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LG lmv2013st Review

Reviewed Microwave
LG LMV2031ST
Overall Rating: 

Ease of Use

Design

Value for Money

Performance

PROS

CONS

Has very sensitive touch pad, (don't need force to make work)
Easy to install ( one person can install it, can take 45 minutes)
Very Quiet Microwave
Super Powerful Microwave
Attractive Design
Strong Fan
Easy to Clean
Humidity-sensing technology

Dim visibility through dim.

Range light is not so bright.

Magnetron may be failed ( if you don't use carefully)

Summary:

Good design, easy to read bold white colour panel on the black background. Its lightweight (as compared to GE) microwave that Cooks fast and evenly. It's not a high-end microwave oven but smart in design and good in overall performance. It's very popular, large capacity and affordable oven.

Key Features

  • Type: Over the Range Microwave
  • Interior (WxHxD) 21 3/4" x 10 5/8" x 14 5/8"
  • Exterior (WxHxD) 29 15/16" x 16 7/16" x 15 7/8"
  • Power: Watts 1,000
  • Exterior Design Wide View Traditional
  • Control Type Smooth Touch Glass Controls
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 30.98 kg (68.3 lbs) Source: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/B1FWUVSB0+S.pdf (page 6)
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Capacity: 56 liters
  • Dimensions: 15.9 x 29.9 x 16.4 inches
  • Brand: LG

Design

Sleek design, grey colour with wide view exterior design gives it an attractive look. 4 digit green display is easy to read and clear.  Smooth touchpad makes sure that you can use it with just a slight touch.

Performance

LG LMV2031ST gives you the optimal performance because of its cooking sensor, as it senses humidity level and adjusts the cooking time according to it. Auto and rapid defrost makes life easier for the busy people. It has a preprogrammed popcorn button for making popcorns.

It's a powerful beast but works silently without making any noise.

How to use

Timer:

You can use this function as a kitchen timer. Simply press the “TIMER” button and enter the desired time at touchpad e.g. 5 minutes. Press “START” and your microwave will beep after the 5 minutes. It will remind you.

EZ- ON 

This feature enables you to quickly start cooking without even touching the Start/Enter Button. Just press the EZ-ON button and it starts cooking with full power for 30 seconds. You can toggle the “EZ-On” button to extend the remaining cook time by 30 seconds. Great for quick reheat food.

For the best results always position the dish in the center of the turntable. It's best to cover your food with a microwave safe dish lid when cooking to reduce any food splatter or mess.

Avoid using metal dishes or plates, it will damage your microwave.

Power Level

By default LG over the range microwave oven automatically defaults to the power level of 100%. But you can adjust your power level in increments of 10 according to your cooking needs. Just follow the below steps.

  1. Enter the cook time
  2. Select power level button
  3. Enter desired percentage
  4. Press start/enter

Multi-stage cooking

Some recipes need different power levels during different stages of cook cycle. LG LMV2031ST can be programmed up to 2 or 3 stages. For example, maybe at first stage, you need to defrost. You can choose to cook for 4 minutes for 50% power. And then 70% power for 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

For 2 stage cooking

1.    Select “COOK TIME

2.    Choose “POWER LEVEL” 50%

3.    Select the 2nd “COOK TIME

4.    Choose “POWER LEVEL” 70%

5.    Press Start

For 3 stage cooking

1.    First of all select “DEFROST” option

2.    Select “COOK TIME” and enter desired cook time

3.    Choose “POWER LEVEL” for example 40%

4.    Press “COOK TIME

5.    And at last select “POWER LEVEL” e.g. 60%

6.    Press Start/Enter

TIP: Turn Off the turntable if you are using the large dish in the microwave oven.

Conclusion

GE JVM3160RFSS is the best for cooking quick meals, defrosting, popcorn and frozen food. Yes its not the top notch over the range microwave in the world. But in this price range it does a pretty awesome job. It comes with one warranty so you don't have to worry, if anything goes wrong. It was came out first in the September 2013 so its been in the market from long time.

Ge Jvm3160rfss Review

Reviewed Microwave
GE Jvm3160rfss
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Ease of Use
Design
Value for Money
Performance

PROS

CONS

Simple controls

Large turntable

Easy to install

Easy to install ( easy to mount) ( 10 minutes )

Bright lights

2 modes for range light ( Day & Night)

Easy to clean from insides

Display is very simple

Keypad have no back lighting ( can be difficult to read in the low light)
Automatic fan can be little noisy.
Can be difficult to clean from the outside
It can't grill
Low oven cavity light.

Summary:

GE jvm3160rfss has a good design, easy to install and mount (If you follow the instructions). In It's not the fastest cooker on the earth, only 1 Kilo Watt. There are more expensive models available in the market with more power. As you know more the power means less time to cook.

It can be a good choice for a normal user who are looking for a good value for menu. Ge jvm3160rfss microwave is mentioned as the "Best Buy” in consumer reports.

Box doesn't have holes, you will need a buddy or friend’s help to lift the microwave.

Key​​​​​ Features

Type : Over the Range Microwave

Product 15.2*29.9*16.5 inches

Electronic Touch Controls

2 Automatic  speed exhaust fan ( 300 CFM)

300 CFM Glass Turntable

Weight 61.8 pounds

Power : 1000 Watts

Cooking Sensor : No

Cooking Capacity : 1.6 Cubic Feet(

Auto and time defrost

Vent Type : Convertible

ADA Compliant : No

ACCESSORIES : Charcoal Filter Kit ( Included )

Light Source : Incandescent

Can Defrost? : Yes

Door : Swing ( right to left) style with handle,

Cut-Out Front to Back Depth (in.) :15.25

Cut-Out Height (in.):16.5

Cut-Out Left to Right Width (in.): 29.875

Depth With Door(s) Open 90 Degrees (In.) : 23.75

Product Depth (in.): 15.25

Product Height (in.): 16.5

Product Width (in.): 29.875

Door Release :Pull

Vent Fan Location: Back

Levels of Power: 10

Has Child Lock? : Yes

Turntable : Yes

Turntable Diameter : 34.2 cm

Energy Star Certified: No

Convection: No

Notable Feature : 30 Sec Plus

Brand : General Electronics

Incase you want to read more about features, you can download ge jvm3160rfss manual from the link link below 

Installation

Although it comes with step by step installation guide. Anyone who is little bit technical or has installed the microwave previously can install it within 10 minutes. Even if it's your first time you can still do it, without much hassle. Watch the below video to see how to unbox and install.

