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anyone have a pot filler?

Our sits to the right of the range, out of the way of cooking.

Mar 20, 2014
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Safe Use of Vintage Aluminum Cookware

Use and enjoy.

Mar 20, 2014
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All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

Carbon steel all the way.

Mar 20, 2014
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Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 - Time to Upgrade? (Or not?)

Like you, we are Cuisinart loyal. Our largest Cuisinart is the 20 cup, non-adjustable blades. Very strong and heavy machine. However, I think if I needed to replace it (or it's older and smaller sibling, I would opt for the large Magimix. Just my two cents worth.

Dec 31, 2013
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The Never-Ending Food Processor Debate

We have been using our original Cuisinart CFP 5 since it was introduced, and a couple of years ago, purchased the 20 cup Cuisinart model which we use for larger jobs. No trouble with either one of them.

I think that if I needed to (not wanted to) replace the Cuisinart(s), I would go with the Magimix. Like the CFP5, Made in France and I would assume that like our original Cuisinart, it would still be running 30 plus years from now.

Dec 31, 2013
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Everyday Dinnerware

Just plain old Corelle. Available in many stores and pretty darn durable.

Dec 31, 2013
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Food Savers/ Vacuum Sealers: Do you use them and are they worth the expense?

Have both a Food Saver and the Reynolds hand held with bags. Use both regularly, especial when buying packer cuts of meat, whole fresh fish, etc. I generally cut to portion size for meals and vacuum seal for later use. Also, when smoking meats in the smoker such as pork shoulders, I will pull after smoking and vacuum seal for later use. A real time saver.

Dec 31, 2013
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What stove would you buy?

Blue Star. Somewhat expensive. Bought ours in 08 and still going strong with no problems.

Dec 31, 2013
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The Never-Ending Food Processor Debate

The Magimix is made by Robot Coup in France, the manufacturer of the original Cuisinart, the CFP 5, which we have been using since it came out in the '70s. Still going strong.

Oct 30, 2013
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Food Processors NOT Made in China

Cuisinart makes an XL model, 20 cup, in Japan. We have that model (blades/discs are a combination of Japan and China), as well as the original CFP 5, made by Robot Coupe.

MagiMix has been very big in Europe for over 20 years and is made by Robot Coupe in France.

You will pay a hefty price, but you will get quality.

On ebay, there are vintage food processors from the USA that are very reasonable. Getting replacement discs may be difficult. Also, the Kitchenaids of a few years ago were made in France, and were very heavy.

May 17, 2013
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Which Cookware should I get?

Cuisinart makes a line of stainless made in France. Also there is Tramontina.

Apr 28, 2013
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What makes a good Mandoline?

Even a good one will take off the tip of your finger if you are careless.

Apr 28, 2013
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Food Processor or Good Toaster Oven?

If I could have only one or the other, I would go for the food processor. While many folks use it for one or two chores and maybe infrequently, they really are very versatile. We make fresh ground meat with ours weekly rather than buy ground; also the shredding, slicing, grating tasks regularly. Dough is also delightfully simple and quick. The trick is to
a. not put it away and
b. have a good food processor recipe book handy for ideas if not for the recipes. Here is a link for an excellent cookbook (we have it), regardless of food processor brand:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Abby-Mandels-...

Cuisinart is always a safe bet.

Apr 27, 2013
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Fivestar or American range?

We did our kitchen a few years ago and wore down to the Five Star and the Blue Star. Chose the BS only because of the stove top burner design. The Five Star was a very close 2d. I was impressed with the fit and finish of the Five Star, the specs, the Rick Bayless sales pitch on their site, and the folks at Brown Stove Works (the manufacturer) always answered my questions. It was a very tough decision as we wanted a dual fuel range and BS did not have one. However, the open star burners won out.

I cannot say anything about the American Range; have never even seen one. Hopefully someone with the American Range will chime in and help you out.

Apr 09, 2013
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Cheapo Maytag 24" Gas Oven - Are They OK?

Should be fine. Bells and whistles do not cook.

Jan 27, 2013
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Electric Pressure Cooker?

Most of the electric pressure cookers have a non-stick cook pot. The only pressure cooker that I am aware of with a stainless steel cook pot is the InstanPot. There may be others with a stainless cook pot but I am not aware of any.

