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Because too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing
How many of these signs describe you?
Don’t get us wrong; we love a good kitchen gadget. Worse still — that person might be you.
How do you know if your love of kitchen gadgets has gone too far? Here are five telltale signs it’s time to stop buying them:
You’re on a first-name basis with every single employee at Williams-Sonoma.
Your kitchen cabinet looks like one of their store displays.
You have forgotten how to execute basic kitchen tasks like boiling water (yep, there’s a gadget for that — just google “boil bouy”) or measuring pasta.
Your excess of gadgets has led you to believe that slicing a banana with a knife requires too much work or too much time.
Your quest for new kitchen gadgets is literally making you crazy.
How To Cook Eggs In A Microwave Egg Poacher
Do you love poached eggs? Think that poaching eggs is too complicated? Do you crave eggs but avoid cooking them because you don&rsquot feel like watching them on the stove and washing the pots and pans? Here&rsquos the solution for a lazy cook: cooking eggs in a microwave! You must be thinking now: how do I cook eggs in a microwave? Read on and you&rsquoll see step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to cook eggs in a microwave.
Cooking eggs in a microwave is really easy when you use a special gadget: microwave egg poacher. You just cracked the egg in a poacher, put it in a microwave and 1 minute later you have yummy poached eggs! No cleanup needed &ndash once you are done eating your microwave-cooked eggs, just put the microwave egg poacher in a dishwasher &ndash microwave egg poacher is dishwasher-safe.
Step-By-Step Instructions On Using Microwave Egg Poacher:
Step 1: Crack the eggs in the egg poacher &ndash 1 egg in each compartment.
Step 2: Prick each egg ONCE with a fork.
This is done so the egg doesn&rsquot explode when you cook it. Ask me how I know :) I experimented with avoiding this step, and the cooked egg looked messy. So now I prick the egg with a fork every time I use the microwave egg poacher to cook the eggs in a microwave.
Step 3: Pour 1 tbsp of water on top of each egg.
This is done so the top of the egg cooks evenly. The water boils and cooks the top of the egg. I experimented with not adding the water, and when I didn&rsquot add the water the top, the top of the egg was still runny and undercooked while the rest of the egg was cooked. Adding water prevents the tops of the eggs from undercooking.
Step 4: Close the egg poacher.
Step 5: Put the egg poacher in a microwave and microwave for 1 minute.
Note: you might need to adjust the timing depending on your microwave. My microwave is pretty powerful and 1 minute is enough to get perfectly cooked eggs. If your eggs are still undercooked after 1 minute, increase the timing until you figure out the perfect time for cooking eggs in your microwave.
Step 4: Open your egg poacher to see your cooked eggs! Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!
Note on this picture the eggs don&rsquot look very pretty. Sometimes this happens when you cook eggs in a microwave. I assure you that they taste great :) But if the look bothers you, here&rsquos a solution &ndash FLIP THEM! The other side of the eggs looks really nice! Scroll down to the next picture and you&rsquoll see the difference.
Here&rsquos the picture of the cooked eggs after I flipped them &ndash look how much nicer it looks compared with the previous picture!
Enjoy your poached eggs! I love them on top of the toasted english muffin!
5 Signs It’s Time to Stop Buying Kitchen Gadgets - Recipes
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1. Check the expiration date.
I know, I know, this is like asking someone with computer troubles if they&rsquove tried restarting. Even though expiration dates are more like estimations than rules, they can be good indicators. Generally speaking, eggs should be used within 5 weeks of being purchased, but figuring out the expiration date can be tricky. If you don&rsquot see a specific date on your carton, there should be a three digit number (called the &ldquoJulian date&rdquo) indicating what day of the year your eggs were packed. If you don&rsquot want to do the math, the USDA has a handy chart here that&rsquoll tell you eggsactly how long your eggs have been in their carton. (Sorry, that was the last one, I SWEAR.)
Women's Neria Pro Graphic Clog, $54.99
Home cooks know the value of comfortable, safe shoes when working with hot, heavy pans in the kitchen. These kitchen clogs do double duty by supporting your foot with molded interior foam and moisture-wicking material and protecting your toes with sturdy construction. Bonus: They pair well with boot-cut jeans.
