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3 Healthy Nuts You Should Add To Your Diet

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on 3 Healthy Nuts You Should Add To Your Diet

Nuts are one of nature’s healthiest foods. They are a healthy way to get heart-healthy fat and protein into your diet. It’s important to choose organic nuts. You should avoid generic “mixed nuts”. Besides the fact that they are not organic, they are also usually filled out with peanuts. Peanuts are not bad, but they are not as beneficial as some of the other nuts. The best way to purchase nuts is to buy a single type of nut and make sure it’s organic and non-salted. If you wish to add salt to your nuts, do it yourself and use a healthy organic salt. Many commercially salted nuts are also coated in low-grade vegetable oil so that the salt sticks. The oils are not heart healthy, so it’s best to add salt yourself. Here are 3 healthy nuts you should add to your diet.  Almonds Almonds are one of the most nutrient dense nuts. They have the most protein, fiber, and select vitamins (niacin and riboflavin) of any nut. In addition to being extremely nutritious, there is evidence that links almond consumption to a lowered risk of heart disease. You can get raw or roasted almonds. Many people who get raw almonds find that they are a bit too hard. One solution is to soak them, as you might raw beans. Soaking the almonds in water overnight will saturate them with water. They increase in size and also get softer. This might be a solution for people who are afraid of chipping their teeth on hard, raw almonds. Proponents of the soak method also believe that the soaked almonds are easier to digest. Walnuts Walnuts are also healthy for your heart, but one special benefit they have is that they protect your brain. In particular, scientists have found that walnuts can help to prevent Alzheimer’s. There are substances in walnuts that prevent oxidative damage to your brain caused by a protein called amyloid beta.  In addition to preventing Alzheimer’s, there is evidence that it can also lead to less anxiety. Raw walnuts are an excellent addition to mixed green salads. You can also add them to lentil dishes. Brazil Nuts Brazil nuts are incredibly rich in selenium. One nut contains 95mcg of selenium. The RDA for selenium is 55 mcg, and the max one should have is 400 mcg, so a few nuts will do. Selenium is a vital mineral. However, because it is a trace mineral, many people are deficient. The side effects of being deficient in selenium can lead to thyroid problems, poor muscle strength, and general fatigue. Even though Brazil nuts are delicious, don’t sit around and eat a whole lot. You will get too much selenium and can get nauseous. So limit yourself to a few nuts every...

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3 Reasons To Purchase An Ice Maker For Your Home

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Purchase An Ice Maker For Your Home

If you have ever thought that the ice makers are restaurants are neat, then you will be happy to know that you can actually purchase an ice maker for your own home. This article will discuss 3 reasons to purchase an ice maker for your home.  Running Out Of Ice Will No Longer Be An Issue  Perhaps the greatest part about having an ice maker in your home is knowing that you are not going to run out of ice. While some freezers produce ice on their own, it isn’t a lot, and it can be used quite quickly if you live in a household where everyone wants ice. Also, other freezers don’t make ice at all, and filling up ice trays all of the time can be tedious and still doesn’t produce much ice. An ice maker is going to be constantly creating ice and the ice maker itself is going to be plum full of ice for you.  You Don’t Have To Worry About Ice Taking Up Space So Much Space In Your Freezer Another great aspect of having your own ice maker is the fact that you aren’t going to have to worry about ice taking up any space in your normal freezer. It seems that freezers are full enough of food without having to worry about adding ice to the mix. And if you need extra ice for an event, you can forget about buying any other freeze items. This is especially true if you have a smaller freezer. The ice maker is going to house all of the ice that you need, freeing up that space in the freezer permanently so you can fill it with other necessary food items.  They Have A Huge Selection Of Ice Maker Sizes To Meet Your Specific Ice Needs   When it comes to picking out your ice maker, you will be happy to know that you have a variety of options to choose from. You can get a larger ice maker that is going to remain stationary or you can choose a smaller size of ice maker that is portable and can be moved from room to room as necessary. Both options are great depending on your needs. For example, if you often throw parties, it may be wise to purchase a large ice maker to place in your bar area so that you and your guests have plenty of ice. A small ice maker on the other hand is great if you want to be able to take it different places both within your home and outside of your home. Contact a business, such as Shealy-Hodges Corporation, for more information....

