Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Best Way to Live Longer

To all smokers, please take note that there are over 70,000 scientific articles to prove that smoking damages your heart, lungs, esophagus, stomach, bowels, prostate, and predisposes you to all kinds of cancers. Each year, smoking-related illnesses are the number one cause of death in the Philippines. What is worse is that smokers actually hurt the non-smokers around them by letting them inhale its toxic fumes. A study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institutes shows that 47% of Filipino males, and 16% of females are smokers, one of the highest worldwide. Moreover, 33% of our minors are smokers already by age fourteen.

So, what’s the best way to live longer? Don’t smoke, period. It will save you from so much heartache and pain.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Food for the Family

What about leftovers?

There are times when we cannot avoid having leftovers. When a member of the family fails to come home at mealtime or when the family decides to eat out during untimely occasions when food has been prepared at home, food may be left over for the next meal. To throw away the food is a waste. But what can you do with that?

No need to be discouraged. When a little ingenuity and imagination any leftover food can be used for another meal. The important thing to remember when dealing with leftovers is to change their form. A dish of reheated vegetables tastes flat and is devoid of appetite appeal. But wash them and make them into a golden omelet and you something for the family.

You can do something mashed or sieved vegetables. You can turn them into soups, croquettes, or fritters. Starchy vegetables such as legumes and cereals as well as paste foods like macaroni and noodles lend themselves to such dishes as loaves, dumplings, or roast.

Some good amount of baked beans might be converted into a fragrant brown roast with tomato sauce or any favorite sauce for topping.
Add cooked macaroni to chopped peanuts and you have delicious stuffing for peppers or cabbage.
leftover cakes might be combined and used as topping fruit salad or base for pudding and may be mixed with dry cereal like granola.

Two-day-old fruit pie can be heated and then broken into pieces topped with a mixture of fruits and nuts and served with while mild.

Do you have some ice cream which is losing its from and looks? Whisk it lightly and add milk; you'll have a nourishing, frothy milk shake.
seasoning is important in making new dishes from leftovers. don't; be afraid to experiment with new herbs and seasoning. Recognize the value of garnishes. Accompaniments play their part in making leftovers attractive. If you do the right thing with leftover foods, you need not apologize for them.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ceramic Fiber Insulation

A firebox in a stove emits fire, which produces heat. A wood stove controls the heat direction and prevents the firebox from having direct contact with the top of the stove. An important component of a wood stove is a baffle. Some wood stoves contain a ceramic fiber blanket between the baffle and the top of the stove.

Baffles control how a stove works in more ways than one. Besides creating a barrier between the fire and the top of the stove, they direct smoke and gases towards the stovepipe. In addition, the baffle helps to create secondary combustion inside the stove, which makes the stove more energy efficient and prevents smoke from coming out when the stove door is opened.

You should be cautious when operating wood stoves, because they are aligned with fibers that emit toxic emissions when exposed to heat. If you regularly operate wood stoves, it is advisable to wear a mask or take long breaks after operating the stove.

Other Considerations
Intense heat produced inside a stove eventually weakens the baffle. Therefore, you should regularly check the condition of your baffles to avoid compromising the efficiency of your stove. In addition, buy your baffles from recognized dealers to avoid counterfeits.

How to Make an Old Wood Burning Stove More Efficient
Many people in the U.S. use wood stoves to warm their homes. However, the downside of using this type of stove is that it loses its energy efficiency with continued use. Fortunately, there are a few ways of restoring the energy efficiency of your wood stove.

• Use a fan to circulate the heat - If you do not have it, consider buying one from a nearby home improvement store. Place the fan next to the wood stove and turn it on to distribute warm air from the burning stove.

• Burn seasoned dried firewood - Dried firewood burns much more efficiently than wet firewood that loses heat before it dries up.

• Burn hardwoods instead of softwoods - Unlike softwoods that burns much faster and equally loses heat fast, the dense nature of hardwoods enables them to release heat gradually for longer periods.

When operating your wood stove, stick to using wood all the time. Any other material like garbage or plastic not only produces unnecessary ash but it also dampens the flames.