Kitchen Knives

Whether you are looking for a good set of kitchen knives as a wedding gift, or for your own kitchen, you would like to know something that will help you find the right knife for you and your kitchen.

Should Our Kitchen Knives Be Same as Professional Chefs Use

All of us do not need knives that professional chefs uses but we do need a good knife that fits the purpose. These knives can be purchased one at the time, or more, even in sets. Kitchen knives sets are easier on the budget than the set of knives being purchased one knife at a time.

Usually, sets of kitchen knives can be purchased in with a stand, or block, for storage when not in use. Some of the stands have extra openings, or slots, for storing additional knives you may purchase one at the time.

How Many Kitchen Knives does the Average Home Need

Kitchen Knives, MercerFor many of us, a sufficient set of kitchen knives would be three: a paring knife, a utility knife, and a chef’s knife. Adding knives as your skills, or needs dictate, might mean you purchase a bread knife, boning knife, filleting knife, or a cheese knife, depending on your personal cooking needs.

Of course, it goes without saying you will find kitchen knives in a price range that will fit your budget and needs. Purchasing knives as you needs dictate could mean you are able to gather better quality of knives without having to shell out money to cover a set of knives, or even higher priced knives.

Kitchen knives are a common every day item so you will be able to find them made of different materials and being sold at different prices. If you choose a less expensive knife and it suits your purpose, you have chosen well. The higher end knives are meticulously crafted and have well honed, sharpened, blades. Some sets of kitchen knives even include a knife sharpener.

How to Select Kitchen Knives

When selecting your own kitchen knives, give some thought to how they are to be used and the size of the “chef” who will use them. My hands are small and I am short, so I look for knives that fit my hand and that I can handle.  For instance, the chef’s knife in my kitchen is about 6 inches.  The paring knife is smaller, too.

The knives you select and purchase will help you do a good job in the kitchen quickly, rather than using time you don’t really have to waste, sawing through the chicken or roast with a knife purposed for something else. Be kind to yourself and find the kitchen knives that you need and that fit your hand. You will enjoy cooking so much more if the equipment is suitable to you.

General Electric Gas Stove

 General Electric Gas Stove is New to the Market

General Electric Gas StoveThe General Electric Gas Stove, Profile 30″, Mode, PGS950SEFSS, has been available for a year or so, and carries a four-plus star rating. Not quite a five star, but a solid four star. It carries a 10-year warranty on major components.

General Electric Gas Stove Pluses

The General Electric Gas Stove operates on gas, and it comes with a whole bunch of pluses. For instance, the cook has more heat control, and two ovens that can be used at the same time, each one heated to a specific temperature. One of the burners has the capacity of three levels of heat. It can be used for gently melting the butter, or boiling water fast for tea.

This General Electric Gas Stove has five burners: the tri-ring burner, three common burners, and an oval shaped burner for the grill or griddle that is found in the center of the stove.

The cast iron reversible grill is great for making burgers or chicken for the party crowd or for pancakes for the family on a lazy Saturday morning. The grill is also good for making stir-fry vegetables for a fast evening meal. It’s use is limited only by the cook’s imagination.

General Electric Gas Stove has Two Ovens

This General Electric Gas Stove, model, PGS950SEFSS, has two ovens that operate independently, making it possible to cook more than one dish at the time. It has the regular style oven, and the convection oven. Great idea! The two of them can be used at one time, an especially good idea when it is time to cook those wonderful holiday meals. Oh, and the ovens are self-cleaning!

The GE gas stove is stainless steel. It’s sleek, smooth lines extend to even to the oven door handles. This model has a slightly recessed cook-top which makes spill clean-ups easy and quick. And, the knobs on the control panel do not heat up when ovens are in use.

General Electric Gas Stove Reviews

The reviews on the Model PGS950SEFSS are mostly positive. They addressed the issues that each customer found important, ranging from the physical appearance of the stove, to how easily it could be built in, if you are replacing another stove. Customers addressed the warranty, also commented that the stove is very well made, is sturdy and expected to last a long time. The customers talked about the cost of the stove, a little expensive but worth it.

Juice Fountain

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor by Breville

Breville Julce FountainJuicers makes wonderful health food drinks, juicing both hard and soft ingredients. For instance, when we want to make a fruit juice cocktail, this Juice Fountain, the Breville 800JEXL, is just the Juice Fountain for the job. Likewise, should we want a vegetable cocktail, the 800JEXL is up to that task as well.

We know that fruit is mostly water, yet our bodies need its nutrition. The 800JEXL Juice Fountain operates on two speeds, the slow speed which is best for juicing soft fruit or vegetables, while the high speed is better to extract the juice from the hard fruit or vegetables. The Breville 800JEXL, extracts the juice from each food and keeps more of the nutrients than other juicers.

