Kitchen Party!

As we leave behind the infamous spring of 2020, we tentatively approach summer amid coronavirus.
These are the questions we may be asking: Should I go to the park? What if a jogger exhales in my “safe space?” Do we venture to the beach? What if a pigeon drops a “pre-touched” item in my vicinity? Can we have our annual camping trip? How large must our campfire be for 6-foot social distancing?
‘Tis true. We are all confused and feeling safer indoors. And so, while I hope you can safely exercise in fresh air; absorb Vitamin D as you wade through sparkling waves, and roast marshmallows by flames which will illuminate the faces of your loved ones, this article will provide you with some product suggestions to boost your stay-at-home fun.

I Scream, You Scream, Let’s Make Ice Cream

Nothing says summer like icy treats. So, slide your coffee machine to the right and toaster to the left and make room for the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker! It is $76 on Amazon; makes 2 quarts of your favorite frozen desserts or drinks in as little as 25 minutes, and is BPA free. The large ingredient spout allows you to add fruit or candy to the mix. Results are consistently smooth and cleanup is easy.
Another “delight-full” machine is the Cuisinart ICE-21PK Frozen Yogurt – Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker. In 20 minutes or less, this machine, which is BPA free, will make up to 1½ quarts of icy delights. The freezer bowl is double-insulated and the large spout makes adding ingredients simple. The reason it’s so pinky pink is that Cuisinart is donating $32,500, regardless of sales, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation this year. And so, for about $90, you can cancel out the guilt of indulging in bowl after bowl of homemade sorbet knowing that you contributed to a very worthy charity.
Another option is to try the Nostalgia Electric Ice Cream Maker for just $48. This charming machine makes a hefty 4-quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in minutes. While the Nostalgia looks quite old fashioned, the features are modern and convenient. A powerful, electric motor does all the churning, and cleanup is easy. 

Can’t Celebrate?? Let’s Dehydrate!

With parties on hold, you may be missing some of the delicacies you usually feast on at buffets. If so, check out a simple-to-use dehydrator. Dehydrating foods is a fun project for any age, as you can transform the composition of fruits, seeds, vegetables, fish, poultry, and meat into tasty treats. The family will gather round to make jerky, dry herbs, and create colorful dried fruits to substitute candy cravings. One of the great things about dehydrated foods is that the process maintains natural vitamins and minerals

The Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is a best seller on Amazon and is just $40. This item has drying trays for compact storage, an expandable four-tray system, and the see-through cover to let you monitor the progress. Because the trays and cover are fully immersible and dishwasher safe, this machine is easy to clean.

The COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator Machine is another terrific option if you are taking this venture a bit more seriously. The price is $160 and has earned 5 stars on Amazon. This COSORI has 6 stackable trays in food-grade stainless steel, an intuitive touch-control display, a digital timer, and comes with 50 recipes.

Fun Opp: Pop Pop!

Hopefully, it never gets to this, but one day our grandchildren may listen with widened eyes and mouths agape as we recount what it was like to watch movies in a dark theater with a multitude of unmasked strangers. We’ll describe how we were first shown previews we didn’t choose to see; how we’d clear our coats from the seats next to us to make room for (real live breathing) people we didn’t know. And then we’ll tell them how practically everyone in the room munched in unison on hot, buttery popcorn. 

As we wait to see if our favorite theaters will be revived and watch TV from cushy couches, now is the opportune time to learn to pop kernels on your own. And I don’t mean in a microwave. (Microwaved popcorn has been linked to a serious lung disease called popcorn lung. No joke.)

The price and the Popcorn Popper, Hot Air Popcorn Popper has 5 stars on Amazon and is $40 plus it has a 98% popping rate. With this machine, you can watch the 2-3 minute process through a transparent cover and the hot air popping method requires no oil. 

If you are housing a large group of family or friends, take a look at The Great Northern Popcorn Foundation Machine which will make 16 cups at one time. This heavy-duty, steel and stainless steel, vintage-style machine has all the benefits of a commercial-grade popcorn maker. It is $134 with a 4-star rating on Amazon and is one of Good Housekeeping’s top 6 picks. Some of the other features are that it has a quiet motor, a built-in warming light, and tempered safety glass walls. 

Pre-game Protection

Once you’ve selected your new kitchen toys, buy warranties to make sure you will be covered if something does go amiss. CYA, Cover Your Assets, connects you with authorized manufacturer techs who will expedite repairs so you’ll be able to resume play asap. One last thing, the parts used will be only OEM, that is, Original Manufacturer Equipment.

Now, go have some outdoor and indoor fun!


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