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Finding the Best Train Set for a 2 Year Old

If you are looking for that special train set for your favorite 2 year old look no further.

For some strange reason, kids love trains.  I know mine do!  At the age of 2, you have a couple of important things to think about when buying the best rain set for your 2 year old.

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First of all, is the type of track.  Trust me, your train collection will only grow from here, so it is important to make sure you pick one or two types of tracks and standardize them now.

The most popular is a wooden train track that is interoperable with many types of brands if you play your cards right.

If you do now, you’ll be able to play with many many different types of trains for years to come, and have them all work together.

The second is what other toys your two year old is showing an interest in.

Finding the Best Train Set for a Two Year Old

Let’s look at some of my favorite train sets for two year olds, and why I like each of them.

Brio World 33028 Classic Figure 8 Set
Brio World 33424 Classic Deluxe Railway
Lego Duplo Steam Train Set
Lego Duplo Cargo Train Set
55 Piece Wooden Track Train Set
BRIO World 33028 - Classic Figure 8 Set - 22 Piece Wood Toy Train Set with Accessories and Wooden...
BRIO World 33424 - Classic Deluxe Railway Set - 25 Piece Wood Train Set with Accessories and Wooden...
LEGO DUPLO Steam Train 10874 Remote-Control Building Blocks Set Helps Toddlers Learn, Great...
LEGO DUPLO Cargo Train 10875 Battery-Operated Building Blocks Set, Best Engineering and STEM Toy for...
Wooden Train Tracks Full Set, Deluxe 55 Pcs with 3 Destination Fits Thomas, Brio, IKEA, Chuggington,...
Brio World 33028 Classic Figure 8 Set
BRIO World 33028 - Classic Figure 8 Set - 22 Piece Wood Toy Train Set with Accessories and Wooden...
Brio World 33424 Classic Deluxe Railway
BRIO World 33424 - Classic Deluxe Railway Set - 25 Piece Wood Train Set with Accessories and Wooden...
Lego Duplo Steam Train Set
LEGO DUPLO Steam Train 10874 Remote-Control Building Blocks Set Helps Toddlers Learn, Great...
Lego Duplo Cargo Train Set
LEGO DUPLO Cargo Train 10875 Battery-Operated Building Blocks Set, Best Engineering and STEM Toy for...
55 Piece Wooden Track Train Set
Wooden Train Tracks Full Set, Deluxe 55 Pcs with 3 Destination Fits Thomas, Brio, IKEA, Chuggington,...

Now, let’s look at our options.  They really break down to my two favorites: Brio and Lego Duplo.  Then, I also found another wooden option that is fantastic, and talk a little bit more about what you should know as you are entering the world of toy trains for the first time.

Brio Train Sets for Two Year Olds

The wooden train set area is jam packed with contenders, but Brio is hands down the best.  The construction is solid wood and stands up to even the roughest toddlers.

The sets you buy now can be interconnected with other sets for bigger kids as your child gets older, in fact, they can be connected with most major wooden railway sets.

If you are a stickler for the age on the box, Brio is hands down the way to go for your 2 year old.  In fact, they have wooden train sets for ages 18 months and up.

Brio World 33028 Classic Figure 8 Set

This is hands down the best train set for any two year old.

This recommendation was my child’s first train set when they were two.  I can’t tell you how many hours we spent playing with this single set, which has now grown.

The track is very easy to assemble for two year olds.  There is a center piece, and all other pieces are curved and completely identical.

There is no wrong way to put this one together, so if your toddler is easily frustrated that is something to consider.

We were hooked by this one!

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Brio World 33424 Classic Deluxe Railway

If you’re into bridges, then this is a great wooden train set for a two year old, and helps them build some great motor skills while building it.

This Brio WORLD Classic Deluxe set is another set specifically for ages two and up. It also comes with some neat raised track that are like bridges.

The only down side to this fantastic set is that the track is a bit more difficult to assemble than the figure 8.

The raised bridge track is also more susceptible to distraction if your two year old is rather rambunctious.  Just something to consider.

Once you get started with Brio trains you will simply keep going.  Welcome to the world of Brio!

Brio World 33424 Classic Deluxe Railway

Lego Duplo Train Sets for Two Year Olds

The two year old age range can be a tough one for toys.  They are too big for baby toys, but too little for some of the advanced stuff.  Besides Brio, Lego Duplo caters to this age.

These Lego Duplo sets are all recommended for ages two and up.  While it is important to keep in mind what kind of train track you are getting started with, the Lego Duplo System is worth it if your child loves legos.

It is important to note that Legos are made of plastic.  Some people prefer not to use plastic toys, in which case Brio is hands down your best option.

Lego Duplo Steam Train Set

If you’re looking for the best plastic train set for at toddler, this is it.

This Lego Duplo steam train is a great starter set for any child.  It features a remote control, and even more Duplos an be added to the train and its car.

The Lego Duplo tracks are very easy to assemble, and are very durable.  They stay connected well even with the toughest of toddlers.

If you are already into the world of Lego Duplo, this set will be a joy to add to your existing collection.

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Lego Duplo Cargo Train Set

This Lego Duplo Cargo Train Set is INSANE at 119 pieces, and is a great present for a special occasion.  It has everything your toddler has to get going with their new train set.

Not only does it have a train, but it also has a crane and a boat – it covers everything your toddler could ever want to do.

Plus you can add more Duplos for even more fun!

You can never go wrong with Lego Duplo!

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Best Cost Effective Option for Toddler Trains

If you are new to the world of trains, you may have a little bit of sticker shock.  These things are not cheap, especially at the 2 year old age point.

Many train sets say ages three and up, not two, which like I said, leaves us in a bit of limbo.  Either you go up on the age a bit, or keep looking around.

 This option by ToysOpoly specifically calls out ages two years and up in its product description, making it a rarity in the wooden train space.

Plus, it is more cost effect than the Brio train AND it will work with the Brio track!

As your child gets older you will most likely see yourself mixing and matching wooden train tracks.

Get more information on 55 Piece Wooden Track Train Set

Why I Didn’t Recommend Thomas and Friends Sets

I have a love hate relationship with Thomas and Friends sets.  First of all, they changed to a proprietary wooden track a few years ago.  Thomas and Friends Wood is the current generation, and it does not work with Brio and other wooden systems without plastic adapters I am forever losing.

This is different than Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway, which is compatible with other wood brands like Brio.

My advice is don’t play the Thomas for tracks, unless there is a feature set your child must must have.  The adapters aren’t that great, especially on carpet.

The good news is the Thomas and Friends Wood trains themselves still work fine on other wooden tracks like Brio, so you can still get your child the characters they like.

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Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Wood, Thomas
Made with sustainably sourced wood; Premium, high quality construction; Thomas & Friends train play helps encourage imagination, motor skills and thinking skills
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Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Wood, James
​Made with sustainably-sourced wood; ​Premium, high-quality construction
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Thomas and Friends Wood, Candy Cars
​Made with sustainably-sourced wood; ​Premium, high-quality construction; ​Thomas & Friends train play helps encourage imagination, motor skills and thinking
Thomas & Friends Wood Thomas’ Favorite Friends 3-Pack of train engines: Thomas, Ashima and Kevin.
Made with sustainably-sourced wood; Premium, high-quality construction; Thomas & Friends train play helps encourage imagination, motor skills and thinking skills
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Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Wood, Spencer
​Made with sustainably-sourced wood; ​Premium, high-quality construction; ​Thomas & Friends train play helps encourage imagination, motor skills and thinking

The Thomas Sets also seem to be the most expensive, even more so than Brio which I find to be a better quality.

However, if you stumble upon any Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway in a store or at a garage sale, go ahead and pick that up!

The Best Train Set for 2 Year Olds

Let’s take a look at all of our options for toddler trains one more time:

Two is a hard age to shop for, but you cannot go wrong with Brio or Lego Duplo options.  The options expand as your child ages, allowing you to mix and match many different wooden railway systems.

Bona vs Swiffer – What’s the Difference?

