The Toaster Oven That Will Make You The Hit Of Christmas

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With the holidays literally right around the corner, it is time to do some last minute gift shopping for family and friends. Well when we were out the other day we cam across the exact toaster oven that we have used for the past couple of years and it dawned on me that we could not think of a better present to give to a couple of people we know who love to cook as much as we do. The countertop oven that I am referring to is the TOB-195 from Cuisinart. This has been one of our better appliance purchases that we have made in the last few years, so we picked up a couple of these to pass it forward, especially since the price has come down since we first bought it.

So what makes this such a great oven? This little work horse has a lot going for it, so we decided to write a short review for anyone looking for an excellent gift idea for loved ones. To start, it continues to get excellent customer reviews, like from me, and it is still rated as the best convection toaster oven for the money. This countertop oven is extremely versatile in the cooking chores that it can handle, and it also looks sharp with its stainless steel design. Below are just a few of the reasons you should consider getting a TOB-195 for your kitchen.

Features and Specifications

  • 1500-Watt Oven
  • Automatic shut-off after every 4 hours
  • Easy to sue touch pad controls
  • Slice Capacity of 6 slices
  • Brushed chrome exterior
  • Always-even shade control
  • 2 rack positions
  • Functions: Toast, Pizza/Bake, Convention; Reheat, Bagel and Defrost buttons
  • Broiler pan and drip tray
  • Exact heat sensors for precise and consistent oven temperature
  • Polarized 2 prong plug
  • Dimensions: 18” W x 17” D x 10”
  • 3-year limited warranty

Pros

1. The oven warms up very fast

When in use, the toaster’s oven takes a few minutes to reach up to the required temperature. With the help of the broil function, the toaster takes only a couple of minutes to crisp up cheese. Toasts can be ready in 3 minutes using the default medium setting.

2. It has a long timer

With a maximum cook time of 4 hours, one can cook any food evenly. The time is much longer when considering what other brands have to offer. Majority of the toasters in market have a maximum cook time of 2-hours which is way too low for preparing food.

3. The toaster is durable

Cuisinart TOB-195 can consistently prepare food for years before one considers replacing it with another one. Most of the online reviews even state that the toaster can go up to 5 years and even more while producing top quality work.

4. Works like conventional ovens

When preparing smaller meals, it’s not necessary for one to heat up the big oven. Cuisinart TOB-195 can handle virtually any type of food and transform it into a delicious dish that the family can enjoy.

Other Notable Benefits:

  • An attractive design
  • LCD display and Digital control panel
  • It’s versatile
  • Comes with a 3 year warranty

Cons

1. Difficulty in crumb tray access

Cuisinart TOB-195 is designed with a crumb tray access at the back as compared to other models like Cuisinart TOB-135 that is accessible from the front. It thus means one has to move the unit forward or turn it in order to slide the crumb tray from its rear end.

2. Complicated settings

The Cuisinart unit is not easy to control like the manually dialed toaster ovens. Most ovens are naturally easier to use as they only require 3 dials to complete the temperature setup. But for Cuisinart 195 TOB-195, an individual is required to press a button to set the function, another for the temperature as well as timer. Hence it requires one to read the toaster manual first before operating it.

3. Inflexibility

Cuisinart TOB-195 comes with some functions which have default time and temperature that can’t be changed. Its timer for instance, only works for bake and broil functions only while the standard temperature for the broil temperature is set on a default of 500 degrees with no alteration allowed. So the inflexibility cannot allow one to cook food that is in line with the desired tastes and recipes.

The TOB-195 is another shining star for Cuisinart as they have an excellent reputation for making some of the most dependable small kitchen appliances.  This toaster oven has really performed well for us over the years and we are going to feel really good about seeing our friends unwrap this in just a few days.  If you have a loved one who spends more time in the kitchen then any other room in the house, this is perhaps the best gift that they will get.

Masticating Juicer Benefits – The Complete Rundown

As you can guess, we love our veggies. We love to eat them, we love to cook them, but we also enjoy juicing them. To get the daily requirements for fruits and vegetables nothing is better, faster, and more convenient than to drop them into a juicer and drinking your way to better health.

Eating the same amount of fresh produce would eat up a lot of time, pun intended, and you would probably feel like a farm animal grazing all day long. Juicers work great at extracting the nutrients and vitamins from vegetables and fruits that can make you feel energetic, healthy, and alive.

Below you will find a couple of our favorite new machines that can help you take back control of your diet and have a tremendous impact on your overall well being.

Latest and Greatest Masticating Juicers Worth Considering

Below are two juicers that we really love. One we just got, and one we really wanted to get but it was just too much out of our budget to buy. Both are extremely excellent at what they do and for anyone looking to go out and purchase a new juice extractor, these two should be on your list.

Omega NC800 HDS

This is the juicing machine that we actually just bought. We had to save for a few weeks, but we finally took the plunge and we have been extremely pleased so far. It gets a workout every morning and some evenings and it has handled everything we have thrown at it without any problems. Below are some of the things that we really like about the Omega NC800 and why it is an elite juicer that is perfect for your kitchen.

  • Big feed tube – Most older model masticating juicers have a smaller feed chute. This means you have to waste time cutting anything that you want to juice into tiny sized chunks just to fit into the machine. It can get very tedious. The larger feed chute on this model has proven to be a real time saver for us.

 

  • Slow juicing – Faster juicers are great at getting the job done quickly but they also can have negative effects on the juice, as well as being quite loud. Getting a masticating juicer can help protect the vitamins and enzymes in the juice from heat and air. This provides a healthier juice than stays fresh longer. It is well worth the slightly longer juicing time. This juicing machine is also pretty quiet.

