For those of you just starting up, it seems simple. Find the piece that meets your specifications, pay for it, and you’re done. Easy enough, huh? Not so fast. Many people have invested tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and installation, only to find out that it doesn’t pass inspection. We put together a list of all you need to know BEFORE you purchase your equipment. If you follow our instructions below, you shouldn’t have a problem passing inspection.
- Before purchasing anything, speak to the local fire department and health inspector. They will be able to tell you all you need to know about restrictions in your kitchen. They may even be able to give you a list of specs that you can compare with before purchasing.
- Stay away from used equipment. You never know who used it before and what happened with it when they did. The extra money you pay for a new item is worth the peace of mind and will avoid potential problems.
- In order to pass inspection, every piece of equipment you purchase for a commercial kitchen needs to have an NSF sticker. This is a small blue sticker that is found on every piece of equipment. Make sure it’s authentic and not a duplicate before purchasing. Without an NSF sticker, you won’t pass inspection and may be fined.
- If you are purchasing from a dealer that is not well known, be sure to check very carefully. The few dollars you save by going to a smaller company may cost you big bucks later on.
- Before purchasing equipment have your electrician and plumber come down to let you know what the kitchen can accommodate. You don’t want to purchase equipment and then have to redo the whole structure of the kitchen.
Why is it that some of us can eat to our hearts content and not gain any weight, while some of us gain some weight just by looking at food? The answer: metabolism. Metabolism converts calories into energy which our bodies use to perform daily tasks. However, a big chunk of it depends on how much energy you use. The more energy you use up, the more calories you burn. Just like fuel in a car- the more mileage you drive, the more fuel you use.
Although there are a few factors that take a toll on the metabolism, such as age, gender and yes of course, genes, there are some measures that you can take to boost your metabolism, burn more calories and shed some pounds.
1) Weight lifting- a pound of muscle can burn up to 35 extra calories a day. When weight training, your muscle tissue gets stressed out. Later, as it de-stresses, it gets repaired which causes your metabolic rate to increase.
2) Taking time to relax- stress slows your metabolism and causes you to store more fat in your abdomen. ‘Chill out!’
3) Eating breakfast- taking in 300 to 400 calories in the morning, ideally high- fiber cereal, low-fat milk and fresh fruit, will rev a still sleepy metabolism.
4) Smaller meals- having four or five small meals a day, instead of three big ones, helps burn more calories by keeping insulin levels steady.
With President’s Day next Monday, we thought we’d post up some fun facts about our presidents. Feel free to comment with your own trivia or facts related to our presidents!
- JFK is known as the youngest president, but he wasn’t – he was youngest inaugurated president, at age 43. Teddy Roosevelt was 42 when he succeeded assassinated McKinley.
- Franklin Pierce ran an old lady over with his horse while in term and was arrested (the charges were dropped).
- Harry S Truman’s middle name is just S – the S does not stand for anything.
- Although Barack Obama is known as the 44th president, he’s really the 43rd. Grover Cleveland is counted as the 22nd and the 24th president because he served for 2 non-consecutive terms.
- Teddy Roosevelt coined the name "White House". Before that, there was no official name.
- FDR was the first president to ride an airplane. Teddy Roosevelt was the first to ride a car. Andrew Jackson was the first to ride a train.
2 slices of pizza + a can of coke =approximately -$4.00 + 400 calories! $4.00 x 7 days/week = $28.00/week. 400 calories x 7 days/wk = 2,800 extra calories/wk. For the average man, 2 slices doesn’t do the trick, so we are talking about the minimum here. That being said, pizza still ranks as one of America’s most favorite food. No one is asking you to cut it out of your diet, but in these trying times, why not save on some money and calories? This pizza recipe is sure to be a real hit. Let’s keep the whole wheat ingredient a secret. Unless you spill the beans, they’ll never know.
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ½ cups warm water- 110°F
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup whole wheat flour
5 ½ cups unbleached flour
Anybody who experiences a cold winter knows what it means to wake up in the morning in a hurry, run out to the car, only to find a layer of ice covering the windshield and windows. Well, first things first, you start the car and turn the heat dial onto defrost. Then you remind yourself about your faithful pal, the ice scraper- what a savior! Well, ice scrapers may surprise you with just how very handy and useful they can be – not just in the winter but all year round.
- Trying to clean your windows and leave them streak free? Forget the paper towels. All you have to do is attach an old cotton T-shirt to the top of a scraper and secure it with a rubber band. Spray on the window cleaner and use your new tool in an up-and-down motion to remove all the dirt without leaving any traces, such as white fuzz or lines, behind!
