May 9, 2016

Breville Fast Slow Pro Giveaway

by
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someonePrint this page

I want let you know off the bat to avoid any disappointment that this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only – I asked Breville if they’d like to share one with you and they kindly said yes. But it is being generously offered from Breville Canada directly, and they are separate from the US and International. I’m sorry, and I promise the next one will be open to US, too – I love you!  

It’s time for the next Foodess email giveaway! I’m organizing these monthly giveaways for my subscribers as a thank you for being here, so if you are subscribed by email, you are already entered! But bonus entries are available, too, see below. (If you’re curious about previous last giveaways, March was from Vitamix and April was from Martha Stewart.)

This month’s giveaway is one I’m really excited about – it’s a Breville Fast Slow Pro multi-cooker that let’s you pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sauté, sear, reduce and keep warm all in the same (dishwasher-safe!) bowl.  Get ready for fall-off-the-bone braises and lightening-fast legumes. It’s amazing.

In Indian households, the pressure cooker is used constantly. Like, several times a day. Long ago, my mother-in-law taught me how she uses it for her daily lentils and chickpea, mutton or chicken curries but she’ll bust it out even for just cooking a few chunks of vegetables. She bought me my first one in India, and I use it all the time for cooking things like squash and sweet potatoes down to soups in minutes.

Although by no means dainty, this appliance has earned a permanent place on my counter because I’m just using it that much. The first time was to pressure cook chickpeas (in 20 minutes). When I opened the lid, I wondered if something had gone wrong, because they were all beautifully intact (not my experience with my stove-top pressure cooker or just boiling them). I gingerly bit into one, expecting it to be rock-hard, but it was perfectly tender. I was sold. It gets an almost-daily workout now that I’m making fresh baby food several times a week; I just throw a bunch of stuff in (last time was chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, a small piece of onion for flavour, and chicken broth) and choose a pressure cook setting, then either fork-mash or use my immersion blender. Clean-up is painless, and it is virtually silent in comparison to the screaming stove-top pressure cooker that makes my dog quake in fear.

If you’ve ever been hesitant about pressure cooking, because of out-dated safety concerns or just general intimidation, this is the machine for you.  It is pre-programmed with the time, pressure and temperature that different foods need with 11 different pressure cook settings to eliminate the guesswork. The LCD screen tells you when the cooker is pressurizing, cooking or releasing steam, and it has a 3-way safety system with safety locking lid, automatic hands-free steam release, safety valve.  This baby is easy and secure.

In the slow cook settings, you can select ‘HI’ or ‘LO’ from 2 to 12 hours (and also keep warm).  I love that you can sear foods first and then reduce the sauce afterwards without dirtying another pan.  This takes slow cooker from being more of a convenience appliance to being an amazing-food appliance.  (Although the convenience of having a hot meal ready at the end of the day and not having to be home in the afternoon is still a powerful selling point!)

Bottom line is I love this machine and I’m excited to share one with you!

I’m just figuring out the best way to conduct the giveaways, but I like the idea of being able to offer multiple entries to people who really want to win (since some email subscribers might be like, meh).  So, while the default (mandatory) entry is being on the email list,  you can gain additional entries optionally via the rafflecopter form below if you like!

If you are not a subscriber to new posts and would like to join my nearest and dearest, you can sign up via the form below. (**Update: I was just emailed by someone asking if it’s free – and yes, of course it is!)

Note that this post is not sponsored; I asked Breville if they’d like to share one with you and they kindly said yes.  The prize will be shipped directly from them. Giveaway closes May 31st at 11:59 PST and is open to Canada residents only. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or another name will be drawn.

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someonePrint this page

Next Post:

BY

Hi, I’m Jenn! I’m in the Foodess kitchen making a spectacular mess + making something delicious, in roughly equal parts. So happy that you’ve joined me!

GET NEW FOODESS POSTS DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX

Thanks for signing up! Check your inbox to confirm.
March 1, 2016
Vitamix Giveaway

A Vitamix Pro 750 Blender is up for grabs! Here’s how to enter – or how you might be entered already.

May 3, 2015
Planning a Vegetable Container Garden + a Gardening Giveaway!

There is no satisfaction sweeter than biting into something that you grew yourself. When I was little, my mom had a veggie patch. I’d routinely sneak out on balmy summer days and nestle myself among the tall pea plants, popping sun-warmed sweet peas from their shells and eating until I gave myself a tummy ache. When I got really brave (as I didn’t have the cover of dense foliage), I’d rip a few carrots out of the soil and trot away as quickly as I could to rinse them under the running hose. I thought I was being so naughty… when in retrospect, my mom was probably laughing at me from the kitchen window. The only kid who sneaks vegetables. I think gardening is absolutely magical, which is why I was super excited when earlier this season Scotts Miracle-Gro reached out to me wondering if I’d like to join their Gro Crew! I was glad to have the nudge to get started on this year’s garden (I skipped last year due to a big move and small-ish baby), and to have a community of experts on my side sounds pretty darn good to me. I’m really hoping you’ll garden along with me! I’d love to see what you are growing, and if you’ve never done it before, I hope maybe I can give you the extra encouragement and little bits of wisdom you need to get started. Now is the time to plan! Figure what you want to plant and when to plant it, read up on any questions you have, buy your supplies, etc. Scotts Miracle-Gro has a great garden guide to use as a starting point. I’ve spent the past few weeks reading gardening books, buying seeds, and mapping out my space. I live in downtown Vancouver, so the outdoor area I’m working with a patio – it faces West and is about 8′ square. I get a good amount of direct sun from early afternoon to sunset. (Even if you don’t get tons of sun, there is still plenty you can grow). My first project was to sort through my seeds and decide (mostly prioritize!) what I want to grow. It’s a small area, especially once you factor in a BBQ and a beloved toddler splash table. I went out and bought several bags of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix (they also have an organic version called Miracle-Gro Organic Choice that I was excited to try, but my local store didn’t carry it), six 8″ pots for herbs and flowers, four 12″ pots for vegetables, and some little biodegradable seed starting containers that you can plant directly in a pot rather than disrupting the roots by transplanting. I also picked up a small notebook, and I’m planning my containers like you would plan where to seat guests at a wedding – with diagrams that map out which plants are good companions for one another in what size pots. I’ve consulted the Farmer’s Almanac guide to planting dates for seeds, to decide what I’m going to start indoors and what I’ll plant directly outdoors. I’m excited for you to get started on your own gardening path with me! If you share any pictures, tag them with #IGrewIt! And I have a fantastic gardening giveaway for you to get you started! It includes a gardening bag filled with tools, vegetable seeds, Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Multi-Purpose Plant Food, Miracle-Gro Flower Magic (which is a mix of 29 flower seed varieties + plant food + mulch – just shake and a flower garden grows!), and a $50 Home Depot gift card to get you started with soil, planters, etc.GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. There are several ways to enter, one mandatory, plus four bonus entries. Follow the prompts to log in, then complete just the first task, or do them all for multiple entries (many you can do once each day). Contest ends Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be contacted shortly after by email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. Required action for the winning entry must be verifiable, so please make sure to follow the instructions. Contest open to Canadian residents only. (I’m sorry US and overseas readers! Gardening/soil/fertilizer products have different regulations in different countries, so although the products are available in both, they are not interchangeable. I tried to make it work, but it wouldn’t this time. I promise another good giveaway for you soon! Please garden with me anyway! xoxo) Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway

December 5, 2014
Vitamix S30 Review + Giveaway

Vitamix S30 Review and Giveaway – all the reasons why this little guy has become an important member of my appliance family.