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Product Review: Tribesigns Home Bar Unit

Tribesigns Home Bar Unit
It's got a nice black metal mesh industrial look

By Mike Thayer

I started a new project this weekend.  I'm turning what has been a traditional family room style space in my house - fireplace, couch, love seat, a large flat screen TV, stereo, coffee table, side tables - into a "Man Cave" Bar & Grill! The traditional furniture has been removed, I'm going all out Bar & Grill here, TVs on every wall, enhanced lighting, full bar, bottle/beverage cooler, stools for the bar and bar table seating in the open area. I might even have enough space for an arcade game or two.

First things first, the assembly of a new home bar unit.  A man has to have priorities, the actual bar for this 'Bar & Grill' themed room must come first!  I wanted a quick turn-around on this conversion, so I went with assembly furniture on this one.  What I purchased is a three tier unit with stemware racks and 2 shelves providing storage for wine and spirits.  The built-in stemware racks hold up to 15 wine glasses, flutes or snifters.  Glass size does dictate capacity of course.  It has adjustable feet to handle any uneven floor issues and comes with a foot rail.

Tribesigns Home Bar Unit
Plenty of room for storing glasses, wine, spirits

The box was packed well and delivered in good shape with no damage to the product to report.  It is a heavy box however, so it could be a two-person lift for some.  All the parts were labeled and only two tools were required to assemble the unit, which were provided.  The instructions were illustration only, there were no written descriptions or warnings such as "Make sure part 'X' is facing front with the arrow pointing up."  For the most part the illustrations were pretty straight forward and the total assembly time was about one hour.

Costing me $229.99 on Amazon, I'm pleased with this bar purchase.  It's got a good look, it's sturdy and it was fairly easy to put together.  With a budget of $1,000 to convert this formerly family style room to one with a Bar & Grill theme, the bar fits into my budget nicely.  I have a wine/beverage cooler, stools, signage, bar tables, wine racks and other accessories to buy!  I'm giving the Tribesigns Home Bar Unit 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  My only concern is how the bar top will hold up long term, it's a laminate.

4 stars

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Product Review: RCA Amplified Ultra-Thin HDTV Antenna

RCA Amplified Ultra-Thin HDTV AntennaBy Mike Thayer

Have you ditched cable TV yet?  If you haven't, don't you think it's about time?

I first ditched cable TV back in 2016, going with a basic ROKU streaming player instead.   I maintained the internet service provided by Cox Cable so I could stream, but dropping the TV portion of my cable package saved me about $60 a month at the time.  I did lose a quite a few choice channels in that transition - most notably ESPN - creating sports programming withdrawals.   Those withdrawals and the ever-increasing price of cable TV, eventually motivated me to buy an indoor HDTV antenna.  That low cost, one-time purchase of a HDTV antenna allowed me to get all the local channels - and FOOTBALL - no frick'n monthly subscription required!  It was perfect for the apartment I was living in at the time.

RCA HDTV Antenna
Easy Peasy Installation

That antenna has served me well and is still in use today, but I've taken on a new project that involves multiple TVs.   I'm turning what has been a traditional family room style space in my house - fireplace, couch, love seat, a large flat screen TV, stereo, coffee table, side tables  - into a "Man Cave" Bar & Grill!   The traditional furniture has been removed, I'm going all out Bar & Grill here, TVs on every wall, enhanced lighting, full bar, bottle/beverage cooler, stools for the bar and bar table seating in the open area.  I might even have enough space for an arcade game or two.

The Mohu Leaf mini Indoor HDTV Antenna I bought back in 2017 cost me $18, but has limited range.  It picked up all the major network affiliates in town and then some in the apartment I lived in at the time.  Easy to optimize, I got ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and a number of other channels, 31 in fact.  Now some of those are duplicates to include a variety of shopping networks which I could give a rat's rear end about...  The free local affiliate stations are all that really mattered, especially at this time of year - FOOTBALL!   But in moving from that apartment to a house, well, that antenna doesn't pick up as many channels.  The channel count dropped from 31 to 17.  I still get CBS, FOX and NBC, but the signal for ABC is really weak, I get the pixelated screen thing, rendering that channel unwatchable.  I lost the ability to view football games broadcast by ABC, but am still able to watch football games carried by the other affiliates. 

