Instant Pot pressure cooker. It's been a lot of fun to use and I'm trying to expand my recipes that use it since I've had it.
Instant Pot Amazon
Curvature is caused by the cardstock absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. The paper expands slightly, while the metallic front is unchanged. So the foil is effectively pulled taut across the paper, which bends it.
The fix is to remove the moisture from the cardstock. A food dehydrator is the cheapest and most convenient solution I've found. You can get them cheaply online. Here's the model I use:
Keep in mind that this also heats the cards, so the metal will expand, causing it to bend back the other way. But once the foil cools down, it will go back. However, if you left it in long enough, the cardstock will actually dry out, and when the card cools off, it will be straight.
It's not an exact science. I usually have to put my cards in a couple times. But it does last once you get it right, as long as you make sure to store them in a dry place afterwards.
I heavily recommend against any attempts at "flattening" with heavy objects or such. Those methods aren't really addressing the real issue, and you're actually damaging your cards.
Coffee nerd checking in. I used to bring 16oz of french pressed coffee in a thermos to each shift. Got tired of the mud in my drink and the 10-15min of brew/cleanup time each morning. I'd tried cold brew in the past, it's super clean in the cup, huge decrease (>50%) in acid, and is concentrated, so I get more cups to drink per container. In concentrate, it'll last up to two weeks in the fridge. Plus it can be brewed in advance.
I usually start the process two days before work, letting it brew in the fridge for 24hrs, then filter it twice the day before work. I bought this cold brewer on amazon.
It tastes great even in concentrate, or add some milk. Personally, I boil 2-4oz of water in the microwave, let it rest 10 sec to drop temp, add coffee concentrate and drink it black.
I have at least 5 different coffee making devices and have yet to make a cup of black coffee that is as sweet or as flavorful as what I can make with cold brew.
I worked in a lot of high end scratch restaurants. I had a Hattori HD 9.4" gyuto that I used as a daily prep knife. I always kept it sharpened on my natural whetstones. I walk back into the kitchen one day and a server had grabbed it to cut lemons. He was "sharpening" it with a tabletop sharpener. I lost my shit on that guy.
A few weeks later I walked back into the kitchen and the same guy had taken the Sous chef's 8" MAC gyuto and was stabbing at a container of frozen strawberries. That was enough. I let loose on the guy and told him to get the fuck out of my kitchen. I talked to the GM and he was never allowed past the kitchen doors again. He literally had to ask the dishwashers to grab stuff for him.
Electric kettle. It will heat the tea to the exact temperature.
Not only does it help control flavor, but for green tea I can start drinking immediately after steep. Whereas with boiling the water you usually need to let it sit longer than steep time.
I just bought this one for myself today on Amazon. Seems like a killer deal $78.50 normally $235.
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior, Latest 3rd Generation Technology https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_a4nwwbWE4BTXC
Now I just need to learn how to use it
In all honesty, if I was faced with a decision about what brand of instant coffee to buy, I'd drink tea.
That being said Tom Petty liked Maxwell House. Not instant, I know, but it's something.
I know you said you aren't looking to buy any coffee makers, but Aeropress is only $30 and I've used mine for going on 5 years now.
Definitely NTA. And if you are looking for another place to live to make it more bearable in the meantime for the last months you live there it might be worth it to get an induction cooktop like this
Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Gold https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045QEPYM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_XGBUCb8NZ4ATH.
So if your landlord complains about you using HER stove, you can just say that you bought your own and she can just screw off.
No such thing as a 'healthy slow cooker', because you don't eat the slow cooker itself.
That being said, it's all about the Instant Pot. These things are awesome.
The Bonavita variable temp kettle is on sale at Amazon right now for only $43. It's definitely "fancy", it's normally around $70-80 but it is under your budget. This would work great for you.
I know you specifically asked about automatic drip, but have they considered a nice electric kettle and a french press?
I've had more than a couple people realize their love for coffee after trying a different brewing method.
What the fuck are you smoking?
One of the more popular kettles in the tea community is this and it is great https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YR0F40/ there are a few higher end ones that heat up even faster as well.
The variable temp is important for tea ofc but lmfao @ you thinking that I'm using a stove or that it would be unsafe. This thing will hold the temp for 2 hours before it gives up and turns off.
They're great. More of an "entry-level" item for moving into good coffee. Like only $25, brews in about a minute, and makes one cup. I mainly use a French press, but I still use my old aeropress a few times a month.
I bought a $5 metal filter so i didn't have to keep buying the paper ones. Also, Google the "inverted method" for using an aeropress. The book doesn't tell you, but it's really the superior way to use the product.
