Dooba Reviews http://doobareviews.com Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Juicing vs Blending a Smoothie http://doobareviews.com/juicing-vs-smoothie/ http://doobareviews.com/juicing-vs-smoothie/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:03:06 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1747 Breville Masticating JuicerIf you’re going through the effort to blend a smoothie or make a juice, it’s good to know which option produces the best results for your body, and the answer might surprise you.

Getting enough greens?  Juice for health.  Green smoothies.  Sneak in the kale, chard, spinach…

But which is best?  Juicing or Blending?

First off…

The Benefits of Juicing

  • Releases the enzymes and nutrients so they are quickly and easily absorbed.
  • Drinking green juices (from cucumbers, leafy greens, celery, and other low-sugar vegetables) is a quick way to alkalize your body.
  • Juices are easy for your body to digest.
  • Juicing can cleanse your body, helping to heal the gut and brighten your complexion.
  • There are a few types of juicers out there, including masticating and centrifugal.  Check out our list of top 10 juicers to help you choose which one fits your needs.

Warnings about Juicing

  • You must drink the juice right away to get the full benefits.  If you do want to save some for later, store it in a tightly covered glass jar in the refrigerator.
  • Watch the sugar content of the fruits and vegetables you juice.  Since juicing removes the fiber, sugars are released and quickly absorbed into the blood stream.  Avoid spiking your blood sugar levels by juicing low-sugar vegetables and fruits, such as cucumbers, celery, leafy greens, lemons, ginger, and maybe a small piece of apple or a few grapes if you need a sweetener.

Benefits of Blending / Making a Green Smoothie

  • It tastes great!
  • Smoothies are a great way to sneak some extra veggies to your children (and yourself).
  • You get the whole fruit and vegetable, but the blender does the work of masticating.  This makes it easier to digest.
  • The fiber from whole fruits and vegetables helps keep the sugar reigned in.  Just watch that you don’t go overboard with high-sugar fruit.
  • Fruits help to mask the flavor of leafy greens such as spinach.

Consider when Blending a Smoothie

  • It’s easy to go overboard with the fruits, and before you know it, the sugar content is high.  Stick with low-sugar fruits such as berries.

So which is Better?

Whichever gets you drinking your greens!

However, there’s more to it than that. A juice lets the powerful enzymes and nutrients of your food to be absorbed fast. That’s a problem if you’re juicing high sugary fruits.

But the same can hold for smoothies which are often loaded with more sugary goodies like berries…frozen berries, yum.

Try both, alternating the produce for variety.  Just watch the sugar content of your fruits!

Also take into consideration if you have health issues that you want to help.  Juicing can be very alkalizing and helpful to a sick body.

The scale tips in favor of juicing because (depending on how you juice), you get much more of the nutrients out of it, and they can tend to be less sugary (again depending on how you juice).

So, if you’re making the decision between a juicer and a blender, we recommend getting a juicer as the healthier option. You can check out our top juicer review here.

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Compare Gelato Maker Capacity of the best Machines http://doobareviews.com/compare-gelato-maker-capacity/ http://doobareviews.com/compare-gelato-maker-capacity/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:38:11 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1738 When selecting a gelato maker, one important feature to consider is bowl capacity.  Will your gelato machine make enough gelato or ice cream to feed everyone?

How much gelato do you need?

An easy way to figure it out is to consider how many containers of ice cream you would typically buy for an occasion.

A container of ice cream is usually 1.5 quarts. Would you buy just one, or would you get a variety of flavors?

Some of the best gelato makers for home use come with 1.5 qt capacity bowls (same size as store bought ice cream containers).

For an average-sized family or small gathering, a 1.5 quart capacity bowl will usually cover it with left overs to spare.

If you’re looking for a gelato machine with a much larger capacity, keep in mind, you’ll start getting into commercial-sized machines and prices.

The Top 3 Gelato Makers also have the best capacity:

To read about the differences, check out our comparison here.

Impress your guests with flavor variety!

Now here’s the great thing about self-refrigerating gelato makers, like the DeLonghi GM 6000.

There is no wait time between batches!  You can whip up a batch of strawberry gelato and stick it in the freezer.

Add a batch of chocolate hazelnut to the gelato maker, and in 30 minutes you have two flavors of gelato to offer your guests.

You’ll have enough to serve a crowd without needing a commercial machine.

Another option is to prepare small batches of several varieties of gelato, sorbet, or ice cream ahead of time.

When your guests arrive, greet them with a tantalizing selection from your homemade gelato bar.

It’s just the two of us…

Dinner’s over, and the two of you want something sweet.

Your gelato maker just became your best friend!

With a self-refrigerating gelato maker, there’s no need to plan ahead.

Mix up as much or little as you want.

In about 30 minutes, you’ll have just the right amount of dessert.

No heating up the oven; no leftover cake.

