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Congratulations to Pamela Lacey in Rialto, CA for winning the last iPad giveaway on July 4, 2018!

Here's the THIRD iPad Mini giveaway of 2018! - Jaden

This is sponsored by me - Steamy Kitchen :-)

Each year, we give away four iPads, as a big thank you to our loyal readers of Steamy Kitchen.

Your visits to our site . . .

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Congratulations to Pamela Lacey in Rialto, CA for winning the last iPad giveaway on July 4, 2018!

Here’s the FOURTH iPad Mini giveaway of 2018! I actually goofed and accidentally posted this iPad giveaway….which is great news for you! Good luck (and also enter the other iPad Mini giveaway)- Jaden

This is sponsored by me – Steamy Kitchen 🙂

Each year, we give away four iPads, as a big thank you to our loyal readers of Steamy Kitchen.

familyYour visits to our site is vital to our family business. My husband, Scott, is the web developer. The boys, Andrew and Nathan, help with site administration and cooking.  Our 2 rescue dogs are in charge of taste testing and leftover patrol. We are in our 11th year of business!

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Enter the iPad Mini Giveaway

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Instant Pot Ultra Giveaway https://steamykitchen.com/46748-instant-pot-ultra-giveaway.html Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:14:25 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=46748 This is not a review, just an Instant Pot giveaway from Williams Sonoma. - jaden

Have you seen the latest Instant Pot? It's a snazzy, slick appliance that can pressure cook and slow cook. Though, technically, it's billed as a "Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer & Sterilizer."
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This is not a review, just an Instant Pot giveaway from Williams Sonoma. – jaden

Have you seen the latest Instant Pot? It’s a snazzy, slick appliance that can pressure cook and slow cook. Though, technically, it’s billed as a “Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer & Sterilizer.”

New Model Instant Pot Ultra

Efficient, versatile and easy to use, the Instant Pot Ultra combines endless cooking functions into one compact countertop appliance. Use it as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté pan, warming pot or even a sous-vide cooker. The Ultra’s large, intuitive digital screen makes it easy to select from a wide variety of preset functions—or to customize the temperature, pressure and time to suit a specific recipe. Delay Start and Keep Warm functions make it easier to work healthy cooking into your busy lifestyle.

The Instant Pot Ultra features a three-quart, six-quart or eight-quart stainless steel bowl, which is ideal for sautéing and browning foods. The bowl is removable and dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a breeze. Included accessories—a rice spatula, ladle, measuring cup and canning rack—allow you to master a variety of techniques and recipes.

  • Instant Pot Ultra is endlessly adjustable, allowing you to prepare a wide range of recipes with one easy-to-use multicooker
  • Extensive preset options include: pressure cook, soup/broth, meat/stew, beans/chili, steam, slow cook, sauté, warm, rice, porridge, egg, sterilize, yogurt and ultra (manual).The 6-qt. and 8-qt. models also have functions for multigrain and cake
  • Intuitive digital screen is easy to read and navigate
  • Lid automatically resets to sealing position when opened or closed for no-hassle pressurization
  • New Steam Release Reset Button locks in place for easy steam release
  • Stainless steel bowl is great for browning ingredients

  • Cooking progress indicator lets you keep tabs on food as it cooks
  • Choose from three pressure settings: none, medium or high
  • Choose from three preset temperatures: low, medium or high
  • Customize the temperature to suit your recipe, or choose from three preset temperatures: low, medium or high
  • Delay cooking for up to 24 hours, so food is ready when you are
  • Automatic Keep Warm mode ensures food stays warm and fresh until it’s time to eat
  • Removable pot, lid and rack are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup

Purchase the Instant Pot Ultra from Sur La Table

Instant Pot Ultra Giveaway

We have a 3qt Instant Pot Ultra to give away!

 

 

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Espressotoria Caprista Espresso Machine Review & Giveaway https://steamykitchen.com/46725-espressotoria-caprista-review.html Sun, 15 Jul 2018 15:56:33 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=46725 This is a Espressotoria Caprista review, including both PROs and CONs.

Espressotoria Caprista is a capsule based espresso system with a optional milk warmer and frother.

Espressotoria Caprista Review
The Espressotoria Caprista is a sleek, Nespresso look-a-like system at an affordable price.

PRO: The machine is less than $100 (Amazon has the Caprista white for $75, Walmart sells it for . . .