This one for me, the variable temp control is a really nice feature. seems like it's on sale, looks like a darn good price to me.
Edit. Sale price is gone. That was quick
A pressure cooker makes eating a diet heavy in beans and grains much easier. I'm going to shill without compensation for the Instant Pot IP-DUO which is a popular countertop multi-function cooker (pressure cooking, slow cooking, hot plate saute mode, yogurt making) you see recommended on a lot of food blogs for good reason. It's convenient because you just punch in the cooking time and let it do its pressure thing without monitoring a burner. You can cook most any dried bean variety in an hour (tastes better than canned and cheaper), long-cooking grains like barley and wild rice take about half the usual amount of time, and whole white and sweet potatoes steam up in 10 minutes. I use mine all the time to cook rice, dried beans, and one-pot dinners. Think chickpea curry, fast rice pilafs and lentils, wheat berries, risotto without all the stirring, and homemade hummus. It has been going on sale on Amazon pretty often: yesterday was down to $72 and has been as low as $69, is $99 right now (honestly still worth it even at that price but keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for the best deal).
edit: $79 today (12/20): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLYWNYQ
just get an Aeropress, Hario mini mill, and a Bonavita 1L variable temp gooseneck kettle (which is on sale)
You'll be set for a long time to come.
From there, try different coffees at a wide range of prices and go with the one that is the best balance between satisfaction and cost. Especially with that liquid sugar milk stuff, you might find some cheaper beans that perform just as well as anything else.. and if you're happy with that, that is the goal :)
Get yourself an Instant Pot off Amazon.
It can be used to sauté/brown meat, scramble eggs, cook bacon, etc.
With a little effort you can make probably 90% of the foods you’d use a stove / oven for.
On field day if anyone asks what it is, tell them it’s a fancy rice cooker (it can do that as well).
Or, just hide it in the trunk of your car and bring it in after inspection.
Oh, and if you like hard boiled eggs, get one of these egg cookers.
It sounds crazy, but you put six eggs in it, measure out a small amount of water, and it’ll soft, medium, or hard boil the eggs based just on the amount of water you put inside.
Or if you don't want to buy an entire stove, you can just buy a cook top.
I use the Takeya cold brew pitcher! You can find it on Amazon. I use it every week, and it has saved me so much money! I also just think it is so dang convenient. I absolutely adore it.
I just went ahead and linked the one I use :)
I agree with the Roasterie. They also sell the 'AeroPress' which makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had. It's less about the roast than technique I think. They sell it fro the same price as amazon so there's that. https://www.amazon.com/Aeropress-Coffee-and-Espresso-Maker/dp/B0047BIWSK
I'm in the same boat but I pulled the trigger because this also replaces my NuWave oven(wife's purchase long before we got together) that I ONLY ever use to incubate my own yogurt. This will save me quite the hassle of ever having to lug that thing up and down from the basement every two weeks. This and I have seriosuly limited cabinet space. This will help me out tremendously.
Also, if you live in an area that qualifies for PrimeNow through Amazon, order it through them(not the same site as amazon), get it delivered TODAY, and save another $15 if you use the code 15OFFNOW. Plus get another $5 credit for future use. Got mine for $66 including tax and delivery.
AeroPress coffee maker! Got it with one of the reusable metal filters like these ones. Have the older one serving me for 6 years now.
All the maintenance I had to do is change the rubber once - my girlfriend pointed out the shaft was getting floppy.
Bose QC35 Noise Cancelling Headphones - well worth the price
Amazon Prime membership
The Instant Pot is a very popular combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, and more. A top seller on Amazon.
However, what she'd probably like more is some pampering -- a babysitter, a spa day, a massage, something like that. Or for you to do all her chores for one weekend. Or (if it's her thing) some jewelry.
I love love love my instapot. My favorite go-to Indian recipe is butter chicken. So easy, and the chicken always ends up tender.
I bought mine as a replacent for the rice cooker, and I now barely use the stove anymore. I didn't think it was going to be that way, but something about how easy it is to cook, to clean, and just to get things done in 40 minutes worth of cooking.
Edit: In fact, I just saw this deal on an Instapot from Amazon at r/instapot: https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Multi-Use-Programmable-Pressure/dp/B00FLYWNYQ
Might be late to the party, but....
INSTA POT ON AMAZON PRIME DAY - $58.99
Just picked mine up, heard they are life changing for prep and bulk cooking. I know it's a bit early for Foodie Friday, but anyone got some good recipes or suggestions for meals to try it out with?
