Wednesday, October 09, 2013

How to Choose a Pineapple

Choosing a Pineapple

Choosing a Pineapple

 

How to Choose a Pineapple

If you love tropical fruit, chances are you love pineapple, too. But pineapples are one of those fruits that are really difficult to figure out how to pick. Luckily there are some really simple ways to figure out whether or not a pineapple is ready to eat or not. You want a ripe pineapple, because if you get an under-ripe pineapple it can be very acidic and hard on your stomach. Also, a pineapple that isn’t ripe enough isn’t very juicy and is not very tasty. Here’s how to ensure you are picking out a delicious, juicy, ripe pineapple.

 

 

Pull on a Leaf
Some markets are not very happy with visitors who pull leaves out of the produce, but most of them don’t notice or don’t mind if you take a small tug on a pineapple leaf. If you pull on the leaf by giving it a few gentle tugs and it doesn’t come out, it’s probably not ripe. On the other hand, if you barely pull on the leaf and it slips right out, it might be rotting already. Give a gentle tug, like you were straightening your shirt, and if the pineapple leaf comes out with minimal resistance you’re good to go.

 

 

Press on the Skin
The beautiful pattern that makes up the exterior of a pineapple also serves as a poking platform for shoppers hoping to find a ripe pineapple. If you push slightly on one of the little hexagons covering the exterior and it gives ever so slightly, you likely have a ripe pineapple. If the skin doesn’t give at all, the pineapple is not ripe, and if it sinks in, it’s rotten.

 

 

Smell the Bottom
The easiest way to tell if a pineapple is ripe or not is to lift it up and smell the bottom. The base of a pineapple should smell strongly of sweet, delicious pineapple. If you can’t smell anything, the pineapple is not ripe.

 

 

Color (Sometimes)
Color is not the best indicator of ripeness, as some ripe pineapples are yellow and some are very green in appearance. However, a general rule of thumb is that the higher on the pineapple the yellow color goes, the riper it is. Almost every pineapple that is ripe enough to eat has a yellow base; however, if the pineapple has the right smell and you can pull out a leaf easily, don’t put too much weight on the color. Color is a helpful indicator at times, but certainly not the definitive characteristic of a ripe pineapple.

 
Things to Remember
There are a few things you need to keep in mind as you shop for a pineapple. By looking for the above indicators of ripeness and keeping the following things in mind, you can almost guarantee that you will pick out a perfect pineapple.

 

 

• Pineapples do not ripen after they are taken from the tree, so if a pineapple is not ripe at the store, it won’t get any riper at home.
• To make sure you’re getting a wonderful, juicy pineapple, feel for weight. If a pineapple with good indicators of ripeness feels heavy for its size, it’s bound to be a very good choice.
• The easiest way to cut a pineapple is to cut off the top, slice it in half vertically, and then cutting the halves into slices, horizontally, from top to bottom.
• Don’t throw the waste from your pineapple into the trash. Instead, put it in the green garbage can that most cities provide; that way it can become compost and be reused, putting the entire plant to use!

 

 

I’m always on the lookout for gluten free recipes as my daughter has to be gluten free. I found this book at Amazon (you can get it at almost all bookstores) that has a recipe for a gluten free Pineapple Smoothie that even I like.. (I LIKE GLUTEN, LOL).

 

 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kitchen Guide Cleaning Tools

cleaning kitchen tools

Kitchen Tools Cleaning Guide

How many times have you said to yourself ‘Kitchen works is too hard for me’ or ‘I cannot clean it because I don’t want to’. Of course you will have to clean your kitchen eventually, and what better place to start then the kitchen tools themselves. There are all kinds of crazy cooking tools, but in this guide we are going to talk about the most common kitchen tools, and how to clean them properly.

Microwave

As we all know, the microwave is one of the most used kitchen devices available to the general public. The easiest way to clean your microwave oven is to keep it clean from the start, although if you did that you wouldn’t be reading this guide at all. Unfortunately, once a layer of grime has been formed, it is quite difficult to get rid of it and achieve complete microwave oven sterilization. Thus in order to secure sanitation we must insert two moistened paper towels and run the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. The water vapor will loosen up the filth, allowing you to remove the grime manually; either by using the same paper towels you used for the ‘de-griming’ or a pair of fresh ones, whatever makes you happy.

Blender

This contraption holds a whole lot of trickery and deceit, and it is very well integrated into the business of ‘smoke and mirrors’. Outside it might look innocent and docile, but once those blades start spinning, brother you are in for a surprise.

