Why you Want to use a Kitchen Scale

Digital kitchen scales are used by professional cooks and bakers every day. If you’re a serious Canadian baker or cook, a kitchen scale can greatly simplify and improve upon the recipes you’re using.

Kitchen Scale from Livingbasic
Kitchen Scale from Livingbasic

Let’s say you’re making a batter to dip a piece of chicken in prior to putting it in the deep fryer. Let’s say you’re making a salad dressing and you need to get your ingredient measurements correct. Or, alternatively, let’s say you’re baking one of the most complex recipes you’ve tackled yet. For all these scenarios, you want a kitchen scale to be able to tell you correctly the amount of ingredient used. Using a kitchen scale, you won’t have to worry about unevenly baked meatballs or cookies. You won’t have to worry about pancakes or cakes turning out right. You’ll easily get your recipes right every single time. A kitchen scale is as close to a guarantee as you can get.

 

Many cooks and bakers will tell you a kitchen scale is more accurate than a measurement tool like cups. It can seem intimidating having to switch recipes from size to grams however weight’s more accurate than cups, especially when it comes to baking. In some cases, ingredients like flours can vary wildly in weight when put into a cup. That sort of thing can decide how a loaf of bread turn out. Comparatively, using a kitchen scale instead of cups will also help keep your kitchen much tidier. Between your teaspoons, tablespoons, measuring cups, liquid glass vessels, and bowls of all shapes and sizes, you won’t have all those dishes that need cleaning. So in a sense, there’s more precision, and less work to do during and after your cooking – it doesn’t get better than that.

 

The last thing we want to mention about why to use a kitchen scale is that it’s going to keep you healthier. If you need to measure food for personal health reasons, “eyeballing” it is not an accurate way to measure anything. If you’re looking to gain or lose weight for athletic reasons, alternatively, you need to know precisely how much protein, fat, sugar, and salt you’re packing in. A professional kitchen scale will make measuring chicken or salmon easy, and can help in assembling salads. All in all, you’ll have much better oversight about what’s going into your body than you ever will working with other measurement tools and/or using your eyeballs to estimate it.

 

Purchase your kitchen scale and accessories, and small home appliances from Canada’s own Living.ca today.

8 Surprising Foods you can Make in your Toaster Oven

A toaster oven is easy to underestimate. Many Canadians and people who purchase toaster ovens don’t oftentimes know how to get maximum use out of them. They may just see them as a smaller version of your oven. There’s a lot you can do with a toaster oven though that can give them tremendous value. Here are some ideas!

 

Roasted almonds

Almonds can be tossed in a sweetener of some kind like a maple syrop, honey, or sugar, and then sprinkled with some spices of your choosing like a cinnamon or salt. Toss them into your toaster oven, let them toast on a single layer, and pull them out when you’re ready to munch!

 

Chicken nuggets

Because of their small size, toaster ovens heat up way faster than a traditional oven does. Throw in some chicken nuggets and cook them for an identical time you would in your regular oven. Within a half-hour, you’ll have the nuggets you desire.

 

Small pan of cornbread

If you’re quick and smart about it, you can make some cornbread in your toaster oven. Ensure the recipe you’re using is toaster oven specific. As you modify the size and shape of cornbread and/or related bread-based dishes, cooking time will have to adjust as appropriate.

 

Glazed salmon

Toaster ovens are a great weapon when cooking up some glazed salmon or any number of the various fancy fish recipes out there. Like chicken, fish cooks quickly which makes them an ideal food to have in a toaster oven.

 

Roast chicken

That’s right, you can roast a chicken in a toaster oven if you know how to wield the controls correctly. Consult with any of the numerous recipes available online for ideas on where to get started.

 

Garlic-roasted green beans

Green beans don’t need to be cooked which makes them ideal to heat and bake in a small toaster oven. It doesn’t take long for green beans to heat to their center and so, spice them as you like. Then, roast them until they look good to go.

