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TRIXES Digital Food Probe Oven Thermometer Kitchen Timer Cooking Clock
TRIXES Digital Food Probe Oven Thermometer Kitchen Timer Cooking Clock
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cooking aid., 2 July 2015
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Kitchen thermometer thats been the greatest help to me. So good I bought a second one.

Having a device that can be set to notify me audibly the instant a target temperature has been reached, be it a pan of water, fryer, preheating an oven or setting up the oven for proving dough, I can get on with other things and not worry about watching over them. Saves time and energy. Target can be set 0 to 300°C.

As soon as you change the target temperature (hold down for long changes) it arms the alarm so you don’t have to remember to enable anything. If you try to go beyond the end ranges the temperature wraps around. So going from 40°C to 220°C its quicker to go down through 0°C then down from 300°C. The probe ca be used in meat joints or hanging loose as a monitor of oven 'air' temperature. Its interesting to watch actual oven temperature sometimes.

It may be obvious to state this but the alarm only works as you rise through the target temperature not on cooling down to it. Now theres a thought.

The device does not have an ON/OFF switch because it uses so little current from the AAA battery you just leave it on 24/7. It is a clock as well after all. You don't need to turn it off folks, don't worry about it. The battery itself will destroy itself before it runs out just as one left on a shelf.

There is a big clip on the back which I can slide over a utensil holder next to my hob which for me is a perfect position. My only gripe is that mine reads 99°C for boiling water whereas all my other (semi retired simpler thermometers read 100°C). I just set 98 now but I wish there was an adjustment. I also note the reaction time of the probe is a little slower (few seconds) than I am used to but it is still very usable. For me this was a big find and a bargain helper in the kitchen. Does not include an AAA battery.

One final tip, I thought I had destroyed my first one when it read about 60°C for room temperature after the probe slipped in a pan.I thought the gas flame had melted the cable. What it was the entire probe went completely under water, beyond the joint. I cured this by using the probe in the oven whilst cooking something at 140 and 170°C , ignoring the readings, letting the water in the probe boil off and dry out over about an hour or two in total. After tthat it returned to a working probe again. I think people here saying theirs is broke have water in the probe. Do not immerse beyond the joint. If you do, just put the probe in a hot oven to dry out.


TOBACCO Flavour Large 20ml Eliquid ★ Exclusive Integrated Dispensing Point ★ VG Premium Base | for ecigarette | electric cigarette | electronic cigarette | clearomiser | clearomizer | eshisha | ehookah | e cigarette
TOBACCO Flavour Large 20ml Eliquid ★ Exclusive Integrated Dispensing Point ★ VG Premium Base | for ecigarette | electric cigarette | electronic cigarette | clearomiser | clearomizer | eshisha | ehookah | e cigarette
Offered by ELECTRONIC SMOKING SHOP
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for mixing & diluting., 1 July 2015
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I like this 0mg as an option to dilute down shop bought nicotine juice to any lower mg. I like the needle fill, it is so accurate for getting down the sides of an Atlantis 2 tank. Caution, don't squeeze too hard or the top will pop out. This is my second order for Tobacco flavour (the cherry flavour just did not grab me to re buy again).


B22 to E14 Lamp Socket Convertor
B22 to E14 Lamp Socket Convertor
Offered by The Warm Light Company Ltd
Price: £1.80

5.0 out of 5 stars So useful, why did I not buy sooner?, 1 July 2015
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This review is from: B22 to E14 Lamp Socket Convertor
Well made. Makes all sorts of lighting choices possible in places you may not have thought about. Especially now there are affordable LED bulbs in the tiny E14 screw size. I have never seen in the shops.


Poweradd 50Watts 6 Port AUTO-DETECT USB Desktop Charger (2-in-1) Dock station for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPad Air, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, HTC, LG G2 G3 G4 and other Android Smartphones
Poweradd 50Watts 6 Port AUTO-DETECT USB Desktop Charger (2-in-1) Dock station for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPad Air, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, HTC, LG G2 G3 G4 and other Android Smartphones
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £57.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate USB charge station?, 1 July 2015
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Six port auto usb power in a smart red black design.

I have tested many multipart USB charge points. Their main selling point is they eliminate the need to occupy multiple mains wall sockets for the multitude of digital devices in the family home. Just one mains socket in a corner and a small table can be the family charge corner.

One new problem is that most have dedicated USB sockets optimised for particular platforms and choosing the right socket gives you a faster charge. This can lead to more squabbles over hogging the best port for iOS for instance.

This is solved here in that all the ports can automatically configure to match the brand of device plugged in to each one. No getting your glasses to read the tiny print. No fighting or sneaky swaps.

Now all you have to do is argue who nicked your cable. Can't win them all.

For me this is currently the multi USB power outlet to choose. So simple. Supplied with a UK main lead with a standard figure of eight connection so you can substitute your own cable for travel elsewhere, no need to take all those other device PSUs with their own UK adapters! This one replaces taking six different wall warts! Buy it. Based on a review sample.


Staedtler 512 128 Double Hole Tub Triangular Sharpener
Staedtler 512 128 Double Hole Tub Triangular Sharpener
Price: £3.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Good sharpener., 1 July 2015
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Perfect for colouring pencils and sketch graphites too. Only takes one and a half turns to get a good point. Does not come apart accidentally so no spillage of shavings. Good buy.


