Breville Panini Press Vs. Cuisinart Griddler: My top pick and why

Hey guys, I have recently talked a lot about stand mixers so lets switch it up and today I am going to tell you guys about one of the most used appliances in my kitchen, the Panini Press.

There are a lot of options when you start looking to buy a Panini press for yourself which makes it confusing to decide which model is better and which brand would be more reliable.

Let me tell you that Breville and Cuisinart are the best brands for buying a Panini press and it’s not just me but my friends at homeguyd saying this too but how do you decide which one is best for you?

I have reviewed both the Breville Panini Press and the Cuisinart Griddler and here is what I found:

Clean Up

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes sometimes and burn our food by either forgetting all about it or overestimating the cooking time. Whatever the reason is, we are left with a charred mess in the end which we need to clean properly before we can use the Panini press again.

In this aspect, it is much easier to clean Cuisinart model than a Breville model because Cuisinart gives you the option of removable plates which can be then cleaned in a dishwasher while the same cannot be said for a Breville model.

non stick removable plates on my cuisinart

For a Breville mode, you would need to carefully wash the plates without being able to remove it and take care that other components don’t get water inside which turns into a arduous task. So, in the matters of cleaning, Cuisinart is the clear champion and will save you a lot of time.

Material used

Another important thing to consider when deciding between the two brands is that which provides you with a better construction and will last longer when used regularly.

The Breville model comes with a non-stick surface which lasts for a long time and doesn’t come off after a month or a year of usage whereas, the same cannot be said for a Cuisinart model.

A Cuisinart model will also include a non-stick surface but this is bound to come off after sometime due to getting washed in the dishwasher or because you use a strong detergent to wash it. So, to protect the non stick material I would advice you don’t dirty your griddler too much.

Versatility

Another factor to consider while making the choice between these two brands is that how versatile the two models are. As we already know, Breville comes with a non-removable plate and so we can only use that plate to perform all our cooking whereas, a Cuisinart can use several types of removable plates which allows you to perform various waffle or sandwich recipes with considerable ease. Just swap your plate with the desirable configurations and you are all set to grill or press.

making waffles in my Cuisinart Panini Press

Consistent cooking

One of the most important factor when considering which model to buy is that which model provides you with a better cooked food.

After a lot of tests and research, we found that a Breville provides you with an evenly cooked food whereas, a Cuisinart provides you with an unevenly cooked food as the top and the bottom plates provide different temperature to your food.

Verdict:

There is really not a better choice in between these two brands, it is all about what features are more important to you. Clearly I am in favor of the Cuisinart as it is more versatile and saves me tons of time on cleaning but but if you want consistently cooked food, then go for Breville.

5 easy steps with which I clean my stand mixer

Cleaning your stand mixers is one of the easiest process every, you don’t have to perform too high-level tasks.

In fact, if you regularly clean it and keep it neat, then you won’t even need to perform the elaborate cleaning for at least a few months.

Doesn’t that sound amazing to you? So, how can you keep your stand mixer clean of all the dirt and deposits?

Clean it regularly

The first step towards a clean stand mixer is to ensure that you clean it after every use. Just wipe down the surface with a clean cloth and rinse the stand mixer once and you would be good.

If you let the food items and the splatter drops remain on your stand mixer, it would become more difficult to remove later on.

Perform a deep cleaning in every few months

While you clean it regularly, it is equally important to deep clean it once in every few months.

Quite often a stand mixer might be covered in dirt and grime which are not easily washed away with rinsing, so you would need to clean your stand mixer with a dish soap and a baking soda in that case.

So, how can you ensure a deep cleaning? Just follow the below steps and your stand mixer will be shining again in no time at all.

The first step would be to switch off your stand mixer and disassemble all the stand mixer parts which are removable. Once you have removed these parts, you need to clean these parts and the stand mixer body separately.

