The cutting board is always seen in a real kitchen, one that is regularly cooked in, because no chef can prepare all of his ingredients without cutting at least one or two of them.

There are many kinds of cutting boards nowadays, made of different cutting board materials. What is the best cutting board to use then? Experts have debated over the safety of using one type of board over another, and which one is easier to clean.

Here is a general outline of the various types of cutting board, and the pros and cons of each. I believe that the best type of cutting boards should be a personal choice, rather than what others tell you, but you can certainly refer to opinions on the internet.

Wooden cutting boards are traditional and remain to be used widely. Most wooden boards are made of maple, but other kinds of woods are also used. Wood is one of the best cutting boards because it is kind to knives, and it is also self resurrecting. It is known that wooden boards heal small cuts over time, and they can also be resurfaced. On the down side, wooden boards are more difficult to sanitize, as they cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher.

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Bamboo is another plant used to make cutting boards. Bamboo cutting boards have the advantages and disadvantages of wooden cutting boards, and many people prefer them because they are more environmentally friendly compared to wooden ones, seeing that the bamboo plant grows in a much shorter time.

Plastic cutting boards are very widespread, as they are the most affordable, are dishwasher safe, and available in any variety of colors, size, flexibility and thickness. Flexible plastic boards are popular for food transfer. However plastic boards do not last very long and sharp good kitchen knives will damage the surface, leaving cuts that can harbor bacteria.

Glass cutting boards are made of tempered glass. They are heat resistant, beautiful, durable and easy to clean. Nevertheless they are not popular because many people cannot bear the sound and the feel of the knife coming in contact with glass. Glass boards are also very harsh on your knives.


If you take more care of your cutting boards, they will certainly last longer. Besides, you will reduce the risk of food contamination. Here are some tips for your cutting board care.

Wash your boards immediately after each use. Letting your board sit around with remnants of food is certain to increase the risk of bacteria growth.

  • Cutting boards should be washed in hot soapy water. If you want to remove odors, use a slice of lime or lemon to rub the surface of the board.
  • Let your board dry completely before putting it away.
  • Don’t wash a wooden or bamboo cutting board in the dishwasher. They will crack.
  • Don’t cut food on the same board you used earlier to cut raw meat. Wash the board first, and it goes similarly for your knife.
  • Throw cutting boards away once they have developed deep cracks and cuts. Those cracks can harbor bacteria and are hard to sanitize.

Buying the right board and caring for it the right way will ensure you have a safe and useful cooking tool.

We’ve told you how a rice cooker can work as a DIY sous vide machine and make amazing risotto the lazy way, but did you know that it can also make pancakes, bread, mashed potatoes, and poached fruit?

Rice Cooker Pancakes
Of course, when we say “pancake,” it’s more like a literal cake rather than the stack of flapjacks most of us are used to—but it still tastes like a pancake.

This recipe could not be easier. Just grab your favorite box of pancake mix (or make your own) and follow the instructions on the back to make a cup of two of batter, but not too much. (Rocket News24 points out that too much batter will overflow the machine as it cooks.) Mix all the ingredients in the bowl of your rice cooker and set to cook. You can also add fun mix-ins, like fruit or chocolate chips.

Rice Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Rice cookers are also perfect for making mashed potatoes. Peel and slice up your potatoes, put them in the rice cooker with a small amount of water and salt, and go read a book or watch TV while the machine steams them to fluffy perfection.

All you have to do is take them out, drain them, and then add butter, milk, and a very special ingredient for the fluffiest mashers ever.

Rice Cooker Poached Fruit
If you want a healthy dessert, look no further than your rice cooker. It’s easy to poach fruit in there. Wash and slice the fruit of your choice, then add that with some poaching liquid (whether that’s water, wine, or something else) and sweeteners, if any are desired. I like to throw in a cinnamon stick sometimes to make it fancy.
rice cooker poached fruit

Rice Cooker Applesauce
You can also make applesauce in a rice cooker. This is a godsend if you have kids and want to feed them the organic stuff. It’s much cheaper to make at home. (You can also speed through apple peeling with a little know-how.)

Rice Cooker Bread
Finally, what about bread? A lot of cooks don’t like to bake and vice versa, but homemade bread is one of the best sources of joy in a cook’s life. It’s also surprisingly easy to make without a machine, but with a machine? It’s child play.

Just don’t buy a breadmaker. Instead, mix up a quick batch of no-knead bread dough, and put it inside your rice cooker where it can rise and bake, saving you the hassle of dirty mixing bowls.

So what are you waiting for? Put your rice cooker to work so you don’t have to. Plus, you can make actual meals in that machine, too, but keep in mind that these tricks will also work with slow cookers, since the principle behind them is nearly the same. In fact, most new model rice cookers are sold as combination slow cookers.

What ingenious rice cooker hacks do you know?

You are never prepared for family to grow big. Let me tell you that. This year, my grandchildren would be spending Halloween with us, and I am really looking forward to their arrival.

But we do have to plan their sleeping arrangements. The couch can only be enough for one person, and buying more beds is not an option. I would rather spend it on my moppets rather than on additional beds that will be rarely used.

My husband too feels that it would be unwise to spend on additional beds. Both of us seem to have this telepathy. We agreed that a nice large air mattress that we could place in the drawing room, in front of the television set, would be the right thing. After going through many air mattress and air bed reviews, we managed to find the best air mattress for kids.


