Cooking With An Elite Countertop Convection Oven

If you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to get a juicer to help improve your diet then finding different ways to prepare healthy meals is your next best alternative. This is where having a toaster oven in your kitchen can help. These types of ovens are a lot more convenient way to cook your favorite recipes or try new dishes that are more healthy than the fast food you may normally eat. If using your old full sized oven seemed like a challenge, trying a toaster oven that can handle the same chores but will less work and less time required will help open up new doors for you.

One such model that we recommend is the Cuisinart TOB-260 convection toaster oven as it has a host of cooking features that will leave your conventional oven collecting dust.

This is a newer toaster oven that has just recently been released, but we love how well that it performs in our own kitchen. But we are not the only ones, customer reviews in general for this model have been off the charts. It currently ranks as one of the best rated convection toaster ovens for any type of kitchen. Here we can offer a quick rundown of all of the features of this countertop oven.

Oven Features

Dual Cook Mode

Just as the name suggests, this feature allows you to carry out two functions at once. This minimizes the overall cooking time hence better work-flow in your kitchen. For instance, you can use two temperature settings while cooking your casserole – hot for 30 minutes and warm for the next half hour until it’s served.

Speed Convection

Traditional ovens require pre-heating before use. You don’t have to worry about this when using Cuisinart TOB-260 Toaster Oven. Its speed convection function allows you to cook your food twice as fast. The manufacturer achieved this by incorporating a fan into the oven’s system for better air circulation. This feature is compatible with many cooking modes including pizza, broil, bake and warm.

Digital Controls

It comes with a display panel which allow users to access control settings. While using it, you should turn and press the selector dial to set the temperature, time and other functions. It’s a very user-friendly interface but you might require to refer to the manual once in a while.

Heat Sensor

This toaster oven uses the “Always Even” toast shade technology which enables one to attain consistent toast results every time. Its heat sensor ensures that the oven temperature is regulated at all times.

Other Features

This product comes with 4 rack positions, 2-hour timer, auto shut-off, non-stick interior, clock, digital controls, door sensors and 15 cooking functions.

Its exterior dimensions are approximately 20 (w) by 15 (d) by 11 (h) inches while interior dimensions are 14.5 by 13 by 6 inches. Keep in mind that height is measured from the lowest rack to the top.


· It comes with a large interior space of 0.95 cubic-foot. This implies that this toaster oven is ideal for cooking family meals. It can also fit a whole chicken!

· Dual Cook and Speed Convection features make it efficient and convenient for cooking any meals. For instance, you don’t have to return to the oven to change the temperature when cooking two meals.

· Offers additional cooking time – If you desire to add an extra 30 seconds to your cooking, just hit the +30s button. Anyone who desires a perfect meal should take advantage of this feature.

· It comes with interior lighting which enables you see what is happening inside. Therefore, you will be able to know your food’s progress and adjust the temperature if necessary.

· With this toaster at hand, you will not only enjoy faster cooking but also evenly cooked meals. It handles a variety of foods ranging from snacks such as cupcakes to full dishes such as roast chicken.


· You might be required to take more time to go through the manual.

· Sometimes, this toaster produces spotty toasts. To get rid of this problem, you should move and flip your toasts. This problem has been reported by only a few consumers.

· You might find it hard to get out food from the bottom rack as its very low and close to the door.

· The dial selector might skip some numbers when turned a little too fast. Be steady and slow during operation.

Modern toaster ovens can do a whole lot more than just make toast. These are fully functional cooking appliances that will allow you to take better control of your diet and make tasty as well as healthy meals for you and your family. The fun is almost endless as there are a wide variety of toaster oven recipes that you can try which hell help stave off some of the boredom in the kitchen. The Cuisinart TOB-260 is an excellent option to regain some of the love that you may have had for cooking but lost over the years.

So far, this is the best countertop convection toaster oven for homeowners and chefs that we have used this year. It can handle both small and big meals. With its multipurpose features, you can prepare lots of meals for your family within a short span of time. There is also a money back guarantee option which allows you to return the product if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

 Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make At Home For The Kids

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

Whether 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. After going through some of the best ice cream maker reviews for 2018 it is clear to see that you do not have to break the bank to get a quality machine. 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.