ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Zwilling J : A must for every kitchen

You need to use a stone to get the knife sharp then you need to use your steel properly and use it every time you use your knife. The stone sharpens the knife. The steel keeps it sharp by aligning the molecular particles that get out of line in normal use. You shouldn’t have to re sharpen your knifes but 2 or 3 times a year with regular professional use and even less with home use.

This product effectively sharpens henckels knives after they begin to dull over time. I would definitely advise practicing with some junk knives until you are familiar with the sharpening motions. I won’t say the stone restores the original sharpness, but i have been very happy with the results. I imagine that with time and practice, one would be able to sharpen knives to near original sharpness. I prefer to use the stone to other knife sharpeners because it will not gouge the blade as long as the instructions are carefully followed. The only problem i have had with this stone has to do with shipping. I ordered one for myself and it arrived with a cracked and chipped case, which i fixed with super glue. I ordered a second stone as a gift and it also had a cracked and chipped case. I did not have any problems with broken or cracked stones on either order. The merchant should probably better prepare this product for shipment.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Stone Pro Sharpening Stone

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  • Double sided stone designed well suited for Zwilling J.A. Henckels knives
  • No pre-soaking required
  • Tray has rubber feet which allows for steady knife sharpening
  • 250/1000 grit for rough and medium fine sharpening
  • Great for use with TWIN Cermax M66

Worked so well i cut myself the first time using after sharpening.

This stone gets my cold forged, stainless steel knives razor sharp. I have had this stone combination for a couple years now and it works great. The plastic case with rubber stops holds the stone well on the counter top. The coarse grit side quickly get all the nicks out of the blade and reshapes the bevel. The fine side puts on a mirrored, razor edge. You have to know how to do the work but after a little practice you can feel when the angle is right. I am very satisfied with this product.

Made in japan and works really fast. I tried the sandpaper method and the knife keep cutting into the paper (then you have to put a new paper on). The 250/1000 combo works great, but to get the fine and sharper finish, you need to go up to at least 6000. The case grips on to the counter top well. The biggest thing is that these stones are wider and longer than expected at 3′ by 7′ (i was expecting norton size 2′ by 6′). Now the norton stone becomes my flattening stone – rub the 2 stones together in circular motion to flatten out the stone. Make sure that your flattening stone is flat (or new). After you rub, put the flattening stone on top of this stone, shine the light from the other side, and make sure no light gets through. If light gets through, repeats the circular motion until no light gets through.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Stone Pro Sharpening Stone : The case was broken in several pieces when i received it ,the case is part of the stone holder as you sharpen your knives, they need to to ship this item with more packing ,now i have to go through the the hassle of sending it back and wait for a new one.

I do the cooking at my home. I took a free knife sharpening class at sur la table, then bought this. You can buy something fancier, but this is all you need. Take that free class at sur la table first to make the most of this modest investment.

Tatung 6L stainless steel pressure cooker w/ stainless steel inner pot – by – better have two gasket

The stainless steel inner pot is fabulous, cleans easily and there is no non-stick residue/poisons lurking in the food. The instructions are barely adequate. The instructions are written by non-english speaking folks. But i did figure it out with ease and the food is absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this product.

I did not buy this through amazon because it was not available through them at the time. I decided on this model mostly because it had a stainless steel pot and is not non-stick. I have a stovetop pressure cooker as well, but this is far more convenient because it does everything automatically. Basically, you just push a few buttons to set the cook time and then walk away. I have used it to cook rice, stews, roasts, spaghetti sauce, and my own version of beer can chicken – all came out great. I considered a version made by cuisinart because of it’s browning feature, but did not want the non-stick surface. The only feature i wish this model had is the ability to pre-brown meat before beginning the pressure cooking. To accomplish this, i use a skillet and then dump everything into the pressure cooker. The directions were awful, but it is easy enough to figure out how to use. I have now had it for about three years and use it about twice a week and have never had a problem.