With the Bar & Grill project underway, it's time for an HDTV antenna upgrade!

Enter the RCA Amplified Ultra-Thin HDTV Antenna

RCA Amplified HDTV Antenna
As the TV was Auto Tuning I left the room to do something, came back in and saw "75 Channels"... Nice! That's a big step up from just 17.

Costing me $39.88 + tax, this new antenna has a much greater range and is NEXTGENTV compatible.  With this antenna upgrade, I now get 75 channels!  Yes, some of those are duplicates to include some of those dreaded shopping network channels - UGH!  But the new antenna is picking up a slew of other channels to include, retro, game show, western, sci-fi, sitcom, drama, etc. entertainment.  The advantage I now have with this RCA antenna and it's superior lineup of channels is I'll be able to run a splitter, connecting multiple TVs to this one antenna.  I could do that with the old antenna too, but why bother?

Easy to install, all you have to do is connect the cable end to your TV, plug it in, then find the best placement for the antenna for optimal channel reception.  I took advantage of using the RCA Signal Finder App which helps you find the best location and orientation for your antenna.  That app helped me avoid the trial and error method of tacking the antenna one one part of the wall, then hitting the scan feature on the TV, then relocating the antenna to another section of wall and repeating that scan process until I found the maximum number of channels.  All the channels I'm getting with this new antenna are coming in with strong, clear High Definition, there's been no pixelated crap to worry about so far.

If you haven't ditched cable yet, now is the time to do so using a HDTV Antenna.  You'll save some nice pocket money doing so, not having to pay that cable TV bill every month.  And if you're a football fanatic like I am, you can subscribe to a streaming service like Sling to get ESPN (and a host of other channels) and STILL spend less than you were on cable TV!

The RCA Amplified Ultra-Thin HDTV Antenna now has an optimized place on a Bachelor on the Cheap Bar & Grill wall and gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

5 stars

Related:  Get Free HDTV with an Indoor Antenna

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Product Review: Yaheetech 2 Tier Raised Bed Garden Planter Box

20220721_151633By Mike Thayer

In need of something to improve the look of my front porch, I decided a small planter box would do the trick.  There's nothing quite like some of Mother Nature's color to dress things up.  I could have gone with a number of large colorful pots rather than a planter box, but I prefer to let the plants put on the show.

I thought about building a raised planter from scratch, but given the time of season - late July - and assessing the lumber costs and the construction time involved, I decided to check out a kit option.  With prices ranging from $40 to $200+, there are a lot of garden planter kits out there, wood, plastic, metal, 1 tier, 2 tier, with and without a trellis and more.  

I wanted to keep it fairly simple, a garden box to display flowers on the front porch, with a shelf underneath for storage.

Yaheetech Garden Planter in box
Shipment arrived in timely fashion, all in order

In deciding on a planter box, I went with the Yaheetech 2 Tier Raised Bed Garden Planter Box.  The box measures 34 inches by 18 inches and when fully assembled the planter is 30 inches tall. The all wood construction features the storage shelf I wanted and the box floor includes holes for ventilation and drainage.  The wood itself has been polished to provide smooth surfaces and treated with a plant safe sealer to extend the life of the planter.  "Nice!" I thought, "I don't have to buy landscaping fabric or a liner!"

I found the planter kit on Amazon and with my Prime membership shipping was free and took just two days.  The box arrived without issue, it was packed well, with no breakage or missing parts.  All the parts were labeled and the instructions were clear and easy to follow.  The only tool required was my handy dandy Craftsman Cordless Drill and I had the planter box assembled in less than one hour.

Yaheetech Garden Planter
Natural Wood Finish

And while the description of the planter mentions drainage holes, they do NOT mention that landscaping fabric or liner of some sort is necessary.  In addition to the drainage holes there are two 1/2 inch gaps running front to back in the floor of the box not evident in the description pictures, making a liner of some sort a must.  Without a liner, soil would empty out of the box. I was hoping to get away with using coffee filters to cover the drainage holes, it's a container garden hack I wanted to take advantage of.  But the gaps in the box floor killed that idea, it's not a big deal, I had to go purchase some liner.   There should be a "Liner required to prevent soil loss," comment in the description, heck, but not even a "Liner sold separately" comment.  I digress.

