If you love cappuccino, espresso, and latte, check out the popular Keurig Rivo. This review will show why this machine is so popular.
Keurig is the undisputed leader in single serve coffee makers, so you know this is a great product if it bears that name.
First, this particular model received a popular 4+star rating from those that left a review. So let’s focus on the features that the reviewers liked and also didn’t like.
The Keurig people teamed with Lavazza, the king of Italian coffee roasters, to come up with the perfect beverage maker for your kitchen. You will no longer have to shell out $3 or $4 to your favorite hot beverage location, you know the one, to get your daily cup of espresso.
Before I go any further, watch this video from Keurig showing the many features of this appliance.
Now let’s look at what people like and don’t like about the Rivo. First with the 4+star rating, many more like it than not, but I want to share both sides to be fair. I will even start with some of the negatives. A few people said they would have liked it more if their beverage was hotter. But then another said they owned another machine and had to heat it in microwave to get it hot enough and this one had the perfect temperature, just different tastes for different people.
Of course there were some who wanted a stronger taste. As you know, people like their coffee beverages at different strengths. Some like it weak and others very strong. So there is no way to please everyone when using a pod.
Some complained about the container that is used when frothing the milk. They said it was turning cloudy after repeated use, but hand washing this helps keep it clear. Several said they didn’t like the syrups that came with the machine, but there are many alternatives.
Now for the features that people loved. Probably the biggest was how easy it was to use. This was especially true for those that had owned a different one before, saying the Keurig Rivo was so much easier to use and clean up. Let me add that this is presently in very short supply and may show out of stock when you read this, on the information page on Amazon, you can click this link and it will take you to other offers for this machine.
Moat people loved the many different drinks that the Rivo produced. It might take a few tries to get the perfect mix with just the right amount of milk and flavoring to suit your taste. People loved actually using real milk instead of the powders that some others used. For your convenience, I have included a chart comparing the Rivo with several other models, so you can see a side by side comparison of the features and prices. You might find that one of the other models will fit your needs better.
ImageTitleMr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker, Without Free SampleDeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, StainlessDeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule SystemKeurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino & Latte SystemFeature15 Bar Pump Espresso Maker One touch control panel allows you to choose from a single or double shot of espresso, cappuccino or latte Automatic milk frother turns your favorite milk into a light, creamy foam with ease. Select the froth level you want and the Café Barista does the rest Removable milk reservoir is easy to fill and clean. Great for storing leftover milk in the fridge too Removable water reservoir is easy to fill and clean and means fewer refills between brews Patented dual-function filter holder Sempre Crema filter; E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) filter Patented cappuccino system frother 44-ounce (1.3-liter) removable water tank Anti-drip design; On/off switch with indicator light Patented single touch hot milk system; simply slide the milk tank onto front of the machine; clean button makes it easy to maintain Convenient illuminated control panel buttons allow you to choose your favorite drink with ease, with 3 milk and 2 coffee selections Patented coffee capsule system Energy-saving with adjustable auto-off timer Accommodates latte cups with the unique sliding drip tray Consistently froths any type of fresh milk to make hot or cold espresso based beverages Brews authentic espresso in under a minute using freshly sealed packs At the touch of a button simplicity Three frothing modes: Cappuccino, Latte, and Cold Froth Two Espresso sizes – short (1.4oz.) or lungo (2.8oz.) ListPrice$199.99$350.00$560.00$415.00TitleMr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker, Without Free SampleDeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, StainlessDeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule SystemKeurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino & Latte SystemWarranty1 Year limited warranty1-YearPrice$275.00$149.99$360.89$210.00RatingLinkMore InfoMore InfoMore InfoMore Info
Product prices and availability are accurate as of Nov 26 20:53:19 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
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The Sunbeam bread machine is a popular, inexpensive bread maker. This review will examine the features, good and bad, that people love and dislike about it.
This appliance has over 1000 reviews showing its popularity. I will read through the reviews and summarize the features that are popular and also the ones people think need improving.
