Appliances

I Bought a Tiny “Parisian” Fridge and I Totally Regret It — Small-Space Kitchens

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Everything is better in Paris. I know that. Attempting to make my American home my own version of a Parisian apartment was destined to be a disappointment. I live on the wrong continent with a different way of life. But I couldn't resist.

I should have resisted.

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Recipe: 10-Hour Slow Cooker Chana Masala — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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This version of chana masala, a dish of chickpeas braised in a gingery tomato gravy, is for those of you who love having a deeply seasoned sauce to sop up with naan or ladle over rice. It's for you if you crave big flavor from a vegetarian dish, and this recipe is especially for you if you're looking for a slow cooker recipe that's going to take you past the eight-hour mark into 10-hour territory.

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The 5 Best Frozen Foods to Cook in Your Instant Pot — Freezer to Table

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There is a lot to love about the Instant Pot, and if you snagged one on Amazon Prime Day you probably already know what I'm talking about. But the one feature that makes cooking more convenient above all else is the ability to use the pressure-cooking function to cook foods straight from the freezer. That's right — no defrosting necessary. Here are five foods that can be cooked from frozen in your Instant Pot.

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Did You Know Your Instant Pot Can Do This? — Tips from The Kitchn

With the option for lightning-fast pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and making a killer batch of chicken broth, the Instant Pot is the do-it-all multi-cooker that has been winning hearts and stomachs everywhere. In addition to its seven functions, there's something even better and more convenient that it can do, and it might just be the thing that saves dinner when planning does not go as expected. Can you guess what it is?

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The Surprising Reason Your Dishwasher May Be Scratching Your Dishes — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

We talk about the dishwasher a lot in our household. I have strong opinions on how it should be loaded (back to front, with the plates lined up just so), my husband has some strong opinions on how everything should be prewashed before it goes in (super-well, with nary a food smear in site). We discuss when it should be loaded (immediately after dinner, or can it wait a while), whether forks should point up or down, and when it should be unloaded (first thing in the morning, or whenever we have a spare five minutes).

Recently I spoke to Dirk Sappok, director of product development for Miele, and it turns out most of these things don't matter. As long as you're not blocking the sprayer (with, say, a large bowl) it doesn't really matter how you load it up. Newer dishwashers don't need pre-rinsing and can even sense the soil level to stop the wash cycle when plates are clean — although our ancient dishwasher definitely does not have that feature (it's technically called a turbidity sensor; try to use that in a sentence today). And those other issues are more marital questions than dishwasher ones.

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The Problem with Frost-Free Freezers — Freezer Intelligence

If you've got an older freezer, you're probably familiar with freezer frost. And you know that defrosting said freezer is usually an annual event involving an ice pick and a hair dryer. But before you trade your old freezer for a new frost-free one, here's what you should know.

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