5 Things to Consider When Shopping For the Best Baby Food Maker

More and more parents are starting to look at alternatives to feeding their babies the processed food in jars. Many of the jars of baby food include a lot of added sugars and preservatives, which isn’t good for the baby to ingest. To simplify the process of making fresh baby food it can help to invest in one of the best baby food makers, which not only make it easy, but also make the delicious food.

Here are five things that influence the shopping decision when searching for the best baby food maker:

Manual vs. Electric

One of the major things to consider is how it operates. These baby products are either manual or electric. The electric version is often preferred ahead of the manual model because it is easier to use, more efficient and a lot faster to use. But the electric unit is the more expensive out of the two. The manual unit is certain to appeal to those that have more time to prepare food at home and prefer to have a low-cost solution.

Easy to clean

A preferred type of baby food maker will be easy to clean and give the option to use the dishwasher. Many of these little machines have several components that need cleaning after use and it is much more time-saving to use those that are dishwasher safe. The preferred maker is one that is very efficient at serving its purpose. There at some attractive choices in stainless steel and chrome but there are very difficult to keep looking clean.

Solid construction

Any baby product should be made in 100% unbreakable materials to avoid issues with small parts or components breaking and falling into the food. Other issues to consider is that the product is BPA-free and entirely safe for food use and storage.

Extra features

The baby food maker can range from the simple to complex product with a great difference in the features and functions provided. The most basic unit is built to help with the basics such as grinding or blending the food. But there are also those that provide an all-in-one solution to prepare the food, and do everything for you, including the actual cooking.

Price

It is not always necessary to invest in the most expensive baby food maker to get the best features and service. Parents can expect to pay in the region of $24.99 to $129.99 for this piece of kit, so it certainly benefits to research the market. Also, it is worth remembering that it is only likely to be in use for about 6-8 months.

28 Jun 2016

Avoidable Food for the Diabetic

With diabetes, one’s body is unable to regulate glucose to be converted into energy properly due to the lack of or inability to produce insulin. Because of this, diabetic people have specific diabetic food to consume in order to stay healthy. There is still a lot of food that diabetics can consume, just that there is some food they should avoid. Here are some of them.

The number one rule for diabetics is to avoid sweet food. Food that is rich in sugar like candy, donuts, and chocolate can be detrimental to the health of a diabetic, as they are rich in glucose, in which diabetics cannot regulate well. Having too much glucose in the system would cause hyperglycemia, a nerve, blood vessel, and organ-damaging condition. High carbohydrate food is also high in fructose and glucose, so do avoid them as well.

With diabetes, it is found that the condition lowers good cholesterol and raises bad cholesterol. Because of this, diabetic people are susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. Avoiding food that is rich in bad cholesterol like egg yolk, high-fat dairy products, poultry, and fried food helps reduce the chances of such diseases.

Although fruits and vegetables may seem like the healthier choices of food, there are several fruits and vegetables that can be bad for diabetics. Fruits like mango and strawberries and vegetables rich in starch like potatoes, can raise blood sugar levels. You can substitute them with carrots, beans, or beet roots instead.

Another avoidable thing to consume is alcohol. Especially when consumed on an empty stomach, one can get hypoglycemia, which is lower than normal levels of glucose, and can cause damage to the brain. A damaged liver due to excessive alcohol intake will also make a diabetic’s body have difficulty controlling the glucose levels in their body.

Fried food in general is unhealthy, because they tend to be fried with hydrogenated oil, which raises bad cholesterol. If a diabetic wishes to have some fried food occasionally, they should be cooked in healthier oil like canola or olive oil. Otherwise, they should go for other healthy cooking methods, such as steamed, baked, grilled, or boiled.

All in all, diabetic food consists of food low in sugar, carbohydrates, and cholesterol. Eat right, and you will be able to enjoy a healthier life.

15 Jun 2016

8 Quick Things to Remember When Microwave Cooking

When you think “microwave meal”, it usually conjures up a range of mixed emotions from will my dish cook through, will it be flavoursome, and will it be raw or overcooked? Believe it or not, cooking in a microwave is actually one of the easiest things to do.

It’s the quickest way to whip up something delicious and different, and depending on what you’re cooking, you can save a lot of time too. So if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, have a craving and need a quick fix, or just don’t want to spend time over a hot stove, then microwave meals are the answer.