The Breville Juice Fountain, a Sturdy Machine

The model 800JEXL Breville Juice Fountain is two-speed, 1000 watt juicer. The two speeds allow adjusting for the type of fruit or vegetables we want to juice. It is a very sturdy machine, weighing about five pounds. It is made from steel with a titanium plated cutting disk.This juicer performs like we might expect a commercial juicer to perform, but it is our own, and it is conveniently in the kitchen ready for the next personal smoothie we want to make.

 A Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Another plus for the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain is that whole fruit and vegetables, such as apples, tomatoes, peeled oranges and carrots, can be introduced to the juicer because it has a patented three-inch feed chute, located directly over the shredding disk.  The raw foods are feed into the juicer from the top. Feeding through the top of the machine allows a more efficient juicing than foods being fed in from the side of the machine.

Breville Juice Fountain is a Great Juicer and is Comparatively Priced

The two speeds on the Breville 800JEXL are a great idea, because it makes juicing the hard foods and the soft foods very easy. To go from soft foods to the hard foods, we just need to change the speed. When you compare prices and performance of juicers, you will find that the Breville 800JEXL juice fountain stands “head and shoulders” above its competition in performance, and is also comparably priced to the competition.


Ninja Blender

Have you tried the Ninja Blender yet? Specifically the Ninja Mega Kitchen BL770 system. If you haven’t you are missing a delightful smoothie, or something else that’s just as tasty. Let’s take a closer look at this Ninja Blenders. I am so amazed at what this blender is capable of doing, and at record speed, too. See the Ninja in action here.

Ninja BlenderThe Ninja Blender is Versatile

This blender serves up smoothies of wonderful fruit and vegetables mixtures in record time. It can be used for making ice cream, or snow cones too. In just seconds! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it. It crushes ice for frozen drinks, too. It is great to make ice into snow which can become a snow cone with just a bit of your favorite flavors added. It can be used as a food processor or a dough mixer. It is that versatile!

The Ninja Blender has super powerful blades that cuts through everything to give fast service. It has proved useful for everyday use, and for party times too. We can get our day’s requirement of fruit and vegetables in liquid form almost instantly. For those of us who are not that fond of vegetables or fruits, getting the daily requirement of them so quickly is a plus.

What Makes this Ninja Blender so Special

Ninja Blender has a powerful 1500 watt motor. The motor has three speeds. It comes with a huge, 72 ounce pitcher that holds enough ice and liquids to make several drinks at one time. It makes hosting a party is an easy thing. It also has a dough blade and a processor bowl, and even individual size blend and serve cups with lids. It makes blending our favorites very easy. This Ninja Mega Kitchen BL770 System is demonstrated here.

 Features of the Ninja Blender

This Blender does not take up a lot of counter space, and that is a good thing if your kitchen is small. It also has non-slip base so it stays put on the counter when in use. The power cord retracts into the base when not in use. The removable parts of the Ninja Blender are dishwasher safe.



Spice and Coffee Grinder

Epica Grinder with beansEpica Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder has stainless steel blades and has a removable grinding cup. It has stainless steel blades. Also the grinding cup is removable for ease of transferring the ground up product into your storage container.

Spice and Coffee Grinder Positives

It has a two year warranty. The Epica Spice and Coffee Grinder carries a five star rating. The reviews are very positive. The price is reasonable. It would makes a great gift, or an addition to your kitchen tools.

The oversized hopper of this grinder holds eight to ten ounces of coffee beans, will grind enough for two or more pots of coffee. The grinding chamber can easily be removed for cleaning. Its connecting cord, stored in the base of the grinder extends to 40 inches, a pretty long cord. It operates on 110V. If it is used outside the US, a converter is required.

For the cook who uses many spices, some in powder form, the grinder will grind the smallest seeds. You might want to clean the grinding cup and the blades quickly so as not to mingle the spices with the coffee.

The stainless steel blades are attached in the cup, making this part of the grinder easy to detach and clean, perhaps with a brush. It is not dishwasher safe, but it can be cleaned nicely in the hot dishwater using your dishwashing soap.



Epica Elect Spice and Coffee GrinderSpice and Coffee Grinder Negatives

There are a few down sides: the blades do not detach for cleaning, it does not operate on its own, but requires you to hold down the button on top to make it work. At least, you don’t leave this grinder to do its job, and come back and be disappointed with the results.

Holding down that button keeps you aware of what’s happening, so this may be a plus in the long run. The ground coffee beans are not ground smoothly, rather they are unevenly ground.

Safety Features of the Epica Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

There is a lock on the spice and coffee grinder that prevents grinding when the lid is open. The “on” button, integrated into the top cap, makes pulsing very simple. There is only one way to put it on the grinder. Unit will not operate if the cap is not properly seated. At least, you don’t leave the grinder to do its job and then be disappointed in the results. Holding down that button keeps you aware of what’s happening, so this may be a plus in the long run.

