Food Safety to Help Avoid Bears in the Wilderness

If you plan on venturing into the wilderness on a camping or hiking trip, you need to be prepared to deal with potentially dangerous wildlife. Bears in particular need to be respected and avoided. One of the easiest ways to avoid bears is to be careful with storing and preparing food.

Choosing the Safest Camping Food

Strong smelling food like tuna or garlic can attract bears easiest. When you choose which foods to pack, try to avoid foods that have strong odors. Canned or dried food is a much better choice. Not only do these types of food last longer, but they give off fewer odors too. Individual packaged food is better than larger packages that have to be manually resealed.

Safely Storing Your Camping Food

One mistake many campers make is not taking adequate precautions for storing food. All too often food is stored either in the same tent you sleep in or in a nearby cooler. This can be a very bad idea. You are essentially drawing the bears right to wear you are vulnerably sleeping.

Your food should be stored a good distance away from your tent (at least 100 meters). To prevent food odors from blowing through your campsite, your food storage location should also be downwind from your campsite. When picking a location to store food, think of how close to your campsite you would be comfortable having bears. Obviously that is not very close at all.

For actual food storage, you have a few choices. There are bear proof containers available in a variety of sizes. These bear proof storage lockers make it nearly impossible for bears to get at your food. It might not be practical to carry one of these durable containers to camp though.

The more traditional method for camping food storage is to hang your food up in a tree in an airtight bag. Since bears do have some tree climbing capabilities, it is best to hang the food at least 5 meters above ground and at least 4 feet away from the trunk of the tree. A bear could easily reach a bag if it is too low or too close to the trunk of the tree. This is not the most secure method because using too small a branch makes it possible for a bear to break the branch and using too large a branch makes it possible for a bear to climb out to your bag. Bears can also chew through ropes holding bags up in trees. So if you plan on hanging your food, counterbalance the rope with a second bag. Then use a long stick to retrieve tour bags afterwards. Or you can suspend the food bag between two trees. Some camps have existing ropes or poles setup to use instead of hanging food from branches.

As a last resort, you could also store your food in the trunk of your vehicle. This should be avoided though, as vehicles are not airtight and odors could …

Dogs With Food Allergies: Novelty Protein Dog Food

The Story

I have a boxer, bull mastiff mix named Leo, who struggles with itching and scratching all the time. It got to the point to where I felt so bad for him not only because he’s my best friend but because I can tell he was uncomfortable. I finally had enough and gathered up my veterinarian’s phone number and took a trip to the vet. Leo was having rashes on his belly and kept licking his paws to were they were getting infected.

The first thing the vet asked me was, “what kind of food do you feed him?” I replied with “a healthy food with no corn or bi-products.” He said “that’s good but what is the formula?” I told him it was chicken. He said I might want to try feeding a novelty protein, something other than chicken beef or lamb, which are common ingredients found in dog food. The vet told me that most people come in and think that their dogs are scratching from fleas but it turns out it’s usually the food that they’re feeding. He said that if I try feeding a healthy dog food with a novelty protein my dog is most likely going to have a better reaction because he’s never been exposed to that specific meat source. The vet said that just like humans, dogs can become allergic to any ingredient at any time. He had mentioned some options of foods that I could feed but I insisted on going home and doing my own in-depth research for myself to see which dog food would be right for my dog. I came across a lot of very healthy foods that were grain free but I still didn’t know which direction to take. I finally narrowed it down to a couple limited ingredient diets which contained a novelty protein as the first ingredient, that might work for my dog. The types of dog food that I found were very simple, easy on the stomach and the skin.

The Progress

Week by week Leo became a whole new dog. His skin issues have improved greatly and the dermatitis areas between the paws disappeared. His rashes near the belly had also gone away.

The Solution

Turns out that Leo was simply having a reaction to the chicken. Now not that chicken is a bad ingredient but chicken is a cheaper protein and in most of the foods he ate, chicken was the main ingredient. After switching to a novelty protein the skin cleared up.