If you have hard surfaces in your home like tile, linoleum, laminate, or hardwood you know how much of a pain they are to keep clean.  If you are busy like I am, you are looking for a quick way to get dust and other debris off of the floor.  When it comes to a hard surface, there is only one comparison to really make and that is Bona vs Swiffer.

The Bona vs Swiffer Throw Down

Both Bona and Swiffer are known for making flat mops to clean your hard surface floors.  They both come in two main flavors: dry and wet versions.  The wet versions have a built in sprayer to spray cleaning solution on the floor.  I have never had good luck with these.

Today we are going to be talking about the dry versions.  When it comes to the wet versions, I really have not been impressed at all.  If things are really dirty and grimy, I head right for my steam mop.  I’ll also tell you a couple of hacks at the end of the article to do more with your Bona or Swiffer mop.

Bona vs Swiffer

Item
Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
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Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Dimensions
4" x 15"
4.5" x 10"
Pad Attachment
Velcro
Indented Tabs
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Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
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Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Dimensions
4" x 15"
Pad Attachment
Velcro
More Info
Item
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Picture
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Dimensions
4.5" x 10"
Pad Attachment
Indented Tabs
More Info

Let’s take a quick look at these two mops side by side before we go into the features of each of them.

There are two major differences between these mops.  First is the size of the cleaning pad.  As you can see, the Bona has a bigger cleaning pad, which theoretically means less time spent cleaning!

The next is the way the pads connect.  The Bona connects with velcro, and the Swiffer has indented tabs you can press the cleaning cloth into.  We will talk more about these details soon.

Bona

This Bona mop comes with two cleaning pads, a microfiber pad and a dusting pad.  Realistically speaking, you will need more cleaning pads than this, especially if you want to clean multiple rooms at once.

You can buy more pads directly from Bona, or a third party.  The key here is the pads are attached by velcro, which means you can’t just put any old thing on the end of your Bona mop.

Either of these pads will work great on a dusty or dirty floor.  Bona also makes hardwood floor cleaner, which works really well and does not have a scent:

It is also certified asthma and allergy friendly, and really gets rid of the dust and leaves floors looking great.

I actually found this cleaner, and decided to give the Bona mop a go as well after purchasing it.  The mop does work really well, and I don’t have any other complaints other than I had to go out and buy additional pads.

How to Clean a Bona Mop Pad

Since Bona uses reusable mop pads, you will need to clean them.  I always just throw them in the washing machine on the sanitary cycle, and add a little baking soda to in addition to laundry detergent.

I often wash them things like other cleaning cloths and dish towels.

Swiffer

I think I actually have two Swiffers in my house, one I have made kid sized by removing the middle piece of the handle.

I just don’t have enough good things to say about Swiffer in general.  I have had one for ages and it has never failed me.

Of course you have the option of purchasing Swiffer pads for your Swiffer, which do come in wet and dry.  Several of each type are included with this starter kit.

Can you use Swiffer on Hardwood Floors?

Absolutely!  Swiffer pads pick up everything off of your hardwood floor with minimal effort, especially dust.

They are extremely soft, so they won’t scratch or damage the coating on your hardwood floors.

Can You use Swiffer Wet on Hardwood Floors?

If you’re looking at the Swiffer, you are probably attracted to the convince of being able to easily both use wet and dry pads.

Many people wonder if you can use Swiffer wet on hardwood floors, and the answer is yes!

Remember, the rule of cleaning a hardwood floor is you never want to soak or saturate it.  Swiffer wet pads contain cleaning solution of course to make things easier, but they aren’t wet enough to do any damage to your floor.

How to Attach Swiffer Pads (Dry or Wet)

Swiffer pads couldn’t be easier to attach to the swiller mop.  It doesn’t matter if they are dry pads or wet pads, they attach the same exact way.

See the picture of the swifter here?

Swiffer Sweeper Dry + Wet All Purpose Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit with Heavy Duty Cloths,...

The mop itself has four tabs at the top.  Simply press the Swiffer pad into each of the four tabs and you are ready to clean.

Because of the way the pads attach to the Swiffer (you gently press them into tabs on the cleaning pad) you can literally put ANYTHING on the end of the Swiffer.

I use these silver microfiber cleaning cloths for my kitchen counter, as well as on the end of my Swiffer and for just about everything.

If you do not want to use disposable Swiffer pads, you don’t even need to go out and buy anything that says it is a reusable cleaning cloth for Swiffer.  Anything will basically fit on it.

As another Swiffer hack, I also put cleaning wipes on the end of my Swiffer if something is dirty.  You could also spray cleaner on the floor and just use a cleaning cloth on the Swiffer.

The downside of the Swiffer is it does have a smaller surface area than the Bona mop, which means more time is spent cleaning.

If you already have some Bona pads, and want to use them on Swiffer too, go right ahead.  Remember, Bona pads are much longer than the Swiffer, so just fold the excess bona pads over the sides of the Swiffer and secure like you would anything else to the Swiffer.

Bona vs Swiffer: Which is Right For You?

You can’t go wrong when it comes to Bona vs Swiffer, but here are the facts:

Besides the mop, you will also need to invest in some extra cleaning pads for the Bona.  However, these cleaning pads are washable and re-usable, making the Bona a very eco friendly solution by default, right out of the gate.

If you want to cut down on consumables, Bona is the way to go.

When it comes to Swiffer, you can purchase and use disposable cleaning pads in wet or dry, which also come in scents like Lavender and Vanilla which some may like.  You can also basically shove anything you already have on the end of a Swiffer because of the way the cloths attach to it.

If you want the convenience of disposable cleaning pads, or the ability to use what you already have, Swiffer is the way to go.

How I Use Bona and Swiffer

I have both mops, and use them both!  Here is how I use each of them.

Using Bona

I use the Bona when I’m cleaning a large open area, like rooms and hallways.  I also use the Bona hardwood floor cleaning solution when needed.  I use it exclusively on my hardwood floors because of the larger cleaning area.

Your Bona Starter Kit

Here is everything you need to get started with Bona:

Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...
Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...
Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Bona Microfiber Floor Mop
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...

Using Swiffer

When it comes to cleaning a quick mess in the kitchen, or cleaning an area with lots of things to go around, I use the Swiffer because in this case, the smaller cleaning area is an asset.  I typically use cleaning cloths and cleaning wipes on the end of my Swiffer.

Your Swiffer Starter Kit

Here is everything you need to get started with Swiffer:

Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, Packaging May Vary, 80 Count (Pack of 4)
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, Packaging May Vary, 80 Count (Pack of 4)
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, Packaging May Vary, 80 Count (Pack of 4)
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, Packaging May Vary, 80 Count (Pack of 4)
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...

Remember, pretty much anything you already have the house will also fit on your Swiffer!

There is no wrong choice when it comes to Bona vs Swiffer, they just have several different features, as detailed in this guide.  Let us know which you prefer and why in the comments.

What Do You Need to Make Pancakes?

Pancakes are a classic food that everyone enjoys to make, especially with kids!  Whether you want to make pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, this guide has everything you need to make pancakes.

What Ingredients Are in Pancakes?

First and foremost you may be wondering what makes up pancake batter.

If you don’t have pancake mix, or want to make pancakes from scratch, rest assured there are common ingredients each and every pancake recipe has from scratch.

The ingredients you need to make pancakes are:

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter or Oil

Each different pancake recipe will simply change the ratio of ingredients to make more or less batter, or to produce a slight variation.

If you have these ingredients in your house you are ready to make pancakes.

How to Make Pancakes with Out Pancake Mix

While it sure is simple to make pancakes with a mix, you don’t need to be intimidated when it comes to how to make pancakes with out pancake mix.

As long as you can gather at least most of the ingredients above, you should be fine when it comes to making pancakes without mix.

Still a little worried?  Here are some great recipes with step by step instructions.

Each of these makes a different amount of pancakes with a slightly different taste.  Remember, the secret to fluffy pancakes is a nice thick batter, so you may want to consider reducing the liquid in any recipe you make if you like fluffy pancakes.

What Ingredients Do I need to Make Pancakes if I have a Special Diet?

Now, you may have looked at the ingredient list and been worried if you cannot eat any of the ingredients in the list.  Rest assured we have you covered for what ingredients you need for pancakes no matter what your diet is

Now we will talk about how to replace some of the most common pancake ingredients: flour, milk, and eggs.