 

Bacon

Yes, you can cook bacon in your toaster oven. Just remember they drip if they’re not contained so be sure to lay out your strips on a tray of some kind. Due to the size, you won’t be able to make a whole tray of bacon but it’s enough to help fill you up when you’re eating for one.

 

Sausage and peppers

Italian sausages in a bed of slice onion and peppers topping a tray to be put into your toaster oven is a fun treat. Please note you’ll have to pull out the tray a couple times throughout your roast to stir so that nothing burns.

 

Living.ca has small kitchen appliances such as toaster ovens, deep fryers, pressure cookers, sous vides, and more. Visit Canada’s own Living.ca for more information on where you can see Canada’s best small appliances.

4 Appliances to help you get the Most from a Small Kitchen

If you’re living in a small condo, apartment, or pre-war home, you’re likely working with a pretty small kitchen. Every inch of kitchen is prime real estate. If you’re looking for some cooking appliance hacks to make the most from what you’re working with, we’d love to help.

Living iron fry pan
Living iron fry pan

Sous vide

A sous vide allows you to cook food in water. Things like meat and veggies have never been so easy to cook. It requires minimal effort and even better, the sous vide can be stored anywhere. It’s no bigger than a 2-litre pop bottle. You can pull it out when you need it, cook your food, and then, wipe it down and put it back into storage. Using a sous vide, your food will always be perfectly cooked and you won’t need to take up an inch of kitchen space.

Cast iron skillet

Flat and with the promise of heating evenly across its area, a cast iron skillet is not going to leave behind any scorch marks from meat or veggies and will always leave you with a thoroughly cooked meal. For many people, their favourite kitchen small appliance is their cast iron skillet – even if it’s not a classic appliance per se. Also, cast iron is typically enameled meaning it can be cleaned in a dishwasher or sink without having to worry about rust.

Simple kitchen scale

A kitchen scale is not expensive and it’s small enough to be able to be stored almost anywhere. Pull out your kitchen scale as needed and always know you’ll have your ingredient amounts just right. If you’re a baker and/or you’re regularly having to rely on basic measurements for recipes, buying a kitchen scale is a simple way to keep things easy. We cannot recommend a kitchen scale enough.

Thin single serve coffee maker

Living.ca’s coffee maker is tailor made for small kitchens. Small in design, the 2-in-1 single serve coffee maker is perfect for brewing, ground, and capsule. If you’re a coffee lover, we’re sure you’ll love this. Place your coffee maker wherever you have some free space and you’ll never have to worry about where to grab an excellent cup of coffee. Shuts off automatically when a brew cycle is completed and it’s all in stainless steel.

In a small kitchen, serious consideration needs to be made on any decision resulting in space taken. These appliances are small, inexpensive, and provide a high value-to-space ratio. Buy these small kitchen products, appliances, and more from Living.ca today.

Trends in Kitchen Faucets and Kitchen Design for when you Need to Replace Yours

Are you ready to replace your kitchen faucet – you’re not alone. Thousands of Canadian households are going to install new kitchen faucets and renovate their kitchen design this year. As it pertain to kitchen faucets, the biggest trend going right now is big, tall faucets. That said, those aren’t perfect for every home. For a closer look into trends in kitchen faucets and kitchen design, here’s an honest look into what the industry’s going through right now.

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The average high quality kitchen faucet is likely to cost around $250 or more and repairs on contemporary faucets can range from $150 to $250 depending on the contractor. If you’re looking for a faucet that’s high quality from a branded manufacturer, your costs could easily increase to $900 to $1,100 or more. For these reasons, cost-wise, we recommend buying kitchen faucets that are not branded and that are closer to the $250-range.

The more costly kitchen faucets are called ‘touch faucets’, which are very popular. Using touch technology, these are high-tech smart home devices. That said, the expense for them is sizeable. The next costly kitchen faucet will be your big, tall faucets akin to what you used to find in restaurants and similarly food-friendly industrial settings. Any faucets that operate automatically without a manual way to turn on use a battery which will eventually wear out. Once it does, a replacement needs to be ordered which can complicate things. Therefore, many homeowners seeking to renovate or install a kitchen faucet on budget generally go for smaller models or models that come equipped with a manual way to use them.

