Eating Healthier in Today's World

 

We here at Healthy Kitchens are concerned about today's food supply and how it affects our families' health.  This blog will be devoted to increasing awareness to all our readers about how to increase the nutritional content of the food that we feed our families daily.  We don't want to make it harder, so we have some great ideas on how to do this much easier with the use of some great tips and tricks.  We hope to have some great suggestions, recipes, nutritional information etc. that you all can use.  Please feel free to email us back with your comments and we will answer your questions and concerns or just add them to the posts.

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What's New in the Shop!

Friday, August 17, 2018

 

Magimix See-Through Visions Toaster

 

Experience the only toaster with a viewing window that lets you watch the toasting process in action. Set the toaster to an automatic brown setting, or simply press a button to pop up your toast when it is browned just the way you like. Designed by Robot-Coupe of France, the leading name in Commercial Grade Cooking equipment.  We like it because we can split our bagels in half and put them in and toast just one side of the halves, side-by-side at the same time.  We have complete control and can override the automatic controls when we see our bread has been toasted to our perfection.  We make good bread --so now we can make good toast with it.

  • Four patented quartz tube heating elements produce crisp, uniformly browned toast.
  • Four preprogrammed heat settings include Toast, Bagel, Reheat and Defrost.
  • Extra-wide slots accommodate the thickest bagels and toast.
  • Double glass window stay cool while heating and allow you to monitor your toast at a glance
  • Windows drop down for easy cleaning
  • LED Display
  • One button function selection
  • Extra lift rises higher to safely remove small items
  • 8 pre-programmed settings
  • Extra wide slot-centers to accommodate the thickest bagels, baguettes and home made bread
  • Auto Shut off and manual stop function
  • Durable stainless-steel and plastic construction.
  • Glossy color finish.
  • Slide out crumb tray is easy to clean
  • Cord storage
  • Built to last for 30,000 uses
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Snacky Dehydrator by L'Equip

Snacky Dehydrator and Yogurt Maker by L'Equip

If you are new to preserving your food by drying it, then this great little dehydrator is the perfect introduction to dried food without spending a lot.  It will make anything it's bigger models will make like beef jerky, fruit leathers, herbs, and even incubate Yogurt. The 5 trays stack and are easy to use and clean.  A single dial adjusts the temperature for fruits, veggies, meats, fish and even yogurt.  The no worry built-in fan circulates the air for consistent drying by pulling the air down the middle and blowing up the circumference of the trays to be pulled across your food by the air going down the middle.  This means everything dries evenly and you don't have to rotate the trays.  The trays have different heights to allow for large or small items to be dried at one time.  The clear walls and trays allows you to see your food to let you tell when the job is done without having to lift off the lid.  This dries everything from Apple Chips to Beef Jerky!!

 

 

 Features: 

  •  Compact
  • Easy to use
  • You can see your food drying
  • 5 adjustable trays
  • dries everything from jerky to apple chips
  • adjustable temp. control

 

Magimix Food Processor 4200 XL 

 

 This powerful food processor made by Robot-Coupe of France, is a quality appliance from a manufacturer known for Commercial Grade Cooking Equipment.  This is an extremely powerful but extra-quiet machine includes a number of commercial grade components and accessories for a wide variety of uses.  The new Blend mix technology turns your machine into a world class blender perfect for smoothies, soups, pancake batter and milkshakes.  The 3 Tier bowl system let you make small, medium or large size recipes like pastry dough, mayonaise, chopping nuts, or making vegetarian loaves.  It can even knead bread dough in small quantities.  The main difference between the 3 models is the size of the bowls.  This is the larger sized processor which holds up to 3 litres for larger families up to 6 in total.  If you entertain regularly, the large bowl holds plenty and means you don't end up doing multiple batches. Same impressive induction motor with the added 950 watts of power.

