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How to Season Your Wood Cutting Board in an All Natural Way

There is a lot to love about wooden cutting boards.

Yes, they’re beautiful, but they have a lot of additional benefits over their plastic and glass counterparts as well. They have natural antimicrobial properties that make them the safest material for cutting boards when it comes to protecting your food from harmful bacteria like E.Coli and Salmonella.
Wood Cutting Board
Wood Cutting Board
Wooden boards are also the most knife-friendly. The semi-porous grained surface of wood - particularly hardwood species like acacia, walnut, teak and maple - give you a surface that can best absorb the impact of your knife cuts and keep your chef knife blade sharp and cutting for years to come.

To enjoy all these benefits that your wooden board can provide, however, it needs a little tender loving care itself. Today, we’ll walk through the process of seasoning so that your board stays healthy and usable for years to come.

How to Season Your Cutting Board

After wood from a tree is converted into a cutting board, it is removed from a constant hydration and nutrient supply that keeps trees durable and resilient in the natural world for decades. The act of seasoning your cutting board is, therefore, to use some form of oil to rehydrate and revive wooden fibers that may otherwise dry out.
Cutting Board
Cutting Board
Most of the common mineral oils for seasoning wood cutting boards do pass the FDA’s rules for food safety, but as byproducts of petroleum and other similar substances, they are hardly natural to the wood fibers and what they may have come to expect. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a 100% all natural food safe option that has an antimicrobial profile that complements your wooden board nicely. Therefore, coconut oil is the best option for oiling and seasoning your cutting board, although if you add in a little bit of all natural beeswax as a buffer, that’s an added bonus too.

First, Pour Your Oil

To season, start by taking your oil and pouring a small amount over one section of your board. Seasoning is best done in an iterative process, so just start with a small section of your board with a little bit of oil, and you’ll soon see it will be more than plenty.

Then, Rub the Oil In a Circular Motion

As the oil starts to spread on the board and soak in, take a non-pilling cloth like a handkerchief and rub the oil in a circular motion into your board. It’s best to move your circular motion in the direction of the grain and with a little bit of oomph, so that you know the oil will move downward into the wooden grains with as little resistance as possible.

Finally, Repeat

Like we said, the process of treating your board is best done one bit at a time, so the final step is simply to repeat steps 1 and 2 until your board has been fully seasoned! Don’t worry, though, it only takes a few minutes from start to finish.
When the board has been fully seasoned, wipe away any excess oil with your cloth, and then let the board rest for at least a few hours before using it again. When you do use it again, though, you’ll notice a huge difference in how healthy and functional your board feels. Enjoy!

When It’s Time To Season

As with any dynamic material like wood, a singular seasoning won’t be enough. Rather, you can expect to need to season your board on at least a bimonthly basis. For heavier users of the board, it might even be a good idea to season your board every month.

Thankfully, there’s a handy trick to tell when your board is in need of a seasoning. Sprinkle some water over your board and watch what happens. A well-hydrated board will keep the water droplets on the surface, and they will start to bead together. A wood cutting board in need of a treatment, however, will absorb the water almost straightaway. If you see that, break out the coconut oil and start rubbing.

And that’s all there is to it! Enjoy your wood cutting board, and enjoy the seasoning process too!

Vacuum Sealer - Do's & Don't

Food is the key for man’s survival. It is always needed to create energy that the body requires to perform daily activities. However, the issues of food concern not just for shortage but also the excess ones and how to preserve them.

As an answer to this problem, the method of vacuum sealing is introduced. Vacuum sealing is the process of packaging food by removing the air inside the bag and completely seal it. Thanks to this process, our food can now be preserved for a longer period and has a better protection from the contamination. But just like any other product, there are also reminders on how to use it properly. Here are some tips to help you on your vacuum sealing.
Vacuum Sealer
Vacuum Sealer

# Do’s

  • Freeze the vacuum sealed food

  • Be reminded that vacuum sealer alone doesn’t protect the food from spoiling. It is always needed to freeze the food after the sealing process.
  • Freeze liquid substances

  • When vacuum sealing soups, juices, sauce and others make sure to freeze them first as the vacuum may suck the liquids from the package if it is not frozen.
  • Dry area for sealing

  • It is an important reminder to always keep a dry sealing area. The top 2-3 inches of the plastic package should be dry. Moistures can create big problems in the sealing process and may end up for the food to have small pinholes which destroy the preservation of the food.
  • Keep the plastic bags smooth

