Vegetable Sculpting

Vegetable sculpting? Carrot curls anyone? Carving decorative vegetables is probably becoming a lost art. In the past it was not unusual to see ordinary housewives turning radishes into roses, and cucumber slices into stars, or making carrot curls. Not that decorative little touches are not to be seen at parties and important family dinners, they are but usually come on already prepared trays bought at a hefty prices at speciality food places.

Since these special little garnishes can now be purchased from super markets, why take the time out of busy lives to create works of art that possibly will go unnoticed by those who are supposed to notice, and are consumed without a thought of their importance to you, the creator? And too, why bother wasting all that time preparing such beauty that will not last? When such extra’s were in vogue, time was slower, or seemingly so, and hostesses prided themselves on their culinary skills. Today with outside work more of a necessity, and maid service practically a thing of the past, who can afford the frivolity of carved vegetables.

Time changes everything. I briefly browsed through my new 75th Anniversary Editon of Better Homes and Gardens and I saw beautifully created dishes, but, unless I skimmed through too fast, no section on carving vegetables did I see. The editors knew that today’s cooks have no time for such treats.

What’s now more popular for decorating seems to be what can be placed on or near the plate that is edible but is part of the overall recipe. In other words, sliced tomatoes add color, as do sliced eggs, especially when garnishing potato salad. Olives and pickles take over for many of the once elaborately decorative creations.

Bought edible flowers are a choice, but is not as popular as one is led to believe. Cooks still would rather look at flowers than eat them. Although recently I saw a picture of an extraordinary centerpiece for a thanksgiving dinners that was put together with edibles. It took hours I was told.

The “stems’ of flowers were of onion blades, the flowers were small sections of cauliflower, and snippets of this and that. There was dangling pieces of parsley, and a little bit of this and that filling in as flowers. It was pretty. But, I doubt if it was eaten and at the price of such frivolity, few cooks today will care to try such a venture.

Besides, what decoration does that turkey need while waiting for a hungry bunch to devour him/her/or it. Give the bird a few minutes of glory as the center of attention. Or do as our president does, spare him his life, feathers and all. What need is there for carved veggies on Thanksgiving when waiting are mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet-potato casserole, green beans and apple pie?

Source:
1. Amazon.com: Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting DVD: Chef Ray Duey …
2. Coffee For Migraines?
3. Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting – Stunning Watermelon Carvings

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Top 5 Beers to Pair with Grilled Food

When people think about pairing alcohol with food, most people think about wine.  This is disheartening because beer can be paired with food just as successfully as wine can.  The type of beer that is paired with your food depends on the food being prepared.  Interestingly, grilled foods add a unique twist to beer pairings because grilled food adds that charred, smoky flavor to food that not other cooking method can replicate.  Although many beers can be paired with grilled food, there are a few that stand above the rest.

If you are planning on preparing hot dogs, bratwurst, or any other type of sausage, an America Lager is the best way to go.  American lagers are the quintessential beers throughout a good part of the world.  The light and simplistic flavors or American lagers will not overpower the grilled sausages, but will be a highly refreshing accompaniment to such foods.  Examples of American Lagers are Budweiser, Coors, and Miller.

If you are smoking something on your grill, a smoked porter is a great accompaniment.  Smoked food develops a great bark (the brown/black, crusty layer that surrounds the meat when it is finished smoking) that is full of smoky flavor.  A porter is a dark beer with robust malt flavors.  In order to make a smoked porter, the malt is smoked in commercial grade smokers before it is used in the beer making process.  This creates a wonderful malty, liquid smoke flavor that permeates throughout your palate.  The smoked porter will greatly enhance the smoked flavor of the food with which it is paired.  Examples of smoked porter are Stone Smoked Porter and Alaskan Smoked Porter.

