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Professional Ice Cream Scoop -how I Discovered I Could Be A Professional Soda Jerk In My Home

Life is full of surprises that is for sure. They dont teach you everything in school. Sometimes, the things they teach you are not exactly what happens in real life. Nevertheless, experience has always been my greatest teacher, especially when it comes to choosing the best ice cream scoops. Dont get me wrong. I dont have any intentions of creating my own ice cream parlor or working as a professional ice cream soda jerk. But the point is, if you want to serve something to your family and loved ones, you better use something that is inexpensive yet high quality, professional-grade.

When I was only beginning my ice cream adventures, I used to dig into the ice cream with a spoon and many times the handle would simply give in to the pressure. I cannot remember how many spoons I have bent and disfigured simply because it was not sturdy enough to cut through the slab of frozen ice cream. I did follow some tips about warming the scoop first before scooping ice cream. Well, it did facilitate the entry of the spoon but scooping the ice cream out bent the handle again. I really needed one of those commercial ice cream scoops.

So, I bought what any inexperienced homemaker would a cheap plastic ice cream scoop that looked a little more like an over-prized, over-sized, powdered milk scoop. It was quite thick though and it came in bright red color. Unfortunately, when I used it, I noticed some cracks in the scoop itself. Additionally, I had to be careful about exerting more pressure than necessary because the scoop might break. So it was more an issue of finding the correct angle of approach to the ice cream and the use of just the right amount of pressure. However, I love my ice cream hard so that it will melt in my mouth when I take a full block in. I dont like licking it. I prefer swirling it inside my mouth like you would a candy letting its creamy richness coat the insides of my mouth. Its a lot more interesting, cooler, and refreshing this way. Unfortunately, with the cheap and flimsy plastic scoop I got, I really dont see how I can enjoy my favorite dessert.

There are many different types of ice-cream scoops, and good thing a friend introduced me to the SuperEze icecream scoop. It looks very much like the vintage Cralle design except that the SuperEze scooper can be handled with absolute ease whether you are right handed or left handed. The release mechanism is so ingenious. I couldnt find any spring or trigger unlike other cheap ice cream scoops I have seen so far. Now I tell you, this is the best ice cream scoop ever. The design remained faithful to the original, making it look so professional, like those that are often seen in ice cream parlors all over the world. Gliding through my block of ice cream has never been this easy. I can create smaller balls of ice cream which I can use to slowly bathe my mouth. Talk about experience.

The SuperEze ice cream scoop has definitely given me the opportunity to be a professional ice cream soda jerk right in my home. And I am sure, you would, too.

How To Order The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

If you walk into a coffee shop these days it can get a little complicated if you aren't familiar with the sizes and names when it comes to ordering a coffee. There is an entire language you will need to know if you are going to place an order for a perfect cup of coffee!

It all starts with placing your coffee order. You are no longer talking to a waitress but a barista. These are people who make and serve coffee drinks as a profession.

Firstly, you figure out the size of the coffee you want to purchase. If you check out the menu you might find there is a special name for the different sizes available. This is especially true if you go to Starbucks as some of their sizes have special names. You can choose from: a short (8 ounces), tall (12 ounces), Grande (16 ounces) and Venti (20 ounces).

The hardest decision will be what coffee drink to order. Certainly you can still get black coffee with cream and sugar. However, the most common coffee beverages are cafes or espressos. Sure you can always order a plain black coffee but where is the fun in that when you could order a cappuccino, latte or a mocha.

If you choose a latte which is an espresso shot with the addition of steamed milk. A cappuccino on the other hand has equal parts of espresso, steamed and frothed milk. A mocha is similar to latte or cappuccino but has the addition of chocolate syrup.

The following list of different coffee beverages contains just a few of the drinks available in most coffee shops.

Caffe Americano: This is a single shot of espresso with the addition of six to eight ounces of hot water.

Espresso Con Panna: This coffee is made by adding whipped cream to an espresso shot.

Ristretto: A small shot of espresso that has a very intense flavor. The water that is allowed to pass through the coffee grounds while the coffee is being brewed is restricted to a small amount.

Lungo: This drink is made using a longer pull of espresso. A larger amount of water moves through the coffee grounds while the coffee is being brewed.

Cafe Breva: Instead of using whole milk, the Cappuccino that is made with Half and Half.

Dry: An espresso made with a small amount of foam and no steamed milk.

Chairo: An espresso drink made by adding more milk.

Caffe Mochaccino: This is a fancy Cappuccino that has chocolate syrup added.

Frappe: Perfect for a hot day this coffee drink made using ice cream and milk.

Shot in the Dark: This is an espresso shot that has been added to a regular coffee cup and then the rest of cup is filled with drip coffee.

After you first taste the coffee you will be able to judge the consistency of the drink. Next you may want to describe how the coffee tasted. Was the coffee bitter or buttery, spicy or sweet, stale or has a chocolate flavor?



You Should Consider Getting A Halogen Oven

Halogen ovens are smaller than conventional ovens and as well they can cook faster. In fact they are said to cook up to three times faster. The secret to their being able to cook food so quickly is the halogen heating element. People who have bought this small appliance have nothing but good things to say about it.

These energy efficient ovens are able to cook so quickly because they use infrared waves with a built-in high-performance fan. The heating element turns electrical energy into extreme heat which in turn cooks the food quicker.

The fan circulates the heat so the food is cooked evenly while retaining moisture. The oven has a glass bowl with a lid that contains all the controls for setting the temperature and the timer. The halogen bulb and fan are contained within the lid as well.

Halogen ovens are small enough to fit on any kitchen counter. They are smaller than most microwave ovens but they have the capacity to cook a two-course meal at the same time. Most models come equipped with wire racks so they can cook the meat on the bottom and a side dish or vegetables on the top.

Originally you could only find them on home shopping channels but since the word got out about how well they work, you can find them a most department stores and even online. You can find lots of information about them on the Internet, including recipes and how to care for them.

Halogen ovens will cook food evenly every time. They also allow for the fat to drip off foods when cooking making your food even healthier. This is a great selling point. You can even cook fries and chicken and get the crispy deep fried texture without the added fat.

One of the benefits of a halogen oven is that they do not require the food to be defrosted before cooking. That is a very helpful benefit considering the busy lifestyles most of us have today.

Some halogen ovens are self-cleaning which means you can add water and soap to the bowl and just press a button. They do not require preheating like a conventional oven and they are smokeless and odorless.

Halogen ovens are designed to cook in a way that seals the juices so your steaks and other meats can turn out perfect. These ovens are better than a conventional oven because they cook a lot faster and save more energy.

There are many advantages for having a Halogen oven. If you are looking for ways to save energy and not spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals, then you may find a halogen oven is the perfect addition to your kitchen.