Choosing The Right Coffee Makers Machines – Factors To Consider

Many people find it difficult to start their day without coffee. It is one refreshing and energizing drink that makes your moments perfect. Though instant coffee is easy to prepare, you cannot compare its flavor with that of freshly brewed coffee. The sensational flavor you get from the brewed coffee is worth spending your time and efforts on.

Tips to Help You Chose the Best Coffee Makers

Making brewed coffee requires you to buy best makers machines. Some of the considerations to make when buying these machines are as follows:

– Size

There are many different types of coffee makers. You may want to consider the number of people who you will be preparing the beverage for. Smaller sizes are ideal for people living alone while larger sizes are ideal for a family.

– Designs

There are many different designs of coffee makers machines. Some may be programmable while others are simple to clean. Some can make different types of coffee such as cappuccino and latte. Others will do everything for you; from grinding the coffee beans to pouring the freshly made coffee to a cup. Go for the design that blends with your preferences, needs and tastes.

– Quality

Different materials of coffee machines cost differently, and will have different qualities. From the plastic materials to the stainless steel, you will find varied strengths in each of the machines. Always go for the best quality so that you can get value for your money in the end.

– Cost

You may want to consider the costs of coffee makers so that you can find the product that is within your budget. Smaller sized coffee machines cost less than the larger ones. Still, the best quality will be more expensive than the low quality. A comparison of prices between different vendors can help you find the product that has the best quality yet affordable.

Once you have selected the best coffee maker machines, you may be required to maintain it through easy procedures such as cleaning and storing it in the right places. This way, you can brew your coffee every day using the same machine for the longest time possible. The maintenance procedures are more often than not provided by many manufacturers.

Find Coffee Makers Online

There are many vendors willing to supply coffee machines online. Therefore it should not be hard to find these products. You must however evaluate the options available using the factors above and select the type that is perfect for you.

Easy and Clean Desserts

As a society we are addicted to sweets. We know they aren’t great for us, we know we should really avoid them, but its part of the culture. In this article I’m definitely not saying dessert is healthy, but I do have a few tasty options that are much better for you. On top of all that, all of the recipes are quick and easy.

You can’t go anywhere without seeing a frozen yogurt place. It’s all the rage these days. And of course it’s typically advertised as a healthy dessert. I think we can both agree that sugar filled yogurt with sugary toppings isn’t exactly “healthy.” Not to mention the price point isn’t so great either. Well if you have a food processor or blender at home, you can actually make some really great frozen yogurt. Perhaps it isn’t a traditional method, but I can assure you, no one will care. All you need is a vanilla yogurt. Any kind works. I like coconut milk yogurt because of lactose reasons, but you could do whatever you like. Add some frozen fruit and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (if you have it!). I also like to add a splash of almond extract. Blend together until smooth and you won’t believe the creamy goodness!

The next dessert on the docket is also fruit based but quite opposite in temperature. A fruit cobbler is a great way to get sweet, comforting dessert without a lot of refined or processed sugars. Start with a frozen or fresh fruit. Toss with a tablespoon or two of flour or cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon or two of sugar. You know how much sugar your fruit needs. Next make a crumb topping by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of soft butter, with a tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of quick rolled oats, some chopped pecans and maybe a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. The crumb topping should be in pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle the topping on the fruit and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and bubbly. I like to bake mine during dinner so it’s ready to go when we’re all done eating.

Another great quick dessert is a pudding. You could make a bread pudding with old, stale bread, or perhaps a yummy chocolate pudding. Tapioca pudding is also a really nice, comfort food as well. The great thing about a pudding is that it can be served hot or cold, with or without fruit, in many different flavors, all relatively quickly. There are so many good pudding recipes out there to choose from. Just make sure its homemade, simple, and in a flavor everyone will enjoy. There’s nothing better that a nice, warm pudding and a dollop of fresh whip cream.

Hopefully you have a few more ideas for some quick, relatively healthy desserts. Just keep in mind that anytime you can make something yourself, without a processed, boxed mix you have a win for your health. Keep up the good work and take a few moments here and there to enjoy some dessert. Happy eating!