I get the urge every year to get an electric but continue with the stove top I have. I am very comfortable with it. Good luck.

Jan 27, 2013
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bread machines

Looking forward to your report; especially regarding the folding paddles.

Jan 09, 2013
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bread machines

I have not noticed a problem. Just enjoyed the results. The only annoying aspect of the bread machine is the hole left by the paddle. Breadman has come out with a machine with collapsing paddles; and now Breville has one also (looks nearly identical so mayby it is made by Breadman). I have not seen or used the newer machine but it may be something to look into. In any even, the bread is good. Some folks may use the machine only for the kneading and rising then transfer to a traditional loaf pan and place in oven for baking.

Jan 08, 2013
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Looking for a stainless steel cookware recommendation

You might want to look into the Made in France Cuisinart triply. Here is a link on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cuisinart-10p...

Although it is a set, and many don't see the wisdom in buying a set, it looks like a pretty decent deal and has a nice assortment of sizes. You might find a better deal than this at BB&B, or elsewhere. Good luck.

Dec 31, 2012
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New Bamix

I just got my first Bamix, the Gastro. I have been using a Daily hand blender for many years and am used to it being kind of torque'y and loud/whiney when first turned on (it's motor is 140 watts). It has all the appearances of being an Italian clone. The Bamix is very quiet and does not feel as torque'y, although it is 200 watts. While I have not used it yet, I am wondering if the description I have given is normal for Bamix? Many thanks in advance.

Dec 27, 2012
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Help return peace to our kitchen: cookware recommendations

Maybe your husbands talents would be better served in an outdoor kitchen. Grilling and smoking. Your cookware is saved and peace reigns supreme.

Dec 23, 2012
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Waffle Iron recommendations

Good catch and thanks!

Dec 20, 2012
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Waffle Iron recommendations

You may want to check this out. These are nonstick but I have no first hand knowledge on them.

http://www.cpalmermfg.com/categories/...

Another option is a company called Toaster Central which refurbishes waffle irons from a more elegant era.

Dec 19, 2012
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Chefs Choice Sale

For those looking for a knife sharpener, for themselves or as a gift:

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/chefs-c...

Dec 12, 2012
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See What's New on Chowhound

I don't like it. Not one iota. The adjective "clunky" comes to mind.

Dec 11, 2012
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Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

I don't know of anything similar. Personally, I miss the old CutRite wax sandwich bags. Haven't seen them in years.

Dec 11, 2012
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Hasty-Bake grill or good alternative

I looked at the website and based upon the videos, the cooking grate looks to be similar in thickness (or maybe a tad less) to that on a Weber. I have yet to find cast iron grates of a quality to the cast iron cooking grate of the Lodge Smortsman Grill, which I own. Much of the cast iron and porcelain coated grates seemed light to me and many quite thin for cast. If you are looking for heavy duty quality, you cannot go wrong with Weber. They have reintroduced a 27 or so inch kettle (I've had mine for over 20 years) and it is indestructible although I have burned off the old wood handles a few times. Grilling, roasting, smoking are all feasible with the Weber. Yes, the sides are sloped but I have never had any problem cooking. As a matter of fact, I find it beneficial. My dream was to always own Weber's ranch kettle although what I have has always provided more than enough room for a large gathering.

As an aside, the money you save with a weber could be applied to a dedicated smoker. Weber makes them and for a no tending option, you could consider an electric smoker such as found here: http://www.smokin-it.com/default.asp. Just a thought. Good luck.

Dec 09, 2012
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WONDERWARE POTS--HELP!!!

Try this site and good luck.

http://www.unitedcookware.com/id5.html

Dec 09, 2012
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help choose: I have two range choices

There are plenty of 30 inch ranges available at ranging from average cost through very expensive but if you are limited to those two and only those two, see which has the best warranty and which offers an extended warranty for how long and how much, not that you should pay for an extended warranty. Next make a list of the features you like best on each, what you don't like about each, and what you can live without and what feature is a must have. I say this because it will ultimately be your decision and no one else's. Hopefully you will get some helpful user responses here. I own a Blue Star but that is not one of your choices. You may also want to check out these appliances on garden web. Good luck.

Dec 05, 2012
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Induction - double burner grill pan

Not a grill pan, but a griddle. Hope this helps.

http://www.amazon.com/Fagor-Induction...

Dec 02, 2012
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