My husband loves to prep his meals before he begins cooking anything. He makes a point of taking out all the bowls and using every single one of them for vegetables, sauces, etc. to make cooking not as overwhelming.
I tried to get him to be a one pan kind of cook but to no avail… I’m more of a wing-it kind of cook and he’s the organized, methodical chef in the house.
I ended up searching around for a cutting board with containers that he could put all of his prepared vegetables in. I knew that this was one thing he needed to keep cooking as easy as possible.
I managed to find one particular cutting board with containers that was:
Ecofriendly – made of bamboo
Odor and water-resistant
Easy to clean
Soaked with mineral oil – keeps water out of the bamboo making it durable
It also came with 4 trays that are dishwasher safe. The best part of all is the trays come with bamboo lids. So when he’s prepping meals the day before he can put the cut vegetables in the fridge overnight and then be ready to cook after work the next day.
I find that now the cutting board containers save us from using a ton of bowls and running the dishwasher all the time. It also saves us some countertop space so we have more area to work in.
I first thought about getting an ice cream maker when I tasted vanilla lavender ice cream. I tried this particular flavour from a local grocery store and I found out it was created in small batches only. This meant that it only comes out about once a year.
By the time I got to the store to get a second container it was all sold out. I knew that I was going to have to start researching and finding myself my own ice cream maker if I wanted to have specialty ice cream flavours at home.
One of my good friends who works as a chef at a luxury vacation lodge creates specialty desserts including homemade ice cream. She told me that the simpler the design of the machine, the longer it’s going to last. She had mentioned to me that they have had a few different machines in the past and it seems like the more simpler you go the less likely it’s going to break in the long run.
She recommended to me the best homemade ice cream maker she has found is the Cuisine Art Pure Indulgence ice cream maker.
She has made everything from Ice Cream to frozen yogurt and margaritas.
I made the decision to purchase one for myself. We tried out the simple vanilla ice cream for the first batch. It ended up being a lot larger of a batch than I was expecting so we have been eating our way through it. The flavour was delicious, but not quite as rich as the French vanilla.
For a special treat I baked some mini chocolate chip cookies and put the vanilla ice cream in the centre creating an ice cream sandwich.
Everyone at work absolutely loved them. I can’t wait to try more flavours.
When you first get the ice cream maker you have to freeze the bowl it comes with. Wait 24 hours for the bowl to be fully frozen.
Make your recipe for your ice cream in a separate bowl.
Place the frozen bowl into the machine, put the paddle into the mixture, and the top on it.
Turn the machine on and slowly pour your ice cream mixture into the freezer bowl.
The ice cream mixture will churn the ice cream putting air into the mixture, giving it the right consistency for ice cream.
Set a timer for 20 to 25 minutes until it’s done mixing.
Once the ice cream has finished churning put it into an airtight container.
Freeze for a few hours until it’s fully hardened.
We usually eat the homemade ice cream the following day when it’s hardened up to our liking.
Wash the freezer bowl and paddle by hand after you’re done for a quick clean-up.
Cuisine Art pure Indulgence ice cream maker is the best low cost ice cream maker on the market.
Expenses after purchasing ice cream maker depending on your recipe:
Having an ice cream maker gives you more controlknowing exactly what it is in your ice cream. You don’t have to guess what each ingredient is when you read it on the side of a carton. You can decide what kind of add on;s to put in your ice cream-nuts, white chocolate shavings, caramel, etc. You have the power to create your own flavor’s of ice cream right at home.
One of my family’s favourite desserts is having sundaes. We love topping our homemade vanilla ice cream with sprinkles, caramel sauce, crumbled Oreo cookies, and chocolate chips. Each of us make something special for ourselves to enjoy.
We never quite get the full experience of eating a waffle bowl with our sundae’s until trying out the Presto 03500 Belgian Waffle Maker.
I love eating waffle cones when we go out for ice cream on the beach in the summer. There’s something about having that crispy waffle taste with my favourite flavour of ice cream that just makes me feel so satisfied after eating. I love sitting on the beach enjoying the sunset eating our ice cream cones.
After moving away from the beach we haven’t had as many delicious ice cream cones as we used to. So when we got our new waffle bowl maker I was so excited to try it out!!
The best waffle maker to buy in 2020 is the Presto 03500 Belgian waffle maker. It’s one of the fastest cooking, easiest to clean, and compact appliances on the market.
It only takes 3 min to heat it up until it’s ready to use.