Look & Feel 

JVM3160RFSS is a medium size microwave oven comes in stainless steel black color with beautiful design. Looks great in the kitchen. Yes due to stainless steel if your hands are not clean it may get your finger marks. Metal shield window allows to view the food while cooking. Covinet cooking controls makes cooking easier. See this beauty in action i below video. Easy to clean due to its non sticky interior.

Performance

This over the range microwave, doesn't come with the sensor. Basically sensor, automatically close the oven if it detects the oven is overheated. It makes sure the food is not overheated. Turntable on/off function can help to cook the food evenly.

Door has a handle and I personally like it as more life as compared to buttons. But it's just a matter of choice, some people may prefer the button.

It comes with the touchpad instead of buttons or turning dial. Again it's a just a matter of personal choice. But I prefer the touchpad as in my experience turning dials are have shorter life span.

Display offers the detailed instructions to guide through the cooking process. Comes with built in cooking buttons for Popcorn, Beverage, Potato. These functions make it easier to cook.

2 exhaust fans removes the smoke and odor from the microwave.

Conclusion

GE JVM3160RFSS is the best for cooking quick meals, defrosting, popcorn and frozen food. Yes its not the top notch over the range microwave in the world. But in this price range it does a pretty awesome job. It comes with one warranty so you don't have to worry, if anything goes wrong. It was came out first in the September 2013 so its been in the market from long time.

Best Compact Microwaves for 2018

How to know which compact microwave is best for you?

Convenient

Off course the whole purpose of buying a compact microwave oven is to have something convenient. And the first thing before you buy, think about the space and volume. How much space you have where you will keep your microwave and how much volume you need depending on your lifestyle.

Functions

This totally depends on your life style and personality. If you are busy person then you should choose the microwave with most pre-program functions e.g popcorn, pizza. 

Watts

Generally, lower the watts, more the cooking time microwave will take.

Colors

Color doesn’t have anything to do with the performance. We all have our preferences and choices. A nice colored microwaved will look good inside your room. If there is a more color variety it can be appealing to some people. What if your wife loves red.

Want a quick cup of coffee in 2 minutes? Westinghouse WCMB660B can do this like magic. Looking for a gift idea for your mom or your grandmother? Mechanical Dials and low maintenance makes this compact microwave can be an ideal choice for seniors. Or people living in small apartments. Old people having difficulty with the eyesight can operate it easily as it uses knobs instead of digital pads and numbers

Features

  • Weight: 23.1 lbs
  • Power: 600 Watts
  • Colors: White & Black
  • Power levels: 6

PROS

CONS

  • Perfect for seniors.
  • Easy to use, as it has only knobs to operate.
  • Doesn't take much of time.
  • Simple & Safe
  • Durable & Strong
  • Light Weight
  • Has a glass turntable
  • Not for heavy duty
  • Not ideal for heavy duty cooking.
  • No child lock

This 900 watts easy to use compact microwave oven come with many pre-programmed functions. You can make popcorn, pizza, frozen vegetables and bake potatoes. Muted beep a notable feature which makes ideal for the people who are looking for quiet microwave.

Features:

  •        Power: 900 Watts
  •        Colors: Black Stainless & Stainless Steel
  •        Power levels: 10
  •         Weight: 27.3 lbs

PROS

CONS

  •       Digital control panel
  •      Has child safety lock
  •      No noise
  •      Clear Buttons
  •      Warms food very fast
  •      Smaller size
  •       Power saver mode
  •  After using some time, It may start taking long time to cook.
  • Opening and closing of door can be too loud for some people.

As the name says it all. This microwave by Oster can be a great choice for dorm or any other similar small space where size can be an issue. Comes with the 6 cooking functions to make cooking further easier

Features:

  • Power: 700 Watts
  • Power Levels: 10
  • Weight: 26 lbs

PROS

CONS

  •       UL approved
  •       Ideal for for small area
  • Costumer service may not be the good

Hamilton’s Beach 0.7 was created by keeping busy people in mind. Built-in cooking functions make it easier to cook food. Available in 4 colors and great design. Other features include weight defrost and time defrost.

Features:

  • Power: 700 watts
  • Type: Digital
  • Color: White, Black, Red, Stainless Steel

PROS

CONS

  •       One touch cooking
  •      Built in functions (6)
  •      Contains a turn plate
  •      Easy to use
  •      Attractive design
  •       Removable glass turntable
  • Can be little noisy sometimes

Do you love popcorn? Then you gonna love this microwave as well. You can make popcorn with one touch, without worrying about the power. It automatically adjusts cooking or reheating time. 7 pre-programmed buttons can help you to cook.

  • Meat
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Potato
  • Entrée (Frozen)
  • Casserole

Sensor cook keeps the soups, gravies, sauces and vegetables warm until you serve. Genius sensor cooking automatically adjusts the power level by measuring steam. With the help of steam, it calculates the remaining time and adjusts the power level according to it. It meets 2016 DOE Energy Conservation Standards.

Features:

  •        Power: 1100 Watts
  •        Type: Digital
  •        Touch buttons
  •        Weight: 35.3 lbs
  •        Colors: Black, Stainless, White

PROS

CONS

  •       One touch genius sensor
  •      7 pre-programmed functions
  •      Sensor for cooking and Reheat
  •      Safety lock for control pad
  •      Auto defrost by weight
  •       Includes turntable
  •      Light turns on only, when its running.
  •      Be careful when opening, to avoid steam burns.
  •      Medium sound/beeps
  •      You have to press start after using Quick 30           buttons.Which can be annoying for some users.