What You Need for Gluten Free Pancakes

Pancakes are a very forgiving food.  This means you can simply substitute your favorite gluten free flour or flour blend.

I like to use  King Arthur Gluten Free baking mix for pancakes since it already has baking powder in it.

For many recipes you can omit the baking powder all together, but in recipes that require a lot of baking powder you can add a reduced amount.

What Ingredients You Need for Dairy Free Pancakes

Remember, we said pancakes are forgiving!

You can simply substitute your favorite dairy free milk!  We use Unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage, but you can use rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, or anything you really want at all.

Worst case scenario?  You can even use water.

What You Need for Egg Free Panckaes

It gets a little tricky when you want to replace eggs in pancakes, but don’t worry, it can be done!

You can use a commercial egg replacer, apple sauce, or even sweet potato!

No apple sauce?  No problem.  Simply chop up an apple and throw it in your blender or food processor.  You really don’t need to go through the hassle of cooking the apples for real applesauce for baking or pancake recipes.

Do you Need Eggs to Make Pancakes?

This brings up the answer to another good question.  Do you need eggs to make pancakes?  Let’s face it, sometimes you’re just out of something!

If you are out of eggs, just follow the method for egg free pancakes.  Use egg replace, apple sauce, or even sweet potato.  For applesauce or sweet potato, use 1/4 cup per egg.

Still in a bind?  Add a little bit more liquid, either milk, non-dairy milk, water, or oil to make up for the lack of egg.  Remember, pancakes are quite forgiving!

How to Replace Butter in Pancakes

If you go out there and read a lot of pancake recipes, you will see that many recipes use either butter or oil.

If you cannot have butter, simply use oil in your recipe.

Canola oil is one of the best oils for pancakes, but many other oils with light flavors work too.  Don’t miss our guide to the best oil for pancakes and other pancake tips.

What Do I Need to Make Pancakes?

After you have your pancake ingredients and a pancake recipe picked out, there are a few more things you need to make pancakes.

First of all, you will need a pancake pan or griddle.

While you can make pancakes in almost any pan, consider investing in a pancake pan or griddle because if you plan on making them frequently.

Most pans are round and have high sides.  This makes flipping pancakes somewhat difficult, as does the round shape.

Here are some of our favorite pancake pans and griddles:

Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle
Built-in backstop ledge for convenient food handling
GreenPan Chatham 11" Ceramic Non-Stick Square Griddle, Grey -
Metal utensil safe, this collection's diamond-reinforced coating is incredibly durable; Tough Hard Anodized Body is scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands

How to Make Pancakes Look Perfect

Want to eat the most perfect pancakes ever?  They are in your reach.

There are two things that are important for perfect looking pancakes.

First is making sure each and every pancake is the same shape in size.  The secret for this is a muffin scoop.

Zeroll Universal Standard Length EZ Disher Food Portion Control Scoop Designed for Right or Left...
Dishwasher safe NSF Approved; Delivers accurate portion; For right or left hand use; No springs to replace

If you don’t have a muffin scoop already, you are missing out!  They are good for so much more than just muffins and cupcakes!

The second thing that is important to making pancakes look good is making sure your pancakes are nice and golden brown.

The key to this is preheating your pancake pan or griddle, and cooking them at the right temperature.

This is usually low to medium heat, or about 275 degrees Fahrenheit.  Don’t miss our guide to the best temperature for cooking pancakes for more details.

How to Make Pancakes Without Pancake Mix

Making pancakes without pancake mix couldn’t be easier.  You just need a few simple ingredients you probably already have around your house, and good pancake recipe.

While pancake mix is convenient, it is something we may not have on hand all the time.  Since pancakes use common pantry staples, they are a great recipe for whenever or when you don’t have any pancake mix.

Kids also love measuring and stirring!  Your kids will enjoy pancakes even more in the morning when they help create them.

Best Olive Oils for Salads

At the time that Poseidon gave the Greeks a waterway through the city to provide them with fresh water, Athena gave them olive trees. Guess who got a city and a temple named in their honor? Hint, you won’t find the God of the sea’s name on the map.

Frankly, we appreciate olives and their juicy extractions no less than the Greeks. This is why we brought you a list of the 5 best olive oils for salads, and basically every other dish you can come up with.

Best Olive Oils for Salads

We’ve come up with five fantastic options for the prefect olive oil to accompany your salad.

Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil
La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mantova Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Single Origin Gourmet Moroccan Olive Oil Cold Extracted for Exceptional...
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 33.8-Ounce Tin - Real Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) -...
La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray 5 Fl. Oz., Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil,...
Mantova Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Cold-Pressed, Imported from Italy. Topping for salad,...
Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil, First Cold Pressed, Full-Bodied Flavor, Perfect for Salad...
Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Single Origin Gourmet Moroccan Olive Oil Cold Extracted for Exceptional...
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 33.8-Ounce Tin - Real Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) -...
La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray 5 Fl. Oz., Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil,...
Mantova Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mantova Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Cold-Pressed, Imported from Italy. Topping for salad,...
Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil, First Cold Pressed, Full-Bodied Flavor, Perfect for Salad...

Let’s take a closer look at each of these great options.

Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Less acidity, high nobility.

This oil is distinctive in being of such low acidity and in its method of extraction. This enhances its quality and flavor.

Pros

  • Acidity is less than 0.2%
  • Cold extraction ensures nutrition value and flavor are intact.
  • Purity is guaranteed by harvest from only one Moroccan family farm.
  • Harvest date and best by date are both printed on the back label.
  • Savory peppery taste with a pleasant bitterness.
  • Good price.

Cons

  • Comes in a plastic bottle, although it’s BPA free and recyclable.

Get more information on Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The more, the merrier. If you’re looking for a bottle that endures, this is the one for you!

It has a strong bitter taste that stings in the back of your throat. It’s a pro if you enjoy a robust taste, however, it might be a con if you’d rather a milder one.

The pop-up sprout causes a bit of a hassle, so watch out for it.

Pros

  • Two sizes; 34 Fl Oz and 101 Fl Oz.
  • Rich flavor with subtle notes of artichoke and spiciness.
  • The dark tin helps keep the oil fresh longer and is environmental.
  • One origin; Sicily Italy.
  • 3% acidity.

Get more information on Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil

La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A true angelle, no bitterness whatsoever!

Its mild peppery taste makes it the perfect choice if you’re not big on bold olive oil taste in your meal.

It has 3 small sizes;  5 Fl Oz, 16.9 Fl Oz, 25.4 Fl Oz which make for easy use.

Best of all, this spray is a great choice for small portions of salad.

Pros

  • Good price.
  • Best by date is indicated on the bottle.
  • No bitterness, mild taste overall.
  • Perfect smell and density.
  • The smallest size is in a spray bottle, which is very convenient.

Cons

  • The bigger sizes come in a pourable can with a sprout, not in a spray bottle.
  • The oil always seeps into the area around the sprout.

Get more information on La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mantova Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A hint of garlic makes everything wilder!

This fancy one is just the right combination of olive and garlic. It’s preferable to use without heating for a more prominent garlic flavor.

The garlic is infused, so you won’t find chunks or herbs in your oil. Will leave you to decide if it’s a pro or a con.

Pros

  • Free of trans fat, cholesterol, gluten, GMO, and sodium.
  • A tad bit of sweet almond flavor and delicate, mellow body.
  • The glass bottle keeps the oil fresh.
  • Origin in Italy, free from any additives.

Cons

  • Pricey but worth it!

Get more information on Mantova Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Quality and Quantity, will have you queuing for a few drops.

This one is for the budget-buyers. Don’t worry you will find this of both good price and quality with sizes that range from 16 Fl Oz to 128 Fl Oz

Pros

  • Low-budget price.
  • Flavor and smell are noticeable but not overpowering.
  • Hints of pepper, fruit flavor.

Cons

  • Plastic packaging
  • Comes from many countries, not one origin.

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Which Olive Oil Is Right for You?

A good olive oil for you might just not be for everybody else. It’s alway best to not follow a friend’s recommendation blindly. Instead, check out all the factors that make one olive oil different from another, and you will find you already made up your mind.

