Best Broccoli and Cheese Soup Ever

best broccoli and cheese soup ever

Best Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Ever

How to make the best broccoli and cheese soup for your family
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 crown broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 carrots sliced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups milk 2%
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions
 

  • Add butter to medium heat frying pan. Saute carrots and broccoli for 3-4 min. Add onions and saute for 1-2 min. Add flour to pan to make a roux.
  • Pour chicken broth into pan and cook vegetables until fork tender ~5 min.
  • Slowly pour milk into pan and cook until gently simmering. 
  • Add grated cheese and whisk until fully combined.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • Store in fridge for up to 3 days.
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best broccoli and cheese soup ever

Best Candy Thermometer 2020

best candy thermometer 2020

I started making caramel for an Almond Roca recipe years ago. But, it never quite came out how I wanted it to. It was delicious, but it was just too soft. The consistency wasn’t quite right. 

This year, I decided I was going to try out using my new candy thermometer for my caramel sauce to make my almond roca recipe. Maybe they would actually turn out!

I asked my husband to purchase the best candy thermometer for caramel for me. He got me the OXO Good Grips Glass Candy Thermometer. When I went to use it, I realized that the bulb didn’t go all the way to the bottom of the pot. But of course, you don’t actually want the bulb to be touching the bottom of the pan. This can cause the bulb to shatter. So the OXO thermometer he got me, sits a few centimetres above the pot using the adjustable clip. 

When I was making my caramel sauce the bulb was above the level of liquid in the sauce pan so I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. I started mixing my ingredients, and then I realized that I could just stir the pot and push the caramel sauce over the bulb so I could get an accurate measurement of the temperature. Therefore, even though it’s large, it’s the best candy thermometer for small batches. 

When I was done making my caramel sauce I watched the Mercury come to an even 300 degrees Farenheight and I poured the caramel sauce into the baking pan. I added the chopped up almonds to it, and then I spread the melted chocolate over the caramel and sprinkled the rest of the chopped almonds to the topping and let it cool. 

Finally, I had made the most incredible Almond Roca. I had no idea that I really needed a candy thermometer to make the Almond Roca that I’ve been dreaming about for years. I always purchased my almond roca at local Christmas markets because it’s my absolute favourite!! Now, I can officially make as much as I want to at home!

I’m an avid baker, and I have tried making macarons, but they never turned out the way I had seen them in pastry shops.

When I took a class making macarons in Vancouver they showed me that when making the sugar sauce for the Italian meringue, it needs to be an even 115 degree Celsius. 

I decided to try out the candy thermometer again. I always had issues making macarons in the past, but I was using the French style recipe. By using the Italian style recipe, the meringue is much more stable so it’s easier to get them to turn out how you like. 

I started making the sugar sauce and I watched the Mercury climb up to an even 115 degrees Celsius. I poured the sugar sauce down the side of the metal mixing bowl with my egg whites. I folded the meringue into the almond mixture and finished off making my macarons, patiently waiting to see how they would turn out. I wondered if this was really going to make the difference between them actually turning out. I put them in the oven and baked them for 12 minutes. 

oxo candy thermometer

I pulled them out of the oven when they were finished, and there it was, my first batch of perfect macarons. I was so proud. I was so grateful to have my new candy thermometer. 

This candy thermometer has been so easy to use, it handles high temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  It has stages on the thermometer of hard-crack, giving you an idea of how hard you want your candy to be. I prefer this candy thermometer over a digital one because there is no battery to change, no risk of the display becoming black at high temperatures, and I find it just as easy to read the temperature.

When we were reading up about candy thermometers I thought for sure a digital thermometer would be the easiest. 

I started reading up on the CDN digital candy thermometer 

You can easily program it to an exact degree. It will alarm at specific points during the key temperature stages when making candy.   

It’s approximately 8 1/4″ tall, much smaller than the OXO Candy Thermometer.

However, most people who have used this thermometer find that it doesn’t last very long. Some people have said that it only lasted them 3-30 uses, and then it just stops working. The screen will go black when it’s used at high temperatures. The clip for the gauge can break off and then you have to hold the thermometer by hand to take the temperature of your candy.

