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Benefits of Cold Pressed Juicing

Whether you are a stay at home mom or have an office job or play football for a living, ever body need to stay fresh and active and a very effective way to do so is to have healthy, homemade juices on a regular basis. Juices are an excellent way of adding more nutrients to your diet through fresh fruits and vegetables which are not so appealing to consume otherwise. If you’re into juicing, you must have come across the hype created by the new cold press juicers in the market. The manufacturers of the cold press juicers claim that this device makes the most nutritious and freshest juices as compared to all other appliances. If you are considering it to be a marketing strategy, it is not since there are studies to show that cold pressed juice is highly beneficial in many ways. Here are some of the benefits offered by cold pressed juices:

Most of the nutrients are preserved:

This is a juicing technique which is created to produce a juice drink with the maximum possible nutrients extracted from the fruits and vegetables. Since it rotates the auger at a slow speed to extract the juice, minimum heat is created in the process to make sure that none of the nutrients are lost because of the heat.

Extracts more juice:

The two stage juicing process that these juicers use make sure that most if not all of the juice is extracted from the fruits leaving behind only the dry part of the juice or its pulp. To prove that these juicers extract more juice you can compare the pulp of the cold press juicers with the other juicers and see for yourself which is drier. The leafy greens also work better with cold press juicers since these juicers extract a much greater amount of juice with them as compared to the traditional juicers.

Freshness:

Since these new juicers use a slow technique to extract the juice, they will keep most of the fresh taste of the fruits and vegetables intact in the drink. You will have to take a sip of a cold press juice to really feel the difference. Also these juices are exposed to minimum light and air while juicing so that the oxidation process is much slower than with other juices. A slower oxidation of the drink means that it will stay fresh for longer and even if you don’t drink it right away you will be consuming a good amount of nutrients in the drink. Commercial cold press juicer buying guide is the perfect choice for purchasing them online.

Quiet operation:

Another advantage of cold press juicers is that they are very quiet as compared to the traditional juicers. Since the traditional juicers use a high speed motor to extract the juice they also produce much unwanted noise to wake up the neighbors. To extract the juice quietly without disturbing there you will need to use a cold press juicer. With a cold press juicer you have the option of juicing any time you want even if it is during the middle of the night without annoying others.

Grilling Adana Kebabs

Kebabs are famous throughout the world whether you’re in Middle East in Europe, you will find them. Definitely every country have their traditional way of preparing kebabs, there are so many varieties in kebabs for example, Seekh kebab, Doner kebab, Shish kebab, Adana kebab etc. Wherever you will go to Middle East, you will find Adana kebabs. Even though, these kebabs are from turkey, but are prepared throughout the world. In no time spread all over the world. They are delicious and tender minced kebabs that are a mix of a lamb and veal. They are packed with Middle Eastern spices and flavors. Today we will discuss the recipe to prepare these delicious treat.

Before you, start-preparing ingredients for these kebabs make sure to buy the fresh meat, as it will enhance the flavor of these kebabs. Now run to your butcher and ask him for 1 pound of ground lamb and one pound of ground veal. As this recipe is for six serving proportions, you must alter the ratio of meat according to your need. The ratio between the veal and the lamb is one is to one. Once you have your meat, transfer them in a large mixing bowl and mix them properly with your hands so that both of the meat is mixed.

After that, add the following ingredients in the bowl: one minced and reseeded red bell pepper, one medium sized minced yellow onion, three garlic cloves minced, about one and a half tablespoon of salt. Along with that one tablespoon of red sumac, one teaspoon of dried grounded red chili, one tablespoon of lemon juice, two teaspoons of pepper, two teaspoon of cumin and a half a bunch of parsley very thinly chopped. Mix all these ingredients with the meat properly and let it rest in the refrigerator for about half an hour.

