What is the Best Single Serve Coffee Maker – The Ideal Characteristics?

Buying a coffee maker for people who live alone can be a difficult job. For one thing, they live alone that means they don’t require too much of a coffee at a single stretch. Therefore, buying a large coffeemaker which can brew a number of cups at the same time can be a waste of money and space. Also, if you go for a single serve coffee maker, most of them would not have every feature that you would want. In this article, we would help you to find the best single serve coffee makers suitable for you.

Single Serve Coffee makers – Different Types

The whole industry surrounding the coffeemakers has gone tremendous transformation over the years. Today, the single cup brewers are available in two different types – on one side, K-cups, or Vues and Nespresso Pods on the other hand. This homemade espresso machine by Coffeemakersadvisor will definitely help you while selecting the best espresso machine.

Pods

Pods are very handy as they allow you to brew up your coffee up very quickly. All you need to do is fill the water reservoir of the pod, push the button and wait for the coffee to steam up under a minute. They are easy to clean also and you don’t have to dump paper filters after every brew. You can buy these coffee pods to provide you with a different range of flavors you want. One thing you must keep in mind while choosing your coffeemaker is to give a thought about the different pods it can use.

Drip Style

For traditionalists, drip coffee makers are still available in the market today. You can enjoy your coffee by brewing it yourself in an old-fashioned way. Drip style single cup coffee makers allow you to make changes to your coffee taste the way you want by changing the amount of coffee you add to the drink.

Also read: Breville BES870XL Review

Hybrids

Why settle for one when you can have both? Hybrids allow you to combine the features of both drip coffee makers and pod brewers. You can produce single or multiple coffee cups with these coffeemakers and you can also choose to use the type of coffee you want.

What Characteristics To Look While Buying Single Serve Coffee Makers?

The competition in the coffeemaker industry is so intense that a number of different coffee manufacturers are fitting for the top spot. You might be spoilt for choices for buying the best single serve coffee makers. Always keep the following points in mind when you want to buy them:

Size

Most of the single serve coffee makers you will find in the market will be smaller in size and very compact. Always remember that these coffeemakers will get hot too soon and will emit a large amount of steam. There keep them around an open area in your kitchen.

Options to control Coffee Strength

Make sure the coffee maker you choose has a button or setting to adjust the overall strength of your coffee.

Volume

Always keep a check on the amount of coffee your brewer can produce. Make sure it is large enough to fill your regular espresso cup.

Operational Noise

Single serve coffee makers are quiet in general while in operation. You will only be able to hear a gurgling noise when the coffee is being filtered in the maker.

Price

The single serve coffee makers are available in a number of different price ranges. Add to them coffee packs and pods, the price of having a machine can be costly. Therefore, you might need to sort the coffee makers out according to your budget.

Tank Capacity

Make sure the coffee brewer you choose has a larger tank capacity and can keep the water hot for some time longer.

The Last Words

Single serve coffee brewers are very useful because of their small size and portability. These are perfect for people who just want to have a single cup of coffee at a time and not want to make a number of coffee cups together.…

Safety measures before using Indoor grilling

Every object has its own positive or negative points. Every machines and tool need to be handled with proper care, especially home appliances. Knowing all about the object and using the safety measures before using it may prevent yourself from many mishaps.

Everyone loves to have grilled foodstuffs. Grilling food by yourself reassures you from many questions like is it healthy or cooked in a hygienic place or not. But before grilling your favorite food, you should make sure about the safety measures. As mentioned earlier, it is to safeguard you from many troubles.

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Indoor grilling is a new technique which is very handy when you cannot grill outside because of poor weather conditions. Indoor grilling is a simple way of grilling and you can have the pleasure of having a healthy, flavorful meal without using charcoal and fire.Since no flipping is required, indoor grilling is a fast way of making dinner in winter or summer.

So, below are some safety measures to alert you before using an indoor grilling.

  • On/off switch button

Most of the model of best indoor grilling lacks from having a switch on and off button. They are shutdown when the plug is removed from the switchboard. So, if you have the problem of forgetting to unplug the wire from the switchboard then beware. It can create incidents like fire. So, after the use of the grill, just unplug the grill from the switchboard. Also, check sewing machines with walking foot roundup by Hometronix.

  • Removable grill plates

If you are a person who is more sensitive and strict in cleaning and hygiene then make sure that you purchase grill in which the plates are removable. Removable grill plates can be removed and washed off before or after the use of grilling.

