Let’s Keep Our Environment Clean with Disposals

Among many household appliances, garbage disposal is one of the most useful domestic devices. As much as it simplifies household duties, there is need to operate and maintain it appropriately. If handled carelessly it can break down, thus blocking and clogging the drainage system.

It is very expensive to repair clogged drainage and the garbage disposal itself. However, some damages can be avoided by maintaining your appliance properly. If the machine is treated with care, definitely it will serve you well and for a longer time. Garbage disposal is likely to be damaged by the type food stuffs put into it.

Therefore, the following are some of the things that you should never put in your garbage disposal;

  1. Fibrous Veggies

Although you might have putting vegetable stuffs into your garbage disposal and nothing has happened yet, you might be preparing for a real nightmare. Fibrous vegetables such as celery, rhubarb, chard, lettuce, artichokes, and kale can cause a serious havoc on your device. Therefore, it is advisable to throw such stuffs instead of putting them in your garbage disposal.

  1. Potatoes and potato peels

As per Disposal Mag, unwanted potatoes and potato peels can be disposed by use of a garbage disposer. However, it many depend on the size of the stuffs. If they are too large, put a little at a time to avoid too much mashed stuff in the machine. If the potatoes are broken down into a thick starch paste, it can stick and create havoc in the system.garbage-disposals

  1. Corn Husks

Corn husks are just like fibrous vegetables, and can wrap around the machine’s system causing a major inconvenience. If you have some husks in the house, consider throwing them in the landfill or onto a dumping site.

  1. Cooking fat and oil

Cooking fat and oil may seem very safe when put in the garbage disposal, but they are as dangerous as potatoes. They can cause serious clogging, forcing you to call for plumbing services. The best way to dispose fat and oils is putting them into the trash bin, waiting for transportation to the dumping site.

  1. Bones

When bones are put into the garbage disposal, there is likelihood they will not be broken down. If they are chopped, however, they will not pass down the drain pipes. The end result is calling a plumber after a serious clogging and blocking has already occurred.

  1. Coffee grounds and beans

These will clog the trap, and also can pile up and form some kind of sediment in the drain pipes. Though they usually produce a good smell, they can lead to costly plumbing and repair services. It is better to put them into the trash bin, where they can even improve the smell of the trash can.

  1. Egg shells

Apart from egg shells, oyster, lobster, or crab shells can cause a disaster within the garbage disposal. They are just like bones, and the blades may fail to chop them appropriately. However, some people say egg shells are safe for garbage disposal. Others claim that shells have membrane lining that can stick to the sides and wrap around the shredder. So, just avoid putting egg shells into your garbage disposal.

  1. Pasta

The good example is spaghetti, which usually expands whenever dipped into water. Even when they are cooked, they will still expand when exposed to water. Therefore, it is not advisable to dump pasta stuffs into drain systems because they can clog and block the system. If you have a garbage disposal, ensure spaghetti remains are put into trashcans or bins.

There are many other things that can damage your garbage disposal, but the above eight are the common ones. Nevertheless, if you suspect something might clog your appliance, just put it into the trash bin or can.

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Watering Your Grape Fields

Nowadays, environmentalists in Ontario have been encouraging urban agriculture as a source of food production. This practice can reduce food scarcity, as well as improved utilization of undeveloped lands within the outskirts of towns and cities. Irrigation is the better option for urban agriculture, and mostly relying on rivers and wastewater released from commercial and residential areas.

However, rivers flowing near cities have been polluted heavily by wastewater channelled to these sources. The water contains different kinds of oxides, nitrates, and heavy metals including the highly toxic lead metal. According to various studies, when contaminated water is used for irrigation, the metals such as lead can be absorbed by plants and incorporated into the food chain.

Grapes are some of the fast moving agricultural products in urban areas, and they grow faster compared to other fruits. If these fruits are watered with contaminated water, the heavy metals can be absorbed and cause serious health problems to consumers.

How to Grow Toxic Free Grapes

Even though fruits absorb fewer amounts of toxics compared to leafy vegetables, constant accumulation of lead can result to adverse health effects. Today, municipal wastewater is recycled and used for commercial purposes while water treatment plants also provide clean water for both domestic and industrial use. Therefore, technology behind production of safe water for home consumption can be applied in irrigation water system too. Reverse osmosis is commonly used, and it helps to filter out contaminants, including heavy metals and nitrates.

