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.

Juicing Recipes That Can Transform Your Health

juicing-vegetablesIf you are one of those people that find it hard to fit a healthy diet into your fast paced world, juicing may be just the thing for you. With job, kids and family demands, it can be nearly impossible to have the time to eat properly and get the nutrients that your body needs. You end up settling for a salad here or there, but juicing is fast and convenient way to get your daily servings of vegetables and fruits into a glass. Getting a juicer is an investment in your health that can transform the way that you feel.

The best juicers to buy are simple to use, a breeze to clean, and they can provide you with what your body needs to feel good and maintain your health. There are many juicing machines to choose from, but they all are capable of giving you an easy way to turn around years of less than ideal eating habits. Not only is it a healthy endeavor, but it can also be fun to experiment with different juice combinations.

With that in mind, here are some green vegetable juice recipes to get you started:

Recipe 1: Kale and almond squash

In a nutshell, this recipe is incredibly delicious and generously packed with a good amount of healthy vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients

– 75g of chopped Kale (the thick rib at the center of the leaf should be discarded).

– 240ml of unsweetened almond milk

– 1 table spoon almond butter

– 1 date, pitted

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions

Use a powerful blender to completely squash all the ingredients mentioned above, and then drink the juice immediately.

Recipe 2: Red smoothie

To prepare this recipe, simply soak the goji berries for about 5 to 8 hours, or until plump. After that you can mix them with yogurt, raspberries and strawberries.

Ingredients

– 1 table spoon of goji berries ( soaked and dried as specified above)

– 30 to 40g of fresh raspberries

– 3 large strawberries (remember to discard the stems first)

– 1 table spoon of manuka honey

– 1 table spoon of goat milk yogurt

– 1 table spoon of coconut oil

– 240 ml of unsweetened almond milk

Direction

Put all the ingredients in a powerful blender, and have them smoothed completely before drinking. Also if you like, you can prepare the juice in bulk and then have some of it refrigerated to be drank later.

Recipe 3: Basil, cucumber and lime juice

This juice can be extremely refreshing, especially if you blend it with ice cubes. Since the acid in the juice goes mute whenever the juice gets cold, it’s advisable to use whole lime to maintain the freshness.

Ingredients

1 handful basil leaves

1 cucumber, divided in two halves lengthwise

Half a lime, pith and zest removed

1 apple, sliced into wedges

Directions

To prepare the juice, start by juicing basil into a glass, after which you can mix the basil juice with all the remaining ingredients before juicing the mixture. Alternatively, just chop all the listed ingredients, and then have them stuffed into a powerful blender before mixing it with 120 ml of water. Run the blender. Once done, you can use a fine-mesh strainer to sieve the mixture. Then give is a fine stir and serve immediately.

Recipe 4: Kale, apple and lemon juice

If you’re looking for a healthy, refreshing juice to jump-start your day, look no further. Not only does this type of juice supply your body with adequate amounts of calcium and antioxidants, but it also contains ginger and fresh mint to ensure you’re more energetic and psyched up to tackle the day’s events.

Ingredients

– 5 leaves of kale (large ones, with ribs discarded and the leaves chopped roughly)

– 1 lemon, pith and zest removed

– 1 large apple, chopped roughly

– A large piece of fresh ginger (about 2.5 cm)

– A twig of fresh mint

Stuff all the ingredients in the listing into your juicer. Add 120ml of water into the mixture and then start the blender. Once the mixture has finished blending, pass it through a fine-mesh-strainer before drinking.

Recipe 5: Turnip Fennel juice

Turnip fennel has tons of health benefits than you can possibly imagine. Loaded with vitamin A (beta-carotene, vitamin C and manganese, the juice actually lowers blood cholesterol, detoxifies the liver, improves the eyesight and, most importantly, reduces the risks of cancer.

Ingredients

– Half turnip

– Three carrots

– One apple

– A quarter fennel bulb

Directions

If the turnip is waxed, remove the outer skin. You can now run all the above-mentioned ingredients into a powerful blender and have them squashed. Once ready, run the juice through a fine-mesh-strainer and then serve.