If you are grilling chicken or white fish, a lightly flavored, citrus noted beer is ideal.  In this category, the hefeweizens are king.  Hefeweizen is a wheat beer that is lightly flavored, but rich.  Many American bars add a lemon wedge to hefeweizens in order to enhance the natural citrus undertones in the beer.  Grilled chicken or white fish are likewise usually accompanied with a splash of citrus to enhance the natural and grilled flavors of the meat.  Due to this fact, hefeweizens compliment that grilled flavors of chicken or white fish and naturally add a citrus undertone that enhances the flavors of the beer and the food.  Examples of hefeweizens are Pyramid Hefeweizen and Hefeweizen (the brand name is the beer type).

If you are grilling vegetables, a pale ale is the way to go.  Pale ales have a higher amount of hops than do other beers.  As a result, pale ales have a more floral and bitter flavor than other beers.  Grilled vegetables have an earthy, sweet flavor that is perfectly contradicted by the floral, bitter flavors of pale ales.  Examples of pale ales are Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Samuel Adams Pale Ale.

Finally, if you are grilling steak, a red or amber beer is your best bet.  Red beers and amber beer have more malt than do America Lagers (examples of American Lagers are Budweiser, Coors, and Miller) and will therefore have a darker color.  Reds and ambers have citrus-carmel flavor that greatly compliment the charred, beefy flavor of steak.  The best part is, reds and ambers can hold their own against this kind of grilled food and will not be overpowered.  Examples of reds and ambers are Grolsch Amber Ale, McTarnahan’s Amber Ale, and Rodenbach.

The beer pairings stated above are not set in stone.  There are many more beer varieties available, and you should explore your curiosity and experiment with different beer types for your grilled food. 

Source:
1. The Ultimate Backyard BBQ Beer Pairing Cheat Sheet | Serious Eats
2. Cinnamon for Diabetes
3. Best Beers to Drink with Barbecued and Grilled Foods | Epicurious …

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The Shocking Special Ingredient to Gilpin Family Whiskey Revealed

Gilpin Family Whiskey may not be one of the best known brands available on the market, and now that the Gilpin Family Whiskey’s shocking secret ingredient has been leaked – no pun intended – it may never really take off and replace better known brands. The secret ingredient in Gilpin Family whiskey is urine. Not just any urine though, it has to be the urine of  a type-two diabetic.

James Gilpin who is a biomedical researcher is also the brains behind the Gilpin Family Whiskey secret recipe. As gross as it may sound to some, Gilpin Family Whiskey may actually be found suitable for export and is completely safe to drink aside from the normal side effects of alcohol.  The urine that is used is collected primarily from elderly volunteers with diabetes, including Gilpin’s own grandmother.

The reason type-two diabetic urine is used is because is chock full of sugar. He also points out that this is truer among elderly type-two diabetics which is why he only uses their urine as opposed to the urine of any diabetic. Scientifically speaking it is all correct, but it has yet to garner much attention as an actual beverage which is why it is being marketed as more of a curiosity piece at this time. Gilpin does however hold hope that one day soon that will all change. It is even possible that Gilpin Family Whiskey could be dubbed as a “green consumable” as the harvesting of sugar from urine is technically recycling.

Gilpin explains that the collected urine is purified using the same process as is employed when main water is purified. He then removes the sugar molecules, which are particularly rich in diabetic urine, and adds them to the mash. Whiskey blends are then added to provide color, viscosity, and taste to the previously clear alcohol. What is kind of creepy is that the name and age of the urine contributor are put on the bottle. For example, you could be drinking a John Doe 66 and maybe even build a whole John Doe collection as he continues to age. Maybe that is so people can compare vintages?

There are no plans for wide or traditional distribution of Gilpin Family Whiskey at this time. If however you would care to get your hands on a bottle, it may be possible by contacting Gilpin directly via his website. That all depends on where you live as Gilpin Family Whiskey may not be able to be sent to all countries. While there, you can also view some photos of his distillery, read up on diabetes, and get a peek at upcoming projects.

http://www.jamesgilpin.com/gilpinfamilywhis.html

Source:
1. Taking the Pissky: Whisky From Urine??? – The Whisky Exchange …
2. Green Smoothie Diet
3. The Courier Mail | Breaking News Headlines for Brisbane and …

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The Benefits of a Healthy Diet for Children

Because of the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, more and more people are unable to afford to feed their children a healthy diet. Low-income minority children have a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. They eat fewer fruits and vegetables and engage in less physical activity than higher income children. 

