Here at More Kitchen Appliances we understand that people today are always on the go and using the right small appliances can make a big difference in more ways than one. Save yourself time and energy by making food preparation quick, easy and fun. We have created this informative buying guide to explain the functions and features of each appliance in depth. Use this helpful guide to find appliances that will meet your needs and beat your expectations.
The two types of blenders are standard bar blenders and immersion blenders. Standard bar blenders have the ability to crush ice and they are great for making icy drinks. Immersion Blenders are hand held and go directly into the container where the contents are being prepared. Immersion blenders can be used to blend ingredients or puree food. They are great for blending soups, egg whites, stirring powdered drinks,chopping nuts and more! When purchasing a blender there are a few specific things you should look for to ensure that you are getting a high quality product for a reasonable price.
Bar blenders should have anywhere between 3 & 16 speeds, 3 speeds is adequate & anything over 12 may be too many
An ice crushing setting is an added bonus
Power should range between 300-500 watts
Containers should hold between 5-8 cups(40 - 64 ounces)
Glass containers are heavier & more stable then plastic, glass is also easier to clean
Plastic containers may shake during use, they can scratch and they may start to absorb the smell of whatever is inside
Stainless steel containers look great but keep in mind that they prevent you from seeing the material inside
Cleaning Tip: Blenders with a permanently attached blades, touch pad controls and a wide mouth are the easiest to clean.
There are two different types of mixers, hand mixers and stand mixers. Both have similar functions but should be used for different things. A hand mixer is hand held, has less power than a stand mixer and should be used to whip cream or egg whites, mix cake batter, mash potatoes and other things of that nature. Stand mixers should be used for mixing, beating,whipping & kneading. However both have similar functions and it is important to make sure you are using the right one for the job. Some things to consider:
Three well differentiated speeds are sufficient for hand mixers
Slow speeds prevent splattering & are important when adding dry ingredients without creating a mess, the slower the lowest speed the better
Most stand mixers have heads that tilt up, take that into account if you are planning to use the mixer on a counter below a cupboard
Stand mixers should have about five different speeds
Mixing bowl should hold around 4 quarts
The amount of flour or dough a stand mixer can handle is a good way to tell how powerful the machine is
10 - 20 cups of flour are necessary to knead bread dough
Cleaning Tip: Hand mixers that have wire beaters without a center metal post (found on traditional-style beaters) are easier to clean
Toasters and Toaster Ovens
If you are looking to simply toast bread then a basic toaster is all you need. On the other hand, if you are looking to cook frozen food, broil, bake and toast then a toaster oven is what you should look into. If you plan on doing a lot of broiling you should consider a unit that uses convection cooking because it speeds up the cooking process. Keep in mind that these appliances are usually kept on top of the counter so style, color and size should be factored in. The features that every toaster/toaster oven should be equipped with are as follows:
Darkness control so you can cook to your liking
A bread lift to raise the items high above the slots
Cool touch exterior so you do not burn yourself on the outside of the unit
The most common finishes are chrome, copper & brushed metal
Convection cooking & infrared heat considerably speed up the cooking process
Toaster ovens take approximately 4-6 minutes to toast
Toasters take about 2-3 minutes
Cleaning Tip: A crumb try that slides out as opposed to one that is attached and porcelain or nonstick interiors are the easiest to clean
There are many advantages to owning your own juicer. Fresh juice tastes better and is more nutritious for you because the juice is not pasteurized. With a juicer you control how much sugar to add to your creations. The two most common juicers are a citrus juicer and a juice extractor, both are efficient. If you love citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits & limes then a citrus juicer is perfect for you. A citrus juicer is an electric appliance that removes juice from citrus fruit. The juice is removed by pressing a halved citrus fruit onto the machine's cone. Juice extractors are motorized units that use sharp teeth to grate fruits & vegetables into juice & pulp separating the liquids from the solids. You can place entire fruits and vegetables into the machine, although in the case of citrus, the peel must be removed first. To make sure you are getting the right juicer for your needs consider the following:
Juicers should accommodate different circumferences so you can juice a wide variety of fruits
Look at horsepower & revolutions per minute(RPMs)because in order to make a quart of liquid you will need about 3 lbs of fruit and you do not want your juicer's motor to slow down when you put fruit inside
Juicers are likely to be kept on your countertop so take size and style into account before making your decision
For the most convenient juicing, the extractors need enough clearance on the top so that you can insert ingredients
Cleaning Tip: It is recommend to clean immediately after use, with hot water & soap. Some units or parts of units are dishwasher safe but make sure you check with the manufacturer first! The juicing screen which separates the juice from the pulp is probably going to be the most difficult part to clean, try using a toothbrush, nail brush, or vegetable brush to clean it.