The overall rating was a 4 star rating with 86% of the customers gave it either a 4star or 5 star review. On the other hand about 9% gave it a 1 star rating, which is a large number when there are over 1000 reviews.
The complaints covered several things. I don’t know what per cent of appliances become defective after a year of operation, but several complained that theirs became defective after a year of service after the 1 year warranty expired. Then the most recent review as I write this is from someone who has had their machine for 5 years. This person still only gave it a 3 star rating even though she said it makes excellent bread as well as the dough for pizza and rolls. To be honest, having had a retail store for many years, I know that unhappy customers are more likely to tell people about their experience than happy ones, just human nature. But I am here to give you a review and save you from having to read through a thousand reviews. Many of those complained about the paddles that help knead the dough as being what stopped working.
It was surprising at the number of people who bought the bread maker and didn’t use it for months, especially one who bought a refurbished model and didn’t try it out until the warranty had expired. I would strongly suggest that you try any appliance soon after purchasing it. And the length of warranty is important when comparing different products.
I will help you in this comparison by including a chart at the end of this review which will include several of the most popular inexpensive bread makers which will show prices, star ratings, and features in a side by side comparison.
Before going further, here is a video review from someone who loves their Sunbeam 5891 bread machine.
As you can see from the video, some people (86%) love this and love the bread it makes. Some even said their very first loaf was wonderful. People loved the rectangular shaped loaves that it makes so the bread can be used for sandwiches and fits in most toasters well. This can’t be said for the machines that make round loaves.
Some mentioned they enjoyed the versatility of the machine in that it can do other things than make bread. But most people are mainly interested in making dough and baking bread. Some people use it to just make the dough and then prefer to bake it in their oven.
There is a setting to notify you (a beep) when to add other ingredients, such as raisins or different fruits and nuts to make different kinds of bread. There are settings to let you choose how dark you want your bread to be. Some like their crust darker than others. There is also a setting for a 1.5 pound loaf or a 2 pound one.
Many loved the ease of using it and cleaning it as well. Several said they really use it this time of the year and give loaves of freshly baked bread as a gift to friends and neighbors. They love experimenting with different types of bread. One of the most common feature was the inexpensive price, which seems to vary depending on the time of year.
Several said they made bread several times a week and it stood up to this heavy use. Some said they saved enough money to cover the cost in a relatively short time and enjoyed fresh baked bread that they couldn’t get with store bought bread. There used to be a commercial bakery in Dallas and always enjoyed just driving by for that wonderful aroma. We took some kids on a field trip to tour it and at the end of the tour they served fresh hot baked bread with butter and it was oh so good. It’s just so much better than opening a loaf from the store.
Add to that the health benefits of controlling the ingredients that go into your bread. If you get a chance, look carefully at all of the ingredients that go into most commercial bread and do some research on some of them. But they want to keep the bread fresh while it goes through the distribution process from the commercial bakery to the stores and eventually to your home. You don’t have to add those preservatives when you bake your own. And your home is filled with that fresh baked bread aroma.
Here is the comparison chart that I promised earlier.
ImageTitleCuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable BreadmakerOster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker, WhiteSunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, WhiteWest Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade BreadmakerFeatureProgrammable bread machine bakes 1-, 1-1/2-, and 2-pound loaves 12 preprogrammed menu options; 3 crust settings; 13-hour delay-start timer Viewing window; removable lid, pan, and paddle for quick cleanup Stay-cool handles; measuring cup, measuring spoon, and recipes included Product Built to North American Electrical Standards Up to a 2-pound loaf capacity, ideal for larger families 9 bread settings and 3 crust settings for variety of breads, dough and jams Expressbake setting bakes bread in under an hour 13-hour programmable baking timer allows for fresh breads anytime Large LCD display – easily indicates each stage of the bread making process Expressbake® setting bakes bread in under an hour Up to a 2.0 lb. loaf capacity, ideal for larger families 600-watt programmable breadmaker makes 1-1/2- or 2-pound loaves of bread 12 cooking functions; 3 shade selections; 13-hour delay bake; LED display; touch-control panel Metal utensils should not be used with removable nonstick baking pan Wash by hand only; instructions with recipes included Measures approximately 14 by 19 by 13-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty Electronic dual-blade bread machine for making bakery-style artisan bread at home 4 horizontally shaped loaf sizes–1 pound, 1-1/2 pounds, 2 pounds, and 2-1/2 pounds 11 pre-programmed settings; 3 crust shades; digital control panel; 12-hour delay timer Measuring cup and spoon, knead-blade removal tool, and instructions with recipes included Measures 18 by 10-1/2 by 11-4/5 inches; 1-year limited warranty Please refer to the user manual in the package for trouble shooting steps ListPrice$185.00$69.99$86.05$119.99ModelCBK-100CKSTBRTW20589141300TitleCuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable BreadmakerOster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker, WhiteSunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, WhiteWest Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade BreadmakerWarrantyLimited 3 year warrantyManufacturer’s 1 Year WarrantyManufacturer’s WarrantyOne-YearPrice$86.04$50.61$58.00$67.00RatingLinkMore InfoMore InfoMore InfoMore Info
Product prices and availability are accurate as of Dec 2 21:43:46 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
I sincerely want to thank you for taking time to read my review. I hope I have provided you with the information you were seeking. You can get more information on any of the bread makers in the chart by clicking on more information where you can read more or make a purchase. Please feel free to leave a comment and thanks again for your time.
Before you buy the Chop Magic that you saw on TV, please read this review before you make a mistake.
This may be the shortest product review I have ever written. Please don’t waste your money on this food chopper. The TV ad makes it look like such a neat product that causes you to really want one. Burt at the time of this writing there were only 2 reviews. I hate to tell you NOT to buy something with only two reviews.
The two people who reviewed this product both gave it the lowest review possible. One got it as a Christmas present and tried with no success on a couple of items. Tried the second one and the blade broke. They threw theirs in the trash. The other one had similar results and is sending it back.
I help support my family by writing honest product reviews and make a small commission when someone buys through one of the links on my site. But if you buy something that I have recommended and you don’t like it, you will probably come back and write a terrible comment on my site and never come back. So please don’t waste your money on one of these things.
How they can make such a false commercial showing how easy it works knowing it doesn’t work that way is beyond me. I will research some of the other products on the market and will come back and give you some choices on ones that really do work. So please come back and see what I have found. I have reviewed many other kitchen gadgets on this site and will be doing many more.
Thank you for your time and I hope I saved you from wasting your money on this product.
You know you’re on a serious Netflix binge when you get that judge-y “Are You Still Watching?” message and yell back to your screen, “It’s the middle of winter, my dog is asleep on my legs, and I want to understand those Russian Doll memes, so of course I’m still watching, Netflix!”
We know you have four episodes left, but you can press pause long enough to eat and feed your friends. Mrs. T’s® Pierogies have been around since 1952, and they’re the perfect thing to eat over this weekend’s stream-fest. If you’ve never had a pierogy (yes, Mrs. T’s spells it with a y), they’re stuffed with the stuff you love — creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy goodness, and other big, bold flavors. They’re easy to prepare and delicious no matter how you prepare them — whether baked, boiled, sautéd, or grilled — and they’re available in full and mini sizes right in your frozen foods aisle.
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Mrs. T’s makes 14 flavors of pierogies, but since you’re reading this on your phone during the closing credits, we’ll stick to highlighting three of them for now. These recipes build on the already savory flavor of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, they’re ready to share, and yes, Netflix, we’re still watching!
Queso Dip with Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies
You could mindlessly polish off a bag of tortilla chips, or you could lightly coat Mrs. T’s Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies with those same chips, bake them until they’re golden brown and serve them with a tangy queso dip. That’s not even a choice, is it?
I made this!