The Conclusion

If your dog has skin issues, take a look at the ingredients on the package of dog food you feed and see what the meat sources are. If you see chicken, beef or lamb, chances are that could be the issue. Also make sure there is no corn, wheat or soy. Grain free would be a good choice with a single novelty protein.…

Three Benefits of Using Quality Plastic Food Storage Containers

Just about everybody has had the unfortunate experience of opening their fridge door and instantly being overwhelmed by an unpleasant odor. This could be because some of your food has gone bad or simply because it has not been stored in a good container. Reducing or eliminating the smell is one of the benefits of quality plastic food storage containers.

Another benefit is that your food will stay fresh longer when it is refrigerated, as it will be properly sealed. Having several good quality food containers on hand will also allow you to buy your food in bulk, which is usually cheaper. You can then either put food in the containers and freeze it, or cook it and freeze it.

This will allow you to thaw it out later and reheat it in a microwave oven. If you plan on microwaving the food while it is still in the container, make sure the container is made for use in a microwave. You should also be able to place reusable food containers in the dishwasher.

There are two main types of food containers. One is the disposable kind and the other is the type you can use over and over again. Whatever type you prefer to use, it has to be able to keep the food fresh. You can find different types of containers for specific types of food, such as pasta and herbs. Good containers should seal properly and have lids that won’t bend or warp. The lids should also be easy to place on the container and to remove it.

There is a big difference in the quality of food storage containers on the market because they are made of different materials. They also vary quite a bit in their shape, color, size, and weight. The wide variety of containers means the price range is also quite variable. One of the major benefits of quality plastic food storage containers is that you will not have to throw your food out, as you can safely save it for another day.…

The Pros and Cons of Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

Staying at a B&B is always a unique experience, but the pros and cons of staying at a bed and breakfast accommodation must be recognized to help vacationers plan a hassle-free holiday. Typically, B&Bs are the owners’ private residence which they turned into a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodations and breakfast.

Usually, a B&B has a most charming and quaint character. They tend to be more home-like, and less of a standard hotel. Guests are accommodated in well-furnished private bedrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom.

Some people wishing to have Cotswolds weekend breaks stay at a Cotswold bed and breakfast that is actually an English country house with magnificent gardens. It is pure English elegance and Cotswolds charm at its finest, inside and out. B&Bs like this is fun for the person who likes the outdoors with lots of grounds to walk around.

The beds are more comfortable, and some even have canopy beds. Food is usually better because they are home-cooked and some even prepare breakfast to order, which is a huge plus. The service you get at a B&B is also more personal and they pay special attention to a guest’s needs to make their stay most enjoyable in aB&B. CotswoldsandBroadway bed and breakfast establishments will also be able to steer guests toward “must sees”, such as the Cotswolds cottages dotting the area.

There are also some B&Bs which have private bedrooms or with a bathroom that is shared with other guests. All guests will have to share eating quarters. Some people may be uncomfortable with this set up in a bed and breakfast. Cotswolds is best appreciated when you stay at a B&B that is both pleasing to the eyes as well as pleasant to experience.

The pros and cons of staying at a bed and breakfast will actually depend on what sort of experience you want when staying at a place.…

How to Color Microwave Popcorn?

Making popcorn in the microwave is so easy that at times it can be boring to eat the same type of popcorn over and over again. However, you can now be a little creative and use some simple ingredients in your kitchen to make color microwave popcorn. This is also easy, but at least you will not be bored eating the same colored popcorn whilst sitting in front of your favorite television show.

Prepare microwave popcorn like you normally would. If you want to use butter as a part of the coloring process, opt for butter-free popcorn brand. Once you have finished popping the corn kernels, empty the packet into a bowl.

At this point you may get tempted to much on a few. Stop that temptation at once, as you will have more fun eating colored microwave popcorn.

Use the food coloring of your choice and then match the coloring with a corresponding dried herb or spice from your kitchen. For instance, you can match the red food coloring with paprika, green with dried chives or parsley and yellow with curry powder. If you like sweet popcorn, you can use Jell-O or drink mixes to make your popcorn sweet and also give it different colors, such as purple, pink or lime green.