Broan Programmable Trash Compactor

Broan Programmable Trash CompactorThe Broan Programmable Trash Compactor, Model 15XESS carries a five star rating and can be programed to work at your convenience. It is 15 inches wide and builds in to the kitchen cabinets. Also, it can be used as a stand alone appliance.

Broan Programmable Trash Compactor to Match Decor

The Model 15XESS, Broan Programmable Trash Compactor, can be bought in white or black or even stainless steel to match or contrast your kitchen cabinets and appliances.

It comes with an odor disk that should be replaced in six month’s time, and has three fitted trash bags when it is delivered. The manufacturer recommends this compactor have a 15 amp circuit. Its capacity, larger than most compactors, is 1.55 cu ft.

Features of the Broan Programmable Trash Compactor

The Broan Programmable Trash Compactor has a 3/4 horsepower motor and its force of compaction is 3000 psi. These numbers are a bit higher than the numbers on most compactors. If you need a more powerful trash compactor, the Broan Programmable Trash Compactor is for you.

The stainless steel trash bucket of this compactor holds 30 lbs of compacted trash. Again this is a bit more than most other compactors. Its magnetic gasket helps it to work quietly while compacting the trash. It also has a space to store the bags so they are always within reach.  Changing the bag is not time consuming.

Some of its features are it has electronic controls and an automatic odor control system.  Its drawer pulls out on stainless steel ball bearing slides.  It also has some memory back up in case of power outages.

Safety Feature of the Broan Programmable Trash Compactor

Another plus is that the drawer has a removable key to provide peace of mind, knowing little fingers are safe. The drawer also has antimicrobial protection which destroys disease carrying microorganisms.

The capacity and features of the Broan Programmable Trash Compactor combine and make it a sweet deal.


General Electric Trash Compactor

General Electric Trash CompactorTrash compactors, such as the General Electric Trash Compactor, pack the trash we accumulate in our homes on a daily basis. They are a wonderful convenience if we live in the country with limited trash pick-up days.

General Electric Trash Compactor Reduces Size of Trash for the Curb

Some cities have limits on the number of trash receptacles they will pick up from each resident each week. Most compactors compress the contents by as much as 75 percent so that fewer trash containers are required.

Without the compactors, most of us actually compress, or pack, the refuse into the bags with our hands or feet. That’s a bit yucky, huh?

The General Electric Trash Compactor Does a Good Job

I have found a Trash Compactor built by GE that does a good job. This one is white (also can be purchased in black or stainless steel), and is Model GCG1500RWW, is 15 inches wide and will be built in to adjacent cabinets, enhancing its visual appeal.

It is made from heavy gauge steel. It is 35 inches high, 14 7/8 inches wide, and 24 inches deep. Its capacity is 1.4 cu ft. Its motor is a 1/3 horsepower, and the cycle time is 30 seconds.

Its drawer opens by a foot pedal. The drawer is removable which makes it easy to empty and clean. It has a one year warranty and carries a four-plus star rating.  A few customers were disappointed with their purchase, but most customers gave this GE Trash Compactor a five star rating


General Electric Trash Compactor Safety Feature

It has a lock/start control, hidden behind the compactor door, and a removable key to keep little fingers from starting it up.


Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

Gladiator Modular Garage Trash CompactorThe Gladiator GACP15XXMG Modular Trash Compactor can be installed in the garage, thereby leaving more space in the kitchen. Some kitchens have no room left for a trash compactor or anything else.

Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

This Trash Compactor is a modular compactor which can be installed or just used as a stand alone appliance in the garage. It has casters which makes it easy to move from place to place.

Its front cast lock which makes the compactor stay firmly in place.  Its back castors roll and swivel, making the unit easy to move.

If you need to reduce the sheer volume of trash, as well as trips to the curb,  Gladiator GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor will fill the bill nicely.

Capacity of the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

Most trash compactors will pack the trash from the home to reduce the volume by up to 75%.  The Gladiator GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor does that, too.  And it has a compression force of 2,200 PSI

The Gladiator GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor has a 1/3 horsepower motor, and a capacity of 1.4 cubic feet.  It makes recycling aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and even paper products, more convenient. The Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor is a convenient appliance to have around. It crushes the cans, plastics and paper trash, which reduces the number of trash bags you must get to the curb for pick up.

Have a Cleaner Environment with the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

This trash compactor also creates a cleaner environment by keeping trash and odors at a minimum.  Its drawer is opened by a foot pedal, leaving hands free to gather the materials to be crushed.  The drawer, or bin, pulls out on rails even when its load is heavy.