Queso Dip with Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies
10 to 12 servings as an appetizer
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 large egg white
6 ounces tortilla chips
2 (16-ounce) packages Mrs. T’s Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies, thawed in hot water
1 pound white American cheese, shredded
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
3/4 cup whole milk
Pico de gallo and chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400oF. Fit a wire cooling rack into a rimmed baking sheet.
Prepare the ingredients for breading the pierogies in three separate shallow dishes. Combine the flour and chili powder in the first bowl. Whisk the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water in the second bowl. Pulse the tortilla chips 10 to 12 times in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment until finely ground. You should have about 2 cups of tortilla crumbs. Transfer to the third bowl.
Working with 1 pierogy at a time, coat both sides into the flour then shake off any excess. Dip into the egg white mixture. Then cover the pierogies in the ground tortilla chips, pressing to make sure the pierogy is well-coated. Arrange in a single layer on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining pierogies.
Bake until golden-brown and crisp, flipping halfway through, 18 min.
Meanwhile, place the cheese, chiles, and milk in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the dip is smooth and warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes.
Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and top with pico de gallo. Sprinkle cilantro over the pierogies and serve with the queso dip.
Goat Cheese & Prosciutto–Wrapped Pierogies
It’s a proven fact that all foods taste incredible when they’re served on a toothpick, and Mrs. T’s Four Cheese Mini Pierogies (yep, mini!) are no different. Add some prosciutto, goat cheese, pepper jelly — and those crucial toothpicks — and you’ll have appetizers that are designed for passing down the couch — assuming everyone is willing to share.
I made this!
Goat Cheese and Prosciutto–Wrapped Pierogies
14 servings (2 pieces per person) or 9 servings (3 pieces per person)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (12.84-ounce) package Mrs. T’s Four Cheese Mini Pierogies (do not thaw)
4 ounces fresh goat cheese, divided
Hot Pepper Jelly, ¼ teaspoon per pierogy
14 slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
Toothpicks, for serving (optional)
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400oF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the Mrs. T’s Four Cheese Mini Pierogies on the baking sheet, drizzle with the oil, and toss until well coated. Spread into an even layer. Bake until golden-brown, flipping halfway through, 16 to 18 minutes total.
Scoop 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese onto a pierogy, top with ¼ teaspoon hot pepper jelly, then wrap with a slice of prosciutto. Secure with a toothpick, if desired. Repeat with remaining pierogies, goat cheese, hot pepper jelly, and prosciutto.
Spicy Firecracker Pierogies
This one takes Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies to the next level with a spicy glaze that slaps harder than the soundtrack for The Umbrella Academy. One 16-ounce package of Mrs. T’s Pierogies makes three entree-sized servings — and they can be on the table (or on a plate in your lap) in about 25 minutes.
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup hot sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (16-ounce) package Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies (do not thaw)
Sliced scallions, for serving
Place the sugar, hot sauce, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until reduced slightly and thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies and cook until browned, flipping occasionally, 8 min. on each side (16 minutes total), stirring frequently. Remove from the heat, pour the sauce over the pierogies, and toss until coated and glazed in the sauce. Stirring frequently.
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While doing the research for this review of the 13 inch Krampouz Tibos Electric Crepe Maker, I found most people had a special memory of the first time they tasted one of these delightful thin pancakes. Surprisingly, many had this culinary experience in France, the home of crepes. I also remember having my first crepe in southern France at an antiques fair. A charming young French girl expertly twirled the batter into a perfect circle on the large grill and within a minute or two, this mouth watering treat was ready. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and every tasty bite.
Krampouz, Quality Since 1949
After this delightful experience, many want to get their own crepe maker. To some that means getting one from France. Krampouz is a French company and a name you can trust since 1949. The Tibos electric crepe maker is their home version, as they also have commercial models. They make their own products in France, unlike most other companies who have chosen the less expensive foreign manufacturing. Unfortunately, the attractive young French girl isn’t included. But, seriously, many want to be able to recreate the joy of making and enjoying all of the many kinds of crepes you can create with a little imagination. It can be a fun experience and enjoyed by the whole family.