 Features:

  • Ultra-efficient drive system with 100% torque for heavy-duty preparations requiring extra power, such as bread dough, pasta dough or brioches
  • It's compact foot print saves space on the countertop
  • The 3 BPA Free work bowls allow you to accomplish multiple tasks in succession
  • Razor-sharp stainless steel blades and stainless steel discs are strong enough for a variety of tasks including crushing ice
  • Innovative egg whisk design allow more mixing volume in the bowl
  • Extra large feeding tube eliminates the need to pre-cut most ingredients
  • 950 watt strong induction motor

 Included with this model

 

Main bowl - 3 Litres, Midi bowl 2.6 litres, Mini bowl 1.2 litres, recipe book, spatula, 

 

It can handle:

 

1.4 kg of pastry dough

 

1.5 litre of soup

 

1 kg. of bread dough

 

1 kg. of carrots

 

6 egg whites

 

 


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Standing Mixers Comparison Chart

Friday, August 10, 2018

 We love it when our customers take the time to give these incredible products a review.  A customers experience with our products is so valuble.  This post will feature our 3 stand mixers and what YOU have said about them.  We have our own comparison chart that will be at the end for a more formal detailed discription of the Bosch Compact MUM4 Mixer, Bosch Universal Plus Mixer MUM6N, and the Artiste Stand Mixer by L'Chef.

Bosch Universal Plus Review

 Thank you for sending the part so quickly.  I have been truly amazed with my Bosch Magic Mixer since receiving it as a wedding gift 34 years ago.  I use it to create many scrumptious things in my kitchen year after year.  I am happy to say that this is the FIRST replacement part I have ever had to buy for this Bosch machine.  WOW!  $12.00 in 34 years!  If only they made everything this well.....

Thanks again!  ~ Roxanne

 Bosch Compact Review

 I just love my new mixer. I made one loaf of bread today 50/50 and it was amazing to watch this cute little mixer making gluten. I made homemade dough enhancer. This is the first time I have made it and everything turned out better than I expected. Thank you very much. I will deal with you again. Alicia Carlsen 

 L'Chef Artiste Review

Now that I have had my Artiste mixer for a few months, I thought you might like to have some helpful feedback on this mixer- Judy Rheaume 2018

Pros:

·         Very powerful

·         Mixes items very quickly and efficiently

·         It is nice and sleek looking

              

 

Bosch Compact MUM4 Mixer

Bosch Universal Plus Mixer MUM6N

Artiste Stand Mixer by L'Chef

                                                                                             400 watts
 800 watts
650 watts

 Splash ring with a feeding chute

 Splash ring with separate bowl cover

Separate bowl cover with sliding opening leaving half the bowl open

 4 Qt. Makrilon Bowl (BPA free)

with cuff around rim of bowl for easy handling.

 6.5 Qt. bowl Makrilon bowl with cuff around bowl for easy handling.

 5.5 Qt. bowl bowl with cuff around bowl for easy handling.

 1 Qt./Litre Blender (opt.)

Has An Optional 6 Cup Blender Attachment - This Blender Is Excellent & Runs Up To 13,000 RPM's

 No Blender Attachment 

 Includes, dough hook, whips and cookie whisk

 Includes Dough Hook and Wire Whips- (Cookie paddles must be purchased separately but are not required for mixing cookies)

Includes Extended Length Dough Hook and Wire Whips- (Cookie paddles must be purchased separately but are not required for mixing cookies)

 Will knead up to 6 lbs.

of bread dough (2 whole wheat loaves)

 Will knead up to  14 lbs. of bread dough (4 whole wheat loaves or 7 loaves of white bread)

 Will knead up to  10 lbs. of bread dough (3 whole wheat loaves or 5 loaves of white bread)

 Will easily mix a single batch

of cookies or cake batters etc.

 Will easily mix quadruple batches of cookies but will still whip one egg white or 1/4 cup of whipping cream

Will easily mix triple batches of cookies but will still whip one egg white or 1/4 cup of whipping cream

 1 Year warranty on motor and parts

  3 Year Motor Warranty 1 Year On Parts

 1 Year Motor No Hassle Warranty 1 Year On Parts

 Dimensions: 10.5" tall, 11.5" wide, 12" deep

 Height 11", Width 15.5", Depth 12"

Height 10.5", Width 12", Depth 12"

 Weight:7 lbs.

 Weight: 15 lbs.

Weight: 14 lbs.