Yaheetech
Easy to follow instructions

This is a small planter box, but it is sturdy and because of its size, it's pretty mobile as well, even when filled with soil.  I used potting mix, but it could accommodate bagged soil made specifically for raised bed garden boxes which is a little heavier.  I wouldn't go with regular garden soil or top soil though, that would be too heavy for this box.  It's sturdy, but it's not heavy duty.  Besides, root vegetables are a lot easier to grow in the lighter soils!  I used Expert Gardener Potting Mix, it's every bit as good as Miracle Grow and costs a lot less, below are the prices at Walmart.

  • Expert Gardener Potting Soil, 1 cubic foot bag:  $6.48
  • Miracle Grow Potting Soil, 1 cubic foot bag: $9.88
Yaheetech Planter Box
The gaps in the box floor, not in the diagram!

This planter box is the perfect size for my front porch and dresses things up nicely, thank you Mother Nature!  For this season, I've planted it with Dragon's Breath (hat tip to Lori S), Madagascar Periwinkle (clearance sale at Walmart for $2 each) and some Sweet Potato Vine that will eventually drape over the side.

If I opt to grow veggies next year I'll easily be able to add a trellis to this planter at a later date to accommodate a tomato, cucumbers or pole beans.  Even if I don't switch to veggies, adding a trellis would provide the structure for a climbing vine such as Clematis or Mandevilla, elevating the beauty in the box.  Something to think about, so many options!

Yaheetech 2 Tier Raised Bed Garden Planter Box assembled
Ready for some dirt!

Purchased for $59, I'm giving the Yaheetech 2 Tier Raised Bed Garden Planter Box 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  This is a kit that assembles easily, all the pre-drilling/cutting and pre-assembly of certain parts was done correctly.  I'm pleased with the quality and it's a sturdy little raised bed garden planter box. I'm not sure that I could have constructed this box from scratch for under $60.  My only issue is the gap thing in the box flooring, but that was easily worked around.  Moving forward, it's probably safe to assume that a liner will be required with most any raised bed garden planter kit.

4 stars

Raised Bed Garden Planter
Project Complete!

Related: Garden Hack: Use coffee filters to line container drainage holes

Related: Raised bed garden planter with a self watering feature

Related: Building Planter Containers on the Cheap

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Did you know UPS provides notary services?

By Mike Thayer

UPS StoreOn Tuesday I was out-and-about running errands with one of those errands being a two-step (No, I wasn't dancing and besides, I wasn't wearing boots) task, including a need to get a couple public notary signatures on some paperwork and then send an overnight package including that paperwork once it was all signed and notarized to its final destination. I wasn't looking forward to perhaps going to one place for the notary, then to the post office and stand in line to ship a package.

You can usually get notary services at your local bank or credit union at no charge since you're a member, but not all branches have a notary immediately available.  You might have to set up an appointment or they might send you to another branch to get you taken care of.  I tried calling my credit union to inquire about the notary and so I wouldn't waste my time driving from one location to another.  But I got the dreaded recording with a 46 minute wait time due to increased call volume.  I left a voicemail for a call back.

So then I looked for notary services online in the Wichita area with a mission to find somebody close and hopefully a reasonable price for notary service.

Hello UPS Store!

I didn't even know they had notary service available!   I just assumed (incorrectly), the store was only about mailboxes, packaging and shipping.

I walked into the UPS Store located on East Central at about 11:45am and there were two customers ahead of me.  Busy place I'm thinking...  But there were two attendants working the front, taking care of those two customers shipping some boxes.  There was another UPS worker present, I'm thinking the manager, busy doing a number of things, multi-tasking to include assisting one of the attendants and the customer she was assisting at one point.  Things moved quickly and a few more customers had arrived behind me.  When it was my turn, the attendant asked how she could help me and I told her I needed a couple notary signatures.  She politely showed me to another space at the counter and went to retrieve the person who could get me taken care of.  The attendant then started to assist the next customer.  The person who could notarize my paperwork, a fourth worker and unseen in the back from the counter, came to the front in less than a minute.  With his stamp and two pens in hand, he asked how he could help me.  Laying out what needed to be notarized and mentioning the need to get some copies and overnight ship, he quickly and efficiently provided the signatures needed.  At that point he could have easily handed me off to one of the two ladies working the front counter, but he picked up my package of paperwork and made the necessary copies, then in the blink of an eye he had an overnight envelop at the ready and was applying the pre-paid label from my package to the envelope.  He rung me up, gave me my receipt to include a tracking number for the package and wished me a great afternoon.  I walked out of the store a very happy customer at 11:55am, a visit of 10 minutes to include the wait time.  I've visited fast food restaurants with fewer customers and longer wait times than that!  And if I was a betting man, had I opted for the free notary service at my credit union, I probably would have waited in the lobby for a bit.  Then I would have had to run some place to make copies of the signed documents or gone home to do it.  Then I would have had to go to the post office to mail the package.

