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The 5 Best Skillets For Omelets

This Cuisinart skillet set has a few different things going for it. First, it comes in a set of two, so you’re paying the same price as the T-fal skillet above, but for double the product. Thanks to the aluminum construction, both 10-inch pans provide great heat-distribution, and the non-stick surface allows your omelet to be cooked without much fuss. The ergonomic handle on each pan has a contoured shape for a secure grasp, and it’s also designed to stay cool throughout use. These pans are interlocking and can be used separately or as a unit, making it possible to expertly flip your omelet without dropping it, spilling it, or creating a big mess. These dishwasher-safe pans also feature a lifetime warranty, so you can feel confident you’re making a worthwhile purchase.

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Heavy metal in the kitchen

Cast iron, once a common material for pots and pans, has tended in recent years to be used most visibly by either pro chefs or campers. Now it’s trending again in this fall’s kitchenware product previews.

Options range from basic skillets to grill pans to pots both diminutive (for sauces) and expansive (for stews and soups).

Chef Kevin Korman is about to open his new restaurant, Whitebird, in the Edwin Hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. On his menu: fondue, baked eggs and a savory Dutch pancake, all prepared using cast iron pans.

“Our cuisine is defined as Progressive Appalachian,” Korman says, “and cast-iron cooking played a large role in the history of Appalachia.”

The Tennessee Valley is rich in iron ore, so companies like Lodge Cast Iron set up home there. Korman will be using Lodge products in his kitchens, but aside from supporting a local maker, the material’s performance is what he cares about.

“Not only does cast iron retain heat better than anything else, the distribution of heat is really what makes it a winner,” Korman says. “Every part of the pan gives off an equal amount, so you don’t end up with certain areas that burn while others are still waiting to get some color. This was a big consideration when we were developing dishes for the menu.”

Korman recalls meals prepared on cast iron at his grandmother’s house, and he has carried on the tradition with his own family.

“I have several sizes that I use daily at home for just about everything,” he says. “Both of my daughters love to help me cook, so I hope to hand the pans down to them as they get older.”

Beyond durability, cast iron’s big selling point is the heat retention that Korman mentioned. But bear in mind that it doesn’t heat evenly initially, so always let the pan come to the needed temperature on the burner before adding ingredients. That way, you’ll get a nice crisp sear and a consistent cook with your cast iron.

New finishing methods are improving the wearability and performance of cast iron.

Today, makers like Finex in Portland, Ore. smooth and polish the pans’ interiors so that eggs and sauces don’t stick. An ergonomically designed, coiled-spring, wrapped-steel handle stays cooler than traditional handles, and the skillets are octagonal, making pouring and stirring easier. Cast-iron lids provide a flavor seal for steaming, simmering and braising.

The Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop has a cast-iron item this season: the Railway Dutch Oven, made in Holland out of recycled iron railway ties. A built-in thermometer helps monitor cooking progress, and the tool can be used stovetop or oven.

Williams-Sonoma stocks the French brand Staub: There’s a red or blue-enameled two-handled skillet that goes nicely from stovetop or oven to table, and a glass-lidded braiser in black, grenadine or sapphire. Also at the retailer: a little iron saucepot with a platform base, designed to use on grills. It comes with a silicone-handled, mop-headed basting brush for glazing barbecued foods.

Seasoning is key to optimizing cast iron’s performance; it helps “cure” the iron so food doesn’t stick, and over time helps impart layers of flavor.

To season a new pan yourself, lightly wash it as directed, then add a tablespoon of oil and massage it thoroughly into the iron, wiping any excess with a paper towel. Place the pan in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and let it “bake” for about an hour. Remove and wipe off any excess oil before using or storing.

You can buy pre-seasoned pans, which just need a little refresh once in a while.

Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and Crate Barrel all carry several of Lodge’s pre-seasoned cast-iron pieces.

