Ice Cream Recipes The Kids Will Enjoy Making At Home

For a safe, fun, and tasty family activity, nothing beats making homemade ice cream. It is a great way to bring everyone together and help create something that everyone can enjoy. Ice cream machines can be purchased for home use and they are a must have small kitchen appliance for any one who loves to indulge in delicious frozen treats. Over time they can be a huge money saver as well.

Top Ice Cream Makers

Buying an ice cream makerWhether you want an old fashioned model that uses ice and salt or you want a modern machine that handles everything for you with the push of a button, there are plenty of high quality models to choose from. There are plenty of reviews to help you find the best ice cream maker for your kitchen. Today’s ice cream machines are also capable of making frozen yogurt, sorbets, gelato and much more.  We are currently using the Breville Smart Scoop home ice cream machine and we absolutely love it.  We love Breville products and this machine was a bit on the expensive side, but for us it was well worth the money.  With a fancy led screen and having its own compressor gives up the ultimate modern convenience to satisfy our dessert cravings whenever they occur.

Overall though, these frozen treat makers are quite affordable.  Once you buy a new machine it can be quite fun to experiment with all of the different flavors and ingredient combinations that are available. Below are just two examples to help you start your quest to making homemade ice cream.

Eggless Strawberry Ice Cream

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour

• 2 drops of red food coloring
• 2 cups of mashed fresh strawberries
• 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup of white sugar
• 2 cups of heavy cream
• 2 cups of whole milk


1. Combine food coloring, strawberries, vanilla, salt, sugar, cream and milk in a large bowl.
2. Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze for a duration of 1 hour as directed by the manufacturer.

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 9 hours

• 1/2 cup of coarsely crushed graham crackers
• 1/3 cup of key lime juice
• 1 teaspoon of Key lime zest
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 cup cream
• 2 cups of reduced fat milk
• 1/8 teaspoon of salt
• 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
• 1/2 cup of granular sweetener for ice cream


1. In a large heavy saucepan, whisk together salt, cornstarch and granular sweetener for ice cream. Add milk and cream then whisk. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat
2. Add egg yolk and whisk until slightly thickened
3. Into a bowl, pour the mixture through a wire mesh strainer. Put the mixture into a refrigerator and let it cool for about 1 hour.
4. Pour the mixture into a home ice cream maker machine and freeze according to the directions provided by the manufacturer. Stir in Key lime zest, crushed graham crackers and key lime juice. Let the ice cream stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.

Indulge Yourself

Getting your own machine is indeed something that the entire family can take advantage of and with today’s ice cream makers there does not have to be a lot of work involved to produce a decadent frozen treat. If your kitchen does not have one of these appliances, then you do not know what your missing, especially for those with kids. Take the plunge, live a little, and start making your own ice cream.

The great thing about these appliances is that there are countless recipes that you can try at home.  Here is an added video recipe to help you make delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Bake Smarter With The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven

Breville BOV800XL redIf you’re in the market for a large-capacity, luxury oven that can perform a variety of cooking tasks fast and efficiently, then you should consider the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven. This 1800-watt Smart Oven is equipped with Element IQ™ technology, which distributes heat throughout the oven where and when it’s needed, for more efficient cooking. It also comes with several other useful features which include 9 pre-set cooking functions, easy-to-use control panel, 3-rack positions, non-stick interior and an automatic timer among others. And that’s not all; this oven will definitely look attractive on your countertop, thanks to its stainless steel construction which gives it a modern appearance. Found out more about this product in this detailed review.

What Does The BOV800XL Has To Offer?

This is one of the most popular convection countertop ovens being sold today.  It is currently ranked as Gouverneur Times best toaster oven for 2016, and for good reason.  This model is stacked with modern features that makes this a great choice for anyone looking to buy one of these small kitchen appliances.  Toaster oven technology has really advanced, and some of the features that the BOV800XL has to offer include the following:

Spacious Interior

At 18.5 x16.25 x11.25 inches, the Breville BOV800XL is larger than most toaster ovens, with a cooking space that can comfortably fit a 13-inch pizza or six slices of toast. The spacious interior is coated with a non-stick interior, which makes it very easy to clean.

Element IQ Technology For Smart Cooking

This sophisticated technology enables the oven to distribute heat where and when it’s needed, thereby ensuring more even and efficient cooking. In addition, the oven also automatically adjusts its heating elements wattage for even more flexible cooking.

9 Cooking Functions

The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven comes with nine menu functions which include, roast, cookies, bagel, pizza, bake, reheat, warm, broil and roast. Each of the functions is preset with recommended cooking time and temperature, which helps to take guesswork out of your cooking. Note that you can adjust the presets to suit your personal taste and preference, and the oven will remember your adjustments the next time you cook the same food.

Sturdy Construction

This Smart Oven’s body is built using reinforced stainless steel, making it durable as well as appealing. So, you should expect this product to serve you for a very long time if you decide to buy it.

Simple and User-Friendly Control Panel

The control panel consists of three large dials: a time dial, a temperature dial, as well as a functional dial with the oven’s presets, all of which are extremely easy to set. The oven also has an easy-to-read LCD display, which shows a bright orange color when you’re preheating and cooking food, and blue when the cycle is complete.

You’ll also find on the control panel a start/cancel button, Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion button, frozen food button as well as, convection on/off button, all of which make programming the oven really simple.

Convection Cooking

The oven also comes with a convection cooking function, which utilizes a fan to circulate hot air uniformly throughout the oven’s interior, making food to cook faster and more evenly than a static heating element. This type of cooking is suitable for baking foods such as cakes, cookies etc. that require to be cooked evenly throughout. It’s very energy-efficient and usually produces great results. Note that the oven has an on/off convection button which you can use to disable this function if you don’t want to use it.

