Essential Small Appliances For Modern Kitchens

Every well-stocked kitchen has basic appliances, pots and pans, and the other tools needed to cook a meal. However, there are three small appliances that can drastically change the way you cook, add greater convenience, save money, improve the quality of your diet as well as being a lot of fun to use. So if you want to get the most out of your kitchen you can try adding a juicer, toaster oven, and food processor into your arsenal. These three items may not seem necessary at first, but they have a huge range of uses for everyday cooking and food preparation.

Juice Extractors

Although juicers are great for anyone who enjoys making fruit and vegetable juices, they also can be used in a wide range of other dishes. Some of the popular uses for juicers include nut butters, soups, sorbets, and even baby food. To get the most use from a juicer, make sure to have a high-quality model. The top machines will last for years, are easy to clean, and they will help you improve your overall health. In most cases, these small devices can also be used to chop, puree, and liquify fruits and vegetables as well as mix ingredients. Some people even use their juicer for making breads so the possibilities are limitless. The versatility of these small devices makes them a great tool to have in a kitchen.

Many people also enjoy using juicers to make sauces and reductions for their kitchen. Because these small appliances can be used for both hot and cold recipes, they’re going to have greater use than other items. Whether buying a masticating juicer or a centrifugal juicer, the impact can be dramatic.

Toaster Ovens

Most people who have ovens don’t think about toaster ovens, but a small countertop oven is actually a huge asset in the kitchen. A small oven reaches high enough temperatures to bake and heat, but it uses only a fraction of the power needed by a full-size oven. Toaster ovens also can be used to toast breads and bagels, make garlic bread, and brown the tops of dishes or other foods. Also, unlike ovens, toaster ovens reach warming temperatures of about 170 degrees, which is great when keeping dishes warm before serving.

A toaster oven is a great tool when cooking in large batches and needing multiple cooking space. There are literally tons of scrumptious recipes that you can use to delight your family. The greater control that toaster ovens offer are a huge asset in the kitchen, and these small tools don’t take up much space. Find one that fits easily on the countertop and can be set to heating or broiling. These settings ensure the maximum use from the oven.

Food Processors

Having a food processor available while you cook is going to end up saving you a lot of time for just about any recipe. If you are sick and tired of messing with a cutting board and a knife for those mundane chopping and slicing tasks then this is the appliance that you have been dreaming of. With a simple push of a button you can accomplish what used to take you 10 or 20 minutes and reduce it down to just a few seconds, with consistent results. These machines are perfect for recipes that call for cutting vegetables down to just the right size. The biggest benefit will come with onions as well since you can totally avoid the tears in the eyes that these will inevitably produce.

But these machines are quite versatile as well and can do more than just chopping. With optional attachments you will be able to mix batter and dough as well. For bakers this adds an extra bonus and will make having a food processor a tremendous asset to have on your countertop. They are also easy to clean and pretty hassle free. If you are serious about what you cook and like to experiment with your meals, you simply must have a food processor to help make everything go smoother and faster. You check out the latest food processor reviews to find one that fits your cooking needs as well as your budget. Any of the top models can offer you the time saving, and finger tip saving, benefits that you will want in your kitchen.

Finding Versatile Small Kitchen Appliances

The main reason why these appliances are so handy is because they don’t take up much room and they have a wide range of uses. For the economical chef, it’s best to choose devices that are going to create less work in the kitchen and save space. All three of these devices offer these advantages, but most people don’t realize that they can use these kitchen appliances in so many ways. Consider having these in a well-stocked kitchen for regular use. These advantages are the reason why every kitchen should have these three appliances for use on a regular basis.

Check out the video below for today’s best food processor options that can making cooking more fun.

The Burden Of Hating Cheese

Well this may seem like a strange way to kick off a site about the love of food, but one thing I need to get off of my chest is just how bad it is to not like, or rather hate, cheese. Yes I said it, I cannot stand cheese. I cannot stand the taste, smell, or texture of this food. There is one exception however, mozzarella cheese. This is the only kind that I actually eat but only because it does not have a strong odor and it is rather bland. I do love me some pizza. I have always had this strong distaste for cheese ever since I was a kid and it is something that is still with me.

Grilled cheese sandwiches….No Thanks!

Parmesan on my salad or pizza….Heck No!

Swiss, American, Cheddar, Gouda, Brie, Romano, Asiago, Feta…you name it and I want nothing to do with it.

Now most cheese lovers may not realize just how many recipes, foreign cuisine, frozen dinners have some sort of cheese included. It’s everywhere and it is hard to escape.

The Burden of Being Finicky

Not liking cheese can be quite a challenge, especially when going out to dinner or eating over someone else’s house. One of the biggest drawbacks that has to be endured is the sheer look of astonishment on somebody’s face when you tell them that you don’t like cheese. “How can you not like cheese? It is so delicious!” It is almost as if they look at you and are trying to decide if you are one of those aliens that inhabit the Earth that the Men In Black are constantly keep tabs on.

And as a little kid, it can be doubly worse. Being judged, making friend’s parents work harder to prepare something just for you that is “cheese-free”, usually something that is not as good. It can downright stink.

And while I do love to get into the kitchen, I also am a frozen food junkie. If you do not sit there with the door open letting out all the cold air while you read the ingredient list on the back of the box, then chances are you are going to get a frozen dinner with some cheese in it. Especially parmesan, they sneak that sucker into a lot of different meals. What a hassle.