  • The texture of the bags used for vacuum sealing is not for aesthetic purposes only. These smooth surfaces allow the vacuum to remove air as smooth as possible. So keep the bags smooth and wrinkle free as these wrinkles can trap air that may sabotage the vacuum process.
  • Re-sealing the bag

  • At times, sealing can fail and as a natural response, you would probably open the bag and waste the initial process or even the bag. Instead of opening the bag, just try to re-seal it to save time and energy.
  • Maintain the vacuum sealer’s cleanliness

  • In order to give your machine a longer usage life, you would need to properly take good cleaning. Just simply use cloth dampens with warm water and soap to clean the surface of the machine.

# Don’ts

  • Avoid storing foods that sat out for a long time overnight

  • These food may possibly already been contaminated. Instead of storing the foods instantly, try to refrigerate the food till the morning comes and vacuum seal them immediately.
  • Do not use other bags or make your own

  • Each machine has their own specifications which mean they may differ in bags. These machines have their own custom specification bags, so using a different bag may not guarantee a fine sealing process.
  • Avoid over-filling the bag

  • The bags are made to accommodate a certain amount of food in order to properly seal it. But when a bag is overfilled with food the end seals might just actually loose in no time. This is why it is important to keep a few inch clear spaces at the top of the bag in order for you to make three to five layers of seals just to make sure it is properly sealed.
  • Do not vacuum pack these following foods

  • Vegetables that secrete gas such as cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. These vegetables secrete gas that expands the bag and may cause the vegetables to perish. Also avoid vacuum packing mushrooms, onions, garlic, and soft cheese.

How to Use Steam Iron Properly

In some cases, the first impression is definitely the last impression. Ironing plays an important part in presenting you neat and clean. No matter how expensive dress you wear, if that is not ironed well, you will fail to create a good impression. Are you planning to buy one now? The steam irons are the most advantageous of its types. If you get to know the proper ways to use it, that will help you for long period.
Steam Iron
Steam Iron

How to Use Steam Iron

Often you bring out clothes from the deep of your closet. Maybe those are almost new but now they are completely wrinkled. You can’t wear it without ironing. Having a steam iron can solve your problems. The most important benefits of using steam iron are-
  • It fights hard creases and removes those from your dress.
  • Steam iron is applicable for most of the fabric.
  • Those are portable, so you can carry with you.
  • The new designer models are worth to buy.

Basically, all steam irons are handled equally. Still, if it is your first time, you need thorough instructions about how to work with it-
  • The first step is filling the tank. You should follow the manual for it. There are some models where you can separate the tank and fill it. In case of inseparable models, you should make sure that the iron is unplugged and cold. Always maintain the ‘max’ level while filling up the tank. Never overflow it.
  • In case of removable tank, you should make sure that you have clamped the tank well to the iron. Be double sure about it. Now, put the plug in the iron.
  • Concentrate on the iron setting according to the fabric. Each fabric need different setting, so read the manual for that.
  • Now, set the temperature according to the fabric and let the soleplate be heated. If your steam iron comes with an automatic light, that is the best feature in it. The light will turn on as the iron heats up and turns off as soon as the iron reaches to the desired temperature.
  • Turn on the steam feature when the iron becomes hot. Now, spread the garment on the iron board and start ironing.
  • The steam will come out automatically. Keep a safe distance from the iron not to burn yourself from the steam.
  • Remember, just iron enough to smooth the crease. Keep the fabric little damp when you finish ironing. In case of ironing velvet, avoid pressing hard the fabric.
  • If your iron has spray function, use it for deep wrinkles if it won’t damage the fabric. Always check the garments label before spraying. If it allows, iron the area after spraying.
  • Are you done? Unplug the iron and empty the tank carefully. Keep the iron on the iron set and let it cool. Now, wrap the cord and put it at safe place.
Hopefully, all these steps of ironing with steam iron will help you a lot. Buy one and start ironing.

A Guide about Buying Kitchen Appliances

Buying kitchen appliances in the age of the internet shopping is an absolute breeze!

A kitchen becomes fully functional only when all the necessary appliances, utensils and crockery are in place. Therefore, if you are someone who is looking at renovating your kitchen or are building a new kitchen from scratch there are some pointers that need to be kept online.

