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    November 11, 2007
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Chef'sChoice Ultimate Kitchen Shears : This powerful, multipurpose kitchen tool is ruggedly designed for effortless cutting and fully forged from surgical stainless-steel. Full metal construction and sleek curved blade is extremely sharp and powerful enough to cut through poultry with precision and ease. The lower blade features grip-enhancing serrations and a powerful, bone-cracking notch. They're also great for cutting through lobster shells or removing shrimp shells. A handy safety latch keeps the shears closed for safe storage. Hand washing is recommended. Product Features Long-lasting blade edges for precision cutting Shears disassemble quickly and easily to allow for thorough cleaning Fully forged from surgical stainless-steel Lower blade features grip-enhancing serrations and a powerful, bone-cracking notch Heavy-duty barrel spring contributes to a smooth cutting motion Handy safety latch for safe storage Limited lifetime warranty Imported
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent design
PostedNovember 30, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
These shears are extraordinarily well made and easier to clean than any others I have seen. They are very sturdy, sharp, and disassemble in seconds. Each half is machined from solid, surgical stainless-steel. The surfaces are polished to prevent any cracks or crevices for contamination. This is an important consideration when handling poultry. One downside to this construction is that the handles can get slippery so it is best to hold them in one hand and use the other to handle the bird. Otherwise...well you get the idea. Frankly this is a minor annoyance compared to the overall excellence of these shears.
A friend saw mine, tried them and was equally impressed. Guess what she is getting for Christmas. These are terrific.
+6points
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Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor : Cuisinart's largest-capacity home food processor requires less than 1 square foot of counter space. Can knead up to 3 pounds of bread dough in less than 2 minutes, mix batter for five 8" cake layers or dough for about 90 cookies. Large and small feed tubes for a variety of foods. Simple, user-friendly controls. Comes with stainless-steel slicing and shredding discs, stainless-steel chopping blade, plastic dough blade, spatula, how-to-video and recipe book. Parts are dishwasher safe; housing wipes clean. Available in new black chrome, white or black with stainless accents. Model: DFP-14 BCN. For use with: Cuisinart Food Processor Extra Work Bowl , item 94138
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This older design still beats the competition
PostedNovember 15, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
Interestingly enough men seem to like these better than women. My wife and daughter are not alone in finding this unit awkward to use. The lid and locking mechanism, necessary for safety and easy enough for a man's larger hands, seems balky and awkward for many women. Both the Kitchen Aid and the newer series from Cuisinart seem better from this perspective. This same locking mechanism and top are difficult to clean. Things that tend to stick and dry can be very difficult to clean up if they are allowed to set up. After slicing mushrooms, for example, clean the top and bowl immediately. If you forget the dishwasher seems to work better than trying to wash these parts by hand. With that said, this is still be best food processor that I have had the pleasure to use. It has a powerful motor, large capacity, and has never failed to get the job done. As other reviewers have said, leave it on the counter as it will then get used constantly. Some people think a small processor is better for small jobs, but I find this one is all I need. A second bowl can really speed things up at times. I also strongly recommend the accessory holder.
+5points
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Cuisinart Blade and Disc Holder BDH-2 : Conveniently and safely store accessories for your Cuisinart food processor on your countertop or in a cabinet. Compact holder stores chopping/mixing blade, dough blade, 3 discs and disc stem. The transparent cover has a tamper-resistant lock. Holds accessories for all Cuisinart Classic and Premier Series 7-, 11- and 14-cup food processors (except DLC-X, DLC-XP, DLC-5, FP, and LPP models). Limited 1-year warranty. 8"W x 7"D x 7 1/4"H. 1/4 lb. Model: BDH-2.(Blades and dics are not included.) Product Features High-impact plastic withstands years of use Transparent cover features a tamper-resistant lock Stores accessories for any Cuisinart Classic and Premier Series 7-, 11- and 14-cup food processor (except DLC-X, DLC-XP, DLC-5, FP, and LPP models) Wipes clean in seconds Limited 1-year warranty.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Having the tools ready to hand facilitates use
PostedNovember 15, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
Frankly if I had to root around in a cupboard or drawer to find the accessories, I probably would not use my food processor almost daily. This holder sits right on the counter. Wonderful. It is safer, too, as the cutting discs are sharp and this holder protects them and your fingers. I agree with the reviewer who complained about the lock, it is not a good design. I defeated it by locking it closed with the lid up so it is not ever engaged. The lid does not need to be locked for a unit that sits in one spot anyway. From a safety and convenience point of view this holder is a must have.
