29 Jan

Purchasing a Food Sealer

Have you considered purchasing a food sealer for your home but are not quite sure which one is right for you? There are a number of different options available on the market today, and deciding which type is appropriate for your situation can sometimes be a challenge. This article will identify some of the different types of food sealers and hopefully help you decide which one is perfect for your own home.

One of the most popular types on the market today is the personal food sealer which is made to be used in homes for personal use which includes the occasional sealing of meats, vegetables, dried foods, and more. These types of sealers have become more and more popular these days since people are becoming more and more conscientious about what they are doing with the excess food that is produced in their daily lives. The personal models are generally smaller than commercial models and are capable of sealing small amounts of food at one time. They are typically not used every day, but on occasion when there is excess food that can be stored away.

Another type of food sealer that is frequently purchased is the commercial food sealer which is quite a bit large than personal models and is capable of sealing large quantities of food at one time. The commercial models are typically purchased by businesses such as restaurants, meat shops, grocery stores, delis, and any other business where there is a large amount of food inventory turnover. You may also consider purchasing a commercial sealer if you plan on constantly sealing large amounts of food at home.

When it comes to price you are going to pay less for a personal model because they aren’t capable of doing the amount of work that can be done by a commercial model. Also, personal sealers are smaller and more compact so there is less material required to make one when compared to the bigger, more robust commercial models. You can typically expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $150 for a personal food sealer, and $150 and up for a commercial model.

If you’re planning on using your product occasionally in order to seal and store excess food, then perhaps the personal model will be your best solution. Otherwise, if you plan on using your sealer to seal and store large quantities of food items on a consistent basis, or if you have a business that requires the use of a food sealer, then you would want to consider purchasing a commercial food sealer.

28 Jan

Choosing The Delicious Durian fruit

If the durian season arrives, durian lovers will certainly vying for the most delicious durian hunting. Many vendors hawking durian durian-duriannya whether in the streets or even in the supermarket.

In order for us as durian lovers are not disappointed with the taste of durian that we buy, we should consider the tips choose a good durian following.

See the fruit shape
When we are confused to choose the good and the bad durian, durian fruit tips on choosing the first we have seen in addition to considering the taste is by looking at the shape of fruit duriannya. Choose durian durian shaped bulat.Biasanya form that is not going to have a browse round a thick fruit, small grain, and sweet.

See skin
Choose a durian fruit whose skin is not defective. Durian skin defects due to rotten or eaten by caterpillars then most of the content in it is not too sweet and even sour. Then if thorn duriannya big, we will be easy to open.

Duri Durian
Durian thorn it can be used as an indicator of the right to see the quality of the content / duriannya fruit. Choose form a large durian and length as well as dull. Usually this type of durian flesh will show the contents of a thick, sweet, and the meat is dry.

The smell of durian
Tips on choosing the most familiar durian fruit and is often done by paar lovers are of the smell of durian fruit. If the durian fruit has a sweet aroma and is usually cooked and seared flesh will be nice and soft. Sebailknya, if odorless durian or durian less fragrant it is not perfect ripening.

Durian shake
Use your hands to shake the durian fruit you choose. If fruit vibrate when you shake, this means that you choose to have durian flesh is dry and overcooked.

This is because the durian flesh is dry and mature skin will be separated from the inner wall. And tips latter is the durian hit with the butt of the knife. If reads ‘buk buk buk’ it is overcooked and dry durian.

26 Jan

Coffee Yesterday and Today

HOW about a cafezinho, freshly made and piping hot? For some, this custom is on the wane, but Brazilians still enjoy the fame of drinking coffee from early morning till late at night. Inflated cost of coffee has not caused a hurried switch to other drinks. In fact, one third of the world’s population still are coffee drinkers. For instance, every year the Belgians drink 149 liters (39 gallons) of coffee, compared with only six liters (1.6 gallons) of tea. The average American drinks 10 cups of coffee to one of tea. In the Western world, only the British break the general rule by annually consuming six liters of coffee to 261 (69 gallons) of tea.

Brazil holds the title as the world’s largest producer and exporter of coffee. In the first four months of 1977, receipts for exports of this “brown gold” reached the staggering total of $1,000,000,000 for 4.5 million bags, an all-time record.

However, coffee is not at all native to Brazil. Would you like to know how the use of this almost universal drink developed, where it originated, and how it got to Brazil?