Tasty Dessert Crepes
Look at the photo of the sinfully tasty crepe on the right and tell me your family wouldn’t enjoy one of these for dessert instead of a boring piece of cake. The photograph came from Wikimedia Commons and you can click on the photo for more details.
Large, 13 Inch Griddle on Tibos Crepe Maker
The large 13 inch griddle is one of the benefits of this electric crepe maker compared to many others. It allows you to make those large, thin crepes that can be filled with your favorite fillings. Of course, you don’t have to try to make those large ones, especially while you are learning. The smaller ones taste just as good.
Although this model was designed for making crepes, many users also use it for making the more common pancakes, as well as other things that can be cooked or grilled on a more traditional grill. This will allow you more use from this versatile appliance, which might become one of your favorites when you see all that it can do.
Notice how the grill portion extends out from the rest of the unit. This comes in handy if you accidentally spill some of the crepe batter over the edge of the grill. It will not spill over onto the rest of the crepe maker.
Tibos Crepe Maker Has Hot, Even Cooking Surface
You don’t have to worry about any uneven cooking on this model. The heating elements are evenly distributed all across the large griddle so you can feel comfortable that your crepes will be cooked evenly from edge to edge. The griddle also heats up very quickly and get very hot. You probably will want to use a lower heat setting, especially while you are getting used to using it. I almost included a video of another electric crepe machine in use and you could see that the edges were not cooked as well the center. This will not happen with this model.
While you get used to the different heat settings, you might ruin a few before you master it. But fast cooking times is one of the fun parts of making crepes. It takes less than a minute or so to cook each crepe, so you can fix them for the whole family fairly quickly.
During my research I found that many said it will take some practice to get comfortable with your own style of making crepes. It was suggested that you should watch a video or two to see how the professionals do it. I have included one video below to show you the proper technique, but remember they have been doing this a long time. I bet it took even these professionals some practice. And remember these are folded over before eating, so they don’t have to be perfectly round.
Set of Tools Included with Each Krampouz Crepe Machine
Included with this crepe maker is a full set of tools which are shown in the first photo. But opinions were about evenly split on how useful these tools are. Nearly everyone agreed that the plastic tool that has a triangular shape to spread the batter did not work very well. Having said that, I saw a video where someone was demonstrating it and it worked well. I think the other tools will work well enough for you, at least until you can get comfortable with the crepe machine. Some people like a longer turner or prefer a different spreader. But, again, some loved the included tools.
Krampouz Tibos Grill Has a Non-stick Surface
I think it is obvious the benefits of a non-stick surface such as easy cleaning, and you probably also know that if you use any metal utensils, you might scratch the surface. The provided turner and scraper are both wooden to help preserve the surface. A cleaning brush is also included for your convenience. I also found a helpful suggestion to keep the box that it came in for easy storage that will also protect the top from being scratched if things are placed on top of it.
Instruction Manual Has Great Recipes
The included instruction manual has some great recipes. Remember, this is a French company and they should know what makes a good crepe. You might have your own favorite recipe, but the included ones will get you started on the right foot. Remember, as I mentioned earlier to back off from their recommended settings which tend to be too hot, especially for beginners.
Dimensions of Best Electric Crepe Maker
The unit measures 15.4″ by 15.1″ and is 5.4 inches tall. It weighs just less than 9 pounds making it easy to carry wherever necessary but heavy enough to be substantial. Several users took theirs outside to prepare crepes for outside activities. It can be used anywhere there is an electrical outlet.
Pros of the Krampouz Tibos Crepe Maker
Customers loved the ease of making professional looking and tasting crepes with this model. It heats up quickly and allows for very short cooking times. The non-stick surface of the griddle makes for easy clean up. There is very even heat distribution over the entire cooking surface. The unit is manufactured in France by a company in business since 1949, and not in China or another Far East country.
Cons of Tibos Electric Crepe Maker
If you are not careful it is easy to burn the crepes because the unit gets very hot. There is no off switch, you need to disconnect it from the outlet. Some of the tools are not very useful. Like most non-stick surfaces it can scratch easily. It is more expensive than most other electric crepe makers.