Healthy fresh fruits and vegetables have huge benefits for children. Children who eat a healthy diet tend to perform better academically and exhibit less aggressive behavior than children who suffer from poor nutrition. Too many children are not getting proper nutrients and therefore lack strong growth, healthy development and a lifetime of well being.

The benefits of a healthy diet for children include the following.

Cardiovascular health

Children who eat a healthy diet are at a decreased risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol later in life. Increased fiber content in a healthy diet can ensure a healthy heart for life. Whole grains and green leafy vegetables are a good source of fiber in the diet.

There is now evidence that atherosclerosis begins in childhood and progresses slowly during adulthood. Atherosclerosis often leads to heart disease. Heart disease is the largest cause of death in the United States. 

Mental well-being

Children who eat a healthy diet perform better academically in school, have higher self esteem, cope with stress better and avoid feelings of anxiety and depression. The brain needs healthy nutrients to perform at optimal levels. Children who eat a healthy breakfast before school are said to have higher test scores and participate more in the classroom than children who eat no breakfast before school.

Weight management

Obesity is on the rise in the United States, especially childhood obesity. Obesity is caused by poor nutrition and inactivity. If there is no intervention for an obese child, that child has an 80 percent chance of remaining obese into adulthood and developing at risk diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Obesity in children also leads to poor body image, low self esteem and depression. Eating a healthy diet can help decrease the risk of obesity and therefore increases the child’s chance of leading a healthier life free of mental problems.

Bone health

Rickets is a childhood disease that results from the lack of vitamin D in a child’s diet. Rickets can cause bowed legs, an abnormal curvature in the spine, thickened wrists and ankles and breastbone projection. Rickets can be treated by adding vitamin D to the child’s diet.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become porous and easily breakable. If children don’t get proper nutrition, especially vitamin D and calcium in their diet, they are at risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. 

A healthy diet for children is especially important because they are growing and moving all of the time. If a child isn’t getting the proper nutrition, this sets him/her up for many problems in childhood and at risk of health problems as an adult. A healthy diet consists of foods that follow My Pyramid food guide, which include complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and beans.

Source:
1. The Benefits of Eating Healthy Foods as a Child | – Livestrong.com
2. Slim Fast Diet Reviews: Does it Really Work
3. Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Kids – FamilyDoctor.org

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Too little Tips when you have no Money for Tips Minimal Tipping

Tipping is problematic for a lot of people.  You hear that 15% is “standard”.  So what reasoning should you use to tip less?

TIPPING LESS THAN 15%

If you get poor service or unnecessary “attitude”, then by all means leave a small – or no tip.  Don’t let a sloppy service worker, with or without an “entitledment” attitude, make you feel you MUST leave a tip.  Tips are basically just a “Thank You” for exemplary service.  If your service provider didn’t live up to your normal expectations of service from that establishment, then don’t leave a tip.

Other times, you may be able to scrape together the exact amount charged by a taxi or other service provider, but nothing more.  If you have to pay only the exact fare upon exiting a taxi, or leaving the hairdresser, do them the courtesy of telling them why you are not leaving a tip.  “This is no reflection on you, you’ve been great.  But I’m running low on funds right now, and I’ll have to tip you another time.”  This will assure the service provider that they haven’t done anything wrong, and will still be happy to see you next time.

TIPPING CONSIDERATIONS

Service providers always talk among themselves, whether waiters or taxi cab drivers.  If you become known as someone who never leaves a tip, suddenly you will be waiting longer for a called taxi to arrive.  Or you may be seated in a section of a restaurant with a brand new or poor-quality waiter.  Better to tip even just $1, than become known as a “stiff”.

