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How to Properly Use Your Microwave Oven

Posted September 18, 2014
Category Kitchen
A microwave is a wonderful appliance in your kitchen, and much more common than the wine coolers we discussed before. It does not matter what brand or model you choose, this appliance is a great time-saver. The way you use it to cook your food is different than when you use a conventional oven or on the top of the range.

Reading manufacturer’s guidelines

Before you even start using the unit, you have to read its guidelines first. In this way, you will know what cooking containers to use and the time it takes to cook a certain food. It’s imperative that you only use non-metal utensils when using this microwave oven.

When cooking meats and vegetables in this appliance, you must cut them in uniform sizes. That way, they’ll be cooked evenly.

You may also use cups and napkins in this oven, but never use products that are foil-lined. Also avoid heating paper towels with nylon or synthetic fibers.

It’s important to remember that you remove the wire twist tie that goes with a plastic roasting bag. Instead, use a plastic fastener.

Unlike a convection oven, microwaves may not always be able to give you even cooking. It requires stirring and turning the dishes every now and then to cook your meal evenly. If you forget to do it, then you’re going to have to eat a meat with its side burned while the center is uncooked.

When dealing with large bones from a certain meat, it’s ideal to remove them. Keep in mind that dense bone will keep the area around the meat from achieving even cooking.

Experts also recommend wrapping your sandwiches using paper towels to absorb the moisture. In this way, your food won’t get soggy. This is the same trick that you can use to microwave heat potato chips. They usually lose their crispiness when place in an oven but to avoid that, you should place on paper towels and heat them briefly. The towels absorb the moisture, thereby, restoring the crispness in those chips.

Another useful trick that you can do with the help of this oven is to place food that needs peeling inside. For instance, if you need to peel tomatoes or peaches, you just need to heat them in a microwave oven for 30 seconds and set it on high. After that, allow them to stand for another 2 minutes before removing it from the oven. Their peels will just slip off easily.

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What Exactly is an Upright Exercise Bike

Posted September 9, 2014
Category Health Exercise
Upright exercise bikes have been around before recumbent stationary bikes entered the market. But truth is, when it comes to rehabilitation goals, a recumbent bike is more suitable than the upright design.

The design of an upright bike is more like a traditional road bike. That is, the seat is situated above the pedals. As a result, it has a high center of gravity making it less stable.

For a customized experience, you can choose a unit with an array of settings. You can have a bike with adjustable pedals, padded seat and LCD that displays your heart rate, distance, rev per minute and a lot more. When people review exercise bikes of 2015 you will see this brand comes top for things like that, it's definitely my personal choice.

You can also opt for an upright exercise bike with a knob so you can shift gears, from a flat road spin to a mountain climb. However, make sure that you choose a brand and model that comes with sturdy frame so it won’t wobble when you use it (and you know the brand I would choose).

Warranty is also imperative when choosing a unit. One of the best models on the market can offer you 10 years warranty for frame. As regards to its price, it will depend on the type of unit you choose. The more features it has the more expensive the upright exercise bike can be.

More information: Schwinn

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Common Problems Related to Garbage Disposals

Posted August 1, 2014
Category Kitchen
Garbage DisposalsA garbage disposal is undoubtedly a valuable unit in your kitchen to help you dispose food wastes easily. However, this appliance is prone to breaking and leaking. From leaking to odor to unusual noises, these problems can hamper your ability to maintain cleanliness in your kitchen. Here are some of the problems you might face with a garbage disposal.

1. No noise If it doesn’t make a humming sound when you turn it on, then the problem is of electrical nature. Check if it’s been plugged in. If it is and it’s not making a sound, you should press its reset button. It’s usually found at the bottom of the disposal. A faulty switch and when your circuit breaker has tripped are other reasons your unit isn’t making a sound. Check them too.

2. With noise but doesn’t run If it’s making a humming sound but it doesn’t run, it means that the unit has a stuck flywheel. It could be anything that lodged between the shredder ring and its impeller. To fix this, turn off the unit and unplug it. Get the offset wrench that came with the unit and insert it into the flywheel’s hole found at the bottom of the unit. Start dislodging the stuck flywheel or impeller. When the stuck flywheel has been freed, plug the unit and press its reset button. Then, drains some water into the unit and turn it on and off.

3. Leaking It’s a common problem encountered by many owners of a garbage disposal, regardless of the brand they’re using. There are a number of places where the leaking can occur. It can happen at the sink flange, dishwasher connection or discharge drainpipe. There are various possible places where leaks can arise. Check the location of the leaks. You could tighten the clamp, mounting bolts, etc. to troubleshoot such problem.

