Panasonic: The Godfather of Bread Makers

X - Panasonic Breadmaker2Panasonic have long been paving the way for us to have fresh bread at our fingertips and it is hard to find many faults with their bread maker range. The SD253 is a big favourite of both reviewers and users and the development of the SD255 saw an even better replacement for those who hadn’t already been on the home bread-making trend.

As well as the above mentioned models there are several more in the range and they are all relatively similar in functions, except the SD255 has the additional feature of a rye bread mode and an automatic dried fruit and nut dispenser that stops you having to interrupt the baking process to add them. Now you may think, “why are there a bunch of models that are pretty similar?” well firstly if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! And secondly there are a variety of small differences in programmes, sizes etc. that provide the best solution for varying kitchens.

The SD255 comes equipped with everything you might need from instruction manual to measuring jugs and recipe suggestions to get you going. It makes bread making incredibly easy, gone are the times where people spent hours kneading dough by hand only to find the bread didn’t rise in the oven. Simply add the ingredients, select the bread type from the options, the loaf size, crust colour and then you are good to go. You can even choose when your start time is going to be so that you can walk into a kitchen in the morning and smell the delicious aroma of baked bread.

When comparing the SD255 to its predecessors and more current models it is noticeable that it is an improvement from the SD253 and current models took a lot of cues from its simple button layout, you have six buttons and you simply go through each one at a time to ensure the perfect loaf. We’ve struggled with many breadmakers where the menu is overly complicated and unresponsive and the result is that we have ended up button bashing out of frustration.

As ever the proof is in the pudding and Panasonic continue to improve and hone the baking experience and it’s all resulting in bread that is at least on par with supermarkets. This is of course barring any incidence, as you can imagine there can be the occasional bad result if you don’t get the quantities right. The bread also tend to be on par or cheaper than what you’d buy at the shop too, of course it also saves you from doing a shopping trip in the first place which a lot of people are thankful for and that’ll save you from buying other things too.

We haven’t even scratched the surface of the SD255’s features, there are seven main baking modes and within each of these there is an incredible amount of room for experimentation. The variations you can come up with are as simple as anything you are able to throw into the bread maker. There is also a bake mode that is ideal for children as you are safe in the knowledge they won’t be playing with the oven or gas. Overall it is one of the go to bread makers on the market.

Content Consultants

Content ConsultantsIn short, content consultants take on the role from an external organisation to help them develop the message they want to convey and produce the final item for them by managing to content associated with the work extensively.

Their work generally involves advising the business when it comes to their content. Furthermore, the photographer can involve them as much or as little as they want with their job. However, they will often be called upon to make sure that the necessary information is presented and where the media aspects of the project can be developed or cut.

Content consultants and photography

The photographic world has been influenced by the work carried out by content consultants, as they look to ‘manipulate’ the work to increase the actual content over the components of the presentation that are further influenced by the show they are providing rather than their practical worth.

Why the right content can really help a photographer

An increase in SEO friendly, well-written content is not only beneficial because it is much more likely to keep potential customers interested on your site retains visitors, but it also increases the prevalence of your site on the search engines.  If you have a website, you will know how important your search ranking is to your success.

When working in photography, the content consultants are there to help the photographer reinvent their work, offer a new service or specialise their work to attract clients. This is not an area that many photographers will be sure in how to operate, which is why it is imperative that they work with a professional.

The right content consultant will help to reinvent an agency or a photographer if their material is becoming outdated. They will look for a new area, which can attract potential clients, so a good professional will have years of expertise that they can draw on to help.

Combination Microwave’s Have So Many Advantages

Ever since their introduction 40 years ago, microwaves have become an integral part of cooking. Today, almost every home in the UK owns a microwave. Cooking has become a more joyous and less time consuming process
with a microwave around. Once the Microwave established itself in the market, manufacturers came up with an even better microwave, the ‘combination microwave’. This now caters to a wider range of cooking options in less time and compact space.

Panasonic Combination Microwave

Panasonic combination microwave

Now you need not maintain a traditional oven for your baking needs. The combination microwave provides you with both microwave and oven options, together! Be it home or the huge catering industry, the microwave has become an inevitable part of cooking food. So if you still haven’t got one for yourself, now is the time. How do we begin?