Flour Power: 8 cups

  • 2 -2 lbs. of Whole Wheat Bread or 3 1 lbs. loaves of White Bread
  • 3 doz. cookies
  • 1 large cheesecake

  Flour Power: 18 Cups

  • 4- 2lb Loaves Of Whole Wheat Bread or 7 1 lb. white loaves
  • 20 Dozen Cookies
  • 8 Pounds Of Mashed Potatoes

Flour Power: 12 Cups

  • 3- 2lb Loaves Of Whole Wheat Bread or 5 1 lb. white loaves
  • 12 Dozen Cookies
  • 5 Pounds Of Mashed Potatoes

Multifunctional arm with special gearing

and 3 drive positions for optimum power

No overhead arm. 2 drive positions for attachments

No overhead arm. 1 drive position for attachments

Multi-motion-drive that insures precise kneading

and mixing.  Tools insert on an angle.

  Dough hook and whips are direct drive through the base of the bowl with a steel shaft the connects to the transmission

 Dough hook and whips are direct drive through the base of the bowl with a steel shaft the connects to the transmission

 Four controlled speeds plus a position speed which you hold so the unit will position itself so the dough hook doesn't hit the bowl when you lift the arm. 

 Four controlled speeds plus a momentary switch for pulse operation.

Six controlled speeds plus a momentary switch for pulse operation.

 Overheat protection - Electronic safety shut-off

 Built in circuit breaker protects the powerful 800 watt motor

Built in circuit breaker protects the powerful 650 watt motor

 Nylon drive for Slicer/Shredder connection

 Steel drives for Slicer/Shredder and bowl connection

Steel drives for Slicer/Shredder and bowl connection

 Electronic speed control

 Electronic speed control

 Electronic speed control

 Rubber suction feet for extra stability

 Rubber suction feet for extra stability

Rubber suction feet for extra stability

Bosch Compact Available Optional Attachments

  • blender
  • Slicer/shredder
  • food processor
  • citrus juicer
  • stainless steel bowl

 

Bosch Universal Plus Optional Attachments:

  • Fruit & Berry Press
  • Food Processor
  • Blender
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Cookie paddles
  • Food/Meat Grinder
  • Stainless Steel Larger capacity bowl
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Grain Mill
  • Pasta Maker
  • Pastry Press
  • Noodle Attachment
  • Flaker Mill
  • Sausage Stuffer
  • Slicer Shredder
  • Large Slicer/Shredder
  • Grating Attachment
  • Bowl Scraper
  • Flour Sifter

Artiste Optional Attachments:

  • Cookie paddles
  • Small Food/Meat Grinder
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Grain Mill
  • Pasta Roller
  • Flaker Mill
  • Slicer Shredder
  • Large Slicer/Shredder
  • Bowl Scraper
  • Flour Sifter
  • Ice Cream



 We would love to hear more from our customers!  Please comment below or send us an email at carol@healthykitchens.com with your experience baking with your standing mixer from us. 

 


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5 Ways You Can Use Your Stand Mixer This Year

Friday, August 3, 2018

5 Ways You Can Use Your Stand Mixer This Year

1. MIX

We’re only getting started when looking at the mixing abilities of the Bosch Universal Plus mixer. Whip eggs and heavy cream with the two wire whisk attachment. These whisks move independently of each other to create a third area of mixing with two wire whisks instead of a single over-the-bowl whisk on other popular mixers. Change out the whisks for the paddle attachment to efficiently and beautifully cream and blend the ingredients of your favorite cookie dough or batter recipes. Make another swap for the thick and sturdy dough hook and dough hook extender if needed. You can easily make 1 loaf of bread or get crazy and mix up enough dough for 14 1-lb loaves. The hook can also sufficiently mix ingredients for up to 34 dozen cookies!

2. BLEND

The recently improved MX3 blender is a powerhouse addition to the Bosch Universal Plus mixer family of attachments. It is designed to mix, chop, blend, pulverize and puree. Buff enough for any job this blender attachment can crush ice, puree hot soups, make fresh nut butter and so much more. This most popular accessory for the Universal Plus mixer is also self-cleaning. Who doesn’t love that idea?