I bought a $20 pitcher on Amazon and make cold brew at home. Prep it the night before, put it in the fridge, and you’re good to go in the morning. Linked to Amazon below.
Takeya 10310 Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker with Airtight Lid & Silicone Handle, 1 Quart, Black - Made in USA BPA-Free Dishwasher-Safe https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFLY64U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ck4jDbMT49F9Z
Bonavita is the best you're going to get. It's a little slower at 1000W with no fast boil option, but honestly by the time I've dosed, grinded, and set up to brew, the kettle is usually ready.
If you're willing to stretch a little above $50, Amazon has a very good electric kettle on sale at $54 (down from $99): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YR0F40/
I've been using it for over a year and its still going strong.
Get a Takeya pitcher on Amazon. $15-20, reusable, dishwasher safe, and a batch made in this pitcher will easily give you 5-7+ cups of cold brew.
Whoa!!! Mind blown!! Great tip. Just went to Amazon and its one of the Prime deals, at $70 + $5 off for no rush delivery. Even check it on PriceZombie per another persons suggestion. Thank you!!! Instant Pot
If I were you I would spend it on a nice kettle like this or some teaware, or just save it for something else
You're not going to find great quality tea on Amazon
If you want a quality tea sampler I would highly recommend What-Cha's Intro to Tea Collection
it's actually at one of the lowest prices it's ever been right now on amazon. i have one and really recommend it. https://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-BV382510V-Electric-Gooseneck-Temperature/dp/B005YR0F40
In my instant pot. God I love that thing.
I think they're worth it because you can pressure cook AND slow cook AND saute and rice AND all this other stuff.
And I think I saw it on sale for $90 on amazon though on Prime day they had it for like $70! So maybe wait to see what they do for BF/CM !! :D
eta: I used to own a separate rice cooker and a separate slow cooker....and both have been given away now because the instant pot does it all which is fantastic for me because we're limited on counter space.
eta2: here's mine! put an alert on it and check it later come bf/cm. I'm sure it'll drop!
I never use my slow cooker/s now that I have an Instant Pot. All the same foods and dishes can be cooked in the IP as a slow cooker but much-much faster (and even from frozen--really handy and time-saving), and they usually turn out even better because the flavors from the ingredients are being forced into each other and more deeply than when slow cooking.
The IP will also do more things than a slow cooker (which is a one-function appliance).
It can also function as a rice cooker, boil eggs (with shells that easily slip off), make yogurt (if a 7-in-1 model), make cheesecake and dulce de leche and even breads and lasagna, as well as make cook, soups, chicken stock, individual veggies including whole potatoes/squashes, etc, much more quickly. And if sauteing is needed, it can be done right in the pot on its Saute mode (and a lot more I can't even think of at the moment).
I also like it because it seals completely so I'm not smelling the food cooking all day, it's easier and lighter-weight to clean, easy to operate and can be left completely alone after the initial steps, will automatically switch to a Keep Warm mode if no one is home or does anything to the unit to change that, it's well built so lasts, has a stainless steel pot (rather than a non-stick coated one), etc, etc.
If she wants to check out the breadth of things she can make and do with an IP (and also ask questions if she wants), you should have her join the largest Instant Pot group, called "Instant Pot Community," at Facebook (she can just read the group if not a Facebook member) and also read some of the 15,000 glowing reviews at amazon:
First, the Instant Pot brand of electric pressure cookers (multi-cookers) are excellent for keto, or for any other ways of eating and for lots of foods. And they have loads of advantages.
Note however that this is the largest Instant Pot model, the 8 qt. Most of the IP models are 6 qt, with one older model of LUX being 5 qt.
One of the 6 qt models went on sale very briefly yesterday, and one or more of them could still go on sale at some point today but who knows? (The last few big Amazon sales saw the best-selling DUO60 6 qt --see below-- on significant sale for the whole period.)
The 8 qts are very good for certain types of situations:
...large family size or cooking for lots of people at the same time (e.g., more than 4 people, and might be good for 4 if one or more of those people were teen males)
...those who like to "prep" and otherwise make large amounts then freeze for later
...those who like to have loads of leftovers from virtually anything they cook
...those who make large quantities of stock and do that frequently
...those who have plenty of countertop space (and perhaps won't be keeping the unit under cabinets), or who have large/tall areas in cabinets, etc, to store them
...those who don't have a problem with the larger/heavier inner pot re cleaning and carrying when food inside (will be more difficult to rinse/wash in a sink, even with a reasonably tall spout)
P.S. For those who don't know, the sale is only for those who have Amazon's Prime. But it's fine to just sign up for their free trial of Prime, buy during the sale and maybe later too, then cancel the free trial before it's due to end.
