Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Review

Juicing is one of the best habits that one can develop as part of a healthy dietary regime. It gives us the much needed fiber, vitamins, enzymes and a lot of other nutrients that the body requires for effective functioning. Certain juices are even known to lower the risk of heart diseases and cancers.

They are great refreshers and regulate the water content in the body, thereby helping the body to keep itself hydrated. Once juicing becomes habitual in our daily routine, most of us start researching for the best ones in the market that not only juices – fruits and veggies, but also serves a lot of other purposes. It is not only the quantity of juice that a juicer can squeeze out that is important, but also the quality of the juice produced.

For juicers, who are habituated to the process of juicing and prefer a high yield of juice, a slow juicer is the best bet. These juices retain the nutritional content to a large extent by extracting maximum fiber from the produce, thus making the juice high in its nutritional value.

Kuvings whole slow juicer

Recently, I purchased Kuvings whole slow juicer for serving my family’s dietary needs. This is the best juicer according to the JUICER, an independent juicer review site. Although the juicer was slightly expensive compared to other juicers in the market, keeping my long term juicing needs in mind, I am sure it is a good investment.

Kuvings whole slow juicer, a Korean product, is one the best juicers that serves a lot of our purposes in the kitchen, besides just juicing. They cost between $300 and $500 depending on the model variations you choose from. They are available in silver and white color. The feed chute of this juicer is about 3 inches wide, the widest feed chute model you can find in the market. You can put whole fruits and vegetables at once (without going through the trouble of cutting and chopping them before feeding them into the juicer). The auger rotates at a speed of 50-60 RPM.

The juicer saves me from a messy kitchen with the smart cap that prevents any dripping from the juicer. A smart rotating brush makes it easy for users to clean the machine without too much hassle. The motor is the best in its class today. The motor is a 240W brushless motor that produces enough torque to crush a whole apple at once.

One can be assured about the quality and durability of the product, as it is approved by the FDA and the NSF. The product has a warranty period of 10 years. It comes in with a 110V (only) triple-pronged outlet cord. The product has a separate juice and pulp catcher bowl. It also comes with a recipe booklet that encourages us to stay healthy by juicing and experimenting with different flavors of juice.

The Kuvings whole slow juicer adopts a hybrid-system lock mechanism which other juicers don’t. When we attach the juicing bowl to the base, the juicer locks itself automatically and doesn’t require us to twist. This system makes it easy to assemble as well as disassemble without risking vibration and causing any movement when the machine is switched on. Although the lock-on system gets harder to attach and detach at times, it’s more stable on the base.

The Kuvings whole slow juicer is simply the best to process wheatgrass, however you avoid sugarcane, coconut shell, avocado or apricot pits. The blank plate attachment that comes with the juicer helps me to make peanut butter and sorbet at home.

My overall experience with the Kuvings whole slow juicer has been simply mind blowing. Besides keeping my family healthy, I can entertain guests with healthier options without much effort in the kitchen. My kids get to taste a variety of juices day by day and I love watching the joy on their face with every sip they take.

Best Cookware Brands

Well, as far as I am concerned, the cookware shopping is done by the material, the requirement and the family size. But in this brand-conscious life of today, the COOKWARE BRAND also matters. So, here we are with all the big name and the best ones too. From pricey to mid-range, from selective to varieties, we have it all for all our readers that wish to understand the cookware brands in a better manner.

Starting with the best ones and the priciest ones, the list is as follows:

All Clad:

all cladThe name denotes one of the most expensive cookware brands in the contemporary market. The major products offered by the brand are of stainless steel and copper. The reputation of the brand is such, that you will NOT even find the products in normal stores. The upscale stores and the specialty outlets will be the ones you need to visit, to make the purchase. All Clad was recently rated as the best stainless steel cookware brand by The Brown Bottle as well.