Food Processors are used to chop and slice vegetables for soup or stews, they can shred cheese, mix ingredients and some units are able to knead dough. There are many different sizes, styles and functions of food processors. If you are looking for something mid-sized then a 7 cup unit would be sufficient for you, however if you planning on cooking for larger crowds then you should look for a model that can handle between 11-14 cups. Before purchasing a food processor make sure you know what you are paying for and keep the following characteristics in mind when shopping:
The larger the model the more expensive and heavier it will be
Consider counter space & storage space
Check the feed tube size, if the feed tube has a large width it makes less work for you since you will not have to do much cutting
Expensive units usually have more features and accessories & are quieter
Cleaning Tip: The easiest Food Processors to clean are the ones with touch-pad controls & a smooth base
Before you purchase a coffee maker know all of the options available to ensure that you are making a wise choice. First think about how many cups of coffee you drink a day and how many times you refill your cup. Manual drip coffee makers are the most popular, they are convenient and brew fast, they should heat water between 195
The monitor is a television-like box except it is used in a computer for display. You can't use the computer at all without a monitor. The monitor is different from the television is many ways. It is flatter compared to the television. Television refreshes the screen by interlacing while the monitor is using non-interlaced functions. Monitors uses pixels to display, making it finer and better to display text.
Larger Resolution, Smaller Display: One thing you should know, since monitors measure by pixels, you should always set the resolution right. A larger resolution uses smaller pixels, making everything smaller but you have a larger view. The default is 640x480 but most prefer 800x600. For larger monitors, you can decide on 1024x800 or 1280x1024. Also remember, since there are more pixels, the higher the resolution, the slower the screen refreshes.
Decide On A Screen Filter: Although computer screens are just 30% of the radioactivity from the TV or less, you still might want to consider a screen filter. It helps filter up radioactivity. Never settle for a cheap screen filter. A lousy one won't filter the screen - it just darkens it. Always make sure that it won't make everything look dark. Some good screen filters provide a wire to clip it at the back of the casing to lose the radioactivity.
On the other hand, you should also make sure you don't need one. Here are a few points to guide you.
Your computer (& monitor) is placed under a bright place and can balance with the brightness of the monitor
Your monitor is anti-glare and non-reflective.
Your monitor produces little static and radioactivity.
Your monitor produces clear, crisp and not-too-bright images.
You won't have problems staring at the monitor for a long time.
If your monitor fits that criteria, you can forget the screen filter.
Blink Your Eyes!
This is not actually a hardware tip, just to let you know how important it is to blink your eyes. Your eyes don't actually get strained staring at the monitor, just loses moisture and making the eyes dry. It has been proven that people staring at the monitor for a long time has the tendency to blink less than the normal rate. Make an effort to blink your eyes. If not, try eye moisture drops.
Degauss: Degauss is a very important function that helps you restore your monitor when colors are distorted or you noticed weird colors at the corners of your monitor. This is cause by magnetization that can be caused by jerking the monitor, shifting to a different direction or moving it across the globe (different magnetic field). The degauss control removes magnetization from your monitor Use the degauss control lightly. You should only degauss if you see color purity problems. Otherwise, don't use it. Too much degaussing stresses the circuitry components and overheats the large coil around the CRT. If possible, when the display clears up, shut down the monitor/computer for a while to let it cool down.
Take Control: When your monitor comes, modify the factory default setting of your monitor! Get more colors or brightness. And stretch the screen to the fullest! Although this may sound trivial, a lot of people just think it's alright to follow the original setting, losing valuable screen space, you will be surprised to know how much bigger you can stretch the screen. A bigger display is always better.
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