Making Sweet Noise In The Kitchen

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Back when the first food processor was introduced to the American market in the 1970’s there was only one brand. Cuisinart revolutionized the food preparation market for the home and cooking has never been the same. Fast forward to present day, and there are several brand names that are worthy contenders when it comes to shopping for one of these small kitchen appliances. Depending on your budget, cooking needs, and your style preferences, there is something out there that is perfect for your counter top. We will break down some of the best food processors available today to let you know which brands are worth considering adding to your cooking arsenal.

Food Processor Advantages

No one likes to spend more time doing something than they absolutely have to, and this is the main appeal of owning a food processor. You no longer will have to sit there over a cutting board slowly trying to get the perfect dice or slice with a knife. If your knife skills are a little bit shaky as well, then the fear of cutting yourself will also be gone. One of the main reasons that a lot of working people avoid making home cooked meals is the work that is involved. Having the right tools can drastically reduce the time needed to prepare great tasting food, which is why one of these machines should be somewhere in your kitchen.

Top Rated Brands

Getting an appliance with a quality reputation and track record is always the safest play. Here we offer some of the top names with the highest customer ratings to help you find a food processor that you will be satisfied with.

Cuisinart

Like we stated earlier, Cuisinart practically invented the food processor, and their machines are still some of the most popular models on the market today. They have a wide range of models for just about every budget. Whether you need a small capacity, quick chopper, or you need something for large recipes, they have a machine for you. Their powerful motors, stainless steel blades, and reliable performance are what helps set them apart from others in their class. This is the brand that we safely recommend the most as you cannot go wrong getting a Cuisinart.

Breville

They only make one food processor, but they do it extremely well. Breville has a reputation for modern and high performing kitchen appliances and their BFP800XL Sous Chef is one of the best that we have used. It is easy to use, very powerful, and it has exceptional cutting discs. This comes with a much higher price point, but it is worth every penny as this is a true joy to operate and it really stands out on the counter. If you are one of those people, like me, who must have the latest and greatest modern equipment, then anything made by Breville is a must have for the kitchen.

KitchenAid

This is another dependable brand that makes some really simple but reliable food processors. They are not too expensive and should appeal to a greater mass audience of amateur chefs. Simple controls make this a great choice for anyone who just wants to get the job done without a lot of hassle. They also have bright color options for those who like their appliances to have a little eye candy appeal. We love using anything made by KitchenAid, including their food processing machines.

Hamilton Beach

They make some of the top rated budget food processors and we are amazed at how well they perform for their low price. If you want to try out using a food processor in the kitchen for the first time and you do not want to spend a lot of money, this is the brand for you. Exceptional value for the money.

Reputation For Quality

Some of the brands above have food processor that we have used, and some just have an excellent reputation and very high customer scores that give us confidence in recommending them. No matter if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, or you just cook occasionally, having one of these around is going to save you a lot of work. Anyone of the food processors made by the companies above should really make things easier for you and perhaps change your outlook on cooking home made meals in general. Treat yourself to something who’s job is to make your life simpler and cook better food. You deserve it.

Nothing Sounds Better While Driving Than A Sleeping Baby

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I used to love jamming out to my favorite tunes on the radio while cruising down the street. Now that I am older I can tell you that nothing competes with the sound that our child makes while it is snoozing in the back seat. Getting the right child seat really does make a world of difference so if you are in the market and shopping around for something that is both safe and comfortable then this might be useful.

The wife and I had plenty of sleepless nights before our little one was born researching just what kind of seat we should buy. There are not only various types, but there also so many different models to choose from. It was a little overwhelming, but we plowed through it all and found something that we are all happy with. With all of our worries, we thought we would help other soon-to-be parents who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Various Types of Car Seats

This is what really threw us for a loop at first. With infant, booster, and convertible car seats out there, we first had to figure out which type of child car seat would be best for our family.

Infant Seats

These are just what they sound like. They are for newborns and small babies. They offer the needed head and neck support that young children need. They are also lighter weight and easier to get in and out of the car. Another big advantage of these is that a lot of infant seats are stroller compatible, meaning the seat can just snap into a baby stroller without having to remove the child. The drawback of these types of seats is that they are only designed for the first couple of years of your child’s life, at most. Once they get too big, or too tall, you must switch to a convertible car seat for proper protection. Since we did really want to end up getting two different seats we decided to forego this option despite the added convenience it offered.

Convertible Car Seats

We quickly found out that these are the most popular child safety seats for parents. They are designed to handle small babies from 5 lbs and they can be used for toddlers generally up to 65 lbs. They are called “convertible” seats because you start off using the seat in the rear-facing direction for smaller children and once they are big enough you switch the seat around to forward-facing. The ability to have to buy only one seat for the first several years of our child’s life made the most economical sense for us and this is the route we took.

Once got a grip on which type of seat that we needed everything came more into focus. We could then decide on the budget, features, and style of the seat that we wanted for our child. This part was actually a lot of fun, but it also took a little extra time. We searched online to find the best options and read through all of the current convertible child seat reviews to find one that appealed to both parents and fit within our price range.

