Bought Cookware Set for our Survivor Corps Office

Last few months have seen a considerable increase in the number of our employees. One year ago, we started our marketing campaign with a team of 3 members. Now, we are running an office of 25 employees all of which are dedicated to their work. With the increase in business, the infrastructure requirements have also increased. There is a separate cafeteria; a small lounge and balcony have just been added to the already existing space. Last week we bought the cookware set for our office which required a lot of effort and speculation. We read a lot of reviews, had demos for many brands and went from one store to another to find the one that suits us the best. Finally, we laid our finger on the Mauviel Cookware of M’ Cook collection. It was recently named as the best cookware set by The Foodista. We found it apt for the office usage.

stainless steel cookware for Survivor Corps officeThe main characteristics of the cookware set which made us say yes, are the lifelong guarantee against the manufacturing defects and the safety of the stainless steel cookware. The M’ Cook collection is the 5 layer stainless steel cookware which is equally suited for the professional as well as the household use. The handles of all the pieces are made of the cast iron or the cast stainless steel which make the design seem ultra-modern. We have bought the 14 piece set which has 5 layers stainless steel construction. The type of stainless steel is 18/10 and the sheet thickness is 2.6 mm. The cookware has non-drip, reinforced edge, stainless steel rivets, polished exterior, and cast stainless steel handles.

We got three saucepans with lids, one saute’ pan with lid, two frying pans out of which one is non-stick one stew pan with the lid and one stock pot with lid. We chose the stainless steel cookware set because of its ability to cook almost all kinds of foods, non-reactive nature, durability, and ability to stay stain free for years. Mauviel promises to offer unbeatable quality which earned the final nod from me.

Mauviel Stainless Steel CookwareAll the pieces of the cookware come with the non-drip, pouring edges which make pouring easy. All the rivets are of stainless steel which means that the cookware can handle all the rough handling in the office. The handles are oversized which makes lifting them easier as compared to the ones that come with smaller handles. The cookware can be used in the oven till the operating temperature of 680 degrees Fahrenheit. Each piece has been crafted by hands and is dishwasher safe too. As the cookware in the office is bound to be used a bit rough and carelessly as compared to the household use, We had to make sure that we go for something that is easy to clean and maintain; can tolerate the rough usage and can promise to serve us for years. Hence, the Mauviel Stainless Steel Cookware of M’ Cook series was the best we can lay my hands on which was in our budget too.

The cookware has been received and used well by almost everyone and has been a good experience till now. And we are sure that it will be same for the years ahead.

Bought Rice Cooker for our Survivor Corps Office

old rice cookerI had to replace the old rice cooker in my office as it had turned into just a soup making and slow cooking machine. The rice had started to get stuck to the bottom of the rice cooker even when partially cooked. Every time the rice turned out to be half burnt. Sometimes, it even bubbled out of the rice cooker. So, I thought to replace it. After roaming in a lot of stores and reading rice cooker reviews, I finally shortlisted the Aroma Professional 20 cup cool touch cooker. It is of the right capacity, is cool touch means that a lot of accidents can be easily avoided.

Why did I make this choice?

The Aroma Professional 20 Cup Rice Cooker is excellent for daily use and comes with easy to operate menu which means that everybody will be able to use it easily. 4 to 20 cups of rice can be cooked in the cooker. Apart from cooking brown rice, red rice and white rice, one can also make soups, jambalaya and chilli in the rice cooker. The steamer baskets available with the cooker can be used to steam soya chunks, vegetables and meat in the rice cooker. Also, the cookers can be operated in a slow cook mode.

The cooking pot of the Aroma Rice Cooker is non-stick which means that rice will not stick to the bottom and the rice cooker will be easy to clean. The keep-warm feature of the rice cooker keeps the rice warm for a long interval of time. This means that all the employees will be able to eat warm rice at different times. The keep-warm feature will turn on automatically once the rice has been cooked.

Features of the cooker:

Aroma rice cookerThe Aroma 20 Cup Rice Cooker is a digital cooker which comes with the function of Saute-then-Simmer. The high heat is readily available for the initial heating and when the liquid is added, the cooker automatically shifts to the simmer mode. The cooker comes with a delay timer of 15 hours which means that the meal planning is also easy. This function is perfect for the Risotto, Spanish rice and Packaged Meals.

The Aroma Professional Rice Cooker has made it easy for me and others to have rice at the office and enjoy warm rice at any time we feel like. The rice is very tasty and texture can also be controlled. It is very easy to use and prepares rice in generous amounts which is appropriate for the office use too.

I find Aroma 20 cup professional cooker to be very effective and well suited for my office and suggest all of you to buy the same for yours too.

Bought Bread Machine for our Survivor Corps Office

We have recently got this ultimate bread maker from Panasonic for our office use. The machine is ultra classic and super sturdy. It was recently named as the best bread machine by eco-chef. The latest technology, the ease of using and above all, the ability to make the perfect bread every time which almost melts into your mouth makes the gadget all the more special and precious. The model we have purchased is Panasonic Bread Maker SD-YD250 which can bake a loaf of around 2.5 pounds. Though the machine comes with this unique feature in which you can set the size of the loaf you are going to bake.

panasonic bread machineAlong with the selection of the size and the other common control options which are available in the machine, the user is also allowed to choose the colour of the crust which gives the bread maker an edge over the other competitors in the market. And now we are going to take all our readers on a virtual tour of ‘Bread Baking’ in the world of Panasonic SD-YD 250.

All about the controls:

The machine itself is around 15.5 pounds and consumes an average counter space. However, no one wants the machine to drop itself off the counter owing to the vibration. Hence, ensure that the machine is placed on a large enough counter before you start baking in it. It has the regular dough cycle, is able to make gluten free bread, and makes bread loaves in three sizes – M, L and XL.