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Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures
|Food Type||Internal temperature|
|Beef, Pork, Veal, and Lamb |
(chops, roasts, steaks)
|145 o F with a 3 minute rest time|
|Ground Meat||160 o F|
|Ham, uncooked |
(fresh or smoked)
|145 o F with a 3 minute rest time|
|Ham, fully cooked |
|140 o F|
(ground, parts, whole, and stuffing)
|165 o F|
|Eggs||Cook until yolk & white are firm|
|Egg Dishes||160 o F|
|Fin Fish||145 o F or flesh is opaque & separates easily with fork|
|Shrimp, Lobster, and Crabs||Flesh pearly & opaque|
|Clams, Oysters, and Mussels||Shells open during cooking|
|Scallops||Flesh is milky white or opaque and firm|
|Leftovers and Casseroles||165 o F|
When to visit the doctor for memory loss
If you, a family member, or friend has problems remembering recent events or thinking clearly, talk with a doctor. He or she may suggest a thorough checkup to see what might be causing the symptoms. You may also wish to talk with your doctor about opportunities to participate in research on cognitive health and aging.
At your doctor visit, he or she can perform tests and assessments, which may include a brain scan, to help determine the source of memory problems. Your doctor may also recommend you see a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in treating diseases of the brain and nervous system.
Memory and other thinking problems have many possible causes, including depression, an infection, or medication side effects. Sometimes, the problem can be treated, and cognition improves. Other times, the problem is a brain disorder, such as Alzheimer's disease, which cannot be reversed.
Finding the cause of the problems is important for determining the best course of action. Once you know the cause, you can make the right treatment plan. People with memory problems should make a follow-up appointment to check their memory every six to 12 months. They can ask a family member, friend, or the doctor's office to remind them if they're worried they'll forget.
How to use an Instant Pot: What you need to know to get started with Instant Pot cooking
There are a few basic things that you need to know when using an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Once you use yours a few times, these will be like second nature. Depending on which Instant Pot model you own, the buttons may be labeled slightly differently. Consult the manual that came with your Instant Pot.
Minimum Liquid Required: As a general rule, you want to use at least 1 cup of liquid in your Instant Pot every time you cook with it. The Instant Pot uses steam and pressure to cook food, and you need liquid to create the steam and pressure. Some recipes may call for more or less liquid. I recommend following recipes from a trusted source while you are learning to use your Instant Pot.
Fill Level: Inside the Instant Pot inner pot, you will see a 1/2 and a 2/3 line marked. Never fill the Instant Pot higher than the 2/3 line with food or liquid (before cooking). If you are cooking food that will expand during the cook time such as rice, quinoa or beans, do not fill the Instant Pot higher than the 1/2 line.
“Pressure Cook” or “Manual” Button: Depending on which Instant Pot model you own, the Pressure Cook button is sometimes labeled “Manual” and sometimes “Pressure Cook.” This is the button that you will press to start a pressure cooking cycle. It’s your basic pressure cooking button.
+/- Buttons: Use these buttons to adjust the cook time.
“Keep Warm/Cancel” Button: Use this button to end a cooking program or turn on/off the keep warm function. (After a cooking cycle ends the Instant Pot automatically switches to keep warm.)
“Sauté” Button: Pressing this button allows you to sauté foods in your Instant Pot. This is convenient because you don’t have to use another pot on the stove. You can sauté and brown foods right in your Instant Pot. (Never place your Instant Pot base unit or inner pot on the stove top.) You can also use sauté mode to thicken sauces after pressure cooking. Never sauté with the lid on. When you press the sauté button the time will default to 30 minutes, but you can turn it off at any time by pressing the cancel button.
“Adjust” Button: The Adjust key switches between Less, Normal and More cooking modes. These are useful if you are using sauté mode, as they control the amount of heat.
“Pressure” Button: The Pressure (sometimes labeled “Pressure Level”) button toggles between high and low pressure settings. Pretty much every Instant Pot recipe you will find will direct you to cook at high pressure. If you own the LUX series, you will not have this button since the Instant Pot LUX only has a high pressure setting.
Program Buttons: Depending on your Instant Pot model, the program options might include Soup/Broth, Bean/Chili, Meat/Stew, Cake, Egg, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Yogurt, Steam and Slow Cook. These programs have pre-set cook times. Honestly, I never use these buttons because I prefer to control the cook times myself.
Using the Trivet: Use the metal trivet that came with your Instant Pot when you want to raise food up so that it does not come in contact with the bottom of the pot. You might use the trivet if you want to keep certain foods out of the liquid in the base of the pot, or away from the direct heat on the bottom of the pot. If you cook hard boiled eggs or baked potatoes, for example, you will set them on the trivet.
Closing the Lid: You will see a track on the back upper edge of your Instant Pot base. Hold the lid handle and fit the lid on using the track as a guide, turning the lid clockwise to close it. The arrow on the front of the Instant Pot lid should line up with the arrow next to a locked symbol on the base unit. If your Instant Pot is plugged in, you will hear a chime when the lid closes.