A lot of waiters/waitresses who don’t work in upper-end restaurants, are earning minimum wage or less.  Most restaurants, in fact, pay their waiters only a few dollars an hour, fully expecting them to “make their living” from tips.  Even a dollar in a Tip Jar on a counter of a small shop that pays minimum wage, may mean a lot to the employees when they split up the tips at the end of the night.

NON-MONETARY TIPS

When times are hard and money is tight, there are other ways to “Tip” your favorite service providers.  Wrap some homemade cookies or candy like fudge in clear-wrap, and hand it to them.  Or buy an extra Lottery Ticket or $1 Scratcher, and tip your favorite service providers with that instead of cash. 

Even if you can’t afford a “standard 15% tip”, thoughtful little Thank You’s like this tell your service providers that you value their service.  And they’ll understand that when your finances improve, they will be receiving monetary tips again.

Source:
1. Tipping in America: How To Do It and What To Expect If You Don't …
2. Warrior Diet
3. Everything You Don't Know About Tipping – Wait But Why

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Top Ten Summer Beers of 2010

With summer right around the corner, it’s becoming easier to anticipate backyard barbeques and picnics on the beach. Along with those delicious grilled brats and homemade potato salad, there is nothing quite like the refreshing bite of an ice, cold beer on a summers day. With so many choices however, what beer do you choose? Why not start with the top ten beers for the summer of 2010?

FOSTER’S ~ AUSTRALIA

Ask just about any beer drinker to name an Australian beer, and you most likely will hear, Foster’s. Truth be told, there are numerous beers just as popular in Australia, with their ranking depending on what region you might be visiting. Overall, however, Foster’s still reigns as the king of Australian beer. This delicious full strength lager with it’s signature full malt flavor is a beer of choice for those looking for a crisp yet delicate creaminess.
Alcohol: 4.9%

ORO de CALABAZA ~ USA

This delicious Belgian style beer comes from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Dexter, Michigan. Focusing on open fermentation and oak aging, Jolly Pumpkin managed to beat out nineteen Belgian beers with their Oro de Calabaza. Winner of a Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in 2004 and Bronze Medal Winner in 2005 in the Belgian & French Ale category, this slightly sour, golden ale is the perfect blend of flavors for the true beer lover.                                                                                                                                                         Alcohol: 8%

MOOSEHEAD ~ CANADA

Brewed in Canada’s oldest, independent brewery in New Brunswick, Moosehead remains a favorite among beer drinkers. With multiple offerings such as Cracked Canoe, Alpine Summit, and Moosehead Premium, this quality brewery continues to offer premium flavor at an affordable price with Moosehead Lager remaining the most popular of their beers. This pale lager has a rich, deep color and a crispness that is mild. Considered a session beer, Moosehead is one not to miss trying.                                                                         Alcohol: 5%

BLACK FRIAR ALE ~ ENGLAND

With it’s subtle, fruity flavors, this English ale is sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. Black Friar pours into the glass a medium orange amber with a full-bodied taste. The caramel malt aroma draws in the senses and brings a wonderful balance to this fine ale. Brewed by Inveralmond Brewery in the UK, Black Friar remains a top pick for summer enjoyment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alcohol: 7%

BECK’S PILSNER ~ GERMANY

A signature brew, this full-bodied beer is a staple among many beer drinkers across the globe. Brewed in Germany since the late 1800’s by one of Europe‘s top breweries, Beck’s Pilsner has a rich, golden color with a slightly fruity taste. Known for using fresh spring barley, a special strain of wheat, Hallertau hops and Rotenburger Rinne water for making their beer, Beck’s remains a top choice for 2010.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alcohol: 5%

GUINNESS ~ IRELAND

This best-selling Irish stout is a dark and hearty choice for those looking for a deep, rich taste. Originally brewed in Dublin, the roasted barley used during brewing gives this favorite it‘s distinctive burnt flavor. Dark in color, Guinness has become known as a “meal in a glass” by those that love this stout the most. Research done for Guinness, showed that the antioxidants in their brew may also be beneficial to the heart by lowering cholesterol.                                                                                                                                                       Alcohol: 4.2%