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This is a Espressotoria Caprista review, including both PROs and CONs.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

Espressotoria Caprista is a capsule based espresso system with a optional milk warmer and frother.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

The Espressotoria Caprista is a sleek, Nespresso look-a-like system at an affordable price.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

PRO: The machine is less than $100 (Amazon has the Caprista white for $75, Walmart sells it for $99).

CON: The pods are about 75 cents each, which I think is high, especially since Nespresso’s own capsules are 70-75 cents each, and Nespresso-compatible capsules are 33 cents each.

The Nespresso-compatible capsules are not compatible with the Caprista machine. I feel like if the company is positioning themselves as a budget alternative to Nespresso or Keurig, that the coffee should also be lower in price.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

There are three different varieties of espresso: Espresso, Colombian Single Origin, Decaf and Latte.

PRO: The pod is recyclable. Peel off the top seal and discard, compost the coffee grounds and recycle the pod.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

My favorite part of the Espressotoria Caprista system is the milk warmer and frother. You can hook it directly to the machine for power, or use the included power cord to plug directly in wall.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

While your espresso brews, the milk will simulanetously heat up and froth.

Espressotoria Caprista Review

PRO: Inside the milk frother, the spinning arm is attached via magnets. It’s super easy to assemble and clean. Very well designed. The milk is creamy, perfectly frothed and hot.

The Espressotoria Caprista makes wonderful espresso-based drinks. The coffee is rich, fresh-tasting. The machine is simple to use, though I wish it had an auto-off feature. My parents came over last week, I made Mom a latté with the machine and the moment she took a sip, I knew the machine was going home with her! 🙂

Espressotoria Caprista Review

Espressotoria is owned by Vittoria Food & Beverage Company, a family business in Australia. The company started over 60 years ago, importing Italian food and beverage products to Australia.

The company has won multiple awards, including Australian Family Business of the Year.

 

Espressotoria Caprista Review & Giveaway

 

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Power AirFryer Oven 8 Quart Review & Giveaway https://steamykitchen.com/46628-power-airfryer-oven-8-quart-review-giveaway.html Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:52:00 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=46628 This is a Power AirFryer Oven 8 Quart Review, including both PROs and CONs of the 8 quart version (here is the 6 quart size review). We have zero affiliation with Power AirFryer, this is NOT a sponsored post and we do NOT earn any commission from them.

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This is a Power AirFryer Oven 8 Quart Review, including both PROs and CONs of the 8 quart version (here is the 6 quart size review). We have zero affiliation with Power AirFryer, this is NOT a sponsored post and we do NOT earn any commission from them.

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Power AirFryer Oven 8 Quart Review

We previously reviewed the Power AirFryer Oven 6 Quart version…and it seems that some of my gripes of that product was fixed in the 8 quart version.

What is a Power Air Fryer Oven?

You’ve probably seen it on late night television. The Power AirFryer Oven is a healthier way to enjoy some of your favorite fried foods with little to no cooking oil. The Power Air Fryer Oven adds more functionality, including rotisserie and dehydrator.

My review of the Power AirFryer Oven – 8 Quart

I won’t go over all of the features of the appliance, refer to my previous review of the 6 quart version to see how well the rotisserie skewers work.

I love the MASSIVE 8 quart size. Next to it, my Philips Air Fryer that we bought years ago seems so miniscule. The Power Air Fryer Oven can cook much more food and can even fit a 4 pound chicken for rotisserie.

Bigger basket

The rollie poly basket holds much more food (plus it rotates to cook food more evenly. This probably cooks 4x more food than my Philips.

A convenient basket tool allows you to insert and remove the rollie poly basket with ease (and without burning yourself).

Stronger wire trays

The trays are more sturdy, and they are deeper, making it easier to hold food. The indentations that hold in the trays are stronger than the 6 quart version. I think this is by far my favorite upgrade. Previously, in the 6 quart version, the trays were difficult to slide in and out of the appliance.

Will it Rotisserie 4 Pound Chicken?

The Power Air Fryer Oven 6 quart appliance claims to be able to rotisserie a very small chicken, but I found it too small to fit even a 3.5 pound bird.  Plus it’s difficult to find birds that small at the market. Will the larger 8 Quart oven hold a 4 pound bird?

I stuffed the cavity with lemon and garlic halves, and used FoodLoop Silicone Trussing Set – one of my favorite $10 purchases of the year!

The orange lace has a thick pointy metal end that allows you to “sew” the chicken cavity closed, securely. The garlic and lemon do NOT fall out during cooking, even during rotating in a rotisserie.