Before twenty minutes of grilling, you must start your gas grill and as well, as make the skewers. To start your gas grill check for the supply of natural gar or for the level of propane in the tank. Make sure you have enough gas for the whole process and if you have a natural gas supply then no need to worry. Now turn on the main and the gas grill knob and ignite the fire with the help of a lighter. Once you gas grill is lightened, clean its grates and apply little bit of oil. Now let the grates of the gas grill be warm enough, keep the flame high and close the lid. Meanwhile make skewers of Adana kebabs. You will be using a flat wide skewer, now make giant meatball of the meat and apply it the skewer. Make sure it sits properly on the skewers. Once all of this is done, have butter in a bowl of butter, add chopped coriander on them, and mix. It will be use for applying on the grilled side of the kebab.

Grill the skewers for about three to four minutes each side, once a side is gas grilled apply butter and coriander mix. Serve these kebas with Greek yogurt, pita bread and Turkish curry.

6 Reasons for Buying an Electric Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are very smart kitchen appliances which use some simple laws of physics to cook food 70% faster than conventional cooking methods. In addition to saving time, they also save cooking energy by 70% thereby resulting in long term savings on your utility bills. Electric Pressure Cookers are the newest modification to the original design of pressure cookers that have further added convenience to the whole cooking process. If you are thinking about buying one and having second thoughts about it, here are 6 reasons why you definitely need an electric pressure cooker in your kitchen:

Faster Cooking:

The biggest reason to use an electric pressure cooker is to save time spent in the kitchen. Tough cuts of meat which take hours to cook using conventional methods, take less than 20 minutes to cook in an electric pressure cooker.

Cheaper cuts of meat:

Since meat turns out so tender when cooked in a pressure cooker, you don’t have to waste money buying expensive qualities of meat. Even the tougher, cheaper cuts will cook perfectly and turn out as tender as the expensive ones would.

Saves nutrients:

Electric pressure cookers save nutrients of the ingredients by cooking them faster. The faster the food is cooked, the lesser the nutrients it will lose. Also, by trapping steam inside the sealed container, it prevents the essential nutrients from escaping the meal with the steam.

Convenience of use and versatility:

Its pre-programmed settings make it even more convenient to use than the conventional stovetop pressure cookers. Most electric pressure cookers provide you with a wide range of cooking options to choose from for instance rice cooking, slow cooking, steaming etc. All you need to do is select a suitable option and leave the electric pressure cooker to do its job. No need to supervise the cooking or be vigilant to turn off the appliance when the food is cooked. The appliance will turn off automatically when the work is done.

Safety features:

Electric pressure cookers have multiple safety mechanisms which make them completely safe to use even by amateur cooks. Conventional pressure cookers come with 2 or 3 safety mechanisms whereas most high quality electric pressure cookers come with a lot more than that number (for example Instant Pot comes with 9 safety mechanisms).

Noise free cooking:

The sophisticated design of modern pressure cookers eliminates all the hissing and rattling associated with the conventional pressure cooker. Electric pressure cooker provides you with a quiet environment to work in. In addition there is no steam escaping from the valve on top of the lid as was the case with conventional pressure cookers, hence no heat or smell spreads around the kitchen or your house.

Cream of Chicken Soup in Your Blender

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of hot, creamy, chicken soup in a winter evening? Imagine being huddled around the fireplace on a cold winter evening sharing your day’s stories with your family with a bowl of your favorite creamy chicken soup for everyone. Can you think of any better way to spend your evening? At least I can’t. It is not even that hard! You just need your trusty blender and it will do much of the job for you! Follow these simple steps to make cream of chicken soup in your blender:

Serving Size:

Makes enough for 4 to 6 persons

Ingredients:

  1.      Onions, 2 (cut in cubes)
  2.      Potatoes, 2 (cut in cubes)
  3.      Carrot, 1 (cut in cubes)
  4.      Butter, 2 tbsp
  5.      Flour, 2 tbsp
  6.      Chicken broth, 3 cups
  7.      Milk, ¾ cup
  8.      Cooked chicken breast, 175 gram
  9.      Cream, ½ cup
  10.  Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1.   Place a large pot in the stove and turn the flame on.
  2.   Add butter and allow it to melt.
  3.   Now transfer onion, potatoes and carrot to the pot and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables become soft. The onion should become translucent but none of the vegetables should brown.
  4.   Transfer flour to your ingredients and cook on low flame while stirring the ingredients continuously. Flour will form lumps if you do not stir.
  5.   Now add the chicken broth and milk while stirring continuously.
  6.   Once you’ve added all the broth and milk, let the mixture come to boil. Stir at intervals.
  7.   Now add the cooked chicken to the mixture and let it cook for a further 10 minutes.
  8.   If you have an immersion blender, you can immerse it in the pot directly and puree the mixture until smooth. If you don’t have a best immersion blender, check out blender reviews to read more soups recipes to make with your blender along with reviews. And allow the contents to cool. Once they have cooled down, transfer them to the jar of your countertop blender and blend until smooth. Blend in batches if the capacity of the jug is not large enough to blend everything in one batch. Transfer the blended soup back to the pot.
  9.   If our soup is cold, heat it and add salt and pepper according to your taste.
  10.  Stir it so that the soup heats evenly.
  11.  Turn the flame off. Now add cream and serve immediately.

Once you’ve tried this easy recipe at home packed with healthy vegetables and chicken and fed your children with it, they will come begging for more! You can also try many other soup recipes as well, all made easy with your blender.

Fixation on waist training – all you need to know!

Celebrity fixation on slimmer waists and voluptuous hourglass figures, have inadvertently influenced all of us. Yes – our obsession with the likes of the Kardashian clan – if we were to name some of today’s modern icons – and even in much earlier times, celebrities and iconic figures like Betty Brosmer and Nerina Orten, the much-admired and loved 50’s pin up girls, were always admired for their ethereal body figures.

As we delve deeper into this age-old obsession with waist trainer for women: corsets and cinchers, we need to know what exactly waist training is. If we look at it from a traditional perspective, it literally refers to steel boned corsets which bring out the typical exaggerated hourglass shape we yearn to have! The circumference of your waist can be manipulated through the use of these corsets. By clenching them tightly around your upper torso, a corset can contract a woman’s lungs and even adjust a few of her internal organs to drastically reduce her natural measurements. Since this look is transitory, repeated corseting is required to maintain this beautiful, heavenly appearance!

In more recent times, some celebrities have religiously started a fashion roar – trying to lace up to slim down! Celebrities have redefined the idea of waist training with a new addition to body enhancement: latex waist cinchers. If you are an avid Instagram follower of Nicole ‘snooky’ Polizzi, Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose and Jessica Alba, you would see their obsession with waist training during workouts. These cinchers have become a constant staple in the lives of the rich and famous, where they are now beginning to sport it more frequently (and for longer hours), as opposed to traditional corsets.

The million-dollar question remains: which waist trainer works better – corset or cincher. A corset, as mentioned before, is made of steel that has a grizzly-bear-hug-like feel around your waist – jokes aside! Many celebrities in the past have revealed that wearing a corset is not everyone’s cup of tea. Therefore, modern innovations have now given a new name and shape to it and it is called “cinchers” The latter is made out of mesh and is 100% breathable; it can be used throughout the day easily under your attire, definitely making you stand out of the crowd!

Today, when we hear women discussing “Waist taming”, they are most likely referring to it as their daily workout regime. Gym enthusiasts have added this as part of their fitness routine, as it is believed to make women more comfortable in their skin, help them shed those extra layers of that dreaded fat around their waist and to reduce the appearance of embarrassing love-handles!

Recently, Lily James – the female antagonist in “Cinderella” came under severe speculation regarding her unreal waistline, bearing accusations of using the help of photoshopping tools. However, it was later revealed that she donned a corset which gave the illusion of this perfect waist.

Our beauty ‘ideals’, very much remain the same – that is – flatter stomachs and a well-rounded derrière, albeit with a few changes in the materials used in making of these enhancers– from steel boned ones to using breathable mesh ones, but the idea is still very much ripe among women of all age demographics.