It doesn’t seem like digital thermometers have come very far in terms of longevity, or durability.

The tried and true older style thermometers are a better bet for your candy making needs long term. They are easy to clean, simple to use, and give accurate readings. The best quality candy thermometer in 2020 is the OXO Good Grips Glass Candy Thermometer.

Chocolate Covered Cornflakes

  • 1 cup chocolate melting wafers
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (~2 oranges)
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  1. Melt chocolate in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 1 min. Stir chocolate, microwave again in 20 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Grate orange zest and add it to the melted chocolate.
  3. Mix orange zest into chocolate until fully combined.
  4. Add corn flakes 1 cup/time until fully covered in chocolate.
  5. Place muffin liners onto a large plate. Fill muffin liners with chocolate covered cornflakes.
  6. Place in fridge for 1 hour until fully hardened. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.

The Best Bread Maker 2020

Best Bread Maker 2020

If you’ve never had a breadmaker before, you might be thinking, do I really need one? What can you actually make with a bread machine?

For those who have owned bread machines before, you know how incredibly versatile they are. But, the problem with most of them, is that they usually only last about 2 years. 

#1 Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is our top choice for the best bread maker. 

It comes with a full array of diverse recipes using a breadmaker. Just a few of the recipes their cookbook includes: 

  • Apple danishes
  • Bagels
  • Baguette
  • Banana bread
  • Challah bread
  • Cheese and onion bread
  • Chocolate cake
  • Coffee cake
  • Criossants
  • Donuts
  • Tea bread
  • Pizza dough
  • Gluten free bread
  • Gluten free donuts
  • Salt-free bread
  • Sugar-free bread
  • Vegan bread
  • Focaccia bread
  • Homemade pasta dough
  • Corn bread
  • Jam
  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Tortillas

They include more recipes on their website (https://www.zojirushi.com/app/recipe/breadmakers?ids=417

If you’re looking for the most durable, long-lasting breadmaker, this is the best bread maker choice for your home kitchen.

Pros:

You can make 6+ loaves/week for years (4-5 years)

Other breadmakers claim that they can make gluten free bread, but it just doesn’t turn out as well and consistent as the Zojirushi Breadmaker . 

The cost of making bread in your new breadmaker will save you money in the long run. 

Once you purchase your bread machine yeast and bread machine flour you’ll be ready to try out your new bread machine!

You can have fresh bread readily available within 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the recipe.

The top of the breadmaker includes a heater in the lid. This brown’s the top of your loaf ever so slightly to give you a perfect loaf of delicious bread.  

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is easy to clean. Hand wash the paddle and loaf pan after each use and let it air dry for a couple hours so you have it all ready for your next fluffy loaf of bread.

Cons:

You may have to replace the paddle after several years of use. You can easily purchase this online when you need it, unlike other brands where it’s difficult to source replacement parts

Mixer is loud. However, most bread machines are loud. They have moving parts and they need to be able to mix their ingredients effectively. This might be something to think about if you’re planning on putting the delay timer on to have fresh bread in the morning. Perhaps keep it downstairs, somewhere that you won’t hear it mixing away when you’re sleeping.

What other recipes can you make with a bread maker?

  • Pita bread
  • Naan bread
  • Pretzels
  • Pumpkin spice bread
  • Calzone dough
  • Cinnamon buns
  • Cheese bread 
  • Multigrain bread
  • Lemon cake
  • English muffins
  • Hamburger buns

What if you want to make gluten free bread?

It comes with several recipes for creating gluten free breads.  

  • Gluten free donuts
  • Gluten free apple walnut cake
  • Gluten free carrot cake
  • Gluten free green tea bread
  • Gluten free raisin bread
  • Gluten free pizza dough

What kind of gluten free flour can you use in your bread maker?

125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes

What if you want dairy free bread?

Substitute the milk for:

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk

How do you store your freshly made breadmaker bread?

Store your freshly baked, cooled down loaf in an airtight container. Be sure to only slice off what you are using at the time. If you slice all of the bread when it’s cooled, it could stale faster. 

