Modern Kitchen Machines and Gadgets to Consider for Your Home

Modern Kitchen Machines and Gadgets to Consider for Your Home

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, perhaps to change the paint or counter-top, you may want to update your kitchen appliances. Kitchen appliances are starting to improve and bulk up in terms of features and technologies that can definitely make your life in the kitchen more convenient and fun. But don’t just shop for the latest and most attractive kitchen devices and machines available in the market. According to experts, it pays to do your research, and look at the current trends in the market. According to Consumer Reports, some of the heavily advertised kitchen machines and gadgets are more focused on marketing pitches, and not on performance and reliability.  So before you shop, learn first your options available in the market, and check out the latest trends in the market.

Refrigerators for Modern Homes

Refrigerators come in different types and brands, and choosing what’s appropriate for your home  can be stressful. To simplify your search, know first the different types of refrigerators on the market, and their advantages. Some of the popular types of refrigerators are bottom freezers, side-by-sides and the top freezers. A popular variation of this kitchen machine is the four-door refrigerator, inspired by the French-door refrigerators in the market. With this product, you can count on and extra storage space, often with a separate control.

Double Ovens for Faster Cooking Time

Double ovens are starting to gain popularity today thanks to its flexibility inside the kitchen.  With a double oven working in the kitchen, you can now cook two dishes at the same time, in different temperature settings. This should work for the homemaker who regularly host parties and dinners, or for those who simply want to impress their family members.

Coffee and Tea Makers

Today, coffee and tea makers are must-haves in most homes. Coffee and tea are considered two of the most popular beverages in the world. Thanks to its popularity, many households are now buying coffee and tea makers to make these drinks readily available in the house. Commercial tea makers can work on different kinds of tea leaves, from white tea leaves to green tea. Coffee makers are also available in different brands, and sometimes the choice depends on the kind of coffee you want in the morning or late afternoon.

The other popular but highly efficient kitchen gadgets and machines you can add in your kitchen are rice cookers and high-end blenders. Rice cookers are necessary for families who love their whole grains, and for those who want to include rice in their daily meal plan. Rice cookers come in different brands, and the choice often depends on brand, flexibility and ease of use. High-end blenders on the other hand are popular among households who value highly nutrition drinks, and for those who see fruit juices and shakes as healthy food options.

Adding these modern kitchen appliances and machines will not only modernize your kitchen, it’s presence in your house can also help you create healthy and delicious food that your family will love!

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On Superfoods and How it Can Help Your Health

On Superfoods and How it Can Help Your Health

Miracle powders, grains and fruit juices are now sweeping the food industry, and people are taking notice. And who wouldn’t pay attention to these grains and miracle powders? These are advertised as foods that are loaded with nutrients that the body needs. Welcome to the world of super-foods, or those prized foods and supplements that are considered packed with enzymes, vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and other elements essential to good health. According to various researches, super-foods are generally helpful in maintaining one’s health. Different super-foods will have different effects and health benefits including but not limited to preventing certain cancers, diabetes and dementia. According to the American Heart Association, certain super-foods can even help promote better heart health. There’s no denying the health benefits of super-foods, but before you  shop for these, you should know your options and the benefits that your body will derive from these.

Grains and Seeds Like Teff and Pumpkin Seeds

Grains are starting to get the attention they deserve thanks to the benefits associated with consuming quinoa and teff. Just like quinoa, teff is gluten-free, and a great source of copper, zinc, calcium and Vitamin K. More importantly, this grain is a superb source of different amino acids required in the production of protein. Use these grains in different dishes, or use these as a substitute to breakfast cereals. Pumpkin seeds are some of the best sources of magnesium that can help promote nerve function.

Discover Spirulina as a Healthy Supplement

Most lists about super-foods don’t include Spirulina in their compilation, but in time, this green algae will definitely join the proud list. Spirulina can be consumed as a whole food, and also available as a supplement. As a supplement, you can get this on the market in tablet or powder form. Whatever the form, Spirulina can provide you with complete protein, and its protein content is known to be superior to that found in legumes.

Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms

The list of acknowledged super-foods also include a few vegetables, including bok choy and shitake mushrooms. Bok choy is traditionally used in Chinese cooking, and an excellent source of folate, fiber and calcium. When cooked and prepared the right way, the crunchiness of bok choy can add depth to your dishes. When it comes to mushrooms, shitake is the leader. Shitake mushrooms are rich sources of Vitamin D2, and also contains lentinan that can help slow down the growth of tumor.

Other Kitchen Regulars Packed with Health Benefits

Although these are the most common foods listed in a super-food listing, it isn’t recommended that you simply ignore the other vegetables and ingredients in the kitchen. Take apple cider vinegar, according to experts, this white vinegar can cure hiccups, sore throat and even lower your blood pressure. And according to health practitioners, it can also work against dandruff and dry scalp. Other popular kitchen items that are consistently included in the super-foods lists are tomatoes, kale, berries, salmon and red wine. Red wine works, provided that it is taken in moderation.

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Strategies and Cleaning Supplies to Keep Your Home Fresh and Clean

Strategies and Cleaning Supplies to Keep Your Home Fresh and Clean

Maintaining a clean and fresh-smelling house is not just for aesthetic reasons, so you have something to show off to your friends, it’s now a requirement for good mental, physical and emotional health. Although it may sound like an impossible proposition, there are a number of studies released that explains the relationship between good health and a clean house. According to one study by the Indiana University, Department of Physical Activity, it noted the positive correlation between healthy people and a clean house. The study further explained that those who live in a clean house is healthier and more physically active compared to their counterparts who live in a poorly-maintained home. With this research in mind, it pays to come up with a plan on how to clean and maintain the cleanliness of your home, today.

Classic Cleaning Supplies for your Home

A clean house starts with the choice of classic cleaning materials you can use on a regular basis. You don’t need to spend a premium just to keep your house clean; there are classic and even all-natural cleaners that you can use. These are old-school natural cleaners, and there’s a big chance that you have these in the pantry. For starters, you can collect fresh lemons and essential oils. Sprinkle salt on fresh lemons, and rub this on any metal for thorough cleaning. When cleaning windows and glass, you can count on a mixture of water and essential oils. Essential oils in water will not just clean the windows, it will also leave a refreshing smell.

Use Carpet Cleaners and Vacuums

If you have carpets and own pets, then you will need the services of carpet cleaners and vacuums. There are options available when you want the services of carpet cleaners- you can buy one, hire a professional cleaning service or rent. If you own pets and the floor are dominated by carpeting, you may want to invest in a high quality carpet and vacuum cleaner. An upright vacuum that’s fitted with a bag is often a good choice for a large household, and for those who need to work in tight corners and spaces.

Stock Up on Paper Towels, Garbage Bags and Other Supplies

Make sure to stock up on cleaning supplies like paper towels and garbage bags. Choose paper towels that are rated well on wet strength, absorbency and scrubbing capabilities. Paper towels are helpful when cleaning up your mess in the dining table and the kitchen. Don’t forget to add garbage bags to your shopping list.

And to ensure a productive cleaning experience, make sure you are ready and you look the part. Choose cleaning clothes that are comfortable, like leggings or shorts to allow movement. Although leggings are known as fashionable items, there are comfortable leggings that can be used at home and when cleaning the house.

In short, it pays to take action, clean the house and maintain its cleanliness.  It may come at an extra work or cost, but it’s the one investment that you would like to consider not just for your home but for the family.