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Three Good Reasons to Opt for a Wine Cooler

Posted July 22, 2014
Category Kitchen
Wine Enthusiast Silent 12 BottleHaving a wine cooler offers a lot of benefits. You can use it to store not just your wine collection but also other beverages, so you can treat it as a small fridge that can be conveniently brought to your dorm room.

Why you might need a wine cooler?

When you’re a wine enthusiast or collector, you know how important it is to keep the wine in an optimum temperature to allow proper aging process. This means that no matter how long you keep it, be it years or decades, the wine is still drinkable for a longer period of time. A wine cooler will also help enhance the taste of your collection.

Why you must opt for a wine cooler over a wine cellar?

You can always choose a wine cellar, i.e. if you have the money and space to have it in your house. Keep in mind that a wine cellar can cost more than $10,000. A wine cooler, on the other hand, can only be obtained in as little as $500. It can go higher up to $2,500, but the price depends on the size and the brand. This is an ideal storage if you’re only keeping a small wine collection.

What is the ideal size of this appliance?

You can go for bigger or smaller size. The ideal size will depend on the space of your house where you’ll put the cooler. If you have a huge collection, then you should consider getting a bigger size wine cooler.

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How to Shop for the Right Security Camera

Posted July 17, 2014
Foscam FI8918W WirelessWired PanInvesting in a security camera is a wise decision. But with all the models available, it can be challenging to find the unit that suits your needs and goals. To help you narrow down the choices, here are some features that you must look into when shopping for this type of equipment.

1.Opt for a unit with little wiring
It’s difficult to install all the cables to a certain location, especially if it’s outdoor. Even if you opt for a wireless model, you still need cables for power.

Thus, it’s wise to choose a unit that can deliver video images and power using a single wire.

2.Choose the one with a low-light viewing
In this way, you can easily view images in total darkness. Go for lower lux rating as it can see better when there’s no light available.

3.Know the style
Experts believed that having a security camera that’s noticeable is an effective deterrent for theft and other illegal activities. However, you can also go with a unit that has a stealthier design, if you don’t want anyone to know that you’re surveying the scene.

4.Get a recorder
Usually, unauthorized access to your home happens when you’re not around. Thus, it’s ideal to invest in a security camera that can record images and save it into your computer. In that way, you can review the images when you return from work.

5.With web access
It’s an advanced feature that’s necessary, if you want to view the scene while you’re not at home. Make sure that you choose a unit that allows you to see the images from your smartphone or laptop.

6.Pick a unit with high quality images
The quality of an image is essential. It’ll be useless to invest in a security camera if you can’t see the faces of the people in the images. Thus, you must make sure that the image quality that it can provide is of high-quality. You might need an extra equipment for this. But it’s all worth it.

7.Must be resistant to rain
This is especially true if you’ll install it outdoor. There are many models out there that offer waterproof units.

8.Opt for a unit that can be adjusted
A unit that allows you to pan, tilt and zoom will help you get a better look of the scene.

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5 Important Health Benefits of a Memory Foam Mattress

Posted July 11, 2014
Category Kitchen
Triple-Layer 12″ LUCID® Gel MattressA memory foam mattress is getting more and more popular these days, mainly because of the numerous health benefits. It’s unique and very innovative (it utilizes the technology being used in NASA) i.e. it adjusts itself to match with the person’s body.

If you’re not convinced yet as to how beneficial this foam is, let these health benefits of memory foam mattresses enlighten you.

1. Helps you get a good night’s sleep.
Isn’t that what you’ve always wanted in a foam bed? This type of foam has a temperature sensitive material that adjusts itself to the person’s body heat and weight. When the temperature rises, the mattress goes softer, thereby automatically providing you with a good night’s sleep.

2. Relieves body aches and pains
A memory foam mattress is generally considered the best mattress for bodies with back pain as it selectively displaces pressure along your body. Then, the memory foam mattress molds itself in accordance with the temperature of your body, thereby, helping you recover quickly.

3. Solves spinal problems
This foam helps you achieve an ideal sleeping posture by encouraging proper spinal alignment while you’re lying down. In this way, any type of back soreness can easily be prevented.

4. Alleviates symptoms of sleep apnea
As it provides you with proper head elevation while you’re sleeping, you can achieve a proper pattern of breathing during sleeping time. A CPAP devices may no longer be needed, but you must still consult your physician about it. Don’t attempt to remove those devices without first talking to your healthcare provider.

5. Relieves allergies
The composition of this mattress is made of inorganic fibers that can prevent dust mites from growing. This is not the same as your ordinary mattress, which is made of organic fibers that can attract dust mites.

There are other health benefits of memory foam mattress. It’s no wonder why many individuals these days opt for this type of foam, instead of getting an ordinary one.

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