Gelato machines like the DeLonghi work great for smaller batches.

In fact, with less to churn, it freezes even faster!

The answer is . . .

 

Whether you want to feed a crowd or have an intimate evening at home, you’ll enjoy having a self-refrigerating gelato maker at home. Breville Smart Scoop Gelato and Ice Cream Maker

If you get one with a 1.25 like the DeLonghi at the less expensive price or the popular 1.5 Breville quart capacity, it will be easy to make as much or as little as you need.

View our comparisons of these Gelato Machines here.

 

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Misfit Shine – What you need to know http://doobareviews.com/misfit-shine-review/ http://doobareviews.com/misfit-shine-review/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 13:28:35 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1724 Misfit Shine - Grey
What you need to know about the Misfit Shine

The Misfit Shine is one of the most incredible fitness trackers ever made.

It definitely takes a hint from other companies that know a thing or two about design, because design is one of the Misfit Shine’s greatest achievements.

But it’s not all just looks. The Shine packs a punch in terms of what it can do. Check out eight key points about the Misfit Shine.

1. Misfit Shine vs the Competition

The Best Looking Fitness Tracker

If you want the best looking fitness assistant out there that also gets the job done well, it’s a slam dunk for the Shine.

Compared to Jawbone, Fitbit and the like, the Shine kicks butt.

It’s a device that you can wear exercising and to a fancy dinner.

Other devices look like a french fry wrapped around your wrist.

misfit-shine-grey-clipVersatility of the Shine

The competition provides clip trackers and wrist fitness trackers.

Misfit can do both. Simply remove the Shine and place it in the included clip.

It’s a big plus if you want to track your activity while cycling.

You can clip the shine to your shoe or laces to best track your activity.

2. Charging the Shine

Other Fitness monitors require charging (some almost daily).

The Shine requires no charging. The battery is a watch battery, and since there is no display, it doesn’t eat up a lot of juice.

Where it falls short

The drawback of the Shine is that it doesn’t measure heart rate whereas some of the other fitness bands do.

But for the price and design, you get a lot for your hard earned cash.

3. Fitness Tracking

The shine can track:

  • Steps
  • Distance
  • Calories burned
  • Sleep (regular and deep/restful)

You can set the shine to track certain activities as well such as running, swimming, cycling, basketball, soccer, tennis.

The Misfit App makes it easy to see how you’re doing and to set a rolling goal for your daily progress.

To check your progress, simply tap the Shine.

For detailed data, you can check the app.

misfit-shine-topaz-clip4. What comes with the Shine?

The Shine comes with the following:

  • Shine tracker disc
  • Clip
  • Wristband

5. Shine Integration with Apple Health

The Misfit App is where you track your progress and it syncs step data with Apple Health.

As of this writing, distance and sleep data are not imported into Apple Health.

Hopefully an update to the app will address this.

6. Misfit Shine vs Misfit Flash

Misfit recently introduced the Misfit Flash.

The Flash is similar in style and function. The difference is that the Flash is made of plastic rather than aluminum, and can be found for about half the price. You can see our review of the Flash here.

We love it, but but just a little extra gets you the Shine with its classy design and feel.

7. What Customers on Amazon are saying about the Misfit Shine

the Shine is very obviously the most beautiful device on the market. Opposite to the Jawbone, it’s actually nicer looking “in person” than in the photos – you really can’t appreciate it until you hold it in your hands. I can wear it with just about anything and now I don’t have to hide it. :)

I have had a Shine for several months now and I love it. It is very pretty. It does not look like a like one of those monitors that criminal probationers must wear.

I love not having to continually charge this activity tracker. It looks good and feels good to wear. I am definitely more conscious of what I do (or don’t do) while wearing this.

When they say waterproof, they mean it. I wear this thing in the shower and during baby bathtime and I’ve never had any problems.

8. Best Deals on the Shine

Depending on the color (different demand/supply for different colors), you can find a pretty good deal on the Shine on Amazon. Click below for current pricing on the Misfit Shine on Amazon.

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Misfit Shine – Activity and Sleep Monitor

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Misfit Flash Review – 2 Weeks In – First Impressions http://doobareviews.com/misfit-flash-review/ http://doobareviews.com/misfit-flash-review/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20:31:05 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1719 Misfit Flash Black in band I’ve been using the Misfit Flash (Black model) for a couple weeks now, and there are some important things to consider if you’re searching for a fitness monitor.

The Misfit Flash has the same functionality of the Shine, but is more economical

That’s a nice way of saying that the Flash is made of plastic while the Shine at almost twice the price is made of aluminum.

I drooled over the Shine when I saw it released, but it was just a tad too pricy, so I opted for the Flash.

At half the price, the Flash was almost a no brainer compared to the other fitness monitors out there that could use a redesign and a pricing wakeup call. Below are 7 important points about the Misfit Flash.

