Kitchen

espresso coffee

For many of us the morning shot of coffee is what gets the blood pumping and starting the day with an espresso is for many a ritual they cannot live without.

But to find a good espresso machine that will serve you faithfully for years will take a bit of work.

I have looked at the market and you can buy machines ranging from 100 dollar or less up to thousands of dollars.
The first one I looked at was DeLonghi BAR32 Retro Pump-Driven Espresso Maker, a small machine that will only cost you around 100 dollars. It is a good entry level machine and is perfect for a first time buyer. It is easy to use and can be used for both pods and for ground coffee. It is a small sturdy machine that is easy to clean and will provide you with a good cup of espresso every time.

The second one I looked at was Saeco Xsmall Vapore Superautomatic Espresso Machine. It is a little more expensive and set you back somewhere between 400 and 500 dollars.

A small compact and fully automatic machine that will provide you with a very good cup of espresso, lattes or cappuccinos every time. The machine is sturdy and easy to clean. It is easy to use and the only negative thing we could see is that you are not able to use ground coffee.

Finally, I looked at Jura Impressa C60 Automatic Coffee Center, it is a machine that costs around 1000 dollars. It is a machine that is a little bigger, but it delivers every time, making perfect espresso and whatever coffee beverage you are looking for. It is simple and very easy to use, it costs a bit more, but it is a good value for money. The only negative thing I could find is the small drip tray.

Kitchen

Looking for the best cookware set 2016 that fits into all your criteria can be something difficult. Of course, everyone wants a good cookware set that can give you the performance you want. However, let’s not forget about the easiness to use, the cost and also the durability.

It all starts with your cooking requirement. Do you cook a lot and do you cook heavily? A good cookware set has to be easy to use and easy to clean, durable with right sizes and more importantly, does not cost you a king’s ransom.

The non-stick cookware is probably one of the best cookware set that you can get for yourself. The surface of the pan or pot usually coated with the material called ‘Teflon’. It has the ability to reduce stickiness and this kind of cookware is very common these days.
non stick pan
For the application, non-stick coating surface allows your food to cook without sticking to the pan. Hence, it makes cleaning very easy and it is easy to use too.

You may want to check out the Woll Diamond Plus that offers best non-stick cookware. It was manufactured in Germany in the top-notch green-certified facility. Furthermore, the cookware set is resistant to scratches and cuts, with the super hard diamond coating.

The Woll Diamond Plus cookware set comes with 10 pieces which include all sizes of sauce pans and skillet. The best part is that it also comes with a lifetime warranty against craftsmanship or defects in its materials.

Have ever thought about getting yourself a ceramic or porcelain cookware set? A good quality porcelain wares are safe and will not leach out bacteria or toxins into the food. This type of cookware is usually heavier compared to other materials and it is also not as durable.

One of the biggest downside for ceramic cookware is that it will not work on the induction hob. However, it has an even heating that makes your food cooked more perfectly.

The Paula Deen non-stick porcelain cookware set comes with 15 pieces and is definitely a cheaper option. Do not look down on its performance for its price. It could easily be the best cookware set as cooking with it is easy with even heat distribution and it maintains a stable simmer with a non-stick surface.

Stainless steel cookware set is the most common cookware material you can find. The stainless steel surface gives you a very durable and easy to cook experience. Usually, it is heavy and the heat distribution can be uneven. Therefore, the cooking performance may be affected.

The stainless steel cookware is easily available and price can be inexpensive. A better approach if you choose to go for this type of cookware is to go for a better quality one with added copper or aluminum inner core.

For a better choice, you can go for the Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro stainless steel cookware set. This includes a steamer, sauté pan, and a second skillet. This set also comes with heat surround technology that it tends to heat more evenly along the base and the walls of the pans.

There’s no best cookware that fits all your requirements. Every dish that you prepare may be different and the way you cook will be different too. So there’s no one-size fit all solution for a cookware set

Kitchen

chef knife set
If you are looking to buy the best set of chef knives; look no further! We’ve tested a number of knife sets by selecting the most popular models in the market. Testing entailed the kind of stuff you’d carry out in the kitchen on a day to day basis: dicing, slicing, cubing, peeling, chopping and filleting. Listed below are two recommendations that cover the best chef knife set in the market today.

Wusthof Classic 8-Piece Deluxe Knife Set

Personally, I have always loved the Wusthof knife as a result of its high quality. When I reviewed the Wusthof Classic 8 deluxe through a network of chef friends, the set did not disappoint.

According to the personal recommendation of various chefs I interacted with, the Wusthof comes with a set of knives that offer excellent grip. When it comes to evenly cutting out your ingredients, balance is said to be key. The Wusthof full tang blades are nested in a triple riveted handle that provides maximum balance and stability.

Many chefs love the Santoku Japanese style blade. The Wusthof set of knives come in Santoku blade which are noticeably thinner and lighter than most traditional blades.

Verdict: I highly recommend the Wusthof Classic 8 Piece Deluxe for those who are looking for a decent set of kitchen knives that offer great grip. The set might be bit pricy but you are paying extra for the high performing handle.

The Henckels Twin Four Set

Henckels is a world re-known knife maker in the world. You cannot go wrong with choosing these set of knives. What I love most about these set of is the feel. They are well balanced with a little heft: nothing to tire your hand.

During testing some of the major features that stood out were: the well forged bolster, the three rivet handle and the full tang blade. Its handle has been designed to look like wood though it’s not. The knife also comes sharp and stays that way for a long period of time.

Verdict: If you are looking for a set of knives that conveniently stay sharp for as long as possible, you should go for the Henckels. The best part is that they are much more affordable than the Wusthof.