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Practical Tips For Waffle Makers

Waffles have been around in the U.S. for several hundred years but since the millennium their popularity seems to have soared and is now accepted as standard breakfast fair in most U.S. households. Waffles are now available in frozen form from supermarkets and in ready to eat form from take away establishments, but the home made variety still seem to be the most favored approach to producing the daily waffle intake.

Traditionally Waffles are made by baking batter between two cast grid iron plates with mirror image, embossed surfaces, which produce a single finished waffle.

Historically, the classic American waffle is a thin, browned and crispy texture and was originally introduced from Europe by Dutch pilgrims. More recently, in the mid 1960's the Belgian waffle was introduced to the U.S. at a World Food Fair in New York. The Belgian waffle is thicker and has deeper pockets on the top for additions such as cream, syrup and jam. This has recently rivalled the American Classic waffle in general popularity.

Today both types of waffle are available using electric waffle maker machines, but one machine will only make one type of waffle. So your preferred type of waffle has to be identified before purchase.

The following video shows what features are available in a modern electric waffle maker machine:



Before using your chosen waffle maker, check that it has removable non-stick plates. If not, spray the plates with non-stick oil to ensure that finished waffles can be removed easily without mess when baking is finished and that the washing up after use is made as easy as possible.

The first step is to set the waffle maker to warm and come up to the required temperature that will give you the preferred result. You then need to add the batter and allow the machine to bake the contents for a given time at a specified temperature, until the waffle is ready. Now all of this sounds complicated and there are many variables that can be inadvertently introduced.

All electric waffle makers address this issue, some more so than others. So look carefully at the monitoring and control features of your particular machine. These will vary with each machine, offering from the basic power on / off, oven thermostat and possibly mechanical time, all the way to power on/off, oven ready-to-cook, cooking timer, cooking complete, accompanied by continuous monitoring and readouts on a digital display screen.

Experiment with your machine to find out what it can do automatically, test for the settings that give you the best results and then always use those exact settings. This will ensure perfect reproduction of your favorite waffle every time.

Finally make sure you read the instructions that come with the machine. Trial and error takes longer and won't give you the best results.

For further information on the control features available in some of the best waffle maker machines, I recommend you visit here.

A Look Into The Modest Beginnings Of The Ice Cream Scoop

Everybody loves ice cream especially in the scorching months of summer, although a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor would generally make a fine dessert or a snack anytime, all year-round. However, without the ice cream scoop, it would be quite messy enjoying your favorite cold dessert, right?

The ubiquitous ice cream scoop has been around since the later part of the 19th century. The modern-day design had its roots in 1897 although it was actually around 1878 when the very first device used primarily for the scooping of ice creams onto plates (yes, onto plates as there were no cones yet at the time; the ice cream cone came much later, in 1904 to be exact) was conceptualized.

Before this period however, scooping ice cream onto separate serving plates, glasses, bowls, or mugs required the person to use two spoons to scoop ice cream from its cold storage. One spoon scooped the ice cream while the other was used to scrape the ice cream off the other spoon. And since the spoon had a rather slightly curved design, not the hemispherical design that commercial ice cream scoops are known for today, the ice cream was not presentable at all. And if you were to be served these ice creams, you will surely not be tempted to dig-in too. If you are going to have ice cream at home, perhaps a spoon will work. But not if youre serving them in a diner.

In 1878, this issue was solved. Using a funnel- or cone-shaped device with a scraper inside operated by turning a knob or a key located at the tip or the end of the cone, it was George William Clewell who technically moved people away from using 2 spoons for scooping ice cream and instead use a single utensil. One simply had to scoop the ice cream using the utensil, then turn the knob at the end of the cone to release the ice cream onto the serving container. There is one minor problem, though. You still have to use both hands to operate the utensil one to hold the utensil and one to turn the knob to scrape and release the ice cream. These were the first metal scoops used.

This was essentially solved some 19 years later in 1897 when Alfred L. Cralle designed the progenitor of the modern ice cream scoop a hemispherical scoop with an internal scraper operated by a lever-action attached to the handle of the ice scream scoop. This effectively solved the problem of the Clewell design by allowing the user to hold the ice cream scoop on one hand and scrape and release the ice cream using the same hand. The design proved very convenient especially among diners that need to serve multiple plates or glasses of ice cream at a time. By the time the ice cream cone was invented, the Cralle design has become synonymous with ice cream, whihc later led to a huge variation in the type of ice scoops for sale including plastic scoops.

