Saving Precious Time In The Kitchen With A Modern Countertop Oven

Breville toaster oven advantages

Cooking with a toaster oven is a great way to speed up the process and reduce your time in the kitchen preparing home cooked meals. Most people think these are just good for toast, but they couldn’t be more wrong. A high quality oven will allow you to not only cook but also bake, roast, broil, reheat and more. The Breville BOV650XL is the company’s mid priced countertop oven that aims to fit the bill with both its features and its size. While it is not as highly rated as the BOV800XL or the BOV450XL in most toaster oven ratings and reviews, the BOV650XL is usually ranked in the top 10. If you are looking to reduce your use of your full sized oven and save a little time and money in the process, then this is what your kitchen has been missing.

Countertop Oven Features

8 Settings With 1800 Watts of Power

The Breville BOV650XL Toaster Oven features a handy 8 pre-set function, and it has enough power to cook larger meals such as whole chickens. The “Element IQ” technology that controls the heating elements will automatically adjust the power that is needed. If you would like to customize any of the presets the oven will remember the changes the next time you use it.

Stainless Steel & Non-Stick Materials

This model offers the appeal of stainless steel construction, which not only makes it very sturdy but also gives it a modern look on any countertop. Stainless steel is also good at repelling fingerprints and smudges, which means that you do not have to keep cleaning it immediately after you have used it. The interior is made with nonstick materials, which is why it is pretty easy to clean on the inside than any other models out there.

Blue LCD screen

You will find a small LCD screen on this unit, which is a little basic if compared to the previous Breville models. This makes it easy to use than any other toaster oven you have come across. The LCD shows the selected cooking temperature during cooking. The background of the display is blue when off, and turns orange during cooking. You may ignore this feature but trust me, if you own one of these ovens you will find it a great feature to have. It’s what will guide you whether the cooking is done or not when you are far away from it.

Removable Crumb Tray

The Breville BOV650XL Toaster Oven features crumb tray that is easy to access and clean. You will find the tray at the front, just below the door. This is a unique design because in many models out there, you will have to open the door first to access the tray, but not on this one; you do not need to open the door to remove the tray. The tray is also not flat, it somehow recessed, this means when you pull it out of the machine, the food the tray collected won’t be knocked off the tray.

Defrost and Temperature Conversion Button.

There are several dials and button on this toaster, but what stands out is the frozen food button and the temperature conversion button. The temperature conversion button allows you to change Fahrenheit to Celsius, so if you have the foreign recipe, this toaster will do the conversion for you. The frozen button is completely incredible, and it helps you cook frozen breads, pizza, or the cookie dough by automatically adding the cooking time in your cooking process.


Exterior dimension: 16.5″ (Width) x (15.5″ (Depth) x 10.25″ (Height)

Interior Dimension: 12″ (W) x 12″ (D) x 5″ (H).- This dimension means that you can cook four slices of bread at once and fit 12” inch pizza. If you have 10″ x 10″ baking pan, then it can comfortably fit in this toaster oven. You can even put a small whole chicken on this toaster oven!


  • Small footprint so it is ideal even for those with limited space.
  • Excellently built and designed making it easy to clean and maintain.
  • High-quality accessories which include enamel baking pan and enamel broil rack (10″ x 10″)
  • Has an auto shut off
  • User-friendly LCD screen and control panels
  • Unlike other models that usually have four cooking function, this has 8 pre-set function.


  • Expensive although small, which may translate that it of high quality.
  • Do not have auto eject features
  • No convection features

Customer Rating

Breville makes some quality ovens, and the BOV650XL certainly holds its own. All in all, customers rating show that this is an excellent product, from its performance, its sleek design, the pre-setting features, and its durability features. Go to any online store and all you will get is positive reviews, well there are few complaints about the price and the lack of auto eject rack, but with many other incredible features on this unit, it really worth every penny you will spend on it.

Which Masticating Juicers Are The Best Options For Your Kitchen?

Masticating juicers have several advantages over their centrifugal counterparts that make them more appealing. This is a slightly slower method of juicing but the added time produces some added benefits that pays off for those who are patient. Higher juice yield, especially with leafy green foods such as kale, wheatgrass, and spinach is something that sets this type of juicer apart. Better juice quality, less noise, and less oxidation are some other aspects of masticating juice extractors that users rave about.

If you have never tried juicing then getting one of these types of juicers is a terrific way to ensure that you get the most out of the fresh produce you drop into the machine. This is a more expensive initial investment, but your health and pocketbook will get reward long term. Below are some of the top selling masticating models available today.

Omega NC800 HDS

This is a relatively new model introduced by Omega but it is already the best juicer on the market. With two main improvements the NC800 has raised the bar for all juicing machines in general. Some of the key features include:

  • A wider feed chute, which is typically only seen on centrifugal juicers up to this point, lets you drop larger sized pieces of fruits and vegetables without having to cut them up. This really reduces the overall prep time of juicing and is a great advantage of this model.
  • A new, adjustable end cap lets you customize the amount of pressure depending on the hardness of the food you are juicing. This helps improve your juicing efficiency.
  • Quiet juicing at only 80 RPM. Juice in peace without having to worry about waking the entire block.
  • 15 year warranty means that your investment is protected.