Safety Features of the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

One great feature of the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor is that if the door is opened during its compression cycle, the ram will automatically reverse to prevent jamming. Another is the control key for “on,” “off,” and “start” functions is recessed for the safety of little fingers.

Bosch Dishwasher

Bosch DishwasherAre you shopping for a new dishwasher? Here you will find information on the Bosch dishwasher.  The Bosch dishwasher carries a five star rating. This article will give you a good idea of what the features are.  You will know if it meets your needs or not.

Bosch Dishwasher, Model SHX65T55UC

The dishwasher we are looking at today is the Bosch Dishwasher, Model SHX65T55UC. It is made of stainless steel and it has three shelves. The upper rack is adjustable.

The Bosch Reputation

The Bosch company name has been around a very long time, and it manufactures more than dishwashers. It started in Germany over a century ago. Bosch brought the German engineering to the US over a hundred years ago when it opened it’s manufacturing facility here. Bosch began manufacturing dishwashers in America in 1964. Bosch is known for quality products.

Bosch is the quietest dishwasher on the market. And it is easy to clean.  It has a soil sensor. The dishwasher uses the sensor decisions to reduce energy and water consumption, making it more energy efficient.  Bosch is the only manufacturer in the US who offers a leak-protection system. The door is self-latching and will hold in any position, so no more backbreaking bends to load the dishes.

The Bosch dishwasher operates at a higher temperature, thus it meets National Sanitation Foundation standards of cleanliness, eliminates almost all bacteria, and enhances drying results as well.

Capacity of This Bosch Dishwasher

Flatware is loaded in the top rack that has an ample v-shaped space for the ordinary flatware pieces, making the loading a bit easier.  It also has additional space for the odd shaped cutlery or even small dishes. The tines on the racks are adjustable.

This model Bosch dishwasher holds a 15-piece place setting of dishes.  It has a choice of five wash cycles and a sanitize option.  And it accommodates half a load of dished, too.


Side by Side Refrigerator-Freezer

Side-by-Side Refrigerator FreezerMany of us are used to the side by side refrigerator-freezer.  They can be very convenient. Even the best brands do not last forever. From time to time, each of us is in the market for a replacement. As I began the search, I found the Whirlpool refrigerator-freezer to be just what I are looking for.  I’m just replacing my old refrigerator/freezer, but this one would be nice if you are in need of a replacement, or remodeling your kitchen, or even planning a kitchen in a home to be constructed.

Whirlpool Side by Side Refrigerator-Freezer – It’s Pretty Impressive

Let’s take a quick look at refrigerators, specifically the large Whirlpool side by side refrigerator-freezer. Its over all capacity is more than 25 cu ft, and is an energy saver. Runs quiet.  Is efficient.  Is easily cleaned, has LED interior lighting, and an electronic temperature control. The controls are at eye level which makes it easy to notice a need for service.

What are your must have features: sturdy drawers and shelves, an ice maker, and an dispenser for cold water?  The Whirlpool side by side refrigerator-freezer, Model # WRS325FDAW, fits your requirements very well.

Dimensions of the Whirlpool Side by Side Refrigerator-Freezer

The Whirlpool refrigerator-freezer and other Whirlpool appliances have been around for a very long time, and their track record in a good one. Perhaps some dimensions would help you decide to look at the Whirlpool If you are remodeling your kitchen, or even planning a kitchen in a home to be constructed.

This Whirlpool refrigerator-freezer has a freezer that is 10 cu ft. The refrigerator portion is 15.4 cu ft. It stands 68.875 inches tall. It is 37.125 inches wide. Its depth is 32.375 inches, handles not included.

There are shelves in the door, too.  One of them is large enough to hold a gallon container, so storing milk and juices is easy.

If you are a gardener and grow some of the vegetables you like, this freezer is big enough to hold lots of food.  If you plan your meals a week in advance, this freezer is large enough to hold those items. Just bring them in from the big deep-freeze located in the laundry room, or wherever.

Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator-Freezer, Ice Maker and Water Filtration System

This side by side refrigerator-freezer comes with a water filtration system. There is easy access to the water filter so changing it is not a big hassle. It has an ice maker and it dispenses cubed and crushed ice, as well as cold water. The dispenser is lighted so it is easy to see what will be coming out: cubes, crushed, or water. The dispensing mechanism can be locked.

The Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator-freezer has two movable glass shelves and one that is fixed, or stationary. It also has a drawer that can be used to store snacks and deli items. My refrigerator has the snacks/deli tray and we find it to be most beneficial. Maybe you will too.

The freezer on this Refrigerator-Freezer has four freezer door shelves.  It comes with one freezer basket and has three freezer shelves.  And it is a frost-free freezer.

This side by side refrigerator-freezer combination has a five star rating. It’s worth considering, that’s for sure.