Kitchen sinks are also changing, which is having an effect on kitchen faucets. Some install a double sink with two bowls. Then, other homeowners may install an extremely large skin as an alternative to two bowls. These are commonly installed as under-mounts, which is when a lip of the skin is mounted underneath the countertop so that the lips is beneath the counter instead of on top. This is done because under-mounted sinks are easier to clean and are believed to be more attractive. Whether it’s over-mounted or under-mounted though, it generally will have no effect on what faucet you can or cannot use with the style.

Choose the style of faucet you want for your home and don’t let anyone tell you different. Living.ca has plenty of kitchen sink faucets to browse on-sale available in a wide variety of styles. Shop Living.ca today!

Trendy Smoothie Recipes in 2019 to make in your Professional Blender

If you’ve always wanted a smoothie to make healthy recipes that taste borderline like dessert, you’ve come to the right place. Living.ca is a brand focused on home and lifestyle products, including small appliances.

 

Living.ca’s professional blender is one of Canada’s best, perfect for mixing smoothies of all types with a powerful 1,500 watts of power behind it. Here are some of our favourite smoothies, as plucked from the trendiest corners of Instagram and social media.

 

Strawberry cheesecake smoothie

The strawberry cheesecake smoothie is always going to be a fan favourite. Decadence hasn’t been this healthy ever! You can enjoy this one almost every day and not have to worry about getting big… well, that last part we may have lied about. So tasty!

 

Mango lava flow smoothie

Imagine what swirls of mango and coconut feel like together in a professionally made smoothie. Your blender is capable of truly wonderful things and this dish is one such example. The taste is close to a pina colada.

 

Caramel apple smoothies

Creatively blending together pieces of apple with caramel and the perfect amount of additions, this is the perfect afternoon treat when you’re looking for a boost to help carry you through to dinner.

 

Pineapple whip smoothie

Pineapple whip smoothie is a great Disney treat you can have at home. Also, it’s lower in sugar than you might think. If you’re a pineapple lover, this recipe is well worth looking into. Your smoothie blender will thank you.

 

Banana chocolate pistachio smoothie

The banana chocolate pistachio smoothie is a perfect mix of thickness, cream, and is the healthiest chocolate milkshake you might ever have.

 

Banana almond mocha smoothie

This one is for all the frappe lovers. Instead of going that way, give a coffee smoothie a try. Professional blenders like Living.ca’s are made for delicious meals like this.

 

Peanut butter chip smoothie

Although this is as far away from fruity as you can get, the peanut butter chip smoothie is absolutely delicious. The chocolaty bits make for a rich Reese’s-esque experience that’s hard to pass up.

 

Chocolate mint smoothie

We all love decadent chocolate and paired with mint in a smoothie, it’s quite something! A chocolate mint recipe is perfect to throw into the blender after a long day at work or on the weekend.

 

So when you want to start your day with some fruit, protein, and super foods all swirled together, choose Living.ca’s professional blender to make it all happen. Shop with us today!

4 Small Appliances from Living.ca that will Change the Way you Cook at Home

For many Canadians looking to eat healthier, the unfortunate problem is oftentimes a need to buy new small appliances which are difficult to afford to be able to make the Internet’s long list of ‘healthy recipes’. Needless to say, the world has come a long way from when the microwave was the only small appliance you needed in the kitchen. Here are Living.ca’s best 4 small appliances for healthy eaters.

Multi-use programmable pressure cooker

LivingBasic Programmable pressure cooker

Pressure cooker cooks food at a high temperature and is an easy purchase because of the different foods it has the potential to make. Living.ca’s 16-in-1 multi-use pressure cooker can be used to make multi-grain, meat stews, white rice, brown rice, steamed vegetables, soup, beans, poultry, pastas, steamed potatoes, as a hot pot, to saute or brown, to boil, to bake, to reheat, and/or for yogurt.