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Energy Saving Tips For Your Commercial Refrigerator For The New Year

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on Energy Saving Tips For Your Commercial Refrigerator For The New Year

Commercial refrigeration units use up a considerable amount of energy. If you use a commercial refrigeration unit for your business, here are a few energy saving tips to implement in 2016 to cut down on your energy costs. Invest In An Energy Efficient Unit One of the easiest ways to cut down the energy costs associated with your commercial refrigeration unit is by investing in an energy efficient unit. If you are using an older refrigeration unit, you may want to consider upgrading your unit in 2016. Newer, energy efficient models use considerably less energy than older models. The older your unit is, the bigger energy savings you will most likely experience when you upgrade your unit. Make sure that your new unit has been certified as an Energy Star unit. This is the government’s system for identifying products that meet their energy-reduction standards. Pay Attention To Location The location of your commercial refrigeration unit can play a big role in how much energy it needs to use on a daily basis.  To start with, good ventilation around your refrigeration unit will help it work more efficiently and last longer. You’ll want to make sure that there is enough room around your unit for air to move freely.  The temperature of the room where your refrigerator is located plays an important role as well in how much energy it uses. Make sure that your commercial refrigerator is not placed too closely to other cooking equipment that generates or puts off a lot of heat. If possible, you should also try to keep the temperature of the room where your refrigeration unit is located a little cooler than the rest of your business. Your unit will not have to work as hard in a cooler environment. Clean Your Unit At Least Once A Month It is important to clean the outside of your unit at least once a month. You’ll want to clean the condenser coils at least once a month. Dirt and grime can easily build up on your condenser coils and cause your unit to work harder than necessary. You should also wipe down the seals around your door and make sure that no dirt has been able to accumulate along the seals. This is also a good time to inspect your seals and make sure that they are not cracked, damaged or loose. A damaged seal will allow the cool air inside of your unit to escape and will cause it to use additional energy to stay cool. If the seal is damaged, fix it as quickly as possible. Keep Your Unit Full You should try to keep your unit as full as possible without overfilling it. It actually takes less energy for a refrigerator to stay cool when it is full than when it is empty, so be sure to fill it up! If you have drawers or cabinets inside of your unit, be sure to place items inside those as well. If you don’t need to fill your unit with food, just place milk jugs filled almost to the top with water inside of your unit. They will take up space and help your unit operate as efficiently as possible. Schedule A Yearly Maintenance Check Finally, in order to extend the life of your refrigeration...

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5 Tips For Affordable Wedding Catering

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Affordable Wedding Catering

It’s no secret that wedding receptions can be expensive, and catering costs can make up the majority of the expenses. But having a tight budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have a wonderful reception with delicious food that all of your guests will enjoy. Use the following tips to keep your catering costs under control when planning your wedding reception: Hand-Pass Appetizers Many weddings have a cocktail hour between the ceremony and the reception to give time for the newlyweds to have photographs taken. To save money on food during the cocktail hour, arrange to have appetizers hand-passed instead of set up as a buffet. When appetizers are hand-passed, people are less likely to eat as much, thus reducing food costs. Streamline the Alcohol Choices Alcohol often makes up a big chunk of a catering budget, so if you want to save money skip doing a full open bar. Many budget-savvy couples opt to serve beer, wine, and soft drinks instead of offering liquor and spirits. If you want to offer liquor in an affordable way, consider having one or two signature cocktails for your guests to enjoy. Have a Sit Down Meal Many couples are under the impression that a buffet meal is the least expensive option, but in reality a sit down meal can help you save a lot of money on food costs. When you opt for a sit down meal, your caterer is able to control the portion sizes and make an exact number of meals to feed all your guests. In comparison, a buffet meal can often be more expensive because extra food must be prepared since portion sizes are not controlled. Arrange for Kids Meals If you will have kids at your reception, talk to your caterer about having smaller, less expensive meals prepared for your youngest guests. Smaller children typically don’t have huge appetites, so there is no reason to pay full-price for an adult meal that a child won’t be able to finish. Consider a Brunch or Lunch Reception When your catering budget is extremely tight, you may want to consider having a brunch or lunch wedding reception. The food served during these meals is typically much less expensive, so you can have a lavish meal without breaking the bank. People are also less likely to consume alcohol earlier in the day, so you can save money by only offering champagne, mimosas, and...