If this RO technology can be integrated into irrigation system, grape growers can greatly benefit from the same. Several countries have been restricting importation of some vegetables and fruits that contain higher levels of toxic substances. This has resulted to collapse of several businesses that trade fruits such as grapes due to reduced global market. To restore the businesses and production of grapes and other fruits, reverse osmosis can be an ideal technology to purify water for irrigation purposes.

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Reverse Osmosis (RO) Technology

RO is a process of purifying water by use of a semi-permeable membrane. Contaminated water is forced through the membrane so that the larger molecules can be filtered out. Lead, arsenic, and nitrates are usually made of larger molecules than water, and they are filtered out during the purification process. Some minerals that are made up of smaller molecules are retained in the water, hence providing natural nutrients required by the plants.

Benefits of Using Reverse Osmosis to Grape Farmers

  1. Increased yields

Reverse osmosis water is pure and free from heavy metals and other unwanted pollutants. This gives farmers unquestionable permission to grow grapes in large scale, since the fruits already meet the international food standards.

  1. Eco-friendly

Purifying water through reverse osmosis is eco-friendly, because little amount of energy is required. The space required to establish the system is minimal as well, allowing conservation and cost saving.

  1. Reduced health risks

Growing crops in contaminated environment is a high risk to the health of consumers. Since reverse osmosis removes all the contaminants from water, irrigated grapes will be safe to eat.

  1. Environmental protection

Reverse osmosis is one of the ways of protecting the environment because pollutants are removed from contaminated water. When the purified water is used in irrigation, soil and water pollution is incredibly reduced.

  1. Green production

Reverse osmosis utilize very little energy, without emissions during the process. Therefore, farmers are rest assured of conserving the environment, as well as producing safe fruits.

According to Ro-System.org researchers, there is need to assess levels of heavy metals in fruits. Therefore, food control authorities should encourage use of RO water for irrigation in order to decrease level of contaminants entering the food chain.

Types of Grapes in Ontario

With various types of grapes to make some batch of wine, Ontario has several choices of flavours with a variety of character and historic validity. The quality of wine grapes depends on soil, geography, and microclimate. In addition to the said factors, the wine making process also contribute to the quality and taste. The grape itself and the vines themselves play an important role in ensuring good wine production. In Ontario, Canada, there are more than 40 different kinds of wine grapes.

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Here are a few of them.

  1. Vidal

It is widely grown in Ontario, and it has various uses as a fine selection for table wines. It takes a longer time before harvesting, usually in mid October or early November. Its clusters are bigger, with medium sized berries and conical shape. It produces more berries, which are thick with ideal hanging bunches. Its flavour is relatively neutral, with some acidic taste, making it a perfect cultivar for wine production.

  1. Seyval Blanc

This type was first grown in Ontario in 1950s, and it is one of the white hybrids with medium sized grapes that possess a bronze colour when ripe. The berries usually ripen on September, and show shiny leaves which normally curl upwards.

  1. Baco Noir

The plant was initially introduced in the Ontario spring by Baco Noir in 1902. However, it is prone to spring frost effects on the buds, though it grows fast and produces a sprawling canopy. The clusters are cylindrical with small berries, and some juice pigments appearing on them. It can grow on wide range of soils, and produces a high number of fruits. It ripens in September.

  1. Chambourcin

The vine is at its early stages since it started being grown in Ontario. It has cylindrical and loose clusters, while berries are usually blue in colour. The fruits are medium sized, with neutral flavour juice. Its cylindrical cluster shape helps in preventing fruit rot, though the crop itself can grow excessively if not well monitored. It ripens late in October or early November, depending on where it is grown.

  1. Marechal Foch

This is popular known as the ‘early ripening grape’, which matures as early as August or September. Its berries are small, and contained in a cylindrical shaped bunch. The juice has some pigmentation, with visible herbaceous flavours.

  1. Auxerois

This wine grape crop was recently included into Ontario grape wine production, and it has receiving warm welcome among wine consumers. It grows moderately with medium sized berries and clusters with conical shapes. Its juice has a neutral taste, and usually harvested in September.

  1. Chardonnay

This is the most widely grown cultivar in entire Ontario. It has an upright growth tendency and displays high vigour, based on the location it is planted. The berries are round in shape with a golden colour when ripe. It usually matures in September.

