Five more ways to get your kitchen ready for Christmas

Five more ways to get your kitchen ready for Christmas

If you have seen our list of five ways to prepare your kitchen for Christmas, you are already well on your way to a stress-free holiday season. Here are a few more ideas so that you are fully prepared for the celebrations.

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Update your spice rack

Spices lose flavour as they get older and some can go hard, making them impossible to use. Traditional Christmas dishes are full of flavour, so go through your spice rack, throw everything out that is over a year old and start afresh.

The main spices you will need are mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for sweeter dishes, with garlic, sage and thyme for savoury cooking. Don’t forget to stock up on salt, pepper and stock cubes.

Check your cookware

You should have already checked your crockery, but don’t forget to check your cookware. Do you have enough saucepans and baking trays? Make sure your roasting dishes are not cracked and your tins are not rusted.

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You could consider using disposable roasting trays. This saves on washing up and they can also be recycled!

Sharpen your knives

Knives are essential for chopping and carving, so make sure they are nice and sharp to slice delicious turkey for your Christmas dinner. Use a sharpening steel or stone and ensure you sharpen the whole length of the knife. Be careful with serrated knives, as they should always be sharpened professionally. Give your scissors a sharpen too – great for wrapping presents!

Appliance check

Timing is crucial when it comes to your Christmas dinner, as is ensuring you have enough oven space to create the perfect turkey with all the trimmings. A Lincat LMR9 6 burner gas range oven from a supplier such as 247cateringsupplies.co.uk/lincat-slr6-silverlink-600-4-burner-gas-range-oven is ideal for a large family dinner, with plenty of space for meat and roasties in the oven and vegetables on the hob.

Check everything is working properly, including your microwave, dishwasher, food processor and freezer. Give everything a scrub and you will be all set for the big day.

Childproof your kitchen

If you are expecting guests with little ones, you will want to ensure your kitchen is safe. Keep dangerous items such as matches and knives in high cupboards or in drawers with child locks. The same goes for cleaning products.

Reverse osmosis: the main process to improve water quality

Most people, even if only a few times in their lives, have heard about the so-called osmosis process, a natural phenomenon, of vital importance for animals and plants, which allows to maintain and regulate the cell pressure thanks to the membrane that it constitutes them, which is semipermeable, that is to say permeable to water but not to certain solutes such as dissolved salts, sugars and proteins.


The pressure generated (from the Greek osmós = thrust) is the so-called “osmotic pressure”: the greater the difference between the initial saline concentrations, and the higher the value of the osmotic pressure
What many people do not know, however, is that by exerting a counter pressure, higher than the osmotic one, the process can be reversed obtaining the so-called reverse osmosis.

The pressures required to perform reverse osmosis can be considerable: if it is sea water, the pressure that must be exerted is of several dozen atmospheres, while for the water or weakly brackish water the values ​​of the osmotic pressure are around at 10 bars.

This is the principle on which reverse osmosis is based: the passage of water through a semipermeable membrane in the opposite direction to the natural, with the generation of two solutions: one with a high salt concentration and the other very diluted.

The modern technologies offer on the market a wide choice of seawater reverse osmosis plants, compact and very efficient, which can be used to potabilize waters with a high concentration of salts and pollutants, or to improve the quality of common network waters.

The advantages of this incredible technology are many. The first of all is certainly that of being able to produce drinking water from an otherwise unusable resource. (Io direi: many are the advantages of this incredible technology: first and foremost, certainly being able to produce…)

Reverse osmosis can also improve the quality of drinking water. In some cases, in fact, drinking water does not present excellent characteristics, such as some groundwater characterized by a high concentration of nitrates, herbicides or pesticides, or other pollutants that are difficult to remove with other technologies; vice versa this technology offers an overabundant treatment for a large part of the network waters, which often only require a refinement of the organoleptic characteristics.

Reverse osmosis is a technique that is also widely used in the industrial sector in the desalination of sea water. A great boost in this direction comes from the Italian company B & P Water Technologies, a company highly specialized not only in reverse osmosis treatments for sea water but also in the treatment of industrial wastewater, of civil ones, in the softening of water, in the construction of desalination plants powered by solar panels, in the removal and recovery of oil and in many other areas related to water purification.

Every Industrial water treatment plantsthat B & P Water Technologies realizes is created in a highly customized way to fully meet the needs of the client and to solve any problem in water treatment, with an important ISO 9001 certification that allows it to be one of the leading companies in Europe in this important sector.

What Are Your Plants Getting From Fertilisers Chemicals

From farmers growing agricultural products to residential gardeners, everybody knows about putting fertiliser over their plants. But even though you do understand it as part of the process, are you aware of what nutrients and chemicals in fertilisers provide for your plants?

The three most important, commonly occurring fertiliser chemicals are: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

Nitrogen

Nitrogen is known as one of the most vital fertiliser chemicals because it is responsible for proper photosynthesis and growth. This is because nitrogen is a major component of chlorophyll, which is vital to photosynthesis.

Without sufficient nitrogen, plants will not have sufficient chlorophylls (typically presenting as pale shades of green or even yellowing in the leaves), which in turn leads in insufficient photosynthesis. This means that your plants wouldn’t be able to process energy from sunlight to convert this into the sugars and starches necessary for healthy growth.

Phosphorus

Phosphorous is especially important for the development of seedlings and young plants as it is essential for cell division and plant growth. Without sufficient phosphorous your plants will show stunted growth, and the roots will also appear spindly.

While the plant can still grow, it will not grow well, and in fruit-baring plants you may never see any fruit on that plant. Worst of all, even if the plant does grow and receive the necessary phosphorous later, it might never fully recover.

Potassium

The final essential fertiliser chemical you always want around is potassium, which affects the shape, size, colour and even taste of your plants.

Potassium plays a variety of roles in plants, including the regulation of CO2 uptake, producing Adenosine Triphosphate for energy, as well as regulating the use of water in plants.

In some settings proper potassium concentration has even been proven to aid in drought resistance, which will be of particular interest to areas suffering water shortages now (like the Western Cape).

Find a reliable fertiliser supplier

It is quite obvious, even from such a brief overview, how important these fertiliser chemicals are for your plants. So you need to make sure you have a good, reliable fertiliser supplier on call at all times. For other quality agricultural products, have a look at this agricultural directory to find whatever you may need.

Trees Fall in the Middle of Winter

The rain during the cold months has been ridiculous. We have had snow, then a thaw, then rain, then a refreeze and it repeats. Our front lawn was so saturated during the warm spell in the middle of winter that when the thunder storm and winds hit, the tree fell over. It had a huge root ball that was about 12 foot high. We had to call a tree service in Nassau County just to clear a path so we could get out of our driveway. The tree was part in our yard and part in our neighbor’s yard. They cut it in the middle so we could get out. Then they had to come back and take the rest of the tree apart branch by branch to remove it in trucks.

I am just happy that it did not fall on anyone or anything. It could have killed people, crushed either house or smashed our vehicles. No one was injured, and only the lawn got messed up. Well, some hedges on our side are flat, but we were going to take them out in the spring anyway. They just got an early removal. Continue reading “Trees Fall in the Middle of Winter”

I Have a Good Summer Job

I have been doing really well in my summer job and more importantly to me in the vacation that I am sort of taking.in the process. Of course it is all possible because I have been dating this girl who has a grandfather with an interest in a golf resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. How he is involved in the place I am not really sure, in fact it does not seem like he does anything. At any she is right here beside me on the deck, I just rubbed some Green Beaver sunscreen on my face and she told me about how it was all natural and organic. Continue reading “I Have a Good Summer Job”