Electric Kettles Make Life Easier

Tea connoisseurs know that really hot water is essential for good tea. Heating the water can be much easier and quicker if you use an electric appliance designed especially for this. These are also called electric kettle: a must-have item and are perfect for lots of kitchen uses, such as brewing coffee, baby formula, instant noodles, and oatmeal. They also won’t go dry on the hot stove if you forget about it.

Remember, it is not optimum to boil the water for tea, but to use it just before it boils.

If you are not an expert at brewing tea, it may be time to learn more. Lots of cooking websites offer advice, but one of the best I found is on In a short article, the author provides a guide to varieties of tea (e.g. black, green, oolong, etc.) and the best water temperature and steeping time for each.

Before you Purchase an Electric Kettle

There are numerous choices to be made before selecting a kettle. I just assumed that size was about the only thing I would care about, but after looking at choices I quickly realized that there many more options. I also found that several electric kettles and instant hot water vendors offer expert assistance online.

There is a really large array of sizes and appearances, but before you start looking at units for sale, you need to decide what options will best suit your use. Among the things to consider are:

how much water do you want to use at once?how hot do you need the water to be? (Different types of tea are brewed at different optimum temperatures.) Good boilers allow you to select the temperature you long will the water stay hot? Some can be turned off and will keep the water warm for a long time. Some maintain constant temperature until you turn if off. (Check what happens if it goes dry.)how is the water dispensed-e.g. does it have a dispenser powered by a pump of some kind, or must you pour the water yourself?would having a timer be beneficial?is it cordless? Can it operate on batteries?does it have a water-level indicator?will it chime or beep to alert you when it’s hot? (I think this is the Cadillac of features.)is it small enough to use on my kitchen counter?if it will be lifted to pour water, how heavy is it? Does it have a good handle?what type of guarantee is offered?and, of course, how much does it cost?
Don’t forget to look at systems that are installed on the faucet. They are a type of point-of-use tankless water heater and are ideal for large amounts of water.

After all of these questions are answered, it is the time to look for appearance. Again, there is an almost endless array of choices.

Reading reviews

Since most online outlets provide reviews it would be useful to read them first. Look for reviews that mention the things you really want. I found that the selection is much larger on online retail sites if you search for hot water dispenser for tea, rather than a tea water boiler. One review I read even mentioned the ergonomics of the hot water dispenser. (A great idea; I will look for this with other things I buy.) Several magazines and other consumer agencies review small appliances. The one published by Good Housekeeping in 2011 reviews 24 electric kettles.

Who knew that there are so many choices just for heating water? It may seem like a lot of effort to make for this purpose, but selecting just the right hot water unit means that it will fit your needs to a TEA!


How to make Quick-soaking Beans in the Pressure Cooker

You can make the top Quick-soaking Beans ever using your best electric pressure cooker. It is not only safe and fast; it is the healthiest cooking method for preparing dried beans.

Regardless of the cooking method (stovetop, slow cooker, oven-baked or pressure cooker), the first step in successfully cooking beans is proper soaking. The best advice is to follow the soaking instructions included with the specific type of beans you plan to prepare.

The best pressure cooker does an excellent job cooking all varieties of dried beans, but all require soaking the beans first.

Quick-soaking is a method of rehydrating beans quickly by briefly pre-cooking them. Once you have quick-soaked them, you can follow recipe directions, and cooking times for soaked, or pre-soaked, beans.

Beans should be soaked in cold water for at least eight hours so that they’ll cook faster, more evenly, and also to minimize the unpleasant effects that have earned them their “musical fruit” reputation.

If you’re short on time, you can use your pressure cooker to “quick soak” beans in a matter of minutes. To quick soak beans in a pressure cooker, rinse and sort beans, and add them to the pressure cooker with 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt for each cup of beans.

Here’s the manner by which to do it:

Give the beans a quick rinse in a colander, by washing them around and running water through them – this is an awesome time to expel any broken beans or flotsam and jetsam.

Put the beans in the pressure cooker. For every cup of rinsed beans, include four of water and 1 teaspoon of salt – this will keep the skins in place.

Heat the substance to the point of boiling without the pressure cooking lid.