  1. Pinot Gris

Also known as ‘grey pinot’, it is differentiated by its characteristic fruit colour. The berries are small and rounded in shape, with reddish colour on the skin. Sometimes, the berries might have some part of greenish and reddish colour on the cluster. The clusters are cylindrical, and some shaded canopy. It ripens in late September.

  1. Riesling

This is a white cultivar, and one of the old grape wine plants in Ontario. It is an adaptable type of grape crop, which is harvested severally for different kinds of table wines. It has medium sized clusters, with round berries that are green in colour. Depending on which type of wine required, it can be harvested either late in September or mid-October. For ice-wine production, the grapes are harvested in January.

There are many kinds of grape wine plants grown in Ontario, but the above nine (9) types are the most common for table wine production in 0ntario, Canada.

Sealing & Dehydrating and Beyond

vacuum sealer 1Vacuum sealers are also known as dry canning and a very great help in keeping your shelf life of bulk dry goods like your dried fruits, spices and herbs or even your flour and sugar.  For your non-powdery dry foods like rice, fruits and peppercorn you can place them in a mason jar and just use some jar sealer. This method of sealing is very helpful, especially when you have a bumper crop of something and you need to store some extra crops for a longer period of time.

For your powdery item like your flour and sugar, you can just leave them inside a paper storage bags and vacuum seal the bag. If you will be planning to seal powdery materials in your mason jar, always make sure that you will form a hole at the center to increase the airflow, then you can place a coffee filter in the content of your jar to help reduce the amount of dust to be sucked into the sealer. You can also use this kind of sealing method in your fresh frozen foods like your broccoli, blueberries, peas, green beans, strawberries and many more.

This can also be used in preparing your pre-meal pack, in this way of packing your meal your food are not clumped in a big frozen block and you can eat as much as you want. You can also reuse the bag if you only open it nice and neatly. You can also seal leftover foods in a meal size for your quick fix meal on a busy night. Here is a comparison of vacuum sealers you can buy.

Unique Uses for a Vacuum Sealer

vacuum sealer 2Vacuum sealer can also be used in resealing oil, wine, vinegar and more. When you have already broken the seal on your liquids, the shelf life of it will drop dramatically, especially your wine. There is also some sealer that is capable to be replaced in your wine stopper.

There is also lots of sealer that is compatible to seal all your liquid bottles like your oil and vinegar. This kind of sealing method will not only help in preventing some spill of your foods or liquids, but will also help to protect some of your things like ammunition and other things from corrosion. When your ammo will be expose in air and moisture it will result to tarnish and will corrode metal over the time. You can use sealer to protect the shine of your silver cutlery and you can also save yourself a lot of time polishing. Always make sure that before sealing your cutlery you will wrap it first with a thick paper or a cloth, so that your fork and sharp knife will not damage the sealed bag.

Vacuum sealer can also be used to reseal some of your favorite cracker and chips. Although clothespins and chip clip help to prevent your food from spilling all over your pantry, but this clip doesn’t work very well to keep the content very fresh, especially under wet conditions. To keep the crunchy feeling of your crackers and chips, simply use the sealing function of your sealer because if you vacuum your cracker or chips t will crush your food.

First Dehydrate and then Vacuum Seal!

food dehydratorHere is a ultimate guide by dehydratorium.com editors, we suggest you to to read.

Vacuum sealer can also used in some emergency preparedness, especially if your house is not very close to any shopping or retail stores. This can be used in stacking some of your first aid kit and some medicine, especially if you always stock band aids for your little ones.

This can be used in stacking some of your first aid kit and some medicine, especially if you always stock band aids for your little ones.

We all know that band aids have adhesive on the back portion, but when not properly place the adhesive on the back will get damaged and the band aid con not be used anymore.

If your band aids will be put on your sealer this prevents the band aid to get damage and also the adhesive on the back of it. When the time comes that you need to use e item inside your sealed bad, just snip it open and it’s ready to go.

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All About Bread Machines – Cheese Wine Bread Recipes

bread machines 1Having a freshly made bread at your table for is the very best thing to have, especially every morning. But did you even think how does a bread made? Well, for everyone who are very curious about how to make a bread this article might help you with that. Bread making can be very tricky, it takes a lot of effort and time to make a bread. With a help of a bread making machine everything is possible when making a bread. Most of you now are having their own bread making machine at the comfort of your houses. Many of you now are turning your little kitchen into a little bakery and enjoying the taste of every bread you make with your machine.


