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The kitchen is the most visited place in our homes after the bedroom, one where we love to eat and join with others. We look at one of the more useful kitchen appliances, the deep fryer.

A good fryer should easy to use and clean, quick to heat to the right temperature, and just as quick to return to that temperature once the ingredients are put in, to better crisp the outside without the insides absorbing much fat and turning soggy. Oil-less fryers can provide similar taste and texture without the health and handling issues.

Capacity is the biggest consideration. Standard models usually handle 2 to 9 cups of oil, while larger ones might fry up to 12 cups at a time. Larger families usually prefer larger models to avoid having to prepare multiple batches in sequence. How quickly the fryer returns to cooking temperature once the food is in the oil is the other big issue.

Types of deep fryers

  • Electric deep fryers
  • Gas deep fryers
  • Oil-less deep fryers
  • Turkey deep fryers

Electric deep fryers are more convenient than frying things in large, oil-filled pot on the stove and are very common. The better models use safer enclosed heating elements, and many have lids preventing messy splatters and burns.

Gas deep fryers are usually propane-fueled and designed for outdoor use. One type has a dedicated hook-up for use with a tank or gas line or a propane stove. The other type are essentially big stockpots with fryer kits comprised of a thermometer, a frying rack, and lid.

Oil-less deep fryers come in versions powered either by electricity or propane gas. These are versatile appliances which can cook to restaurant standards of taste without having to deal with the mess and expense of lots of cooking oil. Many come with steam and stir-fry and other cooking functions.

Turkey deep fryers are good for doing turkeys for large numbers of people, and help out when the other kitchen pans and appliances are working at capacity to deal with desserts and side dishes. These also come in electric or propane, oil or oil-less version, and between a turkey deep fryer and other types the difference is mainly interior capacity.

Deep fryer features

  • Interior capacity. Capacity is very important, for if the fryer cannot cook a batch big enough for the expected number of diners, then multiple batches taking more time will need to be scheduled. Four-cup models make two small servings, six-cup models make two generous or three small servings, and twelve-cup models make enough to feed entire families. A turkey fryer is great for cooking a whole big chicken or turkey.
  • Heating power. Higher wattage models have more powerful elements to quickly heat the oil to the proper temperature and then return to it more quickly once food is added. This ensures the frying goes quicker so that the food’s exterior cooks crisply while the insides stay moist without absorbing much oil.
  • Adjustable temperature. Normal frying temperature for most foods is 375F, but adjustable controls allow flexible cooking for various foods.
  • Hooks for draining baskets. Better oil-type models have hooks onto which the frying baskets can be hung over the oil cavity to neatly drain excess fats.
  • Nonstick coating. Nonstick coatings make it lots easier to clean.
  • Stainless steel baskets. Stainless materials help resist rusting and pitting over time. Some accessories are dishwasher safe but most need hand-washing for cleaning.
  • Multi-purpose functions. More versatile models allow for making risotto or for steaming or boiling.


Likely the most used place in the home other than the bedroom is the kitchen, where we usually prepare and eat meals and drinks alone or in company. For enjoyable home dining, a well-equipped and laid-out kitchen is a necessity.

Good Coffee Grinders, Best Kitchen

Good appliances are great for preparing and serving drinks and food. Most consumers would buy a range or stovetop and maybe a wall oven, a refrigerator and freezer, a dishwasher, and also a convenient microwave. We look at one of the more useful kitchen accessories, the Coffee Grinder.

Great brewed and espresso coffee starts with fresh whole beans and how you grind them according to the brew method. Many people use inexpensive blade grinders and are happy enough with the results, but coffee experts prefer burr grinders for their versatility and precision in processing grinds for specialty coffees like espresso.

Types of coffee grinders

  • Electric Blade grinders
  • Electric Burr grinders
  • High-end Burr grinders with dosers
  • Manual grinders

Blade grinders chop beans with motorized rotating blades. Most models are relatively cheap and simple, push-button affairs, some have multiple settings for more flexibility.

Burr grinders slowly crush the beans between two spinning gears. Ceramic burrs are common and usually stay sharp for long, and burrs come in conical or flat plate versions. Grind quality is the same with blade grinder types.

That said, burr grinders are more costly because they can deliver the most precise grinds necessary for specialty coffee brews like espresso, pour-over, Turkish, or French press. Many are heavily and solidly built of metal, but inexpensive small manual burr grinders can be found.

The pricier ones have lasting build quality and offer consistency of grind over their lifetime. Some grinders feature dosing chambers, which sections rotate so that each dispenses a dose of grounds. The feature makes it possible to grind, hold and dispense grounds for many cups over time, but most users probably don’t need it. Some don’t like for their beans to possibly get stale awaiting their turn, and doser chambers need added cleaning as well.

Another difference in features is in stepped and stepless controls. Stepped models have presets for easily switching among various grinds. Stepless controls have less precise but more flexible mechanisms for total control, but they do need practice to get right. (more…)

The journey towards selling your home is not an easy path at all. Before advertising your home selling thought, you must try to increase the value of your home. There are several ways to increase the value of your home. In this article, I have discussed about the top most repair tips and ideas for adding value to your home.

Checking On Your Toilet Repairs:

Water leaking in the toilets is a common issue that could be noticed in every used home. This would lead to damage on your bathroom floor in addition to premature wearing of the internal workings in your toiler. Hence, checking on your toilets is a must. If you find that the water is leaking from the tank to the bowl, just replace the flapper. For replacing the flapper, follow the steps below:
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  • Shut off the water supply to the toilet.
  • Remove the lid of the tank and flush to drain the water inside the tank.
  • Wipe out with towel to remove any excess water left out inside the tank.
  • Remove your flush chain from the lever.
  • Slide the existing flapper up from the overflow tube.
  • Put the new flapper above the overflow tube.
  • Reconnect the flush chain.
  • Turn on the water supply.

Checking On Your Walls for Holes:

Drywall damages will be a tricky business which would require some tools as well as materials for making the walls to appear new. In order to fix small holes using cosmetic wedges, follow the steps below:

  • Cut your cosmetic wedges into pieces that are quite larger than your holes.
  • Spackle your wall.
  • Wipe out any excess material.
  • Sand this area until it gets smoother after the spackle gets dried.
  • Put a new coat of paint over this area.