Recipe 6: Kale, cilantro and romaine lettuce juice

This type of juice is actually recommended for those with an inflammation, weight loss problems, as well as those looking for a natural way to boost their immunity system.

– Half cucumber

– 3 leaves of kale (the mid rib removed)

– 1 Handful of coriander

– Half lime

– 1 head romaine lettuce

– 2 apples (sliced into wedges)

Directions

Chop and slice all the ingredients in the listing. Once done, put them all into a powerful blender before switching it on. You can now sit down and enjoy your drink.

Get Juicing

Getting your proper nutritional needs can be accomplished for those that always seem to not have enough time. It only takes a few minutes to squeeze the goodness of fruits and vegetables down into one glass full of vitamins and minerals. Juicing can make a difference, and it is something that we enthusiastically recommend. So get yourself a juicer, your body will thank you.

Continuing The Kitchen Food Processor Legacy

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Cuisinart was the very first to introduce the food processor to the American market back in the early 1970’s, and they are still helping amateur and professional chefs make magic in the kitchen.Their entire line of food processors are still some of the best selling and top owner reviewed models on the market. If you are just getting your feet wet in the kitchen and are looking to expand your horizons as a chef, getting one of these machines will help you achieve your goals a lot faster.

Cuisinart is known for making some of the most dependable, powerful food processors that are built to last and perform at a high level for years. Most of the top food processor ratings include a Cuisinart model high up on their list, and for good reason. They are consistent and reliable performers that owners just love to use while preparing meals. We decided to highlight one of our all time favorite models that we continue to use in our own kitchen.

While they do have more modern models available, the DLC-10S Pro is a classic that continues to help cooks across the country save time while preparing a wide range of recipes. We will give a quick review of this quality food processor and demonstrate why it belongs in just about any type of kitchen.

Food Processor Features

Medium Capacity Bowl – For single people or small families, the 7 cup bowl is just the right size for just about any meal. You should be able to cut, dice, slice, mince and grind just about anything that you can drop down the feed chute with room to spare. The mixing bowl is also made of extremely tough material that is almost shatterproof.

Strong Cutting Blades – This is one of the highlights of any Cuisinart food processing machine. Their stainless steel cutting discs are made to deliver a consistent slice every time. They are also relatively easy to clean and will not corrode or rust. They can handle the hardest vegetables with ease and will help you save time by allowing you to put away the cutting board.

BPA Free Parts – For those concerned about the chemical makeup of the parts that come into contact with their food, the DLC-10S is made from safe materials that do not contain any BPA.

Large Feed Chute – Using a food processor is supposed to save you time and the large feed tube on this model lets you drop in large sized pieces of food without having to cut it up first. This can be great when dealing with onions so that you can avoid the inevitable tears that these vegetables tend to produce. Letting the food processor do all of the work is the plan so that you can put away the cutting board.

Great For Mixing – With enough power to handle cake mixes, pizza and pie dough, this model is a great option for anyone looking to do more types of baking and cooking in their kitchen. It’s 7 cup capacity is large enough to handle small to medium sized baking recipes. With the proper mixing blade, making dough is easy and convenient. This also adds to the overall value of the machine by giving you great versatility.

Simple Styling

It does not have any of the sleek styling of some of the newer food processors, but it does not have to look pretty to get the job done. This is one of the reasons that it is considered a classic. Its square lines and white color does not make it as appealing the eye as some of the other stainless steel or polished matte finishes of some of the other top quality models, but what it lacks in design it makes up for in power and efficiency. Besides if you do not like looking at it, it is light enough to move back and forth from a storage cabinet.

Budget Friendly

While some other highly rated food processors can run upwards of $400, the DLC 10S can usually be found for around $100 online making it an excellent option for anyone who would like a workhorse that won’t break the bank. It is powerful, reliable, and easy to use, which makes it a bargain at any price. This is why this food processing machine is one of the top recommended models that you will find. It has really stood the test of time and it will save you a lot of the headaches that food prep can throw at you. So treat yourself to something that will get a lot of use out of while cooking organic raw vegetables in your kitchen.