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How to Host a Chocolate Fondue Party

So you just purchased a Salton fondue fountain for your upcoming holiday party, or maybe you were gifted one from a friendly neighbor. Here are some ideas to get that fondue fountain out of the box and in use.

 

Put your fondue fountain to work with these easy tips and tricks:

 

  1. Warm your fondue fountain while you melt your chocolate

To get your fountain ready for the chocolate plug in the machine on a stable and level surface to warm up while you are melting your chocolate. This will ensure the best flow from the fountain base over the auger for the perfect chocolate-y experience.

 

  1. The best way to melt chocolate is over a double boiler

To melt your chocolate, start by putting an inch of water to simmer in a medium-sized pot. Place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot so that bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Add morsels of chocolate to the bowl and stir occasionally. For every 32 ounces of chocolate, add ¾ cup of oil to liquefy in order to use for fondue. Stir until smooth and remove the bowl from heat to pour into the base of the chocolate fountain.

 

  1. Use chocolate that contains no more than 60% cocoa

The best chocolate to use for a chocolate fountain is semi-sweet and contains no more than 60% cocoa. This type of chocolate will create the best form when liquefied for using in a chocolate fountain and no additional oil should have to be added.

 

  1. Add flavors to your melted chocolate to enhance your fondue experience

To really step up your chocolate fondue experience, try adding flavourings to the melted chocolate. This is an optional step but really allows you to customize to your taste and try new flavours. You can use: vanilla extract, almond extract, cake batter flavor extract, maple extract, cinnamon extract, coconut extract, hazelnut extract, mint extract, coffee extract. For a unique and adult-only twist, try flavoured liqueurs such as hazelnut liqueur, amaretto, or your favourite liqueurs

 

  1. Melt cheese to create a cheese fondue fountain

Get creative with your fondue fountain and try a cheese fondue fountain instead of chocolate. Melt cheese as you would for normal fondue and dilute it with white wine or table cream to keep it liquid for the fountain. Cheese fondue is perfect for dipping grapes, apples, breads, shrimp, crackers, pretzels, meats, and just about anything you’d love to eat smothered in cheese!

Don’t have a Salton Fondue Fountain yet? Available for purchase here.

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Just Add Water: Other uses for your kettle

Some think that a kettle has one use and one use only: to pull out when you need to boil water for a cup of tea or hot chocolate. However, a kettle is a versatile appliance that can do so much more! Here are some kettle hacks to make your life easier – boiling water with a kettle is the safest and most economical way to boil water. And with a Salton Kettle, you can do it in style.

Boil water for breakfast

Don’t forget to save some of your water from your instant coffee or tea in the morning for your breakfast as well. Oatmeal can be prepared in an instant and is healthy and delicious and perfect for travelling. Make mason jars full of oats and your favourite toppings to grab and go in the morning and prepare when you arrive at your destination. You’ll make all your deskmates jealous with your hot and ready and totally personalized jar of oatmeal.

Here are some recommendations for Mason Jar Oats:

Caramel Apple Surprise

Oats

Apple chips

Caramel sauce

Chopped pecans

Fig Newton

Oats

Chopped dried figs

Slivered almonds

Brown sugar

Banana Nut Muffin

Oats

Banana chips

Honey

Chopped walnuts

A dash of cinnamon

Carrot Cake

Oats

Shaved carrot

Raisins

Chopped walnuts

A dash of cinnamon

Brown sugar

Nut Berry Bliss

Oats

Dried cranberries

Chopped pistachios

White chocolate chips

Boil water for lunch

Did you know you can boil water for a quick and easy meal on the go? Save money and time on work lunches and make yourself an easy, hot lunch right in your office! With a bit of prep work the night before, you can have a gourmet recipe on the go. Short on time? Try instant cup of soups, ramen noodles or box mac and cheese.