I just want to mention the picture is not true. The product is instant pot duo-60 but not the tatung which shows on the photo. However, since instant pot is also a good brand and have more function, i think that’s ok for me. Here are the specifications for the Tatung 6L stainless steel pressure cooker w/ stainless steel inner pot – by:

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  • 10 Preset Cooking Function
  • Cooking Timer, LED Display
  • 3 Texture Selection Safety Protection
  • Voltage 120V / 60Hz
  • Capacity 6 Liters, Consumption 1000 Watts

After having lots of troubles with another brand of electric pressure cooker i decided to get a new one. I found this one and whow–what a difference. I love the stainless steel bowl because non-stick is supposedly not as healthy to use. And the stainless steel on this pressure cooker really has a non-stick quality to it because it is so heavy and well-made. Most importantly i love the way this cooks. I am a whole-grain fanatic and love to cook grains in my pressure cooker–especially brown rice–because it takes only minutes. Always my old electric pressure cooker (cuisinart) had trouble sealing so it leaked, and food burned on the bottom. Basically nothing turned out very well. With this one my grains are perfect with less water.

I absolutely love this pressure cooker. It is quiet, keeps the kitchen cool and works good. I chose this brand because it has a stainless pot that the food cooks in. The instruction manual is in english and chinese. You can find wonderful recipes online and timetables for veggies. After the pressure built, it took 2 minutes for great cauliflower. Roasts cook in less than an hour, and i could go on and on recommending this product. It retains most of the precious vitamins and minerals. I can’t wait to try a cheesecake recipe i found online for the pressure cooker. I highly recommend this cooker for anyone with limited time and a desire for good, healthy food at home.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • High quality cooker w/ useful Pre-programmed buttons
  • since instant pot is also a good brand and have more function
  • love it

Just one thing: the gasket(rubber) easy got smell from the food and very hard to remove the smell. That make my rice soup with cinnamon and meat smell. If have two gasket that would be good. One for cooking meat, one for cooking ba bao zhou (rice bean soup). I emailed tatung company to buy more.

     bought 4 months ago, broken today. Called customer service, no one answered. Customer service called back, but no solution.

Great pressure cooker and very easy to use.

We bought this one for our 2 daughters in college. The reason we choose this one is this company has decades of experience making quality products. The quality is above others, including the one we use ourselves, a different brand. We were not aware tatung have this products at the time we bought ours. Our daughters love the cooker for its convenience and useful cooking selections. We will definitely got one for ourselves when time came to replace the existing one.

We love this pressure cooker. It takes no time to cook rice. We also use this to stew beef and other meat. We also like the stainless steel look and black top, it blends well with our other kitchen furnitures.

This is my first pressure cooker, combined with rice cooker. I chose this brand because this manufacture has good reputation for durable product. I wanted a pressure cooker because it’s fast and i do need to save time. Now i have used this pressure cooker for about a month now. Pros: it’s functioning well as a pressure cooker, in term of being faster than a rice cooker or stove top. It has several functions that allow you to choose what you want to cook, eg. , rice, brown rice, beans, meat, tendon, soup, stew, etc. You can pre-set when you want the cooker to start cooking. After it’s done, it will switch to ‘keep warm’ mode. This is convenient if you want to just throw food into it and leave for work in the morning.

The best pressure cooker i ever have. I am buying another one for my mother-in-law.

Because it is so handy for rice, soup and stew, i had to wash it at least twice a day. So that i can make rice first, then soup later. This is a little troublesome, so i went for this (a bigger size). The two models are exactly the same, just different size. I love this one to make soup and a lot of stew.

Cuisinart 8-Cup Food Processor, Item received in great condition and as scheduled

Lightweight, easy to clean food processor. Pulses very quickly, purees and chops with ease. Way better than the older, heavier model. Like it so much i bought another one as a gift for my son.

My only complaint is they did not ship it in another box to protect it. This was a gift, and i didn’t like that the box was covered in shipping labels and dented. Again, the product itself is an excellent buy.

The suction cups are a great idea, we have granite counters and it holds well and very quick, we make pico and salsa and its great.

Key specs for Cuisinart 8-Cup Food Processor:

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  • Hi/Low Pulse Control Dial
  • Metal Chopping/Mixing Blade
  • Thin, Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc
  • Thick, Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc
  • Covered Feed Tube and Pusher

Comments from buyers

“Cuisinart food processor
, Love the processor
, Love this product!

