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What To Look For In A Waffle Maker

Waffles start with batter. Get this recipe right and you have a good starting point for waffle making. The biggest secret of producing perfect waffles time after time however, is the waffle maker machine. Get both those components right and you are guaranteed to have reproducible , perfect waffles.

The machine firstly needs to be capable of producing a consistent, evenly spread heat throughout the baking area. This will ensure that every waffle will be produced with an identical, crispy brown surface and fluffy texture every time. This heat needs to be constantly monitored and controlled, whether using a stove-top waffle iron or the more likely, electric waffle maker found in so many homes today.

The best waffle maker machines are the simple, well made ones. This results in each machine being designed to make make only one type of waffle out of the two major types generally recognized. The classic American waffle that we have all grown up with is relatively thin, when compared with its European cousin, the Belgian waffle. This video shows a review of a Belgian waffle maker for those who have not yet ventured across from classic American waffle makers:

Basically one could say that classic American waffles are thin and crispy with shallow pockets for the ingredients, while the Belgian waffle is thick with crispy surface and fluffy inside. The latter uses deeper pockets that are able to contain the addition of syrup, cream, fruit and I've also been told, sausage and bacon!

Clearly with all this heat about, the outside, particular the handles and/or the controls need to be soft to the touch. No cook wants to be scolded, accidently or otherwise.

Electric waffle makers all come with at least basic controls with the more costly ones usually featuring the most controls, monitoring devices and indicators. Ideally, a machine will feature power on/off, oven temperature, oven ready to cook, cooking timer, cooking complete information by way of mechanical or electric switches, indicator lights or a fully digital display read out.

Removable, non-stick grid plates are essential to allow clean extraction of the completed waffles and saving a lot of time and mess in the cleaning process after use.

You need to decide on a few things before seeking out your ideal waffle maker to purchase. Size and weight are most important. What storage space do you have available? Will it be in fixed location or will you 'get it out' every time you want to use it? In addition, if it is to be stored in open view in the kitchen, will the overall design fit with the decor of the kitchen?

If you want further information on choosing the right waffle maker machine, I would suggest a visit to the ' Best Waffle Makers' website at

Using An Infrared Or Halogen Oven

The infrared convection oven or halogen oven is considered a new way to cook food and is more efficient and uses less energy than a standard electric oven. First we should take a look at what an infrared oven or halogen oven is all about and why they have become popular.

It will be a good idea to read some reviews so you can better understand how these kinds of ovens could add value to a kitchen.

The halogen oven uses infrared radiation to cook food. In case you didn't know, infrared radiation is invisible heat emanating from all heating sources such as the sun or a toaster in your kitchen. Using an applicant that uses infrared heat are totally harmless. They are efficient because they use infrared heating elements in an efficient manner.

Infrared heating elements are more energy efficient and take less time to reach the temperature that is required for cooking certain food. As well, the combination of an efficient high-performance fan ensures that the heat is used well to produce even cooking.

With an infrared or halogen oven no defrosting or preheating of the oven is required. You won't have to use added oil to the food which helps to cut down on calorie and fat consumption. The cooking times are reduced and energy consumption is lowered significantly. An important feature is that precious kitchen counter space is saved as a result of their smaller size.

Like most small appliances, not all infrared or halogen ovens are created alike. To ensure you get the best value for your money you probably want to do a little research first. Most reviews are written by people who have purchased the item so that is a good place to start.

They have probably had the oven for some time and are in the position to make a judgment on their quality and performance. Since manufacturers often use technical jargon to impress potential customers with the finer points of their product, it is a good idea to see what the end user has to say.

Also, it is important to check out the accessories for the oven as well as the oven itself. A $35 halogen oven probably does the job but might not have all the features and accessories you would like. Having to buy the accessories separately could be more expensive.

Another area to check is whether or not replacement parts are readily available. This is especially true of the halogen light bulb. Check the reviews to see if customers have found reliable service from the manufacturer and whether or not replacement parts are available. You will also want to make sure there is a user manual so you can easily figure out how to use the halogen oven.

Ice Cream Scoop Sizes - Choosing The Correct Size For The Job

There is nothing more enticing to see than a dessert that is topped with your favorite ice cream. However, what is particularly appealing is the beautiful spherical shape that ice cream servers top on your shake or dessert. Some come in large balls while others are scooped in small spirals like one beautiful icy croissant. The different sizes of ice cream spheres are all related to the sizes of the ice cream scoop or disher. And there are plenty.