  • Wattage

Before buying an indoor grill, make sure that you look for the wattage of the appliance. Although most of the manufacturers don’t print the details regarding the wattage, so just ask the salesperson to help you to check out the wattage, as it can be listed on the bottom of the machine. It would be preferable that you choose at least, 1,000 to 1,500 watts. Usually, small appliances use around 750 watts that won’t get enough hot to really brown your food or apply grill marks. Make sure that you select high watt as less the wattage, the meat will not taste that grilled like outdoor barbecue. You will be feeling like you have steamed the food rather than grilling. There is a good tip that, if the grilling surface can hold at least four burgers, then the wattage should be in the right range.

  • Preheat the grill

Before you are going to cook on the grill, apply a light coating of olive oil or cooking oil or nonstick cooking spray to the surface of the grill and set the temperature to slow or medium. Let the grill plates get hot so that your food will cook faster and retain more moisture.

  • Floating hinge

Floating hinge allows the top plate to sit higher or lower depending upon the thickness of the food. A fixed-hinge model cooks the food closer to the hinge more quickly.

  • Gas grill safety

Using a gas grill can tend you to take more preventive measures before using the grill. A leakage or breakage is the leading factor which contributes to fire-related issues in the gas grill. So before using a gas grill, make sure that you check the cylinder hose. To check out the leakage in the hose, apply light soap and water to the hose. If in case there is any kind of leakage, then releasing of bubbles can be seen in the hose.

  • Charcoal grill safety

If you are using a charcoal grill, you may have noticed that the grill remains for many hours after the flames are extinguished. So avoid placing any burnable objects near the grill. Even make sure that you don’t move the grill while the coals are hot. Keep away any inflammable items that may be blown by the wind towards the grill.

  • Keep the grills away from the small children

Make a kid-free zone of at least three feet around the grill and areas where hot food is prepared or carried. Children under five are especially vulnerable to burns from contact with a hot grill surface. There were cases in 2014 like children under five were hospitalized due to the contact with the grill. So make sure that your children stay away from the hot grill.

Conclusion

Just have tasty hot grilled chicken, sandwiches, veggies, mushrooms, etc. in your home itself made you with the indoor grill. Now, you can enjoy it at any season without any limitations. But before making foods on the grill make sure that you note the safety measures. Now don’t wait for the outdoor grilling. Just have an indoor grill.…

10 Minute Chocolate Fudge Topping

Happy 1 year Anniversary, Simply Fresh Cooking!

We’ve had close to 200,000 visits and over 460,000 pageviews.  On average, you guys looked at about 2.5 pages while you were here.  Our biggest day in the last year was on May 27th with a whopping 8,694 pageviews.  Wow!

Our 2 most popular posts (by a landslide) have been  “Best Canned Tomato Salsa Recipe” and  “Grandma’s Crustless Cheesecake Recipe”, and for good reason – they’re our top picks, too.

On behalf of Bill and myself, thank you so much to everyone who’s been a part of our little slice of blog heaven – whether you’re just stopping by for a quick minute to check out a recipe, or you’re a regular follower of Simply Fresh Cooking on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, we appreciate all of you.  Thank you for being here!

I’d also like to give a big shout out to all of my food blogger friends that I’ve made in the last year. Thanks for all of your great advice, support, and lovely comments in our first year! Muah!

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than with homemade vanilla ice cream and the most divine fudge topping you’ve ever had.

Here’s a little chocolate fudge topping history…

This fudge recipe makes up one fourth of a layered frozen dessert that my Grandma makes.  It’s called Uncle Albert’s, and to my knowledge there never was an Uncle Albert in my family.  Basically, I don’t know who this “Albert” guy is, but I love this dude.  This recipe has always been a family favorite.  My brother goes insane over it and now I’ve gone and made Bill and my in-laws fall madly in love, too.

Basically, it’s a layer of finely crushed Ore0’s/butter, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge topping, and then to top it off – Cool Whip.  I know what you’re thinking.  It doesn’t sound all that special, but you have to eat it to believe it.  Obviously, it’s this fudge topping that makes it completely out of this world.

I’ll consider sharing that recipe with you… someday.  Maybe.  Well, for sure.  Sorry to torture you like that.  It might be awhile until I make it again.  It makes such a huge batch, and we do actually eat all of the food you see on this site.  How about this, lovelies – if you want that mysterious Uncle Albert’s recipe, email me at [email protected] and I’ll get it to you at my earliest convenience.  K?

<3 you, Albert (xo).

Ok, back to the fudge topping (I can feel some bullet point magic coming on):

  • It’s easy to make.  10 minutes, in fact.
  • No preservatives —–>Winning.
  • It’s super decadent, with kind of a “caramel-esque” quality to it.  You just have to try it.
  • Drizzle it on ice cream, stick your face in it, eat it with a spoon, do whatever you want with it.  Just make it.