3 Rack Positions

This Smart Oven has 3 different rack height positions for you to choose from depending on what you’re cooking. On the outside of the window, you’ll find a clear guide showing you how to correctly place the rack when cooking different foods. This eliminates the need to refer to a manual for the appropriate rack height every time you’re changing from one cooking method to another.

The oven also comes with tiny magnets embedded on the side of the door that partially pull the wire rack out of the oven when you open the door. This makes food removal easier and prevents accidental burns.

Pros and Cons

You can read a detailed review of the BOV800XL for some the aspects of this toaster oven, both good and bad, that customers tend to point to in their feedback.  With this model, most of the reviews are extremely positive, but like everything else, nothing is quite perfect.  Some of these include:


Cooks Food Evenly and Quickly – The oven performs well at every cooking task. It toasts, bakes, broils, reheats and roasts food quickly and evenly at a consistent temperature throughout the cooking period.

Easy to Use – The oven has a bright LCD display that’s very readable, and large dial controls that are easy to set. Removing food from it is also very easy, thanks to the interior racks that automatically slide out halfway when the door is opened. The oven’s non-stick interior, front-loading pull-out crumb tray and stainless steel exterior, also make cleaning very simple.

Large Capacity – The oven’s interior is spacious enough to accommodate 6 slices of bread, or a 13-inch pizza.


Many customers are happy with the overall performance of this smart oven, though there are a few people who have complained that it takes so much space on their countertops. However, this is a small price to pay for all the value that you’ll get from it.

Price is also an issue for some owners as it is one of the more expensive machines that you can get for your kitchen.  But if you can afford it, it is a great investment to improve your joy of cooking.

Why You Should Buy One Of These Ovens

If you want a countertop oven that can bake dinner in then this Breville is a terrific choice.  Overall, if you’re looking for a high-end, large-capacity smart oven that’s durable, easy to use and performs various cooking tasks fast and efficiently, then you should consider buying the BOV800XL.

Looking Ahead at the Best Juicers For 2016

top rated masticating juicer 2016As you can guess, we love our veggies. We love to eat them, we love to cook them, but we also enjoy juicing them. To get the daily requirements for fruits and vegetables nothing is better, faster, and more convenient than to drop them into a juicer and drinking your way to better health. Eating the same amount of fresh produce would eat up a lot of time, pun intended, and you would probably feel like a farm animal grazing all day long. Juicers work great at extracting the nutrients and vitamins from vegetables and fruits that can make you feel energetic, healthy, and alive. Below you will find a couple of our favorite new machines that can help you take back control of your diet and have a tremendous impact on your overall well being.

Latest and Greatest Masticating Juicers Worth Considering

Below are two juicers that we really love. One we just got, and one we really wanted to get but it was just too much out of our budget to buy. Both are extremely excellent at what they do and for anyone looking to go out and purchase a new juice extractor, these two should be on your list.

Omega NC800 HDS

This is the juicing machine that we actually just bought. We had to save for a few weeks, but we finally took the plunge and we have been extremely pleased so far. It gets a workout every morning and some evenings and it has handled everything we have thrown at it without any problems. Below are some of the things that we really like about the Omega NC800 and why it is an elite juicer that is perfect for your kitchen.

  • Big feed tube – Most older model masticating juicers have a smaller feed chute. This means you have to waste time cutting anything that you want to juice into tiny sized chunks just to fit into the machine. It can get very tedious. The larger feed chute on this model has proven to be a real time saver for us.


  • Slow juicing – Faster juicers are great at getting the job done quickly but they also can have negative effects on the juice, as well as being quite loud. Getting a masticating juicer can help protect the vitamins and enzymes in the juice from heat and air. This provides a healthier juice than stays fresh longer. It is well worth the slightly longer juicing time. This juicing machine is also pretty quiet.


  • Easy to Clean – Something that every juicer should strive for, this Omega juicer is a breeze to take apart and clean, just a couple of minutes. It is not a hassle at all, which makes us want to use it more often.


  • Great Reviews – Before buying we did our research to see how other owners liked this juicer, and the feedback for this model was exceptional. Every Omega NC800 juicer review seemed to give us more confidence in our purchase. And they were right, we love it. Truly a great juicer.

Omega VSJ843R Upright Model

Omega makes some dependable and efficient masticating juicers, and the Omega VSJ843R is a brand new model that we really wanted to get. However, it was way out of our price range. Maybe some day, but for now we can only wish. It has some extremely nice features that make it highly desirable.

  • Upright Design – For tight kitchens, like ours, the vertical shape and design of this juicer would be extremely helpful. Not only would it save space, but the unique design looks quite sharp, at least in our opinion.


  • Super Quiet Juicing – We have used some loud machines in the past, but this model seems to be extremely quiet. All of the videos we have seen in the reviews for the VSJ843R make it barely noticeable while juicing. I am not a big fan of noisy appliances, so this would be perfect.


  • Juice Yield – For an upright juicer, this unit seems to extract extremely high amounts of juice from whatever is dropped into it. Super efficient.


  • Long Warranty – Like most Omega juicers, this model comes with a 15 year warranty in case anything should break. By far the best you will find when shopping for a brand new juicer.

Why Choose Masticating Juicers?

Sometimes referred to slow juicers, or cold-press juicers, masticating juicers offer a more nutrient dense juice that has less oxidation that enables to be kept cold and stored for longer than centrifugal juicers. They have several advantages that make it a more sound investment for long term juicing. Centrifugal juicers are not bad by any stretch, but we feel we better maximize our juicing efforts by using a masticating machine.

Whichever type of machine or whatever model you choose, you will be making an extremely positive step to improving your health. Don’t waste any more time thinking about it, just do it and take advantage of everything that fruits and veggies can offer you.

Below is a video review of the NC800 that we ended up getting.