Date Posted: May 25th, 2015
I seldom use plastic when it comes to storing food. With all the articles I read about the harmful effects of plastic containers, I get really scared. Then, I was invited to review the green earth storage container set by Ozeri. I agreed because the containers are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.
* Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts. Simply press down on the lid and air is forced out via the one-way valve
* Patented valve removes excess air to reduce naturally occurring bacteria. It also releases pressure to prevent spills and splatters in microwaves
* The wave pattern on the bottom of each container keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices
* The handy date dial allows you to record when the food was first stored and monitor days kept in the refrigerator
* Bpa-free, stain-resistant, shatterproof, and as transparent as glass. Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Satisfaction guaranteed.
These aren’t the ordinary plastic containers you usually see in the stores with press on lids. The lids have air locks on the top and flaps on each side. The flaps will ensure the lids will stay in place, while the air lock serves as a vacuum seal, to ensure the food won’t spoil easily and keep food fresh longer.
I like that you can use it to heat food in the microwave without splatters. The oven can get messy if you heat the food without covering the container. The green earth containers have valves to prevent the food from bursting while inside the oven.
If you will notice, there are numbers on the dial. You can use these numbers to mark the date you placed the food in the container, allowing you to keep track how long it’s been there.
Overall, these containers are amazing. They are BPA free, shatter and stain resistant, and they will not only keep your food from bacteria, but make them last longer as well. If you are looking for a food storage that is of high quality, these containers from Ozeri are worth giving a try.
Where to buy?
You can purchase the Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set through the Moderna website and on Amazon.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.
820 total views, 108 views today
Date Posted: May 19th, 2015
This post is overdue. I’ve got my hands full lately that I forgot to post this mouthwatering Sinigang. Last month, dad and mom visited Vigan and for pasalubong, they brought home Longganisa (pork sausages) and Bagnet (deep fried pork just like Lechon Kawali).
I decided to make a delicious Sinigang using Bagnet instead of just the regular sliced pork meats. Yeah, I hear you. It’s summer and Sinigang is too hot a dish for this season, but I was really craving for something tangy so, Sinigang na Bagnet it is.
Now, tell me if it doesn’t make you drool? It’s the tastiest Sinigang ever! Tastier than the Corned Beef Sinigang I did before. If you know how to cook Bagnet, I suggest you try doing a Sinigang na Bagnet.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tomatoes, seeded and quartered
- 1 pound Bagnet, sliced into serving pieces
- 4 cups water, more if needed
- 1 package tamarind soup base (I used Knorr®)
- 1/4 pound fresh string beans, trimmed
- 1 cup Kangkong leaves
- 4 to 5 pieces Okra, halved
- 1 Radish, sliced
- 3 pieces Siling Haba
- Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Add tomatoes and Bagnet slices. Pour in the water and tamarind soup base. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, simmer. Continue simmering until the pork is tender and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Stir in vegetables (except Kangong leaves) and cook until tender. Once the veggies are tender, turn off heat, add Kangkong leaves and cover. Serve with steamed rice after a minute or two. Enjoy!
1,306 total views, 54 views today
Date Posted: May 19th, 2015
Are you preparing for a wedding? Have you checked the wedding reception decorations at Favor Warehouse, yet? I suggest you do because they’ve got a lot of wedding favors to choose from. I happen to know this site because I’m helping out a cousin prepare for her wedding. She doesn’t have an idea that while she was busy shopping for the chalkboard stickers and bows, I got these awesome stickers for her and the groom.
847 total views, 9 views today
Date Posted: May 14th, 2015
I was thinking of doing a Shrimp Tempura with these prawns, but when I checked the fridge, I realized I didn’t have radish for the sauce. Here at home, Tempura is no good without the sauce. So, I thought I’ll just butterfly them, drizzle with milk and soy sauce and top with grated cheese, ground pepper and butter. It’s a lot of work, but my oh my, the taste is heavenly.
Baked Butterflied Prawns with Pepper and Cheese
- 1 lbs Tiger Prawns, butterflied, veins removed
- Grated Cheese
- Milk (I used fresh milk)
- Light Soy Sauce (I used Kikkoman)
- Freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Wash prawns thoroughly. Using a sharp knife, butterfly each prawn and remove the vein. Arrange on a baking sheet.
- Using a small spoon, drizzle prawns with milk, then with soy sauce.
- Top with grated cheese, butter and freshly ground pepper.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until prawns turn pink.
- Serve and enjoy.
1,550 total views, 18 views today
Date Posted: May 14th, 2015
Oh please don’t laugh at me, but when I first heard the words pocket guitar, I thought it was a tiny guitar that you can put inside your pocket. Ha-ha-ha, silly, silly me! No wonder my son was laughing at me when I told him. He searched for it on google just to show me what it looks like.
So there, that is a pocket guitar and it is used as a guitar effects processor.
1,063 total views, 9 views today
Date Posted: May 13th, 2015
I don’t know what got into me, but when I was in the market the other day I suddenly thought of making Longganisa (pork sausages). I’ve never done that before, but I would really want to try because I’m tired of the fatty Longganisa I find in the market and grocery stores. So, off I went to my favorite butcher and ordered three kilograms of lean (I had to ask him to trim the fat) ground pork.
While waiting, I saw one of the staff casing the sausages. I asked if they could do that for me and he said yes. Wow, so my Longganisa won’t be skinless after all.
Right after I got my ground meat, I hurried home because I was too excited to start.
After mixing the sausage stuffing, I went back to the butcher for the casing. Here’s what they looked like after.
They were expertly tied and linked!
- 1 kilogram lean ground pork
- 2 heads garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon oregano powder (optional)
- 2 teaspoons Annatto powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika powder
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. I tripled the spices because I am using 3 kilograms of pork. Mix until well-distributed. For skinless Longganisa, take about 2 tablespoons of the pork mixture and form into a log or sausage type shape. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
- In a frying pan over medium high heat, add some water. Place the sausage links and bring to the boil. When the water is dry, pour some oil and fry the sausages, turning a few times, until golden brown and cooked through. Serve hot with fried or garlic rice, eggs and vinegar for dipping.
The verdict? Everyone loved the tasty sausages, but they turned out a little tough because I had the fat trimmed. Next time, I should add just a little more fat, so they will be softer.
1,225 total views, 9 views today
Date Posted: April 30th, 2015
Every industry has a specialized area. The area of focus is generally related directly to the specific type of business, and setting up a business generally means making a purchase from the specialty supply companies to deliver top notch material. Coffee shop supplies represent a specific business that requires specialized products. Buying items and supplies from wholesalers with experience in delivering quality items dedicated to the coffee industry insures that coffee houses are getting a great selection of merchandise at the proper price.
The coffee industry has come a long way from a simple pot or brewer. Coffee shops can contain grinders, blenders, steamers, and many other items required to make any number of great concoctions. Only specialize coffee wholesalers stock the necessary supplies or parts for these machines. In addition, businesses looking for the perfect mugs, cups, or even sugar and creamer holders need to have access to more than one or two options. Industry specific wholesalers and supply shops understand the demands of a particular industry, which is why the product selection of these types of facilities outstrips the normal offerings of traditional wholesale venues.
When it comes down to it, price is usually a deal breaker for any business. Since many traditional wholesale warehouses offer a mix of items, the markup can be confusing and difficult to follow. Coffee shop suppliers make purchases in bulk, which often means a better price than wholesalers that run the gamut in their product offerings. Those savings get passed on to the individual shops in the form of lower prices.