The Dangers of Camping and How to Avoid These

Scouting, no matter what others may say, remains as one of the most enjoyable and learning experiences young children everywhere can have during their early years. In the UK, various groups and organizations, such as the Scout Association, continue to spread the goodwill of scouting in the UK and the rest of the world. Overall, scouting helps develop various skills and teaches young kids to be responsible and disciplined. In addition, it also represents fun, outdoor-related activities, such as boy scout camping, hiking, and the like.

When it comes to outdoor activities, camping is till high up on the list of enjoyable outdoor camping activities for young girls and boys. However, it also has its share of risks, which is why proper measures, such as campground procedures and scout fire safety, should be implemented to make the experience a safe one. Here’s what you can teach young campers as they get ready for their next boy scout camping activity.

1. Avoiding attacks from wild animals

Spending a few days camping outdoors may sound like a lot of fun. However, young campers must be well aware of the common dangers they will face, and one of the most important of these is the danger of being attacked by wild animals. Chances are, the animals that will be encountered during camping are wild animals and are hostile to humans. Fortunately, encounters with such animals may be lessened if your child knows what to do.

Tips: Do not startle and provoke wild animals; they usually only attack when provoked. Another tip is to not leave out food overnight, because doing so will likely encourage wild animals to forage near the campsite.

2. Preventing cooking accidents

Living outdoors for a few days will mean that the children will be cooking over a fire and could be handling the fuel materials themselves. Of course, they will be under your supervision as their scoutmaster; however, you still cannot discount accidents from occurring. The best defence against this is preparation and some basic information. A useful advice is to set up the cooking area in a separate area away from the tents. Other tips are listed below.

Tips: Pack cooking gloves that young campers can use as they handle hot cooking equipment. Next, teach young campers about scout fire safety, including the proper usage of fuels used for cooking, such as igniting fluids, cooking oil, etc. Finally, always have a bucket of water near the cooking area. This will be used to douse off any fire that becomes too unmanageable.

3. Proper procedures related to campfires

Of course, no boy scout camping activity is complete without an open campfire at night. Since this cannot be completely avoided, some useful tips are in order to ensure scout fire safety.

Tips: Contain the campfire by using a stainless pit where you can all place the firewood; this will help contain the fire and not allow it to spread to nearby areas. Next tip is to keep the campfire a …

Hygienic Practices In The Handling And Preparation Of Food

The hygienic handling and preparation of food are of great importance in the prevention of food contamination and food poisoning. In home, it is necessary to handle your food to ensure that food is prepared as hygienically as possible. This can be achieved by following a few basic rules.

1. Personal hygiene

· Before preparing food, tie hair back, wash hands, and scrub nails clean.

· Always wash the hands after visiting the toilet.

· Never cough, sneeze, spit, or smoke over the food.

· Cover up skin infections, cuts, and grazes.

· Wear a clean apron.

· Do not lick fingers or spoons and then touch the food with them.

2. Food purchase

· Buy food from clean, reputable shops, where the assistants handle the food hygienically, and the food is stored properly.

· Check that there are no animals in food shops.

· Check the date stamps on fresh foods.

· Choose fresh foods wisely (see individual foods for factors affecting choice).

· Be wary of fresh foods sold on market stalls – they should be covered to protect them from dust and flies.

3. Food storage at home

· Store fresh foods in a cool place. Use them up fairly rapidly and certainly within the time recommended on the label or pack.

· Use up old stocks of dried and canned foods before new ones.

· Cool left-over foods rapidly and eat within 24 hours.

· Keep food protected from flies, pests, and rodents, by the use muslin cloth, plastic film, or a food net.

4. Kitchen hygiene

· Regularly wash and clean work surfaces, the cooker, and the floor.

· Keep utensils clean and well stored when not in use.

· Wipe up spills as they occur.

· Do not allow pets to sit on work surfaces or to eat from utensils and dishes that will be used for humans; some animals carry viruses and bacteria which can be passed on to humans, especially young children whose resistance is not well developed.

· Rinse out the dishcloth after use and leave to air so that it does not become stagnant. Immerse in diluted bleach or disinfectant regularly.

· Do not use the dishcloth to wash the floor.

