Showing posts with label kitchen accessory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen accessory. Show all posts

Thursday, September 1, 2016

#ProductReview: Jar, Bottle & Can Opener By PumpkinStore #jaropenerpumpkinstore

My dad used to say that if you gave him a lever long enough, he could move the world. Of course you need more than just the lever, but you get the idea. Well I know lots of people that have trouble opening bottles and jars because they just can't get a good grip on the lids. You need some way to give yourself more leverage in order to twist those lids off. Here's the solution for most household jars, bottles, and cans: PumpkinStore's Jar, Bottle, & Can Opener.

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The idea behind this device is that you put fit the lid into the opener into the hole where it fits tightly. You don't go with the hole that is too big because you need the opener to be able to squeeze tightly on the lid. There are four different sized holes. If your container looks like it could just barely fit in a hole, you can spread the handles in order to make it fit which will actually help with opener in. Once the lid is fit in the device, you squeeze the handles together where it is it most comfortable for your hand, twist, and open the container. There are grooves in the handle to make it more comfortable for your hand and fingers. It is also coated in food grade polypropylene and rubber to make it non-slip.

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I got this with my mom in mind. For people who have arthritis, doing something as simple as opening a jar can be nearly impossible. She has arthritis really bad in her hands and can barely open jars and bottles. This will give her the leverage she needs and a wide enough grip that she will actually be able to open things again. I will be giving her something that most of us take for granted. She hasn't had a chance to try it out, but I tried it out on four different containers. I really don't understand what cans you would use it on because the different between a can and a jar to me is that a jar has a lid and cans do not. Somehow it can be used on cans though.


You can purchase Jar, Bottle, & Can Opener by PumpkinStore from Amazon at

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#ProductReview: Russian Piping Tips #RussiaPipinTip


A hobby of mine is making cakes and other desserts for my loved ones's birthdays. I like to figure out their favorite dish and put my spin on it to turn it into something extremely special for them. Over the last three years, I have amassed at least 40 cake pans, various fondant rolling instruments, and a small selection of icing piping tools. My collection of icing piping tips has been in need of increasing for a while so I can make ever more decorative designs. This is why I signed up to review Comenzar's Russian Piping Tips. I have received a set of 23 Russian Piping Tips, one coupler, and ten piping bags at a deeply discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.


There are 23 piping tips that come in this set. Each one is supposed to be a flower. The idea is that normally you have switch out multiple piping tips in order to make a single flower, but with these tips, you only need one tip to make the same flower. That is why each tip is considerably large and needs to use a special coupler. The coupler comes in four pieces. The only explanation I have for the multiple pieces is that it makes it stronger. You can't squeeze this coupler and have it break in half with this design. Since you will be pushing a rather large amount of icing through the coupler and piping tip, it needs to be very sturdy.


These tips are stainless steel which makes them dishwasher safe. They are al heat and cold resistant. When my icing started to melt inside the bag, I stuck the entire thing in the freezer with the tip still on it. The tip was perfectly fine, though I will tell you that the icing hardened inside of the tip making it a little more difficult to get it out which really means that you probably shouldn't leave the tip on when you get the icing cold again. The tips won't be damaged if you do though. When you go to put them in the dishwasher after using them. I suggest you rinse as much of the icing out of the tips before putting them in the dishwasher. There's almost a tablespoon of icing that gets left in the tip when you remove it from the coupler. Which leads me to my next suggestion, you should probably have double the amount of icing you think you need when you are using them just because of how much gets left in the tips. If you need multiple colors, you'll have lots of icing not getting used and will need extra to make sure you don't run out. Better safe than sorry I say. Also, you will want to make your icing thick. If you make it from scratch or buy it, you want thick icing in order for the flower shapes to be clear. I honestly did not make mine thick enough, but you can still identify some of the flowers on my cupcakes. All you have to do to make it thicker is add more powdered sugar. My recipe calls for four cups of powdered sugar, but I probably should have added at least another cup, maybe more.


These tips work great. I love the flower shapes that I was able to get to show up clearly. My only complaint about them is that I have no idea what each tip's flower is supposed to be. I think that they should engrave the name of the flower on the tips. There's a ton of surface area where they could have the names of the flower on them and that would help just about anyone in figuring out which tips to use. I can identify the roses, but I am unsure what the other ones are. Otherwise, I love them. I have to keep them separated from all of my other ones because they are so much larger. They come in a really nice box so that won't be a problem.