Booster Seats

This is something that we do not need right now, but it is something that we will have to eventually buy. This type of car seat is the last transition between having them ride in a convertible car seat and using the vehicles own seat belt. It all depends on the size of your child. But this is something that we can save for a later day.

Brand Name Convertible Car Seats

After we knew that this is the type of seat that we were going to get it was time to narrow down our choices. Britax, Graco, Peg Perego, Evenflo, and Chicco are some of the most popular brands. Getting a well known name was important to us since we wanted a car seat with a solid reputation and we wanted to buy it from a reputable outlet. In case you were curious we decided to go with a Graco convertible car seat. It fit our budgetary needs but it did not skimp on safety and comfort. If money were not an object we probably would have gone with a Peg Perego as those child safety seats seem really nice and comfortable.

In the end we found something that we were extremely happy with, but we still had to wait to see how little girl would respond to riding in it. This is why the sound of a sleeping baby is so precious to us. It let us know that we actually made the right choice and we could not be happier with the seat that we got. The good news is there are a lot of solid, high quality car seats available no matter what your budget. With a little time and effort you can hopefully find something that you are extremely satisfied with like we did.

6 Reasons You Should Be Juicing Your Carrots

Carrot juice benefits

Carrots are among the most widely used vegetables across the world because they are quite versatile in several cultural cuisines and dishes. Carrots are root vegetables rich in valuable nutrition and have a healing power, especially when juiced. From relieving congestion, improving blood health, balancing blood sugar, cleansing the kidneys and fighting inflammation to fighting Leukemia, protecting eyesight and brain function, health benefits of carrot juice can help almost every part of your body.

In our last post we covered the advantages of Omega juicing machines, now we are going to give you a reason to use one of these in your kitchen.  Both centrifugal and masticating juicers are able to handle carrots with ease and deliver all of the nutritious goodness that they contain. Below are just some of the ways in which carrots can give your health a much needed boost.

1. Rich Source of Antioxidants (Beta-Carotene)

Carrots contain carotenoids – potent antioxidants, which can help lower the risk of various forms of serious chronic diseases and temporary illness. Juice made from carrots can therefore benefit your immune system by defending your body from harmful bacteria, inflammation, viruses and free radical damage. These carotenoids include zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and vitamin C. this means that these root vegetables are one of the natural sources of antioxidant beta-carotene and carotenoid phytochemicals – both of which fight various cancers by hindering DNA damage, cell mutation and levels of inflammation.

2. Helps Protect Against the Risk of Cancer

According to researchers, consuming high amount of carotenoids from vegetables and fruits can help prevent a number of cancer risks and recurrence. Carrots are rich in these antioxidants that help to fight leukemia cells and play an important role in reducing the risk of various types of cancers – including breast and ovarian cancer. The study has also shown that women with breast cancer history who consume an average of eight ounces of carrot juice daily can reduce the recurrence and risk of cancer. The studies also show that consuming fresh carrot juice daily can benefit defenses of your body against cancer and it is also an effective way to boosting the levels of antioxidant carotenoids in your blood. As a result, this will help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress – both of which help prevent cancer growth.

3. Immune Booster

Carrot juice contains a number of antibacterial and antiseptic abilities, which make it ideal to boost the immune system. Additionally, this juice is a good source of vitamin C that stimulates the activities of white blood cells. Vitamin C is also one of the most crucial elements in the immune system.

4. Helps Reduce Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease

Carrot juice also helps reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, especially in women. According to research, drinking this juice can benefit heart health by reducing oxidative stress. It also improves your body’s defense against various types of cardiovascular disease. This is because fresh carrots have high antioxidant content. Carrots also help to reduce cholesterol levels, and boost bile production that increases the ability of your body to digest fat. This helps the digestive system to effectively absorb nutrition from the food and directly affects the good cholesterol levels in the body – hence protecting your heart.

5. Protects Eye Health

The most important nutrients – zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and lutein – within carrot juice greatly help protect eye health. For instance, without beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A, several different forms of eye disorders and diseases can occur, including blindness and macular degeneration. Meanwhile, zeaxanthin and lutein can both work to decrease the risks of age-related vision loss. Just a glass of carrot juice can provide 400% of vitamin A that your body needs. Generally, carrots are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which is one of the most important nutrients necessary to protect vision and eye health. Vitamin A deficiency can result in early night blindness that may even lead to permanent blindness. In fact, lack of vitamin A is one of the top causes of preventable blindness in the world. Carrots also helps lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts – a common cause of vision loss as someone ages. Drinking carrot juice regularly can help you maintain healthy vision and eyes in your entire life.

6. Boosts Wound Healing and Skin Health

Beta-carotene found in carrots is very critical curing any type of wound on the skin. For centuries, carrots have been used an effective poultice to help cure wounds because of their high beta-carotene content. If you have any kind of skin infection, wounds, or other cuts, you will find that carrot juice can greatly benefit your skin health by simply increasing your body’s ability to heal wounds and cuts faster and most importantly to fight skin infections.

Don’t Overdo It

Believe it or not, drinking too much carrot juice can turn your skin orange so it is important not to consume too much.  This root vegetable can still be enjoyed daily on its own or as part of your favorite juicing recipes, like the one below.