It can be used to prepare Multigrain bread, Basic or the Regular Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, Pizza dough, French bread, rapid bread (with the Bake Rapid cycle), Sandwich Bread (Bake Sandwich cycle), Raisin Bread (Bake Raisin cycle), dough for dinner rolls, croissants, donuts and pizzas and you can extend the functionality of the machine by using the recipe booklet and your skills.

All about the Bread:

breadThe bread prepared with the Panasonic bread maker is better than all the competitors in terms of texture, taste, size, colour (which can be set) and aroma. You might think that we are being biased just because we have this machine. But experience speaks better than any infomercial and a demo is always available in the executive stores. So, you can just check this out on your own too.

The bread tastes good because of the difference in the baking cycles, the availability of the yeast dispenser which works on its own and the unique programming of the bread maker.

After the Baking:

Everybody doesn’t love cleaning up; especially the kitchen mess. Baking was made automatic because manual baking used to take a lot of time, skill, effort and a huge time for cleaning up the mess left after baking. Though some bread makers leave the baking pan gooey or leave the burnt bread in the corners, the Panasonic Bread Maker comes has this unique baking pan which is non-stick and can be thus, cleaned easily. All you have to do is to clean it like a normal utensil. You can’t put it in the dishwasher though and can’t use the abrasive cleaners on it. This will destroy the non-stick coating.

The main body and unit can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or kitchen towel and the yeast dispenser can also be wiped with a cloth. If you are wiping the yeast dispenser with a damp cloth, though, you should take care that it is completely dry when you use it the next time. To clean the kneading paddle, you can follow the regular process but you should not submerge it in the water.

The measuring cup and spoon can also be rinsed and dried just like the other utensils. Hence, the cleaning part will also not require a lot of effort. Let me tell you, this is one of the major reason that we bought the machine for the office as the staff over there is less bent towards strenuous cleaning processes.

So, what are you waiting for, go for a demo. Or even better, order one for your office right now..!!

Bought Espresso Machine for our Survivor Corps Office

A few months back there was an emergency situation at our Survivor Corps office. Our old an ancient coffee machine finally breathed its last. One fine day the old friend just stopped working. Everyone in the office looked visibly depressed and down. Work became slow. People were taking long breaks at every possible opportunity to run to the nearest cafe. Being an advertising agency, we need to brainstorm for new ideas every now and then. But the brainstorming sessions also became utterly unproductive due to the absence of caffeine in the office.

Rancilio-Espresso-MachineSome of us got together and decided to help the situation and buy a new coffee machine for the office. Now this was the difficult bit. Choosing an espresso machine to buy for use in an office involves a lot of planning. Because a lot of coffee is going to be brewed every day and the machine should be able to take that much usage. Additionally, maintenance should be easy and cleaning should not be a daylong task. So after long hours of research, we decided to settle for Rancilio Silvia Espresso machine, the number one rated espresso machine by The Edge. The Edge editors review the home espresso machines with videos, photos, and customer reviews. For office we bought the additional pod adapter kit and got the PID installed. We also paid a little extra to extend the warranty period to three years.

Truth be told, this espresso machine is actually pretty amazing. The machine was reasonable priced, below a thousand dollars. It has a rust resistant stainless steel outer casing that makes it look sturdy and pretty sleek. To be honest, while buying it we actually fell for the look. It also has a small footprint- that is, it takes up a considerably little space on the counter top.

But, if you leave the aesthetics aside, even then this machine proves to be quite handy. It is fairly simple to use. All you need to do is plug it in, and you are good to go! No plumbing hassle required at all. Due to the pod adapter kit we can also use coffee pods for making espresso. This comes very handy at office when you do not have time to grind coffee beans and then dose and tamp them. Otherwise we do have a fairly good coffee grinder and a tamper for aid. The brass portafilter comes with two baskets for single and double shots. The brewed espresso is also pretty consistent in individual brews due to the even heating system. There is a cup warmer that is perfect for the finicky espresso lovers who need to warm up their cup before pulling a shot. And my personal favorite feature, the steam wand, it just works magic to make amazing cappuccinos and latte. The tea lovers in our office also can easily heat water with this team wand for their tea.

Rancilio espresso machine with pidAll in all, this machine has proved to be a good buy. We have been using it for over four months now and it has remained true to its words, reliable, consistent and user friendly. Though it does require very precise and fine grinding of the beans to make espresso and offers little manual control beside the installed PID, but who cares about that in an office anyway? We are all happy with this machine- espresso drinkers, cappuccino drinkers and even tea drinkers. No complaints from anyone whatsoever. A couple of our employees actually went ahead and bought one of these beauties for home use. I would highly recommend buying this machine to whoever is in search of a good quality and durable espresso machine.

Juicing party at Survivor Corps by Best Juicer

header4You know we have restructured this website to a blog. This Saturday we hosted juicing party at our new survivor corps office. This juicing party was organized by “Best Juicer”.  We had room for 20 people. We invited some of our friends who love juice for a morning of breakfast. Our Party started at 7am and finished at 11am. We used a good mix of fruit and veggies, including greens like celery, spinach etc. Best Juicer sent us a brand new masticating juicer to make juice. It was a slow juicer that extracts all kind of juice and you get extra vitamins and very high yield.  We made apple, carrot, orange and greens juice using this slow juicer. Taste was exceptionally well. This juicer had pulp controller in it. We made both juices and smoothies using this pulp controller feature.

We had lot of fun as we had getting together. We had good healthy breakfast and Thank you “Best Juicer” for this amazing and different party. We all love you at survivor corps office. Thank you for your support.