But I One-Stop-Took-Care-Of-It-All at the UPS Store!

The total price for the two notary signatures and the copies of the package paperwork was $15.42.  The service was fast, friendly and VERY efficient.  I'm giving the UPS Store located at 6505 E. Central, Wichita, KS. 67206, five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars!  OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE!  Did I mention they do more than just mailboxes, packaging and shipping?  Oh, and my credit union called me back while I was driving home from the UPS store, mission complete.  That's not a slam on my credit union, just noting the time savings is all.

5 stars

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Product Review: Barissimo Hazelnut Flavored Coffee Creamer

By Mike Thayer

Barissimo Hazelnut Flavored Coffee Creamer
This is the Aldi discount brand, replacing Friendly Farms?

Every morning, millions of Americans wake up to (or need it to wake up) a cup of coffee, java, joe, brew, mud, bean juice, morning jolt, wakey juice, call it what you will.... Many of those folks can't drink it black however, it's GOT to have some creamer in it.....

I'm in that latter category. Creamer is must! If I had to drink my coffee black I'd be more of a curmudgeon than I already am.

My preference is Hazelnut flavored creamer, Italian Sweet Cream is my Plan B (Shout out to Vicki S. for cluing me in on that option) if a Hazelnut selection is not available. Coffee with cream is just one of those simple pleasures in life, a good way to start the day and that Hazelnut flavor kicks off that start better than any other flavor for me.

So in need of creamer and picking up a few things from Aldi recently, I grabbed a bottle of hazelnut coffee creamer made by Barissimo Coffee.  This is a fairly new offering for Aldi, their discount brand used to be a creamer made by Friendly Farms, which I liked, but Aldi made a switch perhaps, or maybe it's just a temporary 'not available' thing.  With no Friendly Farms brand on the shelf, I'll be sampling the Barissimo stuff for the first time.

This stuff sucks!

Barissimo uses Soybean and/or Palm oil in making their creamer.  I hate that flavor, it reminds me of International Delight's creamer which I'll never buy again.  Other competitors don't use Soybean or Palm Oil.  It definitely changes the flavor profile vs. using a traditional vegetable oil.  It's not as sweet, it's almost savory which is not a good thing in a cup of coffee.  And like International Delight, the Barissimo creamer has a bitter finish.  Drinking coffee with this creamer isn't satisfying, it's a disappointment.

Barissom Coffee Creamer Nutrition Label
It has Palm Oil in it - YUCK!, I hate Palm Oil.

Costing me $2.45, I'm giving Barissimo Coffee brand Hazelnut Flavored Coffee Creamer just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price is reasonable, but I hate the Soybean and/or Palm Oil element in the flavor profile.  I should have read the label before putting the creamer in the cart, but I didn't think to look for the Soybean and/or Palm Oil ingredient, assuming International Delight was the only creamer maker having those oils in their recipe.   Ooops!  This is NOT a repeat buy, I've since bought some Kroger Hazelnut creamer so I can enjoy my coffee again, I'll be using this Barissimo stuff to make some ice cream with.  Hopefully I can hide that palm oil taste with some other flavors.

2 stars

Related: Creamer vs. Creamer: Coffee Mate vs. International Delight vs. store brand vs. discount brand

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Product Review: Great Value Dishwasher Pacs

20220606_121244By Mike Thayer

There's all kinds of dishwashing soaps out there, a broad assortment of brands and types.

You can still get the classic powder detergent in the box with the little flip out slot on the side from which to pour an 'appropriate' amount of detergent into your machine.  That's hit or miss.  Without a true measurement, you can put in too little detergent resulting in some dishes not getting quite clean enough.  Or you can pour in too much detergent, resulting in the dreaded detergent residue on the dishes.  Rinse aid be damned (and something else to buy, UGH).  Rarely is the use of a box detergent just right.  Yes, that was kind of a Goldilocks and the Three Bears reference there...