+2points
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All-Clad MC2 Saute Pan : Designed for cooking meat or vegetables in a small amount of oil or butter while continuously tossing, stirring, or shaking. The lid lets you finish a dish under cover without changing pans, and the stay-cool stick handle and helper handle make it easy to lift. The 6-quart pan holds up to three ribeye steaks (six servings) for searing; slide pan into the oven to finish cooking, then return to the stove to make a quick au jus or duxelle sauce from drippings, wine (to deglaze), butter, and herbs. The 4-quart pan has the classic design with flat bottom and straight sides, for sauteing, pan- frying, or with the lid for braising. The 3-quart pan is a wonderful multi-use pan for family cooking - searing small cuts of meat, sauteing vegetables, or making a superb veal scaloppine. The 2-quart pan is a terrific small pan for one or two servings, or for browning a handful of mushrooms or a chopped onion. MC2 blends the best of the legendary Master Chef original cookware with a redesigned contemporary look for a roomy sauce pan that warms, simmers and boils to superb perfection. The brushed aluminum exterior with pure aluminum core ensures quick and even heating. The 18/10 stainless-steel interior will not react with your food, leaving the pure taste you desire. Not recommended for dishwasher use. Product Features 3-ply bonded construction for a lifetime of use Brushed aluminum alloy exterior reflects style and practicality Pure aluminum core covers bottom of the pan and extends up the sides for greater heat conductivity Easy-to-clean 18/10 stainless-steel interior helps prevent foods from sticking Stainless-steel satin interior will not react with foods The rolled lip of the pan ensures drip-free transfer of contents Cookware maintains even heat distribution that prevents "hot spots" when cooking Signature stay-cool handles are cast from solid stainless-steel and designed for ergonomic comfort High-strength, non-corrosive stainless-steel rivets keep handles permanently secure, making cooking safer Suited for electric, gas, ceramic, and halogen cooktops Hand-washing recommended Lifetime warranty Bonded cookware handcrafted in the U.S.A., lids and components manufactured overseas. All-Clad Cookware Lifetime Warranty: From date of purchase, All-Clad guarantees to repair or replace any item found defective in material, construction or workmanship under normal use and following care instructions. This excludes damage from misuse or abuse. Minor imperfections and slight color variations are normal.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
All-Clad and finish
PostedNovember 15, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
Although this review covers the saute pan, mine is a 6-quart, what I really want to cover is the finish. I have both some MC2 and some all stainless. I like the MC2 better. It is not as shiny of course, but heat-up is faster and more uniform. The inside cleans up the same. The MC2 is slightly more affordable. Next, the handle design. There are several other brands of cookware available that are excellent, but All-Clad handles work for both small hands and large. They are long and offer excellent leverage for picking up a full pan. Larger pans often are fitted with a loop handle to facilitate control. The lids fit snugly. My large saute pan probably gets more use than any other pan. They are excellent for so many things from sauteing onions or other veggies, to browning even a large roast before roasting. When a big gang needs feeding this pan can handle a lot of grub. It also offers a nice alternative to a wok for stir-frying. All-Clad is not cheap, but these are really lifetime pans. We now have given sets to our children and have equipped both our house and vacation home with them. There are no better pans at any price.
+3points
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 Orka Silicone Oven Mitt - 17 inch long
Orka Silicone Oven Mitt - 17 inch long
Orka Silicone Oven Mitt - 17 inch long : 17" long, waterproof and heat-resistant to 500 F, this injection-molded silicone mitt lets you pluck food by hand from frying oil or boiling water, and protects from barbecue and gas burner flames. Fits either hand, with ribbed surface for a sure grip. Nonporous, nonabsorbent, resists stains. Dishwasher safe. Imported.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Essential grilling accessory
PostedNovember 11, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
I bought two of these for charcoal grilling. They make it safe and easy to pick up and move a hot grill to add charcoal. The grill thermometer can say 450 degrees and these mitts still protect my hands for as long as needed. They allow me to reach right in to pick up a roast with total control and without the danger of burns. They also clean right up and can even be put in the dishwasher. The cloth or leather ones get pretty dirty around charcoal cooking. The only caveat to these is that they are soft, pliable, synthetic rubber and could be easily damaged by a sharp object. Don't use them to shuck oysters, or when using a knife and this is not a problem.
0points
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 Vintage McKensie Vegetable Storage Container, Garlic
Vintage McKensie Vegetable Storage Container, Garlic
Vintage McKensie Vegetable Storage Container, Garlic : These handsome earthenware containers are designed to keep food fresher longer. Onion 6 1/4" Dia. x 8"H. Garlic 5 1/2"D x 5 3/4"H Potato is no longer available.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Buy all three!
PostedNovember 11, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
After years of throwing away rotten onions and potatoes because I couldn't use them fast enough, I learned that onions and potatoes can't be stored together. Placing them in two separate kitchen drawers was inconvienient and took up a lot of space. Then Chef's offered these pottery containers. I bought the set and could not be happier. The only drawback is that the onion container is a wee bit smaller than I would like it to be. It would be better if it were the same size as the potatoe container. I use a lot of garlic and can't imagine ever filling this one, so it is bigger than necessary. These keep my pantry clean and orderly, there has been no lost food since buying them and they are well priced. Highly recommended.
