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Katrina Reyes
October 30th, 2019 · 17 min read
Save on Cuisinart 14 cup Food Processor

Save on Cuisinart 14 cup Food Processor

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Color:Silver The Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY custom food Processor has an extra-large Feed tube that holds whole fruits and vegetables. Features a 14-Cup work bowl, 4mm stainless steel Medium slicing disc, stainless steel shredding disc, and chopping/mixing blade. Includes a spatula and recipe book.

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This is my third Cuisinart food processor since 1994; Ive always relied on my Cuisinarts for a wide range of uses (I am a former caterer), couldnt imagine cooking without one, and I was really excited to get a new model. I am incredibly disappointed, and have decided to throw this inferior product away. Every time I use it, at least 1/3 cup of any mixture remains lodged beneath the blade, and only ingredients around the outer edge are adequately mixed, so that I end up pouring out the contents and stirring them by hand. The latches of the redesigned lid are impossible to clean, no matter what tool I try, so that residual food remains and makes this appliance dangerously unhygienic. Its too late for a refund, so I will look for another food processor maker; done with Cuisinart! I just received this machine as a gift about a week ago. It is has already been put to good use in my home kitchen! Today alone I diced mushrooms & onions, shredded cheese, and sliced strawberries, apples, & tomatoes. They were all done beautifully without damaging the food in process. This gave perfectly shredded cheese, beautifully sliced fruits & vegetables, and the mushrooms & onions were diced just right for my homemade cream of soup. I am surprised at the speed at which it processes and still has smooth clean cuts without mashing the food. It is also very quiet!The bowl was large enough to hold the whole 2 lb block of shredded cheese. The 2 openings, large & small, were both used today. Having the smaller feed tube, I was able to stack my strawberries in and keep them from tumbling around which helped provide more uniform slices. Having the larger, I was able to cut my 2 lb block of cheese into 4ths and have the entire block shredded in no time. The larger would not hold my whole tomato set in right side up, but I was able to turn my tomatoes sideways and get beautiful slices anyway.I did take some pictures/video along the way to show processes and comparisons on the different blade thicknesses. I did purchase some extra discs alongside my gift that included the thin slicing blade as well as the thick. I used the shredding disc & slicing disc that came with the machine for the cheese & tomatoes. I cut the strawberries with all three just to show a comparison and so others could see how it would slice if they were considering purchase of another thickness.I included the strawberry slicing short video just so you could see how quickly it diced and compare it to the end product. Left to right in the strawberry photo the strawberries are sliced with a thin (2mm), medium (4mm), thick (8mm) disc - the middle one (4mm) is the one that comes standard with the machine.I am finding this machine easy to handle and a joy to have in my kitchen. Its easy to operate. I now have a feel for how to insert & change the discs, so it really has been an simple yet very efficient machine. I highly recommend. After years of reliable service, I had to replace my KitchenAid food processor because I could not find replacement parts. So I took the recommendation of ATK and bought the Cuisinart 14-cup processor. I use the machine mostly for pizza dough. The Cuisinart just cannot handle the same pizza dough recipe that the KitchenAid breezed through consistently year after year. The Cuisinarts blade comes off during the process. Very disappointed---not only with Cuisinart, but with ATK for their recommendation. I have other Cuisinart products, and they have performed admirably. I would have given this product a zero stars rating had it been possible. Great when it works, but I havent been able to use mine in months. The motor doesnt break but the plastic does, and when you ask for a replacement part, you wait forever for the thing to arrive. In my case, when it did arrive, it was the wrong part, and when I asked them to replace the replacement, I got shuttled around from one operator to another. After 5 (thats five) calls over 3+ weeks, the part showed up, but its the same wrong one they sent me the first time. While all this is going on, you have an expensive machine sitting on your counter that you cant use. Not worth it.