This delicate instrument is best handled by resolvable and dedicated individuals only! Start by adding about half-a-cup of warm water. Add to the mixture a dash of soap and blend. Blend for around 5 minutes before you empty the solution (empty, not drink!) and repeat for another 3-4 times. Saturated stains are best handled manually. If you blender is not one of those ‘take it apart’ kind of blenders, you can always use a toothbrush soaked in soap. Rinse and you are all set!

Cast-Iron Pan

I have been a big fan of cast-iron pans ever since I graduated from collage. My life-long dream has always been to become a Chinese cook of some sort; just so I can use cast-iron pans as much as I possibly can. During my experience with these marvels of human ingenuity, I have come to realize that they should not, under any circumstances, be treated with detergents or be scrubbed with a hard, abrasive scrubber. There is a special saturated layer of oil you see, and once that’s gone the ‘non-sticking’ abilities of the cast-iron pan would be ruined forever.

Salt is perhaps the best way to clean your cast-iron pan, without damaging its mighty surface. Just sprinkle a dash of salt and with a paper towel, give the surface of your pan a nice going over. Know that salt is famous for soaking up grease, so don’t forget to apply some cooking oil to the pan after you are done cleaning it.

Toaster

Ah, our good friend the toaster! What makes the toaster so special is that we rely on browned bred almost every morning, at least I know I am. So cleaning the toaster should be your number one priority, so I am here to tell you the exact/best way to clean it without having it catch on fire or anything like that.

Start by plugging the toaster OFF before you proceed any further. You can either go outside for this next part or spread some newspapers on the ground. Turn your already turned off toaster upside down and give it the shaking of a lifetime. I mean it, shake until your arms get tired! After you have gotten all of the bread crumbs out of there, proceed to clean the exterior of your toaster with a moistened rag. For extra safety, you can even go over your toaster with a 3% bleach solution. Remember to dry your toaster before plugging it back into the grid.

 

Author Bio:

July Minor is keen on topic about cleaning and home improvement. She currently works for a company which offers house cleaning services and thanks to that she has a lot of experience in this area. She loves to share her thoughts with the readers.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Three Things You Need When Baking

Essential Baking Equipment

Essential Baking Equipment

The Three Things You Need When Baking

So you fancy yourself as a baker, you have gotten the latest edition of the Jamie Oliver cook book and you are ready to flip through the book. Since you are new, your first instinct is to look for recipes that say easy on the top and well Jamie says that it does not get any easier than an apple pie.

 

 

So you decided to make the apple pie and off to the shops to get all the ingredients – the eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, butter and so on. Well what is next? There are three important things you need to have before you can begin your baking adventure: An electric beater mixing bowl, an oven and a dishwasher.

 

 

 Number One – The Electric Beater

The reason the electric beater is so important is that in order to make a soft, creamy and light dough, you need to beat the eggs, sugar and butter well. A hand beater will only leave you feeling like you have just rowed across the pacific ocean and your arms will be feeling rather ginger (not a good way to start).

 

An electric beater also allows you to add the ingredients into the bowl and give you more time to focus on getting the recipe right. Remember to watch the speeds – the faster it goes the messier it gets, there is a fine line between beating fast enough and spraying your kitchen with eggs, sugar and butter.

 

 

Number Two – An Oven

When baking the oven is the most critical component in the apple pies success. The reason for this is that the older the oven, the hard it is to get the temperature correct (over time the oven can become hotter or cooler). Buying a new oven will ensure that your apple pie bakes at the right temperature and will be more energy efficient as newer models use less electricity.

 

 

Number Three- The Dishwasher

A dishwasher is the most amazing device that allows you to pack all your dirty dishes in and walk away. Trust me when I tell you as a baking lover, there is nothing worse than having to clean ten bowls, five measuring cups, spatula’s, beaters and the trays in the sink.

 

It takes forever and leaves you not wanting to repeat the exercise, so get yourself a good quality dishwasher and ensure that you do not place extra unnecessary strain on your new hobby.

 

 

To conclude, ensure that you keep a ‘noise’ on your apple pie. No one wants to burn their apple pie and have to start all over, after all it looks so delicious when you preparing it. Remember, to make a traditional apple pie, you need to make custard with it. It not only completes you dish, but will leave your guests begging you for more.

 

 

I am Greg Jones, a gym nut, food lover and adventurer and online bed shop user…True be told I have a weakness for apple pie and even though I try to resist its goodness, I am slightly powerless to a well prepared apple pie… The crust, the crumple, the juicy apples…oh I am dying for a slice now. I may just need to go find a comfortable bed to lie down on afterwards though.

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