Posts tagged with "food processor"

Tips for Choosing the Best Air Purifier

There are all sorts of little particulates that are in the air we breathe everyday. For folks with asthma and allergies, having an air purifier inside their home or office space is one way to help make their everyday life a bit better. However, with so many purifiers on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to choosing the right air purifier for your space. 

 

HEPA- You may be familiar with seeing this acronym on lots of air purifiers and it is an important one. These filters catch 99.97% of particulates  that are as small as 0.3 microns. For comparison, the smallest object that a human will be able to see is about 70 microns. There are a lot of false advertisements when it comes to filers so be wary if it says a “HEPA Type” filter. 

 

Noise Level- Depending on where you are putting your filter, the noise level may be of some concern. While they have certainly gotten more quiet over the years, many air purifiers make a gentle humming sound that almost sounds like a white noise machine. Be aware of the level of noise, especially if you are looking at putting it in a shared office. 

 

Understand the CADR- The CADR or Clean Air Delivery Rate, will help you to understand the effectiveness of an air purifier in different size spaces. For example a CADR of 200 for dust means that the air purifier can lower the dust concentration at the equivalent of adding 200 cubic feet of fresh air per minute. 

 

Energy Cost- For an air purifier to stay effective, it needs to run 24/7 to be constantly drawing pollutants out of the air. This may have an impact on your electricity bill so be mindful of the additional cost. Some filters also have an eco conscience mode that automatically changes to standby mode if it does not detect any pollen, dust, or other contaminate in the air. 

We carry a variety of air purifiers including the Holmes desktop air purifier as well as a tabletop water cooler for your office.

Homemade Tortillas? Yes Please!

Everyone loves homemade food and tortillas are no different. Soft, hard, rolled, fried, the list goes on and on. The perfect vessel for a variety of fillings and toppings, homemade tortillas are a way to elevate your Taco Tuesday game and will quickly become a staple in your home. 

 

Traditional tortillas are made using dried corn that has been soaked overnight that is then processed by hand, making the rounds that are then cooked on a hot, flat surface. Now by  visiting your local Latinx marketplace you can stock up on all the materials you will need to make tortillas for your family. Masa Harina is the first ingredient you could look for when in the store. 

 

Translated to simply ‘corn flour’ this bag will make plenty of tortillas and is the only ingredient you are unlikely to have at home. Corn tortillas are naturally gluten free and are more flavorful than their flour counterparts. This makes them perfect for the whole family. After mixing the flour with the appropriate ratio of hot water and a pinch of salt, roll the balls into flats and flatten them into even rounds. Then put them into your tortilla maker to cook them to the ideal stage for your recipe. Fresh tortillas make for an easy quesadilla at lunchtime or tacos at dinner. Leftover tortillas? No problem! 

 

Using your air fryer countertop oven you can cut your tortilla into triangle shapes and air fry them to crispy perfection. Top them with any leftover taco toppings or nacho cheese to have another fantastic meal. Cooking homemade food is the ideal way to feed your family. Fresh ingredients can be made into meals that are not only healthy but that your family will love. If you are low on time, consider a digital toaster oven. Just set the timer and finish whatever you have to get done with the confidence that your meal will be done to perfection. 

 

A Kitchen Staple: The Food Processor

Food processors are a modern kitchen staple. The sharp blades and varying sizes means that there is one out there that can fit in your kitchen. Their versatility is often underestimated so today we are going to tell you 5 things you can do with your food processor. 

  1. Homemade pasta- This seemingly daunting task is made easy using your food processor. The dough comes together, neatly and without a mess in the container and is then easily transferable to the counter to be rolled out. The holes on the top of your food processor were meant to be used for a slow drip such as that you would use with olive oil when making pasta. 
  2. Sauce- It goes without saying that homemade pasta is nothing without a wonderful sauce to accompany it. Easy blending of different sized ingredients means that your sauce can come together easily. For other meals, salsas, dips and spreads can be whipped up with ease. 
  3. DIY Nut butter- Buying cashew and almond butter at the store can get expensive. Create your own at home and watch the magic happen. Spreadable on toast and usable in all sorts of ways, homemade nut butter becomes a topic of conversation on your weekly video dinner calls with friends. This goes without mentioning the nuts you can have on hand for a snack too! 
  4. Ice Cream- The world just became a better place! Make your favorite sweet treat at home with all the toppings you want. By freezing your base, it can be quickly whipped up in your processor leaving you with a fluffy base to add your mix ins. Prefer sorbet? No problem! Freezing your favorite fruit and then blending it makes another easy dessert for a hot day. 
  5. Chopping Vegetables- While it may seem basic, vegetables are easy to break down to the size you need with your food processor. The “pulse” button gives you the control you want to get the right size cut. You will never have to worry about crying with onions again and cutting carrots becomes a breeze. 

Becoming the kitchen wizard you have always wanted to be is easier than ever now that you have these ideas to fuel your next cooking session using your android tablet as your recipe holder. Find the best small food processor and get cooking!