Cooking With the Electric Teppanyaki Grill – How to Get the Best From Your Teppanyaki Grill Plate

Originating in Japan Teppanyaki is a style of cooking that has become particularly appreciated in the wider world, more so even than in Japan itself. The word ‘Teppanyaki’ is an amalgam of two words, ‘Teppan’, meaning an iron plate, and ‘Yaki’ which translates as ‘pan fried’, ‘broiled’ or ‘grilled’. Foods typically cooked in this style would include various meats, poultry and sea foods.

This method of cooking lends itself to outdoor use, possibly fired with charcoal or gas, or, more importantly when heated with electricity, it allows us to bring the grill indoors. The purpose of this article is to concentrate on the Teppanyaki cooking method inside the house.

Almost everyone I know loves either hosting, or being invited to someone else’s barbecue. This is an excellent way to meet up with friends whilst enjoying good food and great company. These are the times that we look back on with fond memories. Of course there are times when these occasions have to be postponed because of inclement weather and for some of us; the winters can be long and dark. This is electric Teppanyaki grill time!

Electric Teppanyaki Grills are incredibly cheap to buy, take a look, you’ll be surprised. They are cheap to run, very reliable and easy to clean. They are also incredibly easy to use. Anyone who can cook an egg can use a Teppanyaki grill. Unlike many charcoal and gas grills they do not produce a raging inferno. Many of us have seen the novice with a new charcoal BBQ sharing soot blackened meat that is raw inside. This does not happen with Teppanyaki.

You can have confidence that when you turn on your electric Teppanyaki grill it is not going to attack you or your food! Most models generally on sale have thermostatic temperature control and you’ll soon realise that meats that need searing will require the grill to be turned onto maximum and allowed to heat up. Use tongs to place your (previously oiled) meat onto the grill, sear and turn the meat. Once this is done turn the temperature down. Once the meat has been sealed by searing, it needs to cook through and you can do this gently.

A general tip, if this is new to you, is to ensure that you know which steaks or burgers are to be well done. You can ‘cheat’ by putting a small cut in the meat to see how the cooking is coming along and serve your rare and medium cooked meats based on your observations of someone else’s food! Naughty but forgivable.

More experienced cooks can really shine. What might otherwise have been a barbecue in different weather can now become an informal dinner party. The host or hostess can cook food in front of their friends just as might be seen in a Japanese steak house. Salad or vegetables can be pre-prepared and eaten on a serve yourself basis. This takes the concept of the stodgy old dinner party to a whole new level.

I know that you are going to love turning a wet and windy afternoon or evening into a stunning event that your friends and family will love. If you are a little nervous, don’t worry, you can always practice on the kids first!

The Teppanyaki cooking style can be used in every culture in the world where food is cooked. My idea of a great idea is a small dinner with family and a few friends in the middle of winter. We don’t want to be formal, just an easy going meal cooked on our electric Teppanyaki grill. A salad covers half the table, and at the other end the Teppanyaki is cooking peppers, onions, steak, burgers and sausages. This is the most successful ‘help yourself’ meal known to mankind. My website has two special pages that look further into these excellent grills

Cooking Ways of Slow Smoky Pulled Pork BBQ

Barbecues are great for making non vegetarian recipes. The barbeque pork lovers are increasing day by day from every part of the globe as it adds a different smoky flavor to the pulled pork meat. The smoke infused inside the meat appeals every barbecue lover. With the advent of modern charcoal smokers, barbeque is still considered much better for cooking at home and in restaurants.

Slow cooked barbeque smoker cooking allows preparing pork at slow temperatures which makes it tender enough so that the meat falls right apart as you pick it up. The technique of barbecuing makes it much tastier and adds crispy texture to it.

The cut of meat for pulled pork is called pork shoulder or shredded pork as the cut of meat comes from the shoulder.

Many crowd pleaser recipes can be made with BBQ pulled pork. It can be easily served to the guests without taking much time. And, you will be amazed at how easy it is to cook and present to your guests.

Before using the barbecue it’s recommended to remove dirt from it. Use soap and water to clean the grill and remove any leftovers as it might change the taste of your pork meat.