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3 Presentation Ideas That Will Help You Save Money On Your Next Catered Event

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on 3 Presentation Ideas That Will Help You Save Money On Your Next Catered Event

If you plan to host a catered event soon, but the cost of the event will come out of an already tight budget, it is important to consider the different ways that food can be presented. By choosing the right techniques and dining accessories to serve the food, you can save money without compromising the taste, quality or aesthetic appeal of your event. Whether it is a Christmas party for the office or a Thanksgiving Day celebration for your family, catering an event makes it easier and less stressful for you. Saving money while doing so is even better. #1-Choose Large Bowls Of Colorful Salad And Unique Vegetables For Each Table The option of having plates of food prepared and handed out to each guest can increase your expenses significantly. In lieu of having each plate prepared and then transported to your guests, allow the guests to serve their own salad from the table or side items from the table. Less food is likely to be wasted, as few guests would opt for the eggplant or cucumbers if they did not like them and you will need fewer staff members to plate and serve the food. #2-Don’t Serve Hors d’oeuvres, Simply Serve Hors d’oeuvre Portions Of Food It can be easy to forget that hors d’oeuvres are simply smaller portions of food. Instead of having 500 individual crab puffs or cheese malls created, elect for the same amount of servings of a more common food item. Examples can include gourmet macaroni and cheese served in tiny, festive cups or vegetables that have been pre-cut into unique shapes and left on serving trays on the table. That way, you can opt for the smaller portions that hors d’oeuvres are associated with, but your budget will still benefit from the lower food cost and reduced preparation time. #3-Choose The Size Of Plates Your Guests Use Very Carefully Research has proven that the size of the plate used to eat from can impact how much food they consume and how satisfied people will be after eating. Although the research is geared primarily toward dieters, the same idea can help you keep the cost of food down. Ask your caterers to use 10 inch plates, instead of the more common 12 or 14 inch plates and serve less food. Few people are likely to notice the improvement. In conclusion, it is easy to spend too much on a catered event. Fortunately, by changing the way that the food is provided to your guests, you can host a lovely catered event, without sacrificing the quality or appearance of your...

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4 Reasons To Invest In Keurik K Cups

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Invest In Keurik K Cups

If you’re looking to make an investment towards making life easier, you may want to consider investing in a Keurig k cups and a Keurig coffee maker. This can be a great way to make life more enjoyable for you and your guests. Take a look at the following information to better understand the reasons as to why you should invest in Keurig k cups. Convenient Way to Start the Day If you’re always in a hurry before heading to work, you may not have time to make coffee. It can be expensive to stop at a coffee stop each day. If you’re looking for a fast and convenient way to get your daily cup of coffee, consider investing in Keurig cups. This can be a great start to your day and gives yous something to look forward to. Please Your Guests If you often have friends and family members over at your house, you likely want to go out of your way to be a good host. If you like to make sure that your guests are comfortable, you likely want to provide them with drinks and food. Having Keurig cups around makes it possible for you to make a cup of coffee quickly. You can also offer a variety of flavors of coffees and teas. Make Small Amounts of Coffee For some people, making a huge pot of coffee just doesn’t make sense. If you live alone or are the only one in your home who drinks coffee, you probably don’t want to waste a whole pot of coffee each day. Having k cups in your home makes it easy for you to get your single serving when you need it.  You can also quickly make a cup of coffee at different times in the day. Try New Flavors Investing in Keurig cups can also be a great way to try new flavors. If you’ve always tried the same coffee and have been afraid to make a whole pot of something new, single size flavors are the way to go. You can even buy multi-flavor packs so that you can learn which flavors you like best. This can be a fun way to experiment each morning.  As you can see, it makes sense to try Keurig k cups. If you have any questions about flavor availability or if you’d like to buy a new Keurig maker, contact a local home goods store today.  To learn more, contact a company like 11th Street...

