Microwaving water for tea: Why are the results so lousy? Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images A reader recently wrote in to ask: Why is tea made with microwave-heated water so lousy compared to tea made with water boiled in a kettle? Because a proper cup of black tea must be made with water that’s come to a rolling boil. A kettle is designed to heat water evenly to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat at the bottom of the kettle—whether from a heating element embedded in an electric device or from a burner on the stove—creates a natural convection current: The hot water rises and the cool water falls in a cyclical fashion, which uniformly heats the contents of the kettle to a boil (at which point an electric kettle clicks off or a stovetop kettle whistles). But microwaves don’t heat water evenly, so the boiling process is difficult to control. Why is water temperature so important to good-tasting tea? It’s possible that the material of the heating vessel also affects tea’s flavor. Microwaved water isn’t totally useless for all tea.
A food scientist's 4 tips for barbecue success When it comes to barbecuing, there are all sorts of expert tips out there that people claim to be the secret to delicious, succulent meat. Some of these tips are correct, but have to be followed in a particular way to be effective. Others are entirely wrong. Science to the rescue. Recently, food scientist Guy Crosby looked at the chemistry of barbecue — and explained how you can use scientific knowledge to maximize your barbecue success. Here are a few of his tips. 1) Use a salt-based marinade for tender meat Mike/Flickr Many marinades are heavy on things like vinegar, wine, lemon juice, and other acids. Salt gets drawn deeply into meat through the process of diffusion Salt-based marinades, on the other hand, get drawn deeply into the meat through the process of diffusion. Once the salt has entered the meat, it helps to denature the proteins that make up muscle fibers, such as myosin. To get this effect, you should use marinades that are mainly made of soy sauce or other salty substances.
6 Unusual Gallery Wall Ideas You Haven't Tried (Yet) The gallery wall still sparks the imagination as one of the most fun ways to add a little personal touch to your home. Perhaps the best thing to hit the world of art arranging since….anything, ever, there have been tons of iterations of frame presentations playing off this delightful trend. As many gallery walls as you’ve already seen floating across the web, the newest takes on the concept are making these displays feel fresh all over again. Instead of a wall, why not try a corner? An unusual gallery wall idea is to only use only works with human subjects—a collection of art ranging from vintage photo stills to illustrations of people is captivating and different. This might not seem totally out of the ordinary, but simply lining portraits up on a wall (without any staggering) is not seen very often, which actually makes it a pretty divergent choice of arrangement. Using art is the obvious choice when creating a gallery wall. See this story and shop the moodboards on nousDECOR.com
50 States, 50 Pizzas Colorado: Mountain Pizza at Beau Jo’s Pizza, Mulitple Locations In a land where everyone stereotypically skies, hikes, snowboards and goes white-water rafting, it’s only fitting that Colorado's iconic pizza isn’t a thin, plain slice but rather a hearty, deep-dish pie filled with energy-giving ingredients. The hand-rolled thick crust - choose between honey white, honey wheat or gluten-free - nicely contains the filling, and any leftovers make a nice dessert when dipped in honey. First choose your sauce - homemade standard red sauce, pork green chile, ranch dressing or even fresh salsa. Next, pick as many topping as you want, with options including turkey pepperoni, red-hot chicken, green chiles, three types of olives, ricotta, feta and even Swiss.
Two simple, fool-proof methods to cook a steak to delicious perfection Skirt steak = the most underrated cut of beef there is. Incredibly flavorful. For grilling it is. But there are many others for incredible stew that most people in the US seem to ignore. Cheeks, tail, the muzzle, the entire face... it's all exquisite stuff. This is amazing stuff, classic french plate. +1... Aren't they amazing? I wish I had iberian pig cheeks in the US. I live in Portland and we have a local purveyor that raises Pata Negra pigs on hazelnuts instead of acorns. Who is that? Industrialization killed America food habits. Death is part of life. I don't know about European markets, so I'm going to assume that the meat there is better, but there's plenty of places to go in American cities for the kind of fish/meat you're looking for. Yes there are good butchers, but they are hard to find and they miss a lot of things we have in Spain. SExpand Right? If don't properly, the flavor is incredible. Oh, and then there's brain, blood sausage... Jamón! Yes.
Tips on How to Prevent Mosquito Bites June 07, 2003 | 75,766 views Share Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance--their bites can cause serious complications including the transmission of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and West Nile virus (WN) to humans and animals. Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera order, otherwise known as the True Flies. There are over 2,500 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world with about 200 species in the United States. While there are many ways to deter mosquitoes from biting you, some are more toxic than others. Use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets--just wipe on and go. Most commercial insect repellants contain a chemical known as DEET and should be used with caution, if at all. Further, in combination with other chemicals or medications the chemicals could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations. Store bottle out of the reach of children and read all instructions on label before applying.
101 Best Pizzas in America Pizza! If you grew up obsessed with it — postgame pizza, movie-night pizza, baby-sitting pizza, college dorm pizza, New York-, New Haven-, Neapolitan-, deep-dish-, St. Louis-, Detroit-style pizza, pizza! — and pursued that American passion for cheese, sauce, and bread with an adult fascination for seeking the best slice, the finest pie, the Platonic Neapolitan, then the idea of naming America's best is likely contentious. Who serves America’s best pizza? View List: 101 Best Pizzas in America (Slideshow) Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is. Which pizzerias truly serve pies to seek out, return for, and be in awe of? One of the problems with even the most well-intentioned best pizza lists is their length, or lack of length actually. It’s a challenging task. What did we discover? Of the 101 best pizzas, 30 were from New York State (that includes Long Island). But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, right?
Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Perdue. The opinions and text are all mine. Easy homemade Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza using Perdue Farms Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts. I have fallen in love. First, it was with these individually packaged, marinated Perdue Farms Perfect Portions boneless skinless chicken breasts. I don’t easily fall in love. My house gets crazy during the summer, with all my boys running around. These individually packaged chicken breasts make it so easy to grab a few extra packages and throw on the grill for those nights when I have a few extra mouths to feed. The mesquite flavor is delicious and the chicken is fork tender. Of course my foodie brain started thinking of ways I could use this awesome chicken, and I had this idea to add it to a grilled pizza. First I grilled three Perdue Farms Perfect Portions Mesquite Grille Seasoned chicken breasts. Because the chicken is already seasoned, there’s not much you need to do to this pizza.
Top Ten Spring Cleaning Tips Yes it's that time again! Unless you took your 'van out at Easter then you'll be looking at the occasional sunny day we've had recently and getting ready to tour. Cleaning a caravan isn't something that many of our readers will need detailed instructions for; our top ten tips are more of a handy list to act as a reminder. 1. Use non-abrasive shampoo for cars or caravans and make sure you've got a step-ladder and a long-handled mop. Dry with a chamois and check the surfaces as you go - one of the good things about cleaning is that you get a chance to spot any problems before they get serious. 2. Once the caravan exterior is dry, polishing with a good quality car polish (or a specialist caravan one) is well worth doing. 3. Use a proprietary cleaner for plastic windows and dry carefully. 4. Be careful opening windows as they may have stuck over the winter. 5. Vacuum the carpets and bed/seat cushions and clean any stains with household products. 6. 7.