· Use very hot water and a good detergent for washing dishes, so that all food traces are removed. Nylon brushes are useful for washing intricate pieces of equipment, e.g. cheese graters, bottle necks.

· Sterilize infant feeding bottles carefully.

· Make sure that frozen poultry pork, cream, and fish are completely thawed before cooking, and then thoroughly cooked to destroy salmonella bacteria which may be present. Incomplete thawing and cooking will provide a suitable temperature for the growth and multiplication of such bacteria, and lead to food poisoning.

Waste disposal

· I Keep dustbins well away from the kitchen, in a cool, shaded position. Protect from flies, cats, and vermin by ensuring that food wastes are wrapped and the lid fits tightly.

· Disinfect the dustbin regularly, especially …

Remote Meat Thermometer – Three High Standard Remote Meat Thermometers Worth Buying

Are you looking for a remote meat thermometer if you have no idea which product to purchase? If so, this article is perfect for you. Cooking thermometers eliminate all the guesswork in cooking, smoking and grilling pork, chicken, beef or lamb. They are designed to help avoid overcooking your chicken, veal, pork or beef. They also offer you the opportunity to do other household chores while the meat is cooking. Three of the well-known thermometers in this decade are:

Maverick RediChek Wireless Smoker Thermometers

This device is specifically intended for taking the temperature of the fish, chicken, beef or pork while they are being smoked. They really come in handy as smoking products can be a timely process. In fact, smoking meat may take days. The RediChek monitors the temperature of air and inside the food. It can send a signal to its transmitter for up to 100 feet away. The device sets off an alarm if the temperature fluctuates. Since it is wireless, it can be inserted easily.

Oregon Scientific AW129 Wireless BBQ Device with Probe

The AW129 device is integrated with digital LCD screen for fast and convenient reading. It helps identify the temperature of the meat at the same time determine the readiness of it. It can read temperature as low as – 32 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 392 degrees Fahrenheit. The device can be used to measure the heat of a beef, lamb, veal, pork, turkey, chicken and so on. It can indicate whether these food products are rare, medium rare, medium and well done.

Grill Alert Talking Thermometers

It can be very handy if the device can talk. It can also be very entertaining and enjoyable. This remote meat thermometer provides you the freedom to enjoy and relax while barbequing. To measure the temperature, the probe of the gadget needs to be inserted into the food. You have the option to select wherever the meat should be rare, medium rare, medium cooked or well done. A voice will alert you if the meat is almost ready or ready. …

Food Dehydrator Cookies?

When I first saw this topic I was beginning to think that someone was putting me on. While I do like food, and enjoy cooking, I am in no sense of the word a baker. But, the thought of making cookies in a food dehydrator did not get my attention.

I did look in several of the nationally known cookbooks having sections on baking cookies just to see if any author had the inkling that any of their readers would seek out such an idea. In reality, I began sensing thoughts further back in my brain, knowing that more than likely I would not find a recipe for making cookies in a dehydrator in any of these baking publications.

Occidentally, I have been subjected to a weight loss program by the semi-head of our household, which includes daily starvation, including a type of hi-protein bar to be consumed when the paltry meals, or the diet regimen does not suffice the calling Signs of the stomach. In analyzing the composition of these handy bars it occurs to me that this type of bar-cookie can indeed be made in food dehydrators with similar good food nutrition. In fact, our own food dehydrator would be ideal.

So in the research mode I seek what might be a better cookie concoction than what the store bought bars offer. There were indeed some fine recipes in Food Dehydrator publications that looked fairly simple to assemble, and the ones I tried did come together quite nicely. The intake of the recipes I tried were tasty, light weight, and retained a fair degree of stability if not exposed to high temperatures of the sun.

Now, my imagination kicks in conjunction with creative juices, and I'm thinking before I am done I will have enough tested ideas to write one of those cookbooks myself on the Art of Making Cookies …. In A Food Dehydrator. Perhaps not, but there are creative minds amongst us all, and whatever I come up with, you can match, or surpass my ideas with good ones of your own. That is part of the fun with ideas that are not yet tested. Failures, of course, but you do not have to eat them.