A Scoop on Disher and Cookie Scoop Sizes In the United States ice cream scoops are classified into different sizes relative to their quart fractions. This means that the number size of a particular ice scoop or disher is inversely proportional to a quart. A quart is equivalent to 946.353 milliliters in the Metric system or 4 cups in the household system of measurement. So, if you see a Size 6 ice cream scoop, then this is 1/6 of a quart or roughly 158 mL. A much simpler way of using the Size 6 ice cream scoop in this example is that you will need 6 level scoops of a Size 6 ice cream scoop to fill a quart. So if you have a Size 4, that is equivalent to ΒΌ quart or approximately 1 cup of ice cream. Equally there is a correlation between scoop sizes and ounces as well.

Ice Cream Scoop Sizes Chart - Each size of ice cream scoops is color-coded as follows: (this is the same for the cookie scoop size chart as well)

Size 4 orange

Size 5 teal

Size 6 white

Size 8 gray

Size 10 ivory

Size 12 green

Size 16 blue

Size 20 yellow

Size 24 red

Size 30 black

Size 40 orchid

Size 50 rust

Size 60 pink

Size 70 plum

* Size 100 orange

As you may notice, there are gaps in between sizes. It should be understood that these are just nominal classification of the ice cream scoop size simply because there exist great variability among manufacturers. Additionally, ice cream scoop manufacturers do not carry all sizes. A recent comparison between the nominal ice cream scoop sizes and the actual sizes of 10 of the worlds leading manufacturers of ice cream scoops show that it is very rare for a manufacturer to have its ice cream scoop sizes reflect the true nominal sizes. The greatest variations in ice cream scoop sizes occur in the extremes of ranges, meaning Sizes 4 and 100 although some degree of variability have also been observed in the midrange Sizes of 20 to 40.

Practical Applications of the Ice Cream Scoops Ice cream scoops are not only excellent for scooping your favorite delicacy. In many food establishments they use commercial ice cream scoops, as scoop sizes in food service is very important, the disher or ice cream scoop is also used as a measurement tool especially in the achievement of consistent portioning. For example, hamburger patties may be weighed but instead of using a digital weighing scale, then a Size 4 ice cream scoop may be used to approximate a cup of the meaty patty. This ensures uniformity in measurements. Additional applications include the portioning of the batter for cookies, muffins, and cupcakes. You can also use it to form perfect balls of fruits like melons, papayas, apples, pears, and other fruits. You can make excellent meatballs, canapes, potato balls, rice balls, gelatos, frozen yoghurt, and other delicacies.

Food Pantry As Your Next Kitchen Remodeling Idea

"Remodeling your kitchen can sometimes be wrought with many challenges. However, once completed, the whole remodeling project can be a great source of fulfillment and pride. The internet is littered with so many kitchen remodeling ideas that are surely worth the try. But if you are to really understand the whole idea about kitchens, you would agree that the next best kitchen remodeling project would be a food pantry."

"A food pantry should not only be a storage area for your food. You can design it in such a way that it can also house your unused or unopened kitchen utensils like knife blocks, spoons, ladles, and a cheese grater as well as handy food processors and cutters. While many homeowners look at the pantry as something that is supposed to be hidden, you can remodel your food pantry in a manner that it functions as both a display and storage area in one. This organizes all of your kitchen essentials in just one neat and convenient place. The overall effect will be beautifully crafted food pantry that increases the overall aesthetics and functionality of the kitchen."

"The most important consideration in the design and creation of a modern food pantry will be accessibility. It makes no sense to store all of your canned foods and other food items with longer shelf lives in an area where you will be straining to find them. In relation to this, it makes perfect sense to remodel your kitchen to have the food pantry right where the action is. So instead of putting the food pantry in some deep, dark, and cave-like kitchen space, why not optimize accessible space and just use some design elements to put a cover to it? Your unused kitchen utensils will be a lot safer stored this way."

"Creativity is the key whenever you undertake a home remodeling project. This should not be at all different with a kitchen remodeling. If you have an old, no longer used cabinet, you can actually use that as a food pantry. You can change some of its doors into glass to make it more aesthetically pleasing and functionally useful. Or, if you have a knack for woodwork, you can custom-build your own food pantry. This should add more personal touch to the whole project."

A fully functional food pantry is great for storing your groceries as well as unused kitchen utensils and implements. A great food pantry should also be aesthetically pleasing. Your next kitchen remodeling project rests on these two requirements.