But will it fit???

Nope. Not like this. The thigh and wing are touching the bottom of the tray (and will probably touch the heating element at the top).

Time for chicken bondage.

That’s better. Everything is tied up nice and tight.

Perfect rotisserie chicken.

All of the other features that I like about the Power AirFryer Oven 6 quart are still there – the removable drip tray, the removable glass door and ease of use.

The larger size is more expensive….$40 more than the 6 quart size. If you like cooking rotisserie chicken, or plan to use the air fryer as part of your weekly cooking routines, this larger size is worth the money, especially because of the sturdier, deeper trays and easier tray inserting.

Buy the Power AirFryer Oven on their website. (we have zero affiliation with Power AirFryer, this is NOT a sponsored post and we do NOT earn any commission from them)

Power AirFryer Oven Giveaway

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) https://steamykitchen.com/492-vietnamese-iced-coffee.html https://steamykitchen.com/492-vietnamese-iced-coffee.html#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:24:39 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=492 Vietnamese Iced Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk. To make Vietnamese Iced Coffee, start with medium grind French Roast coffee, brew in a Vietnamese coffee press with 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, and then pour over […]

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk. To make Vietnamese Iced Coffee, start with medium grind French Roast coffee, brew in a Vietnamese coffee press with 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, and then pour over ice.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe

If you love coffee, and have only tried weak, watered down coffee served over ice, you’re in for a big awakening.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee is creamy, rich, smooth and sweet. Oh, and intense coffee flavor. It’s bold in flavor and makes a wonderful Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream as well.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (Cafe Sua Da)

When I made this on TV years ago, I was grateful that I brought extra coffee, ice and sweetened condensed milk – the entire television crew and morning hosts/hostesses all wanted a gallon of Vietnamese Iced Coffee for now….and another one to save for their afternoon treat!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (Cafe Sua Da)

What type of coffee for Vietnamese Iced Coffee

To make Vietnamese Iced Coffee, start with using the right grind of coffee. Look for MEDIUM coarse grind coffee. I’ve found French Roast is best, but you can use any type of coffee, as long as the coffee is medium coarse grind, you can use it. Fine grind coffee would fall right through the little holes of the coffee press.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (Cafe Sua Da) ground coffee

Medium Grind Coffee – from INeedCoffee.com

Many Vietnamese in America like using Café du Monde coffee from New Orleans. If you are interested in the history of why the Vietnamese use Café du Monde, head over to The Secret Ingredient to America’s Vietnamese Coffee. The yellow can is the most popular (I prefer this over the Café du Monde French Roast – but try both!)

Use Sweetened Condensed Milk

It’s the sweet, sticky, thick stuff – NOT evaporated milk! No substitutions here! Find this at any grocery store.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (Cafe Sua Da) sweetened condensed milk

Get a Vietnamese Coffee Press

Found at any Asian market – they usually cost a few dollars, or online – Amazon sells them! I’ve purchased several from this seller on Amazon and they’ve been fantastic. Don’t pay more than $10 per press.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (Cafe Sua Da) coffee press

I’ve also used this funny looking press called Aeropress to make Vietnamese coffee and espresso. I love this gadget and use it every morning to brew my coffee in the morning. It’s simple to use. Amazingly effective and highly rated. There’s even a cult following for Aeropress. Ok, so not authentic for Vietnamese coffee, but still great. It’s about $30.

How to make Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Step 1: Add 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk to a glass

 Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - start with condensed milk

 

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to the base of the coffee press. Wet the grounds just a little bit with some hot water.

 

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - add coffee

Step 3: Screw on the press tight. The coffee should be packed well.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - screw on the press

Step 4: Pour boiled hot water into the coffee press.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - add hot water

Cover with its little hat.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - cover

Step 5: Wait. It will drip veeerrrry….veeerrrry slowly. It takes 3-5 minutes to finish brewing.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - cover

The longer it takes, the stronger the coffee. Notice that there are only a few drops per second. For me, I can’t wait any longer than 5 minutes. If the coffee is dripping too fast, then use a small spoon or tip of knife to screw the press on tighter, 1 turn clockwise. Or if it’s dripping too slow, unscrew 1 turn counterclockwise.

While it’s dripping, go get some ice in a glass. You’ve got nothing else to do!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - drip

Step 6: Once it’s finished, stir well.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - stir

You can set your coffee maker on top of its overturned lid to prevent dripping onto your nice table.