 

  • Easy to Clean – Something that every juicer should strive for, this Omega juicer is a breeze to take apart and clean, just a couple of minutes. It is not a hassle at all, which makes us want to use it more often.

 

  • Great Reviews – Before buying we did our research to see how other owners liked this juicer, and the feedback for this model was exceptional. Every Omega NC800 juicer review seemed to give us more confidence in our purchase. And they were right, we love it. Truly a great juicer.

Omega VSJ843R Upright Model

Omega makes some dependable and efficient masticating juicers, and the Omega VSJ843R is a brand new model that we really wanted to get. However, it was way out of our price range. Maybe some day, but for now we can only wish. It has some extremely nice features that make it highly desirable.

  • Upright Design – For tight kitchens, like ours, the vertical shape and design of this juicer would be extremely helpful. Not only would it save space, but the unique design looks quite sharp, at least in our opinion.

 

  • Super Quiet Juicing – We have used some loud machines in the past, but this model seems to be extremely quiet. All of the videos we have seen in the reviews for the VSJ843R make it barely noticeable while juicing. I am not a big fan of noisy appliances, so this would be perfect.

 

  • Juice Yield – For an upright juicer, this unit seems to extract extremely high amounts of juice from whatever is dropped into it. Super efficient.

 

  • Long Warranty – Like most Omega juicers, this model comes with a 15 year warranty in case anything should break. By far the best you will find when shopping for a brand new juicer.

These are just some of the juicer reviews we found on Great Plains Examiner that we were interested in. If you would like a to see a full list of the best juicers from which to choose then this is a great place to start.

Why Choose Masticating Juicers?

Sometimes referred to slow juicers, or cold-press juicers, masticating juicers offer a more nutrient dense juice that has less oxidation that enables to be kept cold and stored for longer than centrifugal juicers. They have several advantages that make it a more sound investment for long term juicing. Centrifugal juicers are not bad by any stretch, but we feel we better maximize our juicing efforts by using a masticating machine.

Whichever type of machine or whatever model you choose, you will be making an extremely positive step to improving your health. Don’t waste any more time thinking about it, just do it and take advantage of everything that fruits and veggies can offer you.

Below is a video review of the NC800 that we ended up getting.

Time To Get Out Of The Kitchen And Get Running

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If you are like me then you spend way to much time in the kitchen cooking up meals and desserts for your loved ones. It is quite easy to over indulge at times. Lately I have found myself developing a little bit of a pooch which still boggles me since it always seems that I am chasing after the kids. You would think that would burn off some of those bothersome calories, but it wasn’t enough. After a depressing look in the mirror one day I decided to finally do something about it. And since I was running after the children it seemed nonstop getting a jogging stroller seemed like the next logical step. I have always enjoyed going for a nice jog when I was younger, had the time, and also had the energy. So this was the direction I went.

I knew they were expensive beforehand, so there was less of a sticker shock than probably most parents will have. My sister has one of these strollers and she prepared me for what to expect. I then went in search for some decent reviews just to see which models seem to be the most popular. The running stroller reviews on Marathon-training.net gave me a idea of what brand names owners rate the highest. I double checked my budget and decided to go with one of the high performance models from BOB. We have a park with some very nice trails and BOB strollers seemed custom made for those. So I narrowed the list to two of the best selling models.

BOB Revolution Flex

This had just about everything that I could want in a stroller. It is built tough, made for all types of terrain and it seem perfect for the trails near our house. Some of what I really liked about this stroller included:

  • Big air filled tires. These were made to handle rocks and non-concrete surfaces.
  • Independent suspension that will help prevent your child getting thrashed around as you go over bumpy paths. You want your child to enjoy the ride as much as possible so that you can enjoy your run.
  • Built tough. This stroller was made to withstand the wear and tear of off road running.
  • Adjustable handle bar. It “Flexes” into different positions so you do not have to strain to find the perfect fit. You can run with the correct form which makes things more comfortable and reduces the risk of an injury.
  • Nice large canopy. I am really obsessive when it comes to protecting my children from the bad effects of the sun. This model has a wonderful sun canopy that will shield them from this.
  • Storage seemed to be decent from what I could tell. I didn’t imagine carrying a lot, just enough for the occasional emergency. Younger kids might require more.

The Flex’s main draw is its handlebar. Often Mom is usually shorter than Dad, so having a means to make both comfortable while using the stroller is a desirable feature. However, since I was probably going to be the only one using this jogger, it was probably not that big of a necessity.

BOB Revolution SE

So this model had been around for a number of years and it is how BOB made a name for itself in the jogging stroller market. At one point it held the fastest time in a marathon, a true world record. It has since been broken, but this model has a proven track record for performance.

  • Revolution SE benefitsLarge air filled tires. Again, if you go off road this is important to have. It also has the same type of suspension as the Flex.
  • Durable construction is a stalwart of the BOB line of joggers. The SE is the forefather to all of their current line of strollers in this regard.
  • Awesome adjustable sun canopy that keeps those dangerous rays off of my little passenger. Did i mention how obsessive I am in this area?

Really, the only major difference that I could see between the SE and the Flex is the adjustable handlebars. Other than that they are basically the same in the important areas. This difference also made the Flex more expensive.

And The Winner Is…

Since I was average height and did not need a handlebar that could adapt I decided to save a little money and I picked up the Revolution SE. I’ve been running from day one and I haven’t looked back. I have been extremely impressed with how well put together this stroller is and how well it has performed. The little one absolutely loves riding in it. We usually go about 4 times a week and I have to say that I have never felt better. That pooch has slowly started to decline which is something that I am most definitely thrilled with. Getting a jogging stroller is a significant investment, but for our family it has been one that was well worth it. If you are looking for exercise ideas that don’t involve paying for a baby sitter, then a high performance running stroller may be just what you are looking for.