The Top Five Juice Extractors

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The benefits of wholesome raw fruits and vegetables are well known. Our bodies need the vitamins, minerals and fibers to lead a healthy and fit life. But try explaining that to a child. Getting an average 3-year old to eat the recommended 1.5 cups of fruits and 1.5 cups of vegetables a day can pose quite a challenge. Enter the juice extractor. What child do you know turns down juice?

Juice extractors are machines that either grate or shred produce into a pulp. Most models use centrifugal force – high-speed spinning baskets – to extract the juice. Juicers can range from $75 to $400 or more.

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro 67650 (*$60) boasts a number of great features. It packs a powerful motor and extra-large chute. Just push whole fruits and vegetables down the chute and dispense into the 20-ounce juice cup. Clean up is no-fuss with its removable pulp bin and dishwasher-safe parts.

The Breville Compact Juice Fountain BJE200XL (*$130) is fast and powerful. It features a patented 3-inch center feed tube that is said to yield 30% more juice in less time. It can even juice a whole pineapple – rind on. The juicer can produce 1-1/2 quarts of juice before the pulp container needs to be emptied. All removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

The Waring Pro PJE401 (*$160) makes quick work of just about any non-citrus produce you can imagine. The citrus attachment is not included. It also employs centrifugal force to extract juice, but the pulp remains in the basket, which will need to be emptied during juicing. The stainless-steel bowl and cover are dishwasher-safe. All other parts require hand-washing.

The Omega 4000 (*$200) is a portable, compact juicer is for heavy-duty use. The narrow chute makes chopping produce essential and parts need hand-washing. Juice is dispensed directly out of the spout into a glass and pulp is ejected into a large, removable bin. This juicer carries an unusually long 15-year limited warranty.

The Breville Elite Juice Fountain 800JEXL (*$300) separates itself from the pack with its 2-speed control for efficient hard and soft produce processing. It also features a 3-inch feeding tube, stainless-steel filter and titanium-plated cutting disk. The juicer is made of die-cast with a sleek, modern silhouette. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

*All prices are approximate.

Cuisinart Griddling Portable Gas Grill

When someone needs to do some griddling on a camping trip or other excursion where there is no electricity a gas-powered grill is best. I can’t tell you how much this appliance has improved our family camping trips – I’ve been able to do so much more efficient cooking, and it really is super portable. Cuisinart really understands what a family needs when they design products! With propane being used the Cuisinart Griddlin portable grill is ready to make some pancakes, waffles, sausage, or any number of other items.

The knowledge of whether or not this is something that can cook on someone’s desired time table or not is very important. This is a rather safe device that can be used by a child with even moderate cooking safety knowledge. Always move forward with a purchase in a way that makes sense to ensure that everything turns out alright.

This is one griddler that will do the job time and again with an excellent finish and sturdy design that is going to stand the test of time. Cleanup of this device after cooking with it is a breeze and is no trouble no matter what type of food is being cooked. The versatility and usefulness of the Cuisinart Griddling Portable Gas Grill is only limited by the imagination of the cook.

The fact that it uses gas does mean that parents should be around to ensure that the gas is hooked up and turned on safely. Never underestimate the usefulness of being around as a parent for your kiddo while they are using this griddler, it is vital that a kiddo know how things work. Do not hesitate to refer back to the instructions if you are stumped on something. Storage and overall maintenance of this device was really a breeze both before heading out to camp and once I got back.

Need some exciting new recipes to test out this summer? This site has some wonderful ideas for grilled breakfast!

A Review of the Bodum Bistro Blender

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I received my Bodum Bistro Blender for a Christmas present last year, and I will honestly say I was intimidated when I opened it. There were so many different attachments, that I was a bit overwhelmed and a tad nervous to use the blender for the first time. One of the good things about this product is that it is very lightweight. This makes it easy to move around in my kitchen instead of using my other blender.

