New Brands Carried by Organize-It: Cuisinart
July 25, 2013
Cuisinart is another new brand the Content Team has added to OrganizeIt.com’s stock of over 10,000 items. Here is a sampling of the Cuisinart items carried by Organize-It:
Start your morning right with a cup of coffee made in this 12 Cup Cuisinart Coffee Maker. You can program this coffee pot to start brewing your coffee at a certain time each morning so you can have your coffee waiting for you when you roll out of bed. You can program it up to 24 hours in advanced and with an auto-shut off you don’t have to worry about your pot burning if you forget to turn it off on your way out the door. If you can’t wait until the pot is full to get your morning fix, the brew pause feature allows you to pause the brewing process so you can pour yourself a cup, without the pot dripping, and then have the coffee maker continue the cycle. An easy-to-read LCD clock is on the front.
Make ice cream and other frozen desserts right at home using the Ice Cream Maker by Cuisinart. Easy to use – you can make your own sorbets, frozen yogurts, and ice cream in less than 20 minutes without a lot of fuss or mess. The double-insulated freezer bowl holds up to 1 1/2 quarts. The bowl is BPA-free and dishwasher safe, for easy clean-up. To use, just throw in the ingredients and turn it on. Everything is mixed automatically with a patent-pending paddle that mixes while simultaneous aerating and freezing the ingredients. A transparent lid enables you to observe the ice cream making process. One of the benefits of making your own ice cream is that you can add your own ingredients to make desserts tailored to your own likes, whether they are healthy or delightfully decadent.
When you have a large household with busy schedules, and you find yourselves standing in line for the toaster and chomping at the bit, it’s time to invest in a 4 slice Cuisinart Toaster. The toaster is made of attractive stainless steel so you’ll be happy to let it display on your counter for convenience. Four self-adjusting slots accommodate a variety of thicknesses – from toast to bagels – and have dual temperature controls, which allow you to toast light and dark simultaneously – or toast bagels while you make waffles. Additional controls let you select bagel, defrost, reheat or cancel with the touch of a button (these are also dual controls).
Start your day the right way with the Cuisinart Coffeemaker. Fully programmable with a 12 cup capacity, this premier coffeemaker boasts a slew of fabulous features. The adjustable heater plate keeps your coffee at the temperature you like best – and the brew/pause feature stops spills when pouring coffee mid-cycle. The easy-to-use dials let you program brewing up to 24 hours ahead, select cup settings, and choose auto-shutoff. The coffeemaker also includes a charcoal water filter, a gold-tone coffee filter, and a green indicator light that alerts you when you should decalcify your machine. When it’s time to clean, a simple auto-clean button does the job for you.
Cuisinart’s Griddler is a 5-in-1 cooking center that functions as a contact grill, panini press, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. A worthy recipient of many rave reviews, the Griddler combines the best features of other appliances and rolls them all into one fabulous kitchen tool. Countertop grills, while convenient, often have one sticky drawback: cleaning the plates. Cuisinart plates are removable and dishwasher safe, making the grill instantly more appealing. Another poor selling point on many grills is the lack of temperature control. This device has dual temperature controls for the griddle and grill/panini press, giving you the control of a full size stove.
New Brands Carried by Organize-It: Breville
July 11, 2013
Breville is another new brand the Content Team has added to OrganizeIt.com’s stock of over 10,000 items. Founded in Sydney, Australia, Breville makes small kitchen appliances and are the originators of the sandwich toaster. Here is a sampling of the Breville items carried by Organize-It:
Make healthy snacks for you and your family by extracting the juice out of fruits with this Compact Breville Juice Fountain. Around 70 percent of the nutrients in vegetable and fruits are found in the juice. This juicer transfers less than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit of heat so more vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes are left in the juice. This machine has a heavy-duty 700 Watt motor and an integrated pulp container that will collect the pulp as the juice is extracted
Make your favorite smoothie or cocktail recipes in this Breville Hemisphere Blender. The jug can hold up to 48 ounces/1.5 liters and has an easy-pour spout so you can easily pour contents into a waiting glass. The bowl is contoured so food does not get trapped in nooks and crannies, thus making it easier to clean. The lid fits snugly on the jug and features a ring pull so it is easy to remove. The dishwasher safe jug fits onto the heavy-duty, die cast metal base easily and without needing to twist or turn
The Breville Fast Slow Cooker is a fabulous cooking gadget that combines slow cooker and pressure cooking functions into one appliance. With saute, sear, slow cook, pressure cook, pressure steam and warm settings, you have the versatility to cook a variety of dishes in a variety of cooking modes. Made of attractive brushed stainless steel, it’s attractive enough to leave in the open for daily use. Included with the cooker are a stainless steel steaming tray and trivet, a heat resistant spatula, a serving spoon, and a measuring cup.