This is just the right size, at least for me. I like that the suction cups hold it firmly to the counter. It’s easy to take apart and clean. Nothing to complain about at all.

Got this last week on clearance from best buy for $27. Previously had an oster brand 11 cup food processor. This cuisinart is far far quieter and easier to use as well as clean than the oster was. I hadn’t had the oster very long before the blades began to break, and i can tell that these cuisinart blades are made much better. This cuisinart cuts great and the suction cups at the bottom really grip the counter so it doesn’t move. It only came with 2 disc blades and a blade that fits inside at the bottom of the container but it seems to be enough. I would have liked to have a storage place for the disc’s but i can live with not having one. Very happy with this purchase.I expect many years of use from this cuisinart.

Olor: stainless steel verified purchasethis is an amazing food processor. I still own an original 80s cuisinart pro but needed something for a vacation home. This is every bit as good as the original models from france and a lot lighter to lift and manage. It’s refurbished but it must have been ‘open box’ as there is not even a mark on it and all pieces wrapped as though new. Made nachos as soon i had unpacked and washed thoroughly. First grated cheddar, then chopped tomato, onion, cilantro and green pepper. All i can say is i’m impressed. I’m considered an expert cook and have quality tools so i’m not easily impressed. Do not hesitate to purchase.

My wife loves this new food processor. She has used it several times and has met her expectations every time.

Maybe it’s just me not using it correctly but when i put it to low and put in mushrooms it pulps them. I only have the standard 3 blades that came with it from macy’s (wedding registry gift) and it just devours anything making it a paste almost. I want ‘chopped’ not ‘pulped’.

I wanted a simple food processor that had a medium capacity and this eight cup cuisinart processor has lived up to that expectation. It is easy to use and does just as good a job as my more expensive, bigger processor but doesn’t take up as much counter space. The one oddness to note is that the top and bowel turn clock-wise which is backwards from my bigger processor – oh, well, another opportunity to grow some grey cells.

I have one for myself and purchased a second for my mother. The sleek, modern look goes well with my other appliances. And i don’t mind leaving it out (yes i’m one of those people that refuses to keep her toaster on the counter). As well, the suction base is awesome. But, to what really matters- the mechanics. I have never had any issue using this food processor- easily works with many types of foods. I highly recommend this product.

The cuisinart 8 cup food processor works beautifully. It has a powerful motor and looks nice too. I also have the braun 8 cup food processor. The advantage of this one (besides for being better priced) is that it doesn’t move. My braun machine needs to be held in place when grinding heavier items i. Potatoes otherwise it can ‘jump’ a good 6′ in any direction.

Item received in great condition and as scheduled. Also performs as advertised. It is the first food processor we have used, it will be a keeper.

Hamilton Beach 33245 Stay or Go Slow Cooker, Excellent product

My grandson in college received this from us and he loves it.

I received this right before christmas and have used it several times. Loved the feature that clips the lid down as i took a soup for our christmas eve party and i didn’t have to worry about it spilling a drop.

Slow cookers are a great way to have a hot meal ready for when you come home from work. I really like this model, which allows for transporting very easily with the clips for the lid, the only reason i gave this 4 instead of 5 stars is because it gets a little warmer than what i am used to in a slow cooker, other than that it works great.

Key specs for Hamilton Beach 33245 Stay or Go Slow Cooker, 4 quart, Black:

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  • Perfect Size for 4lb. Chicken or 2lb. Roast
  • Low, High and Keep Warm Heat Settings
  • Clip-Tight Sealed Lid
  • Full Grip Handles
  • Dishwasher Safe Stoneware and Lid

Comments from buyers

“Nice product
, I really like the Hamilton Beach slow cooker I purchased
, Great FIRST slow cooker, great price

Not fancy with all the bells and whistles, just a minimum crock pot that has high, low and warm temperatures and a ceramic insert that is very easy to clean. Everything i have made has been wonderful and beyond my expectations. Now i know what all the fuss is about. In addition to the ease of preparation, slow cooked food retains moisture, is more flavorful and tender and just tastes better.

