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Everything You Need to Know About Reheating Leftovers

Everything You Need to Know About Reheating Leftovers

Amateur Hour is Over. Why destroy the dinner you worked so hard to make by reheating it incorrectly? There are right and wrong ways to cook leftovers, and learning them can save your food from being wasted. Around the holidays it is always better to prepare more food than you need, so hopefully these techniques will make you more confident that none of that extra food will be unappreciated!   The Golden Rule The best way to reheat a food is to emulate the way it was cooked. So for example, it is good to reheat soup over the stove, and casseroles in the oven. If it is possible to reheat your leftovers by recooking them the way they were originally made, that is the best way to retain their taste and texture. Microwaves are known to be harsh on leftovers, and will often make cheese chewy and bread soggy. If you have access to a toaster oven try to use it for reheating crunchy foods like pizza. If a microwave is your only option, try covering your food with a wet paper towel to prevent it from drying out. Pizza can be microwaved with a glass of water underneath it to minimize sogginess. If you are reheating noodles feel free to sprinkle some water directly on the dish. Turkey & Ham Any turkey or ham that has already been cooked does not need to be reheated to safely eat. However if you don’t want to use these leftovers as sandwich meat you may want to heat them back up. First preheat the oven to 350 F. Reglaze your...
Why Right Now is the Best Time to Work in the Trades

Why Right Now is the Best Time to Work in the Trades

For the past couple of decades, blue collar jobs have been stereotyped as lowly when compared to white collared jobs. Why? It was simply because getting a white collar job became easier. College was cheaper and it was easier to get a job with a bachelor’s degree. However, this has changed in the past couple of years. After the economy took a nosedive, jobs became much harder to find. College became much more expensive and many people became unemployed. As the cost of college and unemployment rose, this led many people to turn back to the trades. People began to realize that working a trade job could have as many as (or even more) benefits as working a white collar job. If you needed some reasons on why now is the best time to work in the trades, keep reading: 1. Skilled tradesmen and women are in high demand. In today’s society, there is a shortage of skilled tradespeople. As the Baby Boomers begin to retire, many companies have started to turn to millennials as potential replacements. This means that there are millions of job opportunities available all over the world for those who are skilled in a trade. Because many millennials are not well-trained in skills outside of the ones learned in school, there is a high demand for people who have valuable trade skills.   2. Trade jobs are well-paying (and may even pay more than some white collar jobs). Because of the lack of skilled tradespeople, many companies have started to offer more money as an incentive to recruit more workers. For example, according to Chron,...
5 Creative Things to Do With Your Pumpkin Seeds & Guts

5 Creative Things to Do With Your Pumpkin Seeds & Guts

There’s more to a pumpkin than just becoming a scary jack-o-lantern or festive fall decoration around the house. Whether you’re utilizing your leftover Halloween pumpkins or buying fresh ones for fun projects, the truth is that there are plenty of fun and creative things you can do with your pumpkin seeds and guts. Art projects and recipes are just some ideas for what to do with your leftover pumpkin innards, but there are many more where those came from! To start, check out the following five top creative things to do with leftover pumpkin seeds and guts.   5 Great Ways to Use Pumpkin Seeds and Guts Creatively 1. Pumpkin Facial They may look a little gross, but your pumpkin’s guts are filled with Vitamins A, E, and C, which can work wonders when used as a topical cream. To create the perfect pumpkin facial, use five teaspoons of pumpkin puree and add three teaspoons of brown sugar. Add a small bit of milk to the mixture (about a ¼ cup or less), and blend well. This should create a fine paste that you can then apply to your face. Be sure to avoid your eye area, as this skin is much more sensitive, and let it sit for about twenty minutes. Once done, wash thoroughly and enjoy fresh, revitalized, and glowing skin! 2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Roasted pumpkin seeds are a fall staple, and they’re incredibly easy to make. This recipe from Boulder Locavore offers the most delicious roasted pumpkin seeds using a unique method! To create the perfect roasted pumpkin seeds, you’ll need: Pumpkin Seeds Salt Olive...
What is the Lifespan of Your Appliances?