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Wedding Catering: 5 Budget-Friendly Ideas For Food And Drinks That Won’t Ruin Your Day

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on Wedding Catering: 5 Budget-Friendly Ideas For Food And Drinks That Won’t Ruin Your Day

There are many things that must be planned when you decide to get married. You need to find the perfect dress and appoint your maid of honor. The groom needs to recruit his groomsmen. You both need to decide on the venue as well as the food and drinks for the wedding reception. The latter is where it can get difficult, especially after you’ve spent so much money on everything else. If you are on a bit of a budget for your wedding reception, here are a few ideas that won’t ruin your special day and won’t break the bank:   1. Make Your Own Appetizers. Although you may not want to take time to prepare the entire meal, particularly the main dish of the evening, you can make your own appetizers. Whether you do this yourself or your recruit the help of your bridal party, you can save a decent amount of money by doing. Search for quick and easy recipes that can be prepared ahead of time, frozen and then popped in the oven or microwave before cocktail hour (by someone else since you’ll be a little occupied). 2. Limit Liquor to a Single Signature Drink. Most wedding receptions have alcoholic drinks, including beer, wine and liquor. Beer and wine are both cheaper options, and liquor can become quite costly. So, instead of just serving various types of liquor, why not talk to your spouse and come up with a single signature drink to serve? This will cut down on the liquor being used, which will, in turn, cut down on your costs. You can find something that neither of you have tried or use a favorite drink of yours as a couple. 3. Get Prices for Buffet, Plated and Station Meals. These are three most popular ways to serve food at wedding receptions. Many think that the buffet will be the most expensive since guests can eat as much as they want, but this isn’t always true. Sometimes, opting for the buffet over a single plate meal can be cheaper. Station meals are something else to check out. It is similar to a buffet in that guests will be able to visit different “stations” to get their desired food. The difference is that the stations will all have their own designated type of food, such as tacos, pasta, carving, etc. Before making a decision, get quotes from several caterers on all three of these and go with the most affordable. 4. Opt for a Cupcake Cake. Wedding cakes can be expensive. You can save a significant amount of money by opting for a cake made out of cupcakes. There are some really great bakers and designers out there that can create marvelous cupcake displays. In some cases, the cupcake display may outdo the wedding cake that you were once considering. 5. Consider Getting Hitched During the Day. Evening dinners cost far more than breakfast and lunch. This is why many couples are deciding to take the plunge and tie the knot during the day. You can serve omelets and pancakes for breakfast or sandwiches, salad and soup for lunch. Despite what you may have believed before reading this article, there are indeed ways you can save money on your wedding reception. Talk to a catering service...

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How To Decide If Clamshell Packaging Is Right For Your Product

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | Comments Off on How To Decide If Clamshell Packaging Is Right For Your Product

Clamshell packaging is a special type of packaging that is made out of plastic. Its main feature is that it is hinged and subsequently sealed on all of the non-hinged sides. Once the customer frees the unhinged sides, the package can simply spring open. This type of plastic is difficult to open quickly if you are in a rush, which means that your product will not be easily stolen and that it will not pop open and allow your product to tumble to the floor. Ask yourself these questions to decide if clamshell packaging is right for your product. 1. Is My Item Likely To Be Stolen? Retail stores have sensors attached to the case that a product is in, not the product itself. If you are worried that your product could be easily stolen, due to the fact that it is small or it is of high enough value that people would be willing to go to greater risks to steal it, then you will likely want to use clamshell packaging. This is because clamshell packaging requires scissors and at least five minutes to open, meaning that a potential thief will not be able to remove the packaging and the sensor it contains before leaving the store. The clamshell packaging can also make smaller items bigger and bulkier when they are first being sold. 2. Is My Product Fragile? If your product is fragile, then clamshell packaging is the way to go. This is because clamshell packaging almost never fails, since the edges of the packaging are secured to the point where you need scissors to open them. Having a clamshell package means that you can fill that package with as much foam and other packing materials that you need to in order to make sure that your product reaches its final destination in one piece. Other packaging types don’t hold the packing material in as tightly and won’t be as reliable for fragile goods. 3. Will It Be More Effective For Customers To Be Able to See Your Product? If you put a lot of time into designing a really cool product, chances are good that you will want your customers to see it. If you think that your product will be more enticing when it can be seen, then you will want to consider using clamshell packaging, which clearly shows your product to the public. For more information, talk to a packaging...