Here are some ideas for Mason Jar “Just-Add-Water” recipes:

Thai Peanut Couscous

Couscous

Peas, carrots and corn mix

Chopped peanuts

Ginger powder

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper

Mexican Rice

Instant rice

Cooked chicken breast, shredded

Whole kernel corn

Chopped green onion

Chili powder

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper

Dried Mexican spices

Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Fettucine noodles

Cooked chicken breast, cubed

Mushrooms

Parmesan cheese

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper

Other Kettle Uses

Coffee – instant or French Press, just heat your water and make your perfect cup of joe

Baby Bottles – heating water for formula at the recommended safe temperature will take the guess work out of baby feeding

Boiled Eggs – soft or hard boiled, a using a kettle to boil water and then cook your eggs for your desired time will yield your perfect boiled egg

At-Home Pampering – use your kettle to warm water for a foot bath, hand soak or facial steam

 

Check out Salton’s kettles here and see below for some of our new and standout picks. These kettles are stylish yet affordable and make the perfect gift for just about anyone in your life.

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Christmas Gift Guide for Everyone On Your List

Christmas is a month away, and for some that sentence is more stress-inducing than exciting. Salton has everything to help you check off your list no matter your budget.

Stocking Stuffers

These products are perfect for anyone on your list! Here’s what we recommend:

   
   

Gifts $50 and Under

 For the gift exchange at work  For the busy student
 For the nieces and nephews  For the meat-lover
 For the family friends  For the at-home barista

 Gifts $100 and Under

 For the trendy grandparents For the in-laws 

 For the tea connoisseur  For the new homeowner
 For the brunch buddy  For the pizza lover

Gifts $100 and Up

 For the gym buddy  For the meal prepper
 For the dad who has everything  For the healthy mom
 For the backyard entertainer For the new chef

 

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10 Brilliant Ways to Use a Waffle Iron

10 useful waffle iron tips and tricks

This kitchen-counter appliance is not just for breakfast anymore.

You can do so much more than waffles and syrup! (Though we still recommend throwing in some batter for a delicious and classic breakfast every now and again.)

Here are some easy recipes that put a unique twist on your favourite breakfast appliance. The Salton Rotary Waffle Iron can be used in variety of ways, including preparing dishes from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks and even desserts!

Breakfast

 banana bread recipe in a waffle maker

 

Banana Bread: Bananas and waffles are two breakfast staples! Try combining them for the fluffiest, most delicious treat next time you’re serving up a weekend brunch.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed (ripened) bananas
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips
  • 1 Banana to top
  • Chocolate Sauce to top

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron
  2. Whisk eggs, mashed bananas, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder and soda, and salt in a separate bowl and stir into banana mixture
  4. Stir in chopped nuts, chocolate chips or other mix-ins as desired
  5. Add 1 cup portions to waffle iron and cook until golden, about 5 minutes
  6. Top with sliced banana and chocolate sauce and enjoy!

 

how to make french toast in a waffle maker

 

Stuffed French Toast: Another twist on a breakfast favourite — French Toast! This time stuffed with cream cheese and grilled to perfection on your waffle iron.

What you’ll need:

  • Sliced Bread
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional:

  • Powdered sugar to top

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Stir cream cheese, maple syrup and cinnamon in a bowl
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla
  4. Spread cream cheese on one slice of bread and top with another to make a cream cheese sandwich TIP: Make sure to leave about 1/2 inch border around the cream cheese so it doesn’t spill out in the waffle maker
  5. Dip sandwich in egg mixture and cook in waffle iron until golden, about 5 minutes
  6. Top with powdered sugar and enjoy

 

Lunch

 

how to make a quesadilla in a waffle maker 

Quesadilla: This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but I bet you’ve never thought about cooking a quesadilla in your waffle iron before!

What you’ll need:

  • Tortillas
  • Shredded cheese

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Place one tortilla on a preheated waffle iron and top with 1 cup of shredded cheese
  2. Place another tortilla on top and cook until crisp and golden, about 4 minutes

TIP: If using large tortilla wraps rather than small, use a pair of silicone-covered tongs to carefully remove the excess tortilla from around the perimeter of the waffle iron. When the tortilla is softened because it is hot, this will be easy to do!

 

 

Apple Grilled Cheese: Similar to a quesadilla, but with bread. And it’s delicious!