This is so far the most-sold model, and still really excellent:
Today the Instant Pot is on sale on Amazon for $69 (https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Multi-Use-Programmable-Pressure/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=gbps_img_s-3_3c7e_dc119a5a?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=229d61c8-3716-4a01-bfa8-38a7a0bd3c7e&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=...). Might be a bit more than a traditional crockpot, but it can act as a slow cooker, as well as, a steamer, presssure cooker and many other functions.
$80 right now; i bought a different version for $60 last year on a lightning deal on amazon (mine dosn't have a low pressure setting , which is pretty much only good for making yogurt.
You can get the temp controlled one for $55 from Amazon Warehouse Deals. I bought mine that way and it works great! They say “used” but they are basically just open box products. I buy a bunch of stuff that way and have never had a problem. But if you don’t like it you can always return it.
On the cold brew note, I picked up a Tayeka Cold Brew Maker (linked to Amazon, but I bought it at Natural Grocers). it's nothing you couldn't do with a nut milk bag or french press or whatever, but it sure beats adding the grounds directly to water and then trying to filter them out. Also, Trader Joe's has/had a bag of cold brew coffee bags, like big teabags. I had to steep for 24 hours instead of the much shorter time they list, but it tastes pretty good for pre-ground coffee. I use one bag to a quart mason jar.
Anyone starting out on gongfu should use one of these. It is all of the brewing supplies in one. They come in glass and can also be found on Amazon, but I find that this metal one is fit for travel.
Get a variable temperature kettle. Many recommend a Bonavita.
As for tea...
Oolong is a broad category and you should not get started on Pu-erh yet. Choose a tea type and sample its sub-types.
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I use the Bonavita Electric Kettle.
It's a steal. I originally got it to use for pourover coffee, but the temperature adjustment ended up being amazing once I got into tea, too.
As for temperature, it's different for every tea. But the "industry standards" seem generally correct. One deviation I can say for Taiwanese Oolongs, I always hit those with boiling water.
The King 1000/6000 stone is all you need to get started. The 1000 is coarse enough that you can fix chips in a reasonable amount of time, and the 6000 is fine enough to get a shaving-sharp edge. You don't need a stone holder, a damp kitchen towel will do. You don't even need a nagura. Look up Murray Carter on YouTube—he's a really cool knife maker who uses 1000 and 6000 King stones on his crazy-expensive hand-forged knives. He's got a nice way of rigging up a sharpening station over your sink with a 2x4, although I just use a cutting board that happens to fit nicely in my sink. Carter's videos are more geared toward traditional Japanese knives, so I wouldn't use his exact technique, but his equipment setup is inexpensive and easy to use. Anyway, learn how to use the 1000/6000 to get a shaving-sharp edge (Carter calls it "scary sharp") and you can move on from there to more exotic gear.
All that said, I don't know if whetstones are the best choice for most people. If you really want to get into it for fun, by all means, go nuts. It's a nice relaxing ritual and you can get incredible results if you're willing to put in the time to practice. But if you're only interested in having a reasonably-sharp knife, then there are better options that can get you there with less fuss. A decent two-stage pull-through sharpener (i.e., one with two slots) will get you a knife that can slice paper and cut onions just fine. It won't shave your arm or slice ribbons of newspaper, but it's totally usable. I have a Wusthof one that cost about $30 but it seems Amazon has some higher-rated choices for the same money. They even have a single-stage sharpener that people rave about for $10.
It is quite simple, really.
The most important part is that you always are very careful. You need to wear nitril gloves (latex does not keep you safe!) and if you are doing for the first time, maybe even eye and breath protection. If you get some of the powder in your eyes or in your breathing ways, you are in for a world of hurt.
I just could not cook rice to save my life, I ended up purchasing a rice cooker off of Amazon. I highly recommend the Aroma Rice Cooker. I have been using it at least 2x a week for the past 3 years. Best $30 I've ever spent.
I just use this from Amazon.
Full the filter, submerge and let it sit in the fridge for about a day. To drink I usually do 1/3 to 1/2 brew, add ice and water & enjoy!
Not silly, no worries! Basically you can make cold brew by just adding coffee grounds to water, leaving it in the fridge for 12-24 hours and then straining the grounds out. That seems like a lot of work to someone like me who is quite lazy lol so I bought a cold brew pitcher/system from Amazon last year that includes a filter and, as long as I remember to make it ahead of time/the night before, it's super easy and convenient!