Sealing the Instant Pot: Turn the steam release valve to the “sealing” position to seal the Instant Pot. The steam release valve is meant to be a bit wobbly and will fit loosely. You will need to turn the valve to the sealing position every time you pressure cook in your Instant Pot.
Cooking Time vs. Total Time: The cooking cycle will take longer than the actual cook time of a recipe. Before the cook time starts, your Instant Pot will take some time to reach cooking pressure. This usually takes about 10 minutes and varies with the size of your Instant Pot, type and amount of food, and the temperature of the food and liquid in the pot. You also need to account for the time needed to release the pressure after the cooking cycle.
Natural Pressure Release (NPR): A natural pressure release is when you let the pressure release naturally by letting the Instant Pot sit after the cook cycle ends. This usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes. Use a natural release for foamy foods or when your Instant Pot is full to avoid hot foam coming out of the steam release valve or float valve.
Quick Release (QR): A quick release is when you manually force the pressure to begin releasing from the Instant Pot by turning the steam release valve to the “venting” position. You need to be careful when you turn the valve as hot steam will immediately begin to escape. I use the handle of a long spoon to slowly move the steam release valve so that my hand is not near the valve. You also want to keep your face away from the valve. Use a quick release when you want to stop the cooking process quickly to avoid over-cooked food, and for tender cuts of meat.
Safely Removing the Lid: Never attempt to remove the Instant Pot lid while the pot is pressurized. Wait until the float valve (pin) on the lid drops down to let you know that all of the pressure has been released. Then, hold the lid handle, turn the lid counterclockwise and carefully lift.
Do you need to double the cook time for a double recipe?
If you would like to double an Instant Pot recipe, you may double the ingredients (so long as you don’t exceed the max fill line). You do not need to double the cook time.
However, you may need to adjust the cook time based on the size/width of meat and vegetables. For example, a small 8 ounce chicken breast will cook faster than a large 12 ounce chicken breast and a small sweet potato will cook faster than a large sweet potato. Read all recipes and directions carefully to determine how long to cook your food.
Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners
- For your first time cooking in your Instant Pot, I recommend making some Instant Pot hard boiled eggs.
- This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is a recipe that I make often for meal prep. You can also cook frozen chicken in an Instant Pot. is a hands-off, easy recipe.
- Try out the sauté setting on your pot with my Instant Pot chicken noodle soup.
- These Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts are one of my most popular pressure cooker recipes. Also try my delicious Instant Pot Orange Chicken. is a quicker way to make this classic comfort food meal.
- Find new family favorites with these 29 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes.
- More Instant Pot Recipes
If you have questions about how to use an Instant Pot that were not answered in this Instant Pot guide, leave them in the comments below.
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Expert decluttering advice for cupboards
Our organising pros share their advice on what to banish from your cupboards and how to effectively store what you do keep behind closed doors.
Where? Hallway cupboard
&ldquoOnly keep shoes in your hallway cabinet that you and your family wear every day. Anything that&rsquos out of season or that you wear only for special occasions, doesn&rsquot need to take up precious hallway space. The same goes for coats, hats, gloves and scarves,&rdquo says professional declutterer and founder of A Tidy Mind, Kate Ibbotson.
She recommends storing occasional stuff in your bedroom. &ldquoIdeally, use shelving above or below the wardrobe or, if there&rsquos space, cubby holes or a shoe rack within the wardrobe,&rdquo she says.
Professional Organiser Vicky Silverthorn agrees and shares her coat cupboard advice in our GH decluttering video.
For the bottom of cupboard where you might store items such as shoes, she recommends using, &ldquohalf shelves so nothing at the bottom is hidden&hellip we&rsquore thinking about visibility, if you see if you&rsquore more likely to use it.&rdquo
Where? Airing cupboard
If your stash of threadbare towels could give Gwen from Gavin & Stacey a run for her money (&ldquoIt&rsquos like drying yourself with Ryvita!&rdquo), then it&rsquos time to take stock.
&ldquoPull out all your towels and bed linen and be honest about which items you love and really use,&rdquo advises Gill Hasson, author of Declutter Your Life: How Outer Order Leads to Inner Calm.
&ldquoYou need a bed linen set for each bed in the house, some spare sets, a bath towel for each person, plus around three extras for guests when overnight visits are permitted again and a couple of hand towels.