But it’s still a good idea to refresh the seasoning if you use your pans often. It can even be done stovetop: Heat the pan until it’s hot, swab some oil into it, then let it cool.

While some people prefer not to use soap and water to clean cast iron, thinking it removes the oil coating, Serious Eats’ chief culinary consultant Kenji Lopez-Alt says it’s fine to do so.

“The one thing you shouldn’t do? Let it soak in the sink,” he says. “Try to minimize the time it takes from when you start cleaning to when you dry and re-season your pan.”

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Watch: How Cast Iron Pans Are Forged

I’ve used cast iron pans my entire life — both in and out of professional kitchens — but never once thought about how they are made. Even if I had, I couldn’t have imagined the intense, multi-step process they carry out at Roloff Manufacturing Corporation in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

I’m meeting with Alisa Toninato in this episode of How to Make It, who is the owner of Felion Studios — a studio specializing in cast iron art; and the American Skillet Company, recognized for its cast iron skillets made in the shapes of the 50 states. It’s amazing to me that not every kitchen has a cast iron pan. Easily the most versatile and durable pan in the house, a good cast iron skillet will yield the best mac and cheese, perfectly roast a chicken, and make some expert pancakes.

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Heavy metal in the kitchen – The Register

Fans of cast iron tout even heat distribution

Cast iron, once a common material for pots and pans, has tended in recent years to be used most visibly by either pro chefs or campers. Now it’s trending again in this fall’s kitchenware product previews.

Options range from basic skillets to grill pans to pots both diminutive (for sauces) and expansive (for stews and soups).

Chef Kevin Korman is about to open his new restaurant, Whitebird, in the Edwin Hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. On his menu: fondue, baked eggs and a savory Dutch pancake, all prepared using cast iron pans.

“Our cuisine is defined as Progressive Appalachian,” Korman says, “and cast-iron cooking played a large role in the history of Appalachia.”

The Tennessee Valley is rich in iron ore, so companies like Lodge Cast Iron set up home there. Korman will be using Lodge products in his kitchens, but aside from supporting a local maker, the material’s performance is what he cares about.

“Not only does cast iron retain heat better than anything else, the distribution of heat is really what makes it a winner,” Korman says. “Every part of the pan gives off an equal amount, so you don’t end up with certain areas that burn while others are still waiting to get some color. This was a big consideration when we were developing dishes for the menu.”

Korman recalls meals prepared on cast iron at his grandmother’s house, and he has carried on the tradition with his own family.

“I have several sizes that I use daily at home for just about everything,” he says. “Both of my daughters love to help me cook, so I hope to hand the pans down to them as they get older.”

Beyond durability, cast iron’s big selling point is the heat retention that Korman mentioned. But bear in mind that it doesn’t heat evenly initially, so always let the pan come to the needed temperature on the burner before adding ingredients. That way, you’ll get a nice crisp sear and a consistent cook with your cast iron.

New finishing methods are improving the wearability and performance of cast iron.

Today, makers like Finex in Portland, Oreg., smooth and polish the pans’ interiors so that eggs and sauces don’t stick. An ergonomically designed, coiled-spring, wrapped-steel handle stays cooler than traditional handles, and the skillets are octagonal, making pouring and stirring easier. Cast-iron lids provide a flavor seal for steaming, simmering and braising.

The Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop has a cast-iron item this season: the Railway Dutch Oven, made in Holland out of recycled iron railway ties. A built-in thermometer helps monitor cooking progress, and the tool can be used on the stove top or in the oven.

Williams-Sonoma stocks the French brand Staub: There’s a red or blue-enameled two-handled skillet that goes nicely from stove top or oven to table, and a glass-lidded braiser in black, grenadine or sapphire. Also at the retailer: a little iron sauce pot with a platform base, designed to use on grills. It comes with a silicone-handled, mop-headed basting brush for glazing barbecued foods.

Seasoning is key to optimizing cast iron’s performance; it helps “cure” the iron so food doesn’t stick, and over time helps impart layers of flavor.