1. Data Tracking

The Flash tracks the same items as the more expensive Misfit Shine.

  • Steps Taken
  • Distance Travelled
  • Calories Burned
  • Sleep (Total hours and Total Restful Sleep)

You’re able to see your progress in the Misfit App that you can download free from the App Store. There’s no subscription fee, thank goodness. The App is free.

The app makes it super easy to see your progress. It turns your data points into a daily score. You set your goal level of activity you want to reach, and away you go.

The app shows how close you are to your goal, how active you’ve been, but one of the best things is that it can show how restful your sleep is. You may find yourself making a better effort to get to bed on time with the app, and that’s a good thing!

The Flash device displays two data points: The Time, and how close you are to your goal. You can see that data by pressing on the Flash.

Special Tip: In the App Settings, you can customize which to show first, Time or Goal progress.

Our kids love pressing the Flash to see the time.

2. Colors and Accessories

The Misfit Flash comes in a variety of colors. Below are the colors (and their translations to colors I understand):

  • Onyx – Black
  • Frost – Grey/White
  • Fuchsia – nuff said
  • Zest – Neon Green
  • Wave – Blue
  • Reef – Teal
  • Red – …Red

What’s in the Box

  • Misfit Flash tracker disc (the circular thingy)
  • Wrist Band
  • Clip

Misfit Clip Included

Special note:

The tracker disc should be placed in the wrist band from the underside/back of the band. It doesn’t fit if you try to force it in the band from the top down.

This is by design so that the band keeps the Flash tight rather than having it accidentally pop out the top.

With the clip, you can place it on your shoe’s laces when cycling, or if you’re going out and don’t want to wear the band, just put the Flash in the clip and clip it to your pocket.

Pretty handy.

Compared it’s big brother, the Flash still looks nice, but…

3. It is made of plastic. That’s why it’s priced the way it is.

When I unboxed the Flash, I couldn’t help feel that it was cheep. It’s a great design, don’t get me wrong, but the feel of plastic took some getting used to. A little nicer material in the band would make it feel much better.

However, after having worn it, exercised with it, I haven’t thought about it much. So that initial impression has worn off, and I’ve gotten used to it.

It feels weird now if I go without it. So that’s a good sign.

4. Accuracy compared to Apple Health

So, the Apple Health App in the iPhone 5S and newer can count your steps if you have the phone in your pocket.

I’ve tested it, and found Apple Health’s step tracking to be very accurate.

The Misfit Flash has been close, but it does undercount somewhat. Some tests, they were almost identical, but in others, it undercounted.

So that’s an FYI, however, the sleep data seems pretty accurate, and that’s a major plus to be able to track that you can’t track with your phone (at least not easily).

That leads us to…

5. Misfit App Compatibility with Apple Health

The Misfit App (and thus the Shine and the Flash) is compatible with Apple Health.

As of this writing, only steps taken can be exported to Apple Health.

It integrates well, if you have your iPhone in your pocket and are wearing the Flash, Apple Health is smart enough not to double count when you sync your Flash.

Hopefully, with future updates, the’ll get distance and sleep data as well into Apple Health.

6. What various customers are saying on Amazon about the Misfit Flash

Gotta say, for the price it looks super cool and feels durable. I’ll be using this heavily at the gym, so will update this review after a few weeks to see how it holds up. I have a Shine as well, if anything I think the biggest advantage of this is the strap is much more secure (at least for now…) than the Shine’s.

Absolutely love my flash! It’s simplicity is what makes it great. There is no need for a screen to kill the battery life and I don’t need cell phone notifications on my wrist.

Plastic is a plus here, as it is not causing allergic responses I had with base metal and stainless steel backings. Not needing to be recharged frequently is a major plus, and I find the wristband both easier to put on and more comfortable to wear than my wife’s Fitbit ( which she rarely uses now).

Overall, the Flash is the greatest (and cheapest) fitness wearable I’ve ever used. It does it’s job perfectly: to get out of the way and let the data do the talking.

7. Where to buy the Misfit Flash

Retailers have had trouble keeping the Flash in stock, keep that in mind when shopping for it. We were lucky enough to get ours soon after the release.

Amazon has had a good stock of them, you can find them with the link below:

 

 

Misfit Flash

Misfit Flash – Fitness and Sleep Monitor

 

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Misfit Flash & Shine working with Apple Health http://doobareviews.com/misfit-apple-health/ http://doobareviews.com/misfit-apple-health/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:54:52 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1692 Misfit FlashWondering if the Misfit Flash or Misfit Shine work with Apple Health?

I did too.

When we considered getting the Flash, we searched, and couldn’t find any information on it except an obscure reference, but the App Store didn’t list it in the compatible category.

Now having used the Misfit Flash, I can confirm that the MisFit App is compatible with Apple Health.

As of this writing, the only data points that the Misfit app will send to Apple Health is Step Count.

