The Perfect Gift Idea For The Chef In The Family

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With Black Friday gone and Cyber Monday just a few days away, it is that time of the year to try and find the ideal gifts for your family and friends. For anyone that loves to cook nothing says they are appreciated like a new kitchen appliance. Surprise that chef in your family with a modern toaster oven. Yes, they can make toast, but they are not just toasters. These small countertop ovens are capable of so much more. From baking cookies to slow roasting a whole chicken, you can truly serve your entire family without ever having to use your standard sized range except for rare occasions when you need to cook a turkey.

With that in mind, lets have a look at some of the top options for the kitchen. No matter your budget you should have no problem finding something that will impress.

Toaster Oven Nirvana

When it comes to small appliances it really is hard to top Breville. This is the oven we just got ourselves and we literally just took it out of the box and started cooking. It might have modern controls and a fancy LCD screen, but they are extremely easy to figure out right from the start. We did a lot of mind numbing research before making our final decision and the best toaster oven reviews all have a Breville oven right at the top. You really cannot beat them when it comes to modern and futuristic engineering coupled with exceptional cooking performance. For a precision oven that will give you exceptional results with your recipes there is no better option.

We splurged and got their top of the line convection model, the BOV845SS, but from top to bottom they make some of the highest quality ovens that you can get for your home. It fits perfectly on top of the counter and I can help but stop and stare at it for a few seconds when I am in there. I am sure that we are going to wear this thing out with as much time that we spend in the kitchen creating havoc.

Cuisinart Ovens

Even though we ended up with a Breville, we were also impressed with what Cuisinart had to offer. They have a wide range of options and they have a really solid reputation for building long lasting appliances. They came out with a new convection toaster oven recently that is really high end. It is very similar to the Breville oven we got which made the choice that much harder. It is stainless steel, has a LCD display, and it gets extremely positive feedback from owners. They also have some better choices for those who just don’t want to spend a lot.

While their top oven may sell for around $200, they have some great choices for closer to $100. From the reviews that we read from those who have purchased them, these ovens perform well across the board with a wide array of different cooking tasks. We would have no problem giving these away as a gift this holiday, which we just might do. Cuisinart has one of the best reputations when it comes to the small kitchen appliance market. Their line of toaster ovens is something that we were impressed with and almost leaned in that direction before going with a Breville.

Oster

For an even better budget friendly oven you cannot go wrong with Oster. Even if you would like a convection model they have some wonderful ovens to choose from. These can usually be had for under $100 which well help stretch your gift giving budget. We saw one of these in the store and for the price we though that this would be an superb option as well.

Convection Cooking Features

This is the new thing that most of the modern ovens come with. This feature circulates the air inside of the oven and helps brown and cooking more evenly. It also speeds up the process and reduces overall cooking times. This is a huge bonus that makes this such a desirable aspect for any oven. You might have to adjust your recipes slightly, but it is a small learning curve.

Cleaning

The other great thing that we discovered when studying current countertop ovens is how easy it is to clean up after preparing a meal. Stainless steel exteriors and non-stick interiors mean that just a simple wipe with a damp cloth can get it looking like new. Combine this with the energy and time savings that a smaller oven can provide you and this is truly the ultimate present for an amateur cook. We love ours and we are sure that the special someone in your life will love it too. There really is no better gift than that of great food with the people you love the most.

The Quickest Way To Save Time In The Kitchen

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After a hard day at work you may find yourself spending a great deal of your time in the kitchen preparing meals for the kids. One of the easiest ways to improve the diet of your entire family is to keep track on what goes into their meals. While preparing a home cooked dish may seem like a labor intensive task, with today’s modern small appliances food prep time can be drastically reduced. No one likes to work all day and come home and slave over a hot stove. Save time where you can so you can do other things. These can be instrumental in making things a lot simpler in your kitchen and knowing when to use a food processor can also help remove a lot of the guesswork.

Put down your knife, put away your cutting board, and find yourself a quality food processor that fits into your budget. They come in all sizes, colors, and price ranges, so it should be rather easy to find a food processing machine that will fit all of your needs. Whether you are on a tight budget, or have a little more money to spend on a food processor with more professional features, there is a perfect machine out there for you.

Eating More Vegetables

One of the areas in which having a food processor can help is how well they are able to slice, dice, chop or mince vegetables. You don’t have to waste time with a large knife doing all of these tasks worrying if you are going to cut the tips of your fingers. The more popular brand name machines come with various cutting disc that are able to provide a consistent cut to any type of vegetable your recipe requires. Cooking with fresh ingredients is a wonderful way to experiment and get creative with veggies that your kids will actually enjoy.

Easy To Clean

Another reason that some people shy away from getting a food processor is that they think it would be a hassle to use. But they actually are quite convenient. Most of today’s models include parts that are easy to disassemble and they are dishwasher safe. The lid, blades, and mixing bowl should all come apart easy and fit on the top rack of your dishwasher, it really cannot get much easier.

Onions

These veggies are usually the bane of most chefs existence. You have to be quick and skilled to try and chop this with a knife and not end up with tears in your eyes towards the end. This is the perfect example of how a food processor can literally saving you from crying, and it can be done in just a fraction of the time.

Versatility

Food processing machines can also do a lot more than just cutting up vegetables. They can also be used to mix and make bread dough and pie crust, make your own peanut butter, mix and make fresh salsa, grating and shredding cheeses or meats, making salad dressings, mincing herbs, and making cookie dough to name a few. This appliance has a ton of features designed to save you time when making your favorite healthy recipes. Most models come with different blades and mixing paddles to help you take full advantage of everything that a food processor can do.

Healthy Habits

Kids that eat healthier, are involved in helping prepare meals, and are shown good examples by their parent’s diets, have a better chance to take those habits with them for the rest of their lives. They often do as we do, so by making sure the entire family eats right we are helping to set up a lifetime of healthy eating habits. It all starts in the kitchen. Anything that we can do to reduce the amount of time it takes for various cooking chores, the more likely we are to stick with it. If preparing a meal seems to be too much work or too much of a hassle, the less likely we are to do it again or do it on a regular basis.

Recommended Brand Names

If you are interested in buying one of these appliances for your kitchen, then there a few brand names that stand out. Cuisinart makes high quality machines that are quite popular and highly rated. They have a terrific line of models that should serve any type of kitchen and family size. They are durable, powerful, and extremely handy. They also get some of the best user feedback. Other brands like Breville, Hamilton Beach, and Black & Decker also make high quality machines that will serve you well. You can pick up a nice unit for $30 if you are on a budget, or a top of the line model can run you around $300. But there is a capable machine for any budget.

Take control of your and your kids diet by preparing as many home cooked meals as you can on a regular basis. Share good dietary habits with your kids and let them help you in the kitchen and most of all look into purchasing a food processor to save on both time and energy while cooking. It will make everything a lot more enjoyable, and it may even make your food taste better.