Step 7: Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and enjoy!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) - pour over ice

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

You’ll need a Vietnamese Coffee press or an Aeropress.

  • 2 tablespoons Medium-Grind French Roast Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Sweetened condensed milk
  • ice
  1. 1. Boil water, remove from heat to cool just a bit while you measure out your coffee grounds.

  2. 2. Add sweetened condensed milk to a cup. Fill a separate, tall glass with ice. The more ice you use, the weaker the iced coffee.

  3. 3. Spoon in the coffee into the Vietnamese Coffee Maker. Wet the grounds with about a tablespoon of the hot water. Screw on the press, finger tight. Pour in the hot water and cover. The coffee will slowly drip into the cup. Use the tip of a spoon or butter knife to turn the press clockwise (for tighter press, if the coffee is dripping too fast) or counter-clockwise (too loosen if the coffee isn’t dripping at all.) It should take about 3-5 minutes to finish brewing. Adjust the press as needed.

  4. 4. Stir the hot coffee and the sweetened condensed milk well. Pour over the ice in the tall glass.

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Congratulations to Larry Wise for winning the last iPad giveaway! Here's the THIRD iPad Mini giveaway of 2018! - Jaden

This is sponsored by me - Steamy Kitchen :-)

Each year, we give away four iPads, as a big thank you to our loyal readers of Steamy Kitchen.

Your visits to our site is vital to our family business. My . . .

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Congratulations to Larry Wise for winning the last iPad giveaway! Here’s the THIRD iPad Mini giveaway of 2018! – Jaden

This is sponsored by me – Steamy Kitchen 🙂

Each year, we give away four iPads, as a big thank you to our loyal readers of Steamy Kitchen.

familyYour visits to our site is vital to our family business. My husband, Scott, is the web developer. The boys, Andrew and Nathan, help with site administration and cooking.  Our 2 rescue dogs are in charge of taste testing and leftover patrol. We are in our 11th year of business!

Another way that you can help: When you start your Amazon shopping from this link (or ad below), we get a small commission. Don’t worry – Amazon keeps your stuff private – they just send us a commission check every month. This link is also in the sidebar of every page on Steamy Kitchen, to make it easy to find. We so appreciate your support!!

Enter the iPad Mini Giveaway

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Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven Review & Giveaway https://steamykitchen.com/46593-kalorik-pizza.html Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:25:06 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=46593 This is a review of the Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven, including both PROs and CONs (and a giveaway at the end).
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This is a review of the Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven, including both PROs and CONs (and a giveaway at the end).

Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven Review

We’ve been hosting DIY pizza parties since the kids were babies. For several years, all we had was an oven and a Pampered Chef pizza stone. It made decent pizza, but our oven could never get hot enough for excellent pizza…the kind you get at your favorite local pizzerias.

Our next step was a Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop contraption. We got good results, but the intense heat of the pizza maker discolored our stovetop. The next experiment was with a Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, which we LOVE….it produced brick-oven style pizzas with perfectly melted cheese on top and a crispy crust on the bottom.

This review is a similar pizza maker, by Kalorik, at half the price of Breville’s. Both ovens perform similarly – a heating element on both top and bottom of the oven, and a pizza stone to get the crispest crust.

At half the price, will the Kalorik perform just as well? 

The Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven comes with the oven, a pizza wheel and two large spatula things.

Pre-heating only takes minutes. I was surprised how fast the oven heated. There are temperature settings from 1-5, and also a timer setting.

How hot does this Kalorik Pizza Oven get?

SCREAMING HOT!!!

We placed the Breville and Kalorik side by side to compare.

How we DIY Pizza Parties

First, you’ll need to buy pre-made pizza dough (ask at deli section of supermarket) or make your own.

I love making pizza dough, and we followed the recipe found in the Breville Pizza Oven booklet. At the local Italian mart, I bought 00 flour, which is used for pizza.

We lay out lots of different ingredients –

MEAT: sausage, ham, proscuitto, salami, pepperoni, cooked chicken breast, anchovies

VEG: fresh tomatoes, canned artichoke, roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, fresh arugula, fresh basil

CHEESE: shredded mozzarella, burrata, fresh mozzarella, ricotta

SAUCE/HERB: pizza sauce, pesto sauce, bbq sauce, olive oil, italian herb seasoning

Roll out a small piece of dough. With these pizza makers, you MUST have thin crust pizza (I’ll show you why, later). Stretch, toss and roll out your dough to as thin as possible. Place pizza round on parchment paper and then choose your ingredients.