To season a new pan yourself, lightly wash it as directed, then add a tablespoon of oil and massage it thoroughly into the iron, wiping any excess with a paper towel. Place the pan in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and let it “bake” for about an hour. Remove and wipe off any excess oil before using or storing.

You can buy pre-seasoned pans, which just need a little refresh once in a while.

Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and Crate Barrel all carry several of Lodge’s pre-seasoned cast-iron pieces.

But it’s still a good idea to refresh the seasoning if you use your pans often. It can even be done on the stove top: Heat the pan until it’s hot, swab some oil into it, then let it cool.

While some people prefer not to use soap and water to clean cast iron, thinking it removes the oil coating, Serious Eats’ chief culinary consultant Kenji Lopez-Alt says it’s fine to do so.

“The one thing you shouldn’t do? Let it soak in the sink,” he says. “Try to minimize the time it takes from when you start cleaning to when you dry and re-season your pan.”

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10 things you should never buy cheap | wgrz.com

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— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m faced with a choice between an expensive item and a cheap one, my gut reaction is to just buy the cheap one. The justification here is generally something along the lines of “How different can they really be?”

With some products, this is true—there’s no reason to spend $60 on a facial moisturizer. I will die on this hill. However, there are other household products that are worth splurging on, as a high-end model will make you life infinitely easier.

The following are 10 items that we really, REALLY think you should spend more money on.

1. A tomato-slicing, onion-dicing kitchen knife

zwilling-chefs-knife_Cropped.jpg

For years, I used cheap kitchen knives that I bought from HomeGoods, and they worked well enough considering their discount prices. However, the first time I used a real kitchen knife? Life changing. All of a sudden, it wasn’t a battle to slice through tomato skin or dice an onion.

A good, high-quality kitchen knife is worth every penny, as they make chopping, slicing, and dicing, a whole lot easier. In our tests, we found the Zwilling Pro 8″ Chef’s Knife to be the best chef’s knife available today, and it’s definitely worth the splurge because it’s not just sharp and well balanced, but it’ll outlast the cheap knife you’ve been putting up with. by years.

Get the Zwilling Pro 8” Chef’s Knife on Amazon for $139.95

2. Headphones with top-notch sound quality

beats-powerbeats3_Cropped.jpg

If you use headphones once in a blue moon, I guess it’s fine to buy the $5 ones from Walmart. However, most people use headphones on a daily basis, which is why they’re always a splurge-worthy product in our book.

Not only do high-quality headphones provide better sound, but they’re also more comfortable to wear and more durable. You’ll be much happier wearing a pair of headphones you don’t have to adjust every five minutes, especially if you’re using them to exercise or during your commute.

In particular, we love the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 over-ear headphones, which aced our tests for the best headphone review, as well as the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds, which are some of the best earbuds out there. And if you want true wireless, we recommend Apple Airpods or Jabra Elite 65t earbuds for Android users.

3. Jeans that actually fit your body

ag-jeans_Cropped.jpg

This might seem like kind of a random thing for this list, but high-quality denim is truly life-changing. The first time you put on a pair of genuinely nice jeans, you’ll never want to squeeze into ill-fitting discount brands again.

Seriously, brands like AG and Hudson fit flawlessly and they’re comfortable to wear all day—no more waistbands digging into your stomach or having to pull them up every time you sit down. And if these aren’t just right for you, one of our editors swears by Madewell’s jeans.

4. A kitchen skillet that actually cooks things evenly

all-clad-skillet_Cropped.jpg

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I bought a cute, cheap skillet from a discount store, as I’m apt to do. Within five uses, the paint was flaking off said skillet and getting cooked onto the stovetop. Not to mention the bottom wasn’t completely even, so everything had to be cooked lopsided. It wasn’t ideal.