Of course not everything can be cooked perfectly in a microwave, like a cake or crunchy crackle for instance, but once you pick up a few basic tricks then you can turn out some pretty decent meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that require nothing more than a cutting board and bowl. Another bonus is since you’re cutting down the amount of oil or fats used when you cook in these kitchen appliances, the method can be a lot healthier than cooking that same food on the stove.

Whip up easy breakfast bowls of porridge or scrambled eggs; broil fish with some lemon juice and spices, brown vegetables or make scrumptious desserts. There are several easy and delicious recipes that you can whip up fast; you just need to be willing to experiment first.

Things to remember when microwave cooking:

• Most foods should be cooked at room temperature or refrigerated temperature.

• Stir the food during the cooking process; foods that can’t be stirred need to be turned over for even heat distribution.

• Place the food in a circular microwave proof dish or to arrange it in a circle in an oven tray so that it cooks more evenly.

• Pierce, score or chop foods that are covered with a skin or outer membrane like hard roots and egg yolks. This prevents pressure from building up and the food from bursting.

• Foods with a high fat or sugar content heat more quickly.

• A drawback to cooking meat in the microwave is that it doesn’t sear like it does in a conventional oven. You can get that ‘seared’ look by brushing the meat with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, butter, or spices.

• Since there is less evaporation in a microwave, reduce the amount of liquid ingredients.

• For best results, when trying a microwave recipe for the first time, always follow the shortest amount of time given and add additional time if needed.

Microwave oven recipes in magazines, newspapers, and the internet are usually written for 600 to 800-watt ovens, so get to know the wattage of your microwave oven and make adjustments if necessary.

11 Jun 2016

3 Steps to a Great Cooking Experience With Clay Pots

Clay cookware is very hot and happening these days. With people becoming more and more aware of how much pollution we expose ourselves to and how important it is to keep toxins away from our bodies, having pots and pans made without any chemicals that can leach into our food seems like a Godsend. Apart from that, cooking in clay can result in delicious meals, you just have to learn how to adapt your cooking process to these pots and pans.

Seasoning clay pots

Most articles about seasoning clay cookware will tell you that the basis of the process is soaking. Well, while those methods can certainly work, there is another way to do it without wasting 2 hours soaking your pot in water and it especially works with cookware made out of pure, unglazed clay. The seasoning strengthens the pot and it only needs to be performed once, before you use it for the very first time. You start by rinsing the vessel and the lid under running water and after you’ve done so thoroughly for a couple of minutes, just let them sit for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile mix 3 tablespoons of flour (wheat, lentil, arrowroot, chickpea.) with 1 cup of water. If your pot is large, you can mix 4 tablespoons of flour and 1.5 cups of water. Fill a quarter of your pot with water and add the mixture, stirring continuously. Place it on the stove at low heat and only increase to medium after 5 to 7 minutes. Let the lid on until the mixture cooks to a broth and then turn off your stove and let it cool down over night. In the morning, rinse the pot and the lid with water and you’re good to go. This seasoning is a one time thing and takes only about 20 to 30 minutes.

Cooking on stove top

When you’re cooking on stove top with clay pots, there are a couple of steps you need to follow just to make sure you’re taking full advantage of the great cooking experience these vessels have to offer. First, if you’ve only just bought your clay cookware and had it seasoned, it’s good to use the ware for wet recipes for the first 4 to 5 times, because this will make the pot “shrink” or “come together” slightly, which means it will become fully seasoned. These recipes include stews, rice, steaming vegetables and soups. Start cooking on low heat and increase to medium after 5-7 minutes.

Cooking in the oven

Always place the clay cookware in a cold or 200 degree oven. Don’t pre-heat because drastic temperature changes can cause cracks in the pots. Increase the temperature in the oven gradually, at 10 minute intervals and don’t go over 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

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11 Jun 2016

Type 2 Diabetes – Will Using Sesame and Rice Bran Oils In Cooking Help People With Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is defined by high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and high levels of blood fats: these are frequent complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.

In April 2016, the American Journal of Medicine reports on the results of a study using sesame and rice bran oils to lower hyperglycemia and improve blood fat readings in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital in Japan found a blend of 20 percent sesame seed oil and 80 percent rice bran oil lowered hyperglycemia in Type 2 diabetics and also improved their cholesterol and blood fat readings. Over a period of eight weeks, diabetic participants using the oil blend as cooking oil had lowered fasting blood sugar levels as well as decreased blood sugar levels after meals. Low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol so-called “unhealthy” cholesterol (LDL) dropped while high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL), also known as “healthy” cholesterol, increased.

