Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Keeping your Vegetables Fresh and Crisp

Gone to supermarket today?

Notice that people do just unload the grocery stuffs from the bags and place it on the designated shelves. This includes plunking the vegetables into your refrigerator without any second thought of wrapping it. Time to learn how to use your refrigerator more efficiently and know why your lettuce turns brown, your carrots go limp, and your tomatoes taste like cardboard?

The following questions can determine the proper handling of vegetables:
1.    Which vegetable absord or release odors?
2.    How much humidity is best?
3.    Which vegetables absorb or release odors?
4.    Which vegetable adsorb or release ethylene?
5.    What’s your optimal temperature?

Get to Know Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator should be in the right temperature of 34°- 40°F (1°-4°C) as disease-carrying bacteria grow above 40°F. Spoilage bacteria can still grow on foods at 40°F below. This case, the taste and smell are affected, but generally not harmful.

Vegetable can freeze if the temperature is too low as most refrigerators have particular compartments or commonly known as crisp drawers to store more fruits and vegetables, often with slide mechanisms to control the humidity in the drawer. You can spread an old newspaper in the crisps drawer to prevent mess and to keep it odorless. You can group vegetables by their temperature and humidity needs. Crisper drawers are most effective when they are at least two-thirds full.

Some households use a thermometer or a humidity gauge to examine temperature and humidity in different parts of the refrigerator. An open setting or ambient temperature and humidity in different parts of the refrigerator is good for green leafy vegetables, non-leafy, cucumbers, root vegetables, celery, collards, leeks, summer squash, and peppers. If the temperature stays below 40°F (4°C), food is safe to eat; if it goes above 40°F for over two hours, food should be discarded.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fine Grilled Porkchop Satay Style

Hello food lovers. Weekend is coming and it’s the time for us to be with our love ones. Some might go for a picnic and some will go home to the province or they just eat in their favorite restaurant and go shopping.

But how about those who will just stay at home together? Do not worry because here's something I want to share with you which you can cook at home and enjoy this juicy grilled pork with your family.

It’s just like eating in a restaurant with your family with this recipe I'm going to share with you so you might want to add this in your cooking menus because this is also good when eating on a picnic or at the beach.

So here it is. Below is the recipe for the juicy Grilled Porkchop that we have listed so we could share it to the community. Enjoy!

Fine Grilled Porkchop Satay Style


2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp chopped ginger
½ cup milk
1 tbsp chopped ginger juice of 6 calamansi
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp salt
6-8 pcs pork chop


1. Combine garlic, ginger, milk, turmeric, calamansi, brown sugar, and salt.

2. Pour mixture over pork chops and marinate at least 30 minutes.

3. Grill over hot charcoals until done. Serve hot.

You might want to serve it with fried rice since its grilled food and not soup. Happy weekends everyone and enjoy the new recipe. On the next post, I will share with you a recipe for cooking shrimps.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Freezing Chocolate Banana Shake

Its been stressful this week. Too many workload, rushing of deadline reports, and completing necessary requirements. My mind couldn't calm and always thinking of something. I just wish I could freeze my mind so my body could also relax.

When I got home I've seen a banana and some milk and chocolates which have just been bought. At that time, an idea comes to mind. I'm gonna make some shake to cool off my mind and relax watching movies.

This really freezes out my mind as if all the reports, requirements, and other problems have been frozen. Power of the body has been replenished afterwards. This is something and should be shared to others I said. So below is the shakes recipe to guide you.

Freezing Chocolate Banana Shake

4  pcs. Large lacatan banana, peeled & sliced
2-3 cups ice cubes
½ cup milk
1 cup water


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Serve immediately.

For those who are stressed out at work or in school. Try it out and feel the cooling freeze of the shake. It will take you to the NorthPole. :)

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