If you are looking for inexpensive low watts microwave then it can be a good option.

Features:

  • Power: 700 Watts
  • Color: Black & White
  • LED Display
  • Weight: 26.2 lbs

PROS

CONS

  • Light is always on (door open or closed)
  • Buttons are not much sensitive.
  • Bad internal light

Conclusion

So, the Westinghouse WCM660B is clearly the winner as you can see. Overall it’s the best if you don't are not looking for some high voltage small microwave. But If you can afford and want something on higher end then “Panasonic NN-SU696S ” can be the best use of your money.

The Complete List Of Green Vegetables

Lettuce

Lettuce is planted in early spring. There are five types of lettuces

  1. loose-leaf lettuce

  2. Romanie

  3. Butterhead

  4. Asparagus lettuce

  5. Crisphead

This green vegetable flourishes between 60 F & 70 F

Source: https://extension.illinois.edu/veggies/lettuce.cfm 

Swiss Chard

A very colorful vegetable. It has many names, e.g spinach beet, perpetual spinach, crab beet, or sometimes simply the chard.

Note: When buying don't forget to check the color of leaves. Make sure it's not brown. It should be bright green and fresh.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 1 cup (36 g)1 leaf (48 g)100 grams

Calories 19

Total Fat 0.2 g

0%

Saturated fat 0 g


0%

Monounsaturated fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 213 mg

8%

Potassium 379 mg

10%

Total Carbohydrate 3.7 g

1%

Dietary fiber 1.6 g

6%

Sugar 1.1 g

Protein 1.8 g

3%

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Source: USDA https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=11147

Kale ( leaf cabbage)

Kale is fully packed with vitamins and minerals. Rich in potassium and calcium along with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K.

You can eat Kale raw, with salad, or in liquid form ( Soup or Smoothie).

Nutrient
Unit
1Value per 100 g

Water

g
84.04

Energy

kcal
49

Protein

g
4.28

Total lipid (fat)

g
0.93
Carbohydrate, by difference

g
8.75

​​​​Fiber, total dietary

g
3.6

Sugars, total

g
2.26

Arugula

Arugula or  Rocket is part of genus Eruca family. It helps to detoxify the body. Rich in folic acid and contains Vitamin c, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A.

Nutrient
Unit
1Value per 100 g

Water

g
84.04

Energy

kcal
49

Protein

g
4.28

Total lipid (fat)

g
0.93
Carbohydrate, by difference

g
8.75

​​​​Fiber, total dietary

g
3.6

Sugars, total

g
2.26

Spinach

Ahh, spinach my childhood love. I remember this green vegetable from the cartoon “Popeye the sailor man”. Spinach is rich in iron.

A hundred grams of spinach has

  • 25 calories
  • 2.8g protein
  • 0.8g fat
  • 1.6g Carbohydrates
  • 2.8g fiber

source https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-spinach

Romaine lettuce

Romaine Lettuce is the every gym buff’s and nutritionist’s love.  Only 8 calories and 1-2 grams of Carbs/Cup. So if you are thinking to lose some weight Romaine lettuce will be your best friend.  This green leafy vegetable is very good for your immune system.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 1 leaf inner (6 g)1 leaf outer (28 g)1 cup shredded (47 g)1 NLEA serving (85 g)100 grams1 head (626 g)100 grams.

Total Fat 0.3 g

0%

Saturated fat 0 g


0%

Monounsaturated fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 8 mg

0%

Potassium 247 mg

7%

Total Carbohydrate 3.3 g

1%

Dietary fiber 2.1 g

8%


Sugar 1.2 g

Protein 1.2 g

2%

Vitamin A
174%
Calcium
3%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Vitamin C
6%
Iron
5%
Vitamin B-6
5%

Iceberg lettuce

The topmost ingredient, used in every Salad. Green in color and crunchy in texture. Rich in Vitamin C, A & K. Also contains Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B9.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 1 leaf, small (5 g)1 leaf, medium (8 g)1 leaf, large (15 g)1 cup, chopped (1/2" pieces, loosely packed) (57 g)1 cup shredded (72 g)1 NLEA Serving (89 g)100 grams1 head, small (324 g)1 head, medium (6" dia) (539 g)1 head, large (755 g)100 grams

Total Fat 0.1 g

0%

Saturated fat 0 g


0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

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Monounsaturated fat 0 g

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Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 10 mg

0%

Potassium 141 mg

4%

Total Carbohydrate 3 g

1%

Dietary fiber 1.2 g

4%


Sugar 2 g

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Protein 0.9 g

1%

Vitamin A
10%
Calcium
1%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Vitamin C
4%
Iron
2%
Magnesium
1%
Source : https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=11

Collard greens

Collard green is a natural detoxifier and can help to remove the toxin from the body. It improves the cardiovascular health and lowers the cholesterol. It has the good amount of proteins.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 1 cup, chopped (36 g)100 grams100 grams

Total Fat 0.6 g

0%

Saturated fat 0.1 g

0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g

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Monounsaturated fat 0 g

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Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 17 mg

0%

Potassium 213 mg

6%

Total Carbohydrate 5 g

1%

Dietary fiber 4 g

16%


Sugar 0.5 g

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Protein 3 g

6%

Vitamin A
10%
Calcium
1%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Vitamin C
4%
Iron
2%
Magnesium
1%
Source: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=11161

Artichokes

It lowers the sugar level in blood. It may help you the fight against the cancer. Increase the cardiovascular health. It improves your digestion and detox liver.

Total Fat 0.2 g

0%

Saturated fat 0 g

0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

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Monounsaturated fat 0 g

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Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 94 mg

3%

Potassium 370 mg

10%

Total Carbohydrate 11 g

3%

Dietary fiber 5 g

20%


Sugar 1 g

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Protein 3.3 g

6%

Vitamin A
0%
Calcium
4%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Vitamin C
19%
Iron
7%
Magnesium
15%
Source: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=11007

Bok Choy

Bok Choy or Chinese Cabbage is a very nutrient dense green vegetable. It enhances the blood circulation. It makes bones strong, and good for the health of the heart. Some studies show that it also protects from cancer.