Kitchen Appliances
Kitchen Appliances

# Optimization

The first thing that you need to understand is that time optimization is key. The focus should be on setting up the kitchen as fast as possible and for this we suggest you take a look at shopping for your kitchen appliances online. With major retailers specializing in needs of the kitchen now selling their products online, gone are the days when you would have to drag yourself from one store to the other looking for the perfect cup and saucer set to match the other kitchenware. Moreover, when you shop online, you get other added benefits as well. From huge discounts to free shipping, there are multiple pluses. Another great thing about online shopping is variety. For example, you want to buy a bowl set online that will match your dinner plates. You can choose from the options available with one online retailer and if you don’t like what you see, you can simply hop over to the next online store! Convenience matters a lot when looking for kitchen appliances.

# Research

The next key thing when looking for kitchen appliances is research. Do you really need the cooking range with 4 burners? Will the fancy microwave live up to your baking aspirations? Simple questions, they may seem like but once you really think about these little details you will be able to budget better. You also need to look at multiple options. Yes, black kitchen appliances look amazing but they require daily maintenance in order to maintain their look. Will you be able to do it with along with your hectic job? Are stainless steel kitchen appliances a better option?

# Realistic expectations

We all want the best for our homes. The best accessories, the best aesthetics and the best ambience; however, all of this leads to expenditure. Therefore, what you need to do even before you go out looking for that expensive bowl set online or the cup and saucer set, is to set a budget and then expand your search. For example a stainless steel cup and saucer set will be less expensive that a fine quality bone china set. Little adjustments will help you in getting all the necessary accessories for your kitchen. It will also ensure that your pockets don’t run dry just because that porcelain bowl set online looks enticing!

Buying kitchen appliances is an important task. Therefore, be prepared to spend some time on it. Moreover, if you are going to share these appliances with other members of your family, make sure that you take suggestions into account as well. Not only will it lead to well-informed decisions but will also help in avoiding future tussles in case one member of the family absolutely hates the dinner set that you thought would look amazing!

Things You Can Make in Electric Cooker

You have paid a good amount of money for your electric cooker, so, you definitely want to know the diversified usage of the appliance. It’s an over known fact that electric cooker is mainly used for preparing rice.
Paying for an electric cooker proves more worthy, when it can help you prepare different type of delicious dishes rather than preparing only rice.

Yummy Recipes to Make in Electric Cooker

You don’t have to buy separate cooking devices when you have electric cooker by your side. Pay the one-time electric cooker price and get versatile advantages. Here are some mouth-watering recipes you’ll be surprised to know that these can be made in a rice cooker. Have a look-
Electric Cooker
Electric Cooker

# Supper Cheesy Polenta

Make your vegetable lunch more interesting with Polenta and have it as side dish with cornmeal porridge. You can use egg in it to make it tastier. Otherwise, cheese will melt in your mouth and give a heavenly taste. You can make it in electric cooker.

# Frittatas with Boiled Egg

And the funnier side is you can make both in the electric cooker. Boil eggs first and then make the frittata with pre-cooked veggies. Cook on the regular rice setting and you can quickly make yummy breakfast for your family.

# Easy Chicken Curry

You’ll be surprised to know how it is possible to make chicken curry in electric cooker. But, you can make it. Just put chicken and all other spices into it and cook to make the delicious side dish. You can also make the curry with different types of vegetables.

# Hot Breakfast Cereals

You can take oatmeal or barley or rice powder to make hot breakfast. Just soak any one of this ingredient overnight and pour it into the cooker next morning. Set the timer and let it be cooked. You can add dry fruits and honey to make it more interesting.

# Quinoa

Have you gone through a tiring day? Don’t feel like making dinner? Do you have rice cooker? Then rinse quinoa and put it into the cooker with water. Turn on your oven and step aside. To add more taste, use honey, almonds, few drops of lemon juice, etc.

# Pork Roast

If you have an electric cooker in your house you can make this yummy dish anytime you want. With the slow cook setting, you can easily prepare pork roast for your Sunday brunch. You can also prepare other meat in this cooker.

# Chocolate Cake

Don’t you have a microwave? To make this chocolate cake you don’t need on too. This special recipe is for vegan as it is Eggless. Put all the ingredients into the cooker and add water. Your chocolate cake will be ready within some time. Decorate it with castor sugar and your favourite fruit.

These are the best recipes you can make with an electric cooker. Now you know why paying for electric cooker is completely worthwhile?

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