What is a Bread Machine?

Bread Machine is a home appliance that can be used to make or baking a bread. It includes a bread pan or a tin at the bottom, it also has a built in paddles that was mounted at the center of a very special oven. The build in oven is controlled by a built in computer that uses settings to input via its control panel. Every bread machine has a different cycles depending on the kind of dough like white bread, European style bread, whole grain and sometimes even pizza dough. Other bread machine offers an automatic timer to allow the machine to activate without any human interaction. Some also have a user program that will allow to program a custom cycle of the dough. Most of the bread making machine process is automatic and most machine also comes with a recipe book for your daily bread making experience and for making more types of dough. You can read further on the very best bread machine reviews on the market today at makingmybread .


To make a bread, each ingredient was measured equally into the bread pan in an orderly manner, most of the machine usually puts liquid first with all the solid ingredients on top. After measuring all the ingredients in the bread pan, then be put in the bread maker. The order of of putting all the ingredients is very important because the instant yeast will be activated once it contacts with the water. So it is very important that the yeast and the water should keep apart until the program will start.

How Does Bread Making Machine Works?

bread machines 2The machine takes few hours to bake the bread. The first step is by turning all your ingredients into a dough by the use of the paddle. Most machines have a removable paddle. Next would be the start of baking your bread with ideal oven temperature. When the bread is done the pan can be extracted from the machine. Always take extra care in opening the lid, remove the hot tin out of the oven, then tip out the bread and let it cool. Some of the bread making machine doesn’t have the same bread shape, however, all the recent models generally have a more traditional horizontal pan. While some machine has a standard rectangular shape. Most machines are very easy to clean after every bake with its nonstick features. It only takes less than a minute to clean the tin and the paddles.

The best tips for bread machine bread is here.

The great thing about having an automatic bread maker is that it does all the process for you. But some other machine has other features like a built in memory so that the machine can survive even during power outages or blackouts. The machine will remember what they were doing and continue to its job when the power turns back. There are also bread making machine that is capable of delaying the start of the program so that you can put all the ingredients at night and wake up with a fresh new baked bread in the morning. You are maybe wondering how much a bread maker machine will cost you if you are about to make a loaf, well this is depending on what ingredients you are using. Compare to your everyday expenses in buying your favorite bread on the bakeries  this machine will surely helps you to save more than buying a bread everyday.

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A Surprising Rice Cooker Recipe with Wine

Pancakes In Your Rice Cooker 1Cooking dishes with the use of your rice cooker is very easy task, you can technically cook whatever you want to cook with the use of only a single multi-tasker kitchen appliance that you have, your rice cooker. Yes, you can always use your rice cooker to cook more than just rice.

You can also cook pancakes with the help of your rice cooker. You don’t have to wait in a long line just to have your pancake. One thing that makes pancake rocks is that it can easily cook.

That’s why it is a very good idea to cook it using only the rice cooker.

Making Enormous Pancakes In Your Rice Cooker Is A Real

Just simply mix all the ingredient of a pancake into the rice cooker pot, and it will automatically cooks for you. This is very helpful, especially if you don’t a large kitchen to cook for. It only takes a few minutes to finish cooking your pancake in your rice cooker. If you are a very big fun of a pancake well you can have it anytime you want. Since the rice cooker can be very helpful in all your daily activities, this can also help you to save more time in preparing all the necessary tools and material in cooking. When you use many types of pot during your cooking this will cost you so much time in preparing. It will also save you lots of space in your kitchen.


Cooking pancake steps:

The first thing to prepare is your rice cooker. Combine pancake mix and other required ingredients in the rice cooker pot. Make sure that you will not prepare more than the capacity of your rice cooker to avoid mess to your cooker. Press the machine to cook the pancake and just let the cooker do all the works for you. Wait until your rice cooker finish cooking and make sure that you check the top portion of your pancake if it is properly cooked. Then check the center of your pancake by pinching it with a toothpick or a clean knife. If it is cleaned when removed then your pancake is now ready to be removed from your rice cooker pot. Garnish your pancake with your favorite toppings.


