Is Non-Stick Cookware Good for You?

Non-Stick cookware has always been a subject of discussions, research and criticism since the day it found its way in the kitchens. The non-stick cookware became an instant hit with the housewives and the production increased manifold within first few months. This was not only because of the ease of using and cleaning the cookware, but also because of it versatility in cooking all kinds of food items, the ability of one pan to act as a griddle and various other utensils and its non-reactive nature. Everybody started loving it like anything until the news of its toxic fumes and coating breakage hit the tabloids and news channels.

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Well, well, well. Enough has been said for the introduction. The truth is that most of us are still using our non-stick cookware and are happy with its marvelous easy-clean properties. But the truth can just not be neglected. The coating comes off after few years of usage, the fumes are produced and they are harmful and the PFOA is a real thing and it causes cancer.

So, what to do?

While we think of completely abolishing the non-stick cookware from our kitchens, it is not possible. We love that how easily we are able to make the pancakes, flip the omelettes, and make dozens of other things in them, without having to worry about the mess left to be cleaned.

The main factors which must be considered while using the non-stick cookware are the heating which results in breakage of the non-stick coating, the life and quality of the same.

Experiments and Results:

There have been various experiments, studies and researches regarding the effects of the non-stick cookware on humans. It has been shown that the low-quality cookware offers more risk than the high quality ones. Further, the coating starts breaking and releasing the deadly chemicals into your food at about 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Hence, if you switch to stainless steel for making the food items which require high heating or pre-heated vessels such as Hamburgers and Steak, then you are in the safe zone. Also, if the non-stick coating is intact, it is obvious that all the harmful chemicals will be at bay and you can enjoy cooking with your non-stick cookware like usual.

The dangerous PFOA stands for the Per-Flouro-Octanoic-Acid which is a known carcinogen and is released from the non-stick cookware when the life of the cookware is over or the coating is broken.

Hence, it is important to recycle your old cookware as per the life mentioned in the user manual. However, most of us tend to ignore that and continue using the old vessels just for the sake of saving a few dollars which is really wrong.

Use some of the good and well known brands in the market such as T-Fal, Anolon, Calphalon etc. Anolon tops the list of the best non stick cookware. The utensils manufactured by Anolon and other good brands are tested, and are manufactured keeping the toxicity in mind and are way safer than all the other cheaper and bad quality cookware.

non stick panSee, it is better to have only ONE non-stick pan in your kitchen which is safe and has a long life instead of having tens of cheaper versions poisoning your life slowly. Right?

You can also switch to the stainless steel or copper or cast iron which is totally safe and is natural in most of the terms. To get an idea of which cookware material best suits your needs, be sure to read The Foodista cookware buying guide. The Foodista provides a wealth of cookware buying advice and reviews.

Aroma Rice Cookers

Aroma rice cookerThe AROMA brand is one of the most prevalent names in the world of rice cookers. The unbeatable prices, the functionality rich appliances and the perfect mixture of the technology and price and quality are some of the best features, the brand has to offer. This brand is included in Chef Brazil’s best rice cooker list. The brand has around 100 options in the rice cookers to choose from in which one can easily find THE ONE for his or her own kitchen.

The Aroma offers cool touch rice cookers, normal rice cookers, rice cookers with or without steamers, the differently shaped rice cookers, pot style rice cookers, digital rice cookers, slow cookers, specialty rice cookers, professional rice cookers, stainless steel pan rice cookers, commercial rice cookers, steamer trays and a lot more.

From less than $25 to $150, the cookers have an option for every consumer as I said earlier.

I will be describing the cookers on the basis of various ranges by the Brand:

Professional Range:

This is the range which is specially designed for the professional uses. There are 13 models in this range which come at the price in between $50 and $70. The models come with the 8, 12 and 20 cup sizes. You can find slow cook, digital, cool touch, rice cooker and food steamer and stainless steel cookers in this range.

Few of the notable ones are:

  • Aroma Professional 16-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, and Food Steamer,
  • Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker, Food Steamer, and Slow Cooker
  • Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 12-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker/Food Steamer/Slow Cooker

Specialty Rice Range:

There are four options to choose from. All of them come at the cost of $70. You can cook Spanish rice, make some other dishes like dumplings, and cook the rice and meat or veggies side by side in the cookers.

The non – stick (20 cups) ceramic coated pan makes the cooking as well as cleaning a hell lot easier for you.

