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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Perfect Popcorn, Antibacterial Essential Oils, Free Range Eggs

When I was in my twenties, I would phone my Mum often to ask her things - and she always knew! I love that my twenty year old daughter now texts me asking things like..."how do you cook mince?" And,"help my toe's gone numb, I'm scared it's going to fall off!" (it didn't)
The days of asking my Mum are gone now - but fortunately we have Google.
So I have been cooking popcorn, as a more healthy snack and totally non-packaged item, as I can buy it with my own container at Binn Inn.
Except that I have been having trouble getting it right when cooking it in a saucepan, and had to use the method posted below for cleaning up burnt saucepans.
So after googling it I now have the secret!
So if you want to know too (and it is clever) go to simplyrecipes - perfect popcorn
How to cook perfect popcorn on the stove

Cleaning Burnt Saucepans

Sometimes when saucepans are badly burnt I know of people who have thrown them out. But all you need to do is cover the bottom with water, throw in a big tablespoon of baking soda, bring it to the boil, turn it off, then let it sit overnight. The next day the burnt on stuff will have lifted right off.

Free Range Eggs

There has been a scandal in NZ recently with an egg farmer prosecuted for selling caged hen eggs as free range at twice the price...which has led to a lot of discussion as to how do you really know. I've just read Wendyl Nissen's newsletter (see the link to her blog on my page) where she suggests using Google Earth to zoom in on the egg farm you buy from to see if the hens are running around outside. I tried that, but honestly couldn't tell, so have done a search on the producers (mine are from Quail Valley Farms, Belgrove) and they look legit and responsible from what I have found. They market under Sungold Organics.

Essential Oils for Disinfecting

There probably aren't any/many sax players who read my blog, but this is useful for other applications too, like toothbrushes or maybe mouthguards.
After playing my sax last weekend with bronchitis coming on I wanted to clean it up so I didn't reinfect myself. So I added a few drops each of clove bud and neem essential oils to some water and gave my mouthpieces, reeds and sax-cleaning equipment a good clean up. The reeds and such tasted nice, and I think next time I'm going to put peppermint in there too. Oh - there are only some oils that are safe in small amounts to ingest, so check carefully if you are going to use any others. I use these ones in my toothpowder and know them to be safe.
Then I read this article about how essential oils are so good for disinfecting, which let me know I was on the right track.

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  1. I left a comment - twice yesterday and it didn't appear either time. Let's see what happens this time!

  2. Hunh!
    Well, my comment was about make-your-own tooth powder. I was interested to read your recipe because I make mine as well. It's similar to what I use except I don't use vodka or cinnamon. I've read that cinnamon can be a gum irritant. Have you found it to be? I had been buying toothpaste that was over $6 a tube to get away from sodium lauryl sulfate which was causing mouth sores, so with the pennies the tooth powder costs, I am saving a LOT over the course of years.
    And I second your Thank Goodness For Google! Except that it is sometimes hard to sort out whose advice to take,

    1. Thanks for your comments Cynthia! - It did appear, but under the toothpowder post that this links to. I replied that I've stopped using the vodka in my toothpowder, finding that it keeps perfectly well without it, and I love the cinnamon in it, it causes me no problems.


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