Archive for September, 2010

Why Choose A Magimix Food Processor?

September 27th, 2010

The Magimix food processor is the original food processor first designed by a French catering company salesman Pierre Verdan. He noticed how long it took his clients to prepare the food, particularly chopping, shredding and mixing. He designed a simple bowl with a manually rotating knife. This then developed into a powered consumer model which was introduced to the UK in 1974. This Magimix R1 was the original pioneer of the food processor and originated from Burgundy France. The Magimix can replace the need for chopping, slicing, mixing and even replace the need for seperate meat grinders.

How To Use A Magimix

The current version of the Magimix has not changed that much since this first model. Simplicity is the key to the operation of the Magimix food processor. It is operated by three buttons and the commercial strength induction motor automatically adjusts varying the power depending on the task.

The Looks

Now days we expect our kitchen appliances to fit in and suit our kitchens and the Magimix Food Processor is designed not only for ease of use but also available in several finishes including white, chrome, satin, cream red and black.

Guaranteed To Last

The Magimix food processor has a great pedigree and is recommended by celebrity chefs, food writers and cookery schools because of it’s reliability, quietness and robustness. All Magimix Food Processors are equipped with a powerful ultra quiet induction motor that comes with a 12 year guarantee. All other parts and accessories include a 3 year guarantee. The bowl’s are made of shatterproof Lexan plastic which is the same material as aircraft windows and riot shields.

Design

The design of the Magimix is what set’s it apart from other food processors. The simple operation that requires no need to select speed gives you controlled power all the time. New functions like the Blendermix used with the main blade to change the direction of the liquid from a centrifugal motion to vortex. Thus produces an ultra smooth blend that allows you to create smoothies, soups, pancake batter and much more.

Selecting a Model

Now you need to select which Magimix Food Processor is the best for you. They have a range of ten machines from the mini food processor “Le Mini Plus” to the top of the range 5200XL. When selecting your the machine that is right for you must take into account your budget, table top space available, the amount you wish to process and the functions/accessories available. When comparing the Magimix with other make food processors like the Cuisinart food processor or the KitchenAid food processor don’t forget the simplicity and guarantee you get with the Magimix food processor.

Stainless Steel Saucepan Sets

September 25th, 2010

Stainless steel saucepan sets are probably one of the most used pieces of cookware in our kitchen today but what are the advantages of a stainless steel saucepan set.

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel in metallurgy is also known as inox from French “inoxydable”, is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as ordinary steel, but it is not stain-proof. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the budget and requirement of the saucepan. Stainless steel is used because both the properties of the stain resistance and resistance to corrosion are required.

Too Hot To Handle

Most stainless steel saucepan sets have handles made from stainless steel which many people complain can get hot. Especially when you use them on a multi burner hob. Always ensure you turn your saucepan handles outwards so another burner does not inadvertently heat the handle. If you think the handle may have been heated then use a tea towel or oven glove to protect your hand when handling your sauce pan. The reason these handles are made from stainless steel rather than plastic or wood is that some recipes require the saucepan to be put in the oven and this would not be possible if such materials were used with the handle.

Lifetime Guarantee

Stainless Steel also makes the saucepan very robust to dents and scratches. Ceramic or glass cookware can be very heavy and is liable to break. Stainless steel however is a poor conductor of heat, manufacturers often bond another metal such as copper or aluminium which conducts well to the base of the saucepans which helps eliminate hotspots. Some ranges come with a non-stick coating which are particularly used for mil-pans and frying pans.

Many stainless steel saucepans come with a lifetime guarantee and can be used on most heat sources including induction hobs, however you should always check with the manufacturer instructions.