A skillet is one kitchen item that you’re fully justified to splurge on. High-quality stainless steel skillets cook food quickly and evenly, are lightweight, will last for years, and won’t burn your hand on the handle when you’re cooking. Just buy one. You will not regret it. In particular, we’d recommend the All-Clad 4112 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 12-inch Fry Pan, but there are plenty of great options out there.

Get the All-Clad 4112 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 12-inch Fry Pan on Amazon for $159.95

5. A fast, light, long-lasting laptop

dell-laptop_Cropped.png

Do you like slowing load screens, crappy displays, poor sound quality, and a battery that dies in an hour? No? Then don’t buy a cheap laptop.

Inexpensive laptops are fine for casual users, but if you need one for work or school, this is no time to be frugal. A high-end laptop will serve you much better in terms of processing power, screen and sound quality, battery life, and portability. In our tests to determine the best laptops available today, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 truly knocked it out of the park, and it’s well worth the price, in our opinion.

Get the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 from Dell.com for $1,949.99

6. A vacuum that really sucks

kenmore-canister-vacuum_Cropped.jpg

High-end vacuums are a good example of a product that’s not particularly necessary but will make your life a whole lot easier compared to cheaper alternatives. Budget vacuums can get the job done, but it typically takes longer and the results won’t be as good. Plus, you’ll probably have to replace them in a few years.

More expensive vacuums will help you clean faster and more effectively thanks to impressive suction and versatility and they’ll last for years. The Kenmore Bagged Canister Vacuum with Pet PowerMate is a great example of a moderately priced vacuums that cleans quickly and effectively, and it’s on the lower end of the price scale in its category, making it our value pick for the best canister vacuums.

Get the Kenmore Bagged Canister Vacuum with Pet PowerMate on Amazon for $274

7. A powerful hair dryer

harry-josh-hairdryer_Cropped_1_.jpg

It might seem like your $20 drugstore hair dryer is fine, but there’s a reason it takes a lot longer when you blow dry your hair vs. when your hairdresser does it. High-quality hair dryers get the job done faster and better, leaving you with smooth, luscious locks worthy of a beauty campaign.

The bottom line? Go ahead and invest in a quality hair dryer—it will last you for years and make your morning routine faster and easier. We’d recommend the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, specifically, as it aced our tests in our search for the best hair dryer.

Get the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 from Dermstore for $199.20

8. A mattress that will last for years

casper-mattress_Cropped.jpg

There are a lot of surprisingly affordable mattresses available online today—I’m talking $200-$300 for a queen size. If this seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is.

When you carefully read the reviews for these budget mattresses, you’ll see that many people say the mattresses get lumpy, bumpy or deflated after just a few months of use. These might work for, say, a guest room or your AirBnB ventures, but who wants to have to replace their main mattress every year?

Now, I’m not saying you have to spend $5,000 on a mattress, but you should at least invest in a moderately priced one that you’re sure is going to stand the test of time. For instance, Casper is an online brand with a good reputation, and our Editor in Chief swears by his Casper mattress.

Get a Queen-sized Casper Mattress on Amazon for $995

9. Strong, durable home improvement tools

makita-electric-drill_Cropped.jpg

Even if you’re not particularly handy, most people have a few key home improvement tools lying around the house. You know, a hammer for hanging up photos, a drill for hanging up photos, a level for hanging up photos—is this the only reason we have tools?

Regardless, it’s always better to spend a little extra on home improvement tools, and I’ll tell you why. First, well-made tools will do their jobs better and with more power, accuracy, and efficiency. Second, durable, high-quality tools will help keep you safe, since they’re less likely to break mid-job. So do yourself a favor, and invest in some good tools, such as our pick for best cordless drill, the Makita FD07R1 Cordless Driver / Drill Kit.

Get the Makita FD07R1 Cordless Driver / Drill Kit from Home Depot for $145

10. A coffee maker that will make you excited to get out of bed

illy-ground-coffee-extra-dark-roast-o_Cropped.jpg

Coffee is important to me. For that reason, I refuse to drink bad coffee, which is often what happens when you use a pod coffee machine.