Grab a spoon and cheers to the next year!  I’m not going anywhere……

Corned Beef Hoagie with Spicy Slaw

If you’ve been following Simply Fresh Cooking since the beginning, this sandwich might look eerily familiar – but back then it was called a Reuben Style French Dip with Spicy Slaw.  That was Bill’s second post ever… awwww.  Please pay no attention to those old photos of mine, by the way.

Bill thought up the idea for that genius sandwich when we had leftover corned beef from St. Patty’s Day.  I never, ever have been able to forget how fantastic that was.  Juicy and messy, crispy and soggy at the same time from the hot beef broth, a little spicy crunch from the slaw… I couldn’t wait for a year to pass to eat it again.

But, things happen.  I wasn’t up for all of the work that Bill put into making it last year…

Soooo, I took the easy way out.  There are only a few differences between Bill’s Reuben sandwich from last year and the sandwich in this post.  He shredded the veggies for the homemade slaw, he made homemade pickles for the slaw, and the hoagie was turned inside out and grilled.  Oh, but let us not forget the fact that he made his own Corned Beef (whaaaaat?).  What I’m saying is, he didn’t buy it out of the package.  Yeah.  That’s just how he rolls.  *Cough*. Fancy pants. *Cough*.

My easy (but still just as good) sandwich uses packaged corned beef, a bag of packaged slaw mix, jarred pickles, and it’s not grilled – just broiled open-faced to melt the Swiss cheese.  Popping it under the broiler for a few minutes actually makes half of the hoagie golden brown, so you’re still getting a little bit of that crispiness from the bread  that you might be missing from Bill’s version.

Let’s talk pickles real quick.  If you want to make homemade pickles, go for it.  Fancy pants Bill also has a post for Quick Pickles.  If you’d rather not take that extra step, go for something like Nathan’s brand.  They’re so good and still have that “made from scratch” feel you’d get from a homemade pickle.

Have I mentioned the homemade mayo for the slaw?  Guess who has a post for that, too?

You guessed it.  Fancy pants.

I kid.

But seriously – this is an excellent splurge for a special occasion, and this big ol’ messy sandwich really is a treat!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Love Coffee? Here Are Some Great Tips!

Nothing jolts you back to life like a lift-me-up. There are so many ways to make sure that simply choosing a good coffee can end up becoming overwhelming. There are a wide variety of coffee in your local grocer as there is in most coffee shops. Keep reading to get several great tips for the coffee advice you need to know.

Coffee is pretty good for your health. Coffee is not the problem, it’s all the extras people add in. Use almond milk and stevia or honey in place of sugar to make your drinks healthier.

Do you want to impress your guests with freshly brewed coffee? You should consider dressing up your homemade lattes. You just need a little time to start achieving floral and heart designs that will leave your friends intrigued. Try variations of melted chocolate with various forms of milk and continue to practice each time you brew coffee.

Do not reheat coffee after it has been brewed already. It isn’t harmful, but you will not enjoy your coffee as much. This can make it taste peculiar or bitter.

Don’t keep coffee beans in their original packaging after it’s been opened.The container that shields them from light and air. This helps to preserve the beans stay fresher longer.

Coffee in the freezer for more than three months.

If your coffee machine is past its prime, brew some hot water before you brew coffee. Once you have a hot pot of water, add your grounds and pour the water back through the machine. This makes the hottest and most flavorful coffee you can get.

There are many wonderful alternatives to ordinary sugar substitutes available to sweeten your coffee. Agave nectar is a great alternative, but it doesn’t negatively affect the blood sugar control of diabetics. Splenda and Equal are also healthy alternatives to add to hot coffee.

There are many tasty options, you can add chocolate, foam or put whipped cream on it.

It is not necessary for coffee in the freezer. Coffee can absorb flavors or odors from neighboring foods. It is best to store your coffee at room temperature inside an opaque container that is airtight. If you must freeze or refrigerate it, use a freezer bag with a good seal.

Coffee can be an overwhelming topic. Coffeehouses are overwhelming with their choices, and even home brewing has a myriad of options. The information in this article should have made it easier for you to differentiate between those choices and choose something that works for you.…

Creamy Parmesan Mustard Dip

I found this several years ago on foodnetwork.com.  In my mind, I always thought it was a recipe by Ina Garten from The Barefoot Contessa – but it turns out I was wrong (it happens… sometimes).

Ever heard of Janet Johnston?  Me either.

Whatevs.  I love her recipe for this Parmesan mustard dip.

It packs a whole lot of mustard flavor from 3 different sources – whole grain mustard, Dijon, and ground mustard.  The spiciness of the mustard is perfectly balanced out with a little sour cream and freshly grated Parmesan.