Stellar Cookware

September 25th, 2010

Horwood are a UK company based in Bristol and produce the Stellar Cookware brand of products. Other brands they produce are Judge, Horwood and Harmony. Horwoods were established in 1896 and have a long history of producing and designing market leading products for the kitchen. Constantly introducing new products to the market they focus on style, quality, function and value. In 2000 Horwoods were bought by the  leading European cookware manufacturer  Silampos SA. There brands include the Portuguese brands Silampos, Concepta Silampos and Cook Silampos. Besides having its own production lines, it represents and sells products of renowned international brands, such as Zyliss, Cole & Mason and Jamie Oliver.

The Stellar Cookware brand is probably one of the best known kitchen brands on the market today. Below is brief description of the Stellar Cookware range

Sabatier Stellar and FM set of knives are available as a set or individually. They are forged from single billets of stainless steel and Sabatier include solid spun handle rivets. The Stellar FM knives are taper ground for successful sharpening and handles give superior grip, even when wet. With a lifetime guarantee they make cleaning them easy by being dishwasher.

The Stellar saucepans come in various designs and range from the Stellar 1000 to the Stellar 9000 professional. You should find a saucepan set to suit your budget and needs. Stellar Stainless Steel Cookware is manufactured from Premium Grade 18/10 Stainless Steel – that contains 18% chrome and 10% nickel for optimum hardness and stain resistance.

The Stellar Art Deco Teaware is a range of teapots, milk jugs, sugar bowls, kitchen canisters and Cafetiere. Having 1930’s style with 21st Century quality they are made from Stellar mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe and come with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Stellar Breakfast and Teaware offers a wide range of products for your breakfast or tea. These include continental and traditional teapots, sugar basin, cream jug,  coffee/hot water jug, toast rack, tea strainer, egg cups, salt and pepper pots and a butter dish with lid. All would look great on your breakfast table next to your 4 slice toaster.

The Stellar Coffee Accessory range of Cafetiere’s come in an elegant straight sided design with either mirror polished or matt 18/10 stainless steel. As always they are dishwasher safe and come with a lifetime guarantee.

The Stellar cookware accessory range includes multi-pot steamers, pasta pot, maslin pan, saute/server with side handles, paella pan, griddle pan, egg poacher, long handled colander, wok with lid, oval & rectangular roasters with rack and a fondue set.

There cutlery are all dishwasher safe and come with a lifetime guarantee. They a wide range of designs and are named Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester and Rochester.

They produce a range of three espresso coffee makers made from smooth satin finished 18/10 stainless steel. They come in a 2,4 and 6 cup sizes.

The TV chef James Martin has styled a range of pans called the Stellar James Martin lamina range made from tri metal stainless steel with cast fittings.

The Stellar soft touch gadgets are elegant efficient designs with smooth contours engineered from zinc alloy composite. They have a sleek satin finish with black rubber handle inserts for a sure and comfortable grip. The range includes
corkscrew, nut cracker, bottle opener, garlic press, “Y” shape peeler, swivel peeler, can opener, pizza cutter, ice cream scoop, egg slicer and zester.

The Stellar stove top kettles come in classic or contemporary designs and made from high quality 18/10 stainless steel. Suitable for all hobs except induction and come with a lifetime guarantee.

The range of Stellar textiles include machine washable aprons, oven gloves, oven mitt and handle holders. Quilted, metallised and polyester padded  they are made from tough high quality cotton drill for long life. Some of these include hanging loops for easy storage.

Which ever Stellar Cookware you choose you will be confident you are purchasing a quality manufactured product that should give you a lifetime of enjoyment in your kitchen.

How To Choose A Saucepan Set

September 22nd, 2010

In our kitchens today most of us have a sauce pan set in some shape or form and most of us have had them for many years. Whether your purchasing a saucepan set for the first time, replacing your old cookware or upgrading to a professional saucepan set you have a wide choice available in the market today.

As with all purchases your budget will be the first consideration. If you are on a tight budget then ensure you are not buying more pans than you need and you are also buying the right types of pan for you requirement. Sauce pans are normally measured by diameter and the volume in comparable between manufacturers. A milk pan normally the smallest saucepan will have a spout to aid pouring of hot milk for that late night hot chocolate. Below gives you a rough idea of the diameters and capacity of saucepans.