What is the Lifespan of Your Appliances?

If you’ve ever owned or lived in a house, you’ve probably had to purchase some major household appliances. Common household appliances can include: refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, oven ranges, cooktops, and dishwashers. If you’ve been using these appliances for a few years now, you’re probably starting to wonder how much longer they can last. Typically, the lifespan of a household appliance will depend on its usage and whether or not it has been properly cared for. Here is a guide on the lifespan of your appliances, with additional tips on how to keep them up and running even longer. Refrigerator A refrigerator typically lasts 10-15 years with normal use. A compact fridge typically has a shorter lifespan, since they are typically cheaper and on the low end. To keep a refrigerator running even longer, be sure to keep the outdoor and indoor parts clean. Dust on the refrigerator coils causes problems on the fridge condenser, which will cause your fridge to fail – possibly even before the typical lifespan. To prevent this, purchase a special coil-cleaning refrigerator brush and clean the coils at least once a year.   Washing Machine Washing machines last around 10-13 years, depending on how many cycles it’s been through. Top loading washing machines tend to live even longer than front-loading ones. However, you can extend your washer’s life and usage by doing weekly or monthly maintenance. Washing the insides with bleach or vinegar will remove odors, buildup, and other gunk that can accumulate after many uses. This is guaranteed to make your washing machine last longer.   Dryer Dryers have a lifespan of 10-13...
Tips & Tricks to Keeping Food Fresh

Tips & Tricks to Keeping Food Fresh

No one likes letting food go to waste, but finding time to plan meals or go to the store every day isn’t always an option. These tips and tricks will help keep your food fresh so it lasts longer. Prevent Spoilage Start with your refrigerator and learn which compartments are ideal for various foods. Store meats and fish in the lower shelves of the refrigerator where it is typically the coolest. Don’t overcrowd your fridge because cool air needs room to circulate. Keep your fridge temperature below 5 degrees Celsius or 41 degrees Fahrenheit. To monitor your fridge’s temperature, install a thermometer and be sure to check it often. During the summer and warmer months, adjust your fridge’s temperature to cope with the changing external environment. It’s also important to keep in mind that opening the refrigerator frequently during warmer months also let’s cool air escape; this can make it difficult to keep fridge contents at a proper temperature. Always store perishables in the fridge as well as fresh items such as fruit, veggies, and meat that you know you won’t use right away. The best way to prevent spoilage is to buy only what you’ll need, and throw away the food that is already spoiling.   Store Foods in the Right Place To keep your food fresh, it is important to know which foods to store where. Apples should be kept away from other produce since they emit natural ethylene gas at a faster rate than most other produce, and thus can increase the ripening process of other produce. Because bananas also release gas to ripen themselves, a...
Laundry Labels for Low Dryer IQ

Laundry Labels for Low Dryer IQ

If you have a low dryer IQ, chances are you’ve accidently ruined lots of pieces of clothing in your time. Many people find that doing laundry is difficult, and they often become frustrated when what should be a simple wash turns into a clothing disaster. However, doing laundry doesn’t have to be a chore or hard. In fact, you can learn how to do laundry easily and successfully every time. The secret lies in understanding laundry labels for your different clothing types, and washing and drying accordingly. This guide will help even the most challenged launderer clean even the trickiest garments without problems. Why Having a High Dryer IQ Is Important Clothing is necessary for most people. Whether you’re a fashionista or not, you’re sure to want and need to buy clothes pretty regularly. In fact, the average person spends quite a lot on their clothing over time, making your clothes a large investment. With this in mind, it only makes sense to make sure these clothes last as long as possible so that you get the most wear out of them. Unfortunately, poor, careless, or downright clueless laundry habits can have you sending that new dress or shirt that’s now three sizes too small to the thrift store. Of course, sometimes things happen during laundry that can ruin your clothes, and it’s no one’s fault, but most of the time, these mishaps are due to you having a low dryer IQ about some of your favorite pieces. Some clothes are more expensive than others, usually those made with nice fabrics such as cotton and silk, which is why...