Distance travelled and sleep data are not transferred to Apple Health.

Hopefully, this is something that they add in the future.

At first it seemed like the step data would double count steps when importing into the Health App (if you have your iPhone 5S or newer in your pocket, it counts your steps too), but a few tests showed that it does not double count the steps from the iPhone’s motion chip and the data from the Misfit app.

The Apple Health app is smart enough to compensate and not double count the steps. The counts at the end of the day equal.

Misfit has been great. Looking forward to doing a more detailed review of the Misfit Flash.

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Does your Slow Cooker Contain Heavy Metals? http://doobareviews.com/lead-in-slow-cookers/ http://doobareviews.com/lead-in-slow-cookers/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:25:49 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1508 Lead ingot

I was in the market for a new slow-cooker, and while researching the best one to buy, I cam across a number of posts and reviews where people talked about lead in their slow cookers, or companies admitting that their slow cookers had trace amounts of lead in them.

I was shocked to learn that most of the slow cookers I researched contained varying levels of lead!

Whaaaaaat?!

You mean we removed it from paint, but we still allow it to leach into our food?

A TV station did an investigation using lead testing equipment and discovered lead in the slow cookers they tested.

Companies responded by saying that they were at levels below the FDA limits, but man, you’re cooking your food for hours in something that has lead in it, and there’s an allowable amount?

That’s not ok with me. So after a little research, we came across the 360 Cookware Slow Cooker.

It’s different than anything I’ve used before, and, of course, it does not contain lead. It’s not made from the clays that contain lead. In fact, it’s not made from clay at all.

We have the 360 Slow Cooker now, and love it. Food really does taste better in it. It’s amazing. You can read our 360 review here.

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11 Tempting Gelato Recipes http://doobareviews.com/best-gelato-recipes/ http://doobareviews.com/best-gelato-recipes/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:06:56 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1605 Gelato with BlueberriesNow that you’ve got your gelato machine, what do you do next? 

Here are some tried and true recipes along with some quick tips that will have you crafting gelato to please you and your family in no time.

Gelato-Making Tips:

One of the main differences between gelato and ice cream is in the preparation.

Gelato is made in a custard form first, heating it up, and then chilling it before putting in the ice cream maker.

Be sure to stir the custard slowly (do not whisk) to prevent too much air from being incorporated.  This will produce smaller ice crystals and a better gelato.

Gelato is churned slower than ice cream, making it more dense and intensifying the flavors.

When making gelato, it is best to stop the ice cream maker at soft serve consistency, then put it in a container in your freezer to harden.

This fosters a more delicate flavor and texture that differentiates gelato from ice cream. However, this can depend on your gelato machine. If you’ve got one of the best gelato machines, you can achieve pro-grade consistency and texture.

Now, on to the recipes!  We’ll start with a couple of basic recipes that you can flavor to your desire, then move on to some more flavorful ones.

We hand picked the best Gelato Recipes from around the web check them out below:

Basic Gelato Recipe

Here’s your gelato base.  Now have fun flavoring it however you can imagine.  Try adding vanilla, your favorite fruits, or shaved chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix milk and cream. Warm until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until frothy. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, stirring constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately.
  3. Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Cover, and chill for several hours or overnight.
  4. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a sealed container, and freeze until firm. If the gelato is too firm, place it in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired consistency.

Apricot Milk Gelato

Simple. Yummy. Apricots.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 7 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 TBS apricot preserves

Directions

  1. Bring the cream and 2 cups of the milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, dissolve sugar and cornstarch in the remaining milk in a small bowl.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in milk-cornstarch mixture. Return pan to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Stir in preserves, strain into a bowl, and set aside to cool. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, 2-3 hours
  3. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.

Strawberry Gelato

Strawberries are always a great go-to for gelato. Just the perfect mixture of sweetness with a hint of tart.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Wash strawberries and remove stems.
  2. Place the berries and the sugar in a food processor and blend until puréed. Add the water and lemon juice and continue blending until all the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly.
  3. Whip the cream with a whisk until it begins to thicken and acquires the consistency of yogurt. Add the puréed strawberries and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve right away or store, tightly covered, in the freezer. It should keep for several days before ice crystals begin to form.

Makes about one quart.

Blueberry Lemon Gelato

The color of blueberry mixed in with lemon, it’s to die for. Blueberry Gelato has such wonderful color, and it tastes great, and you feel good because Anti-oxidants, right? Seriously though, making your own treats without all the preservatives beats out the stuff you get in a box somewhere.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberry jam
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups 2 % milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Preparation

Combine the 1st 4 ingredients in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes.  Place mixture in a blender, process until smooth.

Beat the sugar and the egg yolks in a small bowl until thick and pale.  Heat the milk over med-high heat in a small saucepan until mixture reaches 180 degrees or until tiny bubbles form around the edges of the pan, stirring frequently, make sure not to boil.

