The Highest Rated Humidifiers For 2012

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It’s important to keep indoor humidity at an optimum level (45 to 65 percent). Dry air in the winter is one the main causes of sinus infections and sore throats. Humidifiers require frequent maintenance -- minerals in tap water can cause an accumulation of scale, a breeding ground for bacteria. Parts of the humidifier need to be descaled regularly with vinegar and disinfected with bleach, and filters and wicks require periodic replacement. Listed below are the top rated humidifiers according … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Microplane Professional Grater

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Microplane rasp was invented in 1990 by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace in Russellville, Arkansas. They originally produced the rasp as a woodworking tool, and it took four years before people started using it in the kitchen as a grater (you can read the whole story in this New York Times … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Pressure Cookers

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Pressure cookers are efficient cooking devices -- they are up to 70% more efficient than conventional pots. The lids of pressure cookers are built to completely seal the pot so that the contents can boil easily inside the pot. Food cooks faster because the liquid inside rises to a higher temperature before boiling. Cooking times can be reduced by a factor of three or four. Choose a stainless steel pressure cooker instead of aluminum one because the stainless steel does not interact with the … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Think Chair By Steelcase

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Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase has been making office furniture since 1912. Their Think Chair is designed to maximize comfort and ergonomics, and it has received several prestigous design awards since its introduction in 2006. The Think Chair was also the first product to receive a Cradle to Cradle™ Product Certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). The certification evaluates a product for human and environmental health impacts throughout its … [Read more...]

Stainless Steel French Press by Bodum

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Bodum, the Danish kitchenware maker, is world-renowned for their French Presses. Most Bodum presses are made with borosilicate glass, which is tough glass, but it is still prone to breakage (I broke three glass presses in two years). However, Bodum does make a double-walled, Stainless Steel French Press. Because it made with 100% stainless steel, this press can withstand drops and rough handling. With its double walls,  Stainless Steel French Press also acts like a insulated thermos. The … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: The Estwing Hammer

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Estwing is a company in Rockford, Illinois that has been forging tools since 1923. It was the first company to make an all-steel hammer that is forged in one piece, according to the manufacturing manager Dan Eisman. Before this time, hammer heads were forged separately, and attached to a handle. The … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: The Rada Tomato Slicer

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Rada Cutlery is a small company in Iowa that has been making knives since 1948. Their knives are constructed with a high carbon surgical stainless steel, and they feature dual serrations and hollow-ground blades. This construction is aimed to ensure a sharp cutting edge for years. Rada offers a … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: All American 920 Pressure Cooker / Canner

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The 920 Pressure Cooker has been made in Wisconsin since 1930 by the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry. This cooker is renowned for its ability to endure a lifetime of use. They are built with heavy-duty cast aluminum and feature no gaskets, which tend to fail eventually. Instead, the cooker has a precision … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Vitamix 5200 Blender

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S Vitamix blenders, manufactured in Cleveland since the 1940s, are truly industrial-strength devices. Built like tanks, they are widely used in restaurant kitchens due their durability and long warranty. It is Consumer Reports' top scoring blender. The Vitamix 5200 blender contains a 2 horsepower … [Read more...]

Wushtof Classic Chef Knife

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. The Wushtof company, based in Germany, makes carbon-steel kitchen knives that get high ratings from most credible reviewers (including Cook's Illustrated and Consumer Reports). Reviewers are impressed by the durability of Wushtof knives -- they are made of heavy forged steel. The Wushtof Classic, … [Read more...]