Below are some nutrition facts.

Amount Per 1 leaf (14 g)1 cup, shredded (70 g)100 grams1 head (840 g)100 grams

Calories 13

Total Fat 0.2 g

0%

Saturated fat 0 g

0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

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Monounsaturated fat 0 g

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Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 65 mg

2%

Potassium252 mg

7%

Total Carbohydrate2.2 g

0%

Dietary fiber 1 g

4%


Sugar 1.2 g

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Protein 1.5 g

3%

Vitamin A
89%
Calcium
10%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Vitamin C
75%
Iron
4%
Magnesium
4%
Source : https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?qlookup=11116

Broccoli

Broccoli - The love of fitness enthusiasts and gym rats. This green and nutritious vegetable has a lot of health benefits. Sulforaphane (found in broccoli) can help to fight against the lung and colon cancer. You can get 2 crops per year. Rich in Vitamins D & Vitamins A

Cabbage

There are 3 common types of cabbage.

  • Green Cabbage
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage

Below are nutrition facts

Calories 16

Dietary fiber 2.9 grams

Carbohydrates 3.6 mg

Vitamin C 18.2 mg

source: https://extension.illinois.edu/veggies/cabbage.cfm

Cucumbers

Cucumber is the part of Cucumis sativus family. Can be eaten as a pickle, raw or with salad. Cucumber is full of water, low in sodium that makes it an ideal vegetable for fat loss, or low cholesterol.

Brussels Sprouts

Very popular in Belgium. Brussels is the rich source of Vitamin C & K. It's the part of the same group as cabbage. Use it in the salad or cook it.

Nutrient
Unit
Value per 100 g

Water

g
86

Energy

kcal
43

Protein

g
3.38

Total lipid (fat)

g
0.3
Carbohydrate, by difference

g
8.95

​​​​Fiber, total dietary

g
3.8

Sugars, total

g
2.2
Calcium, Ca
mg
42
Iron, Fe
mg
1.4
Magnesium, Mg
mg
23
Phosphorus, P
mg
69
Potassium, K
mg
389
Sodium, Na
mg
25

Asparagus

Sometimes also called sparrow grass. Asparagus is used as medicine as well.

Rich in rutin and low in sodium like other green veggies. You can read more about nutrition and recipes here http://www.michiganasparagus.org/our-team

Scallions or Green Onions

Green Onions or Scallions is the part of the lily family. Rich in Vitamin K and Fiber. Sometimes used as a starter dish in some parts of the world (Especially, in southeast Asia).

Nutrition Facts

Total Fat 0.2 g

0%

Saturated fat 0 g

0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

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Monounsaturated fat 0 g

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Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 16 mg

2%

Potassium 276 mg

7%

Total Carbohydrate 7 g

0%

Dietary fiber 2.6 g

4%


Sugar 2.3 g

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Protein 1.8 g

3%

Vitamin A
19%
Calcium
7%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Vitamin C
31%
Iron
8%
Magnesium
5%

Celery

Celery is the part of Apiaceae family. Classified as a vegetable and has a lot of fiber. Widely used as part of weight loss diet.

Nutrient
Unit
Value per 100 g

Water

g
95.43

Energy

kcal
16

Protein

g
0.69

Total lipid (fat)

g
0.17
Carbohydrate, by difference

g
2.97

​​​​Fiber, total dietary

g
1.6

Sugars, total

g
1.34

Source : https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2914

Zucchini

This green fruit comes in two varieties, Yellow and light green.

Nutrient
Unit
Value per 100 g

Water

g
94.79

Energy

kcal
17

Protein

g
1.21

Total lipid (fat)

g
0.32
Carbohydrate, by difference

g
3.11

​​​​Fiber, total dietary

g
1

Sugars, total

g
2.5

Best Oven Mitts Reviewed for the 2018

Cooking, baking, and grilling involve more than just preparing meals. Time spent in the kitchen or over the grill can be an incredibly fun and creative process. It can also provide a great way for families and friends to commiserate and bond. It can also be a perilous time where severe burns and other injuries are lurking around every corner.

The use of a high-quality oven mitt is a perfect way to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from experiencing a burn or other cooking-related injury. When trying to choose the best oven mitts available, it is important to carefully research and test a wide variety of styles and options. The process of searching for the best mitt for your specific needs can be an overwhelming and expensive experience since there are currently so many different options currently available in today's market.

Oven Mitt Buying Guide

Oven mitts are an indispensable item needed in every kitchen, whether you are a baker, a chef, or a casual home cook. We wanted to find the best oven gloves on the market to be used in your home. After hours of delicious researching, testing, and of course, cleaning the highest rated mitts available on the market.

How to Choose an Oven Mitt

First and foremost, the mitt is an imperative item in protecting your skin from being burned when handling pots, pans, and a wide variety of other cooking utensils. However, discriminating buyers need to consider other purchase points as well. There are five fundamental factors when considering which oven glove would be the best fit for your kitchen needs. These factors include the following essential elements.

  • Heat protection: This is obviously the most important aspect. If the mitt can’t take the heat of your kitchen, it needs to get out.
  • Maneuverability: The glove you purchase needs to allow you to easily maneuver around the kitchen or grill so that you are safely able to handle a variety of cookware.
  • Durability: We want to select a product that will stand the test of longevity.
  • Aesthetics: The look and design of a mitt is a fun element that can let your personality shine through.
  • Affordability: Pricing is also an important part of selecting the best item.

Why a Quality Oven Mitt is Essential?

Whether you love to cook, bake, or grill, an oven glove is one of the most important accessories in any kitchen from home cook to pro chef. Cookware is typically composed of aluminum, cast iron, Pyrex, among other high-quality elements because they are an excellent conductor of heat. This is a great thing for your food, but not so ideal for your sensitive skin.

In order to safeguard the skin, a layer of protection, in the form of an oven mitt, is imperative. Years ago, people would just grab a nearby dish towel to pull out their piping hot casserole from the hot. This often resulted in first and second-degree skin burns, as well as many casseroles lying broken on the floor after being dropped because they were far too hot to be picked up using a flimsy towel.