Anolon and Circulon:

Anolon cookwareThese are another expensive cookware brand by the Meyer Corporation featuring non-stick products. The Anolon and Circulon products come with a coating on the insides and the outsides of the cookware. There around 6 to 7 lines of the brands and the products can be bought at a departmental store, mass market, specialty stores and normal shopping centers.


Welcome to the upper-mid-range cookware brand, which provides you lots of variety in the cookware. Uncoated, non-stick, stainless steel, anodized aluminium all kinds of cookware are available from the brand. My personal kitchen shelves also boast of some impressive collections from this brand. It is my personal favorite.


Cusinart stainless steel cookware setNow this is one of the best brands in the market which offers quality as well as confirms to the budget. Hard anodized, stainless steel, uncoated, multiclad and non-stick etc. are some of the cookware materials offered by the brand. The Green Gourmet Cookware line of the Cuisinart uses ceramic based surfaces.

Hence, it is also sought after by the health enthusiasts.


This is a relatively newer addition to the cookware market. You can find non-stick, anodized aluminium, uncoated as well as stainless steel cookware from this brand. The cookware can be bought from the specialty stores, Walmart, departmental stores and online retailers too.


Meyer corporation brand which is for the middle class consumers who cannot spend a lot on the cookware. The cookware offered by this brand is of stainless steel, aluminium, uncoated and non-stick varieties. It is the answer to all the worries for the people on tight budget. The cookware can be bought from Kmart, Walmart, departmental stores, Target, Specialty Stores and normal outlets.

The last one to enter my list is the Wearever:

This is a low-end brand which features uncoated aluminium and uncoated stainless steel cookware. The products can be obtained from the stores such as Sears, Walmart, Target etc.

So, this completes the list of some good, expensive, mid-range, quality assuring, variety providing brands in the cookware ranges. The choice is definitely yours. Always analyse your kitchen requirements, the budget and family size while making the purchase to make it less painful on both the resources and the budget.

Happy BRANDED Shopping.

Best pod based espresso machines – Nespresso and Gaggia

Without any doubts the top three pods based espresso machines on the market today are the Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso Pixie and Gaggia 14101 Classic, which works with both grounds and pods.  What pod based espresso machines give you is the ability to make good espressos, lattes and cappuccinos with as little effort as possible.

Nespresso CitiZThe Nespresso CitiZ, for example, is designed to produce excellent beverages at home through specialized pods.  It brings the espresso making to a higher level because of its sleek design and excellent coffee quality.  The making of creamy espresso has never been as easier as the Nespresso CitiZ makes it. It is rated as the best Nespresso machine by The Edge as well. All you need is to buy the Nespresso capsules for a quick and easy brewing process.  The machine is equipped with folding cup shelf, thermo block heating, high pressure pump and is very simple to manage.  Nespresso CitiZ prepares with one touch hot or cold milk froth and can hold ten used capsules, which are very easy to insert and would eject automatically.

Nespresso pixieNespresso Pixie is designed as the smallest espresso machine in the Nespresso brand, with the purpose to brew delicious espressos, but without all the complications that come with the more traditional models.  It works with pods and can satisfy even real coffee connoisseurs thanks to the wonderful quality of the coffee it makes.  Nespresso Pixie is a stylish single shot espresso maker which heats up in no time, so that you can have your fix of coffee immediately.  The machine is able to heat up in less than 30 seconds and would power off after 9 minutes. You can read this review to know more about Nespresso Pixie.

Gaggia 14101 ClassicGaggia 14101 Classic, on the other hand has been designed to be used at home for quick and easy espresso making.  Thanks to its customizable shot pour and milk steaming options, you can control the quality of the drinks according to your particular taste.  Gaggia 14101 Classic has a very classic design, which when combined with modern technology becomes the perfect pod based espresso machine for your home.  Because of its semi automatic structure it gives you a lot of opportunities, especially if you like your coffee brew in a certain way.  The machine works with both pods and grounds, so that your family can have their coffee the way they like it the most.