Here's a link to the pitcher I have but I'm sure if you search on Amazon for cold brew coffee maker or pitcher you'll find a lot of options: Takeya 10310 Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker with Airtight Lid & Silicone Handle, 1 Quart, Black - Made in USA BPA-Free Dishwasher-Safe https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFLY64U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_USrcDbMAT1621
I can tell you what not to buy!
cuisinart CPK-17 kettle The buttons are unnecessarily complicated. You have to push the temperature then push the start button. I can’t tell you how many times I think i put on the kettle to boil, and find cold water and a blinking set of lights.
My name is Emily and I'm 26 and just moved across the US alone last month! I love being outside in the sun, swimming, and shopping!!
My recommendation is an instant pot!! Mine has made my life so much easier in terms of meal prep and cooking!! I love mine so much I bought one for my parents and my best friend lol if you need recipes let me know!!
I've never really enjoyed the taste of coffee but yesterday my girlfriend and I split a cold brew coffee flight at a Starbucks Reserve Roastery. They were all really good and the whiskey barrel aged one was the best thing I've ever tasted. All of them were very smooth with no bitterness. I'd actually enjoy coffee if I could recreate it.
Is there a best method for making cold brew? We've tried making small batches in a reusable jar and filtering and it wasn't the best. Then we bought Takeya old Brew Coffee Maker which we use regularly now and I still think it's gross.
Is there a way to recreate the whiskey barrel aged flavor that isn't so expensive? It was $40/8oz beans so we didn't buy any.
Just pick yourself up a Dehydrator at Walmart or Amazon. Worth it IMO
I bought this one off Amazon a few weeks ago and at the time, it was the cheapest one I could find with reviews. It's also from Presto and has been working really well to get my first flush cracker dry. Keep in mind there's no temp setting (just on/off) and it operates around 165F (which, after combing this subreddit and Shroomery for a loooong time, seems fine)!
In terms of stupid simple ways to cook that require very little effort, I highly recommend you check out the Instant Pot. Do some reading about them, and check out some YouTube videos and you'll be sold. I'm betting they will be really cheap on Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon this year. For Prime Day the IP-DUO60 was $70 (normally $119) and they ended up selling like 200,000+ of them. Don't cheap out and buy the IP-LUX60. It doesn't have low pressure setting. That is really handy for steaming vegetables so they don't turn out soggy and mushy.
You can try other pressure cookers that are cheaper, and I'm sure they will work just fine. However, I suggest you pay the extra money and buy the Instant Pot because there is a HUGE community behind it and a ton of instructions online in terms of how to do things with the Instant Pot. The instructions may not exactly translate over to other pressure cookers.
An example of a meal I make frequently: Throw 2 pounds of FROZEN chicken breast in the pot. Pour 2 cups of salsa on top of it. Close the lid. Press the "manual" button, and set the cook time to 22 minutes. After the cooking is finished release the pressure and take off the lid. Use a stiff spatula or a pair of forks to shred the chicken apart inside the pot. Switch the Instant Pot to "saute" mode and boil off the excess water that came out of the chicken during cooking. Add more salsa and spices if desired and then portion it out. 2 pounds makes 8 meals worth of chicken for me. You can trade the salsa out for pretty much whatever sauce you want to use. It can be broth, bbq sauce, water, etc...
The best part about it is that 45 minutes with the Instant Pot yields the same results as 4-8 hours in a slow cooker. Oh...and the Instant Pot can be used as a slow cooker too...and as a rice maker.
$30 on amazon right now.
I love the simplicity and versatility of the AeroPress, allows me to make coffee at work quickly. (Hospital employee)
Induction countertop stoves are really cheap anymore, you might do that instead if you've got a pot that will work with it. This is the first one to come up on Amazon, and its only 50 bucks https://www.amazon.com/Duxtop-8100MC-Portable-Induction-Countertop/dp/B0045QEPYM/
Café de Altura is my go to. Probably not going to find it in every grocery store, but I have good luck at the pulperías near me. The grind is too fine for a French press, so I grind it myself. I use an automatic grinder, that I bought from Amazon.
Hmm, maybe you got lucky or I got unlucky. I used it 2-3 times a day and they both developed the rust and it also started taking significantly longer to boil. The rust problem seems to be mentioned in a lot of the reviews on Amazon too... https://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-BV382510V-Variable-Temperature-Gooseneck/dp/B005YR0F40/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1540718362&sr=8-3&keywords=bonavita+kettle
When I travel for work I bring an induction hot pad to cook with. Could that be an option? About $50 on Amazon
The "best" way is a dehydrator. The investment is worth it if you intend on storing long term and/or drying many fruits. Reputable growers on shroomery have time and time again debunked the idea that heat considerably reduces potency and asserted that the potency loss from the oxidation of the shrooms while people use alternative methods that are more time-consuming is considerable.