The old-fashioned potholders used by 1950’s housewives weren’t much better. They were poorly constructed squares consisting of quilted cotton fabric, often stuffed with batting material that is quite easy to catch on fire. They offered little protection to the forearms, wrists, and backs of hands. The models available today are a far cry from these archaic, flammable potholders.

Multitasking

Oven mitts aren’t just for hauling casseroles out of the oven. In addition to handling hot cookware, they can be used for many other purposes. Grilling, tending a fire while camping, unscrewing a hot light bulb, or keeping hot dishes from burning a wooden surface such as a table, are all great times to whip out your oven glove.

Material Matters 

Gone are the days of cotton being king of the mitts. Technology has advanced and allowed for high tech options such as silicone to become more common in the construction of oven mitts. Silicone allows for the withstanding of higher temperatures, well over 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It also ensures a steady grip on kitchenware surfaces, reducing the likelihood of dropped food.

Getting into Shape

In order to adequately protect skin, a quality mitt needs to envelop the hand. It should also have a cuff to protect the wrist and at least part of the forearm. There are options in nearly every color imaginable to suit any kitchen décor. There are also fun options available that can put your interests or sense of humor at the forefront of the cooking experience.

Cooking Can be Costly

For most folks, the price is a factor when selecting an oven mitt. However, it shouldn’t be the most important one. There are plenty of options available in every price range that will be suitable for a plethora of needs. For our research purposes, we strived to find choices that performed as well as possible without breaking the bank.

Oven Mitt Reviews

In order to pick our favorite oven mitts, we looked at a wide variety of brands and models. After scrutinizing many products, we found our top five choices. We’ve broken down the important features, pros, and cons of each glove.

The Silicone Kitchen Gloves made by Chefaith are an excellent option for anyone seeking a great multitasking option at an affordable price. The bright red gloves are heat resistant up to 480°F. They are great for cooking, baking, grilling, holding pots or hot dishes, and they are FDA compliant. This choice is BPA free and has a unique fabric lined design for comfort and dexterity. They are easy to put on and take off in addition to being nonstick and odor resistant. Two gloves are included for both the right and left hands. This model is also dishwasher safer making clean up a breeze.

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The Oven Mitts by Big Red House is available in a dark red or black, and they are an excellent choice for those wanting a more traditional option. This item features a 12.5-inch length to ensure maximum coverage. They are composed of a combination of cotton and BPA free silicone and are heat resistant up to 480°F. This choice is backed by a full refund guarantee and are ideal for multitasking. This item comes in a set of two mitts.

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  • Only available in dark red or black
  • Partially made of cotton with silicone striping, so they may not be as slip resistant as fully silicone covered options

The Fred Bear Hands Oven Mitts by Fred & Friends are a fun and functional choice for cooks with a sense of humor and a need for safety. They are designed to look like bear paws, being constructed from insulated cotton with heat resistant silicone paw pads. The silicone paws are heat resistant up to 450°F. This item comes with a right and left mitt style bear hand.

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The Professional Silicone Oven Mitt by Homwe is a stylish choice for those wanting more diverse color choices. These gloves feature a 13.7-inch long design with wide openings to ensure safety for larger hands. They are composed of 100 percent FDA approved, BPA free silicone and are heat resistant up to 450°F. Easily cleaned with a damp cloth, these mitt style protectors come in five colors and feature a fabric lining for comfort.

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The Heat Resistant Silicone Oven Mitts by Kedsum is a great choice for cooks wanting a great product at an affordable price. This set also comes with two mini silicone oven mitts that are great for lifting heavy pots with two handles. This choice features an outer silicone layer in a honeycomb design. They are 13 inches long to offer excellent forearm protection. They are easy to clean with a damp cloth and ideal for a wide variety of uses.

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Conclusion

In closing, a quality set of oven mitts can make every element of cooking, baking, grilling, and even household chores easier. Our top choice for the best oven mitts is the Chefaith Silicone Kitchen Gloves. This option not only stands up to extreme temperatures of up to 480°F, but they are perfect for multitasking. We love the glove design, and it adds dexterity when handling hot cookware and can even be used to stir hot liquids in a pinch. They are dishwasher safe and odor resistant which makes them a remarkable option. We appreciate the fact that they are easy to manner in, they are durable, and they are affordable as well. Overall, the Chefaith Silicone Kitchen Gloves are our favourite choice for the best oven mitt since they are a safe, reliable, and helpful addition to your kitchen arsenal.

New Copper Skillet Cookware

Copper cookware is a classic associated with high-end French cuisine and fine dining experiences in some of the world’s best restaurants. You can capture some of this luxury in your own home with a copper skillet, cookware that’s designed to last a lifetime. However, unlike stainless steel or anodized aluminum, copper isn’t the kind of material you can just start cooking with and hope for the best.

This is a reactive metal that’s also softer and more prone to scratching than what you might be used to working with. If you want to start cooking with the best tools, take some time to learn more about copper skillet cookware, including our picks for the best new copper pans available to your today.

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All About Copper Cookware

Traditional copper cookware is made from pure copper and may be lined with tin or have a cast iron handle but, for the most part, it’s made solely from the orangey-gold metal that looks so beautiful hanging from a pot rack. Solid copper pots and pans are delicate, requiring regular polishing and careful cleaning to avoid scratching, and they’re also considered “reactive,” which means that acidic foods cooked in copper take on a metallic flavor that can ruin your food. For example, if you were to make a batch of fresh spaghetti sauce using tomatoes from your garden, you wouldn’t want to cook it in an unlined copper pot. Otherwise, your sauce would taste like tomatoes with a heavy note of pennies. Not very tasty!

New copper skillet cookware

The good thing about new copper cookware is that most people don’t have much patience for reactive cookware anymore so most copper skillets, pots, and fry pans tend to be lined with other materials such as ceramic, stainless steel, or anodized aluminum. This is good, not only because copper can make your food bad, but also because copper is one of those metals that leach into the food it comes into contact with. A little bit of copper every now and then won’t hurt you, but you could end up with copper toxicity if you ate a lot of food cooked in a copper pot on a regular basis.

