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 GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor

Gladiator GACP15XXMG 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 GACP15XXMG 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 GACP15XXMG 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.

Gladiator GACP15XXMG 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 GACP15XXMG 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 GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor

One great feature of the Gladiator 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.

Stainless Steel Stock Pot

Farberware Stainless Steel Stock Pot

A stainless steel stock pot is a must-have for every kitchen.  A good size and brand stock pot is the 16 Qt Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Covered Stockpot.  While the 16 quart size might sound pretty large it is not because stock prepared in that pot will be used over many meals.  The stainless steel stockpot  will become a time and money saver. Families who eat most of their meals at home use a stainless steel stock pot just about as often as any pot in the kitchen.

Stainless Steel Stock Pot Matching Cover

Of course the stainless steel stock pot needs a cover. The 16 quart stainless steel Stock Pot by Farberware comes with a tight fitted matching cover. The stock pot is made from 18/10 stainless-steel and has a mirror finish. The tight fitting lid keeps moisture in and flavors from escaping. The bottom of the Faberware stainless steel stock pot has an extra-thick aluminum core insuring even heat is transferred from the stove burner to the pot, and ultimately to the food inside.

This Stainless Steel Stock Pot can be moved safely

For ease and safety of moving the stainless steel stock pot from place to place, it has handles made of heavy stainless-steel that are even safe in the oven. To facilitate pouring from the stock pot, it has a rolled rim. And, it is easy to clean and it is dishwasher safe.

Uses for a Stainless Steel Stock Pot:

This Farberware stainless steel 16-quart stock pot comes in handy in many ways. Of course, it is cost effective to cook up a batch of soup, or barbeque sauce, spaghetti sauce, homemade stew, chili, and just about anything else that the family uses in large quantities. The list is almost endless. Actually anything you use in large quantities, will cook well in the stainless steel stock pot. Whatever is left over after that first meal can be bagged and frozen for the next time.

How to choose a paint color

how to choose a paint colorKnowing how to choose paint colors for walls is important because we sometimes struggle, looking for help.  Choosing a paint color for our room is sometimes difficult because so many paint colors are so close: do we want pink, or peach, or coral.  We need help to decide how dark or how light the paint will be when it dries.

I call them cheater sheets for want of a better name.

We find help at the local paint store in different forms, depending on the brand of paint being used.  For instance, Sherwin Williams has something called Paint Color Cheat Sheets, and other companies have their color swatches/pictures in the paint aisle.

Some of the paint color description comes in the form of cards, others are more like a brochure.

How to Choose A Paint Color –  Assistance

Paint color assistance, in whatever form, is the handy (wo)man’s life saver, every time we find the need, or desire, to change the color of a room. Many times when it is time to do a bit of re-decorating, we possess talents to handle at least some of the tasks. We frequently have more time than money.

And there is also something to be said for feeling pride about the work we did with our hands.  There is a sense of satisfaction in a job well done. Most of us are interested in do-it-yourself projects because it gives us a chance to save money. In many cases, labor is the highest cost of our home improvement projects.

Oftentimes we can get the project underway and accomplish many of the larger portions of the project. We can fix the windows and doors, hang cabinets, lay the floor, but when it is time to choose the paint colors for the walls we get all balled up.

How to choose paint colors for walls should not bring our project to a halt.  Too often, the finishing touches are difficult to pin down and sometimes we just leave the project unfinished for long periods of time while we try to decide about the color. The perfect paint color to finish our project seems to be difficult to pin down, but not with paint color cheater assistance found at the paint store.

How to Choose a Paint Color –  Help is Available

Paint color cheat sheets are the answer to the question of how to choose paint colors for the walls. If you have not yet heard about these great paint color cheaters, you are in for a treat. You will find some help to guide you to finish the project. It is so easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices for paint color. Paint color cheaters are the answer.

I know the paint color cheaters will be greatly appreciated by all of us who like to change up the look of a room by painting it. Did you know that a large percentage of return trips to the paint store are made because we erred in choosing the best color the first time?

We can eliminate that trip back to the paint store if we use the paint color cheaters.

Oster VERSA Blender

This Oster VERSA blender , with a Short Jar is a powerful blender. This blender is a durable machine, with power to blend most everything from soup to nuts. It has a 1400 Watt motor, and comes with a huge 64 ounce short jar. This short jar is dishwasher safe, and will fit nicely under most kitchen cabinets.

It also has several settings as well as a variable dial to adjust the speed should you want to. The blade is made of stainless steel and spins more than 250 miles per hour as it blends the ingredients.