You can purchase Russian Piping Tips from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Piece-Russian-Piping-Pastry-Tips/dp/B01HPWQCM0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=Russian+Piping+Tips

Thursday, July 7, 2016

#ProductReview: 10 PCS Refrigerator Magnets Heavy Duty Magnets #HouseAgainMagnets



I have been on the lookout for fridge magnets that can actually hold more than two pieces of paper. I really want something that will stick to a stainless steel fridge because the entire front of my fridge is completely useless. I also want magnets that I don't need to put one in every corner of a piece of paper because a slight breeze pulls the paper out from under the magnet. I decided to give House Again Magnets a try. They have supplied me with a ten pack of their heavy duty magnets in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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The ten pack of their small round magnets comes with two of each of five colors: red, black, blue, yellow, and green. According to their description, they can hold up to ten sheets of paper. They are made from neodymium iron boron and plated with nickel. What I did was grabbed a bunch of various things that I could want to stick to my fridge in order to test how strong a single magnet truly was. I will say that I did not test that they hold ten pieces of paper. I did try eight pieces. I have two packets of papers I am trying to keep track of in preparation for sending my son to kindergarten, so I wanted to see if I could keep them up with these magnets. All of my previous magnets could not hold them. I am happy to report that the magnet went through all eight pieces without a problem.

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I tested them on hold a single 8x10 photo. Which the magnet held easily and did not damage the picture. I cannot say that over an extended period of time the magnet won't stick to the photo paper, but I can say it held it up. I also tested it on a laminated photo as well too see how it held the plastic coating. It worked great on that as well.

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Next I tried it out on a piece of thick cardboard. It went through the cardboard without any issue. Then I tried in on a cardboard Shutterfly envelope which it went through without a problem. That's two layers of cardboard. I followed that up with putting the single piece of cardboard in the shutterfly envelope and the pictures. The magnet went through all of that and held everything in place.

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The last thing I tried was a small shutterfly envelope. It is the standard 4x6 prints envelope and actually had 23 pictures inside of it (I think it was 23). I tried to use the magnet through all the pictures and it didn't work, but that was no surprise. Then I tried the magnet just on the top of the envelope to see it it was strong enough to hold up all those pictures inside of it. I was very happy to see that it was strong enough to hold them up even if it wasn't strong enough to go through all of them.

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Sadly, I have to tell you that while these magnets are very strong, they are not strong enough to go through stainless steel. You would think that a "stainless steel" fridge would be great for using magnets on it. I don't know if it is just how mine is designed or it all of them are this way, but magnets just will not stick the that part of it. The only part of the fridge that is stainless steel is the front, which looks like it is a stainless steel covering really. Honestly, if I thought I could, I'd probably take the cover off of it. Currently if I want to put anything on the front of the fridge, it has to be with tape. Someday I will find something that will work on it. These magnets make me very happy with how much they hold and how strongly they stick to the sides of my fridge though. Everything I have up there with the House Again Magnets have stay put even when people brush up against them. I love them.


You can purchase House Again's 10 PCS Heavy Duty Refrigerator Magnets from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/House-Again-Refrigerator-Magnets-Pictures/dp/B01GRTI1IA?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Monday, June 27, 2016

#ProductReview: Microwave Popcorn Popper Maker - No Oil Needed #FatherDayGifts



I love popcorn. I like it plain, with butter, with cinnamon and sugar, mixed with chocolate...I love popcorn. Anything that can make it easier to make popcorn and easier to clean up, I'm all for. Never before had I seen a silicone popcorn maker, and it was supposed to be extremely easy to use. I decided it was a must try item. I have been provided with one silicone microwave popcorn maker in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

This device is quite simple. It is shaped like those cardboard boxes that you buy popcorn from at places like baseball games. It is made completely of silicone. You put 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in the bucket and then put the silicone lid snugly on top of it. Place the entire thing in the microwave and cook on high for 2 to 2.5 minutes or until the popcorn slows down popping. That is all you HAVE to do. There are things you can do extra though. If you like air popped popcorn, you are finished here. Otherwise, you can add one teaspoon of oil (vegetable, popcorn, butter oil) with the unpopped popcorn kernels. Put the lid on the container and shape it up in order to coat the kernels in the oil. You can also add a little salt to the kernels before popping as well.

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The first time I used it, I wanted to see what would happen when I cooked the kernels without any oil for the minimum two minutes. When the popcorn burns, it burns in the center of the container. The kernels popped consistently until the last twenty seconds or so. When it slowed, I thought about stopping the microwave, but I let it run just to see how it would turn out. The popcorn didn't burn horribly. I could have ate it still. I took a picture of the popcorn just to show you how overcooking turns out.

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This is a lesson that you do need to pay attention to your microwave. When the popping slows, take out the container. Now, it is silicone so it does get quite hot. I used pot holders to remove it from the microwave and to take the lid off. Steam does build up inside of it, so be very careful when removing the lid so you don't scald yourself. The container does cool off pretty quickly after you remove it from the microwave and the popcorn will stay hot. The second time I made some, I used vegetable oil. I do like the taste of the oil and I wanted to see how quickly the popcorn pooped when using it. I put it in the microwave for two minutes again and when the popping slowed, I took it out. About one tablespoon of the kernels did not pop. You get enough popcorn for one person and will need to make multiple batches for more than one person.