To be honest, when I started I bought the lowest cost Presto Dehydro with 4 extra trays and still use it to this day (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H2OELY). It doesn’t have an adjustable temperature, heck it doesn’t even have an off switch. But based on my temp tags it holds a steady 140.
It’s still a workhorse and does the simple task of dehydrating food well. I’m sure I’ll eventually need to upgrade but so far I think I’ve spent $50 extra bucks to make it do everything I need.
You can get cold brew makers on amazon. I have the Takaya (?) one and I like it a lot. The instructions come with the container. I believe it’s 8 tablespoons per full container.
I’d recommend against doing it with blonde espresso. I’d think it would be a lot more acidic as a cold brew. Of what we have right now I’d recommend the Guatemala Antigua! If you don’t like it there’s always a mark out next week. :)
Edit: This is the one I have!
Amazon Japan has the gooseneck version of the Bonavita available via Prime.
I brought over the non-gooseneck version of the Bonavita and have used it for a few years. I like the degree-specific setting and hold mode for up to an hour. Built in timer as well.
Absolutely! I have a Bonavita electric kettle.
Bonavita 1.0L Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, 1.0 Liters, Metallic
I use the Bonavita gooseneck electric kettle and have been quite happy with it. It is usually just me making a coffee in the morning so the 1L option worked fine. If there were more than 2 people, I’d go for the larger version.
Also a very quiet kettle compared to others we own.
Bonavita 1.0L Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, 1.0 Liters, Metallic https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YR0F40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_EETQXGJ7895C4H5KJ23D?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Is this the pitcher you use? Currently, I brew in a pot on the counter and then filter through a nut milk bag into a large mason jar. It works but I'm looking for a simpler process!
I have had my Bonavita kettle for 3 years and have had no issues with it.
Bonavita 1.0L Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, 1.0 Liters, Metallic https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YR0F40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_S1HK0PXP9QQMMFRFFTNN
Heats water fast and hold the temp.
Buy him this rice cooker here https://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Housewares-ARC-914SBD-Cool-Touch-Stainless/dp/B007WQ9YNO
$30 easy to program, delayed timer, inner steamer rack for vegetables, can be even be used as a slow cooker or to make cakes. Very versatile, easy to clean, automatic warm feature. Can’t reccomend it enough, toss some shrimp and veggies in the steamer rack . You can make soup in it. I have also diced raw chicken and steamed it.
If you do buy a separate slow cooker, please get one that’s digital and and can be programmed to switch to warm after “cooking is done “ .
Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator, St... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H2OELY/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_glt_fabc_FFGKG73GQ7G3C48C75KX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Wife got me it for Father’s Day one year to stop me from doing it in the house, looks like they went up to $40 but still worth it. I just cut my hot peppers in half, save the seeds, stack them up in here, let it go over night in the carport. Then I fold a piece of wax paper or ziplock and crush them into hot sprinkle. Can never go back to crushed red pepper though.
I have a had this kettle, https://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-BV382510V-Variable-Temperature-Gooseneck/dp/B005YR0F40/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=bonavita+kettle&qid=1625087548&sr=8-3, for 7ish years and it’s great! Being able to set the temp is awesome for tea! Especially if you like white and green tea! I use it for everything, like love it for heating water to 110 for yeast.
I know you don’t want to invest a lot of money into unnecessary items but if you were to splurge $30 on a decent rice cooker https://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Housewares-ARC-914SBD-Cool-Touch-Stainless/dp/B007WQ9YNO/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Rice+cooker&qid=1624816385&sr=8-3 it does a whole lot more than rice, it’s got an insert tray for steaming vegetables, shrimp. I have even done diced up raw meats like chicken, pork, and beef on the tray. You can use the whole thing as a slow cooker with meats, veggies, etc just like you would a crock pot. You can even bake a cake in it (I didn’t try this but the recipie was included in the book). My favorite go to easy treat was a can of potatoe soup, handful of chopped ham, use milk instead of water, once it’s boiling it is ready. I can’t reccomend this enough. Another favorite is rice, and adding some shredded rotisserie chicken and a portion of frozen peas and carrots,
i use this one as i already had it before i got in to printing: https://www.amazon.com/Presto-06300-Dehydro-Electric-Dehydrator/dp/B008H2OELY/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=dehydrator&qid=1623115919&sr=8-5
i cut the center out of all the rings. i put an empty spool in the bottom and set the spool i'm drying on top of it. it doesn't get too hot and dries everything perfectly.
