Category: In Our Kitchen


If you are like us, then you are constantly looking for new and fun toys to use in your kitchen. We love to cook, but we really hate the work involved, so we went on the hunt for ways to help make it more carefree while we prepare our go to meals. We have already benefited a great deal by using a food processor, but now we found away to cut our cooking times down drastically. Yup, we got ourselves a toaster oven. Obviously, the first thing you think about when referring to this type of oven, is toast. However, we were amazed with the versatility of these machines and what they can do for your in your own kitchen. Now, we didn’t get a basic toaster oven, we got a convection toaster oven, and there is a huge difference in the technology and the functionality involved which we will touch on in a bit.

We started our quest for finding a new countertop oven by heading over to Gouverneur Times and getting the latest toaster oven ratings. We wanted a general sense of direction as to which ovens are currently popular with owners and were worth considering. We learned that the top 3 were all convection ovens, so we decided to dig a little deeper and see why this type of oven was so desirable. We are glad that we did.

Convection Cooking Basics

This type of oven can really make a huge difference in the way that you cook food. Basically, a convection oven uses an internal fan to circulate hot air while you are cooking food. This may not seem like a huge deal, but this action can reduce your cooking times by up to 25%, and it uses lower temperatures to achieve this. It can also be a little more energy efficient which means not only will save time but you will also save energy. Once we discovered all of the advantages of this type of cooking method, it only made sense to get one of these ovens, but which ones are worth your money?

Breville Smart Ovens

Breville has three models that make use of a convection feature. Their BOV800XL has been quite popular for years but they have recently come out with a couple of new models that add a little more functionality. Their BOV845BSS is quickly making a name for itself as it adds another pre-setting to its menu as well as an interior light. This seems to be the new gold standard when it comes to small convection ovens.

  • You can cook slowly for up to 10 hours.
  • Stainless steel finish and construction that fits any type of kitchen style.
  • 10 functions that are displayed on the futuristic LCD display screen.
  • Intuitive controls that are simple to learn.
  • Exceptional cooking performance that lets you bake, roast, broil, reheat, defrost, and more. Its convection feature speeds up the cooking process by up to a whopping 30%.
  • Excellent customer reviews and ratings. Owners love using this oven in their kitchen.

Cuisinart TOB-260

At first glance this might look like a Breville knock-off, but this model can truly stand on its own. Cuisinart’s latest entry into the countertop convection oven market has also been a huge hit with amateur chefs.

  • Exact Heat technology that cooks food evenly on every side. You do not have to worry about hot or cold spots, and it does it automatically.
  • Not one, but two different convection features that you can use to cook your meals. No other oven on the market has this capability.
  • Sleek design with stainless steel materials. Perfect for modern and traditional kitchens alike.
  • Big interior space that can handle a 13″ inch pizza or 9 pieces of toast.
  • Very fast heating, don’t waste your time pre-heating the oven. Get straight to cooking.

Convection Adjustments

Perhaps the only downside to cooking with convection is that you will have to adjust your recipe times to account for the faster results. Once you get this down however, it will open up a new world of not having to wait as long to enjoy your food. Both of the options above take a lot of the guess work out of preparing healthy and delicious results that your family will absolutely love. We were pleasantly shocked with just how much the new countertop ovens can accomplish, and now that we have one of these machines in our kitchen, our standard oven is sure to be collecting a fair amount of dust.

Easy food preparation with a food processor

Food processors can truly cut down the amount of work that you have to do so that you can enjoy your time in the kitchen more. It is an invaluable tool in our own kitchen and it is something that amateur chefs can really benefit from using. While most people tend to lead hectic lives that do not leave room for spending hours in the kitchen, there are ways that you can save time while preparing your favorite meals for your family. Most of us are not professional chefs with superior knife skills, and chopping up vegetables or mincing different foods can be time consuming and a little dangerous. Having a quality food processor can relieve this aspect of your recipe and free you up to do other more important things.

There are plenty of high quality options to choose from when looking to buy a new food processor. The two main factors that most people use when shopping for one of these small appliances are; price and capacity. No matter what your budget, you should be able to find a decent machine that can help you save time. Below are just three of the more popular models.

Top Customer Rated Food Processors

Cuisinart makes some of the best food processors that you can buy and they are pretty nicely priced. So it is no wonder that they usually take the top spots in recent food processor reviews and ratings. Chances are you will be able to find a model that perfectly fits all of your cooking needs.

Cuisinart DLC 10S Pro

This particular model is a classic which continues to go strong. For those who do not have a lot of money to spend, then this is the ideal choice. It is probably the best budget food processor and it performs great in the kitchen. It is not the best looking appliance as its styling is a little dated, however it is a workhorse that can tackle just about any type of slicing, dicing, and mincing job that you need. This model has a 7 cup capacity bowl that is almost impossible to break.

It features stainless steel cutting discs that are extremely durable, dishwasher safe parts, easy controls, recipe book, and different blades for added versatility. It is very highly rated by owners who just needs something that works and don’t need something that looks pretty.

Cuisinart DLC-2009

This model is a great combination of form and functionality. This food processor has a 9 cup capacity that is perfect for larger meals that require a lot of chopping. Its motor is powerful enough to handle just about anything that you can throw it at with exceptional results.

This machine also comes with various cutting blades that are one of the strong points of Cuinsart food processors. However, along with its great performance, the DLC-2009 also features more modern styling. This unit will look great in any modern kitchen as it has smoother lines and a silver and black color pattern. You get the best of both worlds. The price is slightly over $100 for those concerned with their budget.

Breville Sous Chef

Now if you are not concerned with your budget, this is the food processor for you. While it is not a Cuisinart, Breville does make some of the most expensive small kitchen appliances, but they are usually super modern and deliver superior performance. The BFP800XL will run you about $400, but for those who can afford it it just might be worth it.

This model has a robust motor, stainless steel blades, a big 16 cup capacity bowl, BPA-free parts, and a very wide feed chute. This is geared for more serious chefs that spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It is a modern workhorse that is extremely reliable for owners. If money is no object, then the Breville is for you.

Why Get A Food Processor?

This is a common question that a lot of people ask. If you already have a drawer full of kitchen knives you may think that you have no need to spend money on another appliance. But how many tears have you shed cutting onions? How many nicks or near misses have you had with cutting your fingers? And how many times have you struggled to get the perfect diced cut on your vegetables?

Most of these machines are as simple as placing the food inside of the bowl, replacing and locking the lid, and hitting a button. A couple of minutes to avoid shedding blood or tears. And for those that like to cook elaborate meals with lengthy recipes, the time saved can really add up. If you are on the fence it is time to just take the plunge and try using a food processor. Chances are you will wish you had a lot earlier in your cooking career.

Want to see one of these food processors in action? Check out the video below.