Oh, you can’t put too much on the pizza…have a light hand when adding toppings.

Place the pizza in the pre-heated Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven – WITH the parchment paper.

Close lid and set timer for 2 minutes. Now open and remove parchment.

Why? Because the parchment makes the pizza easy to slide and place onto the very hot hot hot stone. If an ingredient falls off, like a shred of cheese, it falls on the parchment, and not the stone. Any ingredients that fall on the hot stone will burn badly and is almost impossible to clean off.

You have to remove the parchment, 2 minutes into cooking, because the oven gets so hot, the parchment will burn, disintegrate, and flake.

The pizza will cook in minutes! Because there is a heating element on the bottom and on the top, the pizza cooks very fast.

Performance-wise, the Kalorik pizza oven matched Breville’s oven. Similar temperatures, similar times for cooking pizza. The one difference I found: Kalorik oven is slightly shorter, and the oven heating element is closer to the base than Breville. Why is this important? As the pizza cooks, the pizza dough puffs up, and sometimes bubbles up. If the crust isn’t thin enough, the dough will push the ingredients up higher, possibly touching the heating element. It will burn the ingredients, and also it’s a pain in the butt to clean.

That’s also why you don’t load up the pizza with too many ingredients.

But it’s a simple fix: keep the dough very thin and keep ingredients to a minimum. If the dough bubbles up, just open lid and pop the bubble.

Pizza is ready!

Look at that crust!

At half the price of Breville, and for the weekend pizza party, this Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Maker is worth it! In addition, you can cook frozen pizza in the machine, for a better than oven experience.

Cleaning is simple….

As long as you didn’t overload your pizza.

The stone is removable, so you can wash by hand when it cools. Just scrape off any burnt flour bits.

A few minor things

I didn’t care for the paddles or spatula things that came with the machine. I’d recommend getting a folding metal pizza peel like this one ($16.50 on Amazon) – it’s EASY to clean, handle folds in for storage and the thin metal peel is lightweight.

These little ear handles on lid get very hot (Breville has a big handle on top of lid)

But other than that….and the slightly shorter space between stone and heating element, the Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven is a happy buy at $79.99 on Amazon!

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Kalorik Hot Stone Pizza Oven Giveaway

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Acer Chromebook 11 Laptop Giveaway https://steamykitchen.com/46559-acer-chromebook-11-laptop-giveaway.html Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:22:14 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=46559 *Not a review, just a giveaway featuring Acer Chromebook! - jaden
Best Value Chromebook
As the best value 11.6" Chromebook - the Acer Chromebook 11 ($189.00)  has everything you need. The fast wireless connection keeps you closer than ever, no matter where life takes you. Long-lasting battery life gives you all day to run your favorite Google . . .

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*Not a review, just a giveaway featuring Acer Chromebook! – jaden

Best Value Chromebook

As the best value 11.6″ Chromebook – the Acer Chromebook 11 ($189.00)  has everything you need. The fast wireless connection keeps you closer than ever, no matter where life takes you. Long-lasting battery life gives you all day to run your favorite Google apps or access your photos, videos, music and documents. Acer Chromebook 11 makes life on-the-go easy.

  • Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core Processor (Up to 2.48GHz)
  • 11.6″ HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit IPS Display
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory & 16GB Internal Storage
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • 1 – USB 3.0 Port & 1 – USB 2.0 Port
  • 1 – HDMI port with HDCP Support
  • 3-cell Li-Ion Battery Pack (3490 mAh), Up to 10 Hour Battery Life
  • Google Chrome Operating System

Because Performance Matters

The Acer Chromebook 11 with Intel Inside delivers the performance you need on the web. It loads content-rich webpages quickly, provides brilliant video playback, and lets you multitask effortlessly while delivering amazing battery life.

Anti-Glare Display

The Acer Chromebook 11 has Acer ComfyView display, an anti-glare panel that is designed to minimize the amount of light that reflects off the display. Less glare results in less strain on the eyes, even after long hours of use.

Fast Everything

With the latest MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology under the hood, this Chromebook boasts very fast wireless connection speeds and longer signal ranges. Unplug and stay connected — to the net, to wireless devices, and to the world.

All Day Battery Life

‘All day’? Could mean a lot of things depending on who you talk to. We figure with up to 10 hours of battery operation, you’ll agree, whatever you call a day, we’ve got you covered.

