Dos and Don’ts in the Use of Microwaves

If you have a microwave at home, you may be happy with the fact that it is useful in the completion of various tasks in the kitchen. However, regardless of how useful the microwaves can prove to be, keep in mind that there are some precautionary measures that should be taken into account with regards to is use.

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Things You Should Do

Make sure that you do read the instruction manual that is provided by the manufacturer. This will provide you with insights on the different things that can be done to ensure that it is safe and to make sure that you will get the most out of it.

Always clean the microwave. After it is used, make sure that there are no residues left inside the unit. This will be good not only in terms of making it safe to operate, but also for the purpose of being able to extend its functional life.

Use only containers that are safe to be used in the microwave. More often than not, it is indicated in the container whether or not it can be used for microwaving. If you are unsure on whether it can be used inside the microwave, just choose a container that you are sure is safe.

You should also use oven mitts as you take out containers that are placed inside the microwave oven as they are hot and can lead into injuries if not handled properly.

Things You Should Not Do

Do not put plastic containers, metal objects, and aluminum foil inside the microwave. Plastics can possibly melt and they will damage the quality of the food. Metal, on the other hand, can lead into sparks that can start a fire inside the unit.

Do not use the microwave if you notice that there are already things that need to be repaired. For instance, if the door does not close properly, do not operate it at all. If the plug is broken, seek for help from a technician to avoid any possible accidents, such as starting a fire.

Do not operate beyond the stated capacity of the microwave or use containers that are bigger than what can be accommodated.

It is also important that you do not let children use the microwave, especially in the absence of adult supervision. It will also be good if you can educate children with regards to how microwaves can potentially start a fire when they are not used properly.

Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make with a Toaster

toaster2Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast fuels your body for your morning and early afternoon routines; a good breakfast can help you wake up, feel energetic, and have a positive start to your day. The best way to start your day is with a healthy breakfast that will make your body feels better—not run down or sluggish.

But you don’t have to turn on your stove or spend hours preparing to enjoy a healthy breakfast. You can actually make healthy breakfast with a very common kitchen appliance: toasters! Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Toasters have long been a part of the breakfast routine. Many people enjoy a crisp piece of sliced toast with their breakfast, or a toasted muffin or bagel with a pat of butter or cream cheese. Toasters are the logical choice for people who want breakfasts which are easy to make and which don’t take a long time to cook. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can enjoy a healthy breakfast—all with the help of toasters!

Idea: Egg White Omelet Sandwich

Eggs whites are a delicious and healthy way to start your day! For this healthy breakfast, whip up an egg white omelet by combining three egg whites—or egg white substitutes—with your favorite vegetables. While your omelet is cooking, use the toaster to toast two pieces of whole wheat bread. Whole wheat bread is a healthy replacement for white bread, which may contain high fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients. Once your omelet and toast are done, combine them to make a warm and delicious breakfast sandwich! You can complement this breakfast with a bowl of fresh fruits and a glass of 100% juice or cold water with a twist of fresh citrus juice.

Idea: Garden Breakfast Bagel

For this recipe, crisp your bagel in a toaster with wide slots—never jam a large bagel into thin toaster slots—this can be a safety and fire hazard.

While your bagel is toasting, you can prepare some fresh garden toppings. For something savory, take fresh vegetables such as broccoli, celery, and carrots and finely chop them, then combine in a bowl. If you’re looking for something sweet, thinly slice fruits such as strawberries, raspberries or your other favorite sweet fruits. Once your bagel is toasted, place a slice of fresh natural cheese—not Kraft slices!—on top and wait for it to melt. As it melts, sprinkle your finely chopped vegetables or fruits for a delicious and healthy way to start your day.

To make sure that the breakfast bagel you pop in the toaster is the right one for you, check out the nutrition label! Choose bagels made from whole wheat grains that don’t contain high fructose corn syrup and other addictive. If you aren’t a fan of natural cheese and fruits, you can substitute the cheese for cottage cheese or a ½ Tbsp. of sweet cream cheese.

HISTORY OF THE KETTLES

Kettle 21Many of us own electric kettles today and use it for various purposes. The kettle has saved us the time and the boredom that goes into boiling water. Most electric kettles today come with an automatic deactivator that stops the supply to the kettle and prevents the water from boiling away. Some modern kettles have retained the old world charm and have a whistle on top of them. The whistle starts sounding as soon as the water reaches boiling point. So let us look at the glorious history of kettles and how we came to have them.

The main thing about electric kettles is that their development happened in conjunction with the development of copper, iron and steel. But most electric kettles today are made of ceramics or plastics.

The first was discovered in Mesopotamia and was dated between 3500 and 3000 BC. The snouts of these kettles were found to be decorated quite beautifully. This prompted the historians to believe that these kettles were merely decorative items. The Russians had their beautiful samovars which were used to boil water. The samovars were similar in design to the kettles but were of far more artistic value. Most samovars and a tube running right down the centre. The tube was filled with a heated fuel that served to heat the water around it.