It may have a very modest beginning but the ice cream scoop is now considered as one of the greatest inventions in the world of frozen desserts.    

Reasons For Buying A Halogen Oven

There are many good reasons for buying a halogen tabletop oven. There are lots of people who are convinced that it is one of the best small appliances you can add to your kitchen.

If you are new to the world of halogen ovens you might like to know that they are going to make your life much easier. Now you can prepare a complete meal for your family even if you forgot to take some meat out of the freezer to defrost.

The halogen oven is one of those famous ovens that employs the infrared heating and convection fan technology in cooking. These features make sure that the food is cooked fast but more importantly without the use of added fat so you get a healthy meal. You will be able to cook meat without defrosting, as well as broil, roast, bake, grill, barbecue, fry and steam.

Halogen ovens claim to be able to generate instant heat and thus eliminates the time wasted for preheating or defrosting. Cooking is achieved by using a combination of conduction, convection, halogen light and infrared heat along with a fan to move the heat around the bowl.

Most halogen ovens promise to cook a mouth-watering turkey in twenty minutes rather than ninety minutes that you would need in a conventional oven. They also cook Lasagna in a little as fifteen minutes instead of an hour. I think that is a very good reason to get a halogen oven, dont you?

There could be still a number of reasons which could affect your decision when choosing the best halogen oven for your needs.

I recommend that you first read the product features and benefits of each halogen oven you are considering. This will help you to decide which brand you want to invest in and which one will most likely fit you and your familys needs when it comes to cooking a meal.

If you have any concerns regarding safety, you should know that halogen ovens have a clever mechanism that shuts the power off the minute you lift the handle. This is the case even if you are grilling a steak. Another important consideration is that you dont have to worry about flare ups or flames like you would when using a barbeque.

Another great benefit of using a halogen oven is being able to watch the food as it cooks in the glass bowl. However, I think the best part is enjoying the delicious and well-cooked meals that you will get when cooking with a halogen oven.



Testing The Versatility Of A Box Cheese Grater


The kitchen is one place in your home where creativity and imagination are tops. This means that anything and everything that you do and create in the kitchen should be added with an excellent serving of creativity. And where imagination is involved, the box cheese grater  can be as versatile as any other kitchen utensil.

Contrary to what you and other people know, boxed cheese graters are used in the culinary world for a lot of different purposes, aside from grating cheese, of course. You will be interested to know that almost any cooking ingredient can pass through those grater slots to create fantastic looking cuts.

Here are some of those ingredients, aside from cheese, that you can experiment the versatility of your cheese grater with.

Chocolates everyone loves chocolates. Grating a chunk of dark chocolate or even a milk chocolate bar on top of your favorite dessert is one good way to elevate your creation. Whether its on top of your ice cream, a freshly-baked banana cream pie, a freshly made avocado juice, or any other dessert that you can think of, grated chocolates are simply luscious.

Oranges and other citrus fruits for those dishes that require citrus zests, if you do not have a tool that is specifically designed for removing the zest from citrus fruits, you can use the finer section of your cheese grater.

Garlic tired of pounding or dicing your garlic? Running them across the surface of a grater should do the trick.

Carrots for cakes and pancakes or as garnish over pasta or salad.

Onions for that delectable soup. Grating onions is also more advisable than chopping them. Additionally, grated onion is perfect for hiding those big onion slices that put off a great number of kids.

Potatoes for that hash brown or even as a potato pancake. Grated potatoes are also excellent soup thickeners so you will not be needing flour anymore.

Nuts are best served chopped. However, if it becomes tiring to chop them, why not grate them instead on your cheese grater?

Ginger is best grated when you want to extract its juice. Grating creates a lump of ginger fiber. You just need to squeeze it thoroughly to extract the juice.

Coconuts, zucchinis, radishes, cucumbers, and horseradish can all be grated for a great variety of dishes. In some cultures, grating meat can be a substitute for ground meat. The texture might not be the same though.

Nonetheless, the versatility of a cheese grater is limitless. It can only be limited by your creativity and imagination.