Store it in the fridge to keep it fresher a bit longer. You’ll want to use it up within 3 days of making your loaf, or store it in the freezer. It doesn’t last as long as bread you purchase in your local grocery store because it doesn’t have the same preservatives as your freshly baked bread.

This is actually one of the perks for having a breadmaker. You get to control what you’re putting into your body. You know exactly how much sugar, salt, etc. is going into the recipe, so you can be more informed about how much you’re consuming on a daily basis.

For people with allergies, this can be a life-saver. You can select your flour, salt, sugar/sugar-free, nut-free environment as you need it for your own dietary needs.

How do you slice your bread?

Use a serrated knife to cut your bread to your desired thickness.

How to clean your breadmaker?

Is it dishwasher safe?

No, you need to handwash the loaf pan.

How do you properly measure your ingredients for your breadmaker?

#2

Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine with 13-Hour Delay Timer

The Oster Breadmaker is a good starting point for those just getting into having a breadmaker. It has step by step instructions for beginners to help you learn how to make your first loaf. 

Although the cookbook it comes with doesn’t come with many recipes, it gives you a great starting base to begin making bread at home. 

I have tried these recipes in the cookbook:

  • White bread
  • Italian herb bread
  • Pizza dough
  • Bread pretzels
  • Bagels

My favourite recipes by far is the bagel recipe! There’s nothing better than having a fresh bagel out of the oven, and lathering on the cream cheese for breakfast on the weekend.

I received the Oster 2lb Bread Machine for Christmas last year. My husband said he didn’t think we would use it much, but his attitude changed within a few weeks. 

I have used my breadmaker to make several different types of cakes, rolls, dough,  and bread. We’ve only had one for a year and I can’t imagine not having it.

My husband realized he could use it for making pizza dough, he didn’t have a huge mess to clean up after. When he makes pizza dough, it makes enough for 2 large pizzas. I never expected such a small machine to be able to make that much dough at once. 

Sometimes we use ½ the dough for a pizza, and then leave the other ½ in the fridge and use it the following day to make another pizza. 

We use our bread machine at least once a week to make different recipes. It saves us time, it’s less mess, and it saves us money. I love using it make quick dough recipes like pizza pretzels for lunches during the week.

I like to leave my breadmaker on the floor when it’s in use. When it’s actively mixing 1 ball of dough, it can unbalance itself easily. We’ve had ours end up on the floor, so now it just lives on the ground after that.

The lid for this machine just rests on the top, there isn’t a latch or anything for it. 

Pros:

  • Simple operation
  • Expressbake- makes bread in 1 hour
  • Compact
  • Paddle comes off easily after baking

Cons:

  • Pan can wear out over time
  • Loud/rattles around
  • Bread maker cookbook doesn’t have many recipes

Sunbeam 2-Pound Breadmaker, White

Pros:

  • Budget friendly

Cons:

  • Paddle bakes into the loaf, difficult to retrieve
  • Large unit, storing this machine might be difficult if you don’t have a ton of space
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Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

GARLIC ITALIAN BREADSTICKS
Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

How to bake garlic bread sticks from scratch using yeast.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Rising time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 7 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 12 Breadsticks

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 280 mL warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour

Topping

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, yeast, sugar, 3 tbsp butter and salt into a large glass bowl. Slowly add bread flour until fully combined. Knead dough until smooth ~5-7 min.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  • Separate dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each piece to approximately 7’’ long.
  • Let rise for 1 hour on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 min at 400 degrees F.
  • Mix together melted butter, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
  • Brush mixture onto breadsticks when they come out of the oven and top with Parmesan. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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Best Bread Maker Ever

Best Bread Maker Ever

Our pick: Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is our top choice for the best bread maker ever. If you’ve never had a breadmaker before, you might be thinking, do I really need one? What can you actually make with a bread machine?

For those who have owned bread machines before, you know how incredibly versatile they are. But, the problem with most of them, is that they usually only last about 2 years.

This bread maker though will last you for years to come.

