Kitchen Tips :How to use blade coffee grinder

Have you recently bought a new blade grinder for yourself? A blade grinder needs careful attention if you want to use it efficiently as there are many things that could go wrong. It comes with a metal blade which can help in cutting your coffee beans into smaller pieces but it doesn’t provide you a consistent fine powder like a Burr grinder. To ensure that you get a consistent ground coffee, you need to grind the coffee beans in small batches which make it important to learn about the usage of a blade coffee grinder.

Here are a few tips and steps to grind coffee beans using your blade grinder. Also check, best coffee brewer with grinder.

Steps

Step 1: Make sure that your blade grinder is clean and there are no residual coffee oils from the last grind as this could alter the taste of coffee for you. So, clean your coffee grinder before you start grinding your coffee beans.

Step 2: Once you have cleaned the coffee grinder thoroughly, you need to open the top plastic lid of the reservoir and pour into it a few handful of coffee beans. Make sure you don’t overload the grinder with the beans as then it won’t be able to grind those beans effectively.

Step 3: Once you have placed the coffee beans inside the reservoir, you need to carefully close the plastic lid and make sure that it is locked and that no amount of ground coffee will spill out.

Step 4: Now, you need to press the button to start the grinder and the metal blades will start chopping through the coffee beans. You might need to apply a little pressure to the button or the plastic lid to make your blade grinders work so make sure that you keep an eye on your grinder at all times.

Step 5: You would need to perform step 4 multiple times to get a consistent quality ground coffee. If you need a coarser grind, you can simply grind your coffee beans once for 10-15 seconds but if you want a finer grind, then you would need to perform multiple 15 seconds grinds. This is because the blades can’t turn up an evenly sized grind in the first run and requires several runs to achieve it.

Note: Coffee grinder also plays a important role in espresso machines. Here’s freshpresso’s list of top espresso machines.

Tips

Here are a few tips to grind your coffee beans more efficiently with a blade grinder:

  • Make sure that you fill in the reservoir with the exact amount of coffee beans that you would need to brew a cup of coffee.
  • Don’t forget to cover the reservoir with the plastic lid to avoid spills.
  • Make sure that you use short bursts to grind your coffee beans to avoid overheating your ground coffee and losing its aroma.
  • If you want a finer grind, you would need to grind longer but if you need a coarser grind, you need to grind your coffee beans for a shorter period of time.
  • Shake your grinder a little while mixing to give your grounds a chance to mix well.

7 Attachments your KitchenAid stand mixer is incomplete without

There are a lot of stand mixer attachments available in the market but that doesn’t mean that you can buy them all in one go. It might be due to space constraints or budget constraints, but sometimes you would need to choose that which stand mixer is the right investment for you and which stand mixer you can definitely skip on. There are a few stand mixer attachments which are the best and you should definitely consider these for your kitchen.

So, which are the best kitchenaid stand mixer attachments that you could buy?  Here’s all that you need to know in detail.

Beater

One of the best stand mixer attachments for all those people who like to make a lot of pizzas, cakes, and cookies, this stand mixer comes handy in preparing the batter for your baked items and mixing dough for your pizza.

You just have to put the ingredients in the bowl and the stand mixer will provide you with a consistent mixture in just a few minutes.

Wire Whip

Another great attachment to have is a wire whip which can be used to whisk ingredients together and prepare a great and fluffy mixture for yourself. You can use this attachment a lot for whisking eggs together and making your own omelets, French toasts, cakes, etc. You don’t have to put in any manual effort anymore, just put in your ingredients together and attach your wire whip, and your mixture will be ready in just a few minutes.

Dough Hook

This great attachment comes really handy in kneading dough for your rolls and baked goods, this attachment provides you with a mixture which is not over mixed and can hold its shape when being cooked.

Juicer

One of the best attachment to have, this provides you with an option of fresh fruit juices every day now. It is extremely easy to use and minimizes the mess too. Just pop in your fruit and switch on the mixer and your delicious and healthy freshly made juice will be ready in no time at all.

Food Grinder

Another great stand mixer attachment which you should definitely consider for your home is the food grinder. This attachment can be used for vegetables, meat, fruits, etc. and can provide you with perfectly ground meat and vegetables in no time at all. Just fill it with your desired food item and it will provide you with a perfectly ground food item in just a matter of minutes.

Blade Spiralizer

This stand mixer attachment is the best investment ever, not only it can be used to peel all your vegetables and fruits quickly and efficiently but it can also be used to spiralizer zucchinis, and other vegetables and make you a healthy pasta alternative.

This stand mixer comes handy in spiraling apples for apple pie, potato mashes and works on a variety of vegetables which includes but is not limited to carrots, beets, summer squashes, etc.

4 Reasons I prefer using bronze kitchen faucets

There are a lot of options available when choosing a kitchen faucet but bronze faucets have been a really popular option among a majority of people since a while now.

What is so special about a bronze faucet really? Apart from the fact that it looks lively and has various mesmerizing shades, why really should one choose a Bronze finish?

To answer all your questions, we have enlisted the top 4 reasons why a Bronze Faucet is advantageous for your kitchen faucet:

Long-lasting

Bronze faucets are durable and provide you with a long-lasting option. You might be worried that its original color might fade after sometimes but manufacturers ensure that they provide you with a high-quality coating which will last for years to come.