I started with an electric food grinder, and a food juicer. I mixed fruit, and vegetables pureed with honey, evaporated cane syrup, molasses, nuts, rice, barley, wheat, rolled oats, crisped rice, and soy. Sometimes onion, and garlic were added to the mixture. The point is experiment, and you will come up with a tasty cookie or bar that will come to be known in the family, and in the neighborhood.

The times when I appeared to run out of ideas, I summoned in the kids, neighbors, nephews, nieces, and whatever of my friend's kids that were curious enough to want to find out what this weird friend of their parents was up to. Despite the results, although most trials were edible, the fun of sharing was our combined talents regardless …

Tasty Fruit Salsa Served With Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Nothing beats a fresh, healthy, and vitamin loaded fruit salad, when you are feeling thirsty in the summertime. Here is a tasty fruit salsa recipe, served with delicious cinnamon tortilla chips. Can be served as an appetizer or snack.

Here is what you need:

2 peeled and diced kiwis
2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 (8 ounce) package raspberries
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
Butter flavored cooking spray
2 cups cinnamon sugar

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves.

(Here's a great tip to save time shopping: get yourself an egg slicer (available on the kitchen aisle of most grocery stores.) Just put the hard fruit in it and slice them and then turn the other way and slice again. Fruit perfectly.)

Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into the wedges and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle the wedges with the desired amount of cinnamon sugar.

Spray again with the cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven; 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes. Serve with the chilled fruit and spice mixture.

TIP: To cut back on the sweetness and juice, you can also select to use no sugar. Instead you can use orange marmalade for the preserves and peaches in place of the raspberries.

You can also replace the Golden Delicious apples with Fuji apples which have less tender to turn brown. …

Three Components of the Great Kitchen Design

The three components of a great Kitchen design starts with planning. These components are a good working triangle, easy traffic flow and enough countertop space. This design can be adjusted for different types of cooking. A great design provides efficient placement of equipment and supplies and eliminates wasted time and steps.

A working triangle is the area formed by refrigerator, kitchen sink and range. These need to be spaced far enough apart for each to have their own working area and close enough together a cook can rinse a pan, remove milk from the refrigerator and stir a bubbling pot on the stove by moving only a few steps in any direction.

Traffic flow into and around kitchen can increase the comfort of all people in the household. A refrigerator placed at an opening allows youngsters to grab a can of soda quickly without invading the cooking triangle or getting in the cook’s way. Careful planning into who uses the kitchen and how it will be used create the right placement of appliances, dishes, silverware and dishwasher.

The amount of countertop space and location of this space creates efficiency and cooking enjoyment or frustration and spills. The most overlooked area is a countertop next to the refrigerator; this provides a work space for loading or unloading the refrigerator. Even a small area here increases convenience.

Many times people planning the ideal Kitchen design start with colors or decor. This ideal workspace is one that people like to work in. Each cook requires a different amount of storage, cooking equipment and supplies. Some cooks need more workspace (countertops) and others want more storage close at hand.

Gourmet cooks who are right-handed need space and storage to the right of the range. A left-handed cook will want this storage on the left side. By designing kitchens to please the cooks, the kitchens will be most efficient and more pleasant to use.

If two people will be using the kitchen at the same time, the design will include two works areas. Adding an extra sink will increase enjoyment and eliminate hassles. This is a small additional investment for the convenience it provides.

An ideal Kitchen design works well for the cook by having all important items close at hand. This design also accommodates other people in house and their needs. A well-designed kitchen is a pleasure to work in and produces better quality food for all to enjoy.…

Uses of Cabinet Knobs

Importance of Cabinets in the Urban Home

Cabinets are very important in one’s household. Those who are passionate about home decoration take great pains in installing the appropriate designs and styles of cabinets. They are useful in every room, and hence, should be chosen carefully, keeping sync with the rest of the furniture.

Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets in the kitchen are the most extensively used. They are used to store utensils and cutlery as well as dry food and cooking material.

Cabinets in the Bedroom

In the bedroom cabinets are used to store winter wear which is used only a few months of the year. Extra bedding accessories and shoes are other objects stores in cabinets here.

Living Room Cabinets

The living room cabinets are lined with books, television sets, DVD players and music system. Music CDs and speakers require separate cabinets here.