SAPPORO ~ JAPAN

Located in Japan, Sapporo Breweries remains one of the best for producing it’s exquisite Sapporo Beer. This pale yellow beer is full of grainy flavor with hints of malt and rice. Mild is the perfect moniker for this deliciously satisfying beer. When looking for a clean beer with no bitter after-taste, Sapporo is the one to drink.                                                                                                                                                    Alcohol: 5.5%

CORONA ~ MEXICO

This top selling beer world-wide, is number one with good reason. A pale lager produced in Mexico, Corona beer is often served with a wedge of lime inserted into the neck of the bottle. The smoothness of this beer makes it perfect for pairing with a meal or as a stand alone drink.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Alcohol: 4.6%

HEINEKEN ~ NETHERLANDS

Originally made by Heineken International, this lovely pale lager is now brewed in forty breweries around the world. Made from purified water, malted barley, hops and a specially formulated yeast. Heineken has a distinctive, savory flavor that sets it apart from all other beers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alcohol: 5.2%

SAMUEL ADAMS ~ USA

With seemingly limitless offerings to choose from, Samuel Adams is truly a brewery a head above the rest. They not only offer their year-round varieties of beers but also surprise the beer lover with seasonal favorites such as their Summer Ale. This delightful brew is a light ale with a hint of lemon. An absolutely refreshing choice for the backyard barbeque.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Alcohol: 5.3%

These are the top ten picks of summertime beers for 2010 however be sure to check out the other offerings from these fine breweries. You won’t be disappointed.

Source:
1. The 16 Best Summer Beers in America :: Drink :: Lists :: Paste
2. Is Diet Soda Bad For You
3. Serious Beer: Summer Seasonals | Serious Eats

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To Bulk or not to Bulk that is the Question

Buying in bulk can mean big savings if you approach it the right way. While bulk goods are not less expensive than single-packaged goods, they can be a better value in the long run, depending on your family’s needs.

Do your research

Before you buy anything in bulk, know what the regular price is. In the case of household items and groceries, it is important to know the per-unit price. It is never safe to assume that a 10-pack is more economical than a single serving.

If you have a smart phone, it is easy to keep a running list the unit prices for items you buy regularly. In order to really save on bulk buying, you need to be a frequent user of the item. If you end up keeping the item around for several years, you are just tying up your money needlessly.

Less driving around

If you buy at least some of your household items in bulk, you won’t have to shop as often and can save money on gas and wear and tear on your vehicle.

Saves you time

Shopping can take a lot of time. The more you can purchase in one trip, the more time you’ll save. Your time is valuable and could be put to much better use than shopping.

Use coupons

You don?t need to buy giant sizes to buy in bulk. You can use your coupons at stores such as Walmart and Target to take advantage of store specials. If you have a $1 off coupon on toilet paper and it’s on sale already, you can stockpile up to several months of an item and save a bundle. You can also print out multiple coupons on the Internet to match up with sales, and if the coupon terms allow more than one coupon per product..

Generic

If you really want to rack up the savings, purchase generic items in bulk. This combines the inherent savings in buying generic items with the additional bulk savings. In some cases this generates savings of at least 30 percent, or more.

When buying any item in bulk, whether food, household items or even clothing, be sure that you will actually use the amount that you’re buying, or the resulting waste will negate any savings.  An item is not cheaper if you don?t use t or if it goes out of style before you can use it.

Source:
1. To Bulk and Cut or Not to Bulk and Cut | Bret Contreras
2. Benefits of Flaxseed Oil: Is it Good for Your Health
3. To bulk or to cut, that is the question… | SIX3NINE

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Tips on Pairing Beer Glasses with the Correct Beer

A true wine connoisseur recognizes that different glasses are used for different types of wine. The same is true with beer connoisseurs. In order to avoid any gaffes, the ensuing tips are for glasses to use with different beers.