Overcoming the Burden

What I quickly discovered as a kid and the quickest and easiest way to avoid the weird looks was just to say that you were allergic to cheese. I am not talking about being lactose intolerant, which I tried once but it produced it’s own set of weird looks from others. I am talking risk to your health and well-being allergy, the kind that sends you to the hospital. The first time I tried this line I was amazed at how well it worked. Eating over at a friend’s house I was surprised how well this worked on their parents. They sure don’t want to be responsible for sending someone else’s kid to the ER with an allergy attack. So every time I was invited over for dinner there was a very tasty meal without cheese waiting for me. Awesome!

Now I did feel bad about lying, but sometimes a little white lie is worth it. I remember telling one of my friends Mother after years of eating over at their house that I wasn’t really allergic to cheese, I just didn’t like the taste of it. She couldn’t believe it, but everyone, including her, got a great laugh out of it. She really thought something would happen if I ate cheese.

Cooking With Cheese

I am not a professional chef, nor do I have any type of formal training. I do love to cook though, and sometimes that does include using cheese. I try to avoid preparing dishes with food, for obvious reasons, and the people that I cook for understand this.

For one, I cannot taste it as it’s cooking to check if everything is seasoned just right. I just have to hope and pray that the dish comes out right. This has caused a few disasters in the past, so I usually just cook dishes that do not contain cheese.

Rant Over

Ok, I am done whining about cheese. But if you read through the different articles on here and notice a distinct lack of cheese, now you know why. Oh, did I mention that I also hate mayonnaise!

For those that do love cheese, here is a great video on how to prepare the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Proper Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

Expectant Moms nutrition

Good nutrition is crucial for anyone as it helps to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent diseases. The importance of good nutrition is even magnified for pregnant women or women who are planning for pregnancy. This is because it does not only influence your health but also affects the growth and development of the unborn child.

Pregnancy, though, does not call for special program diets or exotic foods. On the contrary, it encourages one to eat a variety of foods to get optimum levels of nutrients to help both the mother and the baby. While a woman is pregnant, they might experience a spike in their hunger but it is advised that one not to overeat. By taking a heavy breakfast, it can help curb cravings for snacks, which are high in fats and sugars. The following serve as pointers of what to incorporate in a diet during pregnancy.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a very good source of vitamins and minerals. They help to keep the immunity system strong and healthy so as to ward off diseases. They are also important to facilitate various bodily functions to ensure good overall health. In addition, they also contain fiber that aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation. The recommended serving of fruits and vegetables should be at least five. Make sure to lightly cook vegetables or better yet wash them and eat them raw to benefit from the nutrients they contain. If this seems like too much work to eat all of these types of foods throughout the day then getting a juicer is another way to achieve your nutritional goals.

Starchy Foods (Carbohydrates)

Starch foods contain a lot of vitamins and fiber that are essential to health. In addition, due to their bulky nature, they are quite satisfying without having excess calories. They help to supply energy, which is incorporated to body cells to facilitate body metabolism. They should form the main part of every meal and should be whole meal. Examples include:

  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Rice
  • Potato
  • Yam among others

Proteins

Proteins help a lot in growth and development, play a pivotal role in replacing worn out tissues and help in manufacture of important hormones and enzymes. Some important sources of protein include:

  • Lean meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Nuts

Remember to pick only lean meat and cook them well using little fat. Also for eggs, poultry and meat make sure they are thoroughly cooked. Portions of fish such as salmon and sardines are also recommended as they have huge health benefits.

Dairy

Dairy and dairy products are extremely important as they contain calcium and vitamin D, which aids in bone formation. They also contain other vital nutrients that are crucial to the development of the unborn child. Dairy foods include milk, yogurt, and cheese among others. Try to go for the low fat options such as skimmed milk. Two to three serving of dairy is recommended per day.

Foods High In Sugars and/or Fat

This category of foods should be consumed with moderation as excess of them can lead to weight gain. Fatty foods can also increase the level of cholesterol, which can lead to heart complications. Examples include:

  • Spread fats e.g. margarine
  • Ice cream
  • Pudding
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Crisps
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate

Healthy Snacks

A pregnant woman may get hungry between meals and there is the urge to have a snack. However, try not to go for the high calorie snacks such as ice cream and biscuits but the health snack such as:

  • Sandwiches
  • Salad vegetables
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Fresh fruits
  • Unsweetened juices

Apart from eating healthy foods, a pregnant woman should pay attention on how they prepare these foods. This will help to prevent contaminations and pathogens that can cause serious diseases. The following practices are advised.

  • Wash thoroughly fruits and vegetables to remove traces of soil, which may contain pathogens.
  • Make sure all surfaces and utensils are washed after handling raw meat. Do not forget to wash your hands.
  • Ensure that ready to eat foods and raw foods are stored separately to avoid food poisoning and contamination.

Proper nutrition and healthy dietary practices are essential to the overall well being of both you and the baby. It helps one to get the necessary nutrients that help in the child’s development. In addition, supplements are also very important to supply the various nutrients both to the mother and unborn child. Always remember that a healthy diet will translate into a healthy and fun pregnancy experience for you, making it so important and necessary to have these foods in your daily diet. Always consult with your physician for any dietary changes and advice.