Take your pork meat from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature prior cooking it. The reward for planning ahead will be a juicier piece of meat.

Always pick your pork meat properly. The pork butt is less skinny so it can be smoked very easily.

Rub your pork meat with spices and herbs, salts which will add a tinge of taste to it. Use oil all over the front and back beforehand so that it is absorbed into the pork meat properly. You can also put some good amount of seasoning over the pork which will add flavors to it.

You can use a meat temperature checker which can help in keeping the temperature constant throughout the BBQ smoking process and result into good cooking of pork from inside.

Once the barbecuing process starts use indirect heat otherwise it won’t be able to cook it properly and it will remain uncooked at the center.

The pork can be barbequed in two ways actually one is the slow cooker and other is low heat. By using the barbeque method of slow cooking the pork will not be over cooked and will never dry up eventually. Other method of cooking on low heat or smoker cooking is to place the pork on the racks so that the smoke will start to form meats own juice.

Once the smoking is over which ends the cooking process. Now pull the pork pieces with fork and hence your BBQ pulled pork is ready to be served with bun or rolls or your favourite sauces. Some can enjoy them with the sandwiches or can be served alone.

Roasted Carrots and Onions Go Great With Steak

My husband and I have visited San Francisco many times. Each time we visit we try to eat at new restaurants. One time we decided to have dinner at a steak restaurant, part of a national chain with a good reputation. Our dinner lived up to the reputation and we could have eaten it twice.

“What’s the vegetable this evening?” I asked the server.

“Roasted carrots and onions,” he replied. “It’s the only vegetable we have.”

While carrots and onions didn’t sound too exciting to me, I ordered the veggies and a side salad. As the server approached our table I could smell the steak and the vegetables. Both smelled fantastic and were fantastic.

Instead of starting with the steak, I took a bite of the veggie mixture, and nearly swooned. The slightly brown carrot chunks were sweet and the onions had melted into brown ribbons of gooey flavor. I wouldn’t have been upset if the roasted veggies were my entire meal, and enjoyed them as much as the steak.

Boiling veggies can reduce flavor, whereas roasting them brings out flavor. Jennifer Armentrout, in her Fine Cooking website article, “An Essential Guide to Roasting Vegetables,” says this cooking method has several advantages. It is “fairly quick and hands-off,” she writes. Armentrout thinks adding a dash of lemon juice brightens flavor and she also tosses veggies with Moroccan spices, or olive oil infused with rosemary and thyme. Garlic and soy sauce may add punches of flavor.

This cooking method also allows you to do your prep work hours ahead. For best results, cut the vegetables into uniform pieces. To prevent the vegetables from sticking, line the pan with non-stick foil, parchment paper. or coat it with baking spray. Make sure the veggie chunks are coated with olive oil. Roast at a high temperature, anywhere from 400 degrees to 475 degrees.

I had family members over for Sunday dinner recently and we had charcoal-grilled steak. I also served this side dish. Nobody asked for seconds on steak, but all, except one, asked for seconds on Roasted Carrots and Onions, and cleaned out the serving bowl. Here is my recipe.

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds of carrots
1 very large yellow onion
3 tablespoons light olive oil (more if you think you need it)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

METHOD

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a rimmed pan with baking spray and set aside. Peel the carrots and cut into one-inch chunks. Scatter the chunks in the pan. Remove the paper skin from the onion and cut in half. Set the flat side on the cutting board and slice each half into crescents. Scatter the onions over the carrots. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil. Using your fingers, toss the carrots and onions a bit to distribute the oil evenly. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs. Roast for 30-45 minutes, flipping the chunks with a spatula half way through the process. Remove from oven when the veggies start to brown. Makes six scrumptious servings. These veggies also go well with chicken, fish, pork, and ham.

Southwestern Cheese and Chile Omelets

Fillings for omelets are virtually endless-from simple folded eggs with a little seasoning to hefty mounds stuffed with meats, vegetables, and cheeses. For this recipe, I went vegetarian with a little southwestern flair. Hot chiles, mild pepper, onion, garlic, and cheddar cheese combine for spicy, savory Tex-Mex flavors, and fresh avocado adds a cool, creamy finish.

