Your Guide to Shopping for an Espresso Machine

Written by Espresso Machines and More!

You might be a little shocked and surprised when you start your espresso machine shopping adventure. These machines aren't cheap! Notrepparttar good ones anyway.

But, if you take out pad and pen and dorepparttar 148172 math, you will quickly decide that a home machine - a good home machine - will pay for itself rather quickly.

Let's assume that you buy just one espresso drink per day atrepparttar 148173 modest cost of $3.50 (I know most drinks run higher and many of us cannot get by on just one per day!) That adds up to over $1277 per year! If you have friends, roommates, family (my wife, oh my wife!), then you can easily seerepparttar 148174 cost-effectiveness of anrepparttar 148175 commercial grade home models.

Plus, when you get good at making drinks (and that's a lot of fun), you can wow friends and family. It beats a card trick most everytime.

A Word of Caution when Buying an Espresso Machine

If you're budget minded, like I am, you might be tempted to snap up a $60 expresso machine at Target. Hey, I love Target too. But you will likely be disappointed byrepparttar 148176 performance ofrepparttar 148177 machine. Frankly, I think a good barista can make a decent drink on any machine - but you'll likely wish you saved up a bit over time and purchased a higher quality pump-driven model.

It's true thatrepparttar 148178 pump-driven espresso makers are bigger, heavier, and more difficult to use (until you learn to use it). But they'll produce a better cup of coffee. And you will be happier inrepparttar 148179 long-run as a result.

What should I look for when buying an espresso machine?

Machine Look and Design:

Ask any barista; Making a good cup of espresso is an art form. The best espresso machines, largely influenced by their Italian roots, are themselves a work of art. Givenrepparttar 148180 wide variety of high performance machines available, you'll want to select a machine that complements your own unique style.

The Perfect Omelet(te), How to Cook It

Written by Michael Sheridan


They’re easy to cook, right?

We’ll see.

The first thing to remember is that you needrepparttar right size of frying pan. This is more important than you may think. Too large, andrepparttar 148087 omelet will dry out; too small, and it will not cook through.

As a basic guide, you need a 15 centimeter pan for a two-egg omelet and a 25 centimeter pan for a four to six egg omelet. That is, 6 in. and 10 in. respectively. Which, handily enough, is pretty muchrepparttar 148088 size of pans you should have in your kitchen anyway.

The second most important thing is not to beatrepparttar 148089 eggs.

I’ll repeat that for all of those chefs out there who think they can cook omelets: do NOT beatrepparttar 148090 eggs.

Instead, abandonrepparttar 148091 habits of a lifetime and stirrepparttar 148092 yolks intorepparttar 148093 whites using a knife blade. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Warm your empty pan through on a moderate heat, add a good knob of butter, turn uprepparttar 148094 heat and swirl it round to coatrepparttar 148095 bottom and sides ofrepparttar 148096 pan.

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