Melt the required amount of butter in a pan and add a couple of drops of the food coloring into it. Make sure that the butter is unsalted. Stir well. Pour the colored butter onto the popcorn. Toss the popcorn well to ensure that it get covered with the butter. Sprinkle some of the corresponding herb or spice to add a unique flavor to your colored popcorn. Check the intensity of the color. If it is too light, add some more melted butter with food coloring or a little more the spice or herb.

Be careful while adding the food coloring to the melted butter, as adding too much will make your microwave popcorn inedible. Go easy with it. Also, it is best to used freshly minced or ground herbs instead of dried herbs. When using flavored drink mixes or Jell-O, go easy with the amount you use to ensure that the popcorn does not turn out too sweet. Add the mix gradually and keep tasting the butter until you get the desired color and taste.

As you can see, it is very easy to make colored microwave popcorn. All you need is some time to make this unique and delicious snack.…

Turkey Fryers – Electric or Propane?

Given the proximity of the up coming holidays, many people have been considering deep frying a turkey for the first time. There are many different kinds of turkey fryers out there to choose from. Primarily outdoor propane deep fryers or indoor counter top electric fryers. The differences between an outdoor deep fryer and an electric fryer vary greatly. We will start with electric turkey fryers.

First and foremost, electric fryers are made for indoors. You can take your electric fryer outdoors to use one day at a time. But you should bring it back indoors once everything has cooled, and put it away. It should never be left out on your patio like a backyard grill. The morning dew alone is enough to ruin the inner workings of an electric deep fryer.

You can take an electric deep fryer camping if you have electricity, but you can forget about tailgating with one unless you have a generator.

An electric turkey fryer can be a large counter top deep fryer. My first fryer was an electric counter top turkey fryer. It not only fries small turkeys as well as deep frying anything you want, but you can also steam and boil with it. I’ve been known to make Low Country Boil right in my house in the middle of the winter.

Not all so-called electric turkey fryers, are actually deep fryers. These units work with high radiant heat. They technically roast, not deep fry. There is really no oil involved. Less mess to clean up. You can roast other meats in these units, but you can not fry up a batch of french fries in one of these.

Most electric turkey fryers have a safety shut off feature if the oil becomes too hot. They mostly all have a thermometer or temperature gauge as well. This is a great feature because most of these units will tell you that your oil is up to temperature by a light on the gauge or unit. This is also good if you are frying things other than turkey. If you are frying up multiple batches of things, like Buffalo wings or onion rings, you should always let your oil come back up to temperature between batches.

Now, speaking of oil temperatures, electric fryers do take longer to heat oil than outdoor propane deep fryers. It also takes longer between batches to come back up to temperature. You want fried crispy food, not oil logged greasy food. So pay attention to your oil temperatures. Don’t get hasty and put food in before it’s time.

Lastly, you don’t have to worry about the kids and the dog needing to have somewhere else to play. Odds are they are not playing on the counter top or in the kitchen, so the odds of your indoor electric turkey fryer getting knocked over by a game of soccer or football are next to nil.

Now we’ve discussed electric turkey fryers. Let’s move on to outdoor propane turkey fryers.

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Italian Food – An Overview

Italian food is more than a form of nourishment; it’s a way of life in a country where family, friendship and feasts are all indelibly linked. Italian food is simple, vibrant and good for you. From roasts to risotto, pasta to preserves, soups to sauces, Italian food is popular all year round. Italian food is highly famed: greatly loved and tirelessly imitated the world over, it has been a source of endless pleasure and joie-de-vivre in countries far and wide. Italian food is not just for Italians, but for everyone.