Roku Express | Easy High Definition (HD) Streaming Media Player (2018)

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Want to start streaming? then start here. Our best priced player, Roku Express delivers a smooth HD streaming experience on your big screen TV. Our next generation player is now 5x more powerful. Its easy to get started, just plug it into your TV with the included high speed HDMI cable, connect to the Internet, and start streaming. Use the remote to search for your favorite shows and discover channels. Enjoy 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes, including blockbusters, award winning original Series, kids shows, live network TV, and more. TV Compatibility HD TVs Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) with up scaling from 720p.

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There are hundreds of reviews for this product, so rather than touching on what has already been said, let me just throw in some Dos and Donts if you find yourself, like me, navigating the vast array of options in the streaming space.Dos1) Do your research! There are several different models for Roku, depending on what YOU really need, want or want to pay. I bought a Roku Express because I was upgrading from a 1st generation Roku device and this one is (or at least feels) a thousand times faster, more powerful and has the upgraded software interfaces for apps like Netflix where you can manage your profiles - the older versions did not support that ability, it only presented your default profile.2) Use the power adapter that comes with it. Sure, you can plug it to your smartTV usb port for power, but if you read about this, there are tons of issues that stem from lack of power supply to the device.3) Think where you will place your device. This is NOT a set top box, this is a tiny (half of your hand palm) device that has a double tape and sticks do your TV. It is not invasive, it has nice black finish so it wont ruin any aesthetics, but once you stick it on, you need to leave it there, otherwise you could end up with a tape that will no longer work, creating an extra hassle - think location first, then execute and paste it.4) Play around with it - it has lots of configuration options, like turning on your TV with 1 touch, casting your mobile screen, etc. If you go only by the default options you might miss some fun tricks!5) Match it with a good router/wifi setup. The worst you can do is have a nice TV, get the top of the line 4K enabled Roku and pair that to a sub-par WIFI connection or a provider that will not support your streaming needs. Remember! this is not plugged by cables, this device streams over the air radio waves, so the distance to your router, obstacles, speed of your network (not only download speeds, but actual WIFI band speeds) can all affect the outcome, so do your homework and think about your entertainment system as a whole, not just the TV / streaming portion.Donts1) Not everybody needs 4K streaming and NOT all providers support it! Many providers will charge premium for UHD Content and offer HD as standard option, if that is the case for you, spending extra $$ on a 4K TV and a 4K streaming device will be wasted. (again, see my last DO bullet item!)2) Let your expectations be unrealistic - Yes Roku provides tons of free content. Free means many of the channels are privately supported which means the content may not be UHD.3) The REAL Fun from roku comes when you enable the channels based on your paid content (netflix, hulu, amazon, premium networks like hbo, nfl, etc…) so if you want to really exploit your Rokus capabilities you will have to pay at some point for prime content.I hope this helps - I am an early adopter of Roku, have major streaming services like Netflix, Prime and supplemented with an a la carte cable service like sling, spectrum choice, DirectTV now or any of your preferred providers and this will unlock all the major broadcast networks, plus some other channels.One last thought: The interest thing is that Roku has a channel for many of these major network stations and watching their content through the Roku channel as opposed through the cable provider app, Ive found that there is more content outside, and better choices for on-demand.Hope you like my review! Fantastic product so far! After the first week, we bought a second one for a family member.First thing: Before you buy, understand what content is free and what is not. Second, in case its not obvious, the Roku operates over your wifi and internet connection. You have to have an internet connection that is fast enough to stream video. If you cant stream video on your mobile (via wifi) or PC, you wont be able to stream it on the Roku either.Subscription content: Anything that you have to pay for elsewhere (like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, network TV streaming, etc), youll still have to have those same subscriptions. But the Roku allows you to access all of those subscriptions (the ones youre paying for) from a single device on your TV, with a nice interface that nearly anyone can use, even if theyre technology-illiterate. Worst case, if you get lost somewhere, just press the Home button. (But keep in mind, each channel on Roku is an app written by the individual content provider, so some are a little more complicated than others. I suspect for marketing reasons, its not always obvious on some of the network TV channels which content is free versus paid until you try to play it. But youll always be prompted before paying for anything, and you can add a pin-number to prevent accidental purchases).Ad-supported content: There is a lot of ad-supported content, just like watching free over-the-air (OTA) TV stations. For network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, etc), check each networks website to see what shows you can watch for free directly on their website, and thats generally what youll be able to watch on Roku, too. After all, the channels on Roku are apps written by each network. For many networks, the free content includes the last 3 to 5 episodes of things that are currently airing, with content being made available a week after the original broadcast date. This is comes in handy if you miss an episode or two of over-the-air TV. Some of the networks also offer free throwback content, where you can watch an entire series of an older show. And there are a few channels like pluto.tv and tubi.tv that provide a wide assortment of ad-supported movies and TV shows. Again, check their corresponding websites to see what content they currently have, and thats what youll get on Roku. The ones mentioned above offer some relatively recent content, in addition to a lot of older and slightly-older content.Free, without ads: Mostly, youll find that the ad-free content is extremely old… lots of black-and-white TV and movies, some early color TV/movies, etc. For those who dont like much of whats on TV these days, theres a lot of classy and classic stuff here. And, of course, a lot of b- and c-grade stuff youve never heard of.This newest version of the Roku Express (5X more powerful) has a very smooth interface, with good response from the remote. Video startup is extremely fast if you have decent internet speed. I tested on a relatives 6mbps DSL internet, and buffering times were never uncomfortable. On my faster internet (100mbps), videos either start instantly, or take no more than about 1 or 2 seconds of buffering.The remote control is great — simple, strong signal, good range. Its infrared-based, so you have to be in the same room (why would you want to be out of the room??). I generally dont even have to point the remote at the Roku box, because the infrared is strong enough to reflect off of the ceiling or walls and still work. Just be sure your Roku boxs front side is unobscured and pointing toward the room. They provide a sticky-tape strip to stick the box somewhere convenient, like the side or top of your TV or media cabinet. The provided HDMI cable is only 2 feet long, though, so it does have to be relatively close to the TV. But you could use a different HDMI cable if you need the remote to be a little farther away. One feature I love about the remote is that pressing the Home button will turn on your TV and switch to the Rokus HDMI input, assuming your TV supports this (I have a Samsung TV which is supported, and a TCL TV which apparently wasnt).You can also use the Roku app on your mobile to control the Roku via wifi. In addition to providing an interface that looks pretty similar to the physical remote, you can also browse for other content while something is already playing. It fact, its quite a bit easier to navigate if youre searching for something specific, since the physical remote requires using an on-screen keyboard where you select each letter and click OK (normally, Im not searching for something specific on the physical remote, so its not a problem). The app also has a headphone feature, which Im guessing allows you to listen directly from your mobile instead of via the TV… great for watching at night when others are sleeping. Note, the Roku app is NOT designed to watch Roku content directly on your mobile. It simply lets you select the content to watch on the TV.Overall, its a great experience. My only subscription at the moment is Amazon prime, which doesnt have a lot of content that I really want to watch (sorry, Amazon! I have Prime mostly for the shipping), so I use the Roku mostly for ad-supported TV and movies, and theres more than enough to keep me busy for a long time.