Add 1/3 of the hot milk mixture to the yolk mixture, stirring.  Gradually add the remaining hot milk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk.   Cook over med-low heat until mixture coats back of the spoon ( about 6 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Stir in blueberry mixture and cool completely.  Stir in the juice and zest.

Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

Lemon Gelato

Lemon gelato can have just the perfect little zing you’re looking for, and it’s super easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 TBS grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, heat milk to 175°; stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Add lemon peel. Cook over low heat until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and a thermometer reads at least 160°, stirring constantly. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat immediately. Stir in lemon juice.
  2. Quickly transfer to a large bowl; place bowl in a pan of ice water. Stir gently and occasionally for 2 minutes. Stir in cream. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  3. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. (Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Repeat with remaining ice cream mixture. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.

Chocolate gelato

Chocolate and Gelato. Can someone say mmmmmmmmmmm.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup minus 2 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 large egg yolks

Directions

  1. Coarsely chop chocolate.
  2. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan bring milk, cream, and about half of sugar just to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and add cocoa powder and chocolate, whisking until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Have ready a large bowl of ice and cold water. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat yolks and remaining sugar until thick and pale.
  4. Add hot chocolate mixture in a slow stream, whisking, and pour into saucepan. Cook custard over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until a thermometer registers 170°F. (Do not let boil.)
  5. Pour custard through a sieve into a metal bowl set in ice and cold water and cool.
  6. Chill custard, covered, until cold.
  7. Freeze custard in an ice-cream maker.
  8. Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, 1 to 3 hours.

Toasted Pecan Gelato

You’ll go nuts over this recipe…in a good way.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, finely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place the milk, cream and 1/3 cup of the brown sugar in a small pan and cook over low heat, whisking from time to time, until it is warm, about 175°F.
  2. Place the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of the brown sugar and salt in a small metal bowl and stir until completely mixed. Add 1/4 cup of the warm milk mixture to the eggs, stirring all the while. Continue adding milk to the eggs, 1/4 cup at a time, until you have added about 1 1/2 cups. Slowly, stirring all the while, return the now milk and egg mixture to the remaining milk mixture in the pan and continue cooking until it just begins to thicken or reaches about 185°F. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Pour through a medium fine strainer into a metal bowl. Discard the solids. Add the pecans and stir well. Set the mixture aside until it reaches room temperature. Add the vanilla extract and stir well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until it reaches 40ºF, about 3 hours. Transfer to an ice cream maker and proceed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Peachy Keen Gelato

Everything is just…

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups peaches (if frozen – thaw them out)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

Combine thawed peaches with juices and lemon in a blender. Puree until smooth.

In a saucepan heat milk until almost scalding. In a separate mixing bowl add egg yolks. Slowly add heated milk to egg yolks and whisk quickly to warm up the eggs. (if the eggs cook to much they will look slightly curdled. If this happens just put the mixture through a strainer before you chill it) Then return mixture to the saucepan on medium high heat stirring until it thickens (and coats back of spoon) Add puree mixture and combine. Chill mixture in refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight. (Make sure its chilled through) Then put in ice cream maker.

Almond Peach Gelato

Yes, that’s right. Almonds and peaches together. It’s heaven.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 to 3 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, thawed and chopped
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions

In a small heavy saucepan, heat milk to 175°; stir in confectioners’ sugar until dissolved. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Add lemon peel. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at least 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.

Remove from the heat. Stir in extract. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the peaches, cream and almonds. Press waxed paper onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.

Toasted Coconut Gelato

A little tropical flare for gelato artisans.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups plus 3 Tablespoons Whole Milk
  • 1¾ Cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup loosely packed Toasted Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, plus additional for garnish
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Coconut Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a heavy sauce pot, add 2 cups of milk, coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Bring to a low boil on medium low heat. Be careful not to scorch. With the remaining milk, add corn starch to make a slurry. When milk and coconut milk come to a boil, add the slurry and extracts. Cook on low and stir often so that clumps do not form. The mixture is cooked when you can run a line on the back of a spoon without the mixture coming back together. Cool the mixture to room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 12 hours.
  2. Add the mixture to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions. When half the time has elapsed, slowly add the toasted coconut allowing it to be thoroughly incorporated in the mixture.
  3. Transfer to a storage container and freeze until desired firmness. Before serving, allow the gelato to sit on your counter for a few minutes for a better texture and because its easier to scoop. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.

Vanilla Gelato with Caramel and Chocolate Shavings

Don’t call this one plain as vanilla, because it’s anything but plain.