Cabinets for the Children

Children’s rooms have cabinets for their clothes, toys and academic materials.

Bathroom Cabinets

These are used to keep a variety of things such as soaps, shampoos, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush and even medicines. There are separate ones for towels and toilet papers.

Cabinet Knobs

Knowing this you must realize the importance of cabinet knobs. These knobs are bought in bulk since they are required for every compartment of the cabinets installed in one’s home. However, you can spice things up by using different cabinet knobs for every room to uphold their individual style and theme.

For the living room cabinets you can choose something sober like metallic or wooden cabinet knobs. These are easy to clean and maintain. Glass knobs are also not a bad idea, especially if they are used for cabinets that are lesser used. This reduces the chance of breaking them. They look very good as well.

For the kitchen you must be careful with your choice of cabinet knobs. These knobs are used extensively a large number of times everyday. Things are taken out and put in continuously into kitchen cabinets, making them susceptible to damage easily. Therefore, these knobs should be hardy and able to withstand rough environment. The heat, oil and moisture in the air in kitchens can damage wood and metal. Therefore, using ceramic or glass knobs is a good idea.

The storage or laundry room cabinets usually store cleaning agents and mops. The best types of cabinet knobs that should be used in such areas are ones made from water resistant materials.

Children’s rooms are great to experiment with knobs. Cartoon characters, alphabets and youth icon figures are great ideas for cabinet knobs in these rooms. If your kids are too old for such juvenile ideas, you can always install knobs of sports and entertainment figures.

Fitting the Knobs

One of the important aspects of fitting cabinet knobs is its size. You don’t want them to take up half the size of the cabinets; neither is it permissible to have them so small that one cannot even get a good grip to pull the door open. Measurement …

Be Healthy! Use a Digital Meat Thermometer

We might think that it’s all about the food that we use that defines our health but we are mistaken. By food we mean, the right kind of food that we eat everyday which is not too oily, too fatty or too sweet. However, the big question here is how about the way the food is cooked. It is without doubt that we need a balanced diet to keep our body healthy. By this we mean a kind of diet containing the five food categories and there’s no question about that. However, there are times when we think we are doing the right thing yet in fact, it is just on the outside or it is just a misconception of things.

Aside from the food per se, the right way of cooking also matters when talking about strict diet and maintaining the health. Mothers especially have to be aware that the way of cooking also affects the freshness and healthfulness of the food. On a worse scenario, one mistake with the way of cooking sometimes causes illness in the family. Overcooking vegetables for example leaves no nutrients in the veggies anymore because veggies should only be half-cooked or can be eaten raw to have a complete intake of its nutrients. Yet, with veggies, not overcooking it is an easy thing but not with meat. We have to be careful when cooking meat because not cooking it well could cause digestive problems and overcooking it especially when roasting it, can cause cancer.

Technically, cooking is not only defined by the taste of the food or its presentation but the more important thing is whether or not the food has already reached the safe temperature in order for the body to make use of the nutrients contained in it. When cooking meat, it is important to use a digital meat thermometer in order to monitor the temperature of the meat and to know whether or not the meat is already cooked or not. The digital meat thermometer checks the internal temperature of the meat or any other kind of food and it is just so easy to use. There’s no need for any calculation or any more analysis because all you need to do is to stare at the screen and check the temperature. The right temperature of each food is already found in the recipe so there is no need for a mind-boggling moment.

Digital meat thermometers are very helpful because it makes the cooking convenient and the health benefits of this is just innumerable and very helpful. This device has been picking its popularity up in the market these days because of the usefulness it gives to every household. There are so many stores that sell digital meat thermometers and there are a lot of online shops to choose from. But before buying one, you have to make sure that you read the features of the product to make sure that you are buying the one that you really need.…

The Most Important Food to Avoid During Pregnancy

Along with the many food groups that you should include in your pregnancy diet to make sure that you and your baby get the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for healthy growth and development, there are also several types of food that you should avoid during pregnancy. These are foods that have a higher risk of being contaminated with bacteria or parasites, and since pregnancy causes a woman’s immune system to become slightly compromised, foods that may have been eaten before pregnancy without worry could now be a health risk.