What you’ll need:

  • Sliced bread
  • Shredded cheese
  • 1 Granny Smith apple

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Butter two slices of bread
  3. Thinly slice 1/2 of the apple
  4. On the unbuttered side of one slice, place 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and two slices of apple 
  5. Top with other side of buttered bread, buttered side up 
  6. Place on waffle iron and grill until crispy and golden, about 4 minutes
  7. Serve with apple wedges and enjoy!

 

Dinner

 zucchini fritter recipe in a waffle maker

 

Zucchini Fritters: Healthy and delicious! Grilled in the waffle iron saves calories and makes it easy for the whole family to help prepare.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Grate zucchini onto a few sheets of paper towel
  3. When finished, take a few more pieces off your roll and press on zucchini to remove excess liquid
  4. Place into a bowl and stir in shredded cheese, beaten egg and salt
  5. Stir in flour and baking powder
  6. Add 1 cup portions to waffle iron and cook until golden, about 8 minutes

 

pizza pockets in a waffle maker

 

Pizza Pockets: Say goodbye to frozen pizza! Now you can quickly make at-home versions of this kid-friendly meal in your waffle maker.

What you’ll need:

  • Pre-made (or homemade) pizza dough
  • Pre-made (or homemade) tomato sauce
  • Pepperoni (or your favourite pizza topping)
  • Shredded cheese

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat waffle maker
  2. Spread pizza dough and separate into 100 g squares
  3. Roll into 6 inch rounds
  4. At the half way mark, top with 1 tbsp of pizza sauce, 1 tbsp shredded cheese, and 2 slices of pepperoni
  5. Fold over to form a half moon and press edges to seal
  6. Cook in waffle iron until golden, about 8 minutes

 

Snacks and Desserts

 how to make cheese crisps in a waffle maker

 

Cheese Crisps: We love cheese! And this simple recipe is totally customizable to your favourite kinds — don’t be afraid to mix it up.

What you’ll need:

  • Shredded Cheese

How you do it:

  1. Add 1/3 cup portions of shredded cheese to waffle iron
  2. Cook until crisp, about 3 minutes
  3. Remove immediately and let cool

 churro recipe in a waffle maker

 

Churros: This warm pastry hits the spot! Serve up with a mug of hot chocolate for sipping and dipping.

What you’ll need:

For dough:

  • 4 tbsp butter 
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour

For topping:

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp sugar

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. In a pot over heat, add butter, sugar, salt and water and bring to a simmer
  3. When the butter is melted, remove heat and add flour
  4. Add heat again after stirring in flour for 30 seconds
  5. Remove dough from pan and ball into 1/3 cup portions
  6. Add ball to centre of waffle iron and cook until golden, about 6 minutes
  7. When done, remove from iron and coat both sides with cinnamon sugar

 

cinnamon rolls in a waffle makerraspberry turnovers in a waffle maker

 

Cinnamon Buns and Raspberry Turnovers

On the Salton Rotary Waffle Iron, you can quickly make chilled store-bought pastries and other treats in a pinch. This a great way to quickly make crispy cinnamon buns or raspberry turnovers. To do this, we used chilled store-bought doughs and added four small rounds of cinnamon buns to the four quarters or one raspberry turnover to the centre of the waffle iron. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes! Top with icing that is included in the tin.

TIP: Make sure to let the turnovers cool for a few minutes before serving. The jelly inside gets very hot!

Interested yet? Purchase the Salton Rotary Waffle Iron here and share in the comments what foodie creations you’ll be making with your new favourite appliance.

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5 Life-Changing Dinnertime Appliances

… Because there’s nothing worse than stressing about dinner after a long at work.

 

Masha

Take the muscle work out of making mashed potatoes. With the Salton Masha you can have consistently smooth mashed potatoes, guacamole, baby food, and more with the press of a button! The patented ‘rotor-cone’ technology forces all the ingredients through the outer mesh, leaving no lumps in your food. When you done simply run it under the tap for a quick clean up. Mashing vegetables has never been so easy!