Yes, this unit is priced more than some of the less expensive models. It allows you a choice in the kind and quality of crepe maker you want. There are other “made in China” versions available. But if you want a well made appliance from a company that makes more expensive commercial models, you should consider this model. There were questions whether this unit could be used in a commercial setting. I found three people that used this model commercially. Two of them were very pleased and one would only use it occasionally. But it is designed for personal use.
Customers gave very favorable feedback and reviews for this Tibos machine. If you like to use the quality of professional made appliances, then you should consider this model. If you will only make crepes every once in a while getting the best electric crepe maker is not as important, or on a very limited budget, there are other options that you can find below this review.
A short ingredient list is the not-so-secret secret to the absolute easiest desserts. When you start with just a handful of pantry ingredients, you’re guaranteed a sweet treat in next to no time at all. The following desserts — ranging from brownies to Rice Krispies treats to ice cream — require just five ingredients or fewer, making them great contenders for any night of the week.
How To Make 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies
At this point, we consider a jar of Nutella a pantry staple in our kitchens. If you do too, then go ahead and measure out a cup and grab four eggs from the fridge. You’re halfway to Nutella brownie nirvana.
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Starting with a box of cake mix not only makes these some of the fastest cookies we’ve ever made, but it also keeps the total ingredient list to a minimum. If you love ’em, we’ve got more: Check out all five of our shortcut cake mix cookies.
Chrissy Tiegen’s 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
Often considered a fussy restaurant dessert, chocolate mousse is deceptively simple to make at home — and Chrissy’s version is as simple as it gets. If you have time, make the optional “crackle,” a crunchy combo of Rice Krispies and hazelnuts.
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How To Make Creamy Ice Cream With Just One Ingredient
It doesn’t get much easier than a one-ingredient dessert. When blitzed in the food processor, frozen bananas magically transform into a smooth and creamy soft-serve that’s deliciously refreshing. Play around with tasty toppings, such as cocoa nibs or a dash of cinnamon, or scoop some into Popsicle molds for easy three-ingredient peanut butter and banana Popsicles.
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The World’s Easiest Cookies
The title of these cookies says it all. These Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan cookies come together with just almond flour, baking powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract — so if you’ve got those sitting in your pantry, go ahead and get baking. You won’t regret it.
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How To Make Better-than-the-Box Rice Krispie Treats
A few smart techniques take this classic dessert to the next level. You’ll toast the cereal to bring out its nutty flavor, use mini marshmallows for faster melting, and add a pinch of salt, which further highlights the flavor of each of the ingredients.
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3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie
The beauty of a dump cake is how it practically cooks itself. All you have to do is pour the ingredients into a slow cooker, then return in a few hours to a warm and gooey pie-cake hybrid. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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How To Make Dark Chocolate Snack Bites
This sweet treat is endlessly customizable, and it’s the perfect late-night bite when you’re craving something sweet before bedtime. Plus, you don’t even need a special candy mold to make these. Just use an ice cube tray.
If you are trying to find honest Magic Bullet reviews from someone who actually owned and used one, please check out this article. We will also show some of the lowest priced ones online for your convenience. At the bottom of this article you will find a chart comparing some of the different models including the newest release, the NurtiBullet.
I initially saw this handy gadget on an infomercial and knew I just had to get one. I can’t remember where we actually purchased it. I have a small addiction to infomercials for any kind of neat kitchen gadgets. I just love these handy inventions that make life easier and do the jobs more efficiently.
We owned the initial version of the little blender shortly after they were introduced. We used it nearly every day for many years. My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and had to mix a special drink every night to help with her symptoms. It was a mixture of organic cottage cheese, flaxseed oil, and usually blueberries. I only mention this because it had to mix thoroughly and this mini blender did a super job in just a few seconds.