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The next best part other than getting perfectly popped popcorn is that it is dishwasher safe. The entire container can put placed in the dishwasher and comes out completely clean. It can be folded to be put back in the box that it comes in for easy storage. This is one really awesome kitchen accessory. The only issue that I foresee is wanting large batches of popcorn and how long it may take to make that.


You can purchase the Microwave Popcorn Popper Maker - No Oil Needed from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Microwave-Popcorn-Popper-Maker-Lifetime/dp/B01BCR5MTS?ie=UTF8&keywords=Microwave%20Popcorn%20Popper%20Maker&qid=1465467226&ref_=sr_1_37&s=kitchen&sr=1-37



Monday, June 13, 2016

#ProductReview: #AzureGoods Taco Holders Premium Stainless Steel (2 Pack)



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Who doesn't love tacos? I don't know of anyone other than my oldest son that doesn't like tacos. But what is the biggest complaint about tacos? The stuffing falls out of them, right? Well they make the "Stand 'n stuff" shells now, but even those fall over. Well, Azure Goods has the solution. They have provided me with a two pack of their stainless steel taco holders in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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The idea is that these stands are completely oven safe and dishwasher safe. In one direction you can hold two "stand 'n stuff" tacos and in the other direction you can hold a normal taco. The side that can hold two tacos can also hold the normal tacos, but I think they might lean a little. The two pack means that you can hold four tacos. If you buy a box of ten tacos, you'll need more, but you can actually put the shells in the holders, place them on a cookie sheet and stick them in the oven to crisp the shells. Then leave them in the holders to fill the shells and them to eat them. I used used them to just hold the tacos because I crisp my shells in the toaster oven. I will say that in my demonstration video, I accidentally over cooked my shells. One side is more done than the other which these holders would have prevented if I have used them to help crisp the shells. I didn't want to turn on my large oven because it was 90° outside so that is the price I pay.

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I found that they held the tacos up nicely. I was able to fill them easily and made relatively little mess. I also was able to pick up my tacos to eat them without having one side of the shell become soggy from the meat and from laying on its side on the plate. I thoroughly liked them. My husband did too. I think we are going to get a couple more packs to hold all the tacos in a box. As of yet, my kids don't really enjoy tacos, so we can buy more slowly until they decide to start eating them.


You can purchase the Azure Goods Taco Holders (2 Pack) from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F4ZDT0I

#ProductReview: Goldenwide® BIG Combo For Silicone Handmade Soap Cake Mold #goldenwide

I love baking. I love making things that other people love to eat. I really love when I can make things a little more special by making them in shapes they love. Goldenwide has created silicone pans that are suitable for making all sorts of things from crayons and soap to candy and cookies. They have supplied me with on of the big combo packs in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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What you see in these pictures is that the mold that is in the shape of a leaf, there are two lady bugs, two butterflies, and two dragonflies. The second pink mold has 12 different flower shapes. The final orange mold is actually three large flower shapes but two sets. So I decided I would make white chocolate peanut butter cups in the two pink molds and blueberry muffins in the orange mold. I realized after the fact that muffins in these pans is kind of silly, but it was fun. Each mold is made of food grade silicone. Then are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. They can withstand temperatures up to 446° making them fine to bake in.

So each of these molds are about 1 inch deep. They really are perfect for making soaps like they are named, but I really am not into homemade and decorative soap. If you are though, you can easily melt the soap crystals in a double boiler, pour them into the molds, and let harder. Being silicone, you don't need to grease the pans or flour them for anything that you put in them at all. I didn't grease them for my candies or my muffins. In case you are wondering how I made homemade white chocolate peanut butter cups, I melted a 2lbs bag of white chocolate coating/bark in a double boiler. I put a layer of that in the molds and put them in the freezer for 15 minutes. I then melted peanut butter in a bowl in the microwave and added powdered sugar to get the desired taste. I made the peanut butter a little less sweet than normal because the white chocolate was super sweet. I put spoonfuls of peanut butter in each frozen mold section to fill them about 2/3 of the way and topped with more white chocolate. Finally I put them back in the freezer for 15 minutes before popping them out of the molds. You can see the whole process in my video. They are super easy to make a really yummy. The shapes that came out are how your soap would look or perhaps you wanted to make custom crayons. They would look like my peanut butter cups.

