Despite being priced at a touch under £45 this new Meat Grinder is not a device that will find a home in many kitchens as the price of meat continues to soar and the switch to processed fast foods and eating out continues. In some ways that is a pity as this device is well made, well priced and easy to use.
The machine arrived in a commercial style box with the unit well protected within using compressed card shaped inserts. Aside from the unit itself in the box was a loading tray, mincing blade and assembly, three cutting plates, food-in pusher, Sausage Adaptor and a large but poorly illustrated User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video. It also comes with a Kibbe attachment which can be used to make biscuits of the traditional fluted German Spritzgebäck style. You will probably recognise the biscuits if you do not know the name.
The body of the unit is lighter than I was expecting but seems well made with a red plastic body with stainless steel effect outlines. All the cutting surfaces and food facing components are made from stainless steel or easy clean metal.
Assembling and using the unit is easy enough. Push the large black button on the front of the unit and push the large metal Scroll Housing (with the metal screw assembly inside) in place and lock it tight. Unscrew the fixing ring at the front of the Scroll Housing – why they call it this I do not know – and place one of the three supplied cutting plates between the rotating blade and the fixing ring which can they be screwed closed. Attach the food tray on the top and plug the unit in. Cut the food in cubes and push into the top of the unit down the tube using the plastic tool supplied for this use. The device has two simple control panels on the side, the left-hand one has an On and R setting, the other On/Off/Reverse. To operate ensure both controls are set the same – On or R, if they are not set the same the unit will not work. This is designed to prevent accidental operation.
The device can be used to make mincemeat in various gauges of size and comes with a plastic sausage extruder which attaches to the front fixing ring.
Despite the powerful 2.8W motor, the device is not as loud as I was expecting and does not vibrate in use excessively. These days this is something of a specialised item perhaps rarely seen outside commercial kitchens and so to find one for this price was a surprise to me. For those that need this would be an excellent buy.
This new solar garden lamp from ECHTPower has upped the game quite a bit compared to older rivals with features and options not usually found in garden lights but which perhaps few would need. This is all to the food as with a current Amazon price of £16.99 it is no dearer than most of it’s lesser rivals.
In the well designed and attractive product box was the light itself, a remote control with prefitted battery, wall mounting kit, and a well designed and easy to read two-page colour User Guide. I include a scan of the guide in my unboxing video.
The plastic-bodied lamp consists of a panel of 48 LEDs (24 cool white and 24 warm white) with a maximum output of 450 lumens with next to them a motion sensor, infrared sensor for the remote control and a status LED which doubles as a manual mode control button. On top is the large solar panel and at the rear, the slots for the two screws needed to wall mount the device.
Like most other similar lights this one offers three operating modes: dim/full power when motion detected, off/full power when motion detected, full power 3 hours then shift to Mode 2. In addition, this one also offers a seven-step switch between cool white (6000K) and warm white (2700K). Colour temperature can only be controlled using the supplied credit card sized remote control which can also turn the light off and on and switch between modes. The remote control is something of a bonus but might be handy when seeking to control a light mounted in a high or awkward position. Most users, I suspect, will just set the light to their preferred settings and then just leave it. I have mine set to cool white and Mode 1.
It works well for me. It comes on at dusk in the low setting (which is still easily bright enough to see you way around) and flips to full power as I walk into the garden. It is still working after midnight although I do not know if it lasts all night as at this time of year it is light before 6 am when I get up by which time it has turned itself off.
This is an excellent light, well priced, plenty of features and works well.
I have tried other grow bags, they work OK but are too often unattractive to look at and handle with a plastic or artificial feel to them. This £16.99 set of three 25.9L bags, one each in green, brown and black, is made from Nonwoven cloth which has a far more natural, earthy and organic ambience to it. The appearance of the bags is attractive and there is no need to hide them away when in use.
The bags are each just over thirteen inches in height with a thirteen-inch diameter. The bags are made from a nonwoven cloth which feels a bit like a felt and is soft and forgiving in use. The base is reinforced to prevent damage from stones and has incorporates drainage holes. There is a large access panel near the bottom to facilitate the removal or potatoes or other tubers with a velcro panel above the opening to hold the flap open. Near the top are reinforced carry handles. The bags are light to carry but feel strong enough for sustained use. Although I have not tried it apparently the bags are washable and can be reused as required.
I have planted potatoes in mine but of course, it can be used for a wide variety of cropping plants. Too soon to say how the results will be for me but I have no reason not to be optimistic.
If you need new grow bags that are fun to use and look good and will not break the bank these could be a good buy.
I have tried plenty of LED string lights before and most of them are p[retty much the same. This new set from HD HARUDONE is rather different with a new design for the battery compartment.
To begin with, this set is longer than most with at 12M with no less than 120 LEDs, long enough to completely encase your Christmas Tree or drape the full length of your room or patio. Also unlike the rather feeble battery clip case included with most rivals, this one has a robust waterproof screw in case with the light pattern order clearly printed on it. This case holds 4 AA batteries rather than the three used by most rivals. It is a pity this new form factor could not have been modified to include a USB power port to allow for a permanent mains connection. No matter and in any case the new case comes with an integral hanging hook very useful to keep the battery case out of the way when it is set up. Most of the rival thin wire string lights of this time are only available in a single colour, usually white or warm white, and it is unusual to find a multicoloured set such as this.
The unit is designed for indoor or garden use and although no data sheet is supplied with it the Amazon listing tells me that it is IP44 waterproof and later that it is IP65 and then IP67 waterproof. Whichever it actually is it should be fine for normal garden use but take care that the battery case does not get immersed in water.
The light set has eight lighting pattern modes as well a dimming feature and this is controlled through the credit card sized remote control. As with all remotes of this type without proper clicky buttons, it can take be a bit of a nuisance to use but you soon get used to it. There is also a single button on the battery case which can turn the unit on and off and scroll through the light patterns.
The LEDs are good and bright and can be dimmed to a limited degree, left set to one colour, chase or set to a range of flashing or strobing options. In any setting, they look good and the extra length makes getting a good covering of lights an easy option. Currently priced on Amazon at £9.99 (with a further 8% discount at time of writing) they represent a good buy indeed and should enhance your garden or look great on the yuletide tree.
Extra long 12 string
Credit card format remote