Oster versaThis blender comes with tamper to be used when packing the ingredients into the Blender. Its 64 ounce jar has a quick-connection top which is put on and taken off easily, possibly avoiding spills of its contents.

And it is versatile. If you enjoy blending natural foods, whether it is carrots or nuts, the Oster VERSA blender is the blender for you. This blender has many uses, from making sorbets, and turning ice cubes into snow, making nutritional smoothies, peanut butter, ice cream, and soup, even blending herbs for your favorite food.

You may be pleased to know the Oster VERSA blender has a couple of safety features relating to overheating and overloading. In each case, it shuts itself off.

Disappointments on the Oster VERSA Blender

As wonderful as this Oster VERSA blender is, there are some downers:

1) The noise it makes. It sounds like a jet revving the engine. Might be wise to put the dog outside before turning on the machine.

2) The on/off button is actually a dial which could prove a little disappointment if you are already used to an on/off switch.

3) It may not be as easily cleaned as it could be, or you would like it to be.

The Redeeming Quality of Oster VERSA Blender

One redeeming quality of this blender is the preset buttons for the smoothies, shakes, and soup which eliminates the guess work out of blending these terrific foods. It is perfect for making baby food, fresh salsa, pesto, and even the artichoke dip we need for the party tonight.

The Oster VERSA blender is a must have for those of us who want the convenience of fresh blended sauces, shakes, smoothies, sorbets, etc. because we are serious about a healthier lifestyle.

How to declutter

Are you wanting to know how to declutter your life? Do you live in piles of clutter and have no idea of how to break free? Feng Shui Clutter Control may be an answer. There is a new book on the market that will give us some guidance on how to become clutter-fee, from the Feng Shui perspective.

Let me tell you some of the information you will find in this book, Clutter Cleaning from the Inside Out: How to Reclaim Your Home and Your Life in 6 Easy StepsHow to DeclutterThis and other Feng-Shui books, were written by Stephanie Roberts.  Ms Roberts confesses that she needed to declutter her living space, too.

Her need to declutter repeat`edly led to the book about how to declutter from a Feng Shui perspective.  I know I need to declutter my living space, and possibly you do too.  Clutter Cleaning from the Inside Out: How to Reclaim Your Home and Your Life in 6 Easy Steps, may be the key that opens ways to declutter we never thought about.

This book may possibly help us understand why we clutter and how to break the habit.  The Feng Shui clutter control approach to getting rid of the unnecessary stuff we hold onto could a good thing for us.

How to Declutter – Feng Shui Clutter Control book

Why do we allow clutter to accumulate in our homes?  Ms Roberts says our hoarding clutter comes from an attachment to whatever we are holding onto. The Feng Shui clutter control way may teach me how to release those mounds of paper in my home.

I’m a “paper addict.” You may hoard something different, but it is clutter. I hold onto everything that is paper. I have several little catalogs sitting around, papers from my grandson’s trip to Sunday School last week.

Whatever comes in a cardboard box is a bonus for me: I get the product that arrived, and I keep that box. After Christmas it takes me weeks to put all the wrappings and boxes out for the trash man. Can you identify with me?

Stephanie Roberts Knows about How to Declutter the Feng-Shui Way

Ms Roberts has studied Feng-Shui Clutter Control a long time.  These studies made her aware of the need to declutter her living space.  Living clutter-free is fundamental to good Feng Shui, yet her studies did not teach her how to get rid of the clutter, nor why she accumulated the clutter in the first place.

This book we are talking about includes text, activities, even recommends journaling about those rough spots we come upon as we dig in and root out the paper products or other things we hoard for no good reason.

Clutter Cleaning from the Inside Out: How to Reclaim Your Home and Your Life in 6 Easy Steps, will afford we clutterers the opportunity to develop a personal vision of how we want to live – free of clutter, the Feng Shui clutter control way.

It will become a source of inspiration, a guide to allow us to lay claim to our homes and those flat surfaces that were once piled high with the printed matter, or whatever you hold onto.  As a bonus, we become a master over the clutter, instead of the other way, and uncover a deeper sense of who we are.

Feng Shui, Teaches How to Declutter – Keep or Toss

Ms Roberts book, Clutter Cleaning from the Inside Out: How to Reclaim Your Home and Your Life in 6 Easy Steps, walks us through the steps we must take to rid our homes of mounds of paper or whatever we are so attached to. We also might learn how our personal history drives our cluttering habits.

The Feng Shui clutter control exercises will build some decision making muscles that will help us to “keep or toss” quickly.