Just the right size for small roasts or stews.

My wife wanted this to add to a much larger ‘slow-cooker’ of the same style. This one is much more convenient for just two people. So far, after 3 uses, we are pleased. She had me search for a ‘slow-cooker’ that met her requirements and so far, she has been pleased with this choice. Ya’ just can’t get better than that, look for what you want/need and find it. We would buy this again and do recommend that others at least give it a firm look-over.

Made some jambalaya in it for sunday’s playoff games. The food was better than the football, but i’m not a cowboys fan. ; ) it seems like it is worth every penny i paid for it. Got to figure out what to fix this weekend.

I have already used it and i am now addicted. My apartment is tiny so this cooker is just the right size for my kitchen.

Can’t go wrong with just a plain old simple crock pot. I wanted a nice smaller size that didn’t cost a fortune with all the bells & whistles. It was a blessing to get the hooks on the lid to travel with, i am the one always volunteered to bring my meatballs to all the parties so this is heaven to me for $20 and with my amazon prime to get the free 2 day shipping, you can’t go wrong.

After purchasing several hb products and using them over the past few years, my esteem for the company is high. Stay or go slow cooker are wonderful products. I find them durable, easy to clean, and great when you do want to go and arrive at your destination with your food still warm or hot. One thing i appreciate is the difference between low and high (low is low and high is high) on this 4-quart cooker. I had another less expensive 4-qt. Slow cooker in which both settings seemed to be the same. And additionally, appreciate the warm feature. It looks smart in my kitchen.

Small but works surprisingly well. We were a little scared that it couldn’t fit a whole chicken – but it did.

My son & his girl friend are enjoying their new ‘just because’ gift that happens to match their other black, partial kitchen decor items but color did not matter as much as how they love how it cooks well & easy to clean. They wanted a snap tight carry slow cooker that is great just at home & definitely a winner for on the go affairs yr round from amazon.

It’s just the right size for my husband and i and big enough to have some leftovers. Slow cooker earlier and it was much too big, so this 4 qt. It works just as it says and clean up is easy. I really like that the lid stays secure and will be great for transporting when needed. It was a great purchase and the price was right.

I really like this crock pot for small amounts of food. Perfect for three of us, small roasts, stews, etc. I think the rubber gasket helps hold the heat in and the top is vented to allow steam to escape. I wish it had a timer, but have not found one this size that has one. I highly recommend this one. Oval shape allows more versatility than a round one would.

Thanks for answering wattage/solar questions.

Works really well, has a large capacity, and is easy to clean.

Basic just 4 settings off, keep warm, low and hi. This cooker does not have a timer but i made soup with some noodles when i wasn’t feeling well and i put it on keep warm and went to bed. The next afternoon the soup was piping hot and the noodles were not over done.This cooker was very easy to clean yet lightweight enough for me to put it away for next use.

For the money, it’s a nice small slow cooker.

I have the bigger version of this pot. Love the smaller size for just myself.

Great product and shipping was so fast.

Planning to purchase this one. From all my research, looks like this one might fine. also you can buy a lead test swab on amazon. Which i plan to do and test myself. ]wish companies by law can be honest and straight forward. All products need to be bpa & lead free. ]

This was a gift for my daughter, she is very pleased with it.

. Granny loved it,the size is perfect. Easy to handle and not too much left overs.

Very nice and reasonably-sized (as opposed to the really gargantuan slow cookers on the market that tend to burn smaller portions) slow cooker. Lacks some of the bells and whistles of more expensive models, like more sophisticated timers, but this is nearly made up for by the locking transport lid and convenient size. This is the go-to slow cooker over the larger crock pot (which we also own and use for bigger meals).

BLACK+DECKER TO1660B 6-Slice Convection Countertop Toaster Oven – Happy With Our Workhorse!