In conclusion, although, the pod based espresso makers are considered by many unable to achieve the quality other, more traditional models can, they still have their benefits.  Thanks to their design users are able to drink their favorite coffee drinks easily and quickly, without losing precious time in grounding and tamping.  They are also very easy to clean and would always keep your kitchen in order.

Rice Cooker Buying Guide

RiceGrowing up in Japan, I have eaten rice all my life, sometimes about three times a day. I know it is difficult to imagine that rice can be eaten so often by the Western world. Rice being the staple crop around here is one of the most common foods consumed by almost all people here in Japan at least one time a day. This is one of the reasons why I thought cooking tasty rice was easy.

Rice CookerHowever, I learned that I was wrong when I cooked rice for the first time. Most of the time, the rice would be tasteless, burnt, dried up, basically overcooked, or mushy, with no crunchiness in the center, or undercooked. Thanks to the many failed experiments, I finally gave up the traditional methods of making rice and made a decision of picking a rice cooker for my kitchen. After enquiring with family and friends, and reading the many reviews available online I learned that without the correct rice cooker, cooking rice can be way too complicated. But, which one? With several brands in the market and the many mixed reviews that I received from family and friends, I was left confused and wondering where to start. A website that I’ve found helpful is best rice cookers. It analyzes consumers reviews and rate cooker accordingly.

A few of the top brands of rice cookers that have been popular among household cooks are:

Japanese – Zojirushi, Sanyo, Panasonic, Tiger

Chinese – Cuckoo

American – Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker, Aroma

European – Krups

In the next few paragraphs, I am hoping to offer you a few tips that will help you in buying the right rice cooker for your rice cooking requirements.

Types of Rice Cookers

Similar to other household appliances, rice cookers also run the gamut from the most advanced high-end to the most traditional/conventional rice cooker. The heating technology used is what differentiates one rice cooker from another.

Micro-Computerized Rice Cookers

Popularly known as Micom rice cookers, this type rice cooker is fitted with a computer chip, which adjusts temperature and cooking time as per the calculation made by the thermal sensor. It cooks all kinds of rice flawlessly.

Induction Heating + Micro-Computerized Rice Cookers

This series of rice cookers uses the IH (Induction Heating) technology. Unlike conventional heating plate that is found on the base of the interior pan, the IH+Micom technology heats up the whole interior pan based on the principles of induction heating. Perfect cooking and excellent temperature adjustments are the two essential features of this type of rice cookers.

Induction Heating + Micro-Computerized + Pressure Rice Cookers

This series of rice cookers merges all the heating technologies (IH, Micom, and pressure) into one rice cooker. This sort of combined heating technology takes food preparation temperature to an advanced level and by doing so, it cooks rice faster, fluffier, softer, easy to digest, and can be kept for longer durations.

Conventional/Traditional Rice Cookers

The traditional rice cooker is nothing more than a pot to cook rice in it. All you need to do is add water, rice, and push the button for cooking the rice. This series of rice cookers is designed to cook simply, heat and turn off the heat. Traditional rice cookers are ideal for cooking white rice, but require some adjustments when cooking sushi rice or brown rice.

Important Points to Consider Before Purchasing a Rice Cooker

What is your budget?

The price of rice cookers varies between $20 and $450. If rice plays a vital role in your daily diet like mine, then investing in a good quality rice cooker is essential.

What are the uses of the rice cooker?

How often will you be using the rice cooker (daily, weekly, or monthly)? What would you be using it for? Will you be cooking only rice dishes or other dishes such as desserts and soups? Depending on the answers, purchasing one that matches your requirement will be wiser.

How many people are you feeding?

The capacity of rice cookers ranges between one and ten cups. For a four-six mid-sized family, a five cup rice cooker should do, and for a small family of two-three people, a three cup rice cooker is more than enough.

By now, I hope my rice cooker buying guide’s crash course helps you for your cooking and budget requirements.