At that point, quickly close and bolt the pressure cooker lid and convey the heat to high, if it’s not as of now there. At the point when the container has achieved pressure, turn down the heat and number 2 minutes cooking time under pressure.

Open the pressure cooker utilizing the quick-discharge strategy, by running cold water on the top without impeding the valves. For electric pressure cookers, discharge pressure gradually through the valve in short spurts – ought to froth start to leave the valve quit spurting and hold up 30 seconds before you start discharging pressure.

Drain and rinse the beans under cold running water, once more.

Continue with a formula that requires pre-soaked beans.


There are uncommon contemplations for electric pressure cookers (which should be opened by discharging vapor), and original weight modified valves and jigglers (which need to discharge vapor through their pipes when cooking). Beans tend to froth inside the pressure cooker, and it is typically not an issue until the valve is interested in ousting vapor. The froth could spurt out of the valve making a hindrance. Most makers prescribe including a spoon of oil in the pressure cooker while cooking to keep away from this. For electrics, you just need to include oil amid the quick-drench because for cooking you will utilize the normal discharge.



Top 3 Air Deep Fryer Recipes to linger your taste bud

best deep fryer

Wondering what recipe to use next in your air fryer? I found three recipes for “Bacon Wrapped Shrimp” (Yes. Bacon wrapped shrimp. You heard me correctly. Use this best deep fryer blog as a reference for cooking these recipes.

It’s as amazing as It sounds), “Crispy Fried Spring Rolls” (drool), and “Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Turnovers” (Yes, yes, yes!). I gave into my deepest, darkest desires and tried these recipes from Philips Airfryer recipe book, and now I’m here to share with you all.

“Bacon Wrapped Shrimp”

Glory, glory hallelujah–thank the heavens for this recipe’s existence.

Ingredients of awesome:
1¼ pounds tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined
(16 pieces)
1 pound bacon, thinly sliced, room temperature
(16 slices)
And don’t forget your air fryer. Kind of important.

This recipe takes about 35 minutes to cook according to the handbook and serves about 4 people (almost enough for just me).

The first step is to wrap one piece of bacon around each shrimp, starting from the head and winding down to the tail. Cool the wrapped shrimp in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

The second step is to preheat your air fryer to 390 F. Take the shrimp from the refrigerator and add them to the cooking basket, then cook for 5-7 minutes. They’ll need to be drained on a paper towel after cooking. Then, enjoy! Delicious!

Crispy Fried Spring Rolls

It’s like an angel decided that humanity deserved a break for a little while and put the thought in someone’s head for this recipe. Glorious. This should take about 25 minutes to prepare and serve about 4 people (again, almost enough just for me).


4 oz. cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 celery stalk, sliced thin
1 medium carrot, sliced thin
1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
Spring roll wrappers–
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon cornstarch
8 spring roll wrappers
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

The first step is to make the filling. First, put the chicken in a mixing bowl and blend with celery, carrot, and mushrooms. Next, add the ginger, sugar, and chicken stock powder, then stir.

The second step is to mix the egg with the cornstarch to create a paste, and set aside for later. Place filling on one spring roll wrapper, roll it up while sealing ends with egg mixture. Repeat for each.

The third step is to preheat your air fryer to 390 F. Brush spring rolls with oil, then place them in the cooking basket. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until they’re gorgeous golden brown. These rolls are wonderful with sweet chili sauce or soy sauce.

“Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Turnovers”

And now for the best part of any day: dessert. Can I get a “Yes, please!”? This recipe should take about twenty minutes to prepare and serves about 4 people. (You mean 1 people, right? Just 1.)


4 sheets filo pastry, defrosted
4 tablespoons chunky peanut butter 4 teaspoons marshmallow fluff
2 ounces butter, melted
1 pinch sea salt

You drooled a little at those ingredients, didn’t you? I know you did.

The first step is to preheat your air fryer to 360 F. Brush 1 sheet of filo with butter. Place the second sheet of filo on top of the first and brush that one with butter as well. Repeat with all 4 sheets., then cut the filo layers into 4 3-inch x 12-inch strips.

