Monthly Archives: September 2022

  1. 12 things to check when buying an iron: A buying guide

    12 things to check when buying an iron: A buying guide

    Buying an iron can be a mental exercise when there are so many models across a very wide price range. How do you decide between the $50, $200, or $500 iron? Think about how frequently you iron, your ironing load, and the types of fabric and items you will be ironing.

    Steam generator irons are equipped with better features for performance and can get through heavy loads easily whereas steam irons have basic ironing features but require more effort on the part of the ironer to achieve impeccable results.

    The cost of irons depends on the features, capabilities, and quality of the parts. That said, a good iron should have the following 12 things to make ironing fast, safe, and pleasant. Consider these when buying an iron:

    1. Sole plate material

    The sole plate material is important for two reasons:

    1)  It determines how smooth ironing will be as certain materials tend to stick to fabrics and create wrinkles. A good non-stick material like EloxalPlus helps the iron glide on fabrics without snagging for faster and smoother ironing.

    2)  How scratch-resistant the sole-plate is will affect the performance of the iron over time. Look for a scratch-resistant sole-plate to prolong your iron’s life span.

    Braun irons are fitted with a 3D glide sole-plate inspired by snowboard mechanics and coated with EloxalPlus. Enabling the iron to glide

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  2. Top 7 mistakes to avoid when ironing clothes

    Top 7 mistakes to avoid when ironing clothes

    How much do you like ironing on a scale of 1-10? Would you like to enjoy ironing more, do it faster and achieve smoother crispier results? Whether you are a seasoned ironer looking to hone your ironing skills or a beginner learning how to iron, avoid these common mistakes and get closer to becoming a pro. To get the best results out of your iron with minimum effort and time avoid these 7 common mistakes.

    1. Not shaking & hanging up garments straight after wash

    The first step of ironing begins during the washing process, wouldn’t you like to save time removing creases? Do not leave your clothes inside the washer for too long as creases will form under the weight of the clothes inside. If you are air drying clothing on a line or rack, give them a good shake to loosen the fabric, peg the clothes at the bottom of the clothing and leave the rest to gravity.

    By hanging clothing straight onto hangers after a good shake out and letting them dry is another way of reducing time spent removing those pesky creases.

    When using a dryer to dry your clothes or laundry, separate them into those you need to iron and those you don’t. Removing them when they are slightly damp will make it easier to iron out creases.

    2. Ironing fabrics that are too dry

    Did you know ironing fabrics that are too dry can burn and singe certain fabrics, especially delicate ones? All it takes is a little bit of heat or leaving

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  3. Top kitchen jug blender tips every beginner needs to know

    Top kitchen jug blender tips every beginner needs to know

    Are you looking to prepare wholesome home cooked meals and vitamin rich smoothies for the family? If you have not unboxed that jug blender someone gave you, it's time to put that jug blender to good use. Use it to puree soups, chop vegetables, grind seeds, blend smoothies, crush ice and more, with less effort. But before you jump to use your blender, knowing these 7 tips will help you save time and be more efficient when blending. 

    Tip #1- The best way to prepare ingredients before blending

    Cut ingredients small enough so they can move freely inside the jug and reach the blade when the blender is turned on. The smaller the size of the ingredients, the lesser the strain on the motor to further break down the food. A high-speed blender (1000W – 1500W) like the Identity Collection Jug Blender is more powerful and is able to process bigger food pieces and firmer ingredients, however more heat is also generated as the blade is spinning faster when blending at a high-speed.

    If you are blending round and firm ingredients like apples, cutting them into quarters or smaller pieces will make blending easier and smoother. For long vegetables like cucumbers, celery, and leeks, cut them no longer than half the height of your blender jug for smoother blending.

    Tip #2 - Add ingredients into jug in sequence

    Always fill your jug

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    Are you weaning your baby off milk and looking for the best appliance to make baby food as you introduce them to solid foods? Whether you’re a traditionalist who believes in spoon feeding your baby pureed foods or a modern mom adopting the baby-led weaning approach, the hand blender is the equipment you will love for making baby food.

    An essential appliance in many home kitchens, a hand blender is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store. Originally used for blending foods into purees, hand blenders now come with accessories that can chop, mash, whisk and even crush ice, covering almost every kitchen task you can possibly think of for food preparation. Count on the hand blender to prepare delicious baby food for every stage of your baby’s growth.

    When introducing solid foods, start with pureed, mashed up or baby-fist-size foods that are soft enough to be easily chewed. Choose hand blenders that come with accessories like a chopper, masher, jug blender and whisk for convenience and to save time while making baby food from scratch.

    They’re also more economical than baby food makers that come with steam and blend functions and can be used for the rest of your household. Besides accessories which we will talk more about later, look out for these features as well when choosing a hand blender for quick and simple baby food preparation.

    1. Variable speeds to achieve the right consistency

    A hand blender

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  5. Why the hand blender is the ultimate kitchen helper for you even for Asian cooking

    Why the hand blender is the ultimate kitchen helper for you even for Asian cooking

    In an increasingly fast paced world, it’s easy to forget to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. What’s more, in Asian countries like Singapore where local food is so easily available and affordable, there’s hardly any incentive to cook a nourishing meal from scratch. Do you wish you had more time to buy groceries, cook a hearty meal from scratch and clean up?

    The hand blender is an essential tool in western professional kitchens and is becoming very popular among home cooks. Both professional chefs and home cooks alike, love the hand blender for its convenience, versatility, compact and easy to clean design making food prep faster and clean up simpler.

    When it comes to preparing your favourite soups, smoothies, dressings, sauces and desserts, the hand blender can process your ingredients to the perfect consistency and texture that you desire.

    In an Asian kitchen, the use of the hand blender is still relatively rare when preparing food and drink. In Chinese cuisine, chefs and home cooks rely on cleavers, knives, and roller pins to get their food prep done. From cutting vegetables, to chopping and mincing meat, everything would be done manually with their knives.

    In a Peranakan, Malay, Indian and Thai kitchen, you’d find the mortar and pestle. Curry and chilli pastes gourmands swear by grinding spices in the mortar because it adds depth and brings out the best flavours in your curries.

    As mouth-watering as that might sound, the amount of ingredients you can pound at one time is limited by the size of the mortar, which is about the size of a small noodle bowl. Be prepared

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