Ingredients

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups half & half
  • 2 Tb. vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 5 oz. dulce de leche (or thick caramel cream)
  • 3 oz. semi sweet chocolate bar

Directions

  1. Stir the egg yolks, sugar, half & half, vanilla, and two pinches of salt together in a medium sauce pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously, then remove from the heat.
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl to remove any particles. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.
  3. Once the mixture has chilled, pour it into an ice cream maker and churn for 20+ minutes to the desired consistency. Meanwhile, shave the chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler, so the pieces are very thin.
  4. Scoop a quarter of the gelato into a plastic container. Drizzle some of the caramel and chocolate shavings over the gelato, then repeat with the remaining gelato, caramel, and chocolate shavings, filling the container in layers. Cover and place in the freezer until firm.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of gelato recipes.

As Gelato aficionados we’ve never had a better selection of gelato machines.

The best machines make these recipes so much easier. If you’re looking for a Gelato Machine, or want to see what upgrades are available, checkout out our list of the three best gelato machines.

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Confidence-Slim Vibrator Plate Review http://doobareviews.com/whole-body-vibrator-plate/ http://doobareviews.com/whole-body-vibrator-plate/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:32:08 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1517 Confidence Slim Full Body Vibration Platform

Owning a whole body vibrator used to be an option only for the super wealthy.

But times have changed, and so have the prices.

And that’s one of the reasons that the Confidence Slim Vibrator has become the #1 Selling whole body vibrator on Amazon.

What make the Confidence Slim Whole Body Vibrator the Best?

It’s not just the price. You don’t have to spend $600-800 for a quality vibrator anymore.

But there’s more that sets the Slim vibrator apart from the rest.

It’s the results. We can talk about the balance of the plate, the rollers on the base so that when you need to move it, it’s easy but is stable when you’re using it.

We could talk about the different program settings that it offers, but really all of the bells and whistles of any device take a back seat to actual results that customers have experiences.

Here’s what some Amazon customers are saying about the Whole Body Vibrator:

“I love it! My daughter and I have had great success with it. I am doing a weight loss program with it and have lost 60 lbs. I got this because I have issues with my feet…”

“I Love My Jiggle Machine!”

“…my husband decided to give it a try, and it literally melted his love handles away! We are both amazed! When I get off of it I feel refreshed and relaxed, and like I have really done something great for my body.”

“I have been using this for a couple weeks, haven’t noticed any weight loss, but it does feel really good to use it. My muscles feel tighter and I feel less stressed. I also noticed that the aches and limited mobility in my shoulders is gone when I use this thing regularly.”

“I have had this for over a month now and use it daily. I am in my mid 50’s and have a bad right hip that probably is due for a replacement at some point. But when I use this machine for 10-15 minutes, it seems like the pain in my hip subsides.”

How does a Whole Body Vibrator Help?

The benefits that a vibrator like the Confidence Slim Body pictured above is a complete exercise of the whole body.

Dr. Mercola talks about whole body vibrators and mentions studies that show that whole body vibrators WBV’s help contribute to strength and stimulate muscle growth including “143 percent improvement in physical function.”

That’s amazing!

As with any exercise equipment, you should consult your doctor and use the device as instructed, but compared to other exercise devices, the Confidence Slim really does give you a lot of bang for your buck.

It’s called a Whole Body Vibrator for a reason because it helps exercise your entire body.

The micro adjustments your body has to make while on the plate and the rapid succession helps to activate processes within your body to rebuild muscle, increase strength abilities, and even reduce pain.

Again check out the Mercola article for more on the studies.

The point is, instead of just isolating one area of your body, a whole body vibrator helps to exercise your whole body while going easy on your joints compared to the impact that running can have for example.

To top it off, it’s convenient. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up outside or to cool down to get some exercise in, you can just hop on the machine, while reading, watching a show or just some good ol’ think time.

Whole body vibrators are kept in fitness centers as a way to help improve joint strength and joint range of motion, improved balance (better be after all that shaking) and of course muscle strength.

Here’s a video of how it works, and you can see that they’re not shaking like crazy. The vibrations are smooth although they can also be adjusted.

How much does a Whole Body Vibrator Cost and how can you get a Good Deal?

Whole Body Vibrators like the Power Plate brand shown in the video above will set you back $500 to $800. They’re not cheap, but if that’s that’s what you want, then go for it.

Whole Body Vibrators were priced so high for so long that people have come to expect that you have to drop nearly $1,000, but that’s not the case anymore.

The Confidence Slim is the best vibrator you can get for under $300.

The benefits, results, and the value of the Confidence Slim has easily made it the #1 whole body vibrator on Amazon. 

It’s time to shake it off!

Check out the link below for even more customer results on Amazon:

Confidence Slim Full Body Vibration Platform

 

 Confidence Slim Full Body Vibration Platform Fitness Machine

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Comparing the Top 3 Gelato Maker Machines: Musso, Breville, DeLonghi http://doobareviews.com/choose-the-best-gelato-maker/ http://doobareviews.com/choose-the-best-gelato-maker/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:22:24 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1566 Selecting a Gelato Maker doesn’t have to be hard.

