Today there are several types of Raclettes to pick from. Below is a bit of information on the different types available on the market as well as explore why the different models usually match up to certain circumstances.
• The Basic Model
Raclettes require some type of heat source. This usually comes in the form of a chemical or electrical space that warms sauces or melts the cheese along with a cooking surface. With these basics in mind, the first recommendation would be the Andrew James Traditional Raclette. The Raclette grill has a cooking area of 30cm X 42cm, which is sufficient space to cook for 2 to 4 people. This basic grill offers good value for the money you spend and ideal for those who would like to experiment with “racletting” without a hefty financial commitment.
• The Standard Model
If you would like to experience a full-raclette experience, you need to cook on a surface made out of stone. The reason for this is stone like granite is able to reach the temperatures that allow for a way to “sear” your meat which locks in the flavor. The recommendation for a standard model would include the Andrew James Rustic Stone Raclette.
• The Party Model
The basic and the standard models are ideal if you are only planning for 2 to 4 people. If you would like to start entertaining with your Raclette grill, there are a variety of more versatile and bigger raclettes available. As you might expect the price also increases with these model types. One of the top recommendations for a party model included the Severin Raclette Party Grill. This grill offers 2 cooking surfaces. The first is the standard-stone surface and the other side is a 2-in-1. On the 1 side, it features the griddle pan ideal for cooking fish and meat. On the other side is a versatile and useful crepe pan. This model is very easy to put together as well as to clean. The cooking surfaces measure 49cm X 25cm offering more than enough space to accommodate multiple guests.
• The Advanced Model
Once you are skilled in using Raclettes, you might want to move onto larger surfaces that accommodate more guests and deeper pans that offer more flexibility or other useful features like integral-fondue attachments. Currently, there are only a few of these models available and one of the favorites includes the Vonshef 12 Person Raclette Grill with 6 Fork Fondue Set. This Raclette has a cooking surface that caters for around 12 people along with 12 pans. Unique to the other types of Raclette grills, this model has combined a fondue set and grill, so you are able to achieve the most out of your dinner party experiences. You can use the fondue pan which is a replacement to the grill which works well with cheese, stock, oil and chocolate fondues. This is the type of model that offers a number of features and ideal for those who love to entertain.
Tattoos are mainly body paint or more permanent marks put on the skin by humans for purposes of adornment, identification, health and other reasons. An ice age man who was more than 5000 years old had a body that sported a lot of designs on the frozen body. Tattoos have been traced back to Egyptian history and found in many of the mummies and other artifacts that have been found in that land. Skin was the first canvas for tattoo art when sticks and other pointed objects were used to create the required designs.
The word itself seems to have come from a Tahitian word, “tatau”, which means marking something. In later years this practice of tattooing the body was part of the culture of Egypt and other people associated with them. Archaeologists have found evidence of tattoos in places as far apart as New Zealand, Peru, and Alaska which were separated by oceans and not easily covered distances in ancient times. Tribes all over the world used it as a form of identification that allowed them to differentiate between tribes. These tattoos have often been found to also denote the status and hierarchy among the members of a tribe. Men often used them to signify their feats as warriors, similar to later day cowboys putting notches on their guns. Women used them to display their age and marital status.
Polynesian tattoos, whose culture gave the word to the world, are very detailed and complex, and were considered spiritual and covered the entire body. The tradition of tattooing among Polynesians continues to this day and is a craft that is handed down from father to son. It maintains its sacred connotations. Hawaiian tattoo art is called kakau and is performed for ornamentation, to create distinct identities, and also as a guard against ill health and against evil spirits. It is believed in that part of the world that tattoos denote a life force and thus have great significance.
Tattoos and tattoo removal processes have always been associated with ritual and tradition and this continues even to this day. Bikers, sailors and many other people who want to make a statement use tattoos to indicate their preferences, associations or other affiliations. Designs often keep changing to denote strong feelings and those that are automatically associated with certain ideologies. Tattoos have always been used to publicly affirm love and affection. Tradition and religion are intrinsically bound in the history of tattoos and are used as symbols that can ward of bad luck. There was a time when tattooing was used in Japan and China to permanently brand criminals and those accused of serious crimes. This led them having to lead the life of outcasts, even after serving sentences, and never allowed them to become a part of society again. The Romans branded their slaves with tattoos so that they could never escape and be easily captured if they did. Nowadays, tattoos have more a use as body adornment and ways to signify beliefs, loves, and association.