Taste

The Mina, Partanna, and Mantova extra virgin olive oils will give you the delicate bitterness you desire. A proof of their authenticity right on the tip of your tongue.

The Pompeian and the La tourangelle, on the other hand, are tender on your taste buds. They will leave a trace on your dish without dominating.

Size

There’s also the matter of size. While the La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil has three small sizes ranging from  5 Fl Oz to 25.4 Fl Oz., the Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil has two huge sizes; 34 Fl Oz and 101 Fl Oz.

Consider how big your household is and how keen you are on olive oil. Is it a matter of daily use for you? Or occasional use? Keep in mind that olive oil does expire.

Origin

Don’t forget that every olive oil’s place of origin is savored with every drop. A bottle of Moroccan oil will content your nostalgia for home. Another one, made in Sicily, will satisfy your urge to try Mediterranean cuisine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is olive oil healthy for you?

Extra virgin olive oil isn’t sacred merely for the delightful taste it adds to Vinaigrette and salad dressing.

Research proves that it can lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It also might protect you from having a stroke or from getting Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, it helps treat Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Q: The extra olive oil fridge test, myth, or truth?

Determining the quality of olive oil by testing whether it solidifies in the fridge or not is no more than a lie.

Olive oil’s solidification is affected by many reasons. A few of those are the growing conditions of the olives, their type and the time and method of processing.

Q: Why does low acidity mean better quality?

First of all, let’s clear one thing. Low acidity has nothing to do with bitterness nor taste.

Low acidity means a low number of free fatty acids. Fatty acids are mere healthy oleic acids, separated and gone bad. They are freed from their compound, the triglyceride during the extraction process. A great loss of oleic acids is a great loss in the quality of the oil.

Choosing the Best Olive Oil for Salad

These are five great options for your favorite salad when it comes to the perfect home made dressing.

Let’s take a look at them one more time:

Our favorite on this list is the Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We love it for its impeccable quality and taste which reveals true richness.

We’re also big fans of the Mantova Garlic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the addition of garlic gives the salad a unique touch and simply makes any dish complete. Also, being free of trans fat, cholesterol, gluten, GMO, and sodium, gives us the comfort of a healthy diet.

If you’re making smaller salads, or a single serving of salad, then we love the unique spray of the La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

No matter what your preference is, you are sure to find the best olive oil for salad in this list.

How to Make Over Hard Eggs

There are many ways to fry an egg, ranging from sunny side up, over easy, over medium, or over hard. Today, we’re going to learn how to make over hard eggs!

Convenient and quick, the over hard eggs can easily become anyone’s favorite. If you prefer your eggs completely cooked through as I do, you’ll certainly love the taste and texture found in over hard eggs.

What Is an Over Hard Egg?

“How do you want your eggs?” is a question you’ve surely heard at least once in your life.

At the time of writing, there are over 10 basic ways to prepare an egg. One of my personal favorites is preparing them over hard.

When cooked the right way, over hard eggs have just about the same consistency as a hard-boiled egg. To achieve this, you’ll have to leave your egg in the pan for a few extra minutes until the yolk is completely cooked through.

With over easy and over medium eggs, the yolk needs to stay intact. It’s the complete opposite for over hard eggs, though. Depending on your preference, you can choose to break the yolk with a spatula or wait for it to set before flipping.

Over Hard Eggs vs. Fried Eggs

Over hard eggs are a type of fried eggs. However, in a dinner, when people order a “fried egg”, many mean sunny-side up.

So if we’re to compare over hard eggs to sunny-side up, we’ll be left with two main differences. Sunny-side up is prepared just like over easy eggs, except that it isn’t flipped or cooked with its yolk upside down.

An over hard egg initially starts off as a fried/sunny-side up, but once the egg white and yolk start to harden, it’s flipped to make the other side equally firm.

Over Hard Eggs vs. Over Easy Eggs

Over easy eggs, when compared to over hard eggs, have a runny interior. When the yolk is split or broken, the yolk gushes right out and onto the plate.

Some people prepare over easy eggs with slightly runny egg whites. Over easy eggs are about the same as sunny-side ups; however, over easy eggs are flipped to create a fried film on top of the yolk.

Over hard eggs, when split open, have the yolk fully hard and intact.

Over easy eggs take about 1-2 minutes to prepare, while over hard eggs take around 5.

How to Make the Ultimate Over Hard Eggs: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ready to make the perfect over-hard eggs? Awesome! There are only 5 easy steps to follow as shown below:

Step 1: Get the Pan Ready

Set a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat until it gets hot enough. Melt about 1-2 tablespoons of butter until bubbling.

If you don’t have butter to hand, you can substitute with non-stick cooking spray  or oil.

Step 2: Crack the Egg

Once the pan is ready, gently slide your egg into the pan/skillet.

Remember not to crack the egg on the corner of the pan as the egg white might spill and fry on the pan’s side.

If you’re making just one egg, place it in the middle of the pan. If you’re cooking two or more, make sure you don’t take too long to crack the other one into the pan so the egg whites will cook evenly. Once on the pan, season the eggs with fresh pepper and salt to taste.

Depending on your aesthetic preference, you can spit the yolk or leave it intact. Some people would rather break the yolk because they don’t like to eat egg whites on their own.

If you’re the same, simply poke the egg yolk with the edge of your spatula or fork before flipping it over.

Step 3: Flip the Egg

Once the egg whites are cooked through, and the yolk is firm but not hard, it’s time to flip the egg. Don’t wait longer than 3–5 minutes, or else the eggs may burn.

There are two ways to flip an egg: with a spatula, or by flipping the pan.

If you’re using a spatula, carefully slide it under the egg before flipping it over.

If you’d rather not use a spatula, flip your eggs by tossing them in the air with the flick of your wrist: Toss the pan upward, and use it to catch the eggs!

To be honest, tossing the pan might seem intimidating at first. It takes a bit of practice, but once you manage to land the egg perfectly on the pan, you’ll feel like a real pro! But if you can’t, that’s OK too. Remember to do what you find most comfortable and easy for you.

Pro tip: If you’re cooking more than 1 egg, flip the eggs over in the order you added them to the pan.

Step 4: Allow the Egg to Cook

Once you’ve flipped the egg, cook it for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

Step 5: Serve the Egg and Enjoy!

Once your eggs have cooked, slide it onto a plate and serve!

With over hard eggs, you’ll find the yolk fully cooked and not runny when split. It’ll have a soft, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth kind of chewy texture.

Are Over Hard Eggs Good for You?

Eggs are an “eggcellent” source of nutrition — packed with proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats. But is cooking an egg over hard good for you?

The short answer is yes; it’s healthy! As it’s cooked through, there’s less chance of bacteria and salmonella.

Despite that, over hard eggs might lose a few of its nutrients because of the long preparation time.

But the truth is, eggs are healthy no matter how you prepare them. So don’t worry about how you prepare your eggs; enjoy them however you want.

How to Make Over Hard Eggs, Everything You Need!

Over hard eggs are delicious! Plus, they make for an ideal high-protein breakfast.

Now that you’ve learned how to make over hard eggs, you’ll be able to experiment with all other types of fried eggs, too! Whether it be over easy, over medium, or over hard, the primary difference between these three is just the preparation time.

Happy cooking!

How to Make Over Medium Eggs Like a Real Chef

Eggs are a staple breakfast food. Depending on your preference, you can prepare them boiled, scrambled, over easy, over medium—the list goes on and on!

Today, we’ll be discussing one of my favorite ways to prepare eggs: over medium eggs.

Knowing how to make over-medium eggs perfectly can be a bit tricky. I can’t count the number of times I’ve ended up making sunny-side-up instead of over-medium. And while I do like sunny-side up, nothing beats the warm, creamy center of over medium eggs.

Make the Perfect Over Medium Eggs in 5 Easy Steps

The secret to making over medium eggs is the timing. Leave the eggs too long in the pan, and you’ll end up with over hard eggs. Leave it too little, and you’ll get over easy. Once you have that down, you’ll make the perfect over-medium eggs like a real chef.