There are three gelato machines that stand out from the rest of the pack.

Below are the best of the best for their features and value.

Starting with #3…

#3 The DeLonghi GM 6000 Gelato Machine

To start off, if price is an issue, you’ll love the DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor.

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The DeLonghi is specifically made for making Gelato.

That’s one of it’s most appealing features is that it’s not a hybrid ice cream / gelato maker.

For a machine that makes both Ice Cream and Gelato and make them both very well, you have to get into the more expensive price ranges (such as our top two picks).

Coming in at around $299, the DeLonghi is by no means cheap, but less expensive makers just aren’t going to produce the quality.

Part of what makes the DeLonghi special compared to other less expensive Gelato (or ice cream) makers is that it has its own compressor–it can refrigerate on its own.

Your Gelato can be ready to eat right out of the machine if you like (I think most like serving it in a bowl, but it’s up to you).

Instead of waiting 2-3 hours for your delicious dessert to be ready. You can be enjoying your home-made gelato in just 30-40 minutes.

Check out the DeLonghi Gelato Maker in Action

You can find one of the best deals on the DeLonghi with free shipping on Amazon.

Click the link below to view it on Amazon:

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DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor

#2 Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop Ice Cream Machine

Our number two pick is the exquisitely beautiful and very versatile Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop Ice Cream  and Gelato Maker.

We love Breville products. Their design is sleek, elegant, and their equipment is powerful.

Breville Smart Scoop Gelato and Ice Cream Maker

The Smart Scoop makes Ice Cream and Gelato. Normally, the multi-functions don’t mix well, but with the higher-end devices such as the revile and the Lello (our #1 coming up), the quality is superb, and the ease at which you can select your options really makes a difference.

The Breville has a simple dial that you turn to select your desired dessert as well as the hardness setting of that dessert. It almost couldn’t be easier.

Catch the Breville Smart Scoop Machine in Action

What makes the Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream and Gelato Machine impressive?

  • With its  own compressor, you don’t have to place the ice-cream in your freezer!
  • 50 minutes for ice cream which is super fast
  • 1.5 Quart Bowl perfect for making lots of Gelato or Ice Cream
  • Child lock so kids can enjoy watching without accidentally changing the settings
  • Pre-cool setting to make things even faster
  • Keep cool will chill it and churn for up to 3 hours
  • Recipe book comes with the Smart Scoop

The Breville Smart Scoop is more pricey than the DeLonghi (about $399), but the ease of use, the digital display, child lock features, make the Breville a shining example of beautiful design. Breville makes great working and great looking products.

To see what customers are saying about it on Amazon, click the link below:

Breville Smart Scoop Gelato and Ice Cream Maker

View the Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream and Gelato Maker on Amazon.com

#1 Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Ice Cream and Gelato Machine

If you’re super serious about making artisan gelato, then look no further than the Italian made Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Ice Cream and Gelato Machine.

The Lello is the top of the line Ice Cream and Gelato maker.

If you’ve been to Europe and want to recapture the taste of Gelato from there, the Lussino is the machine that comes out on top.

The Lussino is professional grade and made of stainless steel. Say goodbye to aluminum!

The mixer blade is made of stainless steel as well whereas almost all other ice cream makers have plastic mixers that can break or wear down.

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

The design is simple, yet elegant, but it’s the taste that matters, and the stainless steal beauty really does make a difference.

One of our favorite Amazon customer reviews for the Musso Lussino Gelato Maker:

If you’re considering an Italian gelato machine, then the names “Nemox” and “Musso” come to mind. Both companies fabricate machines for home and professional use, and I’ve had several over the years. By far, if you are looking for quality and authentic Italian gelato texture and ice-crystallization, look no further than this machine by Musso. It’s made better than anything by Nemox (which uses plastic and/or silicone parts that wear down over time.) The Lussiano looks beautiful in your kitchen, makes a fine array of desserts, and will last for years. Trust me though, it won’t sit idle.

See the Lello Ice Cream and Gelato Maker in Action

The Lello doesn’t come cheap (we’re talking around $699), but that’s for a reason, the quality of the parts and the taste and texture of the final product speak for themselves.

Recap: What sets the Lello Lussino apart

  • Stainless steel construction (no aluminum, it really does make a difference in taste)
  • Stainless steel mixing blade (will long outlast machines with plastic blades, and will keep turning at higher consistencies)
  • Ease of use (two buttons, one dial)
  • Large 1.5 Quart capacity
  • Fast – Done in 30 minutes due to the Self-refridgerating
  • Long lasting
  • Elegant design and made in Italy
  • Makes Gelato that tastes like artisan gelato!

The other beauty is that in addition to Gelato and Ice Cream, you can make frozen yogurt as well.