Type Diameter Capacity

Milkpan

14.00cm 5.51” 0.9 litres 1½ pints
Saucepan 14.00cm 5.51” 1 litre 1¾ pints

Saucepan

16.00cm 6.30” 1.5 litres 2¾ pints
Saucepan 18.00cm 7.09” 2 litres 3½ pints
Saucepan 20.00cm 7.87” 2.8 litres 5 pints

Design

Saucepan sets come in various styles from the classic sauce pan with straight sides to the Windsor pan which has sloping sides, round base and a flat bottom. This can mainly be used for sauces but is not a versatile as the classic sauce pan. The lid of the pan should be tight fitting and the handle on the lid can either be a knob or a loop. The loop is easier to pick when using oven gloves. The handle should be of medium size and feel comfortable to hold. If you try feel the saucepan in the hand before purchasing then you will get a good idea the feel a balance of the sauce pan. Make sure all the saucepans in the set have a good balance and feel. The handle can be made out of a heat resistant material so it shouldn’t get hot while on the stove or over hanging another burner however this is totally the case.

Saucepans can come in various materials or combination of material for example copper, aluminium, cast iron, stainless steel and non-stick. Copper saucepans are probably the most traditional but also expensive. The main problem with copper saucepans are they difficult to clean.

Which ever saucepan set you choose from a stainless steel saucepan set from Stellar Cookware or  a le creuset saucepan set, look after them well and they should give you years of enjoyable cooking.

Does a food chopper cut it?

September 17th, 2010

With our busy life styles we are always looking at ways to save time and effort in all parts of our life. We all know the benefits of freshly cooked food over processed ready meals. However cooking today can become a chore as preparing food can sometimes take as long to cook it than sometimes eat it. When you actually think about your every day life we are often cooking and tidying up longer than actually enjoying the food. Cooking doesn’t need to be a chore and with modern kitchen equipment what once took minutes can now take seconds. That’s why every kitchen should have a food chopper to give you the maximum amount of time to enjoy cooking and eating.

There are many food choppers on the market and some endorsed by celebrity tv chef ‘s like Delia Smith in her book “How to Cheat at Cooking”. They see the advantage such a gadget can make to our every day life and something that will help cooking be a pleasure. This will all help to ensure we cook with fresh ingredients more and therefore have a healthier life style.

Choosing A Food Chopper

You have a choice between two main types of food chopper. There is a manual food chopper(sometimes known as a vegetable slicer) or an electric powered food chopper. The most popular being the electric powered food chopper. The prices of these electric powered mini food choppers have reduced considerably making them within the budget of most people although if your budget can extend to a Magimix food processor you will get a more vesatile appliance that you can use for a lot more than just food chopping.  These normally consist of a base that holds the power unit and drive shaft. A plastic bowl fits over the drive shaft and the stainless steel blade fits onto the drive shaft. Finally a lid normally will clip on top of the bowl similar to most kitchen canisters. The chopper is normally operated by a push button that can give different speeds with some units having a pulse function. Popular makes for food choppers are Kenwood, Black & Decker, KitchenAid, Proctor Silex and the Pampered Chef Food Chopper.

It is quite common for new parents to buy a food chopper to help prepare food for there children as they starting weaning them on to solid foods. However most then see the benefits of such a device and end up using it for their every day cooking.

How To Look After Your Food Chopper

When selecting a food chopper ensure the device is easy to clean, some food choppers can be put in the dishwasher although you will probably protect it better if you wash it by hand. One tip to remember is never use spices like cloves, dill or cumin as these can damage the plastic. If the plastic ever gets discoloured by the food it is chopping then try wiping with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil.

You should always take care when disassembling your device as the blade is very sharp. Always ensure the machine is switched off and unplugged from the power and that the power cord is kept dry. Although most machines come with a one year warranty if you look after your machine correctly then you should get many years of happy food chopping.