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Automatic Yogurt Maker
Euro Cuisine YM100 Fermentation System
The design is Italian-inspired, but the idea is simply inspired. This is one of the few models of yogurt maker available with an automatic shut-off, a feature users consider critical. The set includes glass jars, not cheap plastic that scratches, stains or degrades over time. Glass is easier to clean and sterilize, in addition to keeping its appearance over time.
Cook yogurt to the consistency you prefer. Some may like a stiffer, more resilient final product. Some prefer a slightly looser yogurt. If you buy at the store, you're stuck with what you get.
Anyone on a special diet will appreciate what a yogurt maker can do. You can control exactly what you add or omit from the recipe. You can guarantee your yogurt is free of animal products, gluten, nuts or allergens. Make yogurt with soy or rice milk or any milk alternative of your choice.
If your family eats even a few yogurts per week, the machine will pay for itself.
The good: Customers give the product high marks and truly enjoy making their own yogurt blends in their favorite flavors. It is nice to be able to enjoy real fruit chunks rather than small bits and pieces. You know the quality of your add-ins and can choose organic produce.
If you break or lose a jar, replacements are available through the company. Even better, you can use any of your own jars that fit the appliance, recycle household jars or substitute a large bowl for a single big batch.
The bad: The included jars do not transport well without spillage, so users would be advised to use an inexpensive set of Ziploc containers for brown bag lunch use.
Froth Au Lait FAL-W Frothing Unit
The Froth Au Lait creates hot, frothed milk foam in minutes. You simply add milk to the machine and it performs mechanical agitation. A cup and a half of milk yields six cups of thick, rich, quality foam.
Using the foam is just as simple. The dispenser can be detached to serve. The milk is hot and won't cool down your coffee.
Create your own special blend of flavored foam to top your coffee, other beverages, hot cereal or desserts. Use milk or milk alternatives, try liquers or syrups to dress up your homemade drinks and save a ton of money while getting just the treat you want.
If you already have a great espresso machine (or want one), but continue to find the wand feature disappoints, forget it and use a Forth Au Lait instead.
The good: The company is becoming known for its exceptional efforts in customer service as much as for its fantastic product.
The bad: Perhaps this is a specialized product, but if you enjoy gourmet coffees, you cannot find a better addition to your coffee maker.
Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher
Back to Basics TEM500
A hot breakfast sandwich feels like a luxury, but what you get at the drive through is often far from decadent. Include the wait in line, the botched orders and you don't really save anything, especially time. If only there was a way to make your own hot and easy, portable breakfast item...
This product does three jobs in one and you will rely on it for far more than breakfast. It's so easy that kids can make their own hot snacks or lunches. Create a balanced snack after your workout.
The toaster heats any breakfast bread item, from bread to biscuits, croissants, English muffins. A warming tray heats your meat, cheese or other addition. And the unit boils one to four eggs (make extras for lunchtime sandwiches or a quick snack). Pop in your ingredients while you go shave or shower and come back to a ready-to-assemble meal. Make two and pack one for your lunch!
The good: The whole process takes about as long as fixing a hot cup of coffee and you can eat while it's hot--sitting down, at the table, like a person.
The bad: The whole machine is about the size of a large toaster. A little more space for a lot more value.
Frozen Concoction Maker
Margaritaville DM2000 Premium Frozen Concoction Maker
Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker
Touch one button and the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker shaves the ice, then blends your drink to your specifications using pre-programmed cycles to achieve the perfect mix. The ideal ice consistency really makes the drink. Enjoy your own party at home, around the pool or fireplace.
The unit allows you to make your own fancy bar drinks without the expense. Show off for friends. Don't drink? The Margaritaville makes a great blender and shaved ice machine. Use it for non-alcoholic beverages and fizzy drinks. Shave ice for the kids to use in snowcones or in their sodas.
Each machine features a heavy glass jar with a drip free spout. Clean up is fast. The ice area takes a rinse, the rest pops into the dishwasher. And there is no worry about melt water. The machine channels it away from your finished beverage.
The 2000 model comes with a ton of extras and has the chrome shine. The 0500 model is the same quality machine, but with a more demure look.
The good: It's as fun to watch the device as it is to sample the finished product! The machine is a shiny chrome wonder with tropical colored accents. Set it up and watch it do all the work.
The bad: You may want to purchase a spare blender jar so that you can keep the drinks flowing between batches or make more than one flavor at a time!
Or, try the Margaritaville DM3000 Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker, capable of preparing three batches of frozen drinks in six styles with consistency adjustments for the perfect blend in each.
InfraWave Countertop Oven
Black & Decker FC150BR InfraWave
With the Infrawave, infrared light cooks your food and does so evenly; you don't have to babysit the pan. The device cooks more than 50% faster than your oven. Cook with the speed of a microwave, but get the quality of cooking you expect from slower methods. What does that mean? Browned, cripsy, juicy roasted food, packed with flavor.
Preheats fast--so fast that there is no real pre-heat to wait for. Cooks fast--twenty minutes and most meals are done. And, you won't believe this, but no thawing is needed. If you get busy, forget to defrost something for dinner? Not a problem any longer. Want to cook on the spur of the moment? Done.