 

 

 

 

 

Compact Deep Fryer

Salton Compact Deep Fryer has a smaller footprint than the other deep fryers, but doesn’t compromise on performance! This Compact Deep Fryer is offered in the perfect small size but still delivers delicious, restaurant quality fried food. The adjustable temperature control and ready light indicates the optimum cooking temperature to ensure the perfect fry every time. With a 1.2L capacity, stainless steel construction and cool touch handles, this sleek deep fryer can handle all your frying needs from chicken to fish, donuts, fries, onion rings and more!

 

 

 

 

Pressure Cooker

The pressure cooker that does it all! This functional pressure cooker can: warm, brown, steam, slow cook and pressure cook. With its 5 litre capacity, it will save you up to 70% cooking time on a wide variety of meals. Even tenderizes lean beef while preserving flavours and nutrients. The heavy gauge cooking pot distributes heat uniformly and has a non-stick coating for easy clean-ups. Also comes with a ‘Stir & Serve’ spatula and measuring cup. Spend less time in the kitchen and let the Multi-Pot work its magic.

 

 

 

 

 

Party Grill

Gather up your friends and family for a mouth-watering raclette get together! Grill fish, chicken, sausage and vegetables on the top grill, while the cheeses and sides warm beneath in the 6 non-stick pans. Equipped with 6 spatulas to remove the food, this easy-to-use and easy-to-clean raclette will bring people together over delicious food.

 

 

 

 

 

Induction Cooktop

Cooking by way of induction is faster, safer, cleaner and more energy efficient than any other cooking technology. The cooktop is only activated once an induction ready pot or pan is placed on the surface and the cooktop surface remains cool creating the safest and most efficient cooking experience. Adjust the temperature using the precise control knob located at the front of the unit. Powered by 1800 watts and up to 3 hours of timed cooking this Induction Cooktop is perfect for everyday use. Check if your pots are induction compatible with the induction tester included.

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5 Lunch-Time Essential Appliances

LUNCH TIME-SAVING SOLUTIONS FOR QUICK AND EASY MEALS

 

 

 

Salton Rice Cooker

A simple lunch time solution is Salton’s 6 Cup Rice Cooker. This appliance can cook up to 6 cups of perfect rice and keep it warm until you are ready to serve. The non-stick bowl removes for easy cleaning and it comes with a convenient ‘stir and serve’ spatula and a glass lid to monitor the cooking process. Make the perfect amount of fluffy rice for lunch today!

 

 

 

 

Salton Sandwich Maker

This sandwich maker is perfect for a quick and nutritious lunch. Make a grilled cheese or a gourmet panini in this amazing 3-in-1 machine by simply switching out the interchangeable grill plates. This 3-in-1 Sandwich/Panini/Waffle Maker is easy-to-use, easy-to-store, easy-to-clean and ultra-portable, making it ideal for the home, office, or dorm! Lunch is now convenient and efficient, and the Salton Sandwich/Panini/Waffle Maker lets you be creative every day of the week.

 

 

 

 

Salton Multipot

Perfect for quick and easy meals! This Multi-Pot boils water, cooks mac and cheese, and will even heat all your soups, pasta and rice. This one machine is more versatile than your kettle and more convenient than your stove. Perfect for home, office or dorm, so you can have the lunch you desire wherever you are! Try something new everyday of the week and say goodbye to boring office lunches. Cook what you want, where you want it.

 

 

 

 

 

Salton Toaster

The classic, elegant style of the Salton Electric Toaster will enhance any countertop and lunch time meal. The extra wide slots can accommodate both thick and thin slices of bread and the electronic sensor ensures consistent browning every time. Equipped with the ability to defrost, reheat and toast, this toaster will cover all your toasting needs. Nothing says lunchtime tomato soup like a toasted piece of bread on the side – made only with the Salton Electric Toaster.

 

 

 

 

 

Salton Crepe Maker

Sick of your ham and swiss sandwich? Try this easy-to-use cordless Crepe Maker and turn a regular ole ham and swiss into a Parisian delight. Just dip the cooking surface in the batter and watch your recipe come to life. Go from a boring to gourmet with the easy to use Crepe Maker. Comes with a bonus batter dish and spatula so you’re ready to start creating right out of the box!