Cuisinart Griddler

The Cuisinart Griddler is more than the run-of-the-mill griddle. As its name implies, it functions in several ways: contact grill, Panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill, half griddle. Actually, its full name is Cuisinart-GR-4N-5-in-1-Giddler. It is an amazing tool for the kitchen and for the patio, too.

cuisinart griddlerThe grill side is perfect for grilling veggies and meats, too. Flip it over and you will see the griddle side will cook up breakfast for the family, whether you want pancakes, or bacon and eggs.

Its cooking plate is nonstick, and it is reversible, and can be removed for cleaning. The cooking plate also drains the grease into the drip tray as the meat cooks. The nonstick grill and griddle plates, as wells as the drip tray, are easily removed for cleaning, and they are dishwasher safe.

This Cuisinart Griddler has three temperature controls, which are clearly identified, and has clearly marked indicator lights, so the cooking temperature can be adjusted. It also comes with some gourmet recipes and a scraping  tool.

It is made of brushed stainless-steel housing which looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. It also has a sturdy Panini-style handle. You will find that the cover adjusts to the thickness of the food being cooked.

Oh, and this griddle is built to North American Electrical Standards.

Now let’s look at the different ways this Cuisinart Griddler can be used:

Cuisinart-GR-4N-5-in-1-Giddler, Contact Grill

The contact grill of the Cuisinart Griddler is designed for cooking such things as burgers, boneless chicken, thin cuts of almost everything, even vegetables. One caution is that whatever you are cooking should be as near the same thickness as possible. You want to use the grill side of the plates. Place the meat, or whatever, on the grill plate, then rest the cover over it. The grill cooks rapidly. The excess grease is dripped into the drip pan. The ribs on the grill side of the plates helps to move the excess grease away from the food, leaving it a wee bit more healthy.

You will notice that the Giddler is hinged, and has a wider handle for opening and closing. The wider handle makes for easier control.

Cuisinart-GR-4N-5-in-1-Giddler, Panini Press

The Panini Press function of the Cuisinart Griddler is great for grilling sandwiches. Notice you will be using the smooth Griddle plates. However, should you like the Giddler markings on your sandwich, there is no harm done. The idea is to toast and warm the sandwich at the same time. The Panini Press can press more than one sandwich at a time, so everyone can get the sandwich while it is still hot.

Remember that the Cuisinart GR-4N, 5 in 1 Griddler has a hinge and a handle wider than usual so we can adjust to whatever thickness we need.

Cuisinart Griddler, Full Grill

The term “full grill” refers to using the Griddler open so the two surfaces can be used simultaneously.  Since each half of the Griddler is being used as two cooking surfaces, whatever you may be cooking will need to be turned about half way through the cooking time.

The full Giddler cooking surfaces are great when you have a crowd, and need to cook burgers for some, chicken for others, along with vegetables. We do not recommend trying to cook chicken with bones in it because the bones will keep the Giddier from cooking the chicken evenly.

Cuisinart Griddler, Full Griddle

As you would expect, the term “full griddle” refers to using both sides of the Cuisinart GR-4N 5 in 1 Griddler opened up and lying flat, so that you can cook the entire breakfast right there on the Giddier. It cooks pancakes, hash browns, eggs, even bacon or sausage. You are limited only by your imagination here. Remember that you are using both sides of the Giddle, and you will need to turn the foods about half way through the cooking time.

Cuisinart Griddler, Half Grill/Half Griddle

open cuisinart griddlerTo make the Griddler into a half grill and half griddle open up the Giddier, and use the Griddle side for one kind of food and the grill for another, all at the same time. A word of caution:  before you turn on the Griddle, place the cooking plates in position, on one side place the smooth plate and on the other the griddle plate.

Cuisinart-GR-4N 5 in 1 Griddler, Cleaning and Care

The Griddler is too hot to touch right when you finish cooking, so go ahead and turn all dials to the Off position, and unplug the power cord and the unit will begin to cool down while you enjoy the meal. Be careful that you don’t rush the cooling process, because those plates hold heat real well. Allow at least half an hour or longer before trying to clean it.

When the unit has cooled sufficiently, dispose of the grease that has drained into the drip tray. Use the cleaning or scraping tool, that came with the Griddler to clean off any food left on the plates.

When the plates have cooled enough to be handled, press the “release” buttons and lift the plates off. These plates, the drip pan, and the scraper tool can be washed in the dishwasher. Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the housing base. Don’t forget to clean around the control knobs. If you see stains the dry cloth did not get, try dampening the cloth and rubbing the stains.