Save $5 on Echo Wall Clock

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Never touch the hour/minute hand! Never !!!!!!!!!The quality of this clock is unbelievable poor. The hour/minute hands are not fixed with the clock, they can be moved/removed from the clock easily; once that happened, you will never be able to put them back to the right position. That means, the time will be never correct again, never!!!!!5 whys for the Echo Wall Clock product team:1. Why this clock is so fragile?2. Since its so fragile, why dont put a glass to cover the hour/minute hands?3. If the glass is kind of expensive, why dont design the hour/minute hands and axis better to make it easier to put the hands back to the right position?4. Since its such a fragile product, why publish it before full testing, and feedback collection?5. Why ruin the customer experience by such a fragile product? Great clock. I love that it syncs with my echo. Correction this is a horrible clock. It doesnt even do its most simplistic purpose correctly. How could Amazon mess this up so bad?Update: Its been a few days and already the clock stopped displaying the LEDs for timers that are set.Another update: We came home from our 3 day Christmas trip to the Echo Clock displaying the wrong time and had a solid blue light on. Had to reset again.Update 3: Woke up this morning to the clock being 9 minutes behind from me echo show. Clock is disconnected from the show again for no reason.Update 4: I got up this morning to make breakfast. The time on the clock was correct, but when I went to set a timer the LED lights on the clock didnt turn on again. Getting pretty tired of this clock.Update 5: The batteries were dying yesterday 12/31 so I replaced them. Today 1/1 the clock got out of sync again! Now over 10 minutes ahead of the actual time, LED lights for the timer didnt work again. I checked the Bluetooth settings on my echo show and it still says its connected. Wish I didnt have issues with a clock.Update 6: Who would have thought the clock is off again. This time its slower by over 20 minutes. Ive had this thing less than a month and have had so many issues with it. Just another piece of tech that will inevitably flop.Update 7: In less than a month I had constant issues with this clock not keeping the time and not displaying the timer, the two basic functions which were the reason to purchase this clock. I therefore decided to request a refund and get out of this headache. I hope Amazon fixes the issues before the clock flops and is forever forgotten as one of Amazons fails. The style of this clock is minimalist and contemporary, and it looks nice on the wall. The quality of materials is a bit disappointing; the device feels of mostly plastic. However, people wont be handling the clock except to hang it on the wall and change batteries. Recurrent battery changing will become annoying if needed frequently. Only time will tell, and this will vary based on how often Echo timers/alarms are used.Aside from keeping time, the clock has essentially three other features:1. White LED tick marks around the clock face visually display how much time is left on an Echo timer. If you set multiple timers on an Echo device, these will be displayed as well. People who often use Echo timers will appreciate this visual representation.2. When an Echo alarm goes off, all white LEDs around the clock flash brightly several times and then stop shortly afterward. The LEDs do not display an alarm time or how much time is left until an alarm triggers.3. If you receive an Echo notification, a small circular LED above the 6 will slowly blink yellow several times and then stop shortly afterward. This feature is honestly quite useless (unless you happen to be looking at the clock shortly after a notification arrives).Pros:This clock can blend well with many interiors and operates quietly. The white LEDs are bright and nicely provide timer countdown visualizations. The unit helps ensure notice of a triggering Echo alarm.Cons:This product does not have speakers or respond to commands. Its a simple battery-powered clock that connects to one Echo via Bluetooth. The unit doesnt have the capacity to learn skills or evolve much over time, since it is essentially just a Bluetooth-paired device.Worth The Price?If you use Echo timers often, then this is probably worth it. If you dont use your Echo for timers very much, then you should pass on this one (unless you are in need of an analog clock that automatically adjusts for daylight savings time).Design: 4 out of 5Quality: 3 out of 5Ease of Setup/Use: 5 out of 5Ability to Evolve: 2 out of 5Cool Factor: 4 out of 5Value for Price: 4 out of 5


WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0050BBK-WESN

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Capacity:5TB | Pattern Name:Single Western Digital elements portable hard drives offer reliable, high-capacity storage, Fast data transfer rates and universal connectivity with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices to back up your photos, videos and files on the go.

