Dry Fruit and Vegetables

Drying fruit is an interesting way to store part of a summer or autumn harvest. It makes a change from making jam or pickles with your glut.

These sweet, nutritious preserves can be made at home quite easily, stored and added as snacks to packed lunches for school or work. They can last from a few weeks to a few months. They must be totally dehydrated to ensure that no mould can develop.

Crops with a high water content like apples, plums, grapes or tomatoes should be oven-dried but those with a low water content can just be dried indoors. This air-drying method is slower than using an oven but is particularly suited to herbs, chillies and peas and beans that have been removed from their pods. The room needs to be warm and well-ventilated. It could be a spare room or garage. A kitchen will have too much moisture in the air because of the steam from cooking.

The crops can be laid on a wire rack, separated out and left for a few weeks or if possible, like in the case of chillies, strung onto string and hung up in order to save

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Fruit Cakes

While, it was considered by the Roman as the food that can bring special luck in the following harvest year, the exactly opposite thing happened around 1800s. Yes, people in some regions started to believe this delicacy to be sinful and they kept away. But, soon after this decline period, people again have started to include it in their celebrations and happy moments. It was once considered as a symbol of hope as well in some part of England. Even, people used to put a small piece of cake under their pillow with the hope that it will bring good dreams about the future loved one.

So, here comes the question what exactly are these eatables made up of. Even though, the ingredients used in the making might differ, they typically include fruits and nuts and even a little brandy or rum is used.

Nowadays, holidays are never getting fulfillment with sponge cakes or at least without plain cakes. Some are opting for the latter alternatives for their birthdays too, just because they can show their creativity in making attractive designs on their own. For instance, couples can get plain cakes for their wedding and can

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Royal Jelly

It contains water, sugars, lipids, proteins, minerals and almost all the amino acids essential for human nutrition.

It transforms bee larvae into queen bees. As a result, the queen bees develop into a size double that of the worker bees and have a life span 20 to 30 times of that of the worker bees.

Based on the observation and scientific experiments, it has many great benefits to human beings.

Japanese research shows that it has very strong anti-cancer properties. By taking royal jelly, one can prevent cancer or prolong the proliferation of cancer cells.

Grave’s Disease causes enlarged thyroid and related symptoms such as increased heart beat, muscle weakness, disturbed sleep and bulging eye (exophtalmos). It may reduce the occurrence of these symptoms and thus is beneficial to the patients.

The consumption of royal jelly may maintain the brain health. It is discovered that it is able to stimulate the growth of stem cells in the brain. It can prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. It also stimulates the cognitive function of the brain.

Wrinkles and dry skin are signs of ageing. It possesses nutrients that support skin renewal

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Magic of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that boosts the immune system and plays vital roles in human metabolism.

It not only provides your body with the armour-plating to prevent disease, it’s the fuel that can reverse and heal all kinds of health problems.

Practically every cell in your body – from your brain to your bones – contains vitamin D receptors that draw from your body the precious vitamin D3 they need to function properly.

It’s important to your health because it helps in building strong bones and a cast-iron immune system. Its absence could be exposing you to serious health hazards.This stunning new evidence concerns vitamin D’s ability to ward off and even reverse many of the most serious diseases we face.

For example, a recent study by Dr. William Grant – an internationally acclaimed research scientist and vitamin D expert – has found that 30 per cent of cancer deaths each year could be avoided just by having higher levels of vitamin D in your body.

A large scale, randomized placebo controlled study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that you can decrease your risk of getting

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Freeze Drying Food

Freeze drying using a freezer

Here you need to place the food on a plate or tray then spread it to prevent it from clumping together. You should then place the tray in the freezer and close. Closing the freezer ensures that the freezing process is not slowed down.

The freeze drying process takes about one week and you should only remove the food from the freezer once all the food has sublimed. To ensure that the food has fully sublimed you should test it.

To test you need to remove food from the freezer then allow it to thaw. If it turns black, the process is not yet complete. Once you have confirmed that the food has completely freeze dried, you should store it in storage bags. You should push air out, seal the bags, and store them either in the freezer or in a pantry.

Freeze drying using dry ice

Here you need to place food in freezer bags. To ensure that the food does not bunch up in one corner, you should lay the bags flat.