Congrats on graduating! You didn't mention a grinder, do you have one yet? That's going to make a much bigger difference than a gooseneck. If you already have a decent burr grinder, I've had the bonavita variable temp gooseneck for a couple of years and have no complaints.
I feel for you, honestly it's one of my big fears in life (not kidding)
How about one of those portable induction burners (they're not that expensive and you can use the electric for "secondary" things ?
No such thing as a knife that never has to be sharpened. If you're not a knife cultist, just buy one of those cheap sharpeners on Amazon or at Walmart and hit it a lick every few days.
Cuisinart perfect temp. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLNQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_gs29Fb8XAYCE2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Had mine for 5 years. Fast, nice preset temps, and nothing but reliable.
For pour overs though bonavita makes a nice gooseneck kettle. there is also the Fellow Stagg EKG
get something like this : https://www.amazon.ca/Takeya-Coffee-Maker-1-Quart-Black/dp/B00FFLY64U/-6
it's usually enough for the week. And you don't have to care about measurements, since it's already pre-measured.
It’s not an espresso machine and it doesn’t make espresso. It makes a good concentrated coffee. You’ll want a good grinder for it. I used the aero press for several years before I could afford an espresso machine.
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker - Quickly Makes Delicious Coffee Without Bitterness - 1 to 3 Cups Per Pressing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0047BIWSK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_LuI3FbWK3SD58
I can’t afford the expensive Japanese ones, so I just got a basic one off Amazon. Does the job fine and makes plenty enough for me and my wife. First one lasted almost 9 years before it started to do weird stuff—I also dropped it a couple times. Got the exact same one to replace it.
Aroma Housewares 2-8-Cups (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Grain Cooker:
Without question, stones are the best, but for day to day and general needs, one of these is a much better option.
The Bonavita Variable Temp Kettle is pretty popular and not too expensive. But doesn’t give full control of temperature, just presets.
Are you using an Aeropress to make your coffee? It makes even average coffee taste wonderful. Here's a link to buying one on Amazon and another link to how to use it.
I agree with others that buying whole beans is the way to go. Store the beans in the fridge (slows oxidization) and use a french press or aero press. I personally only use the aero press now -- it's a total game changer and zero bitterness unlike the french press.
you can get it just about anywhere - walmart, target, amazon.
I like the aroma one on amazon.
If you had posted yesterday, you could have gotten the very lowest price for the best-selling version of electric pressure cooker, at amazon!...$68. That's the Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1, but the LUX models of Instant Pot are almost as good. They may go on sale around Christmas again, but the best prices so far have been Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday (and this year also Cyber Monday).
The price listed in your link is $1,699 !!! Is that right??
Btw, here's the IP DUO60 I was referring to, though the price has gone back up now:
As for "analogic" pressure cookers, I guess that means "stovetop" pressure cookers from what was written below.
Stovetop pc's are great but have disadvantages compared to electrics depending on what an owner wants to do with them, how easily, etc.
For example, electric pressure cookers are "multi-cookers" so have other modes besides just pressure modes (e.g., for making yogurt or proofing dough if an IP DUO60, slow cooking, as well as sauteing and browning though stovetops can also do those last two), the pressure modes have been set on the IP for the best pressure "variations" to suit the food category being cooked and have a default time (which can be changed), they don't need to be babysat at all after setting up and closing the lid (during which time the owner can do other things and forget the pc--I like to put my feet up and drink wine--or even leave the house) and they'll automatically go to Keep Warm mode if the owner doesn't come back when done, are silent in operation once pressure is built up so no listening and changing/etc there and also cool on summer days since so well insulated, the inner pot is easier to wash after cooking (no long handle, etc) and lighter-weight to move to the sink, they can be "quick-released" quite quickly and easily when desired, and more.
Note which Instant Pot you're getting prices for. The Black Friday price from amazon wasn't $59 for the most popular IP (DUO60 7-in-1**); it was $69-71 I think, plus on a few days after that.
The Amazon Prime Day price last summer was $78, I think.
The Instant Pot LUX models are cheaper though in general and when comparing both on sale if they're on sale at the same time. The DUO50 is 5 qt too and often cheaper than the 6 qt.
And Walmart's ENW is often a bit cheaper.
Unless something changes, or there's another mini-sale sometime before the Xmas holidays are over (best bet there, check amazon for the pot you want every day and reasonably early), the price probably won't be that low again until next Amazon Prime Day. Who knows though?