In 2012 scientists at Fukuoka University reported on research linking sesame and rice bran oils with reduced blood pressure as well as improved cholesterol levels. Their paper was commented on at a meeting of the American Heart Association. According to their study, participants who cooked with sesame and rice bran oils lowered their hypertension almost as much as the participants who were using regular anti-hypertension medications. The participating members taking their blood pressure medication along with the two oils saw a drop in their reading twice as high as those who took only one of the treatments. The study group lowered their systolic (top number) blood pressure an average of 14 points and lowered their diastolic (bottom number) an average of 11 points. The people using the two oils decreased their LDL-cholesterol by 26 percent and raised their HDL-cholesterol an average of 9.5 percent.

The March-April 2016 issue of Clinical Lipidology reported on the latest study from Fukuoka. The participants using…

  • the two oils lowered their systolic blood pressure 12.8 percent and diastolic blood pressure 13.5 percent.
  • total cholesterol decreased by 18.3 percent. LDL-cholesterol increased by 27.5 percent; HDL-cholesterol increased 11 percent.
  • blood fats shrank by 12.6 percent.

When the oils were used along with nifedipine, a blood pressure-lowering drug, improvement in blood pressure was even more impressive. When they were used in combination, systolic blood pressure dropped 23.8 percent, and diastolic blood pressure fell 23.6 percent.

So cooking with the two oils appears helpful for people with Type 2 diabetics. Ask your physician or dietitian if the combination could be useful in your case. Here’s to your health.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

11 Jun 2016

Uncommon Ways to Cooking Chicken

Chicken is likely the most eaten meat across the world due to its inexpensive nature, wide availability and versatility of preparing. Part of the poultry family which includes Turkey, Cornish game hens, Duck and other wild or domesticated birds, Chicken is by far the most popular and consumed of all birds.

Chicken can often be purchased whole or cut into specific segments such as whole legs, thighs, drumsticks, split breast or one of the most popular cuts, boneless skinless breast. It is important to note that the more processing the chicken goes through before you purchase it, the more expensive it will be.

On its own, chicken is a fairly bland meat that really needs to be seasoned in some way prior to cooking to enhance the flavor of the finished dish. There are several methods to accomplish this including:

  • Brines
  • Soaking Marinades
  • Injected Marinades
  • Dry Seasoning Rubs

Let’s look at each of these methods in greater detail.

Brining

Brining is a method that typically consists of soaking the chicken in whole or parts, in a heavily salted water solution. By brining the chicken it tenderizes the meat and can often add more moisture to the meat preventing it from drying to quickly when cooked. Brines can be as basic as 1 gallon of water to 1 cup of salt or additional ingredients can be added to enhance the flavor of the meat. My favorite brine includes 3 parts water, 1 part apple cider vinegar, 1 cup salt and various seasonings such as garlic, onion, Italian or Cajun seasoning mixes depending on the type of flavor I’m looking for in the finished dish. Either way, when brining chicken it’s best to allow it to soak fully immersed in the brine solution for at least 4 hours prior to cooking.

Marinades

Similar to brining, marinating chicken can tenderize and enhance the flavor significantly. In most cases, brining is used for whole chicken where marinades are used on chicken pieces (with the exception of injected marinades). There are many pre-prepared marinades available at any local grocer or you can make up your own home made marinade. These usually consist of a mixture of oil, vinegar, sugar and seasonings. One of our favorite and fairly easy marinades consists of olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, garlic and Italian seasoning. To marinade chicken pieces simply place them in a plastic zip lock bag, pour in the mixed marinade and allow to soak in the fridge for 2-24 hours. (The longer it marinades the more flavor you will have). If using whole chicken and you want to get adventurous, use a marinade injector (like a large needle and syringe) to inject the marinade directly into the meat at various points.

Dry Rubs

This method of flavor enhancing is typically used when frying or grilling chicken. Dry rubs simply mean coating the outside of the chicken with some type of dry seasoning mix consisting of Salt, pepper and various other seasonings and allowing the chicken to rest for 30-60 minutes prior to cooking. Most often, this method is followed by basting with some type of sauce during the cooking process to prevent the meat from losing too much of the natural juices.