Donate anything you don&rsquot need to an animal charity, such as St Francis Animal Welfare or RSPCA, when charity shops reopen, as they always need towels and bedding.&rdquo
Where? Kitchen cupboards
&ldquoI never keep crockery, cutlery or glassware for &lsquobest&rsquo. Use this stuff every day and get as much enjoyment out of your belongings as you can,&rdquo says Kate. &ldquoThink about the maximum amount of crockery you&rsquoll ever need. For most people, it&rsquos six of everything and if you have a dinner party for a larger group when restrictions lift you can always hire items.&rdquo
For clever storage, Kate is a fan of in-cupboard racks which maximise the available space. &ldquoPlate racks are brilliant because they use the whole height of the cupboard and ensure easy access.
Likewise, try under-shelf baskets which hook onto cupboard shelves, creating an extra shelf underneath,&rdquo she says.
We tested the AmazonBasics Multi-Speed Stand Mixer with Attachments against our favorite inexpensive stand mixer, the KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer , using three tests to challenge the three attachments of whisk, paddle, and dough hook. We used the whisk to whip a pair of egg whites into stiff peaks the paddle to reverse-cream butter into flour while mixing batter for white layer cake and the dough hook to knead stiff, heavy dough for Bagel Bread. We evaluated both models on their design, creaming, whipping, kneading, and ease of use.
AmazonBasics Multi-Speed Stand Mixer with Attachments, Red
There are pluses and minuses to this model&rsquos design. Its body casing is plastic, making it several pounds lighter than our metal-bodied winner from KitchenAid. While it&rsquos easier to carry, it lacks anchoring weight, so it uses suction-cup feet to prevent &ldquowalking&rdquo while mixing, which have to be wrenched up whenever you move it. Its tilting head has a simple toggle-style lock conveniently located next to the speed dial. Its bowl lacks handles, which we&rsquod prefer to help get a firm grip when placing it on or taking it off the machine or scraping out the contents.
To test this model, we whipped a pair of egg whites to stiff peaks, though it took a few minutes longer than usual, since at first the liquid sat slightly beyond the full reach of the whisk. This was a sign that ingredients may not be fully incorporated even when mixing larger amounts. Next we made cake batter, creaming butter into the flour, and again the mixer was inefficient: The rotating action of its paddle never fully reached the sides of the bowl. Between stopping and scraping down the sides multiple times and extending mixing times to incorporate dry ingredients, it took far longer than the recipe instructed and led to undesirable gluten development in what should have been a tender cake. The batter still had large lumps when we gave up and stopped mixing the cake didn&rsquot rise well in the oven, and it baked up heavy and slightly chewy instead of light and fluffy. Finally, we tested the mixer&rsquos kneading power with stiff Bagel Bread dough, and we were disappointed again: Wet ingredients stayed in the middle of the bowl, leaving the sides lined with ¾-inch-deep accumulations of dry flour. After we repeatedly stopped, scraped, and folded the contents by hand, the machine began kneading as the recipe instructed, but when we checked the dough ball, we found unmixed dry flour in the bottom of the bowl. During the 10-minute kneading time, the mixer clearly struggled, rocking and whining and periodically slowing as it worked. We had to stop it three times to remove the dough ball from the hook, but it eventually got the kneading done. However, the lack of power raised doubts about this machine&rsquos long-term durability, and its inefficiency made using it more difficult than necessary. Given that it struggled with essential tasks, we can&rsquot recommend it.
Model: MJ-KM8001W-Red Price: $82.15 Size : 4.5 L (4.8 qt) Weight: 10.14 lb Actual Capacity: 3.25 qt Distance from Bowl to Hook: 10.6 mm Distance from Bowl to Whisk : 8.3 mm Distance from Bowl to Paddle : 6.4 mm
KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
This model aced every test, whipping, creaming, and kneading quickly and thoroughly to give us fluffy whipped cream and meringue light, tender cakes and chewy, rustic breads. We did have a few design quibbles: We'd prefer a handled bowl (KitchenAid sells stainless-steel or glass bowls with handles separately). The tilt-head latch works fine, but it's slightly less convenient than buttons on other models, and we disliked that you could operate it with the head unlocked. A major plus: It fits all KitchenAid attachments, from meat grinder to ice cream maker (sold separately), so it can stand in for several other appliances. [Buy on Amazon]
Model: KSM75WH Price: $199.99 Size : 4.5 qt Weight: 21.8 lb Actual Capacity: 3 qt Distance from Bowl to Hook: 10 mm Distance from Bowl to Whisk : 6 mm Distance from Bowl to Paddle : 5 mm