Author Archive: Clifford Parker

Four Things a Melon Baller Can Do in the Kitchen

A melon baller does make cute little round orbs from the firm flesh of juicy cantaloupe or water melon, but that’s not the only thing this kitchen gadget can do. A melon baller is a kitchen multi-tasker that helps save time in the kitchen, reduces kitchen waste and/or can add a decorative flourish to ordinary foods.

Melon Baller Removes Seeds From Fruits

A melon baller quickly and cleanly removes seeds from fresh fruit. Cut an apple or pear in half, then rotate the melon baller around fruit center to evenly dig out only the core and seeds. A melon baller leaves behind a perfectly shaped round hole in the fruit center, ready to filled with a favorite topping.

Create Petite Meatballs with Melon Baller

Using a melon baller to create petite meatballs is not only quick and easy, it’s also a good trick to use when trying to cut calories without cutting flavor. The smaller sized meatballs still add the desired flavor to pasta dishes or hors d’oeuvres, but have fewer calories and fat grams than their full sized counterparts.

Portion Control Homemade Cookies

Use a melon baller to form homemade cookie for perfectly round mini cookies. The mini cookies are easy to package into portion controlled sized snack bags for a grab and go low calorie snack for school or work. Mini cookies shaped with a melon baller also make perfect finger food snacks for parties.

Great Balls of Dessert

You may actually eat a little less of a favorite sorbet or ice cream when it’s scooped out with a melon baller. Various flavors and colors of a frozen treat scooped into tiny balls with a melon baller and served in a decorative ice cream dish will feel like an expensive and decadent treat instead of a low-cal frozen concoction from the local grocery store.

Here you will find food processors for making frozen desserts.

When baking a homemade cake or bread and the bottom or crust burns, don’t toss it out, use a melon baller to scoop out the middle portion, plate a serve. Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar or drizzle a little syrup over cake balls and serve as dessert. Serve scooped out balls of bread on small side plate next to the dinner plate and the family will think you meant to do it that way.

Dense bread scoops out cleanly with a melon baller, airy yeast bread, not so much.

Kellogg’s Hot Fudge Sundae Pop Tarts – Food Review

Although I don’t buy Pop Tarts for my daughter often, occasionally I relent and pick up a box or two. I recently noticed their line of Ice Cream Shoppe flavors and decided to purchase the Hot Fudge Sundae variety for her. She is a big fan of these toaster pastries and is an ice cream lover as well, so I was fairly confident that she would enjoy this product.

The pictures on the front of the box are certainly very inviting. In addition to a very sweet and tasty looking pastry, there is a mouth watering hot fudge sundae with all the fixings right in the center. These illustrations surely entice children to ask their parents to add this item to the shopping cart. I am an adult and I was inspired to purchase this product simply by the visual appeal.

The marketing department behind this packaging design definitely scored a winner with this one. I paid only $1.79 for an eight count box.

Preparation of this toaster pastry is extremely simple. After removing from the pouch, it gets placed in a toaster on the lowest heating setting for only one cycle. It should be allowed to cool for a minute or two before removal. When heating in a microwave, a mere three second cooking time is needed to thoroughly warm this breakfast treat.

Special care should be taken in either method to not overheat this product. The filling and the frosting can become extremely hot and may possibly cause burns.

One pastry contains only one hundred and ninety calories. There is five grams of Total Fat, with two grams from Saturated Fat. There is no Trans Fat or Cholesterol in this product. One hundred and ninety milligrams of Sodium, thirty three grams of Total Carbohydrates and two grams of Dietary Fiber are contained in this serving size.

Unfortunately, there is also twelve grams of Sugar per pastry. On the plus side of the nutritional chart, ten percent of Vitamin A, ten percent of Calcium, ten percent of Iron, and ten percent of Vitamin B6 is gained from enjoying this sweet treat.

Just as I expected, my daughter loved Kellogg’s Hot Fudge Sundae Pop Tarts. I took a bite and agreed that they were very tasty. The vanilla filling beneath the chocolate covering was a great combination. The white frosting mixed with rainbow sprinkles made for a delicious outer crust. I loved how warm and gooey all the frosting became from the toaster oven.

This treat was definitely a nice way to start a cold and snowy winter morning. I would not serve this to my daughter for breakfast every morning but would definitely reserve it for an occasional treat. I give this product four out of five food stars.