The first thing that I tried to make was a simple salad dressing. I read the instructions that came with the blender, added my ingredients and blended. When you begin using the blender, you need to make sure that you use the right blade. If you use a blade that purees instead of mixes, then the consistency of the food will not be good. I like the fact that I can mix everything in one container. It is convenient for when I am making sauces because I can pour the contents directly onto my food.

Another thing that I enjoy about my blender is that I can make my own baby food. I have a baby who is three months old, so anything that I can do to make healthy foods is a benefit. Adding fruits or vegetables to the blender is easy, but you have to add the right amount of water. It is easier to start with a little bit of water, and then you can add more until you get the thickness that you need.

Overall, I enjoy using my Bodum Bistro Blender. The container and the attachments are easy to wash. I have even washed them in my dishwasher a few times. It saves time when I need to mix something quickly. I don’t have to get out my larger blender and take up room on my counter. The blender is easy enough for my children to use if I am supervising them. I think the only negative thing that I would say about this product is that the container could be a little larger, or maybe there could be a few different sizes to choose from.

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Stainless steel appliances, whether they’re dishwashers or refrigerators, can create an impression of smooth, tidy order in your kitchen. However, if those appliances develop a scratch or a ding in them, that can make your neat and tidy room seem shabby and damaged. So, while it is possible to repair stainless steel appliances (if they’re fully stainless steel and aren’t just a coating put on the outside of the appliance), you need to be careful when doing so.

To remove dents you will need:

– dry ice
– tongs

Take a piece of dry ice in your tongs and rub it in slow, smooth circles over the dent in your stainless steel appliance. The way this works is that the extreme cold from the dry ice causes the metal to shrink, pulling closer together. This will take the slack out of the dent, so to speak, and pop it back out slowly. This may not completely remove deep dents, and it is possible that the dents will return after the metal has warmed up again, but often this process removes them completely.

To remove scratches you will need:

– stainless steel abrasive pad/sandpaper
– Ultra Shine or other stainless steel polishing agent

Apply a small amount of the polishing agent onto your abrasive pad. Place the pad against the scratch and rub back and forth, with the grain of the steel. The deeper the scratch the rougher the abrasive that you’re going to need in order to get it out. There are kits available that will give you all of the abrasives you’ll need as well as the polishing agent. As you polish apply more or less pressure as needed and watch as the scratch is rubbed out of the stainless steel. The smaller the scratch gets the finer the pads you should use until it’s gone completely. Once the scratch is removed you should polish the stainless steel to give it that just like new shine.

Three Cool Kid-Friendly Ice Cream Makers

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Homemade ice cream has many appealing aspects. It is potentially healthier because the amount of sugar and fat is adjustable. Additionally, it does not contain unknown or unwanted ingredients. Many parents like the idea of serving homemade ice cream, instead of store bought, because they see it as a do-it-yourself lesson for the kids. And guess what? Kids love churning ice cream, which gives you a break, and gives them some exercise!

Here are three ice cream makers each offering varying degrees of child participation.

White Mountain F64306-X 6-Quart Hand-Crank Ice Cream Freezer

This traditional hand-cranking freezer makes 6 quarts of ice cream; a 4 quart size is also available. The three–gear drive makes cranking easier but a commitment is still required to achieve the frozen prize. This ice cream maker gives older children an opportunity to take part in food preparation process by contributing to the preparation of something they love eating. The process takes 30 to 45 minutes and the machine has a 5-year warranty.

Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker

This is an eco-friendly ice cream maker in that it needs neither salt nor ice. Children can make a small but important contribution by periodically opening the freezer and turning the crank on top of the unit during the 15 to 20 minutes it takes to produce the frozen dessert. This ice cream freezer requires some planning ahead as the freezer bowl requires seven hours in the freezer before pouring in the mixture.