Get More!

In addition to the existing apps in Chrome Web Store, you can now get access to more than 2 million Android apps from Google Play Store to learn and do more.

Light, with an HDR webcam

At just 0.73 inches thin and weighing less than a mere 2.43 lbs, this stylish notebook floats like a butterfly and slips into your bag with ease. The Chromebook built-in webcam supports High Dynamic Range imaging, for clearer photos and brighter video chats.

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Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker Review & Giveaway https://steamykitchen.com/46557-cuisinart-convection-bread-maker-review-giveaway-2.html Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:04:18 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=46557 This Cuisinart Convection Bread Machine Review will go over both PROs and CONs of this machine. We baked a total of 8 loaves of bread for this review (and gained 5 pounds in the process).
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This Cuisinart Convection Bread Machine Review will go over both PROs and CONs of this machine. We baked a total of 8 loaves of bread for this review (and gained 5 pounds in the process).

Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker Review

Both my Mom and I bake a lot of bread in our respective bread machines. It only takes 5 minutes of hands-on work, and the machine does the rest. We thoroughly tested the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Bread Maker.

First, the stats:

  • Convection fan for more even baking, consistent temperature and faster times.
  • Bakes 3 different sizes: 1 pound, 1.5 and 2 pound loaves
  • 16 pre-set menu options (including low-carb, wheat bread, gluten-free), 3 different crust options
  • List price $235, but Amazon.com sells it for $99 at time of publish. Check Amazon’s current prices. They consistently had the lowest prices for this bread machine.

Cuisinart Bread Maker PROs

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  • The Cuisinart bread machine’s design is utilitarian – boxy, brushed stainless steel with chrome detailing. It’s a lot lighter than bread machines that I’ve had in the past, which makes it easy to take in and out of my pantry.
  • It’s also a lot shorter than my old Panasonic bread machine, which is a great thing – I finally can slide the bread machine right under the shelf on the floor of my pantry. My old machine was taller than it was wide, so I’d have to tape the lid shut, turn it to its side and then slide into pantry.
  • cuisinart-bread-maker-reviewRemoveable Lid that makes it so much easier to clean!!! While baking bread the little window fogs up…and sometimes, the bread rises so high it does touch the window.
  • Handles on the sides of the machine makes it easy to move, lift, store. I’ve had 2 breadmakers in past that had no side handles, and the only way you could lift it is by hugging the machine and lifting with arms.
  • The loaf pan fits in and locks into place very easily. I’ve had bread machines in past where I had to kinda jiggle and turn to lock.
  • There’s a little window up top so you can see what your bread is doing without opening the lid.

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Cuisinart Bread Maker CONs

  • The control panel has too many too many words with such small font! I have pretty good vision and even I had to squint to read. Definitely need your reading glasses to figure out the settings. The display LED is small too.
  • The control panel is really confusing – the buttons are spaced funny, and the buttons are all different sizes and some buttons are raised, som flush. There’s no rhyme or reason with how this panel was designed.

But, does it work?

Mom made a Cinnamon Loaf Bread, it tasted great, but the swirls of cinnamon didn’t really look like the first photo in the review. It could just be user error. The bread tasted great, she said.

Mom’s PROs: Lots of recipes and ideas from the included recipe booklet.

Mom’s CONS: Because of the confusing control panel, it took her a long time to understand how to operate the machine.

My first project was a honey-wheat loaf.

I peeked in the machine a few times to take photos for you.

This is Cuisinart bread maker mixing and beginning to knead the dough. See that glob on the bottom right side of pan? It’s awfully up high in the pan. How is the ball of dough going to reach it and clear it from the sides?

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It took every ounce of willpower not to just stick my finger in there and poke it in. #ultraOCD

I was pretty worried that the glob wouldn’t make it down to join its brothers and sisters. But I held strong and closed the lid and stepped away. A few minutes later, I came back and was very pleased that most of the glob had disappeared!

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I peeked in a little later and MOST of the bits of dough were incorporated.

Here’s the bread baking:

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Done.

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Why does my bread look like ass-cheeks?

Not sure.

PROs: The mixer paddle is powerful enough to knead very well, and there’s enough wobble, power and rotation to pick up stray globs of flour on the sides. The bread rose beautifully, and because of the convection fan, the bread was perfectly and evenly baked. The flavor of the honey wheat bread is fantastic, the flours all mixed well and the texture is even throughout the bread.