This $99 price is still lower than the "usual" price it may go back to, so I'd just spring for the $99 now and not worry about getting an additional $10-20 off and having to wait another 6 months!
Btw, you can see the price history for the DUO60 at camelcamelcamel, if interested:
(click on the "3 month" indicator at top right to see a little better, though the written chart seems to be off a bit).
Today's Amazon Goldbox deal is an Instant Pot
Thing has been awesome
A crockpot is good, but I'd recommend a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. It does have a slow cooker function but it does other things as well and for those of us who would likely forget to set the crockpot up ahead of time a pressure cooker is great because it does the exact opposite. It's also on sale right now on Amazon for $69.99 here
I have an Instant Pot! I have this one which is only $70 on Amazon right now. I feel that's not expensive at all considering how much you can use it for AND considering that you're anyway thinking about buying a rice cooker.
You have the right idea. You can saute the onions in oil, add spices and tomatoes, then add the lentils or vegetables to cook it all together. I've also made things like gajar ka halwa, upma, and I can steam idli in it. Rice cooks beautifully once you figure out which settings to use. You can make yogurt, so I imagine you can make idli batter in it. Some people make chai in it.
There's also a facebook group called "Instant Pot for Indian cooking" where people share their recipes. You can get more ideas there.
I think a crock pot or an instant pot or an "air fryer" (which is a mini-convection oven that works well because it is completely sealed) would be a better bet than a bread machine for keto giving you more variety for cooking with the same concept of being able to throw things in and walk away
instant pot on amazon
fwiw, the bonavita variable temp gooseneck electric kettle is on sale on amazon -- this has made a tremendous difference in my fledgling pour over prowess. cheers! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YR0F40/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
** edit ** the value adds are:
1) super steady pour -- the gooseneck makes it v. easy to pour slowly and steadily, making timing a snap
2) variable temp enables you to get water to the right temp and keep it there --- nothing worse than burnt beans due to too hot water
I got the DUO 7 in 1
but when I was shopping, amazon was out. found one for about $80 from my local target.
now they have a 9 in 1 that's 10 bucks more.. so just get the one you can start cooking in the fastest!
(and start looking at recipes and go to the store.. so you can just start cooking when it arrives!)
if you have a favorite slow cooker recipe.. try that under pressure!
Never tried that and honestly if you have the money and want something to do the job right the link below is for a dehydrator. It’s 40 dollars.
Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H2OELY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_EnLTAbACW6SYE
This will do the trick. I personally have this one, and I love it. Just take a look through amazon and read some reviews.
Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White - MADE IN USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0090WOCN0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_MpLTAbKDGTP1D
I actually tried this with my crockpot with just water on high for 4 hours, and I tested the temperature and it was only 165. So I would
be extremely careful with this. This was a $25 crock pot branded crockpot as well.
If you want a good slow cooker that has absolutely no issue boiling water, I'd recommend the Aroma 5 in 1 from Amazon. Just set your beans on steam for 30 minutes, and then slow cook. It will boil water for 30 minutes that way. Works great, but it does take 6 hours or so to cook beans.
you can get a decent dehydrator on amazon for 40-50$, the time will be about the same, and the smell will be the same though.
If we are going to be talking food prep, then Instant Pot. Seriously, this thing changed my life.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle. I bought mine 6 years ago. It gets daily use. Never had a problem with it. (I do have to periodically descale it, but that’s it.)
I bought mine at Amazon.
Edit: added link
I make cold brew at work a lot! I bought something similar to this on Amazon and it's super easy to make. You just grind coffee course, fill up the cannaster, and then pour in some water. Let it sit out overnight, and it's ready in the morning.
The Simple Truth concentrate at Kroger is okay too. B and I buy that kind for home sometimes because you don't have to plan ahead. They have a delicious coconut one, and the vanilla is good too. They're unsweetened, even with the flavors, so you don't have to worry about that!
Buy an Insta-pot from Amazon. It will make cooking easier for you and motivate you to keep up healthy eating. You basically chop up whatever veggies you like, add beans/legumes and whole grains like quinoa or farro, and add stock, set it for 30 minutes and go about your day. What's really useful is that you don't have to cook the grains beforehand, the pot will do that. I cook all of the time and I have great original insta-pot recipes. If you get one message me and I'll give you some meals to start with.
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_3irIDbF4QYKWS
It's a rebadge of a Cuisinart grinder. The Cuisinart gets fairly poor reviews from the folks I trust, and I wouldn't expect that the knockoff/relabel is going to do much better.
Simple, cheap and effective