Origin and Use

The word “coffee” is derived from the Arabic qahwah, meaning strength, and came to us through the Turkish kahveh. Coffee’s early discovery is shrouded in legend. One story tells about Kaldi, a young Arabian goatherd who noticed his goats’ frolicsome antics after nibbling on the berries and leaves of a certain evergreen shrub. Moved by curiosity, he tried the mysterious little berries himself and was amazed at their exhilarating effect. Word spread and “coffee” was born.

Originally, coffee served as a solid food, then as a wine, later as a medicine and, last, as a common drink. As a medicine, it was and still is prescribed for the treatment of migraine headache, heart disease, chronic asthma and dropsy. (Immoderate use, however, may form excessive gastric acid, cause nervousness and speed up the heartbeat. The common “heartburn” is attributed to this.) As a food, the whole berries were crushed, fat was added and the mixture was put into round forms. Even today some African tribes “eat” coffee. Later on, the coffee berries yielded a kind of wine. Others made a drink by pouring boiling water over the dried shells. Still later, the seeds were dried and roasted, mixed with the shells and made into a beverage. Finally, someone ground the beans in a mortar, the forerunner of coffee grinders.

Coffee in Brazil

Although coffee probably originated in Ethiopia, the Arabs were first to cultivate it, in the fifteenth century. But their monopoly was short-lived. In 1610, the first coffee trees were planted in India. The Dutch began to study its cultivation in 1614. During 1720, French naval officer Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu left Paris for the Antilles, carrying with him some coffee seedlings. Only one survived and was taken to Martinique. From Dutch Guiana coffee spread through the Antilles to French Guiana, and from there Brazilian army officer Francisco de Melo Palheta introduced it to Brazil by way of Belém, doing so about 1727. During the early nineteenth century, coffee cultivation started in Campinas and other cities of São Paulo State, and soon reached other states, especially Paraná.

Nowadays, coffee plantations are planned with technical rigidity. Instead of sowing seeds in the field, seedlings are cultivated in shaded nurseries. About 40 days after planting, the coffee grain germinates. Its unmistakable appearance gave it the name “match stick.” After a year of careful treatment in the nursery, the seedlings are replanted outside.

Usually on hillsides, the seedlings are placed in curved rows to make mechanized field work easier and to prevent soil erosion. Four years after planting, the trees are ready for the first harvest. All the while, irrigation boosts growth and output up to 100 percent.

On the other hand, the coffee grower’s headache is his never-ending fight against insects and plant diseases, such as leaf rust and the coffee-bean borer. Rust is a fungus that attacks the leaves and may kill the tree. The coffee-bean borer is a worm that ruins the beans by eating small holes into them. Of course, there are effective fungicides and insecticides, but their constant use increases production cost.

Preparation of the Coffee Beans

On the plantation, coffee may be prepared by either a “wash” or a “dry” process. It is admitted that the wash process yields a fine quality product, since only ripe coffee berries are selected. But because of less work and lower cost, Brazilian coffee usually goes through the “dry” process.

First, all the berries, from green to dry, are shaken off the bush onto large canvas sheets. Then they are winnowed with special sieves. Next, the berries are rinsed in water canals next to the drying patios, in order to separate the ripe from the unripe and to eliminate impurities. Afterward, they are spread out in layers for drying in the open air and sun. They are turned over frequently so as to allow even drying. Eventually, the dry berries are stored in wood-lined deposits until further use.

The drying process, by the way, is of utmost importance to the final quality of the coffee. Some plantations, therefore, use wood-fired driers for more rapid drying, especially in rainy weather.

In other Latin-American countries and elsewhere, the “wash” process is customary, although it is more time-consuming and costly. First, a pulping machine squeezes the beans out of the skin. They fall into large tanks where they stay for about 24 hours, subject to light fermentation of the “honey,” as the surrounding jellylike substance is called. After fermentation, the “honey” is washed off in washing canals. Next, the coffee is laid out to dry in the sun, as in the “dry” process. Some growers make use of drying machines, perforated revolving drums, in which hot air circulates through the coffee. Finally, the coffee beans pass through hulling and polishing machines. And just as the best quality coffees are hand-picked, so the inspection of the berries after washing is done by hand.

Soon the last step is taken–packing the coffee in jute bags for shipment. The 60-kilogram (132-pound) bag, adopted by Brazil, is held world wide as the statistical unit. Bags are stacked in clean, well-aired warehouses. At last, the coffee is ready for sale.

Classification, Commercialization and Cost

The Instituto Brasileiro do Café (IBC: Brazilian Coffee Institute) supplies technical and economic aid to Brazilian coffee growers and controls the home and export trade. For classification, coffee is judged by its taste and aroma. No chemical test for quality has ever been possible. The senses of smell and taste are still the deciding factors. According to its source, preparation and drying, it is classified as strictly soft, soft (pleasant taste and mild), hard (acid or sharp taste) and rio (very hard type preferred in Rio de Janeiro). Other types are less important to the trade.