Serves 2 (easily doubled)

Ingredients

1 tbsp plus 2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 habanero or serrano chile, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 small red or orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small white or yellow onion, chopped
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp ground cumin
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 extra-large eggs
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 small avocado
toasted English muffins, for serving (optional)

Preparation

Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the jalapeno, habanero or serrano, garlic, bell pepper, onion, oregano, and cumin and season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 5-6 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a plate and wipe out the skillet.
Whisk 2 eggs in a small bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the same skillet and swirl to coat. Pour the whisked eggs into the skillet and gently tilt it back and forth for even spreading. Season with salt and pepper. While the eggs begin to set, whisk the remaining 2 eggs in the same small bowl.
Continue to tilt the skillet until the bottom of the eggs begin to set, with the top still a bit runny, about 1 minute.
Spread half the vegetable mixture over one half of the eggs. Sprinkle one half of the cheese on top of the vegetables.
Carefully slide a spatula underneath the opposite side of the eggs and fold over. Press gently with the spatula to help melt the cheese and finish setting the eggs.
Slide the omelet onto a plate and keep warm. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil to the skillet and repeat with the remaining eggs, vegetables, and cheese.
Meanwhile, slice the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Remove the peel and chop the flesh into a small dice.

To serve, place 1 omelet on each of 2 plates. Scatter diced avocado on top and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve toasted muffins alongside, if desired.

Tea and Beauty – 5 Ways Tea Will Make You Gorgeous

A cup of gourmet tea works as a stimulant in your body,from removing bad breath to prevention against cancer. We have heard a lot about the manifold health benefits of tea. But do you know about the many beauty benefits?

Well, drinking tea is not the only way to extract its benefits. Tea can be applied directly to the skin, working as a toner, moisturizer to revitalize your skin in many ways. It sounds great to have a beauty aid that is all natural and the cost is minimal. Here are some more details regarding tea and beauty.

Tea is a natural toner and moisturizer.

Did you know that tea can naturally cleanse and moisturize your skin and make it feel softer? Mix two cups of freshly brewed tea in warm bath water. Now, let yourself soak in the bath water for 20 minutes, allowing the tea extract to work its magic in cleaning, toning and moisturizing your skin.

Don’t forget to take a shower after soaking to rinse off the tea-infused water or you may find that your skin have become more tan. Yes, a nice temporary tan is another beauty offering of tea.

Tea freshens your face and tightens the skin.

Facial skin is more delicate than the rest of your body, hence the need for extra care. Take two to three tablespoons of cooled green tea and dab it all over your face with a cotton ball. Let the tea absorb for 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash it off.

Applying green tea twice a day will help to remove impurities, clean clogged pores and tighten your skin. The result is a healthy glowing youthful skin which you have always dreamed of.

Tea can be used to exfoliate your skin.

There is another way you can use tea in your facial beauty treatment. It has been known for a long time that herbal soap makers are mixing tea leaves in their bathing bars for the purpose of skin polishing. Why not incorporate this in your face cream also?

Crush a teaspoonful of dried tea leaves and mix it in your face cream. You will have created a mild but effective scrub for your skin. Massage the cream mixture gently onto the face in a circular clockwise motion for 15 to 20 minutes. This will remove dead skin cells and polish your skin. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. You will agree that your skin never felt so soft and clean.

Tea soothes tired eyes and removes dark circles.

Lack of sleep, too much exposure to sun and long hours of work in front of a computer are all conditions which may lead to those ugly dark circles and puffy eyes. Many of us use cucumber slices to remove dark circles. But did you know that your previously brewed tea bags can work wonders in relieving tired eyes?

A cup of gourmet tea is what most of us like to have after returning home from work. Don’t throw away the brewed tea bags. Instead, allow to cool and put them over your closed eyes and take rest for 15-20 minutes. The tannin and caffeine in tea will act to revive blood flow in the skin under the eyes and shrink blood vessels to reduce puffiness.