Now, take the removable parts like attachments, bowls, etc. and clean them with the help of a dish soap and then rinse them clean with water. Make sure that you scrub them well enough and don’t leave any dirt behind.

Once you are done with the cleaning of the removable parts, it is time to clean the stand mixer. You can use a baking soda or a dish wash to clean your stand mixer. Make sure that you cover all the nooks and crannies of your stand mixer and use a toothbrush to scrub the parts which are not easily cleaned. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your stand mixer, wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry before you start it again.

Once you have cleaned the stand mixer and its surface thoroughly, you need to clean the underside of the stand mixer too. You can do this by tilting your stand mixer sideways and then using a cloth or a towel to wipe down the underside of the stand mixer. Make sure that you use a damp towel to ensure a proper cleaning. Once it is cleaned, you can place it back in its position and again wipe down the stand mixer’s surface to ensure that no spot was left behind.

Now, you can reattach all your attachments and removed parts and switch on your stand mixers. Your stand mixer is now utterly clean and ready to use.

You can also throw in all the additional parts into the dishwasher just as long as your stand mixer is dishwasher friendly. Check out manual or contact manufacturer or more details. Find out about dishwasher safe stand mixers here https://homeguyd.com/kitchenaid-stand-mixer-reviews/

Here’s what my friends at expert village suggest you do it.

Everything you need to do to adjust your Stand Mixer’s height

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Sometimes your mixer might need some adjustments to be made and you can’t call customer service every time your mixers parts rub each other. There are two types of stand mixers: one with the tilt head and the other one whose bowl can be adjusted while its head stays still. So, we have documented the steps which you can follow next time you notice some issues with your mixer to adjust it regardless of its type.

Tools Required

Firstly, what do you need to make the adjustments?

  • Stand mixer
  • Flat beater blade
  • Flat head screwdriver

Steps to follow:

Verify whether your mixer needs any adjustments

The first step while making any kind of adjustment to your stand mixer is to make sure that if it indeed needs an adjustment or not. So how do you do that? It’s pretty simple! All you have to do is listen.

If your bowl is too high, you will hear a metal on a metal sound which would be quite distinguishable. But if your bowl is too low, you won’t hear any sound which makes it a little tricky to determine if adjustments are in order. But if you check the bottom and the inside of your bowl, you will be able to see the tell-tale signs.

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Safety first

Once you have determined that your stand mixer indeed needs to be adjusted, your first step should be to switch off the stand mixer and remove its plug from the socket. You don’t want any residual electric energy to interfere while you are in the process of adjustment. Always ensure your safety first while performing such tasks.

Locate the adjusting screw

Stationary models: In this model, first you will need to lower down your bowl, if it is raised, and then you will notice a screw directly behind the bowl holding arms’ containing part.

Tilt-head models: For this model, tilt the head back and you will see that the screw is exactly beneath where the head is attached to the stand.

Make the changes

Once you have located the screw, you can go ahead with your adjustments by turning it right or left depending on whether you want to increase the distance between the beater and the bowl or you want to lessen it, respectively.

Making it whole again

Once the desired changes have been made, put back the paddle or the beater back into the mixer and place your bowl in its original place. Check whether the attachment is now appropriately touching the bowl or not. This will help you in determining whether you made the wrong adjustment and if you need to redo it.

Testing phase

Once you have visually checked for the correctness of your adjustment, time to test the mixer and see if you hear any sounds now or not. Make sure that you don’t hear any kind of sound at all speeds while testing the new changes made.

Re-adjustments

Once you have tested the adjustments, you will be able to decide whether further adjustments are needed or if the mixer is fixed now. If further adjustments are needed, you can go ahead and re-adjust by turning the screw left and right according to your needs.

Now that you know how to easily adjust your mixer, don’t ignore the tell-tale signs of when your mixer needs it. Keep an eye for any unnecessary sound or scrap and fix the mixer at the first signs of it. After all, you don’t need the metal coating in your food for that extra iron in your body.

 

Still confused? Check this video guide out