Archive for the ‘Appliance Hack’ Category

Laundry Hacks – dryers and towels and tennis balls, oh my!

September 28th, 2015 by

Using a dryer to look after your wet clothes can be a big convenience when surprise rain showers hit. While hanging up the laundry on folding racks indoors is always an option, it’s not the fastest method available. So are there any little tips, tricks and life hacks to dry your laundry faster? And do they work? Here's a couple that we found: Laundry Hack 1: Dry clothes faster ... Read more

How to find the best rangehood to suit your induction cooktop

September 21st, 2015 by

Induction cooktops provide an energy-saving cooking method. An induction cooktop uses a magnetic field to create an electric current that generates heat solely in the base of the pan and not on the surface of the cooktop. “Compared with gas and traditional electric cooktops, they are the fastest to get a pot of water to the boil.” - Appliances Online Buying Guide But when cooking with an induction ... Read more

Wait, I can cook what in my rice cooker?!  

September 11th, 2015 by

Rice cookers are designed to cook yep you guessed it, rice! But that doesn’t mean you should limit your rice cooker. After a bit of research (and a few trial and errors) I came across some really cool recipes that can be cooked in most standard rice cookers, and guess what? Some of them don’t involve any rice at all!  Steamed Tofu & Asparagus   [caption id="attachment_33434" align="aligncenter" width="400"] ... Read more

Hacks to keep you well-organised in the laundry

September 3rd, 2015 by

Last week we brought you Hacks that’ll make your life easier in the kitchen, and because it did so well, we thought we would bring you hacks for your laundry! Again, I set forth with my pen and paper and made my way around the office to see if I could find any great tips and hacks from my colleagues. I also did a bit of research ... Read more

How to Slow Cook in the Oven – Ossobuco alla Milanese

September 2nd, 2015 by

Do you have an oven? Do you want to cook something yummy and not have to worry about it too much? Why not slow cook in the oven! According to my Nonna, the traditional Italian way of slow cooking is in the oven. She has never owned a slow-cooker and probably never will. She says that her Ossobuco recipe (below) is proof that an oven can do ... Read more

Hacks that’ll make your life easier in the kitchen

August 27th, 2015 by

When life gives you lemons, come up with a kitchen hack that will go viral over the internet! Some people enjoy their time in the kitchen and others not so much. We hope these kitchen hacks (all tried and tested by Appliance Online employees) make life a lot easier and more enjoyable in the kitchen for those who do not, and maybe produce a good tip or ... Read more

Find your oven’s hot and cold spots with the Simple Test Cake

August 26th, 2015 by

It’s an inconvenient truth that not every oven is perfect. Even the highest-quality ovens can sometimes heat unevenly, leaving some corners of their chambers warmer or cooler than others. This can result in baking that's decidedly substandard, at least until you have a good idea of how your oven performs. The practical team over at Chef have found a great way to check whether your new oven ... Read more

Will your fridge survive summer?

August 24th, 2015 by

It's not long now until Spring hits us, with Summer just around the corner after that. When the time comes, do you reckon your old fridge will be able to stand the heat? While your fridge may have cruised its way through winter without a care, when the mercury starts to rise, you may want to take another look at your fridge’s temperature settings. Why? Well, when the ... Read more

How to make Sun Tea

August 18th, 2015 by

While all too many of us are heavily addicted to coffee (and resent its absence), a substantial number of us are equally addicted to the devil-bean’s primary rival – tea. This classic beverage forms an integral part of culinary traditions around the world, and has a culture surrounding its preparation and consumption that’s every bit as complex and rich as that of coffee or wine. One interesting tea-preparation ... Read more

Mums and Bubs- How the MBR-2107M magic bullet can benefit you and your baby

August 7th, 2015 by

The Story As a parent you definitely want what’s best for your child. We keep them safe, warm, and well fed day in and day out. But when it comes to food and nutrition, do we really know what is in store bought baby food? Recently I baby-sat my 10month old niece (I do not have any kids of my own… yet) and as I was feeding her ... Read more

How to save energy at home when you’re away on holiday

August 5th, 2015 by

If you’re taking a well-deserved break from the everyday home-work-sleep routine that will last longer than a couple of days, it’s entirely possible that a good chunk of your home’s electricity will end up going to waste… and you’ll still have to pay for it! source: Mjuzikxhankej on Wikimedia Commons Here’s a quick checklist of things to, well, check before you head off on your next great adventure: Switch ... Read more

Freezing Fun – creative ways to use your ice cube tray

August 3rd, 2015 by

Do your household’s ice cube trays end up going unused for the half of the year when it’s too cold for icy drinks? During these winter months, it’s all too common for ice cube trays to be relegated to the back of the cupboard to gather dust, and the twist ice makers built into many freezers become wastes of space. The twist ice maker of a Haier HRF224FW ... Read more

Busting the myths – how pet owners can save money on electricity bills

July 17th, 2015 by

Do domestic cats and dogs really need the lights, radio and TV left on for comfort when their owners are away? We spoke to Belrose veterinarian Dr John Thirlwell to bust some myths and set the record straight for pet owners. source: JKehoe_Photos on Flickr According to Dr Thirlwell, owners leave lights, radio, television and heaters/coolers on for their pets out of guilt because they think their cat or ... Read more

Another appliance FAQ

July 15th, 2015 by

Do you have appliance questions?  We have appliance answers! Sit back as Appliances Online tackles a few of the curlier appliance questions: Is fabric softener bad for your washing machine? Not always, but it can be. source: Mike Mozart on Flickr While fabric softener is great for reducing fabric stiffness, frequent use can lead to its chemicals building up in the workings of your washing machine, or even wrecking the rubber ... Read more

Quick fixes for cold snaps

July 13th, 2015 by

We Australians love to poke a bit of fun at our friends in the northern hemisphere for being unable to handle hot weather (“Temperatures may reach 30 degrees C in Britain? The poor dears…”*). That said, we ‘strayans can also be massive sooks when things get a bit chilly (“Snow? What is this I can’t even.”). source: Fir0002 on Wikimedia Commons While prevention is always the best cure (possibly ... Read more