I was lured away from my old coffee roaster by shiny new. I’ve run this one a few times and am still working on the best time and temp settings. The first batch went past dark and was off in Italian roast espresso territory. Fancy way of saying burnt to a near crisp.
This gives me a good excuse to mention my new smartphone. It has a pretty decent camera and all the latest bells and whistles. This photo is from the S4. I was hoping Verizon would announce they would offer the HTC One last week at their expo but no such luck. I “settled” for the Galaxy S4 and I am liking it a lot. It’s my first smart phone so I can’t really compare it but it has gotten a lot of good press. Built by Samsung, the same folks who made my TV, so it has some nice features for showing photos on the big TV screen straight out of the camera via Wifi over my home network. I think the maker of the set isn’t as important as the capabilities of the set itself. There is an industry standard called DLNA that is in play here and the TV and the S4 are both compliant.
I’m a little tardy with this post. I teased it a while back and took this photo sometime after that. This is the Presto ProFry™, it also comes in a smaller single basket model. These have good reviews on Amazon although there are a few bad reviews mixed in. So far I like it although the build screams “made as cheaply as possible “. All the metal is thin, the outer stainless shell and the enameled inner tub are very lightweight. The temps do reach high enough to do proper frying, my digital thermometer was showing 380 degrees when the indicator light blinked out with the dial set all the way up. (The index mark at the max limit reads 375.)
It is fairly easy to clean, all the parts just lift out and the inner basin comes out so that the oil can be poured out of it through a filter. It holds in the neighborhood of 5 quarts. I poured in a gallon and that took it to a level midway between the min/max markings embossed into the side. There is a lid that fits over the top although they warn not to use it when frying high moisture foods. I’m not sure why, perhaps it will not stand up to a lot of steam. I give it 3 stars out of 5 overall, works fine so far, not happy with the build quality. I would gladly pay more for a more substantial appliance.
I just got this in yesterday after gifting it to myself for my birthday. It’s battery powered, unlike the clunker I’ve been using till now. At least should have been using more than I have. It was a PITA to set up and store away. This one is a snap to use, I may just keep it atop the fridge, back out of the way.
It does everything I need it to do, has the tare feature to subtract the container weight, and reads in either lbs. and ozs., or grams. This model will accommodate up to 17 lbs, including the container weight.Here it is with 1 ounce of red beans. The units are changed with just a touch on the appropriate spot, the “button” on the right is the power button, and doubles as the tare button. Put an empty container on the scale, touch the tare button and that weight is zeroed out.It also weighs in milliliters and fluid ounces! Fun Fact: A pint’s a pound the world around!I’m actually trusting the scale more than the measuring cup with these last two. I think a milliliter of water weighs 1 gram in the same way that 1 fluid ounce of water weighs 1 ounce. Note that fluid ounces and milliliters are what are called volume measures as opposed to measures of weight which are ounces and grams, respectively. (Because water occupies different volumes as the temperature varies most references will stipulate “@ 39.2 degrees”, but the difference is negligible in the kitchen.)
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