This may make copper sound like a useless cooking material, but it really isn’t. In fact, copper is an excellent choice for cooking because it is one of the most conductive metals we know of, which means it distributes heat quickly and evenly across the entire cookware surface. That’s why copper is such a common material used in electrical circuits and wires. So, in spite of its delicacy and its potential for reactivity, copper is a fantastic cooking material in very practical ways.

Selecting Your Copper Cookware

With all that in mind, you may feel ready to purchase some copper cookware, and it is a better choice than ever before thanks to the abundance of options at various price points. Heritage brands, including the two we cover below in the reviews, are still your best bet for heirloom-quality copper cookware. But not everyone has that kind of cash to spend on a frying pan.

If you choose to go with a budget brand, be on the lookout for dubious claims. Infomercial brands have recently decided to make copper their gimmick of the moment and there are a lot of affordably priced “copper” cookware pieces out there that don’t have much actual copper to speak of and use low-quality ingredients to produce low-quality results.copper cookware

Copper isn’t a cheap material and it isn’t easy to work with. That’s why so many of the best options in this category are so expensive. Any brand purporting to offer a piece of brand-new copper cookware for less than $50 MSRP is probably not being completely forthcoming. To really get the most out of copper cookware, you’re going to have to spend a little to get a little.

Best Copper Skillet Reviews

Mauviel M’Heritage 9.5” Copper Saute Pan with Lid Mauviel M’Heritage 9.5” Copper Saute Pan with Lid

Mauviel is one of those culinary brands that serious foodies dream of adding to their kitchen someday and the price tag reflects its exalted status. This brand has earned its prestige in the kitchen, though, especially when it comes to copper cookware. Made of 90% copper with a thin stainless steel lining and stainless steel hardware for the lid and pan handles, this saute pan really makes use of its materials to produce a durable, heirloom-quality skillet that’s beautiful and certain to perform with aplomb.

Matfer Bourgeat 11” Copper Frying PanMatfer Bourgeat 11” Copper Frying Pan

This oven-safe frying pan features a copper exterior, stainless steel interior, and cast iron handle in a classic shape that gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t. Matfer Bourgeat is a French brand that still makes all of its products in European factories staffed by skilled master craftsmen. With more than 200 years under its belt, this isn’t some upstart brand looking to make a buck. The utilitarian design on this copper frying pan belies its usefulness and quality, but it’s a great reminder that there’s no need to gild the lily when you’ve got something good enough to stand on its own.

Analon Nouvelle Copper 10 Covered French Skillet

Analon Nouvelle Copper 10” Covered French Skillet

No, this pan isn’t orange in color and it doesn’t feature much copper at all—except where it arguably counts the most, right at the base. While a lot of other budgets brands are getting tricky with their use of copper (or, more frequently, “copper”), integrating just a little bit of it in a flashy way or using the word “copper” to describe a color rather than an actual metal, Analon is keeping it real with this budget-friendly option, which provides the heat-distributing power of copper in a thick band around its base.

Other material, including hard-anodized aluminum and a nonstick coating that’s safe to 500 degrees, making this pan a versatile choice that looks sleek with its copper foot. This skillet comes with a glass lid, too, adding yet more utility to its already excellent design.

Best Programmable Crock Pot

Set-it-and-forget-it cooking is ideal for busy parents and other home cooks who want to create a delicious, hearty meal but don’t have a lot of time for active prep. Slow cookers are ideal for this style of cooking because they maintain a steady temperature and have a self-contained design that’s way less risky or expensive than leaving your oven running all day. If you want to get the most out of this style of a cooking appliance, though, you should opt for a programmable model to ensure the perfect cooking times. Learn why this is and find out which programmable crock pots are best for your needs with this handy guide.

Benefits of a Programmable Slow Cooker

Manual slow cookers let you flip a switch or a knob and maintain a steady level of heat until you switch them off. This approach is great if you’re around for some passive monitoring, but if you want to keep the crockpot going while you’re at work, not being able to set the cooking times can be a big gamble. It could be that the recipe you’re trying out didn’t include enough liquid and leaving that slow cooker on all day could mean you’re welcomed home big a burned mess.

Programmable Slow Cooker

Programmable slow cookers solve this problem by allowing you to set the appliance to cook for a specified amount of time. That’s a major bonus for those days when nothing seems to go your way—even if you end up stuck in a surprise traffic jam on your way home, you won’t have to worry about your food burning because the machine will just turn itself off according to your programmed timer selection. When you use them properly and abide by all safety recommendations, programmable slow cookers remove the little risk associated with this cooking method and give you peace of mind for passive cooking.

Best Programmable Slow Cooker Reviews

There are a lot of slow cookers on the market and, as far as the manual models are concerned, they’re usually one and the same. You can use criteria like design using stainless steel with a glass lid or capacity and do pretty well with a manual slow cooker. However, as programmable slow cookers are more technologically complex, deciding on the right programmable slow cooker takes more time and consideration. Each of the three best we’ve identified here has its strengths and weaknesses though, in our opinion, the ALL-CLAD SD700450 is the clear winner.

ALL-CLAD SD700450 

All-Clad is the kind of brand that professional cooks trust, but its signature lack of decorative bells and whistles can be a turnoff for some consumers. Don’t make this mistake—sure, the SD700450 programmable slow cooker looks bare-bones and utilitarian, lacking the pretty colors and appealing design of some of its competitors, but it is the best programmable slow cooker money can buy.

All-Clad SD700450

The digital programming interface is extremely simple, featuring just five buttons, including a power button, and a simple digital readout that anyone can understand. This alone puts it head and shoulders above some of the lesser options in this category, which feature complex control panels that seem unnecessary for such a simple machine.