We also used it to chop nuts and some vegetables. We loved the ease of use, when all you had to do was mash down on the top to start and then release to stop. You had complete control. One drawback was it had only one speed. But because of this simplicity, there was little to go wrong with it. We used it on a daily basis for about six years before it “played out.” But for the very inexpensive price, six years of dependable service was more than we ever expected.
I used it to make delicious smoothies. It was powerful enough to pulverize the ice in the drinks to give that nice smooth mixture with different fruits. I usually added some protein powder to make them a little healthier. But it would quickly make an individual serving so that everyone didn’t have to have the same drink. That is one of the beauties of this machine, the ability to have single serve portions.
The smaller size of the Magic Bullet not only takes up less space on the countertop and makes it handier to use, it makes it very easy to clean up after use. This is so much easier to use than a conventional blender or food processor for those smaller tasks. But the smaller size does have its limitations. So don’t try to chop or blend large quantities with it.
I think the infomercials sometimes did a disservice to this little power house. Sometimes they showed that it would do the job in just three seconds when it might actually take 10-15 seconds in actual use. I know we are in a hurry up society, but who doesn’t have 15 seconds to whip up a smoothie.
Because you can leave it on the counter and clean-up is so easy, you will find you use t for jobs you would not usually use for a blender or food processor. One example is whipping a couple of eggs for an omelet. This one can be done with three short pulses and then to clean the small container is a breeze.
Most of the containers can also be used in a microwave oven. But be sure to use one of the lids with holes or you could have an explosion inside your microwave. Also, as written in the directions and on the side of the machine, never run the machine for over a minute or it could burn up the motor. Basically, if you use common sense, you will be fine and will enjoy your experience with your Magic Bullet blender.
If you look at the videos included, you will see that this is an excellent gadget for the health conscious people. It is great for mixing up your own healthy green smoothies. One of the suggestions for making it more efficient is to shake the whole machine between pulsing. This will help ensure complete blending. Again, using common sense, don’t try to cram too much into the juicer. Also be sure to add liquid to help the blending. I found that doing the ice separately before I added the other ingredients also helped chop the ice more evenly.
All in all we were very happy with ours. As long as you remember that the smaller size has many advantages, but also has some limitations, you should love your experience. I would definitely give our Magic Bulllet an enthusiastic thumbs up. Below is the chart reviewing the different models.
Please check out the chart below to see the differences in the various models available. Click on any of the links to get more complete information. Quantities may be limited on some models.
Everyone hates cleaning, but blender cleaning does not have to be such a chore if you stay on top of it. It can also help prolong the life of your blender.
Blenders are a very common, small household appliance. It is very rare to walk into someone’s home and not see one sitting on the counter. The size, style and features may vary, but they all serve similar, general purposes. If you have just recently purchased one or find yourself using it more frequently, you may be wondering how to clean a blender.
In this case, it really depends on the type of blender you have. Some of them have parts that are dishwasher safe and some do not. Before attempting any type of blender cleaning, you should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. There is usually a section in the user’s manual that explains the proper ways to clean it. Following these will help you appropriately maintain it and make it last longer.
1 Hand Washing
2 Using A Dishwasher
3 Killing All the Germs
5 Other Important Tips
If you do not have a dishwasher, there are some safe ways to wash certain parts and ensure their safety. If you are in doubt as to what is dishwasher safe and what is not, your best bet is to probably wash all removable parts by hand. The safest way to do this is by using hot water with a mild dish detergent. You should scrub gently, to make sure you remove all food particles. One this is done, all parts should be dried thoroughly, before reassembly.
Such items as seals and rubber gaskets should always be washed by hand, in warm water. Hot temperatures, such as those that occur in a dishwasher, can cause them to break down and deteriorate. While you can purchase replacements, why spend the money if you do not have to? A little extra care is all it takes to avoid this problem.
Using A Dishwasher
If the manufacturer’s instructions on blender cleaning say so, then several parts are usually dishwasher safe. This can include the carafe, lids and blades. In most cases, to ensure proper blender cleaning, it is advisable to rinse them first. This helps remove loose or stuck on particles of food. Not all dishwashers have a powerful enough spray to remove such substances.