 

 

 

3. SLICE AND SHRED

Make food prep a thousand times easier by using the Universal LS1 Slicer Shredder accessory on your Bosch Universal Plus mixer. With the utilization of three separate discs, this slicer/shredder processes foods as you feed them down the chute whether you want coarse or fine grated foods, thick or thin sliced foods or french fry cut foods. And have fun with it, you can slice, grate or shred a large amount into the 12 cup capacity mixing bowl mount.

4. MAKE ICE CREAM

What more is there to say? Here are the details: NutriMill has brought this once-popular accessory back especially designed for the Bosch Universal Mixer. Most ice cream makers require you to freeze the canister up to 12 hours before using. But the Bosch ice cream maker attachment just uses ice. You’ll have 1.5 quarts of delicious ice cream in your freezer in 20 minutes. This product sells out very quickly each year, especially as we approach the summer months! So order yours while you                                                                                  still can!

 

 

5. GRIND MEAT AND PRESS PASTA

With the Food and Meat Grinder accessory for the Bosch mixer you can grind and mince meats, veggies, and pretty much any food. Attach the Universal Noodle Attachment to the meat grinder and you can create 11 different types of fresh pasta. Step up your noodle game with the pasta attachment for the Bosch Universal Plus mixer. Customize your pasta by adding different herbs and other tasty ingredients and have fresh pasta made at home. The set comes with a pasta roller, an adapter leg, fettuccine and angel hair cutter. Go even further with this versatile accessory and use it for making crackers, fondants, wonton wrappers and more.


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Dehydrating Tips!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dehydrating Tips!

Preparing Food

  1. Try to slice or cut food all the same size so it will dry at approximately the same time.  Make thin, flat cuts.
  1. Don’t slice food too thin.  ¼-1/2 “ thickness is perfect.
  1. The larger the cut area, the faster and better the food dehydrates since moisture escapes best from a cut or broken surface. 
  1. Thin stalked vegetables like green beans, asparagus or rhubarb should be cut in half the long way or with an extreme diagonal cut.  Fruit should be sliced across the core.  Place these cut side up on the tray. 
  1. Small fruits like strawberries can be cut in half, while even smaller berries should either be cut in half or blanched slightly to break the skin.
  1. Waxy skinned fruits (i.e. – cherries, grapes, plums and blueberries must have their skins poked or pitted and will take 1-2 days to dehydrate depending on their size.
  1. The peel of fruits and vegetables contain much of the nutritional value.  It is better not to peel, if the dried food is to be eaten as a snack.  If you are using apples in a pie or tomatoes for soup you will want to peel before dehydrating.
  1. Once food has been cut or sliced fill the drying trays by arranging slices in a single layer with a little space between slices.  Some tray holes must always be left uncovered for good air circulation.
  1.  Some foods vegetables, like beans, corn, peas and broccoli must be steam blanched before drying.  Steam blanching may take from 30 – 90 seconds.
  1.  Fruits that turn brown when exposed to air, (apples, peaches, bananas or pears) can be dipped in solutions of orange, pineapple or lemon juice or ascorbic acid or approximately two minutes prior to drying.  Drain on paper towel before placing on tray. 

Filling Trays

  1. Food shrinkage during dehydration may cause smaller foods to fall through holes in the drying trays.  To prevent this from happening, line trays with mesh inserts.
  1. To dry chopped or shredded foods, spread on mesh inserts.  Food should not be spread thicker than 3/8 inch.  Use a fork to expose the mesh insert in several places to provide proper air circulation. 
  1. Some foods such as very ripe tomatoes, citrus or sugared fruits may drip.  After placing food on drying trays tap tray firmly on a towel to remove excess moisture.  To catch remaining overflow, use fruit leather sheets on the bottom two trays.  Alternate sheets on one half or each of the bottom trays  When the food stops dripping, remove the fruit leather sheets from the bottom two trays.
  1. Do not cover the center hole in the lid or trays. 
  1. Chili, stews, casseroles, etc may be dried on fruit leather sheets an stored up to 3 months.