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Non-Toxic and Natural Cleaning Supplies Straight from the Kitchen

Non-Toxic and Natural Cleaning Supplies Straight from the Kitchen

When it comes to effective housekeeping, the common approach for many is to rely on a complete set of modern and expensive cleaning materials and ingredients like ammonia and bleach. Ammonia and bleach get the job done fast, but using these commercial cleaners always come at a cost. According to the American Lung Association, there are a number of popular cleaning products and agents that can affect one’s health. If not used properly, these commercial cleaning agents can irritate the eyes, cause headaches and pollute the environment. And the culprit? The presence of ammonia,bleach and other volatile organic compounds or VOCs in the cleaners and solutions. Some of these commercial products that contain these volatile substances are chlorine bleach, detergent, air fresheners and aerosol sprays. By using these products, the health of household members can be compromised, and the environment may get polluted. But you don’t need to suffer just to make sure your home is clean. There are non-toxic, natural and organic cleaners that can be found in your kitchen that can help you maintain the cleanliness of your home, without the usual health risks.

Natural Floor and Drain Cleaners

Did you know that apple cider vinegar can also work as a natural cleansing agent? Aside from its anti-bacterial qualities which works against acne, this kitchen ingredient can also work on cleaning and maintaining the drains and the floor. As a drain cleaner, simply combine 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup salt. Pour this mixture down the drain, rinsing it with water after 3 hours.

Highly rated vacuum cleaners are the most common devices used in cleaning wooden floors and floor infested by pet hair and furs. With a simple touch of the button, the vacuum cleaner can instantly collect the pesky dirt on the floor. But it is not every time that your vacuum cleaner can clean up all the dirt and grime on the floor and tiles. For persistent dirt and grime, you  can still use apple cider vinegar, combined with warm water.

Natural Glass Cleaner

Again, cider vinegar serves as a critical element when mixing a solution to work as a natural glass cleaner. To make this natural glass cleaner that can work on mirrors and windows, you’ll need 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and a drop or two of orange essential oil to keep the glass smelling fresh. Just combine all these ingredients before using on the dirty glass or windows. Spray the solution on a soft cloth first before applying it on the window or glass. Don’t try to apply this on the windows during a hot day since the mixture will dry out faster, and may leave ugly marks on the windows.

Who says you need to spend a fortune to keep your house clean? You just need to raid the kitchen and take a good look at what’s available. You will be surprised that the most effective cleaning agents can be found in the kitchen!

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Spice Up Your Snack Time With These Healthy Snack Options

Spice Up Your Snack Time With These Healthy Snack Options

Snacking, or eating small servings of food in between meals, is now considered a favorite hobby among many Americans. In fact, snacking has become part of the American lifestyle. It’s an opportunity to replenish one’s energy and satisfy a hungry stomach, and a perfect time as well to eat food items that are normally served and eaten during regular meals. But the same source of culinary satisfaction is now a serious health concern. According to the Food Surveys Research Group or the FSRG, snack time is no longer healthy among the general public. In a study conducted by the agency, it was found out that the snacking habits are now associated with decreased intake of nutrients, and higher intake of calories. Snacking can be fun and satisfying without having to load up on calories.  When snacks are planned and properly prepared, snacking can become the right solution to gain the nutrients your body needs to become physically active and alert throughout the day.

Choose Snacks that Help Burn Fat

Instead of snacking to load up on calories and fats, you should use snacking as an opportunity to lose some weight. It may sound like a long shot, but there are snack items you can include in your daily planner that can help burn fat. One perfect combination for a mid-day snack is skim milk and apple. Any type of fruit is a wonderful snack item, including oranges and mango. But to make the fruit more satisfying, you need to partner it with a protein source, like milk. Protein will help provide you with energy that can sustain you for at least two hours. Canned flaked tuna on top of whole-wheat crackers is a creative approach to fill an empty stomach and not worry about the extra fats. Look for tuna that’s packed in water, not in oil to heighten its nutritional levels. Tuna, just like salmon, is rich in protein and omega-3s. Or if you don’t want whole-wheat crackers, you can replace it with whole-wheat bread for a more satisfying snacking experience.