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After making my peanut butter cups, I made the blue berry muffins in the orange pan. I used an old fashioned homemade recipe with fresh blueberries. That is important to note because fresh blueberries have more juice in them. Or as they get hot, them "pop" inside what you are cooking. I filled each section about 2/3 of the way like most muffin recipes tell you to do. Now, the pan is extremely flexible, so I recommend putting something hard underneath of it. I used a cookie sheet. If you are pouring a liquid into the mold, you definitely will want a solid surface under them in order to move them around .Otherwise the weight of what you are making will cause it to fold and dump right out. I baked the muffins in the oven for 25 minutes and after a few minutes was able to pop them out of the pan. Silicone baking pans tend to cool way faster than metal pans which allows you to get your food out more quickly. With muffins, if you leave them in a hot pan after they have been cooked, they dry out. The silly part about what I did is that the shape from the mold was actually the bottom of the muffin. Since muffins bake to form a dome shape, you couldn't really turn them upside down to enjoy the shape. They still tasted good though. I had a little trouble with one of them because the blueberry was on the edge and made the muffin too moist. So one came apart, but not too bad.

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You can still see the shape of the molds on the bottom of the muffins, but it was a silly idea. However this does give you an idea for how versatile these silicone pans are. I plan to use them to make hard candy out of icing for birthday cakes. My daughter loves butterflies, so the butterfly shapes will probably get use a lot. I love how easily they came clean in the dishwasher. You can fold them or roll them for storage if you so choose. I have a rubbermaid tote that I put all of mine in. They are a great addition to my baking supplies.


You can purchase Goldenwide's BIG Combo of Silicone Molds from Amazon at https://www.giveawayservice.com/p/r3s1b4u3/w1a0x1b0

Saturday, May 28, 2016

#ProductReview: Magic mill 6 STAINLESS STEEL Tray Food Dehydrator Digital control #magicldehydrator

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I love to make homemade food and to try to eat healthy, but I just love food in general. The desire to want to eat healthy doesn't always out weight the desire to just eat food. Things like chips are really hard to cut out of my diet completely. I have always wanted to try out homemade fruit and veggie chips using a dehydrator because I could make them without all the additives that make them not weight watcher friendly. Magic Mill has supplied me with their Six Tray Food Dehydrator with Digital Control at a deeply discounted price. I have received no compensation for this review and all opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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I was so excited to try out the dehydrator that I didn't even plan out what I was going to put in it first. I grabbed some strawberries out of the fridge, sliced them in half and threw them in. I think I had them in the dehydrator for about seven hours. They weren't completely dried out at that time, but I ate them any way. They were really yummy and I couldn't wait any longer. I should have put them in at the highest temperature because I left them too thick. The second item I tried was bananas. I nearly filled the dehydrator with very thinly sliced bananas. I left them in the dehydrator for nine hours at the highest temperature. I have been eating them for five days now. They satisfy that need to eat something crunchy and since there's nothing on them, they are a zero point weight watchers snack for me. They were extremely easy to make and have kept very well in a tupperware container.

The Magic Mill Dehydrator comes with six stainless steel racks and six plastic mesh nonstick trays. You could put things directly on the stainless steel racks, but if you use the mesh, clean up will be easier and you won't tear the food. Using the mesh actually has helped me to determine when my food is completely dehydrated. If the food it still sticking to the mesh, I know I need to leave it in there longer. When it is peeling off of the tray, it is easier to get off of it and normally the food is completely dehydrated. I have made strawberries, bananas, a variety of peppers, and apples in it. I intended to try potatoes, but my potatoes weren't any good by the time I got to try them. The bananas took nine hours to be done and I have been eating them for an entire week. With the peppers, I finally figured out the best way to cut them them so they were a uniform thickness. They only took four and a half hours to dehydrate. Finally the apples only took seven hours to completely dehydrate and taste AMAZING.

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It comes with a clear door so you can see inside to check on the food. It has a digital display with eight different preset temperatures, though I find using the highest temperature of 158° the most effective. You can the time on it in 30 minute increments, but there's no harm in setting a higher time only to turn it off when the food is done. It has 360° air flow from the fan in the back and the one in the top. Perhaps the most impressive part though is that it never gets too hot to touch. The back is a metal panel yet I was able to put my bare hand on it after it had been running for several hours. THAT certainly makes a mom happy. There's no chance one of my kids will walk by it, touch it, and then get burned. It is completely safe.

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I am completely in love with this. I can't wait to try out more items. The box for it advertises making nuts, yogurt, muffins, fruits, jerky, pet treats, crackers, granola, meat, herbs, potpurri, desserts, trail mix, vegetables, poutlry, rising doughs, and dried flowers. With a list like that, I kind of expected there to be a cook book with it. That's my only complaint. There was no cookbook. It does tell you that dehydrating times and temperatures vary based on the thickness of what is in it and how many tray are filled. However, it has just been a guessing game for e to figure out how long to cook anything in it. Other than that, I love it!

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You can purchase the Magic Mill 6 Stainless Steel Tray Food Dehydrator with Digital Control from Amazon at http://goo.gl/4wCUVk

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