It comes with a full array of diverse recipes using a breadmaker. Just a few of the recipes their cookbook includes: 

  • Apple danishes
  • Bagels
  • Baguette
  • Banana bread
  • Challah bread
  • Cheese and onion bread
  • Chocolate cake
  • Coffee cake
  • Croissants
  • Donuts
  • Tea bread
  • Pizza dough
  • Gluten free bread
  • Gluten free donuts
  • Salt-free bread
  • Sugar-free bread
  • Vegan bread
  • Focaccia bread
  • Homemade pasta dough
  • Corn bread
  • Jam
  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Tortillas

They include more recipes on their website (https://www.zojirushi.com/app/recipe/breadmakers?ids=417

If you’re looking for the most durable, long-lasting breadmaker, this is the best bread maker choice for your home kitchen.

Pros:

You can make 6+ loaves/week for years (4-5 years)

Other breadmakers claim that they can make gluten free bread, but it just doesn’t turn out as well and consistent as the Zojirushi Breadmaker . 

The cost of making bread in your new breadmaker will save you money in the long run. 

Once you purchase your bread machine yeast and bread machine flour you’ll be ready to try out your new bread machine!

You can have fresh bread readily available within 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the recipe.

The top of the breadmaker includes a heater in the lid. This brown’s the top of your loaf ever so slightly to give you a perfect loaf of delicious bread.  

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is easy to clean. Hand wash the paddle and loaf pan after each use and let it air dry for a couple hours so you have it all ready for your next fluffy loaf of bread.

Cons:

You may have to replace the paddle after several years of use. You can easily purchase this online when you need it, unlike other brands where it’s difficult to source replacement parts

Mixer is loud. However, most bread machines are loud. They have moving parts and they need to be able to mix their ingredients effectively. This might be something to think about if you’re planning on putting the delay timer on to have fresh bread in the morning. Perhaps keep it downstairs, somewhere that you won’t hear it mixing away when you’re sleeping.

What other recipes can you make with a bread maker?

  • Pita bread
  • Naan bread
  • Pretzels
  • Pumpkin spice bread
  • Calzone dough
  • Cinnamon buns
  • Cheese bread 
  • Multigrain bread
  • Lemon cake
  • English muffins
  • Hamburger buns

What is the best bread maker recipe?

Pizza Pretzels

What if you want to make gluten free bread?

It comes with several recipes for creating gluten free breads.  

  • Gluten free donuts
  • Gluten free apple walnut cake
  • Gluten free carrot cake
  • Gluten free green tea bread
  • Gluten free raisin bread
  • Gluten free pizza dough

What kind of gluten free flour can you use in your bread maker?

What if you want dairy free bread?

Substitute the milk for:

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk

How do you store your freshly made breadmaker bread?

Store your freshly baked, cooled down loaf in an airtight container. Be sure to only slice off what you are using at the time. If you slice all of the bread when it’s cooled, it could stale faster. 

Store it in the fridge to keep it fresher a bit longer. You’ll want to use it up within 3 days of making your loaf, or store it in the freezer. It doesn’t last as long as bread you purchase in your local grocery store because it doesn’t have the same preservatives as your freshly baked bread.

This is actually one of the perks for having a breadmaker. You get to control what you’re putting into your body. You know exactly how much sugar, salt, etc. is going into the recipe, so you can be more informed about how much you’re consuming on a daily basis.

For people with allergies, this can be a life-saver. You can select your flour, salt, sugar/sugar-free, nut-free environment as you need it for your own dietary needs.

How do you slice your bread?

Use a serrated knife to cut your bread to your desired thickness.

How to clean your breadmaker?

Is it dishwasher safe?

No, you need to handwash the loaf pan.

How do you properly measure your ingredients for your breadmaker?

I have used my breadmaker to make several different types of cakes, rolls, dough,  and bread. We’ve only had one for a year and I can’t imagine not having it. 

I remember when I received one for Christmas, my husband said he didn’t think we would use it much. But his attitude changed within a few weeks. 

Once he realized he could use it for making pizza dough, he didn’t have a huge mess to clean up after. When he makes pizza dough, it makes enough for 2 large pizzas. I never expected such a small machine to be able to make that much dough at once. 

