Save time in the kitchen with these speed cookers

Save time in the kitchen with these speed cookers

 

Cooking appliances are the engine of any kitchen. Wimpy burners, a wonky oven, and a microwave with a mind of its own can get in the way of efficient meal prep. Our latest tests of kitchen appliances found plenty of first-rate models with true timesaving enhancements. That includes high-powered cooktops that will bring water for pasta to a rapid boil and double ovens that let you simultaneously prepare two dishes at different temperatures.

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Save time in the kitchen

Save time in the kitchen

Five to 10 minutes might not sound like much, but when you’re racing to get dinner on the table, that can be the difference between a relaxing family meal and one gobbled down with hardly a “How was your day?” When we surveyed 3,435 Consumer Reports subscribers about their experiences cooking weeknight meals, almost half said they wished the task took less time. The average difference between actual time spent and what they desired: 8 minutes.

With that goal in mind, we set out to … (read more)

Last minute gifts that cost nothing but time

Last minute gifts that cost nothing but time

Days are numbered for procrastinators who haven’t yet started their holiday shopping. But you don’t have to venture into the mall if you don’t want to. Instead of buying a token gift, give your friend or neighbor something that costs you little and benefits them a lot—time. Buy a nice card and insert an IOU offering to walk their dog, do some yard work or home repairs, or drive them to an appointment. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven with double infrared heating saves time

The new Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven provides instant heat, making preheating a thing of the past. The double infrared heating works magically, with the Far infrared heating used to efficiently cook the outside of the food, while the Near infrared heating penetrates the food and cooks the inside. You get delicious, evenly cooked food in a fraction of the time, when compared to a typical countertop cooking oven.

Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven comes with Quartz & Ceramic double infrared heating, Auto Cook menu with 6 preset cooking modes including Toast, Waffle, Roll, Pizza, … (read more)

Wedding gifts from our tests that stand the test of time

Wedding gifts from our tests that stand the test of time

The start of the traditional wedding season is here and with it the questions: What to wear and what to buy the newlyweds? The average couple registers for 153 items, according to TheKnot.com, and kitchen gear and small appliances are popular requests. To help you sort through the choices, Consumer Reports picked some of the top-rated housewares from our tests ranging in price from $ 60 to $ 450.

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Toaster Brunch and Toast Time from Ariete

Couple of nice looking and inexpensive toasters from Ariete. The 600 watt Toaster Brunch offers a refined, elegant design and cool touch walls. With 6 browning settings and programmable timer, you can surely have a toast just the way you like it. Suitable for defrosting, heating and cooking, Toaster Brunch features automatic ejection of toasted bread slices for easy removal, re-heat function and removable crumb tray. Price is 30 €.

The 500 watt Toast Time has soft and elegant lines and can be used to thaw, heat and cook. Excellent for warning up … (read more)

A new top-rated electric cooktop just in time for the holidays

A new top-rated electric cooktop just in time for the holidays

The eating season is here and that means cooking, lots and lots of cooking. To prepare a big holiday meal it helps to have a cooktop that can quickly bring a big pot of water to a boil for potatoes or a burner that can maintain a constant low heat when you’re making a chocolate dessert. Enter the Maytag MEC7430WS, the new electric smoothtop that just took first place in our 30-inch cooktop tests.

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Freestanding fridge freezer from Caple

The freestanding fridge freezer, Caple CAFF40 features French doors in black or stainless steel with metal curved handles, an impressive ‘A+’ energy efficiency and 3-dimensional air circulation for even cooling throughout the Caple fridge freezer . Your food will be stored at a perfect, stable temperature wherever it is placed within. This freestanding CAFF40 French Door refrigerator also features automatic defrost, therefore this fridge freezer can be left to its own devices, meaning you can spend less time on the messy, time-consuming chore of defrosting your freezer – simply sit back and relax as all the hard work is done for you. The CAFF40 is equipped with all the latest technology. It has a low energy mode that reduces the energy consumption when you are on holiday or not intending to open the door frequently, and a child lock to stop the temperatures from being changed inadvertently. This Caple refrigerator also has SuperCool and SuperFreeze functions to get your shopping down to temperature super quick. The freestanding fridge freezer also features frost-free technology which chills food quickly and preserves all the nutrients. A full, air-cooled double refrigeration cycle means your food stays fresher for longer, too. Other characteristics and benefits include, – twist ice maker – electronic control with LED display – freezing capacity of 10kg in 24hrs – enhanced LED lighting – 4 spill-capture adjustable glass shelves – 2 vegetable crispers – 2 freezer drawers – 8 door storage racks – 422 litre fridge net capacity – 120 litre freezer net capacity Price for this 90cm wide refrigerator from Caple is £1,535. Previously, GE French Door refrigerators . … (read more)