For the last 20 years coffee has brought about 50 percent of Brazil’s export receipts. Some 15,500,000 persons are employed in its cultivation and trade. But Camilo Calazans de Magalhães, president of the IBC, warned that 1978 will present an unheard-of situation in the history of the coffee trade. For the first time ever, it will depend entirely on the harvest, as any stocks of Brazilian coffee outside Brazil will be exhausted by then. Additionally, the IBC fears that the specter of problems with frost, insects and diseases may unleash new losses in the 1977/78 and 1978/79 harvests.

Very recently, a series of misfortunes befell some of the world’s large coffee producers, causing scarcity of the product, price increases–and a lot of speculation. It all began in July 1975. Brazil was hit by an exceptional cold spell, which destroyed almost half the plantations, or 200 to 300 million coffee trees. Next, in Colombia, a drought, followed by torrential rains, devastated their plantations. In Angola and Uganda, political unrest affected exports. And then an earthquake struck Guatemala.

 

26 Jan

Chinese Clay Pot Cooking Is Magic

Clay Pot is an old but classic Chinese cookware that has passed down through generations. The material and technology has improved slightly and the basic cookware techniques havent changed and the charm of this clay pot stays the same. If you want to taste and even make some of the authentic Chinese cuisine, clay pot is an necessary kitchen tools you must bring home.

In clay pot cooking, poultry or meat is combined with a little liquid, vegetables, and seasonings to produce the tenderness of a braise with the finish of roasting. Most of the cooking is done with the cover in place, but when the food is nearly finished, the cover can come off to get a golden brown finish. Bread baked in a clay pot produces a crispy crust with a tender, moist interior. Some clay bread bakers are similar to metal or glass loaf pans but others come with a cover.

Clay pots are incredible for slow-cooked meals. Because wet clay doesnt get as hot as metal, the pot helps you keep your braise down at a low simmer, which makes the texture of the food more luscious in the end. On the other hand, the heavy clay holds heat very well, and you may find yourself turning the heat down in order to keep the contents cooking as slowly as you like.
Because clay is porous, you should avoid using soap when cleaning your clay pots. This also allows them to become seasoned through repeated use, and some people claim that food cooked in an older, well-seasoned clay pot tastes noticably better than food cooked in a newer vessel. None of my clay pots are really old enough for me to test this proposition yet, but Ill be sure to give you an update in a few years.

What to Cook in Clay Pots
Because food is cooked at high temperatures and with steam, some types of dishes are particularly well suited to clay pot cooking.
Vegetable ragouts and ratatouille
Baked potatoes
Whole chickens, Cornish hens, and ducks, along with vegetables
Meatloaf
Baked ziti or lasagna
Stews and casseroles
Baked cheese, such as feta, with olives and fresh oregano
Bread puddings
Fruit cobblers
Whole grain breads

24 Jan

Online Cooking Games The Good And The Bad Of It

Till a few years back, young girls and children could be seen honing their cooking skills with toys sprawled all over the floor. But the new tech-age has replaced those toy utensils with virtual utensils. Thanks to online cooking games, the girls of the 21st century are learning more than what they learnt with their plastic toys. These online games are perfect tutors for these growing-up girls since the games give them a keen insight and accurate knowledge about the requirements of cooking. Furthermore, these games do a lot to enhance the knowledge and the imaginative power of the kids. Whats more? These games help the kids enjoy and are best examples of study-with-fun.

Major advantages of cooking games:

Unlike the toy game of the past, the present day online game comes with some added advantages. While both eras of games have their own fascinating charm, the online games are much more sophisticated and cater to the present-day need of a modern kid. Harsh it may sound, but one has to admit that todays kids cannot stay without their daily quota of computer & television. Hence, it is much easier to draw the attention of a young girl towards the basic kitchen needs using an online game than through a toy game.

Here are some other merits which these flash games enjoy:

Affordable: Toys have become expensive and buying cooking toys or kitchen set can pinch your pocket. On the other hand, a cooking game is available online free of cost. Furthermore, a child often breaks the toys which have to be regularly replaced. An online game, in this regard, enjoys a higher shelf life.
Increases knowledge and skill: In todays age of intense competition, your child will do better to sit before computers than before toys. A toy is not interactive and cannot instruct or teach the child anything on its own. On the other hand, a flash game is more like a movie which has a screen and animated features. It will not just catch the eye of the kid but will also impart higher education, knowledge and kitchen skills.
Keeping an eye: If you are not very comfortable with the idea of your girl roaming around at her friends places, then online cooking game is perfect for you since herein your child will sit before your eyes and can be monitored continuously.