Cooking

For hundreds of years Italian cooking has followed a very simple principle: food is best when it’s cooked fresh and in season. I am a great fan of Italian cuisine, and a firm believer that cooking is an art, not a task. Most traditional Italian dishes as we know today, are on the whole derived from simple peasant cookery, for example the Pizza, which could be found a couple of centuries ago on the streets of Naples being sold by street vendors to those that had no cooking facilities of their own at home. The regional cooking depends on a number of factors, not only as to what ingredients are most abundant each region, but also historical factors. The recipes of Northern and Southern Italian dishes are quite different and use different methods of cooking. With the exception of a few areas near lakes that exert a moderating influence, Northern Italy is too cold for olive trees to grow, and as a result much of the population used butter for cooking.

Pasta

Pasta, no doubt, plays a large part in most traditional Italian food, and few cultures know how to employ a tomato the way that Italians can. Pasta and olive oil are considered the characteristics of southern Italian food, while northern food focuses on rice and butter (although today there are many exceptions). Italian food is all about combinations of delicious local flavours, a simple sauce, a sprinkling of Parmesan and of course real Italian pasta.

Ingredients

Ingredients used in Italian cooking, such as pasta, olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and red wine have proved to be contributory factors to a healthier lifestyle. Finding the right balance of ingredients is vital in creating vibrant good food. Although there are essential ingredients that every Italian kitchen should have, basil, garlic and olive oil, the most important ingredient is creativity. Italian cookery is exceptionally varied, nutritious and healthy; traditions have been handed down from one family to the next over the centuries, and are associated mainly with country life in that dishes are directly linked to what the Earth produces over the changing seasons: in other words, wholesome cooking whose goodness depends on all-natural ingredients.

Somebody once said “The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again”. Italian food is not just for Italians, but for everyone. Did you know that Italian food is the most popular cuisine for eating out throughout the world? …

Differences Between Fast Food Restaurants and Sit Down Restaurants

I would like to begin explaining the differences between fast food restaurants and sit down restaurants. Fast food restaurants are designed for individuals who have to get up early in the morning for work. Some people have to get up say around 5 o’clock in order to be at work at say 6:45am or 7 am.

It’s kind of hard to fix breakfast this early in the morning especially when you have to get dressed and that takes time. So in order to get to your job on time, it’s a lot quicker, and easier to just stop at a fast food restaurant such as, Mcdonald’s, or Burger king, to pick up breakfast on your way to the job. It also depends on your shift. If you have do to a second shift then most likely you would be able to fix breakfast at home and get dressed on time as well, but you may have to stop for lunch on your way in.

Some people like to wait until they go in and purchase their food at their job. Now sometimes it may be costly to buy food at McDonald’s or Burger king, but it may also be costly to buy food at your place of work so you may want to do some pricing before you decide where to purchase your food.

Now I would like to talk about sit down restaurants. Sit down restaurants are designed for a group of people such as, family, friends, co-workers, and so forth. People who work a lot may not have the option of going to a sit down restaurant as much as they do fast food restaurants because of their jobs.

Some people have to do overnight jobs and hardly ever see their families. A lot of times people who have to work quite a bit only have the option of going to fast food restaurants rather then going to places to eat where they are spending time with their family, friends, co-workers and so forth. There are advantages and disadvantages for people who have to work and for people who don’t have to work.

The advantages for people who have to work even though they may not have enough time to for recreation with their families as far as going to a sit down restaurant is they can arrange time for this with their families and even their friends when they have time off work. The disadvantages are having to spend money for bills and so forth and not having enough money to take their families out for recreation.

The advantages for people who don’t have to work is they have enough time to spend with their families and friends for recreation and so forth. The disadvantages are they are limited on how much they can spend for recreation with their families and friends. A lot of people have limited incomes and the restaurants are a bit expensive these days. Restaurants such as, Burger king, McDonald’s, and so forth …

Removing Tape From White Board

A white board is a glossy white surface where one can write with non permanent markers. It is also a good type of communication with other people in school, office, hospital, clinics or even at home. There are times that people post announcements on white boards. Most of the time people just tape the printed post on it so that it cannot be erased and if a not so good quality tape is used, the sticky part of it is left on the board in removing the tape. These stick part of the tape that is left on the board makes it dirty. Whenever you are to erase the writings on the surface, the black ink sticks to that part which makes it dirty.

