Freeze drying foods is a great way to ensure that you have food that is safe to eat in your home in any situation or circumstance. The freeze drying process greatly differs from other preservative methods because it dramatically affects the texture of the food. However, after freeze drying is completed, while the food will feel different, it will not lose any of its nutritional content or flavor. It will also last for a very long period of time when sealed up and stored away from moisture of any kind. Freeze dried emergency foods last a great deal of time, are extremely lightweight and are perfect for survival kits, disaster preparation, bug out bags or just to take on a long hike or camping trip. They are even used by astronauts. If you’ve ever had a piece of astronaut ice cream while visiting a space museum, then you should have some idea of what a freeze dried food product is like.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Saturday, 5 April 2014
With the economy in shambles and so many people out of work, it may not seem like a great time to be thinking of starting your own business. However, despite the conclusions that most people draw, in a period of economic tribulation a variety of special opportunities can be taken advantage of. For example, it seems counterintuitive, to say the least, that as people struggle with little money, prices continue to rise. In a time like this, an entrepreneur who can figure out how to bring a quality product to the market at a low price is likely to find immense success. When people are cutting back costs and finding the necessity to eliminate non-essentials from their budget, their desire for luxury items actually increases. To be able to give those same people the ability to bring those little enjoyments back into their lives is a ticket to wealth.
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Did you know that what we eat affects the health of our body? Yes?! Ok well, did you know that there are certain foods that can have a direct effect on our skin? Well, its true, experts say that certain natural foods will do as much for your appearance as it will for your inner health. Certain vitamins and enzymes, such as, Beta Carotene/ Vitamin A, Antioxidants and Fatty Acids are necessities for our skin to function at its best. So why not help your body get these vital nutrients?
Since showing off your luminous skin this spring starts with putting the right food in your mouth, here are some foods that can help.
Friday, 28 March 2014
Foods do not have as much of an effect on breath odors as most people assume. Most of the odors that occur in the mouth are caused by bad bacteria on the tongue and around the teeth that produce sulfur compounds, which are a harbinger of halitosis. This does not mean that your diet has no effect on your breath. What you put into your body affects every aspect of its functions in some way, which is why it is important to eat healthy foods.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Amongst all the current controversy surrounding fat intake and heart disease, The Mediterranean diet remains the gold standard for heart health. Dr Aseem Malhotra, leading cardiologist and author of the recent BMJ paper “Saturated fat is not the issue” advocates adopting a Mediterranean diet, claiming that it has shown to be “three times as effective at reducing cardiovascular deaths as [the cholesterol-lowering drugs] statins”. The PREDIMED trial, a five-year study of 7,447 subjects carried out between 2003 and 2011, found that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events (cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction or stroke) by 30%, compared to a control group following a low-fat diet.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Holiday is for letting it all hang out, treating yourself and family to things you don't get to enjoy every day. Splurging on fancy meals and fun cocktails is part of the vacation landscape, so it should not be sacrificed lightly. Readies is a great source for a little extra spending money, but the fact of the matter is: Food is expensive, representing one of the most significant costs on holiday. When cash is flowing, go ahead and live the high life, but if times are tight don't be afraid to rein in holiday food and beverage spending - you can still have great holiday meals, without breaking the bank.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Let's face it, busy modern lives don't always slow down, allowing us to plan ahead and plot our weekly course. Too often we are left reacting to what comes are way, rather than proactively shaping our days. Unfortunately, flying by the seat of our pants is an easy way to waste money, especially on things like food.
The amount of money you spend feeding your family might surprise you when viewed as a weekly or monthly expense. In fact, when it is all tallied, food costs are among the most prominent expenses in most family budgets. As a result, effectively managing your family food spending is among the quickest ways to shave savings off your recurring expenses.
Shoppers each have their own approach putting food on the table, ranging from pantry stockers who look to lay in some essential provisions, to daily shoppers who don't mind frequent trips to market. Whichever strategy you use, there is room for money saving adjustments to most family food management methods.
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
It is a common experience that the fish is sticking to the pan while pan frying.I had this issue earlier and did not able to have a nice surface when pan frying a fish.