However, despite all these merits, these online games also come with their share of demerits. Firstly, these games can get addictive beyond your desirable point. It is not unheard of for a kid to be spending 8-10 hours glued to the computer. This can hamper her lifestyle and divert her mind from other aspects of childhood. Secondly, it can be hazardous to health.

22 Jan

Finding the “Best of the Best” in Coffee

There is coffee and THERE IS COFFEE! You likely know about the generic quality coffees you find at the supermarket, using the inferior Robusta beans. And, in contrast, there is the alternative: the coffee regularly termed Gourmet Coffee you buy direct from roasters around the country. Popular large volume roasters, like Starbucks as well as most of the the smaller roasters dispersed about town, essentially utilize this far better grade, high altitude, shade grown Arabica bean.

That being said, and broadly known by all nowadays, how can you siphon out the crème de la crème of gourmet coffee beans to purchase?

To begin with, let’s hone in specifically on taste. Nowadays, coffee has become a “drink of experts”…
evolved into an art of reflection! We’ve begun to savor our coffee…flavor identify and define the subtle hints and nuances, as well as the qualities that identify the bean’s continent of origin. You as a coffee drinker, can begin to explore and experience the undertones of your coffee’s region, but better yet, begin to revel in the independently specific flavors of the bean defined by the specific hill and farm where it’s grown.

Coffee Cupping: Defining Coffee by its “Underlying Flavors”

There are, nowadays, a limited number of coffee roasters that independently test their coffee beans for taste observations and aromas. These beans are graded and assessed just like fine wine. This activity is called Coffee Cupping or Coffee Tasting. Professionals known as Master Tasters are the assessors. The procedure involves deeply sniffing a cup of brewed coffee, then loudly slurping the coffee so it draws in air, spreads to the back of the tongue, and maximizes flavor.

These Master Tasters, much akin to wine tasters, then attempt to measure in detail, every aspect of the coffee’s taste. This assessment includes measurement of the body (the texture or mouth-feel, such as oiliness), acidity (a sharp and tangy feeling, like when biting into an orange), and balance (the innuendo and the harmony of flavors working together). Since coffee beans embody telltale flavors from their region or continent of their origin, cuppers may also attempt to predict where the coffee was grown.

20 Jan

Glass Beakers In The Kitchen Adding Science To The Art Of Cooking

How many times have you been in the kitchen and run out of measuring cups to store your precisely prepared ingredients? We have. Glassware made specifically for kitchen use can be prohibitively expensive and many home chefs will settle for boring bowls and cups. Ever consider labware for your kitchen? Watch a couple episodes of Alton Brown’s hit Food Network show, “Good Eats,” and the rest is history. The fact is lab equipment isn’t entirely foreign to being used in the kitchen. Every wonder where the idea for the immersion blender came from?

Laboratory grade glassware makes the perfect supplement for your home cooking needs. Many of the properties that make laboratory lab equipment so great in the labware also valued in your kitchen. Characteristics such as a high melting point, resistance to strong acids, alkalis, and thermal shock make laboratory glass perfect for the kitchen.

Glass beakers can be used to mix and serve salad dressings and drinks. Ever had a test-tube shot? Make your guests the Guinea Pigs your next experiment. You may also put a cork in those test-tubes and use them to make a very cool spice rack. In fact, what couldn’t you use labware for you in your kitchen?

Erlenmeyer flasks can be used for many of the same uses but on a larger scale. These flasks are perfect for the home-brewed beer enthusiasts. They may also be used for storing leftover soups, pastas, and sauces. Never guess what’s in the leftover container again!

Speaking of sauces… want to try a new delicate sauce recipe, but don’t have the time to continuously stir it? A magnetic stirring hot plate can solve that problem. Simply drop a teflon coated stir bar (won’t add any unwanted flavors) into your sauce to be, and the magnetic hot plate will automatically stir it for you.

Beakers can easily replace measuring cups and drinking glasses. They also make a wonderful alternative serving dish for layered desserts.

One of the best features of using lab equipment in the kitchen is their ability to be used over and over and not retain any leftover flavors. Dishwasher safe and laboratory approved, labware makes a great alternative to traditional measuring, storing, stirring, and scooping containers.

Dare to be different and discover what scientists know you have been missing out on by using labware in your kitchen.