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How to Save Money by Booking Your Wedding Venue Wisely

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Do you have the wedding-budget blues? Weddings aren’t cheap, and planning a wedding on a tight budget isn’t always easy. However, it’s not impossible if you know how to cut costs and save money without sacrificing the details of your dream wedding. In order to do that, you need to learn how to book the perfect wedding venue without putting a huge dent in your wallet. Choose One Wedding Venue Many wedding venues have the ability to be both a ceremony and reception venue. For example, a church with a hall that’s available to rent for parties. By renting one wedding venue instead of two, you save money and your guests don’t have to drive from the ceremony to the reception. Choose the Date and Time Wisely It probably isn’t a huge surprise that Saturday is the most common day for weddings. Because it’s the most common day to get married, it’s also the most expensive. So, you’ll save money by getting married on a Friday or Sunday. You’ll save even more money if you get married during the week. The time of year and day also determine your venue cost. If you want to get a great deal, avoid saying “I do” during the summer months. Off-season weddings are cheaper, and there’s a good chance you’ll save money on your honeymoon as well if you get married in November or January instead of June. Also, it’s cheaper to get married in the morning than in the afternoon or evening. So, consider planning a simple wedding with a reception brunch. Not only, will you pay less for the venue, but it’s cheaper to serve brunch or lunch at a reception than it is to serve dinner. And, as an added bonus, you’ll have the rest of the day to spend with your new spouse. Ask for Discounts When you book a wedding venue, you’re required to pay a deposit to hold the venue for that specific date and time. You pay the remaining balance closer to your wedding date. If you can afford it, ask if you can get a discount by paying in full to rent the venue when you book the date. Just make sure that your contract has a reimbursement plan in case something goes wrong. Keep it Small Instead of inviting everyone you know to your wedding and reception, invite 50 people or less. This will save you money in several ways. Not only can you reserve a smaller wedding venue, but you’ll save money on table and chair rentals, catering, and reception decorations. Then, when you return from your honeymoon, you can throw a casual, inexpensive party to celebrate your marriage with the rest of your family and friends. Planning a wedding on a strict budget doesn’t have to be difficult. By planning your wedding so that you save money on your wedding venue, you’ll end up saving money in other areas as well. So, take the time to plan wisely and you’ll discover that you don’t have to sacrifice your dreams just because you’re on a budget. For more information, assistance, or tips, consult local resources such as Elmcrest Banquets by...

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Host A Lovely Fiftieth Anniversary Party For Your Parents

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

If your parents have been married fifty years they definitely deserve a celebration! Hosting a memorable party will be easier for you when you follow these steps.   The Place – Choosing the location for your event is a good place to start. Of course, renting a banquet hall is a good option. However, having the party at your own home will not only save you money, but you will have the luxury of having plenty of time before hand to decorate. The Invitations – Send out invitations early so that you’ll have better attendance. Give your parents plenty of time to come up with the guest list, too. A darling idea is to create your own invitations and then mail them in beautiful paper wine bags. Choose white and write the name and address in gold. Add gold confetti and gold curling ribbon to the bag to make the invitation even more special.   The Decorations – You can continue with the wine bag theme. Place the same kind of wine bag you used for your invitations in the middle of each table and have flowers and more curling ribbon coming out of the top. Sprinkle gold confetti around the centerpiece and place a different photograph of your parents on each table. If you have a central buffet table, have an easel with a larger picture of your parents on their wedding day in the center. Add two or three paper wine bags on either side of the easel, copying the same flower, curling ribbon and confetti effect that you did on the individual tables. The Food – Whether you prepare the food yourself or whether you have the dinner catered, remember that simplicity can still equal elegance. Consider having trays of fruit and cheese set out for guests to serve themselves before dinner. If you’re serving wine, it’s a good idea to have non-alcoholic bubbly for those who don’t drink alcohol.  For the main dish, consider serving a delicious casserole accompanied by a green salad and crusty artisan bread. Another option that won’t break the bank is grilled chicken with a special sauce, rice, asparagus, and tiny rolls. Perhaps you could ask your mother for suggestions of your parent’s favorite meals. Serve wedding cake for dessert! Don’t forget a congratulatory toast for your parents, perhaps inviting guests to add their own toast. A great touch is to send each guest home with a paper wine bag full of wrapped candies. With colored curling ribbon, attach a little picture of your parents on their wedding day and a little note thanking your guests for participating in this special event. Congratulations on planning a wonderful anniversary party for your...

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