With liquid detergent, you have the same issues but to a lesser degree.  Too little detergent and not all dishes get clean, especially if you didn't pre-rinse before loading.  Too much detergent and you get the poor result of detergent residue.  And about those rinse aids, unless you have a hard water issue, you shouldn't have to buy it. I don't know about you , but I don't have any residue on my dishes when they're hand washed, so it's a matter of finding the right detergent then, for the machine.

Measurement is key and that's why the pods are more effective overall than the classic boxed dry detergent or the liquid bottle stuff.   Detergent pods (Cascade calls them "Action Pacs") dominate the field and in this category the product variations multiply ranging from pacs of dry detergent, to gels, to various scents, to segmented pacs of dry detergent and gel detergent combos with rinse aids included.

So out shopping one day and need of some dishwashing detergent, I picked up a package Great Value Dishwasher Pacs.  I've tried a variety of pacs and to come back to the rinse aid issue, I don't like paying paying extra for it in the form of a segmented pac and I just don't see the point of buying a rinse aid separately if you can find the right soap and water combination to get the job done correctly in the first place.  

I'm not a huge fan of the Great Value brand, but my experience with the brand is for the most part with their food products that usually ranks low on the list of food challenges.  Their frozen pizza is less-than-stellar.  So based on the food experience I didn't have high expectations of the Great Value Dishwasher pacs going into this review, it is after all just a basic dry detergent pac, kind of and entry level dishwashing solution if you will.  Oh, sorry, it is scented, a notch above entry level pacs but I digress...  That's an apples and oranges thing, we're talking cleaning product here and I've been searching for a cheaper detergent that can do the same job as the much higher priced Cascade, Finish and other brands.

When I load a dishwasher, I do pre-rinse dishes that need it, a lasagna pan for example.  But I'm not one of those people that pretty much wash dishes before loading them in the dishwasher either, what's the point in that and talk about using too much water!  If a plate has a little schmear of dinner on it, it's going in, not rinsed.  If a coffee cup still has a couple swallows left in it, it gets dumped and loaded, not rinsed.  If a fork has a few cake crumbs on it, it's going in, not rinsed.  I think you get the picture.

I have to say, when putting the clean dishes away in completing this review, I was pleasantly surprised!  All dishes were clean and there was no detergent residue, no rinse aid required!  And this was a full load of dishes, minimal pre-rinsing before loading.  Normal settings were used on the washer, no "Heavy Duty" or "Heated Rinse" settings were enabled.

Costing me $3.98 for a 32 count bag of detergent pacs, I'm giving Great Value Dishwasher Pacs 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  I think I've found a simple, straight forward detergent pac giving my dishes the perfect soap and water mix to get clean.  Great Value has done the job just as well as the more than twice as expensive jobs the Cascade and Finish have done. 

5 stars

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Product Review: Expert Gardener Soft Grip Adjustable Pruner

Exper Gardener Softgrip Adjustable Pruner
Inexpensive, with quality

By Mike Thayer

If you're looking for an inexpensive hand pruner to handle all the light pruning needed in the garden, the Expert Gardener Soft Grip Adjustable Pruner is it!

It's light, nicely balanced, the grip is very comfortable and it can cut up to 3/4" branches/stems with ease.

I purchased this pair today at Walmart, it was the cheapest pruner on the shelf, with other pruner options going all the way up to $23.75.  I looked at them all and while I usually buy something in the mid-range of price, I went with the least expensive pruner having bought Expert Gardener products before.  And in researching Expert Gardener, this is Walmart's private label, made by Scott's Miracle-Gro.

The all important blade is high quality forged steel and made clean cuts of the barberry bush I trimmed up this afternoon.  It's an anvil blade, to mean it's got one blade and a solid base, ideal for trimming away dead branches.  When it becomes necessary to sharpen the blade down the road, it will be easy to do so thanks to the adjustable feature.  The grips are high density plastic and non-slip and call it a stress test, I intentionally dropped them on my concrete driveway, no issues, no cracking, not a scratch.  I also like the high visibility yellow, which is easy to see and locate the pruner should I set it down someplace and get distracted.  No, I don't have a pruner holster, I'm not that guy...

