How To Grill Your Favorite Foods

3steakongrill

Are you supposed to salt your steak before putting it on the grill? How do you know chicken is done? What’s the secret to keeping fish from sticking? Don’t make the mistakes many amateur grillers do!

There are some grilling techniques that work for whatever you’re making. Always remember to marinate – it adds flavor and also reduces the risk of cancer that is caused from charring food. Remember to use a meat thermometer and other basic grilling tools. But there are also some techniques that are specific to the type of meat you’re working with. You can use this easy guide on how to grill and prepare the perfect burger, chicken, fish or steak.

Read the rest of this entry »

What Are the Different Types Of Dishwashers?

What are the different types of dishwashers?

I the market for a dishwasher? You might want to familiarize yourself with the different types before you buy.

The modern dishwasher can be traced to Josephine Cochrane who unveiled her hand-powered invention at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Once considered a luxury, many families could not dream of a kitchen without one. But there are tons of different types. What are the different types of dishwashers? We take a look below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dishwasher Quick Wash Saves More Than Time

Dishwasher

What happens when you use the “Quick Wash” setting on your dishwasher — even when you aren’t pressed for time? Viewpoints welcomes the smart people at Powerhouse Dynamics, a leader in energy measurement and management, as expert contributors to our blog. They discovered something that could save you money.

I’m one of those people who rinses all the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. I know I’m not supposed to do this – modern detergents need to “eat” something, and if there are no bits of food to eat, the detergent will eat my dishes, or something like that — but I can’t seem to help myself. Is that a little bit neurotic? It is? OK, just checking.Because this is a habit I can’t seem to break, I decided to see if I’m reaping any benefit from it. If I remember correctly from my high school psychology class, I believe this is a defense mechanism known as “rationalization.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Cast Iron Cooking: Cheaper Le Creuset Alternatives

Cast iron cooking

Home cooks are turning to cast iron cooking, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are our picks for low-cost alternatives to Le Creuset.

For some chefs and for some everyday home cooks, nothing less than Le Creuset cookware will do for cast iron cooking. Primarily these are the people who insist on designer labels on everything they buy. There is no question that Le Creuset is excellent cookware, but aren’t there lower-priced alternatives that will do the job every bit as well, even without the designer label?

Read the rest of this entry »

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Dishwasher

How to get the most out of your dishwasher

Did you know loading the dishwasher improperly can affect how well your dishes are cleaned? We let you in on four secrets to getting your dishwasher running at peak performance.

Are your dishes getting as clean as they can be? These four steps will tell you how to get the most out of your dishwasher. We’ll tell you what to clean, how to load your dishwasher and when it’s time to replace your dishwasher with a newer model.

Read the rest of this entry »

When “As Seen On TV” Kitchen Gadgets Are Too Good To Be True

kitchen gadgets

There are plenty of As Seen On TV kitchen gadgets to choose from, but these kitchen gadgets are big duds.

We’re not scared off by an “As Seen on TV” label. Just because something has an infomercial doesn’t mean it’s a dud. The best kitchen gadgets will speed you up in the kitchen, but these tools are a waste of time and money. Here are the As Seen on TV products to avoid when trying to make purchases to improve your kitchen, as proven by Viewpoints reviewers.

Read the rest of this entry »

Best Kitchen Gadgets From As Seen On TV

best-kitchen-gadgets

The best kitchen gadgets are easy to use and help save time in the kitchen. Some As Seen On TV products are duds, but these are the best kitchen gadgets you’ll find.

We have all seen “As Seen on TV” products on infomercials on TV. Some of the products look great, but are they as good as they seem? Like everything in life, some are great and some are definitely to be avoided. The best kitchen gadgets are not only good products worth getting, but will also help you in the kitchen to make your life a little easier.

Read the rest of this entry »

Breakfast Made Easy: Hamilton Beach 25475 Breakfast Sandwich Maker Review

Breakfast Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast sandwich? Viewpoints staffers test out the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker to find out if it lives up to the hype.

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for many, there is simply no time to stand around and cook the typical breakfast foods. Breakfast sandwiches have become the solution to morning time constraints for those of us who trade that extra 20 minutes of sleep in exchange for eating a well-rounded breakfast. The problem is that while a breakfast sandwich is quick to pick up at any coffee shop or fast food restaurant, these daily purchases pile up, as well as the calories. Viewpoints reviewers agreed that the Hamilton Beach 25475 Breakfast Sandwich Maker offers a solution, giving busy people a quality kitchen investment that neither their wallets nor waists will regret. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Clean Stainless Steel Pans

how to clean stainless steel

Stainless steel pans are great for cooking, but they can be hard to clean. Here are steps for how to clean stainless steel pans, no matter how stuck on the food.

When it comes to cleaning, I am all about getting as much done as possible, in as little time as possible. That’s especially true when it comes to the kitchen. If it fits in the dishwasher, in it goes. However, when it comes to stainless steel pots and pans, sometimes it isn’t good for them to be in the dishwasher, and they require some hand washing. Especially when there is some cooked-on food residue.

Read the rest of this entry »

Stainless Steel vs Nonstick Cooking Pans For the Home Cook

Stainless steel vs nonstick

Stainless steel vs nonstick cookware is a tough choice for any home cook. But a good mix of cookware can help you achieve every recipe to perfection.

One of the most controversial debates in the kitchen isn’t who will do the dishes. It is over pots and pans—stainless steel vs nonstick pans? What’s the difference? Is one better than the other? Maybe it’s all just personal preference, but there are some big differences and reasons why a cook might choose one over the other.

Read the rest of this entry »