The models are:

  • Aroma Abuelitas Specialty Rice Cooker, Black (SRC-1020-1BT $69.99)
  •  Aroma Aroma Abuelitas Specialty Rice Cooker, Orange (SRC-1020-1ORT $69.99)
  •  Aroma Aroma Abuelitas Specialty Rice Cooker, Red (SRC-1020-1RT $69.99)
  •  Aroma Aroma Abuelitas Specialty Rice Cooker, White (SRC-1020-1T $69.99)

Pot – Style Range:

This range offers you 17 options to choose from. The price range is in between $35 to $60. The rice cookers come in the sizes of 6, 14, 20 and 32 cups. You can buy any one of the rice cooker and food steamer, only rice cooker, digital rice cooker, digital rice cooker and food steamer and the likes from this range.

This, I think is the one which suits to the majority of the consumers out there as there is variety, functionality and size choice which fulfills the basic requirements of a family.

A few of them are:

  • Aroma 6 Cup White Pot Style Rice Cooker & Food Steamer
  • 6-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 14-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker
  • 14-Cup (Cooked) Digital Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 32-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker
  • 20-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

Cool –Touch Range:

This range also offers a set of 14 REALLY COOL rice cookers to choose from. They come with the stay cool technology and have the cup sizes of 8, 12, 16 and 20 cups. The cookers in this range are digital cool touch rice cookers, digital cool touch rice cookers and food steamers, cool touch rice cookers and cool touch rice cookers and food steamers.

The prices range from $35 to $60.

Few notables are:

  • Aroma 16-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 8-Cup (Cooked) Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 20-Cup (Cooked) Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
  • 20-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker, Food Steamer and Slow Cooker
  • 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker and Food Steamer

For the people who want to have a particular shape of their rice cookers, there is an option of EGG SHAPED cooker which is a slow cooker and food steamer and comes in 12 cup size.

Stainless Steel Pot Rage:

This range offers the rice cookers which have a stainless steel pot which comes in a size of 6, 14 and 20 cup sizes. The price varies from $45 to $ 100. This is the only range of the Aroma Cookers which comes with a model so expensive. Otherwise, the low price and unbeatable quality are the main features of the Aroma Cookers.

Two models from this list are:

  • NutriWare 20-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
  • Simply Stainless 14-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker

Commercial Range:

This range addresses to the QUANTITY NEEDS and comes with ONLY RICE COOKERS and no food steamers. Three models are there with a cup size of 48 and 60. They are apt for the commercial use only.

The price range is in between $120 to $160.

Steamer Trays can also be bought separately which are made up of stainless steel and come in between $15 and $20.

So, this completes the brief description of the 58 prevalent models offered by THE AROMA.

Tips on Choosing and Using a Bread Maker

Choosing a new cookware especially the electric one is a bit confusing as one has to invest time in shortlisting the one that suits to him or her, the best. Apart from investing the time, finding a perfect balance of the quality and price is also difficult and the market being loaded with choices doesn’t help at all. So, I have always resorted to follow some good forums and do some independent study and buy the required cookware only then. Learning from experience and age, I thought to put the knowledge to the use of all the other fellas out there and started sharing my thoughts and reviews.

This post will be dedicated to choosing as well as using a Bread Maker.

How to Choose:

how to choose bread makerLet us begin with the how to choose question. Once you are all set to but a bread maker, decide the budget and size first. The budget should not be strained and the size of the loaf should not be big than the amount you can consume in two days. I mean, what is the benefit of buying a bread machine if you don’t get to eat fresh bread? Well, having said that, list down your preferences, the availability of making more than simple breads and doughs, the number of paddles, the window to check the baking progress, the noise levels, the sturdiness and the quality of the machine etc.

Apart from that, you should purchase a machine which is not too complicated for you to understand. Not all the people are fans of cooking and most are looking to grab a quick bite only. Hence, you should buy a machine that makes the baking look easy to do and makes you feel confident that you can use it. This bread machine buying guide will help you decide what you want and need.

How to Use:

Now, having bought the bread maker one should KNOW how to use it to make the perfect bread since the very first time.

how to use bread makerFollow the instructions carefully and make it a habit to follow them always. Take the prescribed amount of water, yeast, sugar, salt, flour (any type you want), oil, nuts and fruits (as per your choice), egg (if mentioned and if you wish to add) and add all of them in the baking pan. Finally, put the pan in the machine and ensure that it is properly fit and not hanging in an awkward position before you push the start button.

