Buying Guide, Glorious Coffee

Best Affordable Espresso MachineAre you tired of spending a huge percentage of your daily earnings in the best coffee shops in town? The main secret towards enjoying the most toothsome coffee, latte, Americano or Cappuccino is in the espresso that goes through it. What most people aren’t aware of is the fact that you can make a delicious cup of espresso at the comfort of your own home with an array of affordable but highly effective espresso machines available in the market today. How then do you find the best yet affordable espresso machine? What factors should you consider?

The following is a guide on How To Pick The Best Affordable Espresso Machine;

Pick The Right Size

A kitchen is one part of the house that require a lot of space. This does not only make it look beautiful, but also displays your cooking personality to the world. When buying any kitchen equipment, always have the size of your kitchen in mind. When it comes to espresso machines, buying a size that befits your office/kitchen space is crucial. Do not buy one that is too big, or too small. It does not make sense when one buys a big espresso maker while his/her kitchen counter is already crowded with cookware and other kitchen appliances. Today’s machines come in an array sizes, hence there is basically something for everyone.

Ensure The Right Pressure

The best espresso is made by pushing hot water through coffee beans multiple times at a specific pressure level. Just as diamond, coffee requires a good amount of pressure in order to standout. The more the pressure of an espresso maker, the more delicious the espresso will be. Therefore, whenever you set out to the market on a tight budget and all you need is an espresso machine that will give you the most honorable service, consider selecting one that has a minimum of 9 bar pressure. This way, you will never go wrong in your quest for an aromatic brew each and every morning.

Always Choose The Best Material

The material in which a product is made determines its fate. If an espresso machine is made of the right material, you can be lest assured that it will give you a life-long service without fail. For a fact, you do not have to borrow a hefty loan in order to purchase a machine made of cutting edge materials, all you need to do is carry out an intensive research on each and every material and determine which one will work best for you. However, if you are looking for durability, reliability, and glamour in one espresso machine, consider picking one made of a stainless steel coating. You will never regret your decision.

Look For The Best Warranty Terms

Go for the best Warranty Terms Buying an affordable espresso machine does not mean that you should take care of all the maintenance costs henceforth. As you do your shopping, compare warranty terms that different brands offer and select the one that will save you more, and for the longest time. If you are a serious espresso fanatic, never go for a machine with less than a 2 year warranty! That should be your rule number one. Selecting the best affordable espresso machine means enjoying the most palatable brew at your own convenience. Why not own one today?

Cooking Tips, Kitchen

If you are interested in cooking and are eager to learn to make good food at home, the most important thing you will be needing is a set of good pots and pans. Investing on pot and pan is massive, therefore, you must absolutely be sure about the pots and pans you plan on buying. There are a lot of different parameters which help you in deciding the best pots and pans for cooking. These factors include your cooking style and matching the cookware with the cook top.

Woll Diamond Plus is a cookery set considered among the best for its exclusive designs and quality. After having a personal encounter with this set, I can definitely regard it as one of the best options for people who are looking for non-stick pots and pans. With the top-notch quality, Woll Diamond Plus comes with a guarantee to last for decades. The cookery set is manufactured in Germany by a renowned green certified company. These pots and pans are absolutely safe to use in combination with other metal utensils.

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Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware is another option for you if you prefer non-stick pans and pots to cook your meals. It is made up of aluminum which has been treated hydroelectrically, imparting it more durability and usefulness.

I personally use T-fal E938SA10as it makes for the best one in accordance with the parameters of cost-effectiveness, and efficacy. It comes in a set of 10 pots which have been coated with non-stick material on the inner side with the outer coating made up of hard anodized material. These pots have a head indicator and
include three saucepans of different sizes and two skillets. If you are looking forward to a cookery set for cooking a meal to a small group of people, this is the best quality-efficient and economical choice.

Kitchen

When it comes to dicing and slicing tasks in your kitchen, a good knife can save you trouble and time. Let’s discuss here some of the best kitchen knife brands on the market today, in order to help you make your choice.

The knives I present here proved their cutting prowess on a
wide range of produce. They handle well, and feel comfortable when used. Among
them are some brands used by celebrities as well as latest chef’s knives.

Victorinox –
All-Around Winner

In my opinion, the Victorinox 8″ Rosewood Forged Knife is
the best all-around knife you can find. This kitchen tool comes with the shape
and heft of a traditional chef’s knife. Being mostly an all-purpose knife, it
proves to be very versatile. The Victorinox can handle well deboning a chicken
as well as dicing onions or parsley.

Wüsthof Classic –
Traditional Winner

This traditional Wüsthof Classic 7-Inch knife is excelling
at cleanly slicing tomatoes. Of course, you can use it as well for cutting up
carrots, or slicing and chopping onions. This model comes with the Classic Ikon curved handle and a santoku, Japanese-style blade.

It’s worth to mention that Wusthof is among the most
reputable German knifemakers. This brand gives you the guarantee of a high
quality. The prestigious German company has been family-owned for nearly 200
years. (More on this brand  here)

Global 7-Inch Santoku
– Best Japanese hybrid

Global is a reputable brand that created in the 1980s a
series of high-performance knives, revolutionizing the kitchen-knife. While still
affordable, Global knives are sophisticated and luxurious. These premium items
are also on the cutting edge of fashion.