Costing me $7.88 at Walmart, I'm giving the Expert Gardener Soft Grip Adjustable Pruner 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars out of the gate, time will tell how durable these are, but all indicators are that these pruners will last quite awhile with proper use and care.

5 stars

 

Barberry Bush
Trimming up dead branches to ensure bush health

 

 

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Product Review: Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor

Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor
This machine can handle all food processor jobs

By Mike Thayer

Best food processor ever!

It's got power, it can process anything, it's got accessories galore.

Courtesy of Cindy C., the hardest working woman I've ever met in my life and my best friend, I've got an it can do anything food processor.  I think Cindy is on a mission to ensure a bachelor's kitchen is a well equipped kitchen.  She and I go way back, I've known her since 1990 when I worked part-time at a grocery store deli and she was the assistant manager.  I can tell her anything and she wisely takes it all in, offers sound advise and slaps me upside the head a few times as necessary when I get stupid.  But to get back on topic, she has tutored me in the world of baking and cooking in general, we've learned from each other when grilling/smoking be it on a Weber Kettle or a Traeger Smoker and she knows her stuff when it comes to having the best kitchen equipment available to do the job right.

The Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor

Here's the description from the Cuisinart website:  The Cuisinart Elite Collection® 14 Cup Food Processor boasts a 1300 watt peak power motor to power through your favorite recipes with ease. With innovative design solutions including a 4½ cup work bowl nested inside the 14 cup bowl, adjustable slicing disc, and a reversible shredding disc, Cuisinart gives you multiple food processors in one! The SealTight™ Advantage System including BladeLock maximizes the capacity of your work bowl by containing ingredients in the sealed bowl - and the blade locks in place sealing the bowl from the bottom and won't fall out when removing your prepped ingredients whether mixing, processing, or pouring. Plus clean up is a breeze as the removable parts are all dishwasher safe.

Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor
Additional bowl, spatula, blade options

I've burned through a few food processors in my day, with trying to make dough usually being the culprit in killing a processor prematurely.  You just can't do dough in an ordinary processor, you have to have something heavy duty like the Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor.  There is a three year warranty on the motor, not typical in the food processor world and with 1300 watts of peak power, this unit will knead dough, chop nuts and mince meat.

This machine will slice, dice and mince any vegetable you desire in short order.  You can make a tasty pizza dough in minutes without having to worry about burning out the motor.  With an assortment of blades to match up with the food processing task, this machine makes all food prep easy and all detachable parts are dishwasher safe!  Coming with two work bowls, this machine chops, purees, kneads, slices, shreds and whips.

Retailing for about $350, I'm giving the Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It may seem pricey, but you won't have to buy another food processor ever again.  It will do everything you ask it to do and then some.

5 stars

 

 

Cuisinart Food Processor
Cuisinart has you covered in having the right blade for the job

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Product Review: Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker

Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker
A very bachelor friendly appliance

By Mike Thayer

Out of all the countertop kitchen appliances out there, the last thing I thought I would ever own was a pressure cooker. 

I didn't see the need.  "I'll never use it enough to justify having one," I said.  "They can be dangerous to use," I claimed (a myth for modern day pressure cookers by the way).  But I was wrong to dismiss the pressure cooker, dismissing it because I didn't take the time to know what a pressure cooker can really do.

Courtesy of Cindy C, I now have a Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker.  This woman is doing a stellar job of making sure I have a properly equipped kitchen!

A pressure cooker reduces cooking time by at least 1/3 to 1/2 of traditional cooking times and you will use less liquid too.  Using a pressure cooker also means more nutrients are preserved during cooking time because they can't evaporate away, something I hadn't considered.  And talk about "set it and forget it, walk away one pot meals..."  This is a Bachelor's dream in creating an easy peasy, delicious meal.  More flavor?  More nutrients?  What's not to like?

Here's the promo piece from the Cuisinart website:  It’s easy to make entire meals or side dishes fast with the 6-Quart Pressure Cooker! Just toss ingredients into the pot, close the lid, and let the pressure cooker do the work. Brown, simmer or sauté food right in the pot before cooking, and keep it warm when done! Food retains more vitamins and minerals than with traditional cooking methods, it stays moist and flavors stay true. 

