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Question about LG french door fridge

LG stands for Lucky Goldstar. Definitely not Life's Good. They have horrible customer service which I experienced with one of their TVs. I'll never buy another LG product that plugs in. They make a nice toothpaste that I buy at HMart, but avoid their electronics and appliances.

Apr 06, 2014
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Big saute pan recommendations?

I have this one and have been very happy with it

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-FCT33...

Jan 04, 2014
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Why BKF and not Bon Ami?

I've been using bleached koala fur since finding it on a trip to Australia many years ago.I find it to be just the right amount of abrasive and well worth the extra cost.

Dec 16, 2013
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toaster, not toaster oven

I bought this three years ago for $149 and did not notice a made in China sticker on it; so I've assumed all along that it was made in the USA. Now that I've posted about it, I decided to take another look and damn if I didn't find the dreaded made in China sticker. I should have know given that other commercial toasters run $300 and up. Hatco is a long-time leader in conveyor toasters so I doubt they would risk their reputation with an inferior product so, while disappointed, I'm not going to run out and buy something else.

It's given me no problems in the time I've had it and I still expect it will the last toaster I ever buy; but I do want to correct my previous post about it.

May 19, 2013
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toaster, not toaster oven

Hatco - stainless steel, 4 slice, bagel setting, true commercial, made in USA and 40% less than Dualit

http://www.basequipment.com/ProductDe...

May 19, 2013
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Electric indoor grill and aluminum foil?

I have the one in the link below. It has cast iron grates and does a great job. Due to not having a vent hood, I use it mainly for panini, but it works for meat as well.

I like is so much that I started gaining some weight from all the bread I was eating, so I've cut back on it's use; but it works very well. I never had one of the lightweight types, but I'm guessing you have to hold the top down to get the right pressure. The top on this one is heavy enough that you don't need to do that.

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/warin...

May 17, 2013
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My last All-Clad purchase was a crock rather than a stockpot

I decided to take advantage of a promotion at Sur La Table and ordered an 8 qt stockpot with pasta insert for $99 (link below.) I had my doubts, but the description stated that it is tri-ply construction. Even one of the questions specifically addressed this issue and the SLT rep answered that it was tri-py up the sides (that answer has since been modified however.) Well, I recently received it and it's not tri-ply. I posted a review stating such and SLT promptly told me I was incorrect with the following, "
Because of the tri-ply construction of the stockpot's base, it can be listed as and considered as having the "tri-ply" label." The complete response can also be found on the link below. What do you think about All-Clad producing items such as this and also their response that if the disk is tri-ply, it's considered tri-ply construction?

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

May 06, 2013
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Blender for Smoothies

I bought a Hamilton Beach bar blender in 1982 and it served me well for 25+ years. I saw one in every bar I went to and figured it must be good, and it turned out to be just that. About five years ago I came across the Vitamix demos in Costco and started thinking it would be nice to have one. The Hamilton Beach just wouldn't die, though. Three years ago, I decided to pack up the Hamilton Beach for the kids and buy the Vitamix anyway, It's definitely a top shelf device and while I certainly don't regret the purchase; I wouldn't say it''s the best thing I ever bought.

The Vitamix will blend just about anything and will do it effortlessly. The With the HB, I had to be a little more careful what I put into it and sometimes had to stop the blending and manually mix things a little with a big spoon. In some ways though, I got a better final product with the HB than I do with the Vitamix. With the Vitamix, the longer you blend the warmer the contents get. The HB was the opposite - the longer you blend, the colder the stainless steel container got and the contents would come close to freezing. It did a great job producing drinks with ice crystals.

So, while the HB and Vitamix have their advantages and disadvantages; I'd give the nod to Vitamix in overall performace. When you factor in price, though, it's a tougher decision. The Viamix is $400, while the HB is only $143. (http://www.webstaurantstore.com/hamil...) I don't know if the current HBs are as durable as the one I have, but they look like they do have some improvements over the one I have. For that price, it seems like an awfully good buy. They also have more powerful models and I wonder how they compare to a Vitamix.

I'm not an expert on blenders, but I don't see the sub $100 models being the way to go. I don't kniow if you need to spend $400+ though.

Aug 27, 2012
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Which ice cream maker

This is the best one you'll find, hands down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2lSuw...

Jul 07, 2012
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Look at these Vitamix prices - WOW!!!

Most everything that site has is really cheap. It also looks like shipping is free. Something doesn't seem right though.

Jul 07, 2012
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Restaurant quality- Small Deep Fryers?

How many times is everyone re-using the oil and how are you disposing of it when it's bad?

Mar 23, 2012
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Offset Bread Knife Recommendation

Feb 08, 2012
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Boos vs. Boardsmith

I have a Boardsmith but was disappointed with it. It was supposed to be mahogany, but it's really a wood similar to mahogany and was not what I was expecting. I wish I had ordered a maple one, but it wasn't worth retruning it.

Here are two other viable options:
http://www.buybutcherblock.com/
http://www.blockandboard.com/

Jan 31, 2012
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Aluminum exposed on the rims of tri-ply cookware

The colanders in most restaurants are aluminum, too.

Jan 30, 2012
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Aluminum exposed on the rims of tri-ply cookware

I never thought about this before, but it makes perfect sense. Sure enough, I checked mine (Emeril Pro-Clad) and I can see the layers. What surprised me is that the pans are essentially aluminum with a very thin layer of stainless on the inside and outside.

I have a couiple of small aluminum fry pans that I use for crepes, so I'm not all concerned about food merely touching the aluminum for a second - actually, that seems a little over the top.

Aluminum doesn't rust BTW.

Jan 30, 2012
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Have you bought a new dishwasher in the last 2 years?

Over 60 replies so far and, surprisingly, I haven't seen Samsung or LG mentioned. I'm going the need a new dishwasher this year and have been looking around and figured one of the Korean brands would be the way to go. Does anyone have any experience with Samsung or LG?

Jan 23, 2012
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