Finally I found how to pan fry a fish without sticking onto the pan.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
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This is not a recipe post. But I believe an organized pantry/kitchen is one of the secrets for a delicious dish. I usually reuse plastic grocery bags. Most of the time I use those as garbage bags or liners for the dustbins. But how to store them nicely in less space? Until recent, I folded them into four and stored in another larger size bag. That plastic bag was always bulky and took much space inside my kitchen cabinet which I didn’t like.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Ginger garlic paste is an essential for cooking; most of the recipes including Sri Lankan recipes require ginger garlic paste, specially recipes like chicken curry. Until recent, I used to grind this when it is needed for a recipe. But it takes time to grind it frequently for each recipe and thought of preparing it in a large amount. However I still prepare it in a small quantity which is enough for 1-2 weeks.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Make it a habit to clean the kitchen sink every day. The kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest places at our home. By just rinsing out it doesn’t make it clean and free from germs and bacteria. Here I gathered few tips for cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink.
Friday, 14 June 2013
How to store Onion & Garlic in the pantry?This was a question for me for a long time and finally I found a solution.Earlier I used a small rack on the pantry top & stored onion & garlic there.My idea was that onion & garlic need to be stored in open air. But the look of it was always annoying me.It didn't look neat at all.The skins of garlic were falling on the pantry surface always.
After searching & experimenting,finally here is my way of storing them.It is so easy.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Friday, 31 August 2012
Fish & seafood are a great source of protein. Also they contain healthy fats & omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your heart healthy. Therefore eating fish& seafood is good because of healthy benefits of it. However eating of wrong kind of fish more frequently may raise the level of mercury in your body. This is especially dangerous for pregnant and breastfeeding women because fetus and new-borns are very sensitive to mercury. Therefore it cannot be disadvantage if we know which fish to eat or which fish to avoid eating frequently.
All fish contain traceable amounts of mercury. However eating high mercury level fish more often may cause problems.
Mostly Big fish have more mercury. The simple reason is that big fish usually live longer having enough time to build up higher mercury level. In this fact, eating small fish is more better than eating big fish more often.
Below is the list of fish according to their level of mercury.
Again as a way to easy remembering,small fish is with lower mercury level while larger fish contain higher mercury level.
Sunday, 19 August 2012
There are times which we need to find alternative ingredients for a recipe. Here are some substitutes for bread crumbs, corn syrup & heavy cream. However substitutions can change the flavour a little bit. Also the appearance of the outcome can be changed slightly.
Anyway these substitutions will be helpful if the wanted ingredient is not in the kitchen when you want to try a recipe or if it is difficult to find in local area.
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Too much salt, how to fix?
Basically here are few tips which can be used in a recipe as per its taste.
1) Add a little sugar as per the recipe. But don’t end up sweetening it too much.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
It is so precious if we can eat organic food straight from the farm. However nowadays it is not an easy task.
Eating organic food gives more benefits where food is grown with no pesticides and chemical fertilizers. By eating organic food, one can avoid the pesticide residue left on it & also the food is more on nutrients value. However is it possible to afford organic food nowadays? Though organic food can be found in super markets, they cost more than other food. It is something to decide individually.
Monday, 31 October 2011
Food is precious. We need to respect the blessing we have received to our life. Reducing food wastage can be started from our pantry. Here are few tips I use in my pantry. Hope you have your own tips. But I thought of sharing my tips & methods here.
1. Plan your grocery list. Don’t buy unwantedly. This is a way of reducing wastage & also saving some money.
2. Cook with measurements. We always know our family requirements. So we can adapt this to our everyday cooking. If we don’t cook more, there cannot be more leftover.
3. Use leftover food in a new recipe.(We will be sharing some leftover recipes in our event roundup)
4. If you have leftover uncooked veggies in a small quantity at the end of week, soups, salads or fried rice are best & easy alternatives to use them in a meal.
5. All the leftover fruits can be used in a smoothie or a drink.
6. Try to use preserving methods.
7. Try to use all part of fruits & veggies in different recipes. Today I saw a recipe of cooking Raw Plantain peels as a stir fry. Stems of cabbage & broccoli can be used in a soup. They will add some taste & nutrient value to the dish.There may have lots of similar recipe ideas with you all. Blogging about those recipes is a way to spread the word.
8. Store vegetables & fruits in the fridge in a proper way.
9. If you have any uncooked vegetables at the end of the week & if you feel that they are going to waste, here is the method I use to keep it few more days.
Wash & slice them roughly.
Allow to dry on a table. Use some papers or tissues so that it will absorb the wetness.
After they are dried, pack them into freezer bags or air tight containers & keep in the freezer
10. There are several tips & methods to reduce food wastage. Try to collect them & share with others too. Finally, if you really cannot reuse some of leftover food, the best is try to compose it
Shared with my event 'Love your Food -Don't Waste it' which is ending today.
Linked to Food & Health Carnival No.3
If we don't waste food,it is a way to save some money,so I like to link this tips with Sweet Stella's Money Saving Appns
Linked with Penny Pinching Party