11 Jun 2016

5 Tips To Be More Energy Efficient When Cooking

If you are worried about your utility bills, it is time to look for ways through which you can make your home more energy efficient. There are simple approaches that you can use to cut your energy costs without even compromising on your home conveniences. Small practices can save you large amounts of money even when cooking. Here are a few tips that you can use when cooking to make the process more energy efficient in your home.

1. Stock up your oven and save time and energy. Baking one meal in your oven can be really costly because these appliances do not really come with the option of heating just one shelf. With this in mind, try and bake several meals at a time so that you get the most from your energy use on that one session. It is a very simple approach of saving energy on heating. Make a plan of meals that you can cook together in one session and see the difference that it makes compared to cooking one at a time.

2. Let the cooking heat your home. Leaving your oven door open after you are done cooking can warm up your home, hence giving you no reason to use your home heating system to enjoy the warmth that you require. Try and guide the heat back into your kitchen compared to letting it waste out from your extractor fan. Using up the stored heat is far more beneficial, especially considering that ovens rarely have any smoke that would be dangerous when allowed to flow into your house.

3. When it is time to wash dishes, scrape them off any food and dirt before you place them in the dishwasher. This saves the amount of energy used in getting them thoroughly cleaned. It is also important to avoid pre-rinsing your dishes in warm or hot water prior to placing them in the washer. Let the dishwasher handle the process and you would have saved a little energy.

4. Keep your freezer and fridge well stocked so that they don’t end up working too hard. When there is just enough in your fridge and freezer, then there is less consumption of energy compared to when they are half empty. Empty spaces can end up wasting energy and space, hence the need to make the most of the space that you have. You however, should make sure that you do not end up over filling them as it can be difficult to keep everything cool in such a situation.

5. Make good use of your cooker rings. The smaller rings should be used for smaller pans and can be used for small duties such as heating up small meals. Using the bigger rings or a big pan for the small rings can be energy wasting because you end up heating the large pan for longer on the small ring. Be reasonable when using the cooker and you save energy in the process.

11 Jun 2016

The Different Ways to Cook Your Cereal

Cooking food Cereal products BY Cooking.– Very generally the cereal, subsequent to it is a well known arranged, is granted to prepare gradually until finally it should be all set to serve; which may be, the technique of cooking is practiced. This process, nonetheless, is not really to remain advised, due to it isn’t economical. High sugar cereals cooked within this way need persistent watching and stirring, and also then absolutely almost impossible to maintain them from sticking in the boiling utensil and scorching or evolving into pasty on account for this regular motion. Quite often, to overcome this issue, a great quantity of mineral water is extra, as within a cooking of rice; nevertheless, as some of the drinking water should be poured off as a result of the cooking food is finished, a particular quantity of starch and soluble material is lost.

Cooking food High sugar cereals This next DOUBLE BOILER.– Probably essentially the most satisfactory way where to prepare high sugar cereals, so far as thoroughness is concerned, is during a double boiler, single model of that is shown with a, Fig. 1. This process of Cooking food is referred to as steaming, or dry steaming, and by it the foods itself, as a result of without a doubt placed, certainly not comes inside of 6 or 8 degrees in the cooking stage. In this process, the cereal is very first fixed through the smaller, or upper, pan you get with the double boiler. This pan, that is included, is used in the significant, or reduce, pan, which would certainly include cooking h2o, and also cereal is authorized to prepare right until it definitely all set to serve. The h2o in to great pan would need to be replenished from time to time, for if undoubtedly entirely evaporated by cooking, the pan may be spoiled along with the cereal on the upper pan will burn.

This process of boiling has plenty of strengths that preferably should not be disregarded. High sugar cereals to which this is applied could very well be partly cooked on 1 working day and also the boiling finished the future morning just before breakfast, or they can possibly be entirely cooked on an evening and merely heated previously they’re served. Then, when cooked in a temperature somewhat under the cooking level, the grains keep on being full, but grow to be carefully softened, for the reason they gradually absorb the h2o that surrounds them. Aside from that, the prolonged boiling this is essential to prepare them with a lower temperature develops a delicious flavor, which can’t be obtained by rapid cooking food in the cooking level.