- Don’t know what to do about the ice buildup in your freezer? Say no more to freezer frost build up! An ice scraper is the just what the doctor ordered. It’s the perfect size to remove ice where it builds up in your freezer. The ice scraper even h as an added bonus to it over knives. The plastic won’t scratch the inside of your appliance the way metal does.
- Tile coming loose again? Don’t worry about not having a putty knife. Use your ice scraper when replacing a tile or two- be it in the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere else where tiles can be found. The scraper’s flat surface is perfect for smoothing out any excess grout so that it doesn’t ooze out from the sides of the tiles.
No, candy bars are not included in this list. While sugar will give you that temporary boost, you will still feel worn out and tired throughout the day. Here are 6 foods that will give you that long-term boost.
- Apples – the carbs combined with the natural sugars will give your body the energy it needs. Research has shown that eating an apple for breakfast will give you enough energy to get through the day. Of course, it will not keep you full so be sure to eat other foods with it, like a sandwich or eggs.
- Water – drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and your metabolism running properly, thereby keeping your energy in check.
- Coffee – caffeine will give you an energy boost, but the key is to have in moderation. Too much caffeine won’t do you any good.
- Green Vegetables – broccoli, spinach, asparagus and romaine lettuce are rich in Vitamin C and/or Vitamin B, and are high energy foods.
Thinking about a get-away? Well, February through May and September through November are the ‘off-season’ months. So now would be the best time to plan a vacation. Airfares are lower, hotels are cheaper, car rental rates are down and entrance fees into attractions are less. What can be better than coming home from a vacation with some money still left in the bank without having to compromise on the vacation?
First things first, vacation is a necessity, not a luxury like most people believe. Now that we got that cleared, here are some ideas that can help lower the cost of the vacation without compromising the experience.
- Budgeting throughout the year and setting aside some money each month will end up being a big help financially. Eliminate unnecessary spending such as going out to eat frequently, compare prices when grocery shopping, buy only the necessities and take advantage of the sales.
- Not waiting for the last minute to plan a vacation is a brilliant idea since the closer you wait to book and plan, the higher the rates will be. You want to plan everything from A-Z prior to the vacation, such as the car rental, hotel, attractions, food etc. enough in advance. Do your research. It will save you lots of money and time.
Looking for the perfect cookie recipe to impress your guests? Look no further. These crinkle cookies look professional and taste delicious, too! One thing to keep in mind, crinkle cookies have to be made exactly according to the recipe, adding the ingredients in the order specified, in order to come out perfect. Be sure to follow the directions below to ensure perfect cookies.
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
What’s a morning without coffee? Personally, I’ll drink/eat anything that is coffee flavored but hot coffee, just the smell alone nauseates me, let alone drinking a hot cup of coffee. For a good majority of the population, to even think about going through a day without coffee sounds absurd. Studies show that most people drink about three cups of coffee a day- a cup for breakfast, a cup for lunch, and yet another in the afternoon. Is drinking too much coffee really harmful for our bodies or is it just a myth? Let’s take a closer look at several pros and cons of coffee.
Pro: The caffeine found in coffee gives you the extra boost of energy that you may need to get through the day.
Con: Coffee stains teeth and gives you bad breathe.
Pro: Those who drink coffee with milk on a daily basis, have a smaller likelihood of suffering from depression.
Con: Caffeine can cause heart palpitation, insomnia, anxiety, heartburn and (in women) osteoporosis.
Pro: Coffee acts as a diuretic.
Con: Coffee acts as a diuretic and removes vitamins such as vitamin B1 from the body.
Pro: Coffee is believed to improve your memory since it cleans toxins that are found in the bloodstream.
Con: Coffee slows down the production of anti-aging hormones, allowing your body to age faster.
We live in a disposable world. Simple things that can have many uses (such as orange peels) are tossed without a second thought. In trying to be eco-friendly, we came up with a couple of uses for orange peels:
Orange Peel Candles This is a really cute idea for a casual party – plus, the orange peels give off a great scent!
1. Prepare the amount of oranges you want to use. Slice off the top of the orange and scoop out the orange (the same way you would eat a grapefruit).
2. Fill the entire orange with wax. If you don’t want it to burn for that long, you can fill it halfway with water and then wax. You can purchase wax HERE. Simply follow the directions that come with the wax to melt it down. Alternatively, you stick a candle in the orange but it won’t have the same look.
3. Stick a wick in the wax and light the candle – Voila! You’re all set! The orange peel will give off a sweet orange scent and the best thing is, you can reuse the candle holders. Just fill it up with wax again!