Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - Opening A Can With A Ringpull

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener

Ok now everyone has a can opener in the drawer but none of your run of the mill can openers are as cool as my JML Can Opener. As you know it’s my Desert Island gadget.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - Front Side and the Back Cover

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – Front Side and the Back Cover

The can opener opens most types of cans, I know that there are cans with ringpulls on them nowadays… it’ll even work on them to. I often find it difficult to get under the ring to open the can, or the ring pulls off – in these cases the can opener will open some of the way around and you’ve just got to open it a little (see picture below) and tip out the contents.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - Opening A Can With A Ringpull

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – Opening A Can With A Ringpull

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - After It Had Opened A Can With A Ringpull

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – After It Had Opened A Can With A Ringpull

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - Opening A Can Without A Ringpull

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – Opening A Can Without A Ringpull

It runs on 4 AA batteries, I would probably advise that you store it away from other things because I used to leave mine in a drawer and it would start itself for no reason. The other tip I’d advise is keeping it away from cutlery or other metallic objects in a cutlery draw because the magnet… yes there’s a magnet on it can desensitise.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - Battery Compartment

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – Battery Compartment

The device is made up of a wheel that turns to allow a set of teeth to open the can and a magnet that allows you to lift off the lid to keep your hands clean. For more information on the product visit the website here.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - Outlining the Different Parts

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – Outlining the Different Parts

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener - The Magnet at Work

Time-Saving Tuesdays – JML Can Opener – The Magnet at Work

I’ve tried cheaper automatic can openers and they’ve never, ever been as good as this one. I’ve had it years and it’s still going strong. I’ve not been asked to write this review by JML or had it as a gift, it really is that good. It allows me to be more independent when cooking.

I’m going to upload a video tomorrow hopefully, it’s only quick one to get used to the software and filming, I’ll be linking it to this post, bare with me I’m hoping to be on youtube soon.  This review is ongoing, so keep your eyes peeled (damn I didn’t want to say that) don’t forget to come back soon to read more!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash - In It's Box

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash

There’s a new craze sweeping the food scene and that’s pulled meat… ok, ok I know it’s not new but it’s new to me, I’ve never tried anything that’s been pulled. The only pulled thing I’ve had anything to do with is a pulled muscle 😆 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash - In It's Box

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash – In It’s Box

I bought this because I wanted to jump on the pulled pork bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about. My friend Gemma (who you’ve been introduced to in my post about Ainsley Harriet’s Couscous) cooks pulled pork on a regular basis but I’ve been introduced to it.

If I’m honest it all sounds a bit of a fad to me, I mean if you slow cook meat in most cases it should just pull apart anyway where’s the fun in that, surely meat is meant to be carved neatly not shredded to bits like it’s been attacked by a wild chipmunk 😛 !

Well I was right to give it a try, this dish was excellent, the beef was sticky and rich with a great tasting sauce. It was smoky and had a real BBQ taste to it, flavours I associate with the deep south of America. I’ve never tasted bourbon before so wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. You can see the ingredient list below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash - Ingredients and Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash – Ingredients and Nutritional Information

The list of ingredients all seemed fairly straight forward and, honestly, I think I could re-create this dish from the list. You can also see the nutritional information in the picture above. The ready meal had good packaging and the information was clear and concise, it was easily distinguishable, may not be easy for everyone to read but the black and white colours did provide a reasonable contrast. The product was split into two sections, as you can see in the image below. I like this because it gives you plating options when you are serving up, as opposed to it all being in one tray.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash - Before It Was Cooked

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash – Before It Was Cooked

Writing this review and looking at the photographs again it does make me think of airline food, but it really didn’t taste like that. The cooking instructions (below) were clear and concise although, again don’t offer any instructions for someone with a prehistoric 700W microwave like mine.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash - Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash – Cooking Instructions

I realise that manufacturers only have a small amount of space to work with when creating these packages but the frustration that there is no cooking instruction for my microwave is growing 😡 . I shall battle on regardless. The manufacturers describe the meal in the following way

Beef slow cooked for four hours so it’s perfectly tender, then pulled & covered in a rich, smoky barbecue & bourbon sauce with creamy British King Edward potato & onion mash.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash - Plated Up Ready

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Bourbon Pulled Beef with Sweet Onion Mash – Plated Up Ready

Despite how it may look in the photograph it was a fantastic ready meal and II thoroughly enjoyed it. The mashed potato was fluffy with red onion and cheese running through it, it was comforting and tasty. The pulled beef had a deep rich soothing feeling and was thoroughly enjoyable I’d give this a whopping eight out of ten and would definitely buy it again.

8 starsI’m sorry I missed uploading a recipe last week, the week ran away with me and before we know it – well it’s Tuesday! I am pleased to say that the lovely Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures will be guest blogging for us this week. You all know that sweets and desserts are not my strong point…. well ok I have got a couple up my sleeve like my tiramisu but Melanie is a baking guru and she will be giving us a flavour of her baking prowess very soon. Check her blog out, it’s a great read. Remember to get involved, let me know what you want me to cook or review, visit us on our social networking pages.
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