Tea cools off sunburns and soothes skin irritations.

No matter how careful you are before going out into the sun, sunburns can happen due to exposure, especially in the hot summer sun. Don’t worry! A few wet, refrigerated tea bags on the affected area will cool off the burns.

You can also use cool, tea-soaked cotton pads instead. This can easily be applied to the burned skin; allow the skin to soak in the tea for 20 minutes. You will see the magical healing effect of tea on sunburned skin.

Factors You Need to Consider While Introducing a New Food Product

Change is inevitable. It is impossible to progress without making necessary changes. What seems to be good and sufficient for today, may not be adequate for tomorrow. All aspects of our lives, starting from food to clothes, leisure to entertainment, jobs to careers need to be changed at some point of time for making advancements. Designers, providers and manufacturers of every product inevitably fail to meet the expectations of their customers after a certain point of time. Even when the products are absolutely up to the mark, manufacturers need to make changes to cater successfully to the changes in the tastes, preferences and requirements of customers.

Smart manufacturers recognize the significance of making changes and introducing new products in the market. They constantly strive to understand the changing tastes and needs of their customers in order to update their products efficiently. When it comes to our food habits, they keep on changing with the passage of time. The increasing popularity of ready made food products and a variety of junk food has marked a noticeable change in peoples’ food habits in recent times. Increasing work pressure and scarcity of time has led to a decrease in peoples’ tendency to prepare nutritious food and a tendency to opt more and more for ready made and junk foods. These changes in peoples’ lifestyles call for new food products that can successfully cater to their needs and preferences of customers.

When you are introducing a new food product in the market, it is necessary to keep in mind certain important aspects in order to make it a success. Let us discuss some of the significant factors:

Innumerable products are introduced in the market every year. The key to success is to make sure that the food product you manufacture must be something new and innovative, which would successfully cater to the requirements of the customers. It must fill an empty space in the market in order to become a success.

Make a thorough research to obtain necessary information regarding the local laws related to retail food jobs. The product you introduce in the market must be eligible to pass regulatory standards.

It is extremely important to make a thorough research of the market. You must obtain detailed information regarding every aspect related to a successful marketing of your product starting from the packaging to the store where you would sell your product to your target customers. You must know your target customers and their tastes and preferences in order to market your products more efficiently.

Make a list of all the necessary aspects including the services, proprietary tools and techniques and materials required to manufacture the new food product and market it to target customers. Considering these important aspects help in knowing the costs involved in the entire process, and also the various ways you can cut down on the costs while still maintaining the standard of the product.

Besides keeping in mind the above mentioned factors, it is also extremely important to take good care of sanitation and the local laws. It is also overly important to plan meticulously and carefully to carry out the entire manufacturing and marketing process efficiently and successfully.

Right Brain Consulting is a highly reputed food manufacturing consultant providing assistance to companies in dealing efficiently with contract manufacturers to source new food products.

How To Make The Ultimate Iced Frappe

Thanks for reading our article. You must have noticed the huge increase in the number of outlets offering frappes and frappuccinos, particularly during the spring and summer months. If companies like McDonald’s and Costa Coffee are selling them, then you can be sure that everyone else will follow.

Whether you want to know how to make a frappe so you can serve them to your customers or just to enjoy one at home on a hot summer day, this article is designed to make life as easy as possible and have you making the ultimate iced drinks in no time!

Before we start, I should probably clear up something which we’re asked by our customers quite regularly. What is the difference (if any) between a frappe and a frappuccino? You’ll see frappes sold in McDonald’s and frappuccinos sold in Starbucks. Put simply, a frappuccino is a fancy frappe loaded with whipped cream, syrup and sometimes chocolate sauce. Frappuccino is actually a registered trademark of Starbucks, so think of it as the difference between a burger and Big Mac, whereas the frappe was an accidental invention originating in Greece, and outside of the USA, is usually served as a flavoured, iced, milk-based drink without all the toppings.