Make Sure to Offer Variety in the Table

When it comes to preparing snacks for family members, it’s also best to offer a variety so kids will eat and have fun. A number of healthy and new recipes are available online, including the traditional zapiekanka. Made from baguette, mushroom and cheese, this bread-based snack item is definitely a hit in many households. Baked goodies can be introduced in the table, and you can increase the nutritional value by carefully choosing the ingredients. Look for baking ingredients with tested health benefits, like apple cider vinegar,which is now popularly used in a number of baked goods like gluten-free muffins.

Snack time can become healthy, provided you pay attention to the food that you eat. Instead of loading up on chips and cakes loaded with too much fat and calories, why not consider healthy snacking options like fruits, canned tuna and healthy baked goodies.

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Dolphins and Pelicans Galore

Dolphins and Pelicans Galore

This Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 review will help you decide if it is the right kayak for you. The KL Industries Sun Dolphin Aruba 10′ SS Sit-in Kayak has made quite an impression on the market. I admit that I have never owned a Sun Dolphin kayak before, but when my best friend talked about this particular kayak, I had to check it out. And I’m so glad I did. Behold I present to you a kayak that has made significant strides in comfort, craftsmanship, durability, and aesthetics. Now I know that you have heard statements like this on several other reviews, however this kayak is not exaggerating when it makes these claims.

The 10 SS Aruba Kayak is lightweight, sturdy, solid in design, superior in craftsmanship, simple to operate, and capable of withstanding extreme conditions. Now, I know I have caught your attention, it is time for us to explore this 10-foot water craft, and marvel at the features that have made it so talked about. Features of the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 SS Kayak Before discussing the final verdict on The KL Industries Sun Dolphin Aruba 10′ SS Sit-in Kayak Review, let me discuss some feature of this kayak first.

Amazing Comfort: KL industries and Sun Dolphin have come together to give us a superbly comfortable kayak, that is guaranteed to improve your kayaking experience tenfold. So how do they achieve this? The answer is simple: the 10 SS kayak is composed of a roomy and open cockpit with an adjustable and padded seat, as well as protective thigh pads, and adjustable foot braces. So don’t worry if you are headed out on the water for the whole day; your body won’t feel a thing!

Pelican Apex 100 Review

This Pelican Apex 100 Kayak review will also guide you in the right direction. The Apex 100 is a very beginner-friendly kayak. It’s ultra-stable design makes it easy to maneuver, even for a first time paddler. But don’t get me wrong – it’s not a strictly “beginner” kayak – it will suit the needs of a variety of paddlers, both novice and experienced.

This kayak is perfect for exploring lakes and cruising down slow rivers. It’s definitely not a white water capable craft, but that should be obvious based on its design. We like that its lightweight design makes it easy to transport back and forth. This Pelican Apex weighs just 40 lbs., so it’s a breeze to carry with a friend, and can be carried by one person if need be, although it’s a bit awkward to carry because of its size. They are both excellent choices no matter what you are using them for.

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Who is the Best Kayak Manufacturer?

Who is the Best Kayak Manufacturer?

Intex makes a great kayak and has many different models available to suit any style or event. If you’ve managed to find your way to our Intex Challenger K2 kayak review, then you’ll know that the K2 has a lot to live up to, as it’s no mean feat living up to the Intex Challenger brand. Renowned for durability, easy maneuverability and effortless tracking, the Challenger line of kayaks is a great choice for beginners. So how does the K2 fit in? What makes it stand out from other multiple passenger kayaks?

Well, for a start, it’s made from Intex’s custom designed super tough vinyl, which is puncture proof and resistant to UV damage to boot. This means that you kayak experience can be worry free, as it’s going to take some serious effort to damage this kayak. You can be as bad as steering as you like as hitting rocks isn’t going to leave a mark. In the rare occurrence of a puncture, the kayak is bundled with an on board puncture repair kit, to stop you taking an unplanned trip to the bottom of the lake.

A big worry for beginner kayakers, particularly those who do not feel at home on the water, is that they are going to capsize. Well rest assured that an inflatable kayak is incredibly difficult to capsize, given its natural buoyancy. However, twice the number of people on board doubles the risk of someone rocking the boat a little too enthusiastically.