The second step is to place 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 tsp of marshmallow on the bottom of a strip. Fold the end of the sheet over the filling to form a triangle and fold repeatedly in a zigzag manner until the filling is fully wrapped.

Use a little butter to seal the ends of the turnover.

Next, put the turnovers into the cooking basket and cook for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown and puffy. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt—mm! Sweet and salty!
Well, there you have it!


Hack: 9 Simple Ways to Make The Best Out of Your Coffee Maker

In my most recent work assignment, I found myself visiting Korea and Japan. As a coffee lover, I found out that these two countries have cat cafes where you can order coffee and hang out with cats as you enjoy your coffee. Trust me; it was amazing.

But that’s a story for another day.

We both love coffee. To be precise, great coffee. That’s why we went that extra mile to buy that coffee maker.

But there is one problem.

It doesn’t give you the best coffee. For me, it does.

You wonder how?

Well, sit back and let me do the hard work of explaining to you how to make the most out of your coffee maker. Deal?

Here we go…

#1: Bad water

Your coffee is made up of 98% water. And from the word go, you need to make sure that you are using good water to prepare your coffee.

But what is the difference between good and bad water?

The idea here is the mineral content in the water. If you use water that has high mineral content you may have noticed that your coffee has a flat taste, and was not even exciting while taking it.

On the other hand, using water that has very low mineral content makes you end up with coffee that is very bitter.

If water is a problem, try using bottled water.

#2: Dirt

When as the last time you washed your coffee maker?

I agree. It’s not easy to maintain a consistent cleaning schedule. You still want to brew great coffee, right?

If you brew coffee daily, clean the carafe on the same day. Make a point of cleaning the whole system once every month.

Cleaning procedure:

• Measure equal amounts of water and vinegar and water, then fill the tank with the mixture.

• Without grounds, run this mixture through a brewing cycle in the same way you would while preparing actual coffee.

• Once it finishes, repeat the process with the same mixture.

• Remove the mixture from the carafe and use soap and water to wash the pot clean.

• Using clean water, run one more cycle to remove any vinegar that is still in the tank.

#3: Too much/too little coffee

Mornings are not the best times to be accurate, especially when you are still sleepy and still feeling disappointed that your alarm had to cut your sleep short.

You can always make up for such awful mornings by treating yourself to a great cup of coffee. For the amount of water that you are going to use, measure the correct amount of coffee to give a balanced taste.

#4: Water temperature

Coffee needs temperatures of between 195-205 degrees to completely release all its flavors to the water. Buy a thermometer to check the water temperature. Alternatively, you can boil the water let it cool for some few minutes and then use it.

#5: Stale coffee

When coffee stays unused for a long time, gases that produce the best flavors usually escape. That is why you will, at times have bitter or tasteless coffee, depending on the gases absent.

Avoid buying coffee that has been stored for more than 6 months.

#6: Grinding

The best time to grind coffee is just before you brew it. What type of grinder do you use?

For a solid and even grind, use the burr grinder. This will ensure that water will filter evenly through your grind hence ensuring that you have a glamorous cup of coffee.

#7: Grind size

Grinding your coffee to the ideal size narrows down to the filter shape that you normally use.

flat bottom filters work best with Medium grind. Cone shaped filters require you to grind beans on medium-fine setting.

#8: Poor bean storage

Some coffee bags are not designed to store coffee beans for long. Once you buy coffee, make sure you store in airtight jars in bean form. Humidity alters the taste of the coffee making it your biggest foe.

#9: What type of coffee do you like?

You may have been following the above steps but still never got to enjoy your coffee.

What flavour works for you?

What ingredients do you love?

What time do you love taking coffee?


Next time we brew a cup of coffee, let’s make it great and memorable, won’t we?


Things to consider when purchasing a geyser

No matter the weather, the pleasure, convenience, and bliss that comes with taking a hot shower in the morning cannot be beaten. That is why everyone needs a good geyser/heater, that will not let you down even after years of using it. Nothing would hurt more than after years of getting used to that hot shower in the morning, your geyser breaks down and you have to take a cold shower. So how do you ensure that the geyser you purchase will give you the service of a lifetime? Do you just go and buy the most expensive one out there? Below are the things you should put into consideration for you to buy a good, long lasting, and efficient geyser.