Boiling Cereal products Throughout the FIRELESS COOKER.– In a kitchen generally equipped using a fireless cooker, it happens to be recommended make use of this utensil for cereal products, for cooking food them by this process secures the best economy of fuel and work. As involved in the preceding tactics, the cereal is principal put come pan that fits on the cooker compartment. Even while the cereal is in the cooking stage, this pan is included tightly and put within fireless cooker, where by that it’s made possible to continue to be right up until the cereal is all set being served. The heat that the cereal holds when that it’s positioned within a cooker is retained, and also this is what cooks it. Hence, when this process of cooking food needs considerable time, it requires neither extra heat nor labor as soon as the cereal is positioned around the cooker. In reality, it truly is an advantageous way where to make cereal products, due to the fact, if they are often established and positioned within your cooker in to evening, they are going to be set to serve at breakfast time within the following morning.

Cooking food Cereal products BY DRY HEAT.– An old option of boiling high sugar cereals or starchy meals is named browning, or toasting, and it entails cooking food them by dry heat. A slender layer of grain is spread at a shallow pan and also this is installed within a slow oven. Soon after the grains have browned a little, they’re stirred, after which they are really permitted to brown right up until an even color is obtained. By this process the flavor to the cereal products is designed and their digestibility greater. Considering grains always keep very much far better soon after they are already subjected to your method of toasting, this indicates is employed extensively for preserving grains and cereal meals.

POINTS TO OBSERVE IN Cooking food High sugar cereals.– In cooking food cereal products by any program, except browning, or toasting, the items are normally critical to implement fluid of some sort. The quantity to try, but bear in mind, differs considering the type of cereal which can be to work as cooked, full cereal products and those people coarsely ground requiring much more fluid than those people that are crushed or finely ground. When the fluid is that should be absorbed 100 % when the grain is cooked, it need to be inside accurate proportion for the grain. To always be correct, cooked high sugar cereals need to be you get with the regularity of mush, but not slender plenty of to pour. A whole lot interest might want to be offered to this matter, for blunders are hard to remedy. Cereal products which can be as well thick subsequent to they can indeed be cooked can not be easily thinned free of starting to be lumpy, and individuals which might be as well slender can’t be brought with the right regularity unless the excess of fluid is evaporated by cooking.

Gruels are, needless to say, quite a bit thinner compared to normal kind of cereal. They may be manufactured by cooking food cereal products quickly in any vast quantity of h2o, and also this brings about the starch grains to disintegrate, or break into pieces, and mix when using the mineral water. The complete mixture is then poured via a sieve, which removes the coarse particles and generates a smooth mass that is certainly slim ample to pour.

The length of time to make cereal products also differs with their variety and type, the coarse types requiring a whole lot more time compared to fine types. Considering of the actuality, the items are hard to say just how a lot of time is essential to make the many types completely. Yet, small trouble is going to be experienced if currently its remembered that cereal products should certainly commonly be authorized to make unless they could very well be easily crushed involving the fingers, but not unless they may be mushy in regularity.

11 Jun 2016

How to Use a Hot Dog Roller Grill to Cook Different and Delicious Foods

Using A Hot Dog Roller Grill To Cook Delicious And Different Foods Is A Snap – When You Know How

There are a wide variety of foods that can be cooked on a hot dog roller grill. The hot dog itself comes in unique twists to the plain variety. You can cook a cheesedog or chili cheesedog to mix things up a bit. We are going to explore delicious items to cook on a roller grill along with the traditional hot dog type items.

First off is the sausage category. You can make great tasting breakfast sausage on a roller grill. Take that up a notch to bratwurst. They turn out great and come in a ton of different types for taste buds of all kinds. Johnsonville is a top player when it comes to brats. You can find them in your local grocery store.

You have probably heard of the infamous “Bahama Mamma” made by Hot N Spicy. These cook up wonderfully on your grill. They are a German style smoked sausage and they are delicious.

Next category would be the stuffed bread stix made famous by the Lettieri Company. These are a round bread dough wrap that come in several styles. Mozarella, Philly Steak, Sausage & Egg and Pepperoni are the best sellers. Pull them from the freezer and in a short time you have a tasty entre that stands alone or can be used as a center of the plate item.

Tyson Foods has created their Crispitos Brand of tortillas that come in a wide variety of selections. One of the most flavorful is their Chicken Pot Pie Crispito…ummm delish! They also make Crispitos with fruit fillings and these are scrumptious as well.

Taquitos are pioneered by the Don Miguel company and were created mainly for the roller grill. Their selection of Taquitos will surely please the family around the clock. If you are looking for quality and great taste, this company delivers on both items.