Dehydration Process

  1. There is not a set time limit for drying foods.  It depends on the type of food, how thick it is sliced, and the amount of water in the food.
  1. When food is dried the flavors and sugars concentrate so the dried food has a much stronger flavor than fresh.
  1. When using more than 4 trays periodic rotation will give optimum results. (Not applicable with the Pressairizer Dehydrator)
  1. Do not add seasonings or spices to vegetables until they are reconstituted and cooked. 

Storing Dried Foods

  1. Allow dehydrated food to cool thoroughly.
  1. Dried food should be stored in a cool dry, dark place. 
  1. Use clean, air-tight and moisture-proof containers.  Do not use cloth bags, lightweight plastic bags, bread wrappers or any container without a air-tight fitting lid.  Heavy, zippered plastics bags or heat sealed bags are excellent.
  1. Dried fruits and vegetables should not be stored longer than one year.  Dried meats, fish, poultry or jerky should be used within a month or two. 
  1. Many vegetables may be powdered.  Tomatoes powdered and added to water make great tomato sauce for pizzas, etc.

Reconstitution

  1. To reconstitute most foods soak in water 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size, and use.  Foods that take longest to dehydrate will take the longest to reconstitute. 
  1. Liquid from reconstituting food has great nutritional value.  Use in soups, leathers, pies, etc. 
  1. To reconstitute chili or stew add hot water and let sit 15 minutes.

Dehydrator Recipes

Fruit Leather or Fruit Roll-Ups

Place fruit in a blender.  I use the softer fruits that might be a little overripe to make the fruit leather.  Puree the fruit for 10 to 15 sections until you have a puree.  For every cup of puree add 1 Tbsp. of honey.  You also may add 1/2 tsp. lemon juice if the fruit oxidizes and turns brown quickly, like bananas, apples or peaches etc.  Pour onto pre-greased or sprayed fruit leather trays ( I spray with vegelene but Pam or even margarine will work), until you have 1/4 inch thick and evenly spread over the fruit leather trays.  Let dry 7 to 10 hours depending on what kind of fruit being used or what type of food dryer you are using.

 

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup – Carol Stiles 
1 cup dried broccoli  (Powder broccoli in the blender)
White Sauce
½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup flour
2-3 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste

 

 

 

In a saucepan melt butter or margarine and ad flour stirring with a whisk so there are no lumps.  Remove from stove and slowly add milk, stirring to make sure you do not burn mixture and that there are no lumps.  Turn heat down to medium low and keep stirring until mixture thickens.  Add powdered broccoli and let sit 10-15 minutes.

 

 

 

Carol’s Jerky – Carol Stiles 
 1 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
5 drops liquid smoke   2 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ lb thinly sliced steak

 

Place all ingredients in a container with a lid and let marinate in the fridge about 8 hours.  Place drained meat in the dehydrator and dry 6-8 hours until meat is dry and has no pockets of moisture.  Jerky will store up to 6 months in a sealed plastic bag or tight-fitting container.

 

Carol’s Favorite Chili – Carol Stiles
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped (or ¼ cup dried onion)
2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 28 oz can tomatoes
1 small can tomato past
1 lg. can kidney or red chili beans
3 Tbsp chili powder

 

In a hot skilled, brown ground beef, chopped onion and garlic.  Let cook until onions are tender and beef is well-browned.  Pour off excess fat.  Add tomatoes and tomato paste, beans and chili powder.  Let cook approximately 1 hour until flavors are well blended.  Let cool.  Mixture will thicken as it cools  Place chili on fruit leather sheets in dehydrator.  Let dry 8-10 hours until crisp or brittle.   Place in air-tight container or plastic bag.  Will keep up to 3 months.

 

To use place chili in saucepan and add enough boiling water to cover the chili.  Place lid on pot and let sit 10-15 minutes.


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Tips for Cleaning Attachments

Friday, July 20, 2018

Cleaning Attachments for the

Bosch Universal Plus Mixer

As the best stand mixer, the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer comes with a wide variety of mixer attachments which can be used in concert with the mixer. Some of these attachments are dishwasher-safe but others require hand washing.