The top foods to avoid during pregnancy are:

* Unpasteurized Milk

* Soft Cheeses

* Raw Eggs

* Raw Meat & Undercooked Poultry

* Deli Meats & Hot Dogs

* Pate

* Raw or Seared Fish and Fish That Contain Mercury

* Smoked Seafood

* Game Fish

* Raw Shellfish

* Unwashed Vegetables

* Alcohol

* Caffeine

Unpasteurized Milk

Unpasteurized milk can carry bacteria such as listeria, a bacteria that’s found in soil and stream water. Listeria can cause listeriosis and can cross the placental barrier which can cause miscarriage, preterm delivery, infection to the baby, and possibly death to the newborn. Contracting listeriosis from listeria is rare, but pregnant women are more more susceptible.

Soft Cheeses

Soft cheeses, such as Feta, Brie, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Camembert, blue-veined cheese, and Mexican-style cheese that include queso blanco or queso fresco are not safe to eat during pregnancy because they are made from unpasteurized milk. Unpasteurized milk can carry bacteria such as listeria (mentioned above). When in doubt, check the label on the cheese to make sure it states that it’s made with pasteurized milk.

Raw Eggs

Eggs are a great source of quality protein. The yolks also contain choline, an essential amino acid that’s helpful for brain development and the formation of the neural tube in the early stages of pregnancy. However, in raw form they can potentially contain salmonella, which pregnant women are more susceptible to contracting. Order your eggs scrambled rather than sunny-side up or over easy during pregnancy. And avoid foods that are made with raw egg, such as raw cookie dough or cake batter.

Raw Meat & Undercooked Poultry

Raw meats and undercooked poultry could contain coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella. While it’s said to be relatively rare, these can can cause stillbirth or other serious health problems. Be sure to cook your poultry all the way through and your meats between medium to medium-well so that there isn’t any pink showing. Remember to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling.

Deli Meats & Hot Dogs

Deli meats and hot dogs are said to be unsafe to eat during pregnancy because they’ve been known to be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that’s found in soil and stream water. Listeria can cause listeriosis and can cross the placental barrier which can cause miscarriage, preterm delivery, infection to the baby, and possibly death to the newborn. Contracting listeriosis from listeria is rare, but pregnant women are much more more susceptible. …

Have a Great Lobster Party Anytime of the Year

If you want to have a sure fire success of a party, throw a lobster party. These are great for the summer but can be a huge success in the winter too, just make sure that you have lots of napkins.

Here Is What You Need:

  • fresh Lobsters
  • large pot with a tight fitting lid
  • melted butter (maybe w/garlic)
  • grill or stove
  • corn on the cob
  • shell crackers
  • yukon gold potatoes
  • lot of paper towels
  • Adult beverages or lemonade

Here’s How You Do It:

Set up your party outside on a patio or lawn. Even if weather forces you inside don’t worry, just cover your table with several layers of paper. As the layers get filled with shells wrap up a layer and have a clean surface again.

Lobster is a little messy so make sure and use festive disposable plates and have a large trash can close to the table. Make sure you have several rolls of paper towels.

For The Lobster:

Get your cooking area set-up. You’ll need a grill or stove with a large pot and cooking tongs. To cook fill the pot about 2/3 full, add 1tbsp of salt per liter of water and bring to a boil. Slip each one head first into the water.

You can cook more than one at a time, just make sure that they are well covered by the water. Then cover with lid. Cook each pound for about ten minutes or until the shell is bright red and the small legs pull off easily.

For The Corn:

You can either boil the corn in another pan or cook them on the grill. For the corn, spread it with butter, lightly season with salt and pepper, wrap individually in aluminum foil and put it on the upper rack or along the outer edge of the grill.

Turn them frequently. After about ten minutes test done-ness by sticking through the foil with a fork.

For The Potatoes:

Cut them into wedges. Dip them into the butter and garlic and grill on the upper level of the grill or on a pizza pan in the oven. Keep a close eye on them because once they start to brown they will burn rather quickly.

This is great party to throw anytime anytime. Order fresh from the Maine fishermen and get them delivered to your front door overnight.…