Frappe

So let’s drop the Frappuccino as it’s simply a trademark name, and concentrate on how to make an amazing, grown-up and delicious frappe…

1. Take a 12oz tumbler and fill it near to the top with ice cubes
2. Pour milk over the top of the ice and up to the top of the glass
3. Empty the contents of the glass into your blender
4. Add a scoop of frappe mix to your blender. There are a wide number of flavours to choose from, so pick your favourite.
5. If you want to add a further shot of flavouring syrup, then do it at this point, but don’t add any cream or extra sugar.
6. Blend until smooth and pour back into a glass.
7. You can add any additional touches at this point, and there are no rules – try chocolate shavings, a little whipped cream or a drizzle of sauce.

When topping your frappe, remember that sometimes less is more. A frappe served to you in America will be loaded with whipped cream and look more like a Knickerbocker Glory than an iced drink and will be impossible to consume without a spoon. European tastes are a little different, and a lot of customers seem to prefer skipping the toppings altogether, despite what you might find served in a McDonald’s or Starbucks (and no prizes for knowing the nationality of both these companies!)

There are a lot of great flavoured frappe powders available to buy that take all the effort out of making these drinks, from standard vanilla and chocolate to sticky toffee (one of our favourites). Alternatively, if you don’t have a blender, don’t worry – there are now some liquid frappes available in cartons, pre-mixed so all you need is a cup of ice cubes and just pour the frappe over them and serve.

Don’t be afraid to experiment a little too – unlike coffee, there is so much interpretation around of what a frappe should actually be that you can pretty much come up with anything based on the above recipe, and so long as you (or your customers) like it, then who is to say it’s wrong?

We hope you’ll soon be serving the best iced drinks in town, and if you happen to end up inventing something totally amazing, don’t keep it to yourself! Let us know and we’ll share it with everyone.

Top 5 Teas That Help You Lose Weight

People, especially women, are crazy about losing weight by all means. They put their body through tough diets and spend hundreds on bogus miracle products, without realizing that there is a much simple and healthy option for losing weight – drinking tea.

Although not every tea type will help you lose weight, there are some types that can drastically help. Here are the top 5 tea types that will go to work on your body and help you achieve good results regarding weight loss.

Green Tea. Green tea is recognized as the absolute best weight loss beverage. This tea is rich in antioxidants and catechins, which help the liver to better process fat cells and decrease the levels of stored body fats. Together with caffeine, these substances also work to suppress your appetite and make you feel full longer.

Oolong Tea. This type of beverage is filled with potent antioxidants that will help boost your metabolism, which means this tea also helps the body burn fat cells more quickly and effectively. Also, in this type of beverage, there is caffeine, which is known to speed your metabolism to help you reach your desired weight loss goal much quicker. Oolong tea will also stabilize blood sugar levels, which means craving fewer sweets and feel more balanced and satisfied.

Yerbe Mate. This is a herbal tea specific to South America and it contains some particles that are said to stimulate substances in your body, which leads to faster burning of fats and calories. This tea also suppresses your appetite, as it slows the digestion process. Yerbe Mate also acts as a stimulant, so you are recommended to drink it only during the day or it might interrupt your sleep.

China Black Tea. Also known by the name of Pu-Erh, this type of tea is a delicacy in China. This herb is naturally fermented and the more it is aged, the better it tastes. China Black tea contains special enzymes that have been proven to decompose fat cells effectively.

White Tea. This type of tea slows the body’s ability to retain fats from the food you consume. Drinking White tea helps burn existing fat as well as prevent the storage of new fat, reducing the body’s overall weight.

You can enjoy any of these tea types exactly as you wish, but you might consider drinking it in such manner that it does not lose its natural flavor. You can add sugar, cream or honey to your cup, or opt for the natural way, without any additives.

Keeping the healthy Properties of these Tea Types

Of course, if your goal is to lose weight drinking tea, you should consume it with as few additives as possible for the best results. In its natural form, tea does not contain any calories, so this is definitely the best way to drink it for your weight loss plan.

You can drink these teas every day without dread, as they taste very good. These teas are a wonderful option for losing weight and are much healthier in comparison to other methods of losing weight.

Which of the above named teas do you think tastes the best?

Which is best for a picky palate?