Stainless Steel Bowl

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer by turning the bowl clockwise. It should pop off easily. Before placing the bowl in the dishwasher, be sure to remove the drive shaft from the base of the bowl. One counterclockwise turn to the base of the drive shaft should allow you to remove the drive shaft easily. The drive shaft cannot go in the dishwasher.

 

 

Blender Components

For a quick clean, fill your blender half way up with warm water and add a couple of drops of liquid soap. Then, turn it on for one minute. For a complete cleaning, remove the blender from the base using a clockwise motion and remove the blades at the base with a counterclockwise twist. Clean the blades by hand and do not immerse them in water. The blender body and lid can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

 

 

 

Bosch Slicer Shredder

You need to remove the center drive shaft from your Slicer Shredder and clean it by hand. It will break down into a drive piece, fixed gear, washer, circlip, and drive shaft. These pieces need to be completely dry before being re-assembled. The other parts of                   this attachment should be disassembled and placed in the dishwasher.

 

L’Chef Slicer Shredder

There is no center drive shaft so all components of the L’Chef slicer shredder can be cleaned in the dishwasher once completely disassembled.  Beware of dishwashers that have very hot cycles, we have had customers warp the shape of there lid by putting it in the dishwasher.

 

 

 

Bowl Scraper

Place in the dishwasher to clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dough Hook        

Place in the dishwasher to clean.

 

 

 

 

 


Dough Hook Extender

Place in the dishwasher to clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookie Paddles

Place in the dishwasher to clean. If you use the metal drive, wash the metal drive by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Food Processor

Fully disassemble the food processor and place the pusher, cover, bowl, disks, and disk holder in the dishwasher to clean. The processor blades column needs to be detached as well as the drive coupling, and these parts need to be hand-washed. Do not submerge them in water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastry Press

Separate the two components of the pastry press, then place into the dishwasher for cleaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Paddles

Place in the dishwasher to clean. If you use the metal drive, wash the metal drive by hand.

 

 

 

 


Ice Cream Maker

All of the ice cream maker components can be washed in the dishwasher except for the center drive shaft. Remove the center drive shaft and wash by hand without submerging in water.

 

 

 

 

 

 Citrus Juicer

Separate the pulp catcher and the bowl and place in the dishwasher to clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noodle/Pasta Attachment

While you can place these noodle/pasta disks in the dishwasher, it may not remove all traces strained pasta from the disks. To be sure, we recommend carefully wash these disks by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Chef’s Food & Meat Grinder                                                     

After using the Food and Meat Grinder, completely disassemble the grinder to clean it. The grinder breaks down into the thread ring, disc, bladed knife, auger, housing, pusher, foot assembly, and tray. Each section needs to be cleaned by hand and allowed to dry completely before re-assembly.

 

 

 

 

Bosch Food & Meat Grinder

After using the Food and Meat Grinder, completely disassemble the grinder to clean it. The grinder breaks down into the thread ring, disc, bladed knife, auger, housing, pusher, foot assembly, and tray. Each section needs to be cleaned by hand and allowed to dry completely before re-assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

Berry Press

Detach the berry press from the meat grinder to clean. Extend the adjustment screw out as far as possible to rinse and clean the berry press, then clean the outer casing of the berry grinder.

 

 

 

 

 

Grating Attachment

Allow water to run through the grating attachment to rinse it free of leftover food particles, before carefully cleaning around the inside casing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flour Sifter

The flour sifter has several parts which require gentle handling to effectively clean. Be sure not to immerse the drive completely in water but merely wipe it down and allow it to dry as you carefully clean the brush arm, and fine mesh screen. You can place the bowl and lid in the dishwasher.

 

 

 

 

Pasta Set

To make sure all food particles are removed from your pasta making set, slowly twist your pasta attachment as you clean it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic/Metal Whip Driver

Do not immerse in water but clean and dry immediately.

 


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Tips to Keep your Bosch Clean!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Tips to Keep you Bosch Clean!