Another major plus that sets this slow cooker apart is the fact that its interior ceramic insert is dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean and it’s black, meaning it won’t show stains the way white ceramic slow cooker inserts often do. It can hold 6 quarts total and is programmable for up to 26 hours, allowing you to take the concept of slow cooking to the extreme over the course of more than a full day. This option is one of the most expensive in its category, but its large capacity and versatility more than justify the price.

Hamilton Beach IntelliTime

The 6-quart IntelliTime programmable slow cooker also features a relatively simple interface controlled with a knob, which you can use to set a pre-programmed cooking time interval between 4–12 hours or select a manual cooking mode at various heat settings to control cooking time yourself. The one drawback of this system is that the single knob system means that controlling for minute details can be a bit confusing and you may have to scroll through several options before landing on the exact setting you need. This may not be a big deal to all users, but if you tend to be tech-phobic or if you’re shopping for an elderly relative who isn’t that great with digital interface controls, this is a potential issue to consider.

Hamilton Beach IntelliTime

Though it doesn’t measure up to our top choice in terms of the versatility it offers with programmable cooking settings, the Hamilton Beach IntelliTime programmable slow cooker does boast some great features, including a dishwasher- and oven-safe black ceramic insert. This slow cooker’s side handles also fold down for easy storage, making it a more streamlined option for crowded kitchen cabinets.

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry 

Another large slow cooker with a black stoneware insert, the Crock Pot 6-quart Programmable Cook & Carry sets itself apart with a few handy features that make it ideal for on-the-go use. Whether you’re bringing lunch in for your colleagues at the office or you’re heading to a potluck dinner, this slow cooker is specifically designed to keep the lid on the insert in place. Two sturdy clamps on either side of the insert lock the lid in place and keep it there when you need it, which makes this a great option for those who like to take their slow cookers to different places.

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Other than this feature, the Programmable Cook & Carry doesn’t really best the competition—its pre-set cooking program time range of 30 minutes to 20 hours is generous, but not best in class. The ease-of-use in the digital interface is also middle-of-the-road in terms of features, with multiple clearly labeled buttons and a small readout screen that doesn’t really provide a lot of useful information. The arrangement just isn’t very intuitive, meaning you’ll probably need to read the user’s manual to figure out how to use these controls.

How long do mushrooms last? Increase the Life of Mushrooms

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Increase the Life of Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a unique and often misunderstood fleshy fungi that can bring new interest to a boring dish or serve as a main dish on their own. While cooking with mushrooms is exciting and fun, keeping them fresh is crucial to protecting their flavor and keeping them safe to eat.

How long do mushrooms last?

The shelf life of mushrooms depends on a number of things, such as how old the mushrooms were when purchased as well as the heat and humidity of the mushrooms’ environment. Storing them in the refrigerator is a good way to extend their shelf life, but they can stay fresh even longer depending upon how they are prepared for storage.

Mushrooms carefully stored in the fridge can maintain freshness for 5-7 days. Sliced mushrooms have a shorter shelf life of 2-5 days as they begin to oxidize after being sliced. If you plan to slice your mushrooms, it is recommended that you wait until you are ready to use them before slicing.

It is also recommended that whole mushrooms be purchased rather than pre-sliced. Dr. Catherine Cutter, a respected food specialist, cautions that pre-cut mushrooms may have a greater risk of being infected with a bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes simply because they are handled more during processing.

How long do mushrooms last in the refrigerator?

There are some ways to gain maximum freshness from mushrooms for an extended period in the fridge. Most culinary experts agree that freshly purchased mushrooms should be removed from their containers and placed in paper sacks or wrapped in paper towels before being placed in the refrigerator.

The reason that paper is a better storage option than plastic has to do with the biological makeup of mushrooms. These tasty tidbits are comprised mostly of water, in fact, mushrooms contain about 90% water as opposed to most vegetables that consist of around 70% water. As we all know, water evaporates and storing mushrooms in plastic means that the water cannot evaporate properly and can make the mushrooms soft and “mushy.” Storing in the paper provides a breathable alternative, allowing the moisture to evaporate and keeping the mushrooms dry and fresher.
Due to the high-water content of mushrooms, do not rinse them before storage.

How long do cooked mushrooms last?

Cooked mushrooms should not be kept longer than three days and should be stored in the refrigerator between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is always a good idea to check cooked mushrooms for signs of spoilage or odors if they have been stored in the refrigerator for more than a day.

Do certain types of mushrooms outlast others?

Surprisingly, mushrooms have little variance between types and how long they keep. If kept in the refrigerator in paper containers, whites, portabellas, and other types should stay fresh for the about the same period. While it is recommended that the mushrooms should be used within a day or two, it is possible that they may stay fresh for as long as a week.

Are there tips for purchasing mushrooms to help them stay fresh longer?

The first step in the process is to inspect mushrooms before buying them carefully. Look for discolorations, dark spots and areas of dampness and do not purchase if noted.
Some grocery stores and supermarkets sell mushrooms by the pound in large bins which are an excellent way to purchase them. Shoppers can inspect each mushroom for freshness or signs of age.

Other stores commonly sell mushrooms in cardboard containers sealed in plastic wrap. While this does not afford the visibility as the bins, it is still usually possible to check the mushrooms for signs of spoilage.
Look for firm mushrooms with no discolorations and with caps that are not separated from the stems.

 

Can mushrooms be frozen for later use?

It is quite possible to freeze mushrooms if they may otherwise spoil before time to use them. The first step is to make sure that the mushrooms are fresh with no soft spots or other blemishes. Chop or dice the mushrooms and spread them out in a single layer on a platter or baking sheet, then freeze for two hours.
After the two hours has elapsed, transfer the frozen mushrooms into freezer containers and place back into the freezer. Frozen mushrooms can keep for six to eight months.

 

Summing it up

With proper care and preparation techniques, most edible varieties of mushrooms can be kept and enjoyed for maximum periods of time for additions to salads and soups, favorite sauces, or as additions to many main dish recipes when a touch of something special is called for. Hope fully now you know that how long do mushrooms last.  If you have any question let me know in the comments 🙂

The Difference Between Lentils and Beans

What are you going to have for dinner tonight? Tacos with spinach and black beans? Risotto with brown lentils? If you aren’t sure how you’d possibly cook either dish or even know the difference between the main ingredients of beans or lentils, it’s time to get in the know.