Make a relaxing cup of tea in the evening with the Electric Glass Kettle. The natural purity of the glass ensures you get a more pure boil. With a 1800 W power, the water will boil faster so you do not have to wait very long. The ergonomic handle has a lid release button so you can easily pop the soft opening lid up to fill your glass. The cord is attached to the multi-directional swivel base.. Simply plug the into a socket and switch the illuminated on/off button to the on position. The jug itself is cord free so you can remove it without having to lift the entire unit. The kettle has a 7 cup/ 1.7 liter capacity. A safety device in the kettle will turn the unit off if it senses there is not enough water to boil. An easy-pour spout and wide lid opening allow for quick and easy filling. All parts that come in contact with water are BPA free. Has a limited one year warranty through the manufacturer.
If you are thinking about juicing for a healthier lifestyle, or just want to have freshly squeezed juice a couple of times a week, you can’t go wrong with the Juice Fountain Plus Juicer by Breville. This centrifugal-type juicer is a great juicer with a lot of the features of much higher priced models, while providing similar, if not better performance. The 850 watt motor can handle most tasks from juicing hard beets to softer fruits such as oranges. Two speeds (12000 and 6500 RPM) let you choose the optimal speed for the density of the food you are juicing. Lower speeds extract juice more efficiently from soft foods like citrus fruits.
Start creating tasty recipes in this Breville Toaster Oven. With several temperature settings and a tempered glass door so you can see your food cooking, you can create several different dishes and watch them from start to finish. Ideal for small apartments, dorm rooms, and one to two person households for quick and easy cooking. So break out that recipe book and try some new dishes in this Breville Toaster Oven.
Tips for Storing and Caring for Seasonal Items
July 9, 2013
At Organize-It, we welcome any and all ideas on how to better organizer your life. This blog was written by Jenn Young from Uncle Bob’s storage facility. If you would like to be a guest blogger for Organize-It, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4th of July has come and gone, and with the holiday cleanup underway, it’s time to remember that closets, cabinets and drawers are the biggest offenders when it comes to the seasonal clutter dilemma. I think we can all attest to the less than ideal job we do of packing up seasonal decorations and clothes. For me, taking down the Christmas tree, nativity scene and other items lacks the certain holiday flair I had when I put the items up. Part of me knows that tossing all the Christmas lights into one giant garbage bag will mostly likely result in their failure to work next Christmas but halfway through the endeavor of taking them down, I simply lose interest in the matter and want the whole process to be done with.
What ends up happening? I find myself seven months down the road in July, that bag has been pushed aside, squished, and moved around to the point where reaching into the garage cabinet to get it out will result in a Jenga-like catastrophe. But there is a glint of hope at the end of this story. Through storage trial and error, I have finally learned my lesson. The following tips and tricks have worked for me so I thought I’d share them, because who knows, they might just work out for you too!
Pitch or Pack
Before you start the process of packing up or even reorganizing a previous storage endeavor, take a moment to lug it all out where you can take it all in at once. Having all of your seasonal items out in front of you gives you the best idea of what you need and simply, what you don’t. Before the mass exodus of my decorations I was storing things I knew I would never use. So each year, there they sat, in the back of my closest, taking up room and impeding on my ability to properly use the space to its full potential.
With each item out in front of you, begin to separate them into different areas based on their importance and how meaningful they are. If you can look at an item and know that it will never again be proudly displayed on your entertainment center, then it’s probably time for that particular item to go.
With the excess removed from the useful you can now get ready for the second step, putting items in storage.
If you have been using a shelf space, closet space, or under the bed space then perhaps it’s time to consider streamlining your seasonal items into one easy to access spot. If you have the time, move a few things around so all your decorations will be in one central location and through cleanly labeled boxes such as, “Christmas”, “Easter” or, “4th of July” you should have no problem finding what you’re looking for when you need it.
If space is a problem where you live, as it sometimes is for smaller homes or micro urban apartments, you might want to consider using a self-storage space to alleviate clutter and reclaim closets and cabinets. Using a small storage unit for these seasonal items will free up valuable space for a home office or craft room, and generally only amount to a few short trips per year to retrieve and deposit seasonal items.
You will always want to store your seasonal items safely so they’re protected from moisture, extreme heat and cold, bug infestations and dust. Securing items so they are ready to be used next year is an important process in cutting down on the time it takes to set up and take down.
If you are storing items like blankets, table runners or placemats, then space bags are a great choice for keeping moisture and moths out. A lot of smaller decorations can fit nicely into a closable plastic container. Using standardized containers not only maximizes protection, but they are also one of the best ways to make the most of your space.
Storing and retrieving your seasonal items doesn’t have to be a nuisance. Follow these steps to cut down on time, make the best use of your space and protect your stored items.
Jenn Young is a freelance writer working with Uncle Bob’s storage facility. She is passionate about beautifying her home and keeping things organized. Jenn currently writes on anything and everything related to storage and keeping things clutter free!