What Are Your Needs?
First things first analyse your needs. As in, what is the thing you intend to do in your new microwave? Just reheating/defrosting general food items, then the standard model would solve your purpose. But if you intend to reheat/defrost items such as pastry or meat then a combination microwave is what you should be looking at. The introduction of the combination microwave oven has revolutionized the way people cook. Even individual users stand to gain a lot while cooking with the use of a microwave. You save time and cooking space. Also, not to forget, you can easily stay abreast with the changing cooking trends.

Inverter Technology
All Panasonic microwaves work on underlying principle of the ‘inverter technology’. This technology ensures the food heats up consistently all over, without losing on the original taste and flavour of the food. Also since Panasonic microwaves generally remain cleaner after use; it makes it easier to maintain the quality of the food intact along with saving a lot of time. With the advancement of technology and growing need and demand, also available in the market now are stack-able and wall mountable microwaves. They save a lot of space and for sure improve your kitchen environment largely.

Power Level
Do not miss considering the power level while choosing a microwave for yourself. The speed and the cooking process are hugely affected by the wattage of a microwave. In commercial models, the wattage ranges from 1000
to 1900. A low powered microwave increases cooking time, and may lead you to spend longer hours in the kitchen which could become frustrating. A very high power microwave has its own share of drawbacks. You may end up
overcooking you food thus resulting in wastage.

Last Word
So, do browse the features of the different types of microwaves available in the market with care. It would be better in the long run to choose microwaves with stainless steel body and the ones that provide multiple functions in a
single unit. Utilizing only high quality product ensures long term durability and usability of your microwave. Also pick the dealer you wish to purchase the product from with care as this would ensure a good back up service which proves important in long run.

 

Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok Review

A wok is absolutely essential for cooking stir-fry dishes, rice dishes, and so much more. Choosing a wok is an important decision that can affect the quality of the food and the ease-of-use of the wok itself. The Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok is a high quality cast-iron wok from Lodge Pro-Logic that has received countless positive reviews at many online retailers. But does the wok stand up to such positive praise? Let’s take a look at how the Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok measures up in real life.

The Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok is made from high quality cast-iron. The quality of the cast iron is really important for using a wok: if the iron is low quality, it may heat unevenly or even cause chipping or peeling that can get into the food you cook. Thankfully, the high quality cast iron used for the Lodge Pro-Logic model heats evenly and does not chip or peel.

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The cast iron is already preseasoned as well. The preseasoning is not just for taste, but use: when the cast iron is preseasoned, oil is actually baked into the material, which creates a non-stick surface that is essential for cooking rice, stir-fry dishes and so much more.

In addition to the high quality cast iron, the Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok features a durable, sturdy base. This base keeps the wok still and motionless when in use on the stovetop, which greatly reduces the risk of spilling or potentially hazardous accidents.

The one downside to the Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok is its relatively high price. The Lodge Pro-Logic P14W3 Cast Iron Wok currently retails for $80.00-$100.00, depending on where it is being sold. The high price may turn off some buyers, but the price may be more reasonable when you consider that the wok is more of an investment—it’s better to buy a higher quality, more expensive wok that will last for you years than a cheap wok that will need to be replaced within months of use.

A Brief Guide On Shopping For Kettle And Toaster Sets

Kettles ToastersThere are no other pieces of appliances which seem to go perfectly with each other quite like kettle and toaster sets. For most people, not having any one of these two kitchen implements means their days would not start on the right foot, mainly because you will need these two items for breakfast. And, because these would probably be two of the most used appliances in your kitchen, it would be a good idea to invest in a high quality set; but how will you know if you are holding a good electric kettle and toaster?

First is the kettle. When you are looking for a good electric kettle for your kitchen, you need to make sure it is actually easy to hold; you would not want to spill scalding hot water all over your legs now, would you? So, when comparing kettles, try holding the display models in the store, and if they feel awkward in your hand right now, just think how much more difficult it would be to hold when it is full of piping hot water.

