Monday, March 26, 2018

Sweet and Spicy Pork BBQ Kebobs using our new #BBQskewers

March is a special month for my husband and I because it was the month when we first met each other  in person.  It's been 15 years since our first meeting after   over half a year of online dating.  I was really skeptical with the whole thing but I was already 30 and I thought, it's worth the try.  Glad we gave it a try because we were made  for each other.  15 years later, we have  two kids, two dogs, 9 rabbits, two guinea pigs and lots of bills to pay ha ha ha.  Kidding aside, I am so glad I really gave an online dating a try.
 So to celebrate our special  month, I made us some pork BBQ kebabs using my new  stainless steel skewers from  Cavetools.  I love  these extra long (15.5") long skewers because it gives you the  maximum room for meats and vegetables.   The sweet and spicy BBQ I made today  were delicious!  There are 10 skewers in a box soo if you are  cooking for a party, you will have enough. I love that it comes with a remover ring, it helps to  slides food off the kebobs when finished on the bbq rack. 
 Our meal  also include kimchi fried rice and steamed  veggies (broccoli,  cauliflower, and carrots). 
 Although it is still in the  30s here at my neck of the woods, making a bbq dish  help us warm up a little bit.  I  did it on the oven but hopefully in the coming weeks, I can BBQ outside in our grill.
You can get these skewers  via amazon, use SKEWER15 coupon code to enjoy a 15% off  the price upon check out.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Friday, March 23, 2018

5 Foods To Store For Winter

The most common worry about winter is not the cold, but rather the foods to keep in store for the season. If you are having trouble thinking of what else to put in your cold room or root cellar, you only need to know some essential but long-lasting foods to store during this period. You also have to ensure that you carry out proper storage to ensure that the foods don’t go stale. Remember to check them occasionally to remove ripened or bad ones as they will spoil the others. Here are five foods that you should probably store for any winter.

1.    Apples
Apples are known for their ability to be kept for extended periods. The best apples to set aside for winter are those with hard skin and firm. Unlike carrots, air circulation is vital for the storage of apples. Apples produce ethylene; a chemical compound that accelerates ripening. Therefore, they should not touch other. The best way to store them is to nest the apples in shredded paper. Otherwise, wrap them individually in a newspaper. Store them in ventilated crates or boxes away from other crops.

2.    Carrots
If you love carrots, then you can start by pilling them into banana boxes filled with sawdust or damp sand. Do not wash them just remove the excess soil. Pile them in layers with the largest ones at the bottom. Many people believe that this is only important if you want to eat the small carrots first. However, the truth is that starting with larger carrots at the bottom allows you to pack more carrot than if you did it in reverse.

Use a quarter inch of sawdust or sand. The final covering should be about two inches thick. Turnips and winter radishes are some other foods you can store this way, too.

3.    Garlic
Long-term storage of garlic requires that you cure them first. It dries the outer layer making it a protective covering for the bulb. The garlic sold in market stalls are already cured in most cases. You can store your garlic for winter in a couple of different ways as highlighted in The most straightforward method besides putting them in a mesh bag is freezing them. Some people prefer pickling their garlic in vinegar. It keeps them as very fresh, but the process is a little tedious.

4.    Potatoes
The tubers have different storage spans depending on the type. You can ask your market seller or the grower on the suitable variety to store up for a long winter if you are not an expert in them. Remove excess soil but do not wash then allow them to dry out before storing them in a covered boxes with ventilation holes.
5.    Pumpkin
First, ensure the pumpkin is ripe. Then pick one with a stem that is at least 1-inch long. The stem acts as an air-tight lock that keeps them from rotting. Most of the pumpkins are cured before harvesting. However, if you have a fresh harvest, dry them at a temperature of 80-850F. The storage should be in a properly ventilated cool and dry place.

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