Here is an Intex explorer K2 kayak review for comparison. When taking fishing trips far from civilization, reliability is a must for any reputable kayak. It all begins and ends with durability. Time and again, the 30 -gauge vinyl material has shown the ability to stand up rough water conditions, rocks, hooks and the kids jumping in and out on a continual basis.

While the vessel is recommended for easy flow lakes and ponds, experienced kayak enthusiasts should be just fine in rougher conditions. In what could be considered a design or manufacturing problem, the skegs have a habit of coming loose and getting lost. Since the skegs control steering, it is highly recommended that the new owner find a creative way to secure the skegs and prevent future problems. If the vessel should become punctured during used, the patch kit is easy to use and works well to get the owner back on the water in a safe vessel.

If out with the family for fishing and fun, the buyer always wants to give priority to the safety of a vessel. With the Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, safety is a prominent feature.

The durability of the materials help support the requisite weight in all types of water conditions. The vessel is well-balanced, which gives one a real sense of security when standing or trying to move about the kayak.

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Inflating Kayaks for Recreation

Inflating Kayaks for Recreation

Whether you are searching for the best recreational kayaks for your next trip or looking for a small inflatable kayak, there are many to choose from. Unless you own waterfront property and never plan to paddle anywhere else, you’re going to need to move your kayak. The first transportation-related thing to consider is the weight of the kayak. If you expect to always have help to lift your kayak onto and off of your vehicle, then weight probably shouldn’t be much of a factor when choosing a recreational kayak.

However, if you plan to paddle by yourself but can’t lift your kayak onto your vehicle, you’re not going to get much paddling done. Most people choose to purchase an after-market rack to fit their vehicle and one of the various types of kayak mounts available but, if you don’t want to put a rack on your vehicle or can’t find one that fits, you still have the same transportation challenge. Fortunately, there are a couple of options.

One option is to buy a sports trailer that can be used to carry your kayak(s) behind your vehicle. Since trailers are much lower than the roof of most vehicles, it’s generally much easier to lift a kayak onto a trailer. Unfortunately, trailers can be quite expensive. A much more affordable and increasingly popular option is to buy an inflatable kayak. The obvious advantage is that the kayak can be carried inside your vehicle so no rack is required. Disadvantages of inflatable kayaks include the need to inflate and deflate them of course, the possibility that you will develop a leak due to wear or puncture, and generally some reduction in paddling performance or efficiency.

Inflatable Kayaks

If you are looking for a kayak that inflates, these inflatable kayak reviews will help you make a decision. The nimble, durable Challenger K1 kayak is made of durable welded material with eye-catching graphics for added safety on the lake or slow-moving river. The streamlined craft slips easily through the water, and its cockpit is designed for comfort and maximized space. Inflatable I-beam floors add stability, and an 84-inch oar and high-output hand pump are also included.

The nimble, streamlined K1 is ideal for a day of fun on the lake or slow-moving river.

  • One-person kayak with low profile design
  • Cargo net to store extra gear
  • Grab line on both ends of kayak
  • Inflatable floor for comfort and rigidity
  • Inflatable seat with backrest
  • Comes with 84-inch aluminum oar, high-output hand pump, and repair patch

Both of these kayaks would make a great option for anybody who enjoys fishing out on the open waters or going for an occasional kayaking trip.

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Fishing Like a Pro

Fishing Like a Pro

Whether you are on the market for the best tandem kayaks or something a little less expensive, there are a lot of items for you to choose from. Kayaking is fun, good exercise, and a perfect way to get out in the fresh air and explore beautiful places. Anything this good will be twice as nice when shared with someone else, and tandem kayaks let you split the adventure two ways. Most manufacturers make tandems nowadays, so the only challenge for would-be tandem kayakers is choosing the right boat. Tandem kayaks have many things in common with their smaller cousins, but they are also different in many ways, and there are two things that you must consider first when shopping for a tandem kayak: storage and transport.

Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 Tandem Inflatable Kayak – You’ll have a blast on the water with the Advanced Elements Lagoon 2 inflatable kayak! The rigid bow and stern reinforcements slice gracefully through water offering a performance experience. The outside cover of the Lagoon 2 inflatable kayak is made with two different materials; the topside is a high denier polyester with a PVC laminate, while the bottom (hull) is made with a PVC tarpaulin. ‘PVC tarpaulin’ is made by combining two sheets of PVC with a fabric mesh in the middle. In addition, the inner tube is covered with a high density fabric to increase performance and durability. Its bow and stern have fixed rigid forms that help cut through the waves and keep you on course.

Baitcasting Reels

If you are searching for the best baitcasting reels for the money, you will definitely want to keep reading. The Revo SX baitcasting reel from Abu Garcia is one of the very best all-around reels an angler can buy today. They are Abu Garcia’s most popular baitcasting reel for a reason. It’s very lightweight, easy to palm, and comes in two different gear ratios.

The 6.4:1 SX is going to excel at a wide swath of fishing techniques, and we recommend this one if you are looking for a workhorse, multi-purpose reel. The 7.1:1 reel on the other hand, will be better for you if you like to burn in top water baits, or if you like to pitch and flip jigs or soft plastic creature baits. You’ll get more casts in with the 7.1 ratio.

The Revo SX is smooth on the cast thanks to 10 ball bearings and a dial adjustment for the magnetic brakes on the side plate. This reel is a great option if you are looking for versatility, performance, and reliability in a new reel, yet doesn’t cost a fortune.

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Kayaks for Kayak Lovers

Kayaks for Kayak Lovers

The Old Town Predator MX review Kayak is the ultimate kayak for sportsmen delivering a perfect platform for fishing and on-water sporting. The Predator MX, or Mixed Water, features a slightly more rounded hull, designed for moving water conditions such as rivers without sacrificing the Predator’s class leading stability and performance. The versatile Element seating system gives you that stability while seated, yet can be quickly flipped out of the way for poling, sighting and casting. The Predator MX also features a spacious Exo-Ridge deck providing the perfect standing platform, room for extra gear or a furry companion. The side-mounted paddle storage, dual tackle holders, dual-tip rod holders at the bow, side-mounted retainer bungees, molded paddle rest, removable mounting plates, and a large bow hatch with the Click Seal cover make this the ultimate fishing kayak.

  • Element seating system designed specifically for the angler
  • Performance crafted Tri-Hull offers superior stability and tracking
  • Slip resistant exo-ridge deck and exo-ridge tank well
  • Features dual-tip rod holders, rod retainer bungees, paddle storage, tackle holders, Exo-Ridge deck and tank well, and molded paddle rest

Predator MX: Great kayak for fishing the North Branch of the Susquehanna as well as all the area lakes. It is stable with a lot of room for gear, supplies, and everything you will need for a day on the water fly fishing. I carry a cooler, camera bag, two 9-foot fly rods, several boxes of flies, a pack (with leaders, tippets, pliers, stripping guards, sun screen, and cigars with lighter and cigar cutter), and anything else I feel necessary. I like the leg room and comfort of the elevated seat, as well as being able to stand if you would like. Well worth the money!


Sevylor Inflatable Kayak

The Sevylor inflatable kayak is one for just about every kayaker out there. To begin with this kayak is a real winner when it comes to price and value for money. With a lot of sub $200 kayaks, you get what you pay for, which tends to be cheap and unreliable. Priced at a very reasonable $150, this kayak excels where the others fail, with exceptional build quality combining with the Air Tight guarantee.

The next real plus point, is the ease of use factor. As with all inflatables, portability and lightweight are the keys to a successful product. This kayak scores excellently on both these points, fitting in the trunk of a car with room to spare, and can be easily carried by just one person. The speed of inflation and deflation is mind blowing, going from empty to full then full to empty in just under two minutes each way. Partly as a result of the double lock valves preventing a sneaky getaway of air, that truly is a remarkable time.

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