Monday, January 27, 2014
Worth the money, or OHHH HONEY??
It's safe to say just about everyone on the planet these days wants STAINLESS STEEL everything. Miele (pictured above) is used in many higher-end homes and costs a fortune (average price is $2,600). A few years ago in California only ONE Miele representative existed for the entire state, and only Miele reps can repair broken or misbehaving appliances. And, yes, they misbehave on a regular basis. What I also found when dealing with the frustration of fixing a broken dishwasher was the sleek new feature of locating all of the buttons on the top of the unit, hidden under the countertop when closed (an example in the photo above). The problem here, when the unit goes into "steam-dry" mode it was shorting out because the moisture gets trapped under the countertop above, thus overloading the mechanism on top.
Solution…buy a good old GE or KitchenAide for far less with front mounted controls. If you are shopping for new appliances, invest a few bucks in Consumer Reports magazine for the latest on the greatest!
If you are choosing a new sink, my advice is to head to a store that displays every kind at customer level (some places hang them out of reach) so you can sample all..are you a double sink person, stainless, porcelain, or other? Stainless, believe it or not, is the most durable, easy to clean and often the least expensive. Porcelain is easy to chip and impossible to fix and I always mount sinks UNDER the counter..much easier for cleanup and more streamlined.
POTS AND PANS:
Right around the time I bought the fancy car in college I also splurged on expensive pots and pans. All-Clad was my brand of choice at the time, and while I only cooked top ramen at the time, those pieces are still in my pantry today! Am I suggesting you bust your budget on expensive pots and pans? Nope, not at all..I've found that Lodge Ware Cast Iron (make everything from stock pots to cowboy pans) are incredibly durable, very inexpensive and last forever (6 qt Lodge Stock Pot is $36 at Target and similar All-Clad is $214 at Williams Sonoma).
Have a question about what to buy when? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll throw my two cents at you before you spend yours!