Quick options and fifty-two presets help you program your item in in seconds. ConvertMenu can translate the cooking time for any food, recipe or form of cooking--boiling, toasting, roasting, baking. Reheat or broil.
Great not just for a dorm or apartment, this would be a wonderful alternative to heating the whole house in hot weather by cooking in the oven. The InfraWave would also make a great second oven for those big holiday meals.
Not only do you save energy, you get consistent cooking, no hot spots. Open the door and the heating pauses.
The good: All buttons are labeled well, clear and easy to understand.
The bad: No more use for your toaster oven, microwave. What will you do with all that empty counter space?
Electric Water Kettle
Braun WK200B AquaExpress
If you (or your family) have a constant need for hot water, an electric kettle is definitely a great improvement over the stovetop kettle. The first, most basic improvement being the lack of need for a stovetop. You can have hot water on hand in your cubicle, in your workshop, at your craft table, the baby's room or just by your easy chair.
No rushing to stop the insistent whistling and no wait. An electric kettle keeps your water hot and ready to go for tea, instant coffee (and other hot beverages), hot cereal, soup...The Braun kettle is fast to heat and fast to reheat, so your coffee won't cool with the addition of cream. Fill the pot, plug it in and the pot functions quietly.
The good: Unlike with other kettles, the Braun doesn't need to be aligned correctly on its pad to work. Put it down any way you like.
The Zojirushi CD-LCC40 Micom 4.0-Liter is another good choice, with automatic shut off, descale and dechlorination modes.
The bad: No more extra trips to the kitchen, where you can encounter the cookie jar, just by accident...
SoyQuick Premier Milk Maker 930P
There is no filter to hassle with in this quick and easy alternative milk maker. The design is easy to clean and maintain. The operation is push-button simple. Users absolutely rave about what they can do with this machine.
Milk alternatives are expensive, whether you prefer soy, rice or other nut milks. Why pay extra for the carton (one that has been sitting on a shelf for weeks or longer)? Skip the expensive health food section of the store, the boutique market and make your own.
Grind your own seeds or nuts, beans or grains. Create your own special blend for milk flavors you can't find on sale. Select your own flavorings and intensity. Choose among a variety of added ingredients--from fruit to coffee to syrups--and know exactly what you're getting in your drink.
The good: The device is designed to produce low pulp or no pulp product as you choose. Make more than milk. Customers have used the SoyQuick to make yogurt, tofu and more. A recipe book comes with the unit to help inspire you. If you ever have an issue, SoyQuick has a very highly rated customer service department.
The bad: You may never be able to go back to cardboard flavored milks again.
iSi Dessert Maker/ Cream Whipper
With the iSi, you're seconds away from fresh, whipped cream. You mix and dispense right from the can. The whipper operates from replaceable cartridges of N2O. It works just like the canisters you find on the grocery shelf. Even better, using the whipper multiplies several times over the amount of whipped cream you get per pint of fresh cream.
Tailor-make your own special whipped creams by adding flavorings or color. Make sugar free whipped cream or milk alternative whipped creams instead of paying extra for them in the store. Create special desserts, like homemade mousse, simply and easily.
The good: The operation is incredibly simple--add your cream and flavorings, charge the can, then dispense the goodness onto your coffee, hot chocolate, pie. Decorator tips help you make fancy swirls.
The bad: You won't want to return to plain coffee drinks again.
Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller
Are your kids always grabbing the last cold can? Did you just get home with a warm case and don't want to waste an hour or two waiting for your beverage to cool? If your fridge is packed full of leftovers, holiday treats or fresh produce, where do you store the wine and soda?
Why waste money by stopping at the store for a fresh, cold bottle of water to carry to the gym? Why pay a premium price for cold alcoholic beverages?
Ice-water-spin. There is no worry. Cans spin but won't fizz over when they're opened. There's a no-spin option for delicate wines. The cycle stops when your beverage has reached the optimum temperature. Choose from chilled to near freezing. The unit can fit even long wine bottles. Need to heat the baby's bottle? Just add hot water instead of ice!
The good: Easy touchpad function and simple indicator light interface. The tailgater model comes with an adapter to run from your vehicle's cigarette lighter port. Chilling takes minutes. Guys who love gadgets will love showing it off.
The bad: Ice cream headache from your deliciously cold drinks.
EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale
Designed by medical professionals, this scale comes programmed to calculate the calories and nutrient content of any food you place atop. The scale works with any food with a USDA Nutritional Facts label, but it also comes with a memory capable of processing unlabeled foods.
The EatSmart scale is made to help educate you about proper portion control and establish good food behaviors. This would make a great gift for any diabetic, anyone on a special diet and anyone who wants to be more aware of their food intake or ensure that they're getting the proper balance of nutrients.
The scale allows you to track foods you eat across time (days or weeks), up to 99 individual entries, and it weighs in both ounces and grams. It also has a tare function to negate the weight of any plate, bowl or container.
The good: A solid build with a thick, tempered glass plate and a sealed keypad.
The bad: Requires four AAA batteries