The recipe book comes with 5 recipes to try out:
Waffle Cone Batter
Chocolate Waffle Bowl with Raspberry Cream
Cornmeal, Cheese, and Chilies Waffle Bowl
Flavorful Whole Grain Waffle Batter (Both delicious and healthy)
Classic Waffle Batter
A few tasty foods to try out as well with your waffle bowl maker:
Tortilla taco bowls
Gluten free waffle bowls
How big are the waffle bowls the Presto Waffle Bowl Maker creates?
4” in diameter
How long does it take to make a waffle bowl?
3.5 – 4.5 min per bowl
Cook your bowl a little longer if you want it a bit crispier
Clean up is fast and easy with this machine. It has a non-stick coating, so you can use a fork to get the bowl out with ease.
Wipe down the waffle bowl maker when it’s cooled to keep it clean for your next waffle bowl.
If you want to try out some homemade ice cream recipes check out our Espresso Ice Cream in your waffle bowl!
I would have never thought about owning my own waffle bowl maker at home. After seeing the joy it brings people when you tell them they get to make their own sundae in a waffle bowl it lights up people’s eyes. I know it’s brought so much joy to our family to be able to have our own special sundae’s at home whenever we want. It’s a novel item that I love having for our family.
I started making caramel for an Almond Roca recipe years ago. But, it never quite came out how I wanted it to. It was delicious, but it was just too soft. The consistency wasn’t quite right.
This year, I decided I was going to try out using my new candy thermometer for my caramel sauce to make my almond roca recipe. Maybe they would actually turn out!
I asked my husband to purchase the best candy thermometer for caramel for me. He got me the OXO Good Grips Glass Candy Thermometer. When I went to use it, I realized that the bulb didn’t go all the way to the bottom of the pot. But of course, you don’t actually want the bulb to be touching the bottom of the pan. This can cause the bulb to shatter. So the OXO thermometer he got me, sits a few centimetres above the pot using the adjustable clip.
When I was making my caramel sauce the bulb was above the level of liquid in the sauce pan so I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. I started mixing my ingredients, and then I realized that I could just stir the pot and push the caramel sauce over the bulb so I could get an accurate measurement of the temperature. Therefore, even though it’s large, it’s the best candy thermometer for small batches.
When I was done making my caramel sauce I watched the Mercury come to an even 300 degrees Farenheight and I poured the caramel sauce into the baking pan. I added the chopped up almonds to it, and then I spread the melted chocolate over the caramel and sprinkled the rest of the chopped almonds to the topping and let it cool.
Finally, I had made the most incredible Almond Roca. I had no idea that I really needed a candy thermometer to make the Almond Roca that I’ve been dreaming about for years. I always purchased my almond roca at local Christmas markets because it’s my absolute favourite!! Now, I can officially make as much as I want to at home!
I’m an avid baker, and I have tried making macarons, but they never turned out the way I had seen them in pastry shops.
When I took a class making macarons in Vancouver they showed me that when making the sugar sauce for the Italian meringue, it needs to be an even 115 degree Celsius.
I decided to try out the candy thermometer again. I always had issues making macarons in the past, but I was using the French style recipe. By using the Italian style recipe, the meringue is much more stable so it’s easier to get them to turn out how you like.
I started making the sugar sauce and I watched the Mercury climb up to an even 115 degrees Celsius. I poured the sugar sauce down the side of the metal mixing bowl with my egg whites. I folded the meringue into the almond mixture and finished off making my macarons, patiently waiting to see how they would turn out. I wondered if this was really going to make the difference between them actually turning out. I put them in the oven and baked them for 12 minutes.
I pulled them out of the oven when they were finished, and there it was, my first batch of perfect macarons. I was so proud. I was so grateful to have my new candy thermometer.
This candy thermometer has been so easy to use, it handles high temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It has stages on the thermometer of hard-crack, giving you an idea of how hard you want your candy to be. I prefer this candy thermometer over a digital one because there is no battery to change, no risk of the display becoming black at high temperatures, and I find it just as easy to read the temperature.
When we were reading up about candy thermometers I thought for sure a digital thermometer would be the easiest.
I started reading up on the CDN digital candy thermometer
You can easily program it to an exact degree. It will alarm at specific points during the key temperature stages when making candy.
It’s approximately 8 1/4″ tall, much smaller than the OXO Candy Thermometer.
However, most people who have used this thermometer find that it doesn’t last very long. Some people have said that it only lasted them 3-30 uses, and then it just stops working. The screen will go black when it’s used at high temperatures. The clip for the gauge can break off and then you have to hold the thermometer by hand to take the temperature of your candy.
It doesn’t seem like digital thermometers have come very far in terms of longevity, or durability.