Creamy. Mustardy. Heaven.

This dip is usually served with fondue at my house, but you could use it for so many different things.

Try it simply by spreading it on your favorite crackers or pita bread.  Serve it with a veggie plate – or even use it as a burger topping.

I just recently used this dip as kind of a “sauce” for a shrimp and quinoa dish.

You can try it with just about anything you like mustard with.

Hope you enjoy!

For A Better Cup Of Coffee, Take Our Advice

Coffee purchased from a coffee shop is delicious but expensive. You don’t need to since you can brew it at home without spending as much. You will learn how to go about it with these budget-friendly ideas.

You get your money’s worth with coffee, and therefore it makes sense to purchase top-quality equipment and beans if you truly want great brews.

Diabetics can use Stevia to their coffee is a great replacement sweetener for sugar. Stevia is low in calories and is a natural product that does not raise glucose or excess calories. You can find this at health food stores and supermarkets.

Coffee is pretty good for you if consumed in the extras.Coffee has never been the bad aspect of the morning ritual, but adding excessive amounts of sugar and cream can be. Use almond milk instead of cream and stevia for a healthy coffee.

A French press brews coffee with a rich and flavorful cup of coffee.The paper filters in a drip-style coffee maker absorb most of the oils that produce flavor in coffee. A French press works by using a plunger to push the beans.

Make sure to store your storage container for coffee. Air will cause the coffee beans stale. Don’t use square plastic bags since they don’t have an airtight seal.They allow air to escape after you’ve roasted the beans.

Do you plan on wowing guests coffee? Try decorating the lattes. You just need a little time to start achieving floral and heart designs that will leave your friends intrigued. Try putting some chocolate with various forms of milk or other flavors for this task.

Only use airtight containers to store coffee in the refrigerator if the container you are using is airtight. If it is not airtight, odors from the refrigerator can seep in and permeate the coffee. Improper storage can add moisture to reach your coffee.

For stronger and better flavored coffee, you might want to try using a French press. A French press turns out better brews by extracting more oil out of the beans and into your cup.

Coffee is mighty tasty, but can also be mighty expensive. You can save money without sacrificing quality by learning how to brew great coffee at home. If you possess the right equipment and knowledge, you can brew coffee at home that is similar to the big names. With what you now know, you can get started with coffee brewing. So get out there.…

Cilantro Lime Tequila Spritzer with Jalapeno Slices

I made this delightfully refreshing drink to go with our leftover Ancho Chicken Tacos and oh my, was it ever good.  The jalapeño slices give a really smooth heat in the back of your throat when you take a drink.  It goes really well with the sweetness of the simple syrup.

Delicious… just delicious.

Here’s a tip:  To make squeezing the juice from the lime easier, poke it with a fork continuously while squeezing.  If you don’t have a hand juicer it helps the job go faster.

Cilantro Lime Tequila Spritzer with Jalapeno Slices
Author: Rachael
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup cilantro, plus 8 ‘sprigs’
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8 small limes)
  • 8 ounces tequila, or less depending on taste
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, sliced into rounds
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot add water, sugar, and cilantro. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes to make a simple syrup. Strain out cilantro and discard. Chill the simple syrup mixture in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours or freeze for 1 hour to speed up the process.
  2. In a large bowl combine chilled syrup, club soda, lime juice, tequila; stir. Serve over ice with a sprig of cilantro and top each drink with 2-3 jalapeño slices.
Notes
Yield: 8 (8 oz) drinks

Want To Become A Coffee Expert? Read This Article

People all over the world have been enjoying coffee for a long time. The richness and smell of that morning coffee are enticing on many levels. Creating the best coffee takes knowledge. The tips can help you learn what you need to brew the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.

You will really get your money’s worth in the world of coffee, so buy the best possible beans and equipment to make great coffee.

Make sure that no air gets into your storage container that’s airtight.Air makes coffee to start losing its flavor and will become stale.Don’t use square plastic bags since they won’t be able to keep the air out once you break the seal. Their only purpose is for letting air escape after roasting.

Do not warm up coffee after you are finished with it. It isn’t harmful, but you will not enjoy your coffee as much. This will make it taste bitter or bitter.

Are you enjoying the coffee you make with the coffee made with your coffee maker? You can make some better coffee if you let your machine heat up by letting it run with only water. Once you have heated up a full pot of water, do another brew with coffee grinds. This is also an excellent way of maintaining your machine.

Coffee can alleviate cabin fever for anyone who works from home.Lots of coffee shops offer Wi-Fi for customer use, so you can work in them while you get your coffee fix. Many restaurants also offer this too.