Step 1: Get the Pan Ready

Place a medium-sized skillet or pan on your stove. For the best results, I recommend you use non-stick pan.  I prefer ceramic non-stick pans.

Turn the heat of your stove to medium-low. Leave it for about 5 minutes to ensure that it’s fully pre-heated.

Step 2: Melt the Butter

Add about a half tablespoon of butter per egg directly on the pan. Allow the butter to melt evenly and spread it throughout the pan with a silicone spatula. The butter should melt entirely in 1 to 3 minutes.

If butter isn’t readily available, you can instead use non-stick cooking spray  or a bit of oil.

Step 3: Crack the Egg

There are two ways to start cooking the egg. The first is to crack the egg directly into your buttered pan. The second is to crack the egg into a small bowl.

I prefer the second method because I find it easier than cracking it directly into a pan. Removing shells is easier this way, too.

If you’re not used to cracking shells open, you can get yourself a handy egg cracker. The egg cracker will allow you to break the eggs open without the fear of shells or dirtying your hands.

Either way, make sure you don’t break the yolk. You want the yolk in one piece, like the way it was inside the egg.

Step 4: Cook the Egg

Once your egg is on the pan, allow the underside to set. It shouldn’t take longer than 2 minutes. You’ll know your eggs are ready to flip when the egg whites don’t look liquidy anymore.

Gently shake or shimmy the pan around to get the yolks in the position you want it in. Once done, it’s time to flip the eggs!

To guarantee that the yolk doesn’t split, make sure to get the spatula directly under the yolk so you can support its weight when you flip it over.

Leave the egg to cook for another 30 seconds. Once done, turn your stove off.

Step 5: Serve the Egg

Before serving the egg, let it sit for about a minute so it can finish cooking. Then, you can either slide the egg directly into a place or use a spatula.

And that’s it! Remember to add fresh pepper using a pepper grinder and sprinkle salt to taste.

How to Make Over Medium Eggs Without Flipping

Believe it or not, you can make over medium eggs without flipping. So if you’re worried about breaking the yolk, follow these steps instead:

Step 1: Prepare the Egg

Follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as is. Once the egg’s underside has set, instead of flipping it, you’ll need to pour half a tablespoon of water in the pan around it.

Step 2: Cover Immediately

Cover the pan for about a minute. If you prefer a runnier center, leave it for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Serve the Egg

Uncover the pan and turn off the heat. Slide it into a plate and sprinkle some salt and pepper!

Over Medium Eggs in the Oven

Cooking eggs in the oven is ideal if you’re making more than 3 eggs. Instead of spending more than 10 minutes cooking a dozen eggs, over medium eggs in the oven are done in about 5 minutes.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Prepare the Pan

In this method, you can either use a sheet pan or a muffin tin. Grease the pan or tin with butter, nonstick spray, or oil.

Step 3: Crack the Eggs

Once your pan or tin is sufficiently greased, crack the eggs directly onto it. Make sure the yolks are solid and intact. Season it with salt and pepper before sliding it gently in your oven.

Step 4: Leave it to Cook

Leave your eggs to cook for about 5 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency. I’ve found that over-medium eggs shouldn’t be cooked for any longer than 5 minutes. Yet, depending on your oven’s heat, it may take another minute or two.

Step 5: Serve the Eggs

If you used a tin, slice up the eggs and serve it on a plate. For muffin tins, gently scoop up the eggs using a small spatula.

Over Medium Eggs in Cast Iron

Using a cast iron when frying an egg can be intimidating as the egg might stick or tear when it’s time to flip or serve. But as long as you follow these steps, I guarantee you’ll get the perfect over medium egg.

Step 1: Get the Skillet Ready

Place your skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. I use the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron skillet because of its heat retention and even heating.

TIP: To prevent the egg from sticking, make sure to generously and evenly coat the skillet’s surface with butter.

Step 2: Crack the Egg

Crack the egg on a flat surface before adding it directly to the skillet. Again, you can use an egg cracker or crack the egg in a bowl before gently depositing it in the skillet.

Step 3: Generate Steam

Once the egg whites start to form, pour about 1 tablespoon of water around the outside edge of the egg. Turn down the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 4: Flip the Egg

After about 2 and a half minutes, remove the lid and flip the egg over. Then cook the egg for an additional 30 seconds uncovered.

Step 5: Serve the Egg

And you’re done! Slide it onto a plate, sprinkle salt and pepper, and enjoy.

Are Over Medium Eggs Healthy?

Eating an undercooked egg can make you sick, so it’s best to cook your eggs properly.

According to the CDC, eggs need to be cooked at least to 160°F to be safe. As such, over-medium eggs are entirely safe and healthy to eat.

How to Make Over Medium Eggs, Everything You Need!

Learning how to make over-medium eggs isn’t as difficult as some people may think. As long as you follow the steps I’ve shown you above, you’re sure to prepare the best over-medium eggs one can make!

How to Prepare Lentils

Lentils come in different types and colors. They vary in nutrition and in ways to prepare them. Yet, they’re all low in fat and high in protein as well as fibers and calcium.

Moreover, lentils are a favorite for many people because it’s inexpensive and fast to prepare. It doesn’t need soaking before cooking like lots of beans. You can also store dried lentils for as long as you want as they have a long shelf life.

Yellow, brown, and green are the main types of lentils. They differ in taste and shape. Moreover, each type works best with different cooking methods and recipes.

Want to know more about how to prepare lentils with different delicious recipes? We‘ll take you through each one step-by-step.

Let’s dive in!

How to Season Lentils

Seasoning lentils depends primarily on the dish you’re preparing and your seasoning preferences. However, there are basic seasoning tips that can never go wrong with lentils.

Salt and Pepper

Salt and pepper are the essentials to give your lentils some taste. They can be enough if you’re adding the lentils as a side to the main dish.

They may also be all you need with a green salad. Half a teaspoon of each is enough for one cup of lentils.

Onion and Garlic Powder

Onion and garlic powder match well with cooked lentils. If you’re making soup, you can add them instead of adding onions and garlic. They’re also delicious additions to salads, sauces, dippings, and fillings with lentils.

Curry or Paprika

Curry and paprika may not be everyone’s favorite, but they give a unique taste to lentils. In the case of yellow lentils, their colors match so well. They’ll also result in a tasty, radiant dish. The mixture of lentils and curry is popular in Indian cuisine, so if you’re a fan of it, you’ll love this combo!

Do You Drain Lentils After Cooking?

Yes, you should. The exception is if you’re cooking lentils to make a soup or sauce, for instance. To keep your lentils a bit crunchy, you should drain them after boiling immediately. Moreover, rinse in cold water to maintain its texture and stop any further cooking.

How to Cook Lentils for Salad

Lentils can be a tasty and nutritious addition to your salads. Brown  and green lentils are usually used in salads as they tend to keep their shape after cooking.

Here’s how to cook lentils so that you can enjoy it with your bowl of salad.

Step 1: Rinse and Sift

Carefully rinse your lentils until completely clean. Afterward, sift through to make sure there is no dirt, stones, or any broken bits.

Step 2: Add Water

Add 2 ½ to 3 cups of water to each cup of lentils and bring them to a boil.

Step 3: Simmer Until Tender

After the lentils boil, allow them to simmer for 20-30 minutes. It should be tender enough to eat. In case you like it a bit crunchy, check its texture once the 20 minutes are over.

If you prefer soaking lentils first, cook them for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4: Drain and Rinse

Once cooked, drain your lentils completely. Rinse with cold water to prevent the heat from cooking it further.

Step 5: Season

Season your lentils separately with salt and pepper before adding to the salad. As an alternative, you can add your lentils to the salad and season everything together by adding your favorite dressing.

How to Cook Lentils in Soup

One way to enjoy the rich taste of lentils is to puree them into soups. Yellow lentils are the most famous type used to make soup. They’re smaller in size and softens faster than other types.

Here are the steps of cooking tasty and easy-to-make lentil soup.

Step 1: Rinse and Sift

Rinse and sift your lentils carefully before you start cooking.

Step 2: Add Water

In a pot, add one and a half cups of water to each cup of lentils. Place the pot on medium heat.