If you need a powerful and tasty dose of caffeine to get you going each morning, then you should definitely spend a little extra money on a high-end coffee maker. For instance, the sleek Technivorm Moccamaster KB brews a complex, smooth cup of java at top speed, earning it the title of best drip coffee maker in our tests. BRB, I need to go refill my mug.

Get the Technivorm Moccamaster KB on Amazon for $299.99

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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10 things you should never buy cheap

dont-buy-cheap-hero.jpg

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m faced with a choice between an expensive item and a cheap one, my gut reaction is to just buy the cheap one. The justification here is generally something along the lines of “How different can they really be?”

With some products, this is true—there’s no reason to spend $60 on a facial moisturizer. I will die on this hill. However, there are other household products that are worth splurging on, as a high-end model will make you life infinitely easier.

The following are 10 items that we really, REALLY think you should spend more money on.

1. A tomato-slicing, onion-dicing kitchen knife

zwilling-chefs-knife_Cropped.jpg

For years, I used cheap kitchen knives that I bought from HomeGoods, and they worked well enough considering their discount prices. However, the first time I used a real kitchen knife? Life changing. All of a sudden, it wasn’t a battle to slice through tomato skin or dice an onion.

A good, high-quality kitchen knife is worth every penny, as they make chopping, slicing, and dicing, a whole lot easier. In our tests, we found the Zwilling Pro 8″ Chef’s Knife to be the best chef’s knife available today, and it’s definitely worth the splurge because it’s not just sharp and well balanced, but it’ll outlast the cheap knife you’ve been putting up with. by years.

Get the Zwilling Pro 8” Chef’s Knife on Amazon for $139.95

2. Headphones with top-notch sound quality

beats-powerbeats3_Cropped.jpg

If you use headphones once in a blue moon, I guess it’s fine to buy the $5 ones from Walmart. However, most people use headphones on a daily basis, which is why they’re always a splurge-worthy product in our book.

Not only do high-quality headphones provide better sound, but they’re also more comfortable to wear and more durable. You’ll be much happier wearing a pair of headphones you don’t have to adjust every five minutes, especially if you’re using them to exercise or during your commute.

In particular, we love the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 over-ear headphones, which aced our tests for the best headphone review, as well as the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds, which are some of the best earbuds out there. And if you want true wireless, we recommend Apple Airpods or Jabra Elite 65t earbuds for Android users.

3. Jeans that actually fit your body

ag-jeans_Cropped.jpg

This might seem like kind of a random thing for this list, but high-quality denim is truly life-changing. The first time you put on a pair of genuinely nice jeans, you’ll never want to squeeze into ill-fitting discount brands again.

Seriously, brands like AG and Hudson fit flawlessly and they’re comfortable to wear all day—no more waistbands digging into your stomach or having to pull them up every time you sit down. And if these aren’t just right for you, one of our editors swears by Madewell’s jeans.

4. A kitchen skillet that actually cooks things evenly

all-clad-skillet_Cropped.jpg

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I bought a cute, cheap skillet from a discount store, as I’m apt to do. Within five uses, the paint was flaking off said skillet and getting cooked onto the stovetop. Not to mention the bottom wasn’t completely even, so everything had to be cooked lopsided. It wasn’t ideal.

A skillet is one kitchen item that you’re fully justified to splurge on. High-quality stainless steel skillets cook food quickly and evenly, are lightweight, will last for years, and won’t burn your hand on the handle when you’re cooking. Just buy one. You will not regret it. In particular, we’d recommend the All-Clad 4112 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 12-inch Fry Pan, but there are plenty of great options out there.

Get the All-Clad 4112 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 12-inch Fry Pan on Amazon for $159.95

5. A fast, light, long-lasting laptop

dell-laptop_Cropped.png

Do you like slowing load screens, crappy displays, poor sound quality, and a battery that dies in an hour? No? Then don’t buy a cheap laptop.