Play & Freeze™ Ice Cream Maker

This ice cream maker needs salt and ice but no electricity. The unit is composed of a hollow ball that holds the ice and salt for freezing in one part and another area for the ice cream mixture. The ice cream forms as the ball is rolled or passed from person to person. It comes in a pint size that takes 10 minutes to make and a quart size that takes 15 minutes. Even little kids can help by rolling the smaller size ball.

Choosing a Good DeHumidifier

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Air quality is essential to overall health, and the humidity levels in a home can have a dramatic effect. Excessive humidity can lead to a host of problems, and it is most often associated with the growth of mold and mildew. Mold may be toxic, and reducing the humidity with a good dehumidifier is one way to get rid of the problem. Here are several things to consider when buying a good humidifier.

Size
The size of the area to be treated is a primary concern. This is usually measured in the amount of moisture that can be removed from the air during the course of a day. The measurement that is used for this is pints. It is better to purchase a dehumidifier that is too large for several reasons. Small units will often have to operate constantly, and they still may not remove all of the moisture from the air. Larger units can work quickly and will lower humidity in a short time. The humidity levels in the air and the size of the home will influence the size of the dehumidifier that is used.

Built- in controls
Most of the newest dehumidifiers have built in hygrometers that constantly monitor the air’s humidity. They will turn on and off automatically and will keep the air at a constant setting. Dehumidifiers with automatic controls make it easy to keep the home’s humidity within recommended levels.

Continuous Drainage or Tank
The way that the machines get rid of the water that is removed from the air is another thing to consider. Some models are designed to be tied into the home’s plumbing to drain. Others feature a tank that can be emptied when it gets full, and some dehumidifiers have an automatic way that evaporates the water for ease of use.

The Three Best Low-Cost Air Purifiers

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With pollution a constant concern for parents today, never has air quality been of higher importance. While an easy problem to overlook, respiratory illnesses are on the rise, even among children of non smoking households. While it may seem hopeless, a quality air purifier can be employed by any individual to improve their children’s air quality, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

The Honeywell HHT-011 Compact Air Purifier is an excellent choice. Featuring a permanent HEPA filter, it’s small size allows maximum portability. This air purifier is guaranteed to reduce pollen, smoke and other allergens from the home, all for under 50 dollars.

For just a slightly higher price, the Hamilton Beach 04383 True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner weighs in as a prime candidate for anyone looking to enhance their air quality on a budget. At only six pounds, it can annihilate allergens in rooms up to 160 square feet! Also including a permanent HEPA filter, the buyer can save even more money over time with the ability to simply clean the filter with a vacuum.

For those wishing to invest a little more for a quality air filter yet still spend less than 100 dollars, they need look no further than the Five Star FS8088 Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer. This innovative device uses UV light to effectively eliminate pollutants in the air and also features the capability to be cleaned without changing filters. By using the rebate offered on this model by many retailers, the unit can be acquired for around 65 dollars.

While there is not much we can do on an individual basis to stop the advancement of new technology that results in the continual pollution of the air we breath, by exploring cheap and effective air filters, anyone can take the first step to improving their own.

Which Kind of Juicer is Best For You?

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Beverages available for kids today are chock full of sugars, flavorings and other useless filler designed to please the taste buds rather than nourish the body. Concerned parents can find themselves spending a lot of extra time they don’t have reading labels on juice containers to find the best options for their children. This time can be saved by investing in a juicer.

Juicers are amazing machines that convert a whole fruit or vegetable into juice. The food product of choice does not need to be cut up, sliced or peeled; the consumer simply must drop it into the feeder, push it down into the juicing machine and watch it convert into juice using either centrifugal or masticating technology. The end product is a juice that is 100 percent natural.

There are some crucial tips that should be taken into consideration when shopping for the best juicer for your money. Simply grabbing the cheapest option is not wise as they often malfunction shortly after the warranty expires. The careful shopper must first consider if they wish to purchase a masticating or centrifugal juicer.