18 Jan

Life Fitness Equipment for Every Type of Workout

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17 Jan

A Brief Guide To Cooking Pearl Barley

A majority of people would like to know how to cook barley and for this to be a success they will have to have several facts with them. Barley is part of the whole grain family which is mostly used in soups and stews. It can also be used as a side dish and also as a salad and in some cases for chicken sauces. It is classified into and this is hulled barley and pearl barley. Hulled barley is also referred to as barley groats and is the least processed as well as being the most nutritious and rich in fiber.

Pearl barley on the other hand includes outer bran which is scrubbed off lessening its nutritious and is different from hulled barley. It is however the most popular because of its softness and also its ability to cook quickly. When you are preparing barley you have to pre-soak it overnight to be able to lessen its cooking time. Hulled and pearl barley are not the only categories of barley. Other types of barley include rolled barley or flaked barley, hato mugi barley, black barley, sprouting barley as well as scotch or pot barley.

Pearl barley is one of the easiest to prepare and this will require you to follow several steps. Preparing pearl barley properly will not necessarily require any complicated culinary skills or cooking techniques. You have two choices of preparing barley and this will include pre-soaking the barley overnight or simply cooking barley without any advanced preparation. For those who really stress on convenience, then the pre-soaking option will definitely be their best. There are several things you will need to have with you before starting cooking the barley.

The barley is the first ingredient that should be available as is water and also a pot that has a tight fitting lid. The cooking process can now be started with the first step being the rinsing of the barley with a strainer followed by picking out of any debris that may have made it through the processing. You should then allow the barley to soak overnight in water or broth in order to reduce its cooking time. The water used here should be twice the amount of barley for example 1 cup of barley should be accompanied with 2 cups of water.

You should then decide if you will be using water or broth to boil the barley. You should then use 2 ? to 3 cups of liquid to 1 cup barley and then add the liquid to the pot. You should then wait for the water or broth to come to boil. You should then add the barley to the boiled water or broth and stir. The pot should then be covered with a lid and the heat reduced to low. This should then let to cook for 15 minutes. if you did not pre-soak the barley it should let to cook for 40 minutes.

16 Jan

The Basic Essentials For Health and Fitness

Staying fit and living a healthy live may be a little difficult at times, but it’s certainly not impossible. To the contrary, it is possible to change your bad habits and unhealthy ways, providing you have some self discipline and providing you’re willing to commit yourself.

In this article we’ll take a brief look at some of the most important factors regarding a healthier, fitter you.

Commitment

Commitment is without a doubt essential if you want to make the necessary changes in order to live a healthier life, particularly if you also need to get rid of any bad habits. In other words, you really need to have a sense of urgency or else you’ll probably give up at some point along the way. You’d be surprised at just how many people start eating a healthy balanced diet and begin with an exercise program, only to revert back to their old ways after a month or two.

Whatever you do, you need to avoid falling into this trap where you start and stop continuously, because not only will you be wasting your own time and effort, but you’ll also become less motivated each time it happens. In fact, don’t even start until you’re absolutely sure that it’s something you desperately want, because at least then you’ll probably have enough will power to make it happen.

Get Support

Let’s face it; trying to kick a bad habit can be one of the most difficult things in the world, so you should essentially try and make it as easy as possible to give yourself the best chance of succeeding. For this reason, it helps if you have the support of your friends and family. In fact, that’s why most programs which are designed to help people give up drinking usually revolve around some kind of support system where people are able to discuss their experiences as well as any progress they’re making.

Saying No to Temptation

Being able to avoid temptations takes a considerable amount of will power, and if you don’t have enough will power you’ll be unable to remain in control of your circumstances. Contrary to what you may believe, it’s not always easy to avoid temptations, and you’ll probably come face to face with them every day of your life. The secret however, is for you to be strong enough to say no, because you can be rest assured that the minute you give in once you’ll probably continue doing so, and before you know it, you’ll be back to your old ways.

The best way for you to achieve this is for you to try and avoid temptations wherever possible. For example, if some of your friends tend to eat plenty of fast foods, or they drink and smoke, then you’d be better off spending as little time with them as possible, at least for the time being. You should even try to avoid going to certain places that you know will tempt you into doing something you no longer wish to do.

Regular Reminders

If you’re continuously being reminded about your goals and ambitions then you’ll have far more chance of being able to stay on the right path. Ideally, not only should you constantly the reminding yourself, but you should also try to choose someone that you can trust and depend on, and then ask them to point out to you whenever you start to stray. Even though you may be totally committed, it’s easy to start backsliding without even being aware of it, and that is why it helps to have someone else looking out for you as well.