What is a Lentil?

Lentils are the part of the Plantae Kingdom and belong to “Fabaceae” family.

Lentil or Dal (in Hindi) is very popular in South Asian countries especially in the subcontinent ( Pakistan, India & Bangladesh). Its common man food, eaten with the rice or roti (a kind of bread made with wheat flour). It is considered one of the oldest food on the planet.

The word lentil is derived from Latin Lens, no wonder they are called Lens culinaris in Latin.

It can help with the digestion as its rich in fiber and essential amino acids. Because of fiber can be helpful in weight loss also. Other than fiber it has protein, electrolytes, and potassium. It can be a good source of protein for vegans.

In old days people used to consume lentils with the husk. But with the time as human beings invented machines, we started eating without husk. If you want to have the benefits of fiber do not remove the husk.

Types of Lentils

There are so many types out there, such as black-eyed peas, pigeon peas, kidney beans, mung beans, black lentils, brown lentils, yellow lentils, red lentilsFrench green lentils, and a host of other peas, legumes, grains, and seeds out there that are a great source of dietary fiber. To understand more, you need to learn about what makes beans and lentils different and what makes them similar to get a better handle on how to cook with either or both of these incredible ingredients.Lentils and Beans

Are Lentils Beans?

There are a few immediately noticeable differences between lentils and beans. For one, most beans are larger than lentils and beans also tend to hold their shape better when they’re cooked. This means you’re more likely to see bean tacos than you are lentil tacos. Other than these basic culinary differences, though, this isn’t an easy question to answer.

In short, lentils and beans are members of the same legume family. They’re both legumes and, more specifically, they’re both grain legumes, meaning they’re grown primarily in a controlled agricultural setting as a food product for humans and, to a much lesser extent, animals. Things get trickier from there, however.

Yes, both beans and lentils are legumes, but whether a lentil is actually a different class of legume from a bean is a matter of interpretation. Some people might even classify lentils a type of bean, meaning there is effectively no difference between the two.dried beans

This is one of those vegetable/fruit type questions in the sense that the difference between a lentil and a bean is mostly subtle and may not actually matter all that much in terms of how we eat and enjoy these healthy plant-derived foods. Think of it this way. If you ask most people whether a cucumber is a fruit, they’d say no. It’s not particularly sweet and we tend to eat them in salads and with savory foods, which is how most people think of vegetables.

However, cucumbers grow from flowers and bear seeds, which technically makes them fruit. The same goes for pumpkins, tomatoes, eggplant, and other produce we tend to think of as vegetables. Lines are blurry as far as these classifications are concerned and it might not be entirely useful to draw hard category boxes around either lentils or beans.

So, really, the difference between lentils and beans is a matter of interpretation that may not be worth debate. Far more important than understanding which category each falls into is trying to understand what these foods are, why they’re good for you and how you can cook them to enjoy their health benefits.

What are the Similarities?

Perhaps a better question is asking how beans and lentils are similar. Since they belong to the same family and can be argued to essentially be one and the same, beans and lentils have a lot in common. Both are the protein-packed seed of a legume plant. Beans of all kinds and different kinds of lentils grow in seed pods and are harvested by removing the pod from the plant and, in most cases, removing the seed from the pod.

Both of these vegetables are also extremely healthy and affordable sources of both protein and fiber. The combination of protein and fiber means that eating beans or lentils helps you feel fuller on less food, which can be great for those who are trying to or need to eat modest portions for any reason, whether it’s motivated by health or financial necessity.

That’s part of the reason why beans and rice is such a great meal for those who are on a strict budget, especially if brown rice is chosen over white. The combination of the amino acids, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber in both beans and brown rice makes for complete proteins and gut-healthy fiber that is filling with minimal fat. The same goes for lentils, too, which is why Indian dishes such as daal, which is made from red lentils, are a great option for those who are getting sick of regular beans and rice.rice

Another important similarity—there are several types of beans and there are several types of lentils. There are way more legume types classified under the “bean” category than the “lentil” category, but they both offer plenty of room for exploration in terms of size, shape, color, texture, and taste.

How to Buy Lentils and Beans for Cooking and Eating

Though there are a lot of similarities between the two and they may, indeed, even be the same thing, shopping for different kinds of beans and lentils brings up some important differences you’ll want to become familiar with if you want to cook with these ingredients.

Dried

Dried beans

You can find just about every kind of bean or lentil available in dried form, often for sale in ultra-affordable bulk quantities at most grocery stores. Lentils are smaller and cook much faster than most dried beans, which means they can cook without pre-soaking. Dried beans such as kidney or black beans usually need to be soaked before they’re cooked to reduce overall cooking time, though some culinary experts disagree with the need for soaking. Try it yourself and see if you agree!

Canned

Both brown lentils and various types of beans, including kidney, navy, cannellini, and pinto, are available as a canned and preserved vegetable. Though they’re theoretically more expensive than dried beans, if water and gas, and electricity are expensive where you live, the cost to rinse, soak, and cook dried beans may even out with the cost of canned. Softer red lentils aren’t usually available in cans, though, and due to their small size, canned brown lentils often seem quite mushy.

Fresh

Borlotti, fava, and lima beans and the kind you might find sold fresh—as in just picked, straight from the plant, still in their pods—at a farmer’s market. It is highly unlikely that you’d find lentils sold fresh at a farmer’s market unless you live in a very agriculturally diverse area.

Roasted or Cooked

Roasted chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas and fava beans are gaining popularity as a snack that stays fresh because it’s been dried out and preserved. Lentils aren’t likely to get the same treatment as a grain, though you may find some crisped lentils in their pods sold as a salty snack. These lentil crisps deliver a surprisingly healthy level of fiber and protein compared to similar crunchy, salty snack items like potato chips. However, most people don’t have the ability to make crisped lentils at home while anyone with an oven and some time can make roasted chickpeas and fava beans.