Mainstays Disposable Grill Toppers


Often times I purchase products on impulse. Sometimes I am disappointed with my purchase, and other times I find items that I continue to buy on a regular basis. Such was the case with the Mainstays Disposable Grill Toppers that I found in the home and garden section of my local Walmart store. Walmart did sell a grill topper that was not disposable, but it had larger holes and I still felt foods such as shrimp and vegetables would still fall through. Mainstays Disposable Grill Toppers come in a pack of three and are made of aluminum mesh. They are rectangular in shape, measuring 12 inches by 15 1/4 inches.

The grills remind me of a small cookie sheet, with slightly raised edges around the perimeter to keep foods in place. The entire grill is covered with a grid consisting of small diamond shapes. These holes measure only 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch, so small foods such as vegetables and shrimp will not slip through as they would when barbecuing without the Mainstays Disposable Grill Topper. This would compete with a modern day panini press, such as an oster panini press.

These toppers are made from 100% recycled aluminum, and do a much better job than thick aluminum foil. When we are finished using them they can be scrubbed and reused, or they can be tossed. We make that decision based on how dirty they get during the grilling process. Living in Alaska, we have access to great tasting salmon. However, grilling salmon can be a mess. As it cooks the skin sticks to the grill and the fish starts to fall apart when it is turned. Inevitably some fish falls through to the flames below. When using the Mainstays Disposable Grill Toppers the skin sticks to the topper and it can be easily disposed of.

The instructions state not to leave the toppers on open flames, and not to place on the grill before or after grilling your food. You are instructed to remove the toppers from the grill immediately when your food is cooked. Caution should be used when removing these, because they obviously get very hot and you could burn your fingers or hands if you are not careful. Not only do these get hot, but I find the edges to be quite sharp as well.

Mainstays Disposable Grill Toppers are more expensive in the long run, the pack of three retailed for only $3.67. Since I can reuse them several times each, I feel these are a good value.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker

I belong to a family where rice can be considered as one of the integral part of the dining table. One can find the verity of rice dishes from Chinese to continental in our lunch and dinner as well. We always wondered how the rice in the hotels and restaurants are perfectly cooked. We tried a number of ways and a number of machines to get the desired results, but unfortunately the results were not up to the expectations. Then one day I asked a friend of mine who is a chief chef in a hotel of international chain. He recommended me this zojirushi cooker and helped me out with some rice cooker instructions. I was reluctant to buy it as I already had spend much of my money on items that claims that they cook the rice perfectly, then with the guarantee of my friend I decided to take a shot.

The 1st thing we all noticed is the exquisite and sweet smell of the boiled rice which was missing in the previous machines. That thing fueled our excitement. We went a little further to check the texture of the rice, amazingly they were in the perfect condition, the texture of the rice was perfect, the condition of the rice was intact. That thing really amazed us, as we were not expecting this quality. Then we thought to give another shot with a different kind of rice, at 1st the rice were a little rough, but the problem was not with the zojirushi as the time adjustment we did was for white rice, then with the proper adjustment BINGO !!! … perfectly cooked without meshing the rice or without breaking them. This machine worked for us as our locality was at a place that is much higher than the MSL. So it was sometimes little difficult to cook on stove top as it takes a lot of time.

Another good experience that I had with zojirushi is that one day I invited my friends for the dinner, and I was very much worried if they will going to like the quality of the food or not ? will it be cooked properly ? And many other questions were popping up in my mind …. But thanks GOD and thanks to zojirushi it saved me, everyone liked the taste and most important of all while the rice and chicken was been cooked, I could enjoy the company of my friends as well.

Listing all the good stuff the zojirushi offers how one can forget the price. With the price hikes in the market the 1st thought that comes to mind is that it will lately burn the pockets, but with a very nominal price one can enjoy this luxury without getting the budget disturbed. I personally really liked this item and I am really thankful to zojirushi that I can enjoy the great taste at home as well, highly recommended and I would give this product five stars, as it is perfectly designed to cope with the fast paced life.