Pancakes are very fantastic buttery cake

Pancakes In Your Rice Cooker 3Many of us love to eat pancake every morning combine with our favorite toppings. You will absolutely love your daily pancakes with the help of your rice cooker. You will not be able to go outside of your house just to have the pancake that you wanted. You can absolutely make it in just a matter of minutes at the comfort of your home. Just make sure that you have already prepared all the necessary ingredients and you are ready to go. Rice cooker is a very important appliance to have at our own house. Due to its usefulness, we only not using this cooker to only cook rice, but also with other different dishes that we love most. There are many types of rice cooker in the market today that offers lots of different features to all of its users. For the very best rice cookers on the market today we suggest you to visit cookermag as a professionalist.

But all of them give us all the conveniences that we are looking for in an appliances. It plays a very important role in our day to day activities and it always offers lots of benefits to us. Buying a rice cooker for your home needs is like buying different kinds of kitchen appliances all at once. You didn’t just save on time, you also save money and space, especially if you only have a minimal space in your kitchen. Having a rice cooker alone in your kitchen does not mean you can’t do other kitchen works because you only have one appliance. Even if you only have a rice cooker in your kitchen you can still maximize it and used it to it’s fullest. You will not regret if you choose to buy rice cooker since all it’s benefits can help you and you’re family at the very comfort of your home.

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Commercial Usage Of Wine Coolers

For a restaurateur, buying a wine cooler for their establishment requires serious number crunching. It can be a serious investment that has to have compelling reasons to get decent return of investment. After all, restaurants have refrigerators and will have plenty of shelf space for a couple of bottles, right? Wrong.wine-cellars

What is a wine cooler?

A wine cooler is a special type of refrigerator that keeps wine at its optimal temperature storage. Compared to the usual refrigerators in a typical dining establishment, wine coolers can keep tabs on temperature, surrounding light, humidity, and even the slight vibrations that can drastically affect the quality of wine before it is served to their clients.

Features of a commercial wine cooler

built-in-wine-coolersA wine cooler’s most important feature is its thermostat. An ordinary refrigerator maintains a 4’C all throughout while wine coolers keep it at a range of 12’C to 14’C, the optimal temperature range for long-term storage of wines. Aside from wines, all the other items that can be stored in the refrigerator should not be placed here because the temperature is not low enough to keep food products from spoiling. Expensive models have multiple zones that allow short-term storage at a much lower temperature.

Another basic attribute of wine coolers is its humidity settings. Humidity can affect the corks used for sealing the wine bottles. Go too low and the corks will dry out, shrink, and allow air into the bottles which can compromise the wine’s quality. Extreme humidity can encourage mould growth and damage the wine labels. The environmental humidity that should surround wine must be about 50% to 80%. Most wine coolers keep it safe to just 50%.

Unlike industrial refrigerators and walk-in freezers, wine coolers will have dark interiors and tinted glass to lessen the amount of light that comes into contact with wine bottles. Ultraviolet rays can cause chemical reactions with the flavor and aroma compounds of the wine. Modern units have glass doors that allow sommeliers to check stocks without opening the wine cooler.

High-end models of wine coolers have insulation and exceptional built to lower the amount of vibrations that wine will be exposed to. It’s not a major factor in affecting wine’s taste but some wine stewards may insist on getting the perfect storage conditions right. This is especially true for wine that cost a lot and might take some time before being bought or consumed in the restaurant.

Are commercial wine coolers a perfect addition to the shop?

Wine coolers are specialized equipment that can be a great addition to any business establishment that serves wine to their wine-cellar-coolerspatrons. There is an initial outlay but the returns are guaranteed, especially if the wines in stock are a hit and needs to be in stock. High end fine dining establishments that carry expensive wines also stand to gain from having their own wine coolers because no matter how long the wine sits in it, it will always arrive on the table in the perfect condition. Aside from storage, hotels and bars tend to display the wine cooler to encourage guests to consume wine with their meals.

People who may not own restaurants can benefit from having wine coolers for personal use, even with a refrigerator at home. Meat and other perishables may not be stored here, but that’s why there are refrigerators. However, there are some vegetables, fruits, and certain cheeses that can thrive in the controlled climate of the wine cooler. Check the best wine coolers on wine cooler lab.

Wine enthusiasts will invest in a good bottle or two and allow them to age until they’re consumed, sold, or given away in the future. Wine loving parents buy a bottle when their child is born and give it as a present on their 21st birthday. From the time the wine is bought until it is consumed or sold, the wine cooler is a perfect time capsule to hold on to wine.