 

Digital countertop convection oven

A convection oven is not quite a toaster oven. This is a different style of oven which sits on your counter and which makes cooking so much easier. To cook meals, many employ innovative heating technologies. They cook foods evenly, allowing you to toss in all sorts of foods together without having to cook them separately. The ability to cook a full meal is a huge element of what makes Living.ca’s countertop convection oven so appealing to young couples and Canadian families.

 

Sous vide machines

Sous vide machines is a method of cooking wherein your food is placed in a bag which is then submerged in water. In water, it’s then cooked at a set temperature until done. The results with a sous vide immersion cooker are always delicious – with the right ingredients, don’t get us wrong. Meats like prime rib and salmon taste amazing coming out from a sous vide. There’s even some who have made cheesecake in it!

 

Professional smoothies blender

 

The last small appliance from Living.ca to make our list is a professional smoothies blender. Make juice, milkshakes, smoothies, grind nuts, make spices, or mix batters, and more with 1,500 watts of power. A blender is great to have in the kitchen as it give all those fruits and vegetables an opportunity to combine and make some truly delightful drinks.

 

Browse these 4 small appliances and others from Living.ca. Change the way you do breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’re living alone, as a couple, have a family, or are retired, there’s no reason not to treat yourself! Shop with Living.ca today.

6 Desserts you Never Knew you Could Make in your Deep Fryer at Home

There’s nothing more exciting than getting your first deep fryer. All those delicious fries, chicken, and all sorts of goodness you go to fast food for, you can now make at home. Sometimes, what we forget about is how many desserts that can also be made with a deep fryer at home. Here are 6 of the most delicious desserts you can make with a deep fryer.

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Kitchen-Appliances-Professional-Deep-Fryer

Apple fritter rings

Apple fritter rings can be made by combining cinnamon, sugar, eggs, oil, buttermilk, flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Slice your apples, coat them in your flour batter, and drop them in your deep fryer. When they come out, toss them in cinnamon and sugar before serving!

 

Deep fried Oreo

Deep fried Oreos only require for the cookies to be dipped in batter and dropped in hot oil. You can make your batter from pancake mix. Just ensure there are no lumps left in and that everything’s smooth.

 

Churros

Churros require more time than some of the other recipes on this list however the finished product is so infinitely tasty. Create your mixture using milk, salt, butter, flour, an eggs, and then dump into a pastry bag. Use a star nozzle to pour it out into the oil, frying 4-5 churros at a time until golden brown.

 

Fried ice-cream

Fried ice cream is admittedly a challenge but is worth the investment. Scoop out balls of ice cream, beat eggs until they’re frothy, and in a separate dish, mix crushed cornflakes with cinnamon. Then, roll your ice cream scoops in egg whites and then, in your cornflake mix. Ensure they’re completely covered. Throw them in the freezer for 3 hours. Then, heat your oil to 375 degrees, dip your frozen ice cream balls in for 15 seconds approximately, drain, and serve immediately.

 

Chocolate-stuffed wontons

Take a wonton wrapper and place 1 tsp of chocolate pieces in the centre. Fold it in half, seal its edges with some water, and fry 4-5 at a time until golden brown in your oil. A very easy family recipe, all you need is to grab some wonton wrappers.

 

Funnel cake

Funnel cake is one of the more extensive recipes on this list, requiring a few extra minutes of preparation time. Even so, once you have your funnel cake mixture ready, pour your batter mixture into the funnel. Then, slowly release your hand from the hole while making 6” round swirls in the oil. Fry on both sides and sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on them. All done!

 

Sweet, succulent, and tasty desserts are an amazing way to use your deep fryer. Purchase Canada’s favourite deep fryer today from Living.ca and begin churning out some of your favourites today!