The Bosch stand mixer is a strong, resilient machine.  The large volumes of food it is capable to mix makes many families happy.  For example mixing 15 lbs of dough, or 10 lbs of potatoes will be no problem for this tough machine.  Many families have passed there Bosch mixer down to descendants.  Keeping this machine properly cared for will maximize its lifespan and prevent bacteria from building up in the machinery.

Bosch Universal Plus Mixer Cleaning Instructions

Many parts of the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer are dishwasher-safe, which is highly convenient for a busy home chef.

Plastic mixing bowl

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer by turning the bowl clockwise. It should pop off easily. Before placing the bowl in the dishwasher, be sure to remove the drive shaft from the base of the bowl. One counter clockwise turn to the base of the drive shaft should allow you to remove the drive shaft easily. The drive shaft cannot go in the dishwasher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing bowl lid and splash ring

Place all these parts in the dishwasher separated from each other to ensure no food becomes trapped between the joining parts.

 

 

 

 

Wire Whips

The base whips you receive with your Bosch Universal Plus Mixer can be placed in the utensil section of your dishwasher. However, you cannot place the whip metal driver (the item which the whisks attach to the motor) into the dishwasher.

For the parts of your Bosch Universal Plus Mixer which cannot go in the dishwasher, the cleaning process for these parts is not much more difficult than using the dishwasher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand mixer base – Harsh chemicals and abrasive sponges can scratch the finish of your stand mixer base. Using just water or gentle dish detergent on a cleaning rag or paper towel, clean the outside of your stand mixer base. Do not let any water leak into either the motor at the base of the machine or the upper motor.

Motors – There are two motors on the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer, the bottom motor for mixing heavy ingredient loads and the upper motor for high-speed blending and food processing. Once your mixer is unplugged, use a completely dry Q-tip or paper towel to clean around these motors. They need to stay completely dry to operate properly. To help the motors run smoothly, use a food-safe oil to lubricate them, such as Petrol-Gel or Hobart Machine Oil.

Drive shaft – Multiple components come with a drive shaft including the mixing bowls, slicer shredder attachment, and ice cream maker. Do not submerge the drive shaft in water while cleaning these attachments. This can damage the bearings. Detach drive shaft and wipe clean with a damp rag or sponge to remove residue.


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Tips and Tricks to Always have Fresh items in your Cupboards!

Friday, June 29, 2018

 

Shelf Life

1) Baking Soda is said to have an infinite shelf life, but after a few years we would recommend a test.

2)  Baking Powder has a shelf life of about 9-12 months.  Things come out of the oven flat when baking power expires.

3)  Flour has expiry dates on the bags, about a year.  If you store flour in a food safe container it will last years.  Shelf life greatly improves when flour is kept in sealed containers.

4)  Yeast is one to keep an eye on the expiry date.  We always recommend our customers store it in the fridge. If kept cold it should last about 6-8 months.

Test if it’s Fresh

1)  Baking Soda – Add half a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of hot water, then stir half a teaspoon of baking soda.  Bubbles prove it deserves it’s place in the cupboard.

2) Baking Powder - To check the freshness of baking powder, pour boiling water over a small quantity—if it bubbles, it's still fresh.

3)  Flour – It should smell fresh and feel light, not chalky.

 

4)  Yeast – When dissolved in warm water, it will bubble and foam after a few minutes


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Butter, Oil, and Baking

Friday, June 1, 2018

Butter, Oil and Baking!

The purpose of using butter and oil in your baking is to retain moisture for even baking.  Water evaporates quickly where as fats do not.  Fats break down slowly  and weaken the gluten in baked goods. This creates tender, and even heat distribution for browning through.

Butter - is usually the fat of choice for baking because of the flavour.  It does a great job of making baked goods soft and flakey.  We caution the use of margarine.  It is a cheaper alternative for butter, with matching fat content but not the same flavour.  The Vegetable oils made up to create margarine contain trans fats, beware.

Why Use Oil in Baking?

Many oils are used in baking.  Sometimes oils and butters are both called for in recipes to perform different roles as food is baked.  In contrast of butter, oil will bring a denser appreciation to the baked goods.  Think of brownies or fudge for examples of butter and oil interacting together.  However, different baking oils bring a variety of qualities to the baking process.