Some bronze faucets are created out of brass or stainless steel and are more likely to be durable and provide you with a long-lasting faucet.

But make sure that the bronze coating on these faucets is thick else after a few months it will start peeling off and it will give a bad look to your kitchen.

Variations

You can find numerous options to choose from really. You can either choose a single handle bronze faucet or a two handle bronze faucet.

It provides you with a lot of options in both style and design and provides you with various finishes, ranging from matte to brushed allowing you to choose a shade which appeals to you and matches your kitchen.

Bronze faucets come in plenty of unique patterns and have become more popular these days due to their both modern and antique look.

Attractive looks

It is no surprise that bronze faucet just looks gorgeous and add a value to your kitchen. It is not sure how but they definitely add a high-end look to your humble kitchen.

Maybe it is because of the shade or the finish or maybe the style, but bronze faucets make your kitchen look more stylish and classy and will definitely impress your guests when they take a tour of your kitchen.

Ease of availability

Last but not the least, bronze faucets are super easily available. You can buy them from a shop or online and can instantly install them in your kitchen without a lot of hassle.

Bronze faucets are always available in the market and easy to get your hands on and so it doesn’t matter if you are looking for a brand new bronze faucet or just a replacement for the old one, you will find all types of designs to match your kitchen and personality. Homeguyd has reviewed one of the best one’s at https://homeguyd.com/best-kitchen-faucets-reviews/.

So if you are looking for a full remodeling or if you are building a new home, you can rest assured that you would find all types of designs and styles in the bronze faucets to match your kitchen and make it look more attractive than the previous version.

Not only that, you are bound to use it for years to come due to its durable quality. So what are you waiting for? Go and select a bronze faucet for your kitchen right now.

Below is a must read buying guide for all newbies

 

Chocolate Cream Pie in Pictures

Pie all done! Here’s how you do it!
Make the quick puff for the crust: combine the flour, salt and butter per the quick puff recipe
Add super cold water, combine and pat into a loose round. Cover and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a work surface. it’s a disaster when you first start.
Start your 1st letter fold. like I said, DISASTER! It’s going to be less of a fold than a crumbling catastrophe but I’m here to tell you this is normal and as it should be. There’s another photo demo in Pie it Forward for the quick puff, so feel free to consult that as well!
Continue rolling out and making your turns.
see, getting better!
all done! still looking shaggy but covering with plastic wrap and giving it a rest will do the trick.

Make the pastry cream.  Photo demo here:  http://www.pieitforwardcookbook.com/2012/02/pastry-cream.html

Make the ganache. Cream over chocolate and let it sit.
whisk
whisk
whisk until the ganache is emulsified.
cut an 1/8 from the dough (you need to make a larger batch of quick puff for it to work properly. But good news, it freezes beautifully).
roll out and line a pie pan. Dock the dough and crimp the edges.
line with parchment and pie weights.
bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges start to look baked through but not golden. Take the parchment and weights away and you’ll notice that there’s an uncooked dough sheen. Put that puppy back into the oven until the bottom of the dough looks slightly golden and baked through.
all done. Combine the pastry cream and measure of ganache as indicated in the recipe in Pie It Forward.
Line the shell with remaining ganache. Top ganache with pastry cream mixture, whipped cream (I used a little more than indicated in the recipe as I had more and wasn’t doing anything else with it) and chocolate shavings.
Congratulations! It’s a pie!

Slice and share.

Always add extra chocolate curls, for obvious reasons.

Basic Pie Assembly

Assemble your crust ingredients.  Make sure they are ice cold.

Cube butter and freeze for at least 10 minutes.

Measure out the shortening and freeze for at least 10 minutes.

Add dry ingredients to processor and pulse to combine.

Add fats to the dry ingredients and pulse…
Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Measure out 1/2 cup of ice cold water.
Add water slowly while pulsing. Check the dough now and again.
You might not need all the water.

You want the dough to hold together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers.

Dump the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap.

Use the plastic wrap to press the dough into a round.

Cover the round with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

Get your filling ingredients together.

Peel, core and slice your apples.  You can cut them in smaller or larger slices.  Just makes sure they are uniform so they cook evenly.

You can use an apple peeler to do the work.
This one peels…
Cuts the apple into slices…

and cores.
Cut the apple first in half…
And then into quarters.
Coat the apples with the liquid ingredients.
Stir together the dry ingredients until…
well combined.
Stir the apples to coat with the dry ingredients.

Divide your cooled dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other.

Coat your work surface with a light, even coating of flour.

I use a King Arthur Flour pie mat to roll out.  It gives you dimensions for rolling the crust.

Sprinkle the top of the larger round of dough with a bit of flour.

And don’t forget your pin.

Roll into a round, starting at the middle and rolling towards the edge.  Turn the dough an 1/8 of a turn as you go around.

You should see discernible bits of butter in the dough.
Roll the dough around your pin.
Gently transfer the dough to the tin.
Unroll the dough onto the tin.
Dock the bottom crust with a fork.
Roll out the top crust and cut out a vent hole.

Fill the lined tin with the apples.
Mound them so they are taller in the middle.
Roll your top crust around the pin.

And place over the filling.

Tuck the ragged edges of the two crusts under.
Flour your thumbs and crimp the edges.
Crimp all along the edge.
Brush the crust with egg wash.
If you like, sprinkle with sanding sugar.