Sometimes we use ½ the dough for a pizza, and then leave the other ½ in the fridge and use it the following day to make another pizza. 

We use our bread machine at least once a week to make different recipes. It saves us time, it’s less mess, and it saves us money. I love using it make quick dough recipes like pizza pretzels for lunches during the week.

Once you start using your new bread maker, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it!

Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

Bread maker pizza pretzels
bread maker pizza pretzels recipe

Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

How to use your bread maker to make pizza pretzel dough. Bake your pizza pretzels in the oven with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Bread Maker Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Snack
Servings 8 Pretzels

Equipment

  • bread maker
  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7/8 cup water

Topping

  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Pour water into bread pan.
  • Place flour into bread pan covering all the water.
  • Add salt and sugar to bread pan.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and put yeast into the well.
  • Select dough setting on bread machine.
  • Once dough is finished, preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Separate dough into 8 even pieces.
  • Roll each dough into a long rope shape ~6” long.
  • Twist each dough into a knot shape. Place knots onto a baking sheet.
  • Brush each knot with pizza sauce. Cover the entire knot in pizza sauce, bringing the sauce right down to the bottom of each knot. If you don’t fully cover the knot this will result in a dry pizza pretzel.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese onto each knot.
  • Bake at 450˚F for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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bread maker pizza pretzels recipe

Best Gluten Free Bread Maker

Best Gluten Free Bread Maker

Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is our top choice for a gluten free bread maker. 

It comes with several recipes for creating gluten free breads.  

  • Gluten free donuts
  • Gluten free apple walnut cake
  • Gluten free carrot cake
  • Gluten free green tea bread
  • Gluten free raisin bread
  • Gluten free pizza dough

They include more recipes on their website.

If you’re looking for the most durable, long-lasting breadmaker, this is the one for you. 

Pros:

You can make 6+ loaves/week for years (4-5 years)

Other breadmakers claim that they can make gluten free bread, but it just doesn’t turn out as well and consistent as the Zojirushi Breadmaker . 

The cost of making gluten free bread in your new breadmaker will save you money in the long run, than purchasing your $7.00 loaf every week. 

You can have fresh bread readily available within 2.5 hours

The top of the breadmaker includes a heater in the lid. This brown’s the top of your loaf ever so slightly to give you a perfect loaf of delicious bread.  

The Zojirushi Breadmaker is easy to clean. Hand wash the paddle and loaf pan after each use and let it air dry for a couple hours so you have it all ready for your next fluffy loaf of bread.

Cons:

You may have to replace the paddle after several years of use. You can easily purchase this online when you need it, unlike other brands where it’s difficult to source replacement parts

Mixer is loud. However, most bread machines are loud. They have moving parts and they need to be able to mix their ingredients effectively. This might be something to think about if you’re planning on putting the delay timer on to have fresh bread in the morning. Perhaps keep it downstairs, somewhere that you won’t hear it mixing away while you’re sleeping.

What kind of gluten free flour can you use in your bread maker?

What if you want dairy free gluten free bread?

Substitute the milk for:

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk

How do you store your freshly made gluten free breadmaker bread?

Store your freshly baked, cooled down loaf in an airtight container. Be sure to only slice off what you are using at the time. If you slice all of the bread when it’s cooled, it could stale faster. 

Store it in the fridge to keep it fresher a bit longer. You’ll want to use it up within 3 days of making your loaf, or store it in the freezer.

Bruschetta with Toasted Bread using Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Basil

homemade bruschetta with basil

Bruschetta with Toasted Bread using Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Basil

How to make a good bruschetta recipe with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Oven
  • brush

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Place grape tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grapes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the ½ garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

homemade bruschetta
Keyword appetizer, bread, bruschetta
Bruschetta

Blanco Silgranit Sink Review

blanco silgranit sink

Blanco Silgranit sinks are known for being sleek, stylish, and classy. Your kitchen sink is going to be one of the drawing points in your new kitchen. You want to be sure you’re picking our a quality sink that is going to last you for years to come. So how do they measure up?

silgranit-sink

Blanco offers a diverse array of colors for granite sinks when compared to other top sink brands.