Vegetable oil – many vegetables are tossed in the mix to create this oil generally has little to no flavour.  It is not recommended as primary fat source.

Olive oil – If you enjoy a milder flavour from regular Olive Oil or a stronger flavour from Extra Virgin Olive Oil, be sure to choose the appropriate option for your suited baking needs.

Coconut oil – This sweet unique flavoured oil brings a different dynamic to your baking.  The extra sweetness in the oil may need to be balanced out with the amounts of sugar the recipe has called for. 

Shortening VS Lard

Lard - is made by rendering pork fat, this baking fat adds a light, flaky flavour to baked goods.  It has no effect on cholesterol levels and can be used in everything.

Shortening - is made from vegetables and can give the same flakey results in baking.  However the flavour is not a desirable especially when a waxy or artificial aftertaste lingers.  It is a good alternative for vegetarians and those that choose not to consume pork or meat in general. 


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Weather and Baking

Friday, May 25, 2018

 

Weather and Baking Bread

Can the weather affect your baking?

Yes!  At A Spicy Perspective website they posted 100 Best Baking Tips and Tricks.   Here is there #10.

10)  Weather. Standard “room temperature” is right around 70 degrees F. If you bake when it’s really hot outside or bitter cold, and the outside temperature is affecting the inside temperature, your results will be different. If the humidity is higher or lower than normal, your results will be different. That’s why our grandmas use to tell us never to bake on a rainy day. The heavy moisture in the air effects the ability of the dough/batter to rise and dry.

We get a lot of calls about bread making at our office because our customers love there homemade bread.  We receive interesting reactions with we ask “What’s the weather like when you baking?”  Not realizing that this could be a relevant question we continue to explain.  The pressure, humidity or elevation above sea level are important factors that cause variable reactions to the dough.   With spring always being so undecided about letting the sun shine or not, this is what we have learned over the years.  Low pressure days with rain and cloud your bread with need more flour in the recipe.  The sunny days with high pressure, less flour is needed for a successful loaf.

This is our rule of thumb and hope this helps improve your baking experience!


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Tongs are an Extension of your Hand

Friday, April 13, 2018

 

Tongs are an extension of your hand. 

Chef's Tip:
Walk into any restaurant kitchen and you'll see a set of tongs in almost every cook's hand — usually gripped low down on the handle for maximum control. Use it to flip meat, pull a pan out of the oven, stabilize a steak while slicing, the list goes on and on.

15 Secrets from Top Chefs That Every Home Cook Should Know - Good House Keeping Blog

Get a secure grip on hard-to-grasp food with perfect kitchen tongs: for cooking, serving, catering, barbecue, buffet, salad, ice, oven use.  The essential kitchen tool at Healthykitchens.com, and our favourite for size, price and colour is the Nesting Tong Set by ProgressiveThis set of 3 nesting tongs are designed to keep the clutter out of your kitchen. These tongs come in three different sizes that snuggly nest for compact storage. Our nylon tongs are perfect for any kitchen task from serving appetizers, salads and toppings to turning foods on the stove or grill.  Durable nylon tongs are heat resistant up to 400 degree F, and have diagonal ridges for improved grip.

Here is Carol’s favourite kale salad.  I loved it mostly because I can hardly taste the kale, haha!  If you love the nutrition of healthy kale but not in love with the taste this recipe is perfect for you.  Don't forget to serve with tongs!

Crazy Kale Salad

1 head of Kale (greener is better) stripped off stems and chopped or sliced

1 red pepper, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1/2 can black pitted olives, sliced

1/2 cup cilantro chopped fine

1/2 cup (or more) feta cheese, crumbled

1 avocado, cut into bite-size pieces,

Mix above ingredients in a large salad bowl.

(You can chop the onion and red pepper with the dice blade of the Bosch Slicer/ shredder)

Dressing:

Here is where we cheat just a little

1/2 jar Lighthouse Blue Cheese dressing/dip

juice of 1 lime

1 tsp. tarragon leaves chopped

Mix dressing and add to salad and let sit at least 1/2 hour. This salad will not wilt and actually gets better tasting with age. I love to eat it the next day and it is just as good.


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