I tested this bread machine with just the pain white bread setting….absolutely heavenly.

CONs: Why did my bread have a butt-crack?

The most difficult bread of all….

I always have the most trouble with baking bread that’s all whole wheat with nuts, dried fruit, grains. You know, the kind that you find in the healthy foods section, the loaf that’s so dense and heavy it will function well as a doorstop.

I don’t even like to eat this kind of bread…but all in the name of testing, for you, my dear reader.

I added in walnuts, oats, millet and rum-soaked cranberries. Yeah, cranberries that we’ve been soaking in Jamaican Rum for the past 4 months!!! Good stuff. In the beginning of the mixing and kneading phase, again, I was concerned that a bunch of stray dough and cranberries were stuck at the top, out of reach of the growing ball of dough.

PROs: The Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker mixed the dough with all those mix-ins!

CONS: The machine doesn’t have an automated way to add mix-ins. Our old bread machine had a little compartment that would drop in the mix-ins at the correct time so that you didn’t have to wait for the beep. So, if I wanted to make a bread with nuts and fruit, I’d have to stick around and wait for the beep to manually add it in. If you miss the beep, you’re out of luck. The machine will continue and bake.

Final thoughts

This machine is a bargain at less than $99 (as of time of publishing). Amazon currently has the lowest price. Williams Sonoma sells it for $149.

I like the size, shape and…YAY handles! It makes fantastic sandwich breads (it’s so hard to go back to store-bought sandwich breads). I love that it cooks with convection, which makes for more even and fast baking. Also because of the convection, the crust is beautifully golden brown.

While the control panel is a little inconsistent and confusing, it’s not a deal breaker for me, personally. I think those with poor eyesight find it difficult to read the pre-sets.

Cuisinart also has a CBK-100 model that does NOT include convection baking, and is cheaper by about $10. My advice is to spend the extra $10 and get the CBK-200.

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Myth busted! You can refrigerate your potatoes! https://steamykitchen.com/42764-should-potatoes-be-refrigerated.html https://steamykitchen.com/42764-should-potatoes-be-refrigerated.html#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:15:42 +0000 https://steamykitchen.com/?p=42764 Should I refrigerate potatoes? We researched extensively and referenced recent studies from University of Idaho Extension and Potato Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other resources (links to research at end of article.) The best way to store potatoes is high humidity, at between 42F-55F. A dark closet, cool garage, kitchen pantry. DO keep potatoes in plastic […]

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should I refrigerate potatoes

Should I refrigerate potatoes?

We researched extensively and referenced recent studies from University of Idaho Extension and Potato Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other resources (links to research at end of article.)

The best way to store potatoes is high humidity, at between 42F-55F. A dark closet, cool garage, kitchen pantry.

  • DO keep potatoes in plastic bag perforated with lots of little holes (the bag potatoes come in). Bag keeps humidity. Holes allow air circulation.
  • DO keep potatoes in DARK place. Drape bag with kitchen towel to block light
  • DO NOT store potatoes where it could get warm, like under the sink, next to a big appliance.
  • DO NOT wash potatoes until you are ready to cook them.

What if my home is too warm?

should I refrigerate potatoes - new potatoesIf your home is too warm, you can store potatoes in the refrigerator to prevent sprouting and certain potato disease causing organisms (that thrive in too-warm conditions). Refrigerating potatoes will cause some of the starch to turn into sugar, resulting in a sweeter potato. However, refrigerating potatoes causes them to darken if fried in oil (french fries, potato chips).

  • You CAN refrigerate potatoes if your home is too warm, like in the summer months.
  • DO NOT refrigerate potatoes if you are planning to fry in oil. If you are boiling, steaming, baking, roasting potatoes, refrigeration is perfectly fine.
  • DO keep potatoes in plastic bag perforated with lots of little holes (the bag potatoes come in). Bag keeps humidity. Holes allow air circulation.

Can I store potatoes and onions together?

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There is a ton of research on the effect of ethylene on potatoes. Unfortunately some of the research is conflicting! The most comprehensive and controlled research found that short exposure of ethylene caused increased sprouting. It is best to keep onions and potatoes separate. In fact, keep all fruit away from potatoes.

DO NOT store potatoes and onions together.

DO NOT store potatoes and fruit together.

How to store sweet potatoes

should I refrigerate potatoes - Sweet potatoesSweet potatoes like slightly warmer temperatures, between 55F-60F, at 80% humidity. Keep them unwashed, throw them in a large brown paper bag or a cardboard box, and store in a cool, dark place. Properly cured and stored sweet potatoes can last up to 6 months!

