely up to you. Fortunately, the Internet is full of advice on the topic of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h-0ewcbHko">how to brew Chemex coffee</a>.</p> <p>If hand-pouring water over your coffee grounds seems arduous, take heed of some coffee-expert advice. Jesse Raub, author of the java-enthusiast website <a href="http://bitterpress.com/">Bitter Press</a>, tells us that &ldquo;regular drip coffee makers don't evenly wet the coffee grounds, which leaves your coffee unevenly extracted. Hand-pouring the water offers you an easy, controlled method for ensuring even distribution.&rdquo;</p> <h2>Cost Breakdown</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to argue against the elegant simplicity of the pour-over coffee maker itself. Among the most iconic modern pour-over brands are the <a href="http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/">Chemex</a> (pronounced &ldquo;KEM-ex&rdquo;) and <a href="http://www.hario.jp/coffee/dripper.html">Hario</a>. Chemex is a favorite among pour-over enthusiasts and fans of simple design for its handmade simplicity; in fact, the Chemex is featured in a <a href="http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A5225&amp;page_number=2&amp;template_id=1&amp;sort_order=1">MoMA collection</a> of objects designed by Peter Schlumbohm, a German innovator who was known for creating simple, usable products for the home. At approximately <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3765115">$35 for an 8-cup carafe</a>, the Chemex seems like a relative bargain compared to high-end coffee makers.</p> <p>Chemex paper filters cost $8.50 for 100, which a bit less than 10 cents per filter. If you&rsquo;re not a fan of paper filters, the current &ldquo;It Girl&rdquo; of pour-over accessories is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coava-Kone-Pourover-Filter/product-reviews/B004G7PTKE">Coava Kone</a>, a metal filter design to mimic the function of a paper filter, while allowing more aromatic oils to seep through during brewing. Reviewers have generally reported that the Kone produces less sediment than other metal filters. At $55, you can be forgiven for hesitating. But consider that you will never have to worry about running out of paper filters on a lazy weekend again, and the Coava Kone might seem like a relative bargain. And really when you add up the cost ($35 + $55 + shipping), you&rsquo;re still looking at about $100 for a coffee maker that should last a lifetime.</p> <p>The advantage of a pour-over coffee maker (instead of a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">French press</a> or percolator) should be obvious &mdash; the Chemex and Hario are much easier to clean and don&rsquo;t involve nuts and bolts. The Coava Kone can be run through the dishwasher, although more fastidious owners prefer to hand-wash their entire coffee brewing apparatus. And wash it you must, because one of the side effects of an inexpertly cleaned coffee making apparatus is bitter, burnt-tasting coffee (the result of rancid oils that need to be scrubbed away after each use).</p> <h3>Pour-Over Coffee: Pros</h3> <ul> <li>Clean, minimalist design</li> <li>No moving parts to break</li> <li>Generally cheaper than electric coffee makers</li> <li>Easy to maintain, can be washed in dishwasher</li> <li>Greater control of coffee flavor outcomes</li> <li>No hot plate means your coffee doesn&rsquo;t continue to cook after brewing</li> </ul> <h3>Pour-Over Coffee: Cons</h3> <ul> <li>More work-intensive</li> <li>You officially become a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee">coffee snob</a></li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pour-over-coffee-better-than-brewed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simply-good-coffee-the-chemex-coffeemaker">Simply Good Coffee: The Chemex Coffeemaker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal">5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget">The Food Strainer: My New, Old-Fashioned Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink brewing coffee Chemex coffeemaker cooking tools reusable Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:48:09 +0000 Andrea Karim 939514 at http://www.wisebread.com The Food Strainer: My New, Old-Fashioned Gadget http://www.wisebread.com/the-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6172466580_7c9949ee70_z.jpg" alt="food strainer" title="food strainer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Those of you who follow my blogs know my obsession with do-it-yourself food processing. I usually find that making things yourself results in better quality food products, and often, less expensive ones.</p> <p>As background, one of the fruits my husband (aka &ldquo;Mr. Green Jeans&rdquo;) grows is lilikoi. We estimate that this summer we have, so far, processed close to 200 pounds of it. With the nectar, I make jelly, butter, juice, and other products. Before he gifted me with the food strainer, this was the process: Cut lilikoi open with a knife. Scoop the pulp out with a teaspoon into an old, clean dishtowel. Squeeze the dishtowel until all the juice comes out. Repeat. Talk about a laborious process! I used to dread seeing the full bucket of fruit at the back porch door. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-kitchen-tools-that-stretch-your-budget-and-your-time" title="Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Kitchen Tools that Stretch Your Budget and Your Time">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Kitchen Tools that Stretch Your Budget and Your Time</a>)</p> <p>Besides cutting the processing time dramatically, the food strainer also does a much better job of straining out the seeds and pulp than I did. The fruit goes into the top section of the strainer, and then you turn the crank, which forces the fruit out through the conical screen. The juice goes through the holes in the screen and is collected by the &ldquo;squirt guard,&rdquo; which funnels it into a collection bowl. The pulp goes out the end of the conical screen and falls into a waste bowl. Talk about easy &mdash; and no electricity is needed!</p> <p>I realize most of you probably do not grow lilikoi and are wondering what use a food strainer would be to you. Well, how about marinara sauce? I found beautiful tomatoes at the farmers market, and into the strainer they went. I had no idea what a difference fresh, minimally processed tomatoes would make to the flavor of a sauce.</p> <p>If you like applesauce, no peeling or removing the core or seeds is necessary. Wash the apples, remove stems, quarter, and run them through the strainer. Other ideas from the instruction booklet include vegetable-tomato juice (similar to V-8), applesauce butter, and even carrot cake.</p> <p>I wish I had owned this product when our daughter was a baby, because I would have loved to have made my own fresh baby food. You simply simmer the vegetables, such as squash or carrots, until tender, and then put them through the strainer. Purees are seedless, skinless, and free of tough fibers. If you enjoy cooking with your kids, I think they would like helping to make things with the strainer, too. It is pretty safe (no exposed sharp parts) and even little hands can turn the crank easily.</p> <p>If you are a home canner, you would love this appliance. It really takes the tedium out of processing berries and fruit, and it cuts canning time in half.</p> <p>My strainer came from Amazon.com, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-favorite-mail-order-websites">one of my favorite websites</a>. It is a Back to Basics brand, which, according to Internet folklore, is made by the Victorio company. The cost was about $76, which included an accessory kit with three additional sizes of straining screens and a grape processing spiral. The accessory kit came with a brand name of Roma, apparently also made by the Victorio company. Some strainers come with suction cups, rather than clamps, for fastening to tables or countertops, but our research indicated the suction cup mechanisms were not as reliable as the clamps.</p> <p>Lastly, if you want to try making that marinara sauce in your new strainer, you can find the recipe I use in the <a href="http://downloads.mendingshed.com/strainermanual.pdf">strainer manual</a> (PDF).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside">8 Alternative Ways to Cook Outside</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-kitchen-skills-that-will-save-you-money">7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart">The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking">10 Tips for Camping Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink canned fruit Cooking cooking tools fruit kitchen tools strainer Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:00:23 +0000 Marla Walters 289714 at http://www.wisebread.com