Step 3: Add Vegetables

Add onion, garlic, carrots, and tomatoes to the pot. You can either cut these vegetables into small bits or blend them together. The amount depends mainly on your taste preference.

Step 4: Lower the Heat and Cover

Keep the mixture on medium to high heat until it starts boiling. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot. Leave to cook for about 30-40 minutes.

Step 6: Add Water If Needed

Add more water if you’re aiming for a thinner texture. Yet, make sure you bring the mixture to boil again for it to cook properly.

Step 7: Season Your Soup

Season your soup with salt and pepper as you like. White pepper is preferred to keep the radiant orange color of your soup clear.

Though this is among the most popular ways to cook lentil soup, there’re many others. You can prepare lentil soups using brown or green lentils. You can also add different vegetables to your lentil soup. Furthermore, you can add meat or chicken to the soup.

How to Prepare Over Medium Eggs for Lentils

Eggs are unique additions with lentils and lentil salad. The two tastes are usually combined in many tasty recipes. Moreover, preparing over medium eggs only requires a few easy steps.

Step1: Prepare Your Utensils

All you need is a large saucepan and a slotted ladle. Also, keep ready a bowl of ice-cold water. Put the eggs in the saucepan and add water just enough to cover the eggs.

Step 2: Bring to a Simmer

Bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes only.

Step 3: Put in Ice-Cold Water

Get the eggs out with your slotted ladle and immediately put in the bowl of ice-cold water. Let the eggs cool entirely before you take them out to peel and serve.

How to Prepare Lentils, the Complete Guide

Lentil soups and salads are among the most famous dishes in many different cuisines. Due to their nutrition and benefits for health, they’re worth adding to your daily diet.

Furthermore, lentils are easy to find and make, which makes them a very convenient option. Preparing a dish full of protein, fibers, iron, calcium, and low in calories is only a few steps away.

 

How to Prepare Quinoa (with 5 Easy Recipes)

Two years ago, I was at a friend’s house, waiting for dinner. I noticed that she served some kind of grains that I hadn’t seen before, and they were super tasty and fluffy.

When I asked, she told me that it’s called quinoa, and ever since then, we’ve included it in a lot of meals.

Quinoa can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. If you want to know how to prepare quinoa, then you’re in the right place.

What Is Quinoa?

Most people think that quinoa is a grain when, in reality, it’s a seed. We tend to opt for quinoa as a healthier replacement for rice. It’s wheat-free, gluten-free, and low in carbs, making it a perfect option for a healthy diet.

Besides its benefits, quinoa increases up to 3 times when cooked, so 100 grams of dry quinoa should give you 300 grams of cooked quinoa.

How Much Quinoa Per Person?

The sufficient amount of quinoa per person depends on some aspects. For example, if you’re using it in a salad, then 150 grams should be fine. However, as a side dish, from 50 to 80 grams per person, it should be okay.

How Long Does Quinoa Take to Cook?

One thing I love about quinoa is that it doesn’t take much time to cook. It only takes around 15 minutes to be ready. Quinoa seeds are like rice, so they’re cooked in boiled water or broth.

Despite being easy to cook, there are some important tips to keep in mind to get the perfect quinoa.

You need to rinse the quinoa with a mesh strainer before cooking, to remove the saponin coating. Also, you need to rinse it again after cooking, to avoid ending up with a bowl full of water and quinoa. After all, we’re not making soup.

How to Prepare Quinoa for Breakfast?

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I’ll give you more than one recipe to include quinoa in your breakfast. They’re all easy to prepare since I’m always late in the morning, and all the ingredients are suitable for one serving.

Dark Chocolate and Quinoa

What’s better than chocolate as a start for the day?

This is a vegan, gluten-free recipe. It can be prepared in one pot, which means less hassle in the kitchen. I couldn’t ask for more.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of dry Quinoa
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup of coconut milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • ⅕ tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅕ tsp of maple syrup
  • A chopped square of Vegan Dark Chocolate

Steps

  • Rinse your quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer
  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat
  • Toast the quinoa seeds for a couple of minutes
  • Add almond milk, coconut milk, and salt
  • Stir the mixture and boil over high heat
  • Switch to low heat and let it cook for at least 20 minutes
  • When the quinoa absorbs all the liquid, that’s your sign to turn off the heat
  • Add the maple syrup and the cocoa powder and stir
  • Now add the chopped dark chocolate and any other topping you want, and voila!

Microwave Quinoa

Microwave recipes are one of my favorites because, let’s be honest, sometimes you wake up without enough energy for the stove or oven. It’s always easy to press some buttons and have your meal ready.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 2-3 tbsp of milk
  • Honey for sweetening
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ of a sliced banana

Steps

  • Rinse the quinoa as usual
  • Put the quinoa and water in a microwave safe bowl and cover it
  • Let it cook in the microwave for 6 minutes
  • Stir, then microwave for 3 minutes, until all the water is absorbed
  • When the quinoa is ready, take ½ cup of it and place it in another bowl
  • Store the extra quinoa in the fridge for future breakfasts
  • Add milk, honey, cinnamon, and salt
  • Mix the ingredients, and add the sliced banana as a topping. That’s it!

Overnight Quinoa

That’s a recipe for those days when you want to wake up and start eating right away without any preparations ahead. You can prepare it at night and leave it in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp of yogurt
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt

Recipe

  • Get jar
  • Put all the ingredients in it and mix them
  • Close the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight
  • In the morning, add some milk if the mixture is too thick
  • Add nuts or fruits if you want

Note: The main ingredients of this jar are quinoa and yogurt. Feel free to change the banana with another fruit, or even add honey for sweetening. It’s your breakfast. Be creative.

Quinoa and Eggs

We can’t talk about breakfast without mentioning eggs. This recipe requires having cooked quinoa ahead to save some time in the morning, and a trusty nonstick pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 40 grams of sauteed mushrooms (I add more because I love them)
  • ¼ cup of grape tomatoes
  • Oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • One egg
  • ¼ sliced avocado
  • Cilantro

Recipe

  • Add oil to a pan and cook the egg, sunny side up
  • Add some salt and let it cook
  • Don’t overcook the egg, as the runny yolk will serve as a sauce
  • In a bowl, add quinoa, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes
  • Add the egg and the avocado slices
  • Sprinkle some cilantro and start eating your rich breakfast bowl

How to Prepare Quinoa for Salad?

When it comes to salad, I always think that the more colors I add, the tastier it’ll be. This rule has never failed me before. This is a colorful quinoa salad recipe that can serve from 6 to 8 people.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 chopped cucumber
  • 1 chopped bell pepper (or 2 if you want red and yellow together)
  • ½ cup of nuts
  • ½ cup of herbs (cilantro, mint, parsley)
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas

For the Dressing

I prefer basic dressings, but feel free to change the ingredients as you like.

  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Recipe

  • Cook the quinoa as usual in boiled water and set aside
  • Combine all the ingredients along with quinoa in a large bowl
  • Mix the dressing in a smaller bowl and add to the salad
  • If you want, add some olives or cubes of feta cheese

How to Prepare Quinoa, Everything You Need to Know

Quinoa seeds are nutritious. They’re rich in fiber and protein, and they’re gluten-free. In addition to that, they’re a suitable ingredient if you want to lose a few pounds.

They’re quite versatile, and you can cook them in different ways until you find the recipes you like. What’s your favorite quinoa recipe?

Best Mop for Vinyl Floors

Vinyl is one of the most popular options for home floors, and it’s easy to see why. It’s versatile, low-maintenance and highly resistant to scratches and other forms of damages. It also helps that it can be made in a variety of patterns, colors and shapes.

If you’ve installed vinyl floors at home, then you’re definitely in luck! That said, it’s important to care for this type of flooring so it lasts longer. One way to keep your vinyl floor looking sharp is to use the right cleaning equipment. In the following post, we’ll focus on the best mop for vinyl floors.

The Best Mops for Vinyl Floors

Here are some of the top rated vinyl floor mops that we love.