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This drive is fine for storing your files, but it has a big flaw that almost made me return the 2 that I had purchased, and that is the USB cables they come with.While backing up and transferring files, without being moved, both drives would become unresponsive and lose connection. I thought it was both drives that were defective and almost declared them garbage. But I decided to try new cables before returning, and Im glad I did. Both drives now work flawlessly.So if you decide to buy this drive, you must not rely on the cable it comes with. I advise you to buy a good cable to go with it. For this, I decided to take 2 stars off. Thanks to Amanda who shared how to format this for a current Mac. Here is a slightly updated version of her instructions:Open Disk Utilities.From the View menu, choose Show All Devices.Select WD Elements on the left side of the window.Right click and choose Erase from the pop-up menu.Create a name and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) assuming you have a current vision of OS-X.It will reformat the drive in about a minute.I followed these directions, and it was effortless. I am using this as a Time Machine backup disk. I keep it plugged into the USB hub that I connect my computer to when it is on my desk. From reviews, I see that some people have had disk failures, but I also do a cloud-based backup. But that only backs up my most recent version of each file. Time Machine gives me hourly backups for the last 24 hours, so I can recover something Ive inadvertently overwritten.I was using an old Synology 212+ for Time Machine, but after moving, it asked me to reinstall, crashed in the process of doing that, and lost all my data. RAID is useless in that situation. Ive thought about buying a newer, faster NAS, but thats expensive, and decided to go this route at least for the time being. Unlike the Synology, which was accessible by WiFi, this wont do backups when I take my laptop away from my desk, but I do my most critical work at my desk in any event.I bought this rather than the $5 cheaper, newer version because I prefer the rounded corners to sharp edges. The rough surface doesnt seem to show fingerprints, a problem reported by users of the shiny newer version. Amazing that 4TB can fit into such a tiny form factor and be such a reasonable price. I am delighted. *FOR MAC USERS!! After 2 failed drives were sent back, I called customer support to find out why I wasnt able to troubleshoot via any online methods, and get this to work for my mac! Apparently the solution was insanely easy, but I never saw this eeeasy solution online in any of the forums I found. The issue with erasing/formatting for a mac just has to do with the view you have open in Disk Utility. Make sure you go to View > Show All Devices, and then erase the top tier drive. Problem solved. Windows 10 recognizes the drive, so if you want to manually move files from your primary drive, thats fine, I guess. What it will NOT support are the only reasons I bought an external HDD: the Windows 10 File History and System Backup features. For some bizarre reason, Windows makes you choose an external drive or a network location—it wont support backing up to an internal HDD. The trouble is that it doesnt automatically back up to this drive either. It starts to—it adds a couple of configuration files—but then just stops, with 0 actual data on the file. It may be an issue with this WD HDD and Windows naming conventions. Windows doesnt like long file paths (one of the reasons I cant really use OneDrive; I never know which files, in some sub-sub-folder somewhere, will be excluded), and saving files to this external HDD makes the file path even longer—so that every file, even if you call it a or b, will be excluded. Thats a dealbreaker. They should not advertise this HDD as working with Windows 10 if it doesnt work with File History or System Backup. Merely being recognized by the system is a start, but thats not what I want to this for. If I want to do manual file dumps, I can use one of my two internal HDDs. Not worth the time or aggravation. Bought for my boyfriend. The 4TB external worked great for his PS4. He said some of the memory was used for converting but he has 7x the amount of space he started with. He is very happy with this item and I will update my review if he comes across any problems. SO. SO. SOOOO GLAD I finally purchased this thing. Ive been looking to get this for my PS4 since that 500GB was cutting it anymore. I had to go through deleting games I played from time to time just to play new ones. Now, I can make the choice of letting it stay there for a while since I have the space.Set up was SUPER EASY on PS4 as it already has the settings to format it. Not only that, it was quick in the formatting process. Its such a relief to know that I have so much extra space now. 500GB to 2TB? Thats a nice jump Ill say.Lastly, the price is right in my range of what I was looking for. I didnt want to go too expensive, but I knew I wanted something good. I knew about this external hard drive because of my roommate. He got it during Black Friday (I completely missed out; I regretted it) and has no issues out of it. The opportunity came for me to purchase it for myself and got it here at a nice price.Overall, I definitely recommend it! First drive was dead on arrival with the click of death. I figured Id give them another shot, since failures happen. Sent it back to Amazon, got a replacement. Second drive lasted less than a week before click* click click, it too was dead. Sent it back for a refund.Two failures out of two drives is too high for a third chance. Easy setup with Xbox One X. Got the 4TB version… I figure I can hold 35+ 4K HDR games between the external drive and the 1TB on the machine, which will give me a number of years of game acquisition capability, and have another USB port if I need additional expansion years down the road.


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