1. Type of Geyser

Basically, there are two types of geysers; the tank, and the tankless. The type that you purchase will be dependent on the number of people that the geyser is intended to serve, and the size of the household. The tank geyser will be most suitable for a smaller household say, an apartment for two. It uses relatively less energy than the tankless and is adaptable to various power circuits. Due to its constraints of a small storage space, it supplies less water compared to the tankless type, and is cheaper.

The tankless type on the hand is very good for supplying a constant stream of hot water. Despite it costing more than the tank type and having a much higher rate of energy consumption, the tankless has almost zero risk of damage or loss.

2. Energy efficiency

It is very crucial to consider the amount of energy that the geyser will consume while making a selection. To maintain your monthly electric bills, an energy efficient geyser should be what you are looking for. An ideal geyser should heat up the water appropriately, while saving power.

3. Auto off system

The auto off system in geysers is very important and it serves two purposes. First, it helps you save energy if you forgot to switch off your unit by doing it for you. Second, it prevents you and your family from accidental damages. Additionally, it prevents the geyser from burning out.

4. Looks matter

The geyser you are purchasing will be a part of your bathroom for a very long time, if not forever. That said, you should ensure that its color should match the inside of your washroom perfectly. The tankless may be suitable for small bathrooms because it is much more compact.

5. After sale services

This works for all electric appliances. Geysers are very sensitive appliances and need regular maintenance. It is advisable to buy a branded product to enjoy a trouble free repair service incase of damage.

6. Warranty

The warranty details are found on the manual. Before taking your new appliance home, you should go through the warranty details thoroughly and extensively to ensure that they are satisfactory.

Just like the television or the refrigerator, geysers have turned into one of the electrical appliances that constitute to a complete home. It doesn’t only help you enjoy your morning baths, it adds convenience to your day.


4 Slice Toaster: Essential Facts

Having breakfast is essential to start your day on the right foot. There’s nothing better than the smell of the fresh hot toast in the morning, inviting you to speed up your metabolism. I always had the toaster that was actually made of two grills, placed on top of each other. You would put the toast between them and wait for three minutes.

Today, technology is on a whole different level, even with toasters. There’s no more black toast, unless you’re really bad at cooking. There are many alarms that warn you when the toast is done and grilled to perfection. I’ve seen LED lights one one of the 4 slice toasters the other day; the light beeps faster as your toast is getting done.

My girlfriend used to have a fancy 4 slice toaster, too. She liked small toast, so she often used the lift function, which was designed for smaller pieces of bread to fit in. That way you don’t burn your hand as you’re taking it out. You can make muffins in one of those nowadays, it’s amazing. She used it to defrost bread and other food as well. I remember that there was a funny looking rack on the toaster for buns and bagels, which was pretty useful.

I once attempted making pancakes in one of my old toasters, the one with two grills. They came out pretty smoky, so I ignored that recipe in the future. The problem was the toaster. It was old and rusty, with no design or any functions to make a toast better.

Some of these modern 4 slice toasters are actually set in a way that allows you to heat only two of he four available slots. It’s a way to save some energy and it’s a cool feature. They’re obviously made for families, where there are always plenty mouths to feed.

I also like the reheat feature, which always makes my pizza fresh again. I used to rely on a microwave to reheat pizza in the past, which was a mistake. The pizza comes out soggy and not crispy at all. The 4 slice toaster can make it crispy and fresh, as long as you don’t leave it in there for too long.

It’s funny that they’ve been making them for a hundred years now. In all that time, the toaster kept improving and improving. I bet many people died using it at first, considering how little we knew about electricity. These days they’re practically implanting smartphones in the toasters, making the far more useful than they should be. It does stop being a toaster at a certain point.

I use the 4 slice toaster, because two slices are not enough for me and my girlfriend. We bought the 4 slice option to save time. Our specialty is a toast with an egg inside, combined with cheese and ham. The modern 4 slice toasters like ours is great for egg toast, because the slots are wide enough and easy to clean afterwards. The toaster is very sterile nowadays, allowing you to reach every nook and cranny.