In England, it was a part of tradition to have silver kettles in most tea parties. This was usually seen as a status symbol and having a silver tea set was as important as anything else. In those times, the kettles were still stove top and the tea was brewed by placing these kettles on top of the flames.

The first electric kettle was designed by the Carpenter Electric Company in 1891 and another British company Crompton and Company designed their own electric kettle that same year. Both the designs were fairly similar to each other and used a heat radiator design to heat the water within. The heating element was placed inside a compartment beneath the container in which water was poured. So in effect, the heating element took the place of the flame.

Kettle 22In those early days of the electric kettle, there was no way of leaving the kettle unattended. One had to stay around the kettle or there was every chance that the water might boil away. The credit for developing the first automatic electric heater goes to two gentlemen William Russell and Peter Hobbs. They used a simple bimetallic strip to control the heating.

A bimetallic strip consists of two different metals which are joined together with the help by welding or some other means. When there is a rise in temperature, these metals expand differently. This expansion causes a sideways deflection of the strips. This deflection is then used to trigger a mechanism that shuts off the electric supply to the kettle. This design became extremely popular and it still is.

All this has made the small kettle an important part of our lives. The kettle has a great historic value in some households and learning to brew some excellent tea in a kettle is still the greatest challenge for most people.

Induction Hobs safety

Induction Cooking safety 1Increasingly becoming a popular choice, Induction hobs are quick, safe and efficient.

To create a magnetic field between the pan, this cooking method uses electromagnetism, which needs to be made from iron, and a coil beneath the glass top. Creating electromagnetic energy, electricity is passed through a copper coil magnet within the induction hob. Producing – or ‘inducing’ – a current which in turn releases heat, the energy passes through the cooktop directly to the iron-based pan.

Though more expensive to buy, Induction hobs are quicker and cheaper to run than other hobs – meaning you can touch it without burning yourself, because the heat is transferred directly to the pan rather than the whole cooking surface.

Pros of Panasonic Induction Hob

  • Modern and stylish
  • Energy efficient
  • Quick to heat up and cook
  • Lots of extra features like flexible cooking zones, timers and child safety locks
  • Safe to touch

Cons of Panasonic Induction Hub

  • You may need to invest in new pans
  • Expensive
  • Louder than other hobs 

Accounting for induction’s extra margin of safety, this plug-in induction burner cooks without flames or red-hot heating elements. Just below the cooktop’s glass ceramic surface, Induction cooking uses a coiled copper wire; a magnetic field heats the pan,rather than the cooking surface, when an electric current passes through this wire. Leaving the un-used portion of the cooking surface relatively cool, only the area under the pan gets hot. Next to a boiling pan of water, you can actually put an ice cube on the edge of the glass ceramic top, and if it were placed on the countertop, it will not melt much faster. Made of very thin gauge steel – not recommended for frying, this cooktop model also includes a starter stainless steel pot.

Whether it’s a full size four burner cooktop or a one burner cooktop an induction cooktop, may be helpful for use by the caregiver when regular gas and electric stovetop cooking is no longer safe in a dementia household. On this burner, a person with dementia could potentially cook, but as it works differently than gas or electric, supervising cooking, the caregiver would need to turn the unit on.Induction Cooking safety 2

Automatic shut off

With timer use (up to 99 minutes). When the time is up, the burner automatically turns off.

After two hours. The burner nevertheless automatically turns off, even if food is still cooking.

Pan/utensil detector. The cooktop powers off after 30 seconds, if a burner is turned on without a pan on it, or if only a utensil is on the burner. No more heat is produced, and the burner shuts off after 30 seconds, if a pan is removed from the cooktop.

Overheat protection. It reduces the heat and cycles on and off to maintain this temperature without overheating, the manufacturer states that when the cooktop reaches a maximum of 446°F.

Multiple power levels- The levels includes warm, low, medium, and high.

Rather than the stovetop, the bottom of the pot is heated, reducing the risk of a fire or burn injury.

How to Clean Your Microwave Oven Easily

X - Microwave 3It might have to happen to you one way or another. You may have left your kids or loved ones at home. They decided to whip up a delectable snack, or some leftover food. Turns out, they have set the time too high, and before you know it, the inside of your microwave oven looks like a war zone. If you heat some foods without properly placing it inside first, you’re sure to meet a lot of oil, grease, or unwanted bits of food inside of your microwave oven.

There are techniques, however, to clean your microwave oven. The only things you will need, basically, are a sponge, a source of water (the kitchen or bathroom tap), and household vinegar. These may look to be conventional but they are effective in cleaning a dirty oven.

The first thing you need to do is to clean your microwave oven of loose crumbs and bits of food. Some of these crumbs may be from dry food, but most of them could be from dried-up spatters of food on the sides. You can wipe these off with a damp dishrag. Simply soak it in water and wring out the excess water before you wipe off the food from all sides of your microwave oven.