Read more of the reviews on Amazon for the Lello Musso, and you’ll see the difference a professional grade Gelato Machine can make.

Check it out by clicking below to get the “scoop” on the Lello Musso:

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

View the 4080 Musso Lussino Ice Cream and Gelato Machine

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Review: Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Ice Cream and Gelato Machine http://doobareviews.com/lello-4080-musso-lussino-ice-cream-and-gelato-machine-review/ http://doobareviews.com/lello-4080-musso-lussino-ice-cream-and-gelato-machine-review/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:56:48 +0000 http://doobareviews.com/?p=1592 Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

The Musso Lussino

Yes, the Italians know how to make Gelato, and they for sure know how to make a Gelato Machine.

There are lots of different Gelato and Ice Cream Machines out there, and many don’t do a very good job or require you to freeze your newly made dessert for hours, but that’s not the case with the Musso.

Easily create your own ice cream, gelato, sorbet, or frozen yogurt at home.

It can be a real chore to find a Gelato Maker that does the job well. Many machines either make Ice Cream well, or they make Gelato well.

The Lello Musso Lussino is one of the few and proud that put other Ice Cream / Gelato Makers to shame.

It’s what the Pro’s use at home to make Gelato and Ice Cream. Just check out what other

Check out what others are saying about making Gelato and Ice Cream with the Lello

The comments from Amazon customers speak for itself. Here’s a sampling:

I had not had really good, knock-your-socks off gelato since I was last in Sicily — until now.

We lived in Torino Italy for one year and fell in love with gelato. This machine does an awesome job. The limone gelato we made was perfect consistency and spot on to our favorite gelateria in Italy (Jerry’s Gelato). Very impressed by this machine.

I have had less expensive machines but this is the best of the best home machines! I bought this machine on Amazon.com and would do it again in a millisecond!!

If you’re considering an Italian gelato machine, then the names “Nemox” and “Musso” come to mind. Both companies fabricate machines for home and professional use, and I’ve had several over the years. By far, if you are looking for quality and authentic Italian gelato texture and ice-crystallization, look no further than this machine by Musso. It’s made better than anything by Nemox (which uses plastic and/or silicone parts that wear down over time.) The Lussiano looks beautiful in your kitchen, makes a fine array of desserts, and will last for years. Trust me though, it won’t sit idle.

The Lello 4080 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker is Professional Grade

It’s made in Italy, and the italians know a thing or two about perfecting gelato.

Not only is it made in Italy, but take a look at the mixing blade. It’s metal.

Other gelato or ice cream machines have plastic parts that can wear down or even break if the ice cream gets to hard.

The Lello blows them all out of the water with its incredibly sturdy metal mixer parts.

The integrated design helps protect the inner workings.

The sturdy design and attention to detail make the Lello shine, and it’s why it makes a big difference in creating the best taste and texture for your personal treats.

See the Lello 4080 in Action

Taste the difference

The parts are not aluminum like other Gelato and Ice Cream Machines. Right from the product description”

“the housing, bowl, and paddle are made of stainless steel for sanitation and easy cleaning.”

Since it’s not made from aluminum, you don’t have to worry about the health concerns that aluminum or plastic mixing parts bring.

It’s safer, sturdier, and will be making gelato or ice cream for you for years and years to come.

Gelato Recipes for the Lello

The machine does come with a recipe book, but many Gelato Artisans recommend the book:
Making Artisan Gelato: 45 Recipes and Techniques for Crafting Flavor-Infused Gelato and Sorbet at Home It’s a great place to start. A special note, some recipes may state you need to freeze them after for a few hours, but not so with the Lello.

It has its own compressor so it chills it on its own. Your gelato is ready to each when the machine is done! Now that’s cool.

But is the really worth the price?

This Gelato/Ice Cream Machine is Fast

Wouldn’t it be nice to in as fast as 30 minutes have your special dessert ready?

Other ice cream makers on the market require you to remove the bowl of ice cream and then freeze it for a few hours.

The great thing about a fast acting and self refrigerating ice cream / gelato maker is that you can set it, and it’s ready to go so much faster that other machines out there.

Any draw backs of the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino?

Some users complained about cleaning. There is no bowl to extract from the Lello which can make it a little harder to clean.

It’s a plus and a minus because you can’t stick the machine in your sink to clean, but machines that have a bowl you have to remove can get the inside of your machine dirty if it spills over (which can happen), or if there is moister on the outside of the bowl of those other models, it can cause problems when freezing.

The other thing about the removable bowls, many of them are made from aluminum whereas the stainless steal (like what’s used in the Lello) is better for processing and coming in contact with food.

Impressive Reviews and Ratings

The Musso Lussino has an impressive 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon with over 180 ratings/reviews.

You can find it on Amazon with Free shipping. Click below to find the Lello on Amazon:

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

Click here for the 4080 Musso Lussino Ice Cream and Gelato Machine

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