Save Time With A Food Processor

red Breville food processorIf you do not enjoy cooking because of the time and the work that is involved, then getting a top quality food processor is a great way to remedy both of these obstacles. Sure it is a lot easier to order take out, but staying fit and healthy requires a little more discipline as to the ingredients that you include in your meals. Making a home cooked meal is a wonderful way to provide something that is both good for your taste buds as well as good for your body, and having the right equipment in your kitchen can go along way to making everything more enjoyable and make it seem less like work.

If you think that food processors are just for shredding cheese or chopping vegetables you would be wrong. Some of the top food processors can do things like make dough, salsa, your own peanut butter, as well as handle all of your cutting and shredding needs. They are quite versatile small appliances that can help you reduce the time it takes to prepare the ingredients for just about any recipe. If you are interested in helping yourself in the kitchen then check out some of the best rated models below.

Top Rated Food Processing Machines

We have a lot of experience with different food processing machines as well as having done some quick research reading through some of the best food processor reviews currently available and we have come up with a list of some of the better models that would be great in any kitchen.

Best Overall Value Food Processor

Cusinart has a fantastic line of these types of machines, and each one would go great in your home. However, there is one model that gives the best performance to price value, and that would be the DLC-2009 Prep 9. You get a lot for what you pay for with this food processor. Some of what makes this such a great option includes:

  • Mixing bowl with 9 cup capacity. This is perfect for just about any type of task and would be great for most recipes that feed 1 to 4 people.
  • Powerful motor that has proven itself to very reliable over time. It can mix, chop, shred, and dice through just about any type of hard or soft food that you put into the machine.
  • Stainless steel cutting discs that are the hallmark of Cuisinart machines. Sturdy, long-lasting, and easy to clean. Cuisinart makes some of the best blades on the market.
  • More stylish than some of their other models. While looks should be secondary to performance, it is nice not to have dated styling. This model brings the food processor into the modern era with a better design.
  • Mid range price point that makes it affordable to more people. You get a fabulous set of features and excellent performance for just over $100.

Best High End Model

Breville small kitchen appliances are some of the most advanced machines that you can get for your kitchen.  As far as food processors go, their BFP800XL Sous Chef model is one modern unit that would be wonderful in any kitchen.  Unfortunately, this futuristic looking unit comes with a higher price tag that not everyone will be able to swallow.  With that being said, this Breville food processor delivers exceptional performance that is well worth the price.

  • Extra large feed chute that can handle larger foods.  Save even more time by not having to pre-cut large vegetables into tinier pieces just to fit inside of the machine.
  • Slicing disc with 24 different settings allow you to get the perfect slice that you want every time.
  • Comes with 2 mixing bowls.  Use the super capacity 16 cup mixing bowl for larger jobs, or use the included mini bowl for quick and easy tasks for the ultimate convenience.
  • Super modern design that would be a real eye catcher in any type of kitchen.  Take your countertop into the 21st century.
  • Expensive.  This unit will cost you around $400, so it is not ideal for anyone on a tight budget.

Best Budget-Friendly Food Processing Options

Hamilton Beach makes some wonderful machines that are great for those who just do not want to spend a lot for a new kitchen appliance.  Their 70740 or 70670 models would be great alternatives to the more expensive models on our list.

  • Large capacity bowls that can accommodate a lot of food.  Mix bread dough or chop vegetables for 1 to 4 people.
  • Powerful and dependable motors will slice, chop, and dice through everything with ease.
  • Easy to clean and operate.  Simple controls and fast clean up make these food processing models a dream for anyone to use.
  • Affordable pricing.  Both of these food processors can usually be bought for between $30 and $50 which makes them a prime choice for those looking to save money.

Do Yourself a Favor

Eating a homemade meal is a lot more fun than preparing one.  You can make things a lot easier on yourself by getting one of these appliances for your kitchen.  They make food preparation feel a lot less like work and the time you save cooking can be used for more important things, like relaxing with a cocktail.  Any of the above models should be able to have an impact on your ability to reduce the hours spent slaving over a stove so you can get back to things that really matter, so go get yourself a food processor and enjoy it.

Jogging Stroller Beach Sightings

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Relaxing at our local beach I have noticed an increase in the number of parents, mostly mothers in this case, that have invested in jogging strollers for their children. As I watch them it seems like a wonderful activity for both adults and kids alike. The little ones get to chill out in a shaded stroller with large wheels that seem to provide a really comfortable ride on the boardwalk, while the parents get to enjoy the sunny outdoors, exercising, and not spending money for a baby sitter. It is truly a great family endeavour.

So while it may seem like working out may not be all that relaxing, jogging can provide numerous health benefits that may help us ease our mind a bit as we get older. Jogging strollers are a great piece of equipment for any new parent that likes to get outdoors and run, while protecting their children at the same time. Below are just a couple examples of some of the top baby strollers for runners currently on the market.