The next step you should do is to microwave a wet sponge or a cup of water, whichever you prefer. Remember to use a microwave oven-safe container to use this. You should put it inside the microwave oven, set the temperature on high and the timer to about two minutes. This is to help moisten the inside of the microwave and to make it easy for you to wipe off all the remaining grime easily. When you’re done heating the container with the water or sponge, take it out and use another sponge or dishrag to wipe them away.X - Microwave 4

It might sound a little crazy, but you can also use vinegar to get rid of tough stains and other grime that simply won’t just go away. Vinegar is a great substitute for household solvent, and it would easily get rid of those tough to wipe-away stains in your microwave oven. You simply need to dab a rag with a small part, and start wiping away at those stains. When your microwave oven looks clean enough at last, let it air out for a few minutes, before you use it again.

As a last warning, never use bleach or other chemicals. If it’s something you don’t want to find in your food, so why would you want to use it? It’s safe enough to use water or household vinegar because these are safe and without chemicals. Do these tips, and you can have your microwave looking new again in no time at all.

Options for Cleaning Coffee Makers

X - Coffee Makers 3Cleaning your coffee maker from time to time is essential to maintain the freshness of your coffee. This is because dirt can cause all kinds of problems in the short and long terms. Not only can it potentially reduce the quality of your coffee, but it can also decrease the useful life of your coffee maker. Fortunately, cleaning up your machine is relatively easy. Of course, to do this, you’ll need a solution that will help clean up your machine. Here are some recommendations for what formulas you can use for your coffee maker.

1. Cleaning solutions – This may sound extraordinary at first, but a cleaning solution designed for coffee makers actually exists. Such cleaners are specifically designed to remove debris, residue, and other objects that may get stuck inside the coffee maker system. Of course, while these solutions are made for cleaning just about every type of coffee maker, it’s best to make sure that the cleaner you choose is compatible with your machine.

2. Vinegar solution – This is probably the most widely-used type of cleaning solutions for coffee makers. Depending on the level of dirt present in your machine, you can adjust the concentration of your vinegar solution. For routine cleanups, a 1:2 vinegar-to-water ratio for the solution should be more than enough. For a machine that hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, a stronger solution (something like 1:1) is recommended.X - Coffee Makers 4

3. Citric acid – Its cleaning effect is almost similar to that of the vinegar solution. However, it is known to have a stronger effect. Therefore, it’s recommended that its concentration must be lower. It is usually recommended that one tablespoon of citric acid is mixed in about a liter of water. That concentration is enough to get the desired cleaning effects.

4. Dishwashing liquid – This is also a very popular alternative when it comes to cleaning your coffee maker. A simple solution made out of this fluid should be more than enough to take out all that excess grime from the system. All you need to do is to substitute 1 liter of vinegar with 2 drops of dishwashing liquid. Mix it with water and use the solution just like how you’ll do it with other solutions.

Those are just some of the most popular options you have when it comes to cleaning your coffee maker. Use any of these and you’ll get your machine running at its maximum potential every single time.

The Evolution of the Modern Day Kettles

X - 1. kettle 7During the ancient Chinese period, ceramic kettles were mainly used to make a pot of tea. This led to the creation of other models that already used different materials aside from its ceramic beginnings.

Soon after that, the majority of the kitchen appliances was designed in stainless steel. Water was boiled by means of using the fire that came from the gas range. After a few more years, a corded kitchen appliance was introduced in the market. Its main feature was to cut the waiting time for water to boil.

To date, each and every household in the United States have a kettle or two in their kitchens. Not only do they act as wonderful containers for boiling water, they keep water safe to drink.

Everyone loved the kettle that was made in aluminum steel since it was easier for them to make a few cups of coffee without having to wait for ages until the water comes to a boil. It did not also make them risk their safety when consistently pulling the lid up to check if the water was indeed boiling. It lessened the chances of having facial burns when the lid was lifted.

Soon after that, the corded kitchen device evolved to a cordless innovation. This made customers very satisfied and relieved that they can go anywhere with their water kettles. They do not have to worry about carrying the entire heavy apparatus from the kitchen sink to the dining area.

X - 1. kettle 8All they had to do was leave the base behind and carry the kettle to any place they want so they can enjoy a good hot cup of coffee. There were even kitchen appliances that had insulated interiors. This feature allowed the water to remain hot the entire day.

Customers wanted more features from the product’s manufacturer. This led them to think of a much exciting invention. The device can now heat water at different temperature levels. This is indeed a remarkable feature since there are some people who add cold water to their boiling cup of coffee.

The kitchen appliance allowed the temperature to be set to lukewarm, medium heat to boiling heat on demand.

The evolution of the kitchen appliance gave consumers more options to choose from. They can settle for the aluminum steel kettles they have been accustomed to or consider other kettle models that have different colors, sizes, and cup measurements.