Now for the toaster. One of the main concerns of people who buy toasters is how many slice of bread they can handle. Are you satisfied with two slices of toast, or are you someone who believes a hearty breakfast should include at least four pieces of hot toasted bread? You should also take into consideration the number of people in your family when choosing a toaster, if it has to provide toast for four to six people every morning, then get a toaster that can handle four slices of bread at a time.

You should also take the price into consideration when buying a kettle and toaster. Now, if you are an incoming college student who will be living in a dorm room by yourself for most of the year, then you might want to get one of the many kettle and toaster sets that are available. Getting these basic kitchen implements together in a set is much more affordable than when you get them separately. If you are getting the kettle and toaster for your family, then you might want to invest in one of the more expensive, yet trusted brands offering kettle and toaster sets, the ones you can use for many years to come.

Hopefully the tips mentioned above was able to give you an idea on what you need to look for in kettle and toaster sets so you will be always be able to start your day on a high note.

Healthy and Cheap Microwave Popcorn Recipe

Make in the Microwave 1Who doesn’t love popcorn? Even the thought of popcorn is sure to conjure up plenty of fond memories—freshly popped popcorn at the carnival or fair, surrounded by shrieks of delight and the smells that only a carnival can bring; hot buttery popcorn between your fingers while you wait for a movie to start and wonder if you’ll have to share your popcorn with your sibling this time.

Popcorn is delicious—but it can sometimes be expensive and, even worse, unhealthy for you. Traditional microwave popcorn can contain loads of extra salt, sugar and fat—or more, depending on what flavor of microwavable popcorn you happen to enjoy! If you enjoy popcorn but are trying to stick to a healthier lifestyle, or simply can’t afford to buy box after box of microwavable popcorn, then this easy recipe for healthy and cheap microwave popcorn is just the thing for you.

Now, you can make homemade microwave popcorn at home with a paper bag—but this can create a lot of unnecessary waste and even be dangerous, as some types of brown paper may emit toxic fumes when heated in a microwave.

The following method will help you avoid waste by using items you probably already have in your kitchen, or—if you don’t—which you can easily pick up for a reasonable price.

To make your own microwave popcorn at home, you will need the following items:

  • A microwave safe bowl. The best bowl to use is a tempered glass bowl, which can handle higher heating temperatures. Avoid using plastic bowls, which can–even if they are marketed as being microwave-safe–melt under high heat.
  • A vented microwave food cover. Vented food covers are commonly used to help keep food hot and to contain food splatters and spills which might occur while food is being microwaved. Remember: the vented cover must have vent holes. The steam created by this method will be extremely hot and, if not cooked with a vented cover, can cause the bowl to explode.
  • Popcorn kernels. Popcorn kernels can be purchased at grocery stores or bulk food stores. It is best to store popcorn kernels in airtight containers to keep them fresh for longer periods.

Make in the Microwave 2Step 1: Add 1 Tbsp. butter and 1/4 tsp. of salt to your microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture for about 20 seconds, or until the butter melts.

Step 2: Then, add 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels to the bowl and mix until the kernels are coated with the salt and butter mixture.

Step 3: Flatten the kernels on the bottom of the bowl to create an even layer.

Step 4: Now, cover your microwavable bowl with vented lid. Make sure the lid is securely on and that the holes in the lid will allow the steam to vent through.

Step 5: Place your covered bowl in the microwave and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until there are approximately one to two seconds in between pops.

Integrated Dishwashers at IKEA

X - Integrated Dishwashers at IKEA 1Are you interested in integrated dishwashers? Have you heard of integrated dishwashers? If you have yet to hear of them, it is a quick rundown: Integrated dishwashers, like other integrated appliances, are appliances which are integrated or built into the kitchen, in contrast to traditional freestanding appliances which can be moved around more readily.

Integrated dishwashers are an increasingly popular choice among homeowners who are searching for high quality dishwashers which can be integrated into their kitchens. Traditional dishwashers tend to stick out aesthetically, due to the fact that they are often made from bright white materials or stainless steel materials, which often do not match the décor of the kitchen—except for certain modern kitchens. Integrated dishwashers, however, can be built and designed to fit in seamlessly with a kitchen’s décor. In addition to this design benefit, integrated dishwashers often take up less space and are more environmentally friendly than traditional, also called “freestanding,” dishwashers.