Jeep Adventure Jogging Stroller

These feature the popular Jeep name, but they are high quality strollers made by Kolcraft. These are as rugged and their automotive counterparts and this Jeep jogging stroller features rugged tires that fill with air, adjustable handle bar, plenty of storage and bottle and cup holders, and an Ibaby sound system. The last feature lets you hook up a portable mp3 player to the stroller and it lets both the runner and the passenger enjoy some music during the journey. This is a great stroller for serious runners and it worth considering for anyone in the market for a high end piece of equipment.

BOB Revolution SE

This is perhaps the best selling baby stroller for joggers currently being sold. Owner ratings for this model are quite high and it is both versatile and convient to use. It has all the features one could want built into a lightweight frame for easy storage and transport. Highly recommended.

Tips for Running at the Beach

Don’t let hot summer weather interfere with your running routine. Even though the thermometer is climbing, you don’t have to give up your runs. But you do need to take some precautions to keep yourself safe when running outdoors in hot weather.

Timing

Don’t go running during the heat of the day. Run at cooler times. First thing in the morning is ideal. The day will only get hotter from there. Get yourself out of bed earlier so you can get your run out of the way. You can also wait until late evening when the temperature starts to drop again. Avoid midday runs when the temperature reaches its peak and the sun is intense.

Clothing

The clothing you choose is another factor in staying healthy when running in the heat. Choose lightweight, light-colored fabric that is loose fitting to help your body stay cool. Synthetic fabrics are better at drawing the sweat away from your body. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen when you get dressed for your run. A pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes, and a hat protects your head from the sun.

Hydration

Water is key to staying healthy and feeling good on a summer run. But don’t wait until you start your run to hydrate. Drink water throughout the day so your body is hydrated anyway. Bring along a bottle of water on the run unless your route gives you access to water fountains. You can also use the water to cool your body by squirting some of it on your head while running.

Ease Up

When the heat is intense, you may need to scale back your run. Don’t push yourself too hard, or you might overdo it. If the heat and humidity feel overwhelming, ease up your pace a little. It’s better to have an easier run than to overdo it and end up in the hospital with a heat-related illness.

Monitor Yourself

Watch for signs that your body isn’t handling the heat well. Dizziness, nausea, chills, confusion, no longer sweating and other unusual sensations could be a sign of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you notice yourself feeling different than normal, find a cool place and hydrate. Seek medical attention.

Running can be extremely beneficial, but the key is to not over do it. The kids will have more fun if Mom and Dad do not need emergency help. Have fun, stay fit, and let the entire family enjoy what a jogging stroller can provide.

Comfort Food Toaster Oven Recipes

DCF 1.0Now one small kitchen appliance that you may not expect to find in a high end restaurant kitchen are toaster ovens. There are however quite a few occasions when one of these machines can come in quite handy in a fast paced food prep area. If you do not own one of these then you may be missing out on an opportunity to make quick and delicious meals in half the time and with a fraction of the energy costs of a full sized cooking oven. Before buying one of these small appliances for your kitchen you can check out current toaster oven reviews to see which models are the best on the market.  Here are just a few examples of some of the things that you could be doing with one of these top countertop ovens. They certainly can do a lot more than just make toast.

Fast and Simple Toaster Oven Recipes

My personal favorite toaster oven recipe is the good ol’ tortilla chip sandwiches. Many toaster ovens have a little pan that can be placed right onto one of the racks. Pull this out and spray it down with some cooking oil. Place a tortilla chip on the pan and load it up with your favorite taco toppings. I like to plop some refried beans and spicy tomato salsa on top. Then, just as a finishing touch, I carefully add a few jalapeno peppers. Once you’re satisfied with your filling, squash another tortilla chip over top of everything. Make as many of these sandwiches as you can fit on the pan and then throw it in your toaster oven. Set the temperature to about 350 and only keep them in long enough to heat everything up.

S’mores

While we’re on the subject of sandwiches, let’s talk about s’mores! That’s right, you can even make a few s’mores in your toaster oven as a delicious dessert. Or, in my case, a reward for a nice, long run. Assemble your s’mores just as you would as you stand over a campfire. Just make sure you leave the top graham cracker off for now. Toast those puppies up until the marshmallows develop a brilliant golden brown color. Then top it off with your final cracker and chow down!

Say Cheese

S’mores are just one example of toaster oven twist on a classic. Did you know you can even make grilled cheese sandwiches in your little oven-toaster hybrid? Just pretend you’re cooking up some of that cheesy goodness on the oven top, just throw it in your mini version instead. Make sure you pay close attention to where the heat is concentrated, however, or else you may get some strange toasting.

Let’s Go Nuts

Let’s get off this sandwich trip and delve into something more creative. For those of you who love toasted nuts, a toaster oven has you handled in a quarter of the time it takes to make these healthy treats in a normal oven. Experimentation is key here but I do suggest you try out a recipe with a special chocolate twist. Lay a baking liner on your pan and spread some unsalted, raw cashews on the pan in a single layer. Let that toast up for about eight minutes at a temperature of 350. Meanwhile, mix up cocoa powder, powdered sugar and just a touch of salt in a large bowl. While the nuts are still nice and warm, dump them in your mixture and toss them about. These will keep for about a week.