Inexpensive laptops are fine for casual users, but if you need one for work or school, this is no time to be frugal. A high-end laptop will serve you much better in terms of processing power, screen and sound quality, battery life, and portability. In our tests to determine the best laptops available today, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 truly knocked it out of the park, and it’s well worth the price, in our opinion.

Get the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 from Dell.com for $1,949.99

6. A vacuum that really sucks

kenmore-canister-vacuum_Cropped.jpg

High-end vacuums are a good example of a product that’s not particularly necessary but will make your life a whole lot easier compared to cheaper alternatives. Budget vacuums can get the job done, but it typically takes longer and the results won’t be as good. Plus, you’ll probably have to replace them in a few years.

More expensive vacuums will help you clean faster and more effectively thanks to impressive suction and versatility and they’ll last for years. The Kenmore Bagged Canister Vacuum with Pet PowerMate is a great example of a moderately priced vacuums that cleans quickly and effectively, and it’s on the lower end of the price scale in its category, making it our value pick for the best canister vacuums.

Get the Kenmore Bagged Canister Vacuum with Pet PowerMate on Amazon for $274

7. A powerful hair dryer

harry-josh-hairdryer_Cropped_1_.jpg

It might seem like your $20 drugstore hair dryer is fine, but there’s a reason it takes a lot longer when you blow dry your hair vs. when your hairdresser does it. High-quality hair dryers get the job done faster and better, leaving you with smooth, luscious locks worthy of a beauty campaign.

The bottom line? Go ahead and invest in a quality hair dryer—it will last you for years and make your morning routine faster and easier. We’d recommend the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, specifically, as it aced our tests in our search for the best hair dryer.

Get the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 from Dermstore for $199.20

8. A mattress that will last for years

casper-mattress_Cropped.jpg

There are a lot of surprisingly affordable mattresses available online today—I’m talking $200-$300 for a queen size. If this seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is.

When you carefully read the reviews for these budget mattresses, you’ll see that many people say the mattresses get lumpy, bumpy or deflated after just a few months of use. These might work for, say, a guest room or your AirBnB ventures, but who wants to have to replace their main mattress every year?

Now, I’m not saying you have to spend $5,000 on a mattress, but you should at least invest in a moderately priced one that you’re sure is going to stand the test of time. For instance, Casper is an online brand with a good reputation, and our Editor in Chief swears by his Casper mattress.

Get a Queen-sized Casper Mattress on Amazon for $995

9. Strong, durable home improvement tools

makita-electric-drill_Cropped.jpg

Even if you’re not particularly handy, most people have a few key home improvement tools lying around the house. You know, a hammer for hanging up photos, a drill for hanging up photos, a level for hanging up photos—is this the only reason we have tools?

Regardless, it’s always better to spend a little extra on home improvement tools, and I’ll tell you why. First, well-made tools will do their jobs better and with more power, accuracy, and efficiency. Second, durable, high-quality tools will help keep you safe, since they’re less likely to break mid-job. So do yourself a favor, and invest in some good tools, such as our pick for best cordless drill, the Makita FD07R1 Cordless Driver / Drill Kit.

Get the Makita FD07R1 Cordless Driver / Drill Kit from Home Depot for $145

10. A coffee maker that will make you excited to get out of bed

illy-ground-coffee-extra-dark-roast-o_Cropped.jpg

Coffee is important to me. For that reason, I refuse to drink bad coffee, which is often what happens when you use a pod coffee machine.

If you need a powerful and tasty dose of caffeine to get you going each morning, then you should definitely spend a little extra money on a high-end coffee maker. For instance, the sleek Technivorm Moccamaster KB brews a complex, smooth cup of java at top speed, earning it the title of best drip coffee maker in our tests. BRB, I need to go refill my mug.

Get the Technivorm Moccamaster KB on Amazon for $299.99

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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