Killing All the Germs
The high temperatures used by a dishwasher can also help ensure the sterility of your blender parts. If you have used it for potentially dangerous foods, such raw meats, this is very important. Some meats can carry E Coli or salmonella. Preventing the spread of these and their accompanying health problems is vital. This is especially true if you frequently use your blender for things that are not cooked before they are consumed.
These dangers can also be present with some vegetables, especially those grown in the ground. This can include potatoes, carrots, turnips, onions, radishes and several others. If you use your appliance with any of these, they should be washed prior to their use. That, plus proper washing of the blender afterwards will help mitigate any possible health risks.
For pieces made of metal, glass or plastic, you can add a little bit of bleach to your dishwater. Bleach is a very effective way of killing most germs. Just make sure you rinse all the parts very thoroughly when done. You should also never place any rubber parts in bleach as it may also contribute to their deterioration.
Whether you scrub them by hand or use a dishwasher for some parts, be sure they are all dried completely. If they are not fully dried, before you reassemble the machine, this could create problems. Moisture on rubber gaskets could cause fluid leaks, because they will not seal properly. Damp parts can also easily slip from your grasp, when you are trying to operate it.
Other Important Tips
You should also remember to never immerse the base of the unit in any type of liquid. The base is considered the foundation, and it contains the motor and electrical parts. Even though the power cord is removable on some models, it is still not safe to get these parts wet. If it needs cleaning, some gentle wiping with a slightly damp cloth is more than enough to do the job.
Even though these small appliances do not cost as much as larger ones, you should take good care of them. With proper attention and maintenance you can get several years of use for a minimal investment. In today’s economy the ability to stretch every dollar as far as possible is an important talent to have.
Knowing how to clean a blender will allow you to get many years of use out of it. Proper blender cleaning will also keep your family safe from any threat of dangerous bacteria. Blenders have many uses and are essential to performing most kitchen tasks. Whichever one you choose, you will be happy with your purchase.
Presidents’ Day is one of those holidays that manages to pass by without much fanfare. It’s not a day that you’re necessarily going to have off from work or school, so it might even be a source of mild resentment. But there is something to be glad about, even if you are working: It’s our last major shopping holiday until Memorial Day, when retailers again drop their prices in honor of the long weekend. And since they’re all online, you can take advantage of them from your desk or from your bed. Here are our favorite deals for your kitchen and home for every budget.
One of our favorite go-tos for kitchenware and home goods, they’re currently offering one of their best limited-time deals: an additional 40% off all sale items. If you’re not looking for any big splurges over the long weekend, you could pick up a set of chic drawer pulls for under $10 for an economical and easy DIY upgrade.
Target is offering discounts on all things home, including their private labels like Opalhouse and Project 62. The best deals, however, are on name-brand appliances like KitchenAid and Instant Pot. Read about our top picks.
Sur La Table
Sur La Table’s sale includes name brands like Nordic Ware, Staub, and Le Creuset. We are especially excited that our newest favorite Le Creuset color, Sea Salt, is included in the sale. See our favorite Le Creuset pieces on sale. .
If you’re ready for a much bigger kitchen makeover, Home Depot’s weekend sale includes major name-brand appliances like Samsung, Shark, and Maytag. Faucets, sinks, and doors are also marked down for the true DIY enthusiast.
Save 10% on all online orders, or 15% of you are a World Market member. This is on top of existing promotions on decor, storage, and rugs. The rug sale is a particularly good section to browse. Their selection includes polyester rugs that are durable and inexpensive but still full of personality, making them a great thing to go into a highly trafficked, often-messy area of the house.
Nearly everything is on sale at Wayfair, from accent pieces to oven ranges. If you want a one-stop destination for nearly everything under your roof, not just your kitchen, this is a good sale to browse.
Get 20% off plus free shipping on select items with code WINTER. Not all brands have opted into the sale, but all qualifying items are clearly marked as you browse. Clearance is also an additional 20% off with the same discount code.