Centrifugal juicers use tiny blades that spin very quickly and shred all of the solid material into a mash. The liquids are able to filter through the blades while waste material is stored in a bin. The preferable method is mastication. These juicers, also known as auger juicers, operate by slowly pressing the liquids from the produce. Unlike traditional orange juicers, the action is fully automated. This method is ideal as it allows the extraction of higher quantities of juice than those using centrifugal technology, and they can be purchased for under 100 dollars. The blades on centrifugal juicers are also known to destroy valuable enzymes in the juice which auger juicers protect.

Juicing has become more popular over the past decade. The benefits they offer the next generation are vast, and choosing a quality juicer can yield years of healthful satisfaction.

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Mom’s with kids of any ages will all agree on one thing, their morning routine is what gets them up and running every morning and what they drink is actually a very large part of that routine. For some mom’s, they drink tea although most will enjoy a cup of coffee to get them going first thing in the morning. The problem with making your own coffee at home is this: who really has time to drink an entire pot of coffee before running out the door?

The newest technology when it comes to the morning cup of Joe is the one-cup coffee pot. The premise is simple, it only brews a single cup of coffee at a time giving you two big advantages over the traditional coffee pot, first is it only takes a minute for your coffee to be ready to drink and second is that you no longer need to waste coffee just for that one needed cup. Now that you are ready to try one of these, you are probably a bit confused as to which one to buy since there are so many on the market today. Here is a breakdown of the top 3 one-cup coffee makers, each has their ups and downs and in reality, it will come down to which one will suite your needs and your budget the best.

Keurig

Keurig is the top selling one-cup coffee maker on the market but you are going to be limited to the types of coffee you brew as well as the size of your cup. That said this coffee maker does have some features that others will not. For starters, you do not need to brew only hot drinks through the Keurig; you can also brew cold coffee drinks as well. This is a feature that is not found in most other models. This system typically runs about $80-$120 and can be found at most stores that sell coffee pots.

Cuisinart

The Cuisinart one-cup coffee maker is similar to the Keurig as it costs about the same and uses the same K-Cups. What sets them apart is this coffee maker gives the user the choice of five different sizes of cups to use and holds up to 80 oz. of water so you just put the K-Cup in, set your desired settings and off it goes, no need to add water every time.

Hamilton Beach

The Hamilton Beach one-cup coffee pot is a wonderful addition to this line-up of expensive machines. This one is priced around $30 and can be purchased at most box stores. This maker does not use K-Cups, instead, it uses pouches which just go into the slide out, and then the water goes into the one cup reservoir and voila, a hot cup of coffee in less than a minute. You can choose any size cup you want with this maker and you do not have to use the pouches, you have the option of purchasing the mini coffee filters that fit into the machine and then you simply add your amount of coffee.

The Magimix Vision Toaster

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The Magimix Vision Toaster is an amazing, new toaster that is see through! The toaster is one of a kind, not only can you watch your food toast, but it has an amazing quartz heating process that evenly browns toast and other foods toasted inside. You can actually see this all as it happens due to the new see through feature. The toaster also comes with four great cooking options. You can use the toast setting, the bagel setting, the defrost setting, or the reheat setting. Each has a different process of heating to perfection!

No one should ever have to wonder if their toast is done, overcooked, or even ready! With the new toaster you can see before your eyes how brown your food is and pop it out just when it’s perfect for you. The other great feature of the Magimix Vision Toaster is that it has much wider slots that allow you to toast bigger items such as waffles and bagels. As cool as this toaster is, it does even more! You can have your waffle, toast, or bagel only toasted on one side with its unique settings! The toaster has a nice steel tray at the bottom that allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. The Magimix Vision Toaster is made strong to last years and years. If anything goes wrong with your toaster, they have a good three year warranty so you have nothing to worry about with exchanges or repairs.

Try the Magimix Vision Toaster today and see how much it can add value to your kitchen!