I don’t expect too much from a toaster oven, especially at this price point, and this unit mostly does (did) what i want. However, i’ve experienced a reliability issue, that would have caused me to skip this model if i’d known it in advance. I’ve had my unit for less than 6 months, but the ‘toast’ timer just broke (it instantly times down to zero). After an exhaustive search, there is absolutely no way to buy parts, and there are no repair facilities. You have to cut off the unit’s plug and send it, plus $7. 50, to the warranty center in ohio. This means no toaster oven for 3-weeks minimum. ) i’ll update this review when i get my replacement unit and have had it for several months. Pros:- not too expensive- roomy: it easily holds 4 slices plus has a little room to keep a small container of meat, bacon, etc, warm.

This toaster gives me options to control every aspect of what it does in a very user-friendly manner. This is probably the most used appliance in our whole kitchen. We love it would highly recommend it.

We just purchased from amazon after the top element on our old one (same model, purchased elsewhere) stopped working after four years of daily use. I shopped around for a newer / more compact model because i don’t have a lot of counter space, but couldn’t find anything else even in black and decker’s newer models that had all the features in a similar price range. One of the best features that sets this apart from other models is the toaster dial offers almost a 180-degree arc of selection, so it’s a lot easier for arthritic hands to hit the ‘sweet spot’ of perfect toast. We use for toasting, baking, reheating, and occasionally broiling. The convection feature does save some time in baking and reheating. We like the heating element shields on this and other black and decker models because we bake or reheat pizza and other gooey drippy items often. Just make sure you clean the gunk off the shields occasionally, after the oven cools. The only negative we’ve noticed in 4 years (aside from wishing our old one had lasted even longer) is that sometimes — but not always — toast comes out a bit darker on top than the bottom. Note to amazon: your product specifications for this model indicate it is 19. Here are the specifications for the BLACK+DECKER TO1660B 6-Slice Convection Countertop Toaster Oven:

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  • Convection Heating – The powerful convection fan circulates warm air throughout the oven for fast, even baking.
  • Four Functions – The stainless steel/black toaster oven’s cooking functions include: baking, broiling, toasting, and keeping food warm.
  • 60-minute Timer – The 60-minute precision timer features stay-on functionality for longer baking tasks.
  • 9” Pizza, 6 Slices of Bread – The compact toaster oven fits nicely on the countertop, while the curved interior makes room for 9” pizzas and 6 slices of bread.
  • Removable Crumb Tray – Keeps counters clean and makes it easy to remove crumbs before they burn in the bottom of the toaster oven.

I bought this oven from target on may, 2013 at the same price amazon offering. But after just 2-3 times per week usage, we are getting issues with this oven. Temperature knob becomes so hard to move that sometimes my wife couldn’t even move after putting her full force. Looks like soon it will break. This is purely a quality issue. I bought this oven based on overall good reputation of black & decker but this oven does not meet our expectations. This oven comes with two year limited warranty so i will definitely contact the manufacturer. Update 01/02/2014: in response to my comments, black & decker contacted me and they shipped a brad new oven which i received on dec. Excellent customer service and trust on customers.

I have two of these toaster ovens. One at my permanent residence and another at my remote work location. They look great and are pretty big with a good capacity. I bought the first one for my work location and ‘thought’ it was great. I still have it and use it regularly. My observation was that it seemed to ‘run hot’. We then decided we wanted to buy one for our home. We ordered it through amazon and recieved it as promised. We ran the temp up to 350 as instructed for 45 minutes as a breakin period.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Happy With Our Workhorse!
  • A Black and Decker success
  • Four Stars

It’s a great oven the broiler works really well.

Purchased as a replacement due to the original not surviving being moved. Works great with my old eyes, i. Analog controls allow for easy adjustment of ‘a little more’ or ‘a little less’ when cooking.

Bought it to have at the office and it works perfectly.

Works well but the fan makes a big noise.

So far i have used the convection oven to toast bagels, bread, and waffles. The light/dark adjustments were exactly right. I’ve also used the oven to bake frozen meals and a casserole. Again, it did a great job–heating evenly and thoroughly. Tops were nicely browned too. One thing i don’t like is that it makes a racket while it’s baking. It makes a buzzing or clicking sound that is a bit annoying. Another thing that i would like changed is for the rack to pull out with the oven door. My previous toaster oven did this, and it made it super convenient to remove the item or baking sheet.