ZVE Newly High Quality Multifunctional Cigarette Lighter Cover For IPhone 6 Built-in Cigarette Lighter/bottle Opener/ Camera Stable Tripod Case ([iphone6 4.7"][ Blue])
ZVE Newly High Quality Multifunctional Cigarette Lighter Cover For IPhone 6 Built-in Cigarette Lighter/bottle Opener/ Camera Stable Tripod Case ([iphone6 4.7"][ Blue])
Offered by Zvedeng
Price: £29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Four in One, 1 July 2015
It' s a bottle opener, lighter, camera mount and a phone case.

Very solid phone case. It has to be because on the back is a bottle opener. The entire back feels to be made of a thick metal sheet so it can take the strain of being a cap lever and not your phone. This makes it quite a thick case but I have seen others this thick without the other utilities.

Under the rubber bung is a standard camera tripod mount thread. This allows a firm attachment to a tripod or selfie stick with a thread. Check you can angle your base so the front or back cameras point where you want.

The cigarette lighter works as advertised. Pull the shutter down and the coil glows red. We successfully lit rollups for those who smoked at a recent pub meeting. There is a safety lock to stop the shutter opening and firing up in your pocket. “Oh Ive left my lighter” “hey I will show you how to use a phone to light up” “?”

My only criticism was that being so stiff it was hard to extract the phone out of the case. Normally I bend a case near an edge to start but this is not possible here. You have to start by pressing through the camera hole.

Interesting well made item the likes of which are currently not seen by most folk. Based on a review sample.
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Swees® 8000mAh Ultra Slim Dual USB (2.1A / 1A Output) Brilliant Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Android Phone Smartphone Tablets Pc Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Swees® 8000mAh Ultra Slim Dual USB (2.1A / 1A Output) Brilliant Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Android Phone Smartphone Tablets Pc Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Offered by swees-shop
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Competent powerpack, 30 Jun. 2015
High capacity battery pack with a nice rounded shape. The whole pack is finished in high gloss black plastic, good moulding with all edges and corners havens a nice curve making it nice to hold. Not sure ultra slim is the word I would use; its 27.75mm thick and weighs 191g.

Will charge two devices at a time and managed to take care of a tablet and a phone at the same time. Features a small white led torch for emergencies. Everything operates from a single button. Has the customary 4 led (blue) capacity indicator.

I emptied the pack and the recharged slowly to full using a generic USB power supply and I provide the recharge graph with this review. I measured 7650mAh put in which is close but just below the packs stated capacity. Maybe after a few more cycles this will improve, I will update if I remember.

For makers out there looking to power mini projects both ports on this pack will only deliver power if a significant current is drawn otherwise it will shutdown.

A nice power pack that anyone can use to recharge their devices, bring your own cables (one usb cable supplied). Based on a review sample.


Lock & Lock 2.6 Litre Tall Square Container
Lock & Lock 2.6 Litre Tall Square Container
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Seal flour away, 28 Jun. 2015
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Good for keeping opened 1.5kg bags of flour sealed to stay fresh longer. I leave the flour in the bag for quick identification which I should say is a bit of a tight fit on full bags.


Milk Frother BATTERIES INCLUDED, MONEY BACK GUARANTEE !! The Best Automatic Electric Handheld frother in Black with a Soft touch handle, Stainless steel whisk, Perfect for making Coffee, Hot Drinks, Shakes, Egg Beater/Mixer, Cappuccino, Vinaigrette, Latte, Hot chocolate
Milk Frother BATTERIES INCLUDED, MONEY BACK GUARANTEE !! The Best Automatic Electric Handheld frother in Black with a Soft touch handle, Stainless steel whisk, Perfect for making Coffee, Hot Drinks, Shakes, Egg Beater/Mixer, Cappuccino, Vinaigrette, Latte, Hot chocolate
Offered by jb online
Price: £15.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Hot milk frother, 28 Jun. 2015
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Great little whisk for frothing hot milk in a mug which works very quickly, quietly and without making a mess. Comes with battery but on mine the battery compartment lid came loose a little too easy. I wish also I could stand it up on the base when not in use but it is rounded but thats a minor quibble. Easy to clean. Based on a review sample.


Kicty® Meat Claws With Brush Pork Puller For Flawless Pulled Pork- Meat Shredder Pork, Beef, Chicken - Meat Handler Carving Forks For Shredding Lifting, Mixing And BBQ - Pulled Pork Tool For Pork Butts, Pork Shoulders Set Of 2
Kicty® Meat Claws With Brush Pork Puller For Flawless Pulled Pork- Meat Shredder Pork, Beef, Chicken - Meat Handler Carving Forks For Shredding Lifting, Mixing And BBQ - Pulled Pork Tool For Pork Butts, Pork Shoulders Set Of 2
Offered by buyftb
Price: £7.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Meat claws for shredding or lifting., 28 Jun. 2015
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Getting these meat claws to test inspired me to make pulled pork as best I could using a normal oven. I used Falicity Cloake’s “How to cook perfect pulled pork” from Guardian Jan 2013 but using a boneless joint. It turned out brilliant and these Kodiak Klaws made shredding an quick and easy job of the 2.5kg chunk of meat. Have used to shrewd a half duck too.

Obviously shredding is their main purpose but I find I am using them for lifting roast joints and chicken from dutch ovens over to a shredding board. Also one claw can be used as a firm hold on joints for carving with a knife.

They are very easy to clean and despite being plastic are resistant to oven heat. Worth having in any kitchen.


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