Once you have done this you should place the freezer bags in a

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Bitter-Sweet Biscuits

Given that Russ & I enjoy a biscuit or two with our morning cuppa, and given my dislike of eating numbers in my food and the lack of true vitality in the packet variety, I decided to begin baking my own. Not renown for my biscuits ever before I found that when I racked my mind for a recipe only Anzacs came to the fore (my recipe books are still buried away as we finish building!). So without further ado, or any conscious ado at all, I have purchased the ‘necessary ingredients’ and I find myself adding golden syrup, brown sugar and white flour to the mix. I am not going to lie and say there were not delicious biscuits (isn’t it amazing the transformational power of cooking with love!); however, what was interesting to note was how a default pattern can temporarily erase conscious consideration. While munching on a biscuit in contemplation I considered what I already knew: that golden syrup is a refined sweetener; brown sugar is also refined, albeit with a hint of molasses; and white flour besides refined could be many things – bleached and rancid among them. I was using unbleached stone-ground flour

Get Good Quality Drinking Water

The main sources of drinking water are rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ground water and the sea. The water from these sources at times could not be consumed right away. It needs to go through water treatment processes before we could consume it. The reason is that it could be contaminated with pollutants like suspended solids, algae, bacteria and viruses.

Water goes through different processes like screening, rapid mixing, sedimentation, flotation, filtration, micro-screening, disinfection, de-chlorination etc. in the treatment plant. After these processes, suspended solids, micro-organisms and bacteria are eliminated according to the required specification. The end result is water that is safe for drinking purposes.

Before we are able to drink water from the treatment plant, it has to be delivered to our houses and offices. During the delivery through the pipe line from the treatment plant or its storage area, the drinking water may be contaminated again with mud and suspended solids due to pipe leakage and repair works, heavy metals from pipe corrosion as well as bacteria and viruses originated from dirty storage tank.

Hence, when the water comes out from the tap, it may be still contaminated with suspended solids, bacteria, viruses and

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Herbs vs Spices

Spices and herbs have far less calories when compared to the calories of other food additions such as sauces, gravy, dressings, trimmings, etc. Many are not aware of the differences between herbs and spices. While cooks use the terms interchangeably, there are some distinct differences between the two.

  • The essential difference between herbs and spices is that they are obtained from different parts of a plant. Herbs are obtained from the leaves whereas spices come from the seeds, bark and roots of a tree. In fact, any part of a plant that is not a leaf, and can be used for seasoning, can be regarded as a spice. Certain plants offer both herb and spice. For example,coriander (seeds) and cilantro (leaves) belong to the same plant.
  • Herbs are used dry or fresh. Spices are not generally fresh.
  • While herbs grow abundantly in different parts of the world, spices are more commonly found in the Tropical and Far East countries.
  • Herbs are thought to have more uses than spices. Apart from their usage in cooking, herbs have several medicinal properties and are a common ingredient in a host of cosmetic products.
  • Herbs are classified
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How To Shoot A Christmas Cake Video

Delight your fans and family with a demonstration of how to make your famous Christmas cake – and shoot a video of it to spread the joy around the world.

Food blogging has become a serious business, and it is easy to operate a professional food blog complete with text, images, and videos. Now that Christmas is around the corner, you want to try your hand at shooting a Christmas cake video. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it. Just follow the easy guide we’ve outlined below.

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How to shoot a Christmas cake video

·         Get the ingredients together in glass containers.

Opaque metal vessels don’t allow your viewers to see the ingredients and their proportions clearly. Use glass containers and mixing bowls only. Start by laying out all the ingredients in the order that you will need them in the recipe, close at hand. Switch on the camera only after all the ingredients are in place, your cooktop is cleaned, and you are ready, to begin with, a short introduction.

·         Place two cameras at the right angles.

You will need two

SodaStream

Cold water holds gas better than warm water, which is why SodaStream recommends always using cold, refrigerated water when carbonating. The problem is that different refrigerators are different temperatures. So one person may be using water that is 36 degrees while another is using water that is 45 degrees. You will run into troubles carbonating water that is under 40 degrees. The water and CO2 will freeze at the tip causing a blockage that will prevent your water from carbonating. Those who keep their refrigerators extra cold will want to use some room temperature water mixed in with the cold water. You are ideally looking for somewhere between 41 and 45 degrees. Not sure if this is a problem for you? Look at the tip of the SodaStream (the part that goes into the bottle) immediately after using it. You will see very small bits of white ice in this area if the temperature of your water was too low.

The biggest complaint I hear is regarding the carbonation of juices. Many people don’t realize that you can only carbonate plain water with any home soda maker. The flavorings are added after carbonation. This means you can’t

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