18” Professional Microfiber Mop
ThermaPro Elite Steam Mop Cleaner
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop
MOPNADO Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop System
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
18" Professional Microfiber Mop | Adjustable Stainless Steel Handle | 3 Premium Mop Pads + 2 Free...
PurSteam Steam Mop Cleaner 12 in 1 for Hardwood/Tiles/Vinyl - Easy-Detachable Handheld Steam Cleaner...
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop, 3 in 1 Spinner, Scrubber and Waxer Quiet and Powerful Cleaner, Spin...
MOPNADO – Deluxe Stainless Steel Rolling Spin Mop System with 2 Replacement Microfiber Mop Heads...
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit, Bundles: 1 Mop, 3 Multi Surface Microfiber Wet...
18” Professional Microfiber Mop
18" Professional Microfiber Mop | Adjustable Stainless Steel Handle | 3 Premium Mop Pads + 2 Free...
ThermaPro Elite Steam Mop Cleaner
PurSteam Steam Mop Cleaner 12 in 1 for Hardwood/Tiles/Vinyl - Easy-Detachable Handheld Steam Cleaner...
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop, 3 in 1 Spinner, Scrubber and Waxer Quiet and Powerful Cleaner, Spin...
MOPNADO Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop System
MOPNADO – Deluxe Stainless Steel Rolling Spin Mop System with 2 Replacement Microfiber Mop Heads...
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit, Bundles: 1 Mop, 3 Multi Surface Microfiber Wet...

Let’s take a closer look at each of these mops, and dive into some detailed reviews.

18” Professional Microfiber Mop

Have you been looking for a vinyl mop with a good selection of features, the 18-inch Microfiber Mop is your best bet.

It comes with a variety of cleaning tools that include 2 microfiber wet mop cleaners and a microfiber dust mop pad. The wet mops are great for clearing stains while the dust mop is useful for dusting floors or light cleaning.

The fact that both mops are made of microfiber is a huge plus. Not only does this material clean surfaces more thoroughly but it’s also machine washable and eco-friendly.

Another feature you’ll love about this mop is that it comes with an adjustable handle. To be specific, the handle extends up to 70 inches, making it possible to set it to a comfortable working height.

This handle is attached to an 18-inch wide frame, enabling you to cover more ground with a single pass.

Pros

  • Includes both dust and wet mop pads
  • Wide frame to cover a larger surface area
  • Mop pads made of microfiber for greater cleaning efficiency
  • Can be used on a variety of surfaces other than vinyl

Cons

  • No warranty offered

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ThermaPro Elite Steam Mop Cleaner

Are you in the market for the best steam mop for your vinyl floor? If you are, ThermaPro Elite by PurSteam World’s Best Steamers is an excellent choice.

Being a steam mop, this tool is not only great for cleaning but also sanitizing. Thus, you’re guaranteed to rid your floors of all bacteria.

Another feature that sets this mop apart is its exceptional triangular shape. This enables you to clean those really hard-to-reach spots. Better yet, it has a lightweight profile meaning you’re not likely to get fatigued even if you clean for hours.

The mop cleaner is also equipped with a large water tank that holds up to 250 ml. This eliminates the need to keep refilling your tank while cleaning.

ThermaPro Elite is highly versatile too. Other than vinyl floors, you can also use it to clean marble, ceramic, hardwood floors, traditional and porcelain tiles. Besides, this mop is fairly easy to set up. Simply install the provided attachment and you’re good to go.

Pros

  • Generous water tank to minimize frequency of refilling
  • Can be used on a variety of surfaces
  • Capable of sanitizing floors too
  • Unique triangular shape to provide easy access to different areas
  • Backed by a 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Quality of water reservoir can be improved

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Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop

While functionality should be your primary concern when looking for a vinyl mop, you should also account for design. In that regard, Gladwell- a cordless electric mop- has a really sleek and user-friendly design.

Given that it’s electric, it’s not surprising that this tool costs a bit more than a conventional mop cleaner. Best thing about this cleaning equipment being cordless is that it doesn’t constitute bulky components that tend to take up a lot of space.

Its user-friendliness is facilitated by the 180-degree rotation technology. This gives you seamless access to every square inch of your home.

Also worth pointing out is the mop’s fast-charging mechanism. With just 2 hours of charging, the cleaner will have enough juice to help you clean your floors several times.

The versatility of the Gladwell Cordless is another feature that will impress you. The mop comes with different settings, and with these a variety of functions that include spraying, mopping and waxing.

Pros

  • Has a sleek design and is available in black or blue
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery that also charges quickly
  • Can be used to mop, wax and spray floors
  • Intuitive design providing easy access to cleaning surfaces
  • Comes with 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive

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MOPNADO Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop System

Looking for a more pocket-friendly mop that still has all essential features to polish your vinyl floor? You’ll be hard pressed to find a cleaner that’s better than MOPNADO Deluxe Mop System.

A primary highlight of this mop is the dozens of attachments that it comes with- despite the fair pricing.

These include two microfiber heads, an extendable handle, scrub brush and mop plate. You’ll also get a soap dispenser and mop bucket- two accessories that you’ll rarely get from other packages. Also important to note is that the microfiber heads can rotate to 180 degrees. This is to give you easy access to hard-to-reach spots like the area under the furniture.

Taking all these features into account, it’s not surprising that this spin mop system can be used to clean different surfaces. Whether you have vinyl, laminate, hardwood or tile floors, this mop is well-suited.

The Deluxe is a well-constructed mopping device. Its handle is built using stainless steel to enhance durability. But even then, it doesn’t make the system overly heavy. Plus, the manufacturer provides a 1-year warranty.

Pros

  • Comes with a variety of accessories including a mop bucket
  • Backed by 1-year warranty
  • Sturdy stainless steel handle
  • Swiveling mop pads for easy accessibility

Cons

  • Only available in one color scheme

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Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

Do you prefer to clean your home with a spray mop? If you do, the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop is perfect for your vinyl floors. Contrary to standard mop-and-bucket systems, this is a complete unit consisting of an integrated liquid container.

Interestingly, it’s also one of the cheapest mops on the market. With a price tag of less than $20, you’re not likely to find a quality mop for your vinyl floor that is as affordable as this one.

According to Rubbermaid, the Reveal is an all-round mop that can be used on all types of floors including vinyl, tile, hardwood and laminate.

Better yet, it comes equipped with a microfiber pad that guarantees a thorough cleaning process. In fact, the manufacturer claims that the cleaning head can pick up at least 50% of dirt and dust.

For tough cleaning jobs, you will love the built-in scrubbing pad. Don’t worry about your vinyl floor getting scraped as the scrubber is made of a non-scratch material. This way, you’ll be able to clean even the most stubborn stains.

Pros

  • Mop includes a non-scratch pad for cleaning stubborn stains
  • A multi-surface spray mop is ideal for cleaning a variety of surfaces
  • Sports a durable and lightweight build
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Does not come with any warranty

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Features to Consider when Purchasing Mops for Vinyl Floors

Non-abrasive

If you’ve installed a high-quality vinyl floor, then it should be able to provide years of service. However, certain elements can increase the floor’s susceptibility to damage such as using abrasive materials.

To prevent this, ensure the mop for your vinyl floor doesn’t have an abrasive cleaning pad. The Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop is a good case in point. Though it’s equipped with a scrubbing pad to clear stubborn stains, the pad is made of non-scratch material to protect your floor. For the safest outcome, use microfiber mop pads as they’re non-abrasive.

Build quality

Mops aren’t as expensive as other cleaning tools. Still, you shouldn’t have to replace your mop every few weeks or months.

For optimal durability, look for mopping units with sturdy handles. Advisably, the handle should be made of lightweight but durable material such as stainless steel or aluminum alloy.

On the same note, look for a handle that’s extendable or adjustable. This will help you set the handle to the right height.

Absorbency

Another factor you should take into consideration is the absorption capability of the mop’s head. Usually, materials such as microfibers, cotton and blends have the best absorbency rate.

Additional Tips to Maintain Vinyl Floors

In addition to using proper cleaning equipment, there are a few other things you can do to maintain your vinyl floor. These are:

  • Sweep the vinyl floor before cleaning- this is essential to remove any loose dirt
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen to avoid staining your floor
  • Mop regularly to keep your floor spotless
  • Invest in entryway rugs and doormats- this helps to reduce the bulk of dirt and moisture reaching your vinyl floor

Still having trouble cleaning your vinyl floors?  Are they just so dirty because they’ve been neglected?  Check out this cool floor cleaning hack.