There is a proper way of removing these sticky things that is left on the white boards. You cannot just wipe it all away just like in erasing or cleaning the surface. If you do not follow the proper step, you will just end up ruining the board itself. First you have to do in removing the tape is you have to remove it slowly with a pair of tweezers. This is to lessen the sticky part that will be left on the white board. After that, wipe the surface with a dry clean cloth or a soft tidy towel. You have to clean the writing area first so that the next steps will not leave a mess.

Now, after cleaning the white board, you can now apply the cooking spray on the areas where there are sticky part of the tapes are left. The cooking spray is a type of oil that is used to lubricate the tapes from the white boards. After applying the cooking spray, just leave it for a few minutes, usually one to two minutes. This is to let the lubricant adapt itself to the tape so that it can be easily removed. After leaving it for a few minutes, you can now wipe the sticky part away from the surface by using a cloth or towel soaked on warm water.

White boards also need maintenance. You have to keep it clean to make it more useful and functional. If there are cases like you have to post a printed announcement on the white board and you are not good in cleaning the tapes off of it, then it would be better if you use a good quality tape that does not leave a sticky mark. In this way, you only not keep it clean but you also saved yourself up from the maintenance of it. But in other cases, keep these steps a reminder for it may be useful in the future. You can also teach this to other people to keep them informed on what to do in situations like these. It is better to share something you know to someone who does not know anything about it because it makes improvement to them and also to you as …

The Top Seven Free Birthday Indulgences in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles lifestyle can get pretty pricey, so when given the opportunity, it’s nice to get something for free. There are 7 popular destinations that will reward you for getting another year older! It’s almost worth getting older.

One of the more popular spots for sweets is the coveted Susie Cakes, a bakery offering from-scratch desserts, including cookies, pies & custom layer cakes. Come in on your birthday and enjoy a free cupcake. In addition to seasonal favorites, cupcakes include Vanilla with Pastel Vanilla Frosting, Fluffy Coconut, Luscious Lemon, Strawberry, Mocha, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, & Chocolate Mint. Sign up for their mailing list and get a free birthday cupcake every year

Then there are restaurants that will give you a free meal, not just the dessert. If you like bar food, Hennessey’s Tavern, in the South Bay, is the place to go for a free dinner entrée. Irish Nachos, Prime Rib Sliders and Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings are just a few of the selections.

You can enjoy slightly different food at Truxton’s American Bistro located in Santa Monica and Westchester. Truxton’s offers a selection including burgers, pastas and burritos; their sandwiches are superb. On your birthday, enjoy a free entre valued up to $20, plus a free dessert of your choosing when you sign up for their online mailing list. They have 4 stars on Yelp with hundreds of reviews.

Feeling more like having pizza? Not to worry. Big Mama’s and Pap’s Pizzeria is just the right place. They have over 15 locations, and the pizza is awesome. Just sign up on their website, and they’ll send you a code. Order your pizza online, and it’s pickup only… and worth it.

Got beer? You’ll have a great time at the Wirtshaus German Restaurant on No. La Brea Avenue in the Miracle Mile. Bring a group of 10 or more during your birthday month, (ID required) then you will receive a free 2 liter Birthday Boot filled with your favorite draft beer.

Feel like enjoying fresh veggies? Go to the Veggie Grill. It has several locations throughout Los Angeles, and here, the vegetables are the rock stars. Their dishes are fresh, gluten-free and seasonal; dishes may include Veggie Burgers, Hashed Yams or Golden Beet Salad. To redeem your gift, just fill out a comment card to join their mailing list and they’ll send you a coupon for a free birthday meal. Given the quality and specialty nature of the food, this is one of the best deals in the city.

How about enjoying a sail on your birthday? Check out Catalina Express and get your free round trip sail to Catalina Island, which could be worth $75. Catalina Express is the year-round boat services to Catalina Island, with up to 30 round trip daily departures, and the trip is about an hour. Departures are from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to the ports of Avalon and Two Harbors. To ride for free, on your birthday, you must …