The tried and true older style thermometers are a better bet for your candy making needs long term. They are easy to clean, simple to use, and give accurate readings. The best quality candy thermometer in 2020 is the OXO Good Grips Glass Candy Thermometer.
If you’re looking for the most durable, long-lasting breadmaker, this is the best bread maker choice for your home kitchen.
You can make 6+ loaves/week for years (4-5 years)
Other breadmakers claim that they can make gluten free bread, but it just doesn’t turn out as well and consistent as the Zojirushi Breadmaker .
The cost of making bread in your new breadmaker will save you money in the long run.
Once you purchase your bread machine yeast and bread machine flour you’ll be ready to try out your new bread machine!
You can have fresh bread readily available within 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the recipe.
The top of the breadmaker includes a heater in the lid. This brown’s the top of your loaf ever so slightly to give you a perfect loaf of delicious bread.
The Zojirushi Breadmaker is easy to clean. Hand wash the paddle and loaf pan after each use and let it air dry for a couple hours so you have it all ready for your next fluffy loaf of bread.
You may have to replace the paddle after several years of use. You can easily purchase this online when you need it, unlike other brands where it’s difficult to source replacement parts
Mixer is loud. However, most bread machines are loud. They have moving parts and they need to be able to mix their ingredients effectively. This might be something to think about if you’re planning on putting the delay timer on to have fresh bread in the morning. Perhaps keep it downstairs, somewhere that you won’t hear it mixing away when you’re sleeping.
What other recipes can you make with a bread maker?
Pumpkin spice bread
What if you want to make gluten free bread?
It comes with several recipes for creating gluten free breads.
Gluten free donuts
Gluten free apple walnut cake
Gluten free carrot cake
Gluten free green tea bread
Gluten free raisin bread
Gluten free pizza dough
What kind of gluten free flour can you use in your bread maker?
How do you store your freshly made breadmaker bread?
Store your freshly baked, cooled down loaf in an airtight container. Be sure to only slice off what you are using at the time. If you slice all of the bread when it’s cooled, it could stale faster.
Store it in the fridge to keep it fresher a bit longer. You’ll want to use it up within 3 days of making your loaf, or store it in the freezer. It doesn’t last as long as bread you purchase in your local grocery store because it doesn’t have the same preservatives as your freshly baked bread.
This is actually one of the perks for having a breadmaker. You get to control what you’re putting into your body. You know exactly how much sugar, salt, etc. is going into the recipe, so you can be more informed about how much you’re consuming on a daily basis.
For people with allergies, this can be a life-saver. You can select your flour, salt, sugar/sugar-free, nut-free environment as you need it for your own dietary needs.
How do you slice your bread?
Use a serrated knife to cut your bread to your desired thickness.
How to clean your breadmaker?
Is it dishwasher safe?
No, you need to handwash the loaf pan.
How do you properly measure your ingredients for your breadmaker?
The Oster Breadmaker is a good starting point for those just getting into having a breadmaker. It has step by step instructions for beginners to help you learn how to make your first loaf.
Although the cookbook it comes with doesn’t come with many recipes, it gives you a great starting base to begin making bread at home.
I have tried these recipes in the cookbook:
Italian herb bread
My favourite recipes by far is the bagel recipe! There’s nothing better than having a fresh bagel out of the oven, and lathering on the cream cheese for breakfast on the weekend.
I received the Oster 2lb Bread Machine for Christmas last year. My husband said he didn’t think we would use it much, but his attitude changed within a few weeks.
I have used my breadmaker to make several different types of cakes, rolls, dough, and bread. We’ve only had one for a year and I can’t imagine not having it.
My husband realized he could use it for making pizza dough, he didn’t have a huge mess to clean up after. When he makes pizza dough, it makes enough for 2 large pizzas. I never expected such a small machine to be able to make that much dough at once.
Sometimes we use ½ the dough for a pizza, and then leave the other ½ in the fridge and use it the following day to make another pizza.
We use our bread machine at least once a week to make different recipes. It saves us time, it’s less mess, and it saves us money. I love using it make quick dough recipes like pizza pretzels for lunches during the week.
I like to leave my breadmaker on the floor when it’s in use. When it’s actively mixing 1 ball of dough, it can unbalance itself easily. We’ve had ours end up on the floor, so now it just lives on the ground after that.
The lid for this machine just rests on the top, there isn’t a latch or anything for it.
Expressbake- makes bread in 1 hour
Paddle comes off easily after baking
Pan can wear out over time
Bread maker cookbook doesn’t have many recipes
Sunbeam 2-Pound Breadmaker, White
Paddle bakes into the loaf, difficult to retrieve
Large unit, storing this machine might be difficult if you don’t have a ton of space