The first meal I made in my pressure cooker was a chicken dish with onions and peppers.  It was delicious, the chicken was juicy and the veggies were tender crisp and it was done in half the time it would have taken me to do in a traditional stove top preparation.  I was able to brown the chicken in the cooker before adding the veggies and putting the pressure lid on.

Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker
This thing can do a decent sized brisket!

The cooker is quite versatile too, the recipes provided by Cuisinart range from appetizers and salads to soups, side dishes, entrees and desserts...  Can  you say, "Lemon Cheesecake done in a pressure cooker?"  Yes, yes you can.  Are you a fan of hummus?  This machine can make it in about 40 minutes.  You can't do that in a traditional stove top method.

Retailing for about $120, the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker is available at Walmart, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon and other retailers.  This cooker is versatile, reduces cooking time, food is healthier prepared this way and the one-pot meal ability is a HUGE bonus.  I'm giving the cooker 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Thank you Cindy C!  This appliance deserves some space on your countertop.

5 stars

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Product Review: Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker

Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker
This countertop appliance ROCKS!

By Mike Thayer

In my childhood years and one of four kids (3 sisters and "No, I don't want to play Barbie dolls with you and NO, the Ken doll will NOT work as a GI Joe!") we didn't eat a whole lot of rice in the Thayer household.  When we did, it was usually the Minute Rice stuff with Chunky beef soup poured over the top for a quick meal. 

In my early adult years and marriage #1, I still didn't eat much rice, it wasn't really a staple in the Mike Thayer household and if rice was consumed, it was usually at a Chinese restaurant.

But as I got into cooking, my appreciation for rice grew and we're talking real rice, not the Minute Rice stuff.  It was old school white rice, the 2-1 water/rice ratio in a pan with a little butter, salt and pepper on the stove for 20 minutes.  Mastering that, my appreciation for rice grew tenfold through marriage #2 and three boys, with rice becoming a big time staple in the pantry, as in 20 pound bags staple.  White rice, brown rice, Basmati rice, Arborio rice, Jasmine rice and graduating from cooking simply with water, butter, salt and pepper to using beef, chicken or vegetable stock, aromatics, and/or a variety of spices.  But the cooking for the most part was still old school, sautee for a bit in butter or olive oil and the 2-1 liquid/rice ratio in a pan on the stove top.  I do like to cook rice on the grill using a cast iron skillet with a glass lid and that cast iron does a nice job giving the rice a nice crispy edge to it.

Kicking rice up another level with the Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker

Kudos to Cindy C in getting me a rice cooker (she's so good to me!).  I've never had one before and wow does it make a HUGE difference in what goes on the plate or in a bowl!  Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I would have invested in a rice cooker long ago.  Rice comes out perfect every time and the one pot meal capability - AWESOME.  You can "set it and forget it" until the timer goes off, dinner is ready!

Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker
Steam basket, measuring cup, rice paddle

Here's the promo piece on the Cuisinart website:  Cuisinart® gives home chefs so many ways to cook – and so many different foods to cook – in one pot! The Cuisinart® Rice and Grains Multicooker redefines versatility. With 18 pre-programmed settings, perfect results are guaranteed whatever is in the pot, and Cuisinart® includes lots of recipes that demonstrate the full range of functions. This multicooker even has a preset for Pre-wash, making cleanup exceptionally quick and easy. With its family-sized, removable pot and easy-to-navigate Selector knob and LCD screen, this is sure to become every cook’s favorite countertop cooking appliance.

This thing is indeed a multicooker!  It sautees, steams, keeps items warm.  You can do rice, oatmeal, beans, all kinds of grains, risotto, pasta, it's great for one pot meals or just a bunch of rice for a side and yes, I can even get that nice crispy edge if desired like I do from the cast iron.  This appliance is seeing regular use.  I don't store 20 pound bags of rice anymore just being a household of one, but I do have a variety of rices and grains to choose from in the one to two pound bag range.  I've steamed eggs for a perfect 'boil' in making egg salad and I'm looking forward to doing a sausage and shrimp Jambalaya.

The Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker is available for about $140 and you can find it at Walmart, Kohl's and other retailers.  With it's versatility, consistency and ease of use - punching up a one pot meal on this appliance is easy peasy - I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's also easy to clean, even after doing a pot of baked beans with bacon.  It's worthy of a place on your countertop.

5 stars

 

Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker
Large capacity bowl

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