Don’t keep coffee beans in their original packaging after it’s been opened.You must place them into an airtight container that keeps the beans out of the air and light. This will help them stay fresh for a much longer time.

Try to purchase only coffee that were grown without the use of pesticides. Coffee takes its flavor from whatever area where it was grown. Coffee grown without the use of pesticides has a nice natural taste.

If you have an old coffee machine and you want to achieve the best flavor, get the most out of your old model by brewing a pot of plain water before each batch. When the pot of water is hot, introduce the grounds and then return the water to the machine. This will help you get a flavor of the coffee and ensure that it is nice and hot.

As mentioned, people all over the world drink coffee every day. People love everything about coffee, from the taste to the smell. Once you learn the right way to do it, you can make the perfect coffee every time. All you have to do is use the provided tips when you start brewing your next cup.

Honey Roasted Almonds

Up until about a year ago I was not a big fan of nuts.  This all changed when Rachael turned me on to roasting our own at home.  The smell is amazing and they taste just as good as they smell.  We purchase raw nuts in bulk from Costco.  We just roast them as needed and store the remainder in the fridge.  You can also find them at the supermarket pre-packaged or in the bulk bins.  These are so good and you can crank out a batch in no time.  I should also mention that just dry roasting your nuts are fantastic on their own… without any sugar, honey, or salt.  They make a great everyday snack.

However… when you’re in the mood for something sweet, these are awesome and highly addictive!

Variations: For spicy nuts, you can omit the cinnamon and add some Volcano Dust or cayenne pepper.  For a holiday kind of flavor, try adding some ground clove and nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon.  If you like your nuts smokey, add a couple shakes of liquid smoke to your syrup mixture.  You can also substitute almost any raw nut for almonds or try a mixture of different nuts.  I would recommend roasting different kinds of nuts separately as they will likely have different roasting times.

Your nuts will get crunchier as they cool and they might stick together, but no worries, they break apart very easily.  The crunchy, sweet saltiness of these nuts will leave everyone begging for more.  So my advice is to be prepared to make another batch.  Enjoy!

Honey Roasted Almonds

Author: Rachael www.simplyfreshcooking.com
Serves: 2 cups of almonds
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil, dull side up; this helps them roast faster. Roast for about 10 minutes or until browned. The rule of thumb is once you can smell them they are done. Let nuts cool completely. Leave the foil on the baking sheet to be used later.
  2. In a small bowl mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Add wet ingredients to a large sauté pan and heat over medium high heat whisking constantly until it comes to a boil. Add nuts and stir constantly until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the nuts, about 2 minutes. Be very careful not to scorch your nuts. Add dry mixture and stir until sugar has caramelized. A little more than a minute. Spread in a single layer on your foil covered baking sheet and let cool before serving.

Wondering Where To Locate The Best Coffee? The Answer Is Below!

It can either feel like a lot of work or a pleasant and frustrating to make coffee at home. The equipment you require for home brewing good coffee can make it seem like a chore. There are many coffee brewing appliances and tools. Use these tips in this article to help you figure out how to get the best cup of coffee easier.

They let you brew just one cup and fun flavors to choose from. There are a number of different coffee makers out there and they all have different functions.

Coffee is pretty good for you if you lay off the right way. Coffee is not the problem, but adding too much cream or sugar can make it so. Use almond milk and stevia or honey in place of sugar to make your drinks healthier.

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Do not warm up coffee that has been brewed already. It isn’t harmful, but you will not enjoy your coffee as much. This will give the coffee a bitter or different.

Don’t keep coffee beans in the original bag. The container that shields them from light and air. This simple step helps maintain their freshness.

There are many different types of coffee from which to choose. You can even find coffees that are flavored with hazelnut or raspberry extracts. Most folks will add flavored coffee.

There are several options that you can use to limit the sugar substitutes available to sweeten your coffee. Agave nectar is a great alternative, but it doesn’t negatively affect the blood sugar control of diabetics. Splenda and Equal are also healthy alternatives to sugar in your coffee as well.

For stronger and better flavored coffee, look into purchasing a simple French press. A French press makes a better brews by extracting more oil out of the beans and into your coffee.

Don’t reheat your coffee when you’re saving some for later.Keep leftover coffee in a thermos that retains heat. If you do not have a mug like this, you can brew a second pot.

You should enjoy brewing your own coffee, however the equipment that must be used can often times take the fun out of it. Although the purpose of the equipment is to help, it can sometimes make things more complicated. Brewing doesn’t have to be this way. The great ideas you have just read should help you to get more fun from the process of making coffee.