When we were renovating our kitchen we went through a lot of research and took the time to figure out which brands are the most durable, and which ones are going to last us a long time. 

Our cabinets and counter-tops gave our kitchen a modern look to it. There’s a luxurious feel to it when you walk in the room. The sink we selected had to match this. Therefore, we wanted to go with a higher quality sink.

silgranit-sink-with-white-quartz

When we met with our designer she recommended a Blanco Silgranit sink.

One thing I noticed when I came across in my research was that some sinks can crack when high temperature foods are poured into the sink like pouring hot water after making pasta.

The Blanco Silgranit sink is heat resistant up to 536° F.

Some brands that have a pitting issue if you drop sharp things in them.

The Blanco Silgranit sink is resistant to scratches and stains

blanco silgranit sink

After visiting a few different stores and feeling the quality of each granite sink I could see that Blanco was the best choice for us.

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It took me by surprise how beautiful and modern the sink looked in person.

Blanco has a huge selection of different types of sinks:

  • farmhouse
  • sinks with drainboards built in
  • cascading divide in the sink
  • long sinks for your custom kitchen needs
  • laundry room sinks
  • low divide sinks
  • round sinks
  • smaller sinks for a petite kitchen
  • double bowl sinks
  • bar sinks

We decided on the Blanco Silgranit single bowl kitchen sink in Anthracite.

I love the look of the single bowl sinks that are undermounted. The sink and counter-top have clean lines which looks more aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Not only that, I can clean the counter and push all the food scraps into the sink when cleaning up after a meal making it easy to clean the counter. 

How deep is the Blanco silgranit sink?

  • Bowl depth: 8 5⁄8”

Since the bowl is so much deeper than I was used to, I didn’t realize how many dishes I was going to be able to soak in the sink. 

I can soak some dishes while I’m washing other ones at the same time! This makes clean up much quicker than I anticipated.  

We haven’t had a dishwasher in about 5 weeks so this was a game-changer for me!! 

Another benefit to having such a deep sink…. You can place a few dirty dishes in the sink to be cleaned later and you don’t see them. I can be at my stove cooking away and I don’t see any dishes in my sink, making me feel more calm and relaxed since they are out of sight and out of mind. 

One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is making baked goods. I decided to try my hand at making macarons after taking a class locally to see how I would do at making them. 

After I was done making macarons about 4 hours later I was cleaning the baking pan and I put it right into the sink. What shocked me is the whole pan fit into the sink and I still had room for other dishes as well. I was able to clean the pan and rinse it off so easily that it seems like doing dishes takes a lot less time for me now.  

I never thought that getting a new sink would allow me to do dishes in less time but here we are. 

When I drained the sink for the first time I noticed was that it drains the sink completely dry. There isn’t a pool of water waiting at the bottom of the sink. It self cleans by draining itself dry so you can leave the sink perfectly clean when you’re finished with it. 

With having new pipe under our sink, it can be drained in about 8 seconds depending on how deep you fill it.

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The Blanco Silgranit sink has a non-porous surface which is anti-bacterial. Food will not be absorbed into the material and begin to smell. You can leave dishes to sit in the sink safely and do them at your leisure without worrying about if you’re damaging your sink.

The surface of the sink prevents pots and pans from clanging. You can be assured that this sink won’t be too loud from dropping things in the sink. 

What do you use your kitchen sink for? 

You use it to clean your dishes after Christmas dinner when you’ve had your entire family over to celebrate. 

You use it for washing the cake pan after you made your sister’s birthday cake from scratch, making her favourite flavour red velvet with cream cheese icing. 

You use it to bathe your baby when it’s only a few months old. 

Your kitchen sink is so much more than somewhere where you wash dishes. 

All of these memories started in the kitchen. 

When you do your kitchen renovation you want everything to be perfect, you want everything to go well, and you want to know that you made the right choice. 

One thing I know for sure, is I know I made the right choice picking the Blanco silgranit sink. It fits so well into our modern kitchen and I can’t imagine picking another one. 

It’s just perfect for our life.