Something Smells Fishy

Who says you can’t go a little gourmet with a toaster oven? This next recipe will prove those nay-sayers wrong! How does some glazed salmon sound? Get your salmon marinated in a mixture of miso, sake (which is a type of Japanese wine), soy sauce, oil and sugar for a minimum of a half hour. Once the salmon is nice and flavored, crank up your toaster oven’s broiler to high. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, rub the extra marinade off the salmon and place that fish right on the foil. Broil for about five minutes are until the top is beautifully charred.

Let’s Do A Little Italian Food

I’ve got one more recipe for you. This is sure to be a hit for you and the whole family. I know this because I lived off this particular recipe when I was a kid. Grab some bagels and rip them apart. Spray down your toaster oven pan and plop the bagel halves on top, flat side up. Grab some tomato sauce and spread it evenly over the bread. Then sprinkle a bit (or a lot) of cheese on the sauce. You can even throw parmesan cheese on there for some added flavor. Finish it off with your favorite pizza toppings: pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers or (in my case) some jalapeno peppers. Plop your creation in the toaster oven until the cheese is melted and everything is nice and cozy warm.

There you have it! Once you’ve finished making all these recipes in your nifty toaster oven, you and that strange mini oven will have developed a special bond. One of the models that we recommend is the Breville BOV800XL, it is a full powered smart oven that can handle a whole host of cooking chores.  For another great recipe that you can use to cook a delicious meal in your toaster oven, check out this fantastic video below.

Ice Cream Maker Magic

ice-cream-maker-reviewsWhether it is just a special occasion or a family meal, a smooth, creamy, luscious homemade ice cream is a great way to indulge. There are so many  ice cream recipes to choose from, that not having your very own ice cream maker is a missed opportunity to enjoy one of life’s great treats. Not only is it convenient, but it is a terrific way to bring the family together to work on something fun and delicious.

Today’s best ice cream makers are relatively inexpensive, and if you often eat a lot of ice cream, the machine is certain to pay for itself in no time with the money you save by no longer buying brand name ice cream. They also can make more than just ice cream and can make gelato, frozen yogurt, sherbert and other frozen delights. Discover what you have been missing and look into getting a machine for your kitchen.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Below are a few more examples of what you can do with one of these appliances in the comfort of your own home. When you have control of the entire process, you can let your imagination go free and you can experiment with an endless amount of flavor combinations.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup of heavy cream
• 1 1/2 cups of cream
• 2 beaten eggs
• 1 cup of brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon of butter
• 1/3 cup of chopped pecans

Directions

1. Add butter together with pecans to a small skillet and cook over medium heat until the pecans become lightly brown and fragrant. As you cook, stir pecans constantly for about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the provided eggs and set them aside. Combine the cream together with the brown sugar in a saucepan and mix well. Bring the saucepan to a boil in a medium heat and remove from heat. Pour the hot cream-sugar mixture into the eggs and whisk constantly. Return the egg mixture to a saucepan and cook. Keep on stirring until the mixture coats the stirring spoon. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and vanilla.

3. Pour the mixture into ice cream maker machine and freeze as directed by the manufacturer.

Easy Chocolate

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

• 2 cups of heavy cream
• 2/3 cup of chocolate syrup
• 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk

Directions

1. Line a loaf pan with an aluminium foil.

2. Stir together the chocolate syrup and condensed milk in a large bowl until the color is even.

3. Whip cream in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Pour the prepared cream into the chocolate mixture.

4. In a cream maker, pour the cream-chocolate mixture and freeze for 6 hours.

Cake Butter Ice Cream

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Ready in: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

• 3/4 cup of white cake mix, sifted
• 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 2 beaten egg yolks
• 1/2 cup of white sugar
• 1 cup of milk

Directions

1. In a saucepan, whisk together the provided cake mix, cream, vanilla, egg yolks, sugar and milk until well blended. Put the mixture over medium heat and cook until the mixture reaches a temperature of 70 degree C while stirring frequently. Remove the mixture from heat and freeze until liquid cold.

2. Remove the chilled mixture from the refrigerator and pour into the home ice cream maker machine. Freeze according to the manufacturer instructions until soft. Remove the ice cream from the ice cream maker and transfer to a refrigerator. Allow the ice cream to ripen for 2 hours or overnight.

Vanilla Ice Cream IV

Preparation time: 50 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes

Ingredients

• 4 cups of milk
• 3 ounces of instant vanilla pudding mix
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
• 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
• 1/2 pint of heavy cream
• 12 ounces of evaporated milk
• 5 eggs

Directions

1. Beat together using an electric mixer the provided eggs, vanilla, sugar, condensed milk, cream and evaporated milk in a large bowl. Add pudding mix and beat until smooth.

2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker machine and add enough milk.

3. Freeze the ice cream according to the manufacturer directions.