Omega VSJ843

This is also a newer model that comes in two differently shaped versions. The “R” is rounded while the “Q” is square in shape. The VSJ843 is an upright masticating juicer that is designed to maximize your counter space while delivering the benefits of juicing with a masticating method juicer.

  • Whisper quiet operation. This is perhaps the lowest noise producing juicer of any kind that you can buy. If you have sensitive ears then this is the one model for you.
  • Excellent juice quality. Juicing leafy greens is a breeze and you get very good juice yield.
  • Very easy to clean with the juice spout. Just close the tap after you are finished, pour in some water, let it run for a few minutes, and reopen the tap. It is designed to clean itself in this fashion.
  • Modern design that is unique. This the perfect compliment to any kitchen counter top with its sleek and modern styling.

Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer

This is another vertical juicer that stands apart from the competition with some innovative design.

  • This is the first upright masticating juicer to feature a wide feed chute. While it is important not to overstuff the machine or try to jam in too much at once, this improvement is something that owners really love. It is big enough to drop in whole apples and larger sized vegetables and fruits.
  • This is also a relative quiet machine. If you like to juice early in the morning or late at night and you are concerned about waking others, this is an excellent option for you.

Tribest Slowstar

This is a truly bold and eyecatching machine that will be the center of attention in your home. This is also an upright machine that will probably save you the most space.

  • Operates at only 43 RPM which is significantly lower than most masticating juice extractors. This helps produce a truly quiet juicing experience.
  • Great juice yield and quality. Less heat is introduced into your glass of juice which protects all of the nutrients.
  • Has a mincing and grinding attachment which makes it the only upright masticator to have this option. Offers greater versatility and overall value.

Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

This model has a been around for years and it continues to go strong to this day. This is one of Omega’s best selling masticating juicing designs.

  • 15 year warranty which is the longest of any juicer available. This juicer has a proven track record for reliable performance and this warranty is nice to have even if you will probably never have to use it.
  • Comes with various attachments that let you do more than just juicing. You can make baby food, extrude pasta, or make home made peanut butter. This is where the “nutrition center” moniker comes from.
  • With the introduction of newer models with wider feed chutes means that this model has seen some slight price drops that make it an even bigger value. If you are looking to save a little then there is no reason to not go with the 8006.

If you don’t like to use appliances that make a lot of noise, you want the highest juice yield possible, or you want to make a lot of juice at once and store it for a few days, then you will want to get yourself a masticating juicing machine. These juicers are the most efficient and produce the highest quality juice when compared to centrifugal models. If you are not worried about being in a hurry, then this is the direction that you will want to go in your kitchen.

Quick And Delicious Breakfast Pancakes

We have made ebelskiver pancakes before, and followed the traditional recipe which requires a lot of stiff egg whites, in order to allow the pancake balls to rise significantly. While everyone enjoyed the “traditional” version, we did feel like they were a bit “eggy”. So, we decided to whip up a standard pancake batter and give it a try in the ebelskiver pan. The response was extremely surprising and positive.

These definitely aren’t as fluffy as the standard recipe, but we are still proud of the results. They feel like little munchkin donuts. You can also experiment and include apple pie filling or guava jelly in the middle. The guava jelly adds a nice, tart balance to the spiciness of the cinnamon sugar coating. We hope that you really enjoy these. So if you have an ebelskiver pan, you should definitely give them a try!


  • 2 c flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c guava jelly
  • 1/4 c cinnamon sugar (for dusting)


  • place ebelskiver pan on stove over medium low heat
  • combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
  • put 2 tsp batter into each pancake well
  • top with 1 tsp of guava jelly
  • top with an additional tbsp of batter (or until well is 2/3 full)
  • cook until batter is bubbly and bottom of pancake feels solid when pushed on with a butter knife or chip stick
  • using two butter knives or chop sticks, rotate pancake until uncooked batter is on the bottom
  • cook another minute or so
  • remove from heat and roll in cinnamon sugar
  • eat!

*don’t brown the pancakes too much. you still want them to be a little “moist” so the cinnamon sugar will stick to the donuts.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we couldn’t agree more. These pancakes are a terrific way to jump start your day with something that is not too heavy but will leave you satisfied and ready to get rolling. While we serve them early, they also make a great late night snack. We love to experiment in the kitchen, and this is recipe is the result of our love for trying new food. Feel free to add your own touches, especially with the toppings. Check back soon for more of what we have come up with as there is plenty more.

If you want to see an ebelskiver pancake pan in action check out the video below. It is a different recipe, but this is a great addition to your pan collection.