IKEA is one of the world’s leading retailers of home furnishings, appliances and goods. They offer a range of kitchen appliances, including integrated dishwashers. Integrated dishwashers from IKEA combine both quality and affordability to provide consumers with integrated dishwashers at a reasonable price.

The major integrated dishwasher model currently available at IKEA is the ‘RENLIG’ model. The RENLIG model currently comes in three variations: black, stainless steel black, and white with black accents.X - Integrated Dishwashers at IKEA 2

The RENLIG integrated dishwasher available from IKEA currently retails for $699.99. It features a stainless steel cavity with a sleek black casing that is sure to fit into most modern kitchens. It has a large, 12 place setting capacity, making it ideal for families and homes with multiple people. It is also relatively quiet with a noise level of only 48 dB and an end cycle buzzer. The RENLIG also features 5 different dishwasher programs: heavy, wine glass, normal, auto and rapid. This makes it perfect for consumers looking for a quiet, affordable but quality dishwasher which will get the job done without waking up the entire household!

The RENLIG is an especially perfect choice if you have already purchased other appliances or kitchen décor from IKEA, since it is designed to fit in with IKEA’s aesthetic. The modern IKEA aesthetic is both classic and aesthetically pleasing in modern homes, classic homes and everything in between.

The RENLIG is a perfect choice for any homeowners looking for a quality, IKEA-style integrated dishwasher with features useful for families and other homeowners alike.

In addition to the integrated RENLIG dishwasher, IKEA offers freestanding or traditional dishwashers at lower prices. If you are looking for a traditional dishwasher, IKEA will certainly offer what you are looking for and so much more.

3 Surprising Foods You Can Make in a Microwave

Microwave 3A microwave isn’t just for reheating leftovers or cooking the occasional baked potato. Did you know that you can actually make entire meals—yes, entire meals!—in your microwave? Appetizer, entrée and dessert? It’s true! Today, most people typically use their microwave for those cooking tasks that they want done quickly… like reheating last night’s dinner or cooking potatoes, which can take much longer in an oven. But microwaves were designed not simply to reheat leftover chicken—but to actually cook, and cook full meals.

If you already knew all this and it doesn’t come as a surprise—just wait. The following are some microwave surprises—three surprising foods that you probably didn’t know you could make with your kitchen’s microwave.

Microwave Cake

All right, this one probably isn’t surprising for anyone who spends some time on social media. Microwave cake, alternatively called cake in a cup, cake in a mug and quick cake, is a quick and easy-to-make version of that favorite delicious dessert. Traditionally, cakes are made in the oven—a perfectly acceptable choice, but not an option for people who want moist cake fast and don’t want to deal with an entire cake’s worth of leftovers.

Microwave cake is made in a microwavable cup or mug, which makes a perfect single portion for anyone who has a sudden craving for some sweet cake.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is good for the soul—and for the stomach! This hearty staple can be made in a number of ways—in a crockpot, on the stovetop, or even in the oven. But did you know you can actually make a delicious chicken soup using your microwave? While traditionally made chicken soup might take hours on the stove, chicken soup made in the microwave is faster but still delicious.

To make chicken soup in the microwave, you’ll need to do two steps: first, cook the chicken thoroughly in the microwave, and then combine all of the chicken soup ingredients in large microwavable bowl, which you can then place in the microwave for however long you would like.

Macaroni and Cheese

Home-style macaroni and cheese is a favorite at holidays, house parties—and everyday delicious dinners! But you don’t need to spend your evening stirring a pot on the stove or checking baked macaroni and cheese in the oven. Gooey home-style macaroni and cheese can be made right in your microwave—no Kraft or Easy Mac required!

To make macaroni and cheese in your microwave, you will need to first cook your pasta, which can be done in the microwave or stovetop as per the pasta’s directions, and then combine flour-dusted cheese, butter and pasta in a microwave-safe dish until the butter and cheeses mix tighter. The flour will help keep the cheese from becoming sticky, resulting in a warm, gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese that will look and taste like it came straight from your stove top.