Picking the Best Mop for Vinyl Floors

There are a couple of features you should look for when purchasing mops for your vinyl floors. The most important is that it should have a non-abrasive cleaning pad. Preferably, it should also have a strong build and adjustable handle.

Here are all of the mops we looked at one more time for Vinyl floors:

The 18” Professional Microfiber Mop is an example of a mop that checks all these boxes and then some. It has vinyl floor-friendly microfiber pads, an adjustable steel handle, and a wide frame to cover a large surface area.

If you are looking for an electric mop for your vinyl floor, then the Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop is a great choice that will make cleaning your vinyl floors.

No matter which mop you pick from this guide, you are on your way to to a much cleaner vinyl floor.

Choosing the Best Air Fryer Under $100

When it comes to air fryers, I have been a loyal air fryer owner for well over two years.  I first decided to get an air fryer purely for making healthy french fries, but have since used it for much much more.  Purchasing any kitchen appliance is a big decision, and air fryers come in all different shapes, sizes, and prices.  Today we are going to take a look at the best air fryer under $100.

Best Air Fryer Under $100

Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
BELLA Air Convection Fryer
Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
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Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non-stick Fry...
Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
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Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
More Info
Item
BELLA Air Convection Fryer
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BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Capacity
2.6 Quart
More Info
Item
Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non-stick Fry...
Capacity
6 Quart
More Info
Item
B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
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Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Capacity
5.5 Quart
More Info
Item
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
5.8 Quart
More Info

There are a number of considerations when picking an air fryer.  Here are the things you should think about the most:

  • Price.  What is your budget like?  These are all budget friendly options.
  • Size.  Each model has a different capacity.
  • Controls.  How is the air fryer operated?
  • Ascetics.  An air fryer is a decent sized counter top appliance.  How will it look in your kitchen?

Now let’s take a look at some of the different options.

Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven

This Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is an interesting option if you are in the market for both an air fryer and a toaster oven.

The only downside to this model is the form factor is very different than a traditional air fryer.

You will see the capacity is much lower than the others, this is because it uses an air frying baking tray type basket, vs a traditional basket.  The big difference here is the sides are lower, which means you can’t fill it up as much, and it is a little harder to mix the food when you are cooking.

But it does do the job of two kitchen counter appliances, and is nice looking on the counter top!

BELLA 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer

I have a small Bella air fryer, and have not been disappointed.  While this air fryer has a smaller capacity than some of the other models we looked at, it also has a smaller price point.

Capacity is probably the most important factor next to price when it comes to picking the best air fryer under $100.  There’s no point in picking a cheaper model if it won’t make enough!

Bella is well known in the kitchen appliance space, and I have not been disappointed with their products.

This model operates with two knobs, one for temperature and one for time.  I couldn’t be more simple!

Dash Air Fryer –  Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

The Dash air fryer is an interesting option because it has the largest capacity of all the air fryers we looked at.

It also comes in an array of colors.  While aqua is shown here, it also comes in black, read, and white.  It also has a dual knob operation like some of the other models we have looked at.

The other benefit of a large capacity air fryer besides making a lot of one thing, is the ability to cook whole meals for smaller groups!  This air fryer allows you to cook things like chicken and vegetables together, besides filling up the basket with French fries!

B. WEISS Air Fryer XL (5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1)

Another large capacity air fryer, the Air Fryer XL has a 5.5 quart capacity.  The interesting thing about this model is it has a digital display versus the knobs and manual display of some of the other models.

It is also advertised as an 8 in 1 model, which is not wrong!  You can do almost anything you want with an air fryer, and this is some good marketing to remind people of that.

This model, like many other air fryers, only comes in a black finish.

Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart

This is another air fryer model with digital display, and a slightly higher capacity than the other model we looked at.

The shape is also somewhat different, and the best part is this air fryer comes with a great accessory pack to help you cook all sorts of things in your air fryer. This is important since the basket is round versus square.  It is less forgiving than square models when it comes to adding accessories.

This air fryer is definitely the best value for your money with the included accessories that immediately allow you to get cooking!

Picking the Best Air Fryer Under $100

Picking the best air fryer under $100 will depend on what you need!  Here is our comparison table one more time:

Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
BELLA Air Convection Fryer
Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
Image
Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non-stick Fry...
Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
Image
Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
More Info
Item
BELLA Air Convection Fryer
Image
BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Capacity
2.6 Quart
More Info
Item
Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non-stick Fry...
Capacity
6 Quart
More Info
Item
B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
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Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Capacity
5.5 Quart
More Info
Item
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
Image
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
5.8 Quart
More Info

You can’t go wrong with any of these great air fryers, but if you are all about capacity, the Yedi or Dash models will be your best choice.  If you want to get the best value, pick the Yedi over the dash for the accessory kit.

If you are looking for a dual purpose device, like a toaster oven and air fryer, the Cuisinart is your best choice.  It is also the only option we looked at that comes in stainless steel.

The Bella is a great option if you are looking for a smaller capacity, and the B. WEISS is a perfect option if you want the Digital display.

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

An air fryer is basically a counter top convection oven.  A convection oven is just  an oven with a fan in it to circulate the air.

The fan in an air fryer cooks food by circulating hot air around it.  That’s it!  You cook with just a tiny bit of oil, which crisps the food up like a regular fryer, without all of the fat of deep frying.

Because you are circulating air, if you pack your air fryer basket full (like I do most of the time), you will need to stop it and shake it once in a while so things cook evenly.  This may seem like a pain, but it really is not once you get used to it.

The worst case scenario is that you don’t shake your air fryer, and you need to take out the cooked food, then run it a couple of more minutes for the rest of the food to get crispy.  No big deal!

Air Fryer Tips and Tricks

Here are a couple of tips and tricks for making the most out of your air fryer.

  1. Just use a little bit of oil to coat your food.  A tablespoon or two will do it for most of the large capacity machines.  Use a bowl to coat your food evenly with oil for things you would normally deep fry like French fries.
  2. For food with bread crumbs, mix a bit of oil into the crumbs before breading your food, or just spray them lightly with oil before air frying.
  3. Make sure to shake food that is on top of each other during cooking, like French fries.  For food that is breaded, I recommend only cooking a single layer of food at a time so the breading does not get messed up.
  4. The general rule is the more full your basket is, the longer things will have to cook.
  5. If your air fryer starts to smoke, cook at a lower temperature.  Pay attention the smoke point of oil or greasy foods like chicken with skin.

The Best Air Fryer French Fry Tips

I have made hundreds of batches of french fries in my air fryer.  Here are the things I have learned.

Don’t bother soaking potatoes for 20-30 minuets.  Many recipes will tell you to do this, and it just isn’t necessary.  Rinsing the potatoes off a few times with cold water is good enough.

Russet potatoes are the best potatoes for traditional French fries.  Russets are the traditional French fry potatoes, but you can make French fries out of any potatoes you have.  Sweet potato fries are great too!

Make sure you coat them all with oil.  I use one or two tablespoons of oil when I fill my air fryer up with potatoes.  I also mix the potatoes and oil together before putting them in in a large bowl.

You don’t really need to worry about cooking temperature.  You can blast your fries at 400, or cook them at a lower temperature and turn it up to crisp them at the end.  It really doesn’t matter that much.  Sometimes I cook them at 350 then turn them up, other times I cook them at 400.

The more potatoes you cook, the longer it takes.  I can make a single small potato in about 10 minutes, but if you fill your air fryer basket, you are looking at more like 30 minutes plus.

I hope these air fryer tips are enough to get you started when you purchase the best air fryer under $100.  Be sure to let us know any questions you have in the comments!

Perfect Air Fryer Meals for Beginners

Now that you know how to make french fries in your air fryer, here are some great meals to go along with it:

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Yellow Squash Tots

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Best Air Fryer Steak

Air fryer cooking is a great way to create quick, easy, and tasty meals.  Enjoy your new air fryer!