Of course, I want the air mattress to be durable, and well, these are little children. They are going to spill something or the other. My kids did that when they were young so I have no reason to believe my grandchildren would be any different. I naturally need something that is water proof. The older one is about 7 years old, and he may try to poke something. I hope we are able to find something that is not easy to poke or damage. I intend to stitch a cotton cover too so that it protects the air mattress. But for that I need the exact measurement of the mattress.

I only hope that they don’t find inflating and deflating those mattresses too fascinating like we did when we were young. There are a few of those mattresses that are up within 3 minutes, so I guess, that would not be such an issue. Nowadays, there is some arrangement at the bottom of these mattresses as well for preventing easy movement of the light mattress. I want that feature in the air mattress that we purchase. I saw that in my sister in law’s air mattress. On the whole shape, size, color, and pump will be the other features that I will focus on. I do need to go to nearest showroom to confirm whether or not what is stated on the net is true. Who knows I might find a cheaper deal there.

For starters, I don’t know why I have developed this mental block that non-stick is unhealthy. I mean, I have read enough on net to tell me that aluminum is unhealthy too. But non-stick cookware sort of rings a warning bell in my mind that it is “carcinogenic”. They use perfluorooctanic acid for making that layer on the non-stick pan, which a few studies has shown to emit some carcinogenic fumes.


Now, I know that many people read what I read, and many people use these non-stick cookware sets. If they were so harmful, there would be some ban against them from governments, right? But that is not happening, so these cookware sets can’t be all that bad. Periodically, I do become sane and less paranoid about health.

But do I have many choices? Not really. Steel vessel simply burns away my seasoning and so I have to use thick gauge of aluminum for getting that seasoning done perfectly. But recently I came across an article that aluminum can be deadly too. Aluminum’s sins can be as deadly as brain or vision problems, and damage to intestinal lining. Now, I do have some gastric problems, and I am afraid, my doctor is not zeroing in on aluminum. The article added cancer to the list, so I am left wondering why am I still using aluminum? I also read another article that hinted on link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s. But then, aren’t most people using aluminum vessels? Why only a fraction of them develop such dreaded diseases?

There were reports about the cookware sets for microwave oven too. In fact, there were reports again microwave itself. Again I rationalize. Why is government not doing anything to stop production of such vessels, if indeed such vessels are hazardous for health. The seed of doubt once sown, germinates. It is hard to banish the thought.

My mind gets worked up on such things, because I have seen an aunt die of stomach cancer, and I know how much she suffered. This is the reason, I am now looking for a good earthen cookware set that can be used for seasoning and I found out this site. I see those chefs on television sets using those pots and I think can there be anything safer than that. But we are so accustomed to dish washers, and displaying our utensils. We don’t want to be seen with something that turns unevenly black, and something that can’t be cleaned perfectly. In fact, I am afraid even of the perfect looking earthen cookware sets. I suspect they used some chemicals for getting that finishing, and that chemical will show its effect on me or my loved ones, sometime down the lane. This is the reason that though I loved that smooth rust colored earthen cookware set that I saw in the mall today, I didn’t buy any.

Read also: Non toxic cookware brands for healthy cooking


cutting aubergineChopping, slicing, cutting splitting are some of the things that you cannot evade when you are in a kitchen for a meal. However, with a wrong tool, you might find the above being a tough experience. When I realized that the time is come for me to start cooking on my own, I knew a nice knife will not only work better for me, but will build in me a self drive desire, to go and make a meal when time comes.

With the many advertised knives online, choosing the top quality kitchen knives can be a challenge. However, thanks to , because among the many available knife review sites, it has emerged to be an outstanding one. This is the site that gave me the best knife revelation in the world. Currently, I am in a possession of Victorinox Fibrox eight-inch knife, 40520 and I am enjoying its capability.

This knife’s blade is strong, made from a steel ribbon. It is light, and my most preferred one. It is further fairly balanced which makes it easy to grip due to the grippy composite calibration on the handle. I can admit that the handle is somehow longer, as compared to others that I have ever owned, a plus when it comes to using. This knife works the best.

Finding a knife is one thing, and finding a good knife is another thing. Finding a good knife will mean you follow a certain choosing criterion. For you to be rated among those individuals who have good knives, you should follow the below simple steps. First, go for a knife that has a better blade material as well as better architectural design. This will ensure your blade does not fold when a little more weight is applied on it, against a tough object. Then consider its balance and weight. For a perfect grip, and lastly go for your preferred size.

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To begin with; I am probably among some of the biggest shoppers of espresso machines around, and that is because of two key things; I do not only sell some of the best espresso machines in town, but coffee is one thing I make like everywhere I go. Whether I am in the office or just watching my favorite TV show at home, coffee is one drink I never miss to take. Being one of the people who come across these machines on daily basis, over and over, people come to me for advice when they are looking for the best machines. My friends have also come to know of this and once in a while I receive phone calls from them asking for the best espresso machine models out there. With my tips, nothing has ever gone wrong; the following are a few of the thing I always look out for when shopping for the best espresso machine.

For starters, I personally always look out for so many things, but I will try to squeeze a few of them here. The kind of brew I can get is important, and the best espresso machine is one that I can actually use to get a strong cup of coffee just like I wound find in any coffee bar in town. It does not even stop there; the best espresso is one that has been built to last. Being one the most frequent shoppers of these machines, at times, they can really get expensive and I wouldn’t want to spend all my savings on a machine that will not last or even break down in weeks. It is because of this that I also carefully assess the size and construction. The two must be right before I dish out my money. It is important.

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