Global knives feature a thin, razor-sharp edge and are
extremely light, like traditional Japanese knives. However, they owe more to
Western tradition rather than Japanese when it comes to their blade design. For
this reason I consider them Japanese hybrids that mix one tradition of
knifemaking with another.

The vast majority of Global’s knives are made of high-quality
steel but they are not forged. The steel has been heat treated and tempered to
high levels of sophistication.

Buying Guide, Nespresso, Student Life, Tutorials

Cheap Pod Espresso Machine

When I was a student, they used to say that the difference between a successful and unsuccessful student is the kind of choices they make. I therefore decided to make the right choices which later translated to what I always hoped for; success. I believe choosing a good cup of coffee that would take me through a late night study was the best of all the choices I made. When buying my first espresso machine then, I believed time was in short supply. I therefore looked for a machine that could offer efficiency, functionality, and simplicity. I know as a college student, one question is lingering in your mind; what’s the best espresso machine for a college student? here is my top pick;

The Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker

When I was a student, a good espresso or a delicious Americano used to get me going the whole semester despite all the hustles and challenges in college. This is the machine that I treated as my best friend when it came to these early morning and late evening brews.
Due to the fact that I had a small kitchen at the corner of my room, size was one of the features I considered when buying an espresso machine. Being one of the smallest machines in the market, this nespresso maker was my perfect choice. Not only could it make me the richest espressos in the entire hostel, but it also ensured my kitchen space was well taken care of.

Yay For Milk Based Coffee !

Straight espresso is sometimes not my thing, I therefore choose a machine that has a separate milk frothier. This machine ensure neighbors were always at my door due to the aromatic lattes and cappuccinos it diligently produced.

Be Thrifty Or Be Cut

The most interesting thing about this machine is the amount of energy it could save for me. It automatically powers itself off after 9 minutes of inactivity. This helped me save a good amount of money I could have used to pay for the power bills.

If you want to turn your hostel room into a small Starbucks like I did, this is a machine you cannot afford to ignore.

Cooking Tips, Kitchen, kitchen knives

good knife setKnives are an important kitchen utensil. Choosing a good knife set is critical, since they are something most home cooks use on an almost daily basis. Buy a good knife set, and you’ll find yourself enjoying cooking. Buy a cheap set, and you’ll likely dread the hours spent in the kitchen. The good news is there are quite a few good manufacturers out there, some of which sell quality cutlery sets for less than $200. Purchase a good set and you’ll never have to replace them. Go too cheap and you might find yourself back on the market before you know it.

How To Buy Knife Sets ?

A good rule of thumb is to figure out how much you can afford, then go out and spend that much. Kitchen knives are one area where you really get what you pay for. I’m not advocating spending thousands of dollars on a set unless you can afford it, but you really need to get into the hundred to two hundred dollar range before you get real quality blades.

One thing to consider is that knives are less expensive when bought as sets. Find a set you can afford, then buy other knives to add to it as you can afford them. If you break or damage a blade, most manufacturers sell singles. The best thing about the sets is they come with a block. The block allows you to safely store your knives on the counter, keeping the blades away from each other. Nothing damages knives worse than throwing them in a drawer unprotected.

Opt For Analon

It has recently come to my attention that people have a tough time finding a good knife set in the $100 to $200 price range. The first manufacturer that come to mind when I think of this range is Anolon. Yes, the same Anolon that has made a name for themselves in the kitchen cookware arena. Anolon knives are quality knives with blades made of ice-hardened German steel. This is high-quality steel, and the blades are high-carbon stainless, which makes them stain resistant and able to hold and edge.

The best feature of Anolon knives is that they rarely need to be sharpened. They have a fine blade that is capable of holding its edge over time. Like any good set of knives, they will need to be sharpened occasionally, but they seem to hold their edge a little better than other cutlery in the same price range.

Analon Kitchen Knives Do The Job Right

Another thing to take into consideration is that Anolon make their steak knives from the same high-quality steel. Some of the other manufacturers cut corners and go cheap on the steak knives, offering serrated edge blades that can’t be sharpened. Anolon makes their steak knives with the same straight edge the rest of their knives have. This ensures you’ll be able to sharpen them as needed to extend the life of your set.

Anolon knives feel good in your hand due to the SureGrip handles. They are ergonomically designed, and even include counter balance weights in the caps to ensure each knife is balanced correctly.

Tutorials

For a quick and easy breakfast in less than 3 minutes, try this microwave egg scramble.

DIRECTIONS

  1. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper in microwave-safe bowl or 12-oz. coffee mug until blended.
  2. MICROWAVE on HIGH 45 seconds: STIR. MICROWAVE until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer. SERVE immediately.

INSIDER INFO

Enjoy

Top with a sprinkle of shredded cheese or fresh herbs.

For rich creamy scrambled eggs, add small cubes of cream cheese or a dollop of cottage cheese before cooking.

For added flavor, stir a bit of creamy salad dressing, pesto, salsa or your favorite herb into the egg mixture.

Insider Tips on How to Microwave Scrambled Eggs Perfectly

Looking for quick and easy way to cook scrambled eggs in the microwave? See our insider tips  below to find out more.

Don’t over cook. Scrambled eggs will continue to cook and firm up after removed from microwave.

Microwave ovens vary. Cook time may need to be adjusted.

by Incredible Egg