Thursday, June 14, 2022

5 Steps to Properly Cleaning Vegetables and Why You Should


Wash Your Vegetables

Wash Your Vegetables

5 Steps to Properly Cleaning Vegetables and Why You Should


Where did my food come from? Who all has handled it? What do I do with my vegetables when I get them home? Should I invest in vegetable cleaners being sold? In today’s world of pesticides, bacteria, and unsafe handling in foods, all of these questions are understandable concerns. However, they can easily be addressed with an at-home, safe, and affordable method of properly cleaning vegetables.

Why Should We Wash Our Vegetables?
Vegetables have come from many parts of the world. There is no way that we can tell in the grocery store as to what bacteria, dirt, or germs the vegetable has picked up. We also need to consider the chemical residue left from growing. Even organic vegetables can come in contact with harmful residue. This could help us avoid such diseases as E.coli and Salmonella as well.



Should We Invest in Vegetable Cleaners?
With all of the concerns of dirty vegetables, many companies have started to offer vegetable cleaners. This is to provide a safe way of washing our produce to make it safe for us to eat. However, these cleaners can quickly bump up our grocery bill. If the correct steps are taken to wash vegetables at home, we can avoid this expense. The process is very easy, safe, and affordable.



Steps to Properly Cleaning Vegetables
1. Wash your hands thoroughly so that you are not adding further contamination to your vegetables.

2. Bring out a large bowl or dishpan that can easily hold all of your vegetables and water. Fill up the pan or bowl with cool water deep enough that it will cover your vegetables.

3. Choose whether you would like to use baking soda or apple cider vinegar as your homemade cleanser. If you choose baking soda, add 3 tablespoons to the water. If you choose to use the vinegar, add 3 tablespoons per gallon of water. Let your vegetables soak for about 10 minutes in the solution.

4. Use a brush to scrub the dirt from your vegetables. This will really allow you to remove the dirt that may have embedded itself in crevices. A vegetable brush will work well for this.

5. Rinse your vegetables one last time to wash away any residual dirt and the cleanser. Dry them and be sure to wash the bowl or pan you used for the vegetables so that it will be clean for your next batch of produce.

Overall, properly cleaning vegetables is a very easy and inexpensive process that will really pay off in the long-run. Safety is important to all of us when it comes to ourselves and our families, and this is one step that we can take to ensure that safety.



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Thursday, June 14, 2022

Hosting the Best BBQ: Tips and Tricks

The Best Ever BBQ

The Best Ever BBQ


People will come to your BBQ not just for the food, here are the key ingredients to a successful barbeque:



1. Food:

Whenever you’re planning anything you need to make sure you have enough food and a bit more to feed your crowd. There is nothing worse than running out of food at any dinner party you may have. Usually my favorite thing to do is to make some and order some to save you some time. BBQ catering in Sydney is typical; it’s not hard to find a place with good food – even if you’re not from around Sydney. You can go on ‘Google’ and find BBQ caterers close to where you live like BBQ At Your Place which has a bunch of options to choose from. Any BBQ caterers you go to make sure you take a good look through their menu, I noticed that Sydney BBQ caterers will give you the option of finger foods or on a per plate basis. Finger foods are always great; most websites will help you calculate how much you should order, try this calculator they can tell you to the hour. If you want you can order all your food and save all cooking hassle, and there I would recommend to do the per plate option that a lot of BBQ caterers have the option of – just like a wedding.


Make a decision on drinks, and keep them on the side, don’t keep them right beside the food to avoid major spills, it will happen!



2. Activities:

Whether you live by the lake or if you just have a backyard, know whose coming to your BBQ. People will want to be kept busy; badminton is a great idea if you don’t have a pool. This is really important if you have kids coming to your BBQ, they can get bored very quickly-Be ready! If you have a bit of space, throwing around a ball, or kicking one can easily get people entertained, especially if you make teams (girls versus boys is always fun).



3. Be prepared for all weather:

What happens if it rains? I really hope it doesn’t for your very first BBQ, but if it does have a Plan B, whether it is doing a rain check (If you’re ordering a BBQ caterer visit them online and check their cancellation policies, most BBQ catering firms as for example BBQ At Your Place ( will ahve them on their website) or if you have a house that will fit all your guests bring the party inside and enjoy the good food and company from there. (Checking the weather in advance helps, but don’t rely on it!)



4. Be organized and most importantly HAVE FUN!



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