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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Oatmeal Recipe

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Instant Oatmeal Packets
To make individual instant packets:
Blend 1/2 C. of oats until powdery.
Into each of the 10 packets (perhaps individual sealable sandwich bags) combine the following ingredients:

  -1/4 C. unpowdered oats
  -2 TBSP powder oats
  -1/8 tsp. salt
  -1 tsp. sugar (optional)
  -Close the top and store in a dry place.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How to make survival ration bars at home

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Monday, September 27, 2010

An Inspirational Thought Of The Day

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A simple act of kindness can lift the people around you.  Look for ways to make others' lives brighter. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Best Outdoor Cooking Set!

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Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends.  However, because of all the preparation involved, some may choose not to deal with the trouble of acquiring a tent, sleeping bags, and everything else that makes a camping experience so fun and unique.  If you are one of those people, here is a set for you!  Kitchen to Go kit contains everything you need for you and your family have a good meal out in the wild.  It includes a compact gas stove with spare gas cans, frying pan, a small pot, lighter, cooking utensils, a Wind N' Go flashlight, and a Wind N' Go Mini Lantern.
Have you ever been unable to cook in your house because the power went out and your electric stoves won't work?  I have been in those situations many times.  Fortunately, the power outages occurred late at night, so there was no need for us to cook at the time, but in our home we now have portable gas stoves so that we do not find ourselves unable to cook a hot meal for our kids just because the power went out.  Emergency survival is more than just making it through disasters, but it is "how" you survive them.  If you are prepared, there will be no worries.  If you have electric stoves, the Kitchen to Go Kit is a kit for you!!!  Check it out at today!

by Kento Fukuyasu

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The end of another Season

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Well it's the end of another season; you know the one that we call summer, and with that means the end of a couple of things, one of which is the end of gardening. In Japan the rice is being harvested, in Idaho it's the potatoes, and somewhere around the Nebraska area the corn is being husked. All of this signifies the end of the heat season while waiting for the cold winter season to settle in.  During this time the prices on things such as apples and strawberries, lettuce and tomatoes all rise and we become meat eaters, simply because the prices on produce are high enough to make one broke.
But what  about our vegetables? What about the healthy stuff that keeps us sane? Since it's too cold for crops and gardens to survive outside, Basic Living has equipped themselves with a few products that will keep you healthy and happy this winter season. By simply adding some healthy greens that can easily be grown indoors you will be eating healthier this winter season. Sprouts are a great way to add variety and greens into your life. They can be grown indoors and can be used in soups and salads or even added to a sandwich if such is desired.  From the wonderful easy sprout or the Kitchen crop Sprouter you can be growing sprouts in a matter of days.  The interesting thing about sprouts is that there is such a wide variety to choose from.  Just a few that can be used in these wonderful little sprouters and grown anytime of the year include: Alfalfa, curly cres, daikon radish, and green peas. More options are available and prices vary but can be found at Basic Living all year long.
Try sprouts this winter season and find out what you have been missing!
Happy Sprouting!!!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How To Select A Juicer

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There are many factors that determine which of the many juicers out there is the best juicer for you.  Some of the factors that you need to consider are:
  1. Juicer Types
  2. Produce most likely to be juiced
  3. Cleaning
  4. Power
  5. Noise Level
1. Juicer Types
There are six main types of juicers that are available today.  They are Centrifugal Juicers, Citrus Juicers, Manual Press Juicers, Single Gear (a.k.a. Masticating Juicers), Twin Gear (a.k.a. Triturating Juicers), and Wheat Grass Juicers.
  • Centrifugal Juicers:  Centrifugal juicers are the most affordable and popular choice available to people looking to buy a juicer these days.  These juicers use a shredding disc to spin out  the juice and a strainer basket to hold the pulp in the machine.
  • Citrus Juicers:  A citrus juicer provides the convenience of juicing citrus fruits at home so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh squeezed citrus juice any time.
  • Manual Press Juicers:  Since the juice is pressed through cheesecloth, the juice is virtually pulp free, but can be a slow process.  Requires produce to be shredded in order to be pressed and squeezes the juice out of the produce with pressure.
  • Single Gear (a.k.a. Masticating Juicers):  These produce less foam, and can be utilized to make baby food, sauces, and sorbets.  A slow turning single auger is used by these types of juicers to crush the produce into the walls or screen of the juicer.
  • Twin Gear Juicers (a.k.a. Triturating Juicers):  These juicers have two gears that shreds, then presses the juice out of the produce.  These types of juicers are liable to be more expensive than other types of juicers, but twin gears juicers are the most efficient and can extract larger volumes of juice from fruits and vegetables.
  • Wheatgrass Juicers:  Wheatgrass juicers can extract the juice out of the blades of wheatgrass either manually or automatically.  Wheatgrass is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and enzymes.  This is a specialized type of juicer since normal fruit and vegetable juicers will not juice wheatgrass. 
2. Produce most likely to be juiced
If you are likely to be juicing fruit and vegetables in equal quantities, then a centrifugal juicer is your best option and some models also feature attachments that will allow you to juice citrus as well.  However, those juicers do not juice leafy vegetables well.  For juicing mainly vegetables a single auger juicer would be the best option, but they produce rather thick juice from fruit, almost sauce-like, since they are designed for juicing stalk-like vegetables.

3. Cleaning
 The time it will take to clean a juicer after you used it will depend on the complexity of the juicer as the average juicer has between four and seven parts requiring cleaning.  This means that while a citrus press can be cleaned with a quick wipe down, a juicer with more functionality will take longer to clean.  Also a check should be made as to whether the components are dishwasher safe, unless you are happy to hand wash the parts.

4. Power
 The amount of power you need depends on the hardness of the produce you are juicing.  The harder the produce, the more power you will need, but anything over 400 watts should be more than sufficient.  The stronger the motor is, the longer it is likely to last.  Also a check should be made as to whether the motor is guaranteed by the manufacturer.  

5. Noise Levels 
This is dependent on the power of your juicer's motor.  The more powerful the motor, the higher the noise levels produced.  The importance of this factor is guided by personal preference and your sitation.  If you have no one around to complain about the noise and you don't mind the noise, then it is unimportant; but if you mind a loud noise or people around you do, then it is a consideration.  But it must be weighted up against the effectiveness of your juicer.
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Happy Juicing!!!

by Mechele Eckman

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