Now, close the lid and plug the machine in and start the baking. It will take 90 minutes to around 3 hours, depending on the size of the loaf and the machine. Finally, when the baking is over, the machine will beep you up and you are to put on the heat safe gloves. Remove the baking pan carefully from the machine and remove the bread from the pan carefully. Let it cool down and you will have a freshly baked bread loaf of your preference ready to be devoured.

Well, I hope that the post has been a good one and that you might have found some answers to the questions looming in your mind regarding the bread machine. Wish you happy shopping and happy baking.

Everything about pod based espresso machines

There are many people today, who have no time lose in perfecting espresso making skills or don’t want to spend a lot of money on a machine they have to work anyway. For those, who want some good coffee and a lot of free time, espresso machine manufacturers invented the pod based espresso machines.

espresso machine podsThe pod espresso coffee maker is simpler to operate and unlike the typical espresso machine you save time as the coffee beans are already grounded and measured for you. You save a lot of time, because there is no need to grind the coffee beans and to tamp them later. On the contrary, the well grounded coffee beans are packed inside hermetically sealed pods, pouches or capsules and need only to be inserted into the proper slot of the machine. The already filled with water reservoir will start to heat and once the proper temperature is reached, the espresso would be delivered to you.

cleaning pod based espresso machineWith the pod based espresso machines the entire process of the making of espresso takes a couple of minutes, during which you are asked to do almost nothing. Another bonus is the fact that there would be no unnecessary mess in your kitchen, as there would be no spilled grounds of coffee. The pod based machines are also very easy to clean and the pod is sometimes automatically disposed of.

Nespresso CitiZThe best rated pod based espresso machines today are the Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso Lattisima by Delonghi and Gaggia Classic. They are all distinguished with a user friendly performance and the ability to brew a number of espresso based coffee drinks very easy and quickly. They are very efficient and work with the press of a button.

The sealed pods and capsule are easily perforated by the machine and thanks to the pump from them are extracted the aromas and the cream that make the real espresso. The machines are easy to clean as the used capsules are automatically ejected, once the brewing has been completed. Their double boiler system makes it possible to brew cups of espresso one after the other, with just another push of the button. Gaggia Classic, for example, can sue both grounds and pods, giving to the users a lot of new and wonderful opportunities.

Espresso connoisseurs all over the world recognize the qualities of the pod based espresso machines, which save time and produce good and tasty coffee drinks. These kinds of machines are able to prepare shots of espresso within few minutes with almost no effort from your side. So, if you treasure your free time, but enjoy having a good cup of espresso, cappuccino or latte during your busy day, make sure to purchase a quality pod based espresso machine. The Edge provides a wealth of espresso makers buying advice and reviews. You can read their buying guide on how to select an espresso machine. Indeed, the pod espresso machines give you great new ways to prepare espresso, latte and cappuccino in the comfort of your home.

Salpicao: The 20 Minute Meal


Salpicao is a tricky dish. There are tons and tons of recipes on the internet all pertaining to the Pinoy version of Tenderloin tips in soy based sauce with tons of garlic but in no way resembles the Salpicao of the Portuguese.

The salpicão is a traditional Portuguese sausage. It is smoked, light brown in color, cylindrical in shape, about 15 cm (6 in.) in length. It is made ​​with beef and loin of pork, flavored with salt, white or red wine, garlic, and sweet or spicy paprika. The casing is a thick intestine of a pig, shaped in a straight form. After being hung within the casing, the meat is aged for 8 days, to improve the taste.

There is also a brazilian Salpicao which basically is a salad containing beef, chicken, or turkey and a variety of vegetables. (And yes, a sausage wikipedia exists)

I’ve been trying to cook this dish for the longest time and I have a few favorites starting with Fez’s Tenderloin bits to Barcino’s take on Salpicao. But no one has quite got it right the way I like it.

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Livestock @ Quezon City


There’s always something about coming that brings with it both excitement and anxiety. Am I still good enough? Do I still know what I’m talking about? Are my readers still there? Am I still relevant? All valid questions swimming in one’s head as you start banging away on your keyboard hoping for some words to drop in and come together in a cohesive manner. But then the excitement of actually creating something again. Writing something that means something to someone helping them decide where to to eat or what dish to try out overpowers and you bang out another set of sentences strung together to become paragraphs and paragraphs into a blog post.

I decided for this “comeback” performance, to stick to something familiar. The friendly. The unapologetic. The one-can-do-no-wrong’s.

So what a fitting way to come back into blogging by setting out to try what SPOT dubbed as the best Crispy Pata in town. (

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