DO NOT refrigerate sweet potatoes – the cold will turn the sweet potato hard in the center.

Is green on potato safe to eat?

should I refrigerate potatoes - GREEN potatoesPotatoes turn green, accumulating chlorophyll, when exposed to too much light or sunlight. The chemical compound that forms during the greening is called solanine. It tastes bitter, and in large quantities, it can make you really sick. Solanine is toxic – it’s the plant’s natural mechanism for pest control. When growing potatoes are exposed to sunlight, solanine will prevent animals or insects from eating the uncovered tuber.

DO If you see a little bit of green on a potato, you can just slice the green part off.

DO NOT If the green covers most of the potato, it’s best to just discard.

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Are sprouted potatoes safe to eat?

DO If the potato is still firm, but has a couple of sprouts peeking through, just cut off the sprouted parts and cook (but they might not taste good)

DO NOT If the potato is soft and wrinkly with sprouts, throw it away.

What is the black crusty dirt on the potato?

should I refrigerate potatoes - black on potatoesIt’s actually not dirt. The black stuff that seems so hard to scrub out of the little eyes and on the surface is actually safe fungus.

DO The potato industry calls it “Black Scurf.”  It’s perfectly safe to eat. It’s just not pretty. Just try to scrub  or cut off as much of it as you can.

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What is the hole in the middle of the potato?

should I refrigerate potatoes - hole inside potatoesIf you’ve ever cut open a potato and found a small hole in the middle, sometimes black or brown, you probably thought the potato rotted, or perhaps a bug ate its way through.

But actually, the hole and discoloration, called “hollow heart,” is caused by environmental stresses, like sudden change in weather, too much rain or nutritional deficiency.

DO It’s safe to eat. Just cut the hole or discoloration away.

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References:

Oxford Journals Research
University of Idaho Extension: Options for Storing Potatoes at Home

Plant Physiology: Effects of Ethylene on Potatoes
University of Idaho: About potatoes
Vegetable MD Online: Black Scurf
University of Florida Extension: Hollow Heart
North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

Favorite potato tools

My favorite peeler is the Oxo brand. The set of 3 featured below is actually a really good price. Usually just one of the peelers will sell for about $8.99. I also like the lightweight Kuhn Rikon, however, you MUST handwash the peeler and dry immediately. They tend to rust.

To make mashed potatoes, there are two different tools that I use. The more traditional mashing tool is the fast ‘n easy mashed potatoes that is a little chunky. Sometimes I like to leave the skin on the potatoes. The Oxo brand has a nice grip, which makes it so much easier to use. I’m not a fan of these types of mashers – too hard to use and clean!

If I’m in the mood for smooth, creamy mashed potato, then I’ll use a ricer. (Here’s my recipe for the Very Best Mashed Potato – a technique that I learned from a chef and only uses 2 ingredients!) The first potato ricer that I bought is horrible – I would not recommend this one – hard to clean, hard to use, awkward angle. Recently, I bought a Cooks Illustrated recommended model, the RSVP Ricer. Love it. Easy on the hands and super easy to clean with interchangeable and removeable plates (course and fine).

My favorite potato recipes

Roasting new potatoes

New potatoes are best simply roasted. Preheat your oven to 450F. Cut any new potatoes that are 2″ in diameter in half, so that the potatoes are similar in size. On a baking sheet, toss the potatoes with a bit of olive oil. Roast for 30-40 minutes (depends on size of your potatoes.) Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

If you like garlicky new potatoes, in a large bowl, add a couple cloves of minced garlic (using a garlic press will give you the best results, as it will smush the garlic better), olive oil, minced fresh rosemary or thyme (don’t use dried herbs, just doesn’t taste the same in this dish). Toss the potatoes in this mixture with your hands until all potatoes are coated. Then roast following above. Season with salt after potatoes are done.

Potatoes Domino Recipe

Potato Dominoes Recipe

Very Best Mashed Potatoes — just 2 ingredients!

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Warm Asian Roasted Potato Salad

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Miso Mashed Potatoes

Broccoli Potato Bacon Hash

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More potato recipes

Herbed New Potatoes – Food & Wine

Garlic and Cumin New Potatoes – Betty Crocker

Butter Steamed New Potatoes – Deep Dish South

Crash Hot Potatoes – The Pioneer Woman

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