0points
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 Henckels TWIN Four-Star II Hollow Edge Santoku
Henckels TWIN Four-Star II Hollow Edge Santoku
Henckels TWIN Four-Star II Hollow Edge Santoku : Henckels products hand-crafted since 1731 set the world standard for appeal, function and style. The TWIN Four Star II series features improved weight and balance, as well as high-impact polypropylene handles permanently bonded to the knife blades without gaps. The handle features a stainless steel end cap with the unmistakable Henckels logo. Product Features Traditional one piece hot drop forged construction for high durability, strength and weight Laser controlled edge is sharper and stays sharper longer. Has a more consistent blade angle Friodur™ ice hardening offers maximum no-stain properties and more blade strength along with improved resistance to corrosion and pitting Super bolster provides weight, insures safety and adds balance Full tang provides proper balance and greater strength Polypropylene handles with stainless steel logo cap on handle (bonded with seamless accuracy) provide a comfortable molded handle that is hygienic and food safe Full warranty Made in Solingen, Germany
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A Santoku with the Twin Four-Star handle
PostedNovember 11, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
First of all, the Twin Four-Star has been around for many years and this latest version retains the superb feel and balance that have made these knives the choice of many chefs. A Santoku is an alternative to the more familiar Chef's Knife. The edge of the blade is almost flat with very little rocker. The blade on a good Santoku is also somewhat thinner than the blade on a similar sized Chef's knife. For slicing, especially for delicate and thin work, the Santoku is a better tool than a chef's knife. For dicing and chopping, though, I still prefer my Chef's knife by a narrow margin. If I could only have one it would be this Twin Four-Star Santoku. Finally consider the granton blade. That is the hollow ground blade with scalloped recesses. This format is supposed to be less likely to stick in dense food. The granton was originally developed for carving knives and for that purpose they are nice if not strictly necessary. For a working knife in the kitchen, though, I think grantons offer no real advantage and they are definitely not worth the extra cost. All in all, though, this knife is the first one I want for most tasks in the kitchen. It is simply the best knife I own.
0points
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 Swiss Harp Peeler
Swiss Harp Peeler
Swiss Harp Peeler : Carbon steel blade. Potato eye remover on one side Dishwasher-safe. Set of 2. Choose red, white or blue. Made in Switzerland. 7.25"L
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The best peeler available anywhere
PostedNovember 11, 2007
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Crusty
fromWest Palm Beach, FL
These peelers have been around for years and they are so easy to use compared to any other design that it is no wonder. They are very sharp and tend to take off a fairly wide, thick peel. Excellent for tough, thick skinned vegetables and fruits like squash, or apples, or baker potatoes. For delicate skinned things like peaches for example, the other peeler to have is an OXO.
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KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Glass Lid, KSC6223 : This precision-accurate 6-qt. slow cooker has the ideal capacity for family-size meals and the convenience of 24-hour programming. With automatic settings to cook food on high, medium or low, ensuring foods cook evenly, retaining nutrients and flavor, without overcooking. Automatically shifts to "keep warm" setting at the end of a pre-set cycle, heating up to 4 hours, perfect for buffets. This KitchenAid slow cooker features an advanced self-monitoring system with electronic temperature sensor, ensuring accuracy at all 4 settings: low, commonly used for 8+ hours, medium 6-8 hours, high, 4-6 hours and keep warm setting. The illuminated digital display on this stainless-steel slow cooker allows easy viewing of the remaining cooking time and temperature. Deep oval-shaped cookwell is the ideal size to cook large cuts of meat, such as roasts, tenderloins or rib racks or ample quantity of soup or stew. Tempered glass lid to monitor cooking progress with stainless-steel rim for custom fit. Durable plastic slow cooker handles allow safe transport to the table. Convenient under-base cord wrap. Dishwasher-safe ceramic insert and lid. Since the first stand mixer was introduced in the early 1900s, the KitchenAid brand has been acclaimed internationally for performance. Inventors of efficient kitchen appliances, KitchenAid products are the result of extensive testing and research. Upholding their long-standing tradition for excellence, these technologically-advanced appliances are sophisticated in design for the home chef. Product Features The ease of 24-hour programming ensures family-size meals cook to perfection Digital settings to cook food on high, medium or low, ensuring foods cook evenly, retaining nutrients and flavor Automatic shifts to "keep warm" setting at the end of a pre-set cycle "Keep warm" setting can be selected to warm up to 4 hours Electronic self-monitoring system with temperature sensor ensures accuracy at all 4 settings: low, commonly used for 8+ hours, medium, 6-8 hours, high, 4-6 hours and keep warm Illuminated digital display to easily view remaining cook time and temperature Deep, 6-qt. oval-shaped cookwell accommodates large cuts of meat, or ample quantity of soup, stew or casserole Stainless-steel exterior encapsulates heat to ensure even cooking and is an attractive serving dish on the table Easy-clean ceramic cookwell Tempered glass lid to monitor cooking features stainless-steel rim for custom fit, and stay-cool handle Under-base cord wrap for convenient storage KitchenAid is acclaimed internationally for high performance appliances
 

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1. What are the actual temps for each setting?
2. Can the cooker be programed to start on high and then automatically re-set to a lower temp after a specified time?
3. What is the warranty?
4. How much does a replacement insert cost?
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