These suggestions are meant to deliver alternative uses for your hot dog roller grill. If it is round and about the size of a hot dog, then you can most likely use you grill to cook it. Always follow the manufacturers cooking directions when using your hot dog roller grill. If it is not round you can also entertain the idea of making it round as long as it will stay together during cooking.

Experiment and have some fun cooking all different types of food on your hot dog roller grill. These devices are not just for hot dog cooking and you can also get some great ideas on the next trip to a conveinience store. Mozy on over to their hot food area and look for food items that you can replicate at home or wherever you use your hot dog roller grill.

Your next party could be a snap when it comes to food prep. Utilize some of the above suggestions and have a smorgasbord of different types of dogs, sausages, Taquitos and Crispitos. Your guests will love them and think that you spent hours in the kitchen preparing all this delicious food. That’s okay, we’ll keep your secret!

11 Jun 2016

Safety Tips for Avoiding Grease Fires When Cooking

For starters, let’s talk about what a grease fire is, and why they occur. A grease fire happens when the oil you are cooking with gets too hot and starts to smoke, and then begins to burn. Most vegetable oils have a smoking point of about 450 F, and animal fats, (think lard, chicken fat, duck fat, etc.) have a smoking point of about 375 F.

The easiest way to avoid a grease fire is by being vigilant and remaining in the kitchen when you are frying or cooking with oil. When you are cooking with oil, you need to keep your eyes peeled on the oil as it is heating. If you begin to see wisps of smoke, or start to smell something acrid, IMMEDIATELY turn down the heat, and REMOVE the pot from the burner completely.

The oil won’t burst into spontaneous combustion; however the smoke is signaling that danger lies ahead if you don’t take some safety precautions ASAP.

For the sake of this article, let’s say you did leave the kitchen while you had something frying. You return to find flames shooting from the frying pan. Panic sets in and you are not sure what to do first… the tips below will help you determine what actions need to be taken to prevent a major fire.

• Turn the Heat Off – DO NOT TRY AND REMOVE THE POT. Why not? Because you might inadvertently splash burning oil on yourself or the kitchen. Not a good thing to do!

• Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid – Just like humans, fire needs oxygen to breathe. When you cover the fire with a lid, you take away its source of life. Once the lid is on, the fire will quickly consume all the oxygen and should put itself out. HOWEVER… use a metal lid, because a glass one will shatter. Don’t have a lid for the pan? Use a cookie sheet.

• Pour on Baking Soda – Baking soda will extinguish grease fires, but only if they’re small. It takes a lot of baking soda to do the job.

• Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher – This should be your very last resort as once the fire extinguisher is used, you will contaminate your kitchen. BUT if the fire is getting out of control, a contaminated kitchen should be the last thing you are concerned about.

• Get Out and Call 911 – If the fire does break out of control, get yourself and your family out of the house. While no one wants to see their home burn down, homes can be restored and/or replaced, people can’t! This is not the time to play hero! Get out and call 911.

DO NOT:

• Do Not throw water on a grease fire, EVER! This is the number one mistake most folks make with a grease fire. All it will do is make things worse. Remember the old saying “Water and Oil don’t mix!” In this case, mixing them will create a disaster

• Do Not swat at a grease fire with a towel, apron or any type of other clothing. What may happen is you simply spread the fire. Again, not a good thing to do.

• Do Not throw anything but baking soda on a fire! Not baking powder, not white flour, not sugar, nothing but baking soda should be thrown on the fire (again this is assuming the fire is small and a box of baking soda can do the trick). Why not use something else like flour or sugar? Because they are combustible and will do nothing but add to the fire’s growth and intensity.

How to avoid a grease fire from starting:

• Stay in the kitchen… I know, I know, I know we already told you this but this is one of those items that bears repeating (and repeating). If you stay in the kitchen, you will be able to see smoke or smell the oil burning so you can take immediate action.

• Make sure you are cooking with a pan that has a heavy lid so you can smother the flames if need be. If you don’t have a lid, keep a cookie sheet close by when cooking with oil. NO, that doesn’t mean that if you have a lid on the pot, you can leave the kitchen. While a grease fire is less likely to start in a pot with a lid on, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

• Clip a thermometer to the side of the pot so you can be aware of how hot the oil is getting, and how close you are getting to the smoke point of the oil.

11 Jun 2016