1. A snifter or a small tulip glass (commonly associated with brandy) is recommended for strong beers – over 8 percent alcohol: Examples: English, Irish and Scottish Ales (Russian Imperial Stout, Strong Ale, Old Ale, English-Style Barleywine); American Ales (Imperial or Double IPA, American Barleywine); Belgian and French Ales (Belgian Strong Dark); and Classic Lagers (Doppelbock). The rounded bottom is to warm the beer from the heat in your hand. You hold it, swirl it gently, and the warmth is captured in the top taper as an aroma you can savor.

2.  Stemmed ‘Pokal’ – It is analogous to a pilsner flute, except it has a stem at the bottom. It is used to serve German lager beers that are very malty. The bockstyle lager beer has a sweet aroma and this glass allows the aroma to permeate the nose while it creates an exemplary head of foam. Examples: English, Irish and Scottish Ales ( Scotch Ale); Other Ales and Hygrids (Weizenbock); and Classic Lagers (Heller Bock or Mailbock, Bock).

3.  French ‘Jelly’ glass – It sounds fancy but looks like a regular drinking glass that is narrower at the base and wider at the lip. Note: the description of the glass talks about jewel like facets around the side. This used for Belgian and French Ales – most notably, Wibier White Ale.

4.  American ‘Shaker’ Pint – Since this glass, which also looks like an everyday 16 ounce drinking glass, does not bring out the aroma and flavor of the beer, is used to serve light lager beers. American Ales – Amber Ale, Red Ale; Other Ales and Hybrids – American Wheat Ale; Classic Lagers – American Amber Lager.

5.  ‘Nonick’ Imperial Pint – This is a name brand glass that was adopted by British Parliament in 1824 as an official measure. In the 1960s, the pint glass was produced for pubs. It bulges out at the top and gives the holder a good grip. Beer styles for this glass: English, Irish and Scottish Ales – English Pale Ale, Ordinary Bitter/Best Bitter/ESB, English-Style India Pale Ale, English Brown Ale, English-Style Porter; American Ales – American Pale Ale, American Brown Ale, American Porter and Stout.

6.  Classic Pilsner Flute looks shaped like a champagne flute. The shape is conical, which sustains the foam head and the narrow design gives the drinker an aromatic sip. Beer Styles for this glass: English, Irish and Scottish Ales – Scotch Ale; Other Ales & Hybrids – Berline Weisse, Költch, Dusseldorfer Altbier, Cream Ale, California Common Beer; Classic Lagers – Bohemian Pilsner, German Pilsner, Dortmunder Export.

7.  Stemmed Abbey Goblet – These goblets differ in design and color and are the goblets breweries design and usually have their logos. The glass is beautiful. You buy these glasses from the brewery and are not the normal stemware that serve beer drinkers.

8.  Handled Glass Stein – The stein is used to drink traditional German beers. The glass is strong to clink and the handle keeps the drinker from warming the beer. Suggested Beer Styles: Classic Lagers – Oktoberfest, Märzen, Vienna, Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier.

There are eight specific glasses but only three main shapes. The pint glass, the Pilsner glass and the Snifter. The rule of thumb in serving beer is by the alcoholic content. The smaller glasses have higher alcoholic content. The pint glasses have lower alcoholic content. These tips should make your beer drinking an unique experience..

Source:
1. Glassware for Beer | BeerAdvocate
2. South Beach Diet Foods Review
3. Which Beer Glass Should I Use? – Brewmaster's Invitational Beer …

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Tips for making sweating herbal tea

Sweating teas are made with herbs, and it is essential to use herbs that promote perspiration. Herbs that contain diuretic properties are the main ingredients in sweating teas. Teas are made by adding hot or boiling water to the herb.

Herbs being boiled for tea should be boiled at a “quick rapid,” and should be removed from the heat immediately. Steeping will remove the chemical properties from the tea just as well as boiling and produces a better tasting tea.

The rule of thumb when making teas is as follows for dried herbs:

1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup of boiling water.

Three teaspoon of fresh herbs to one cup of boiling water: Let it steep for five to ten minutes.

For tea bags:

one tea bag to one cup of boiling water, and let steep for three to five minutes.

Herbs that have been reduced to a powder can be mixed with hot or cold water. Use a half a teaspoon to one cup of water. Follow up by drinking a cup of water that has been kept at room temperature. A longer steep time will make some teas bitter.

A combination sweating tea:

1 drop cayenne pepper
1 drop cloves
2 tablespoon white pine
4 tablespoon ginger
6 tablespoon bayberry

Combine all the ingredients.

Use 1 teaspoon to one cup of boiling water.

Cover, and let sit for 15 minutes.

Strain and drink. Liquid should be clear.

Lemon Balm Tea, to make lemon balm tea:

Use 1 pt of water to 1 oz of herb.

Let sit for 15 minutes, strain, and when it is cool enough; it is ready for drinking.

Ginger tea:

Promotes perspiration when taken hot.

Peel or scrape ginger root and rinse

cover with water; and boil until the water is slightly yellow.

Strain, sweeten with sugar or honey to taste.

Strong ginger tea will burn the throat. Add warm water if tea is too strong.

Tea bag: steep two bags to one cup of hot water; cover and let sit for ten minutes.

You can have up to four cups of herb tea per day depending on the strength of the tea. It is best to make herb teas fresh every day, because they have a tendency to sour which will cause fermentation in the stomach.

It is important to realize that losing too much water can be harmful as one can become dehydrated.

Source:
1. Can Herbal Tea Stop Excess Sweating – Herbs – LoveToKnow
2. Diuretic Weight Loss
3. Top 15 Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating

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Tips for Storing Coffee Beans

The most important tip for storing coffee beans is to keep them away from air, heat, moisture and light. These elements will destroy the flavor of coffee and cause the taste to become flat.

Buying green coffee beans and roasting them yourself at home is the best way to ensure a fresh cup of coffee, and green coffee beans will keep for years. However, because the roasting process is a bit time consuming and it takes practice to get the beans roasted just right, purchasing coffee beans that are already roasted is much more convenient.

While buying roasted coffee beans is much fresher than buying coffee already ground, they must be stored properly in order to preserve the taste. Roasted coffee beans start to loose some of their flavor immediately after roasting, and can become flat in a week or more, even sooner if not stored properly. With this in mind, it is important to buy only enough to last for a week or two, and to follow the tips below for storing coffee beans in order to keep them from going stale and losing flavor.

Contrary to what most people believe, keeping coffee beans in the refrigerator does not keep them fresh. In fact, when coffee beans are exposed to dampness, it causes the beans to act like a sponge, and retain moisture. This causes the coffee to weaken and lose its flavor. Coffee beans stored in the refrigerator can also absorb the flavors of other foods in much the same way as baking soda. Therefore, coffee beans should not be stored in the refrigerator.

The same goes for the freezer, while this may prolong the process of the beans absorbing moisture, it will not stop it. Even storing coffee beans in a deep freezer will cause the oil in the beans to break open and loose their flavor.

The best tips for storing coffee beans are to store them in an airtight container, and ceramic containers are best. If you use glass containers, the darker they are the better, as this will keep light from filtering in.

Do not store coffee near a window, or in any other place where there is direct sunlight. It is also important to keep coffee beans away from the oven, or anywhere near heat.

Storing coffee beans in a cool and dark place is best, such as a pantry or kitchen cabinet that is away from light, heat and moisture. A vacuum-sealed container or bag is an even better way to store coffee beans.

Many places sell containers just for storing coffee beans. It would probably be a good investment to purchase these types of containers that will help keep coffee beans fresh, as there is nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning to start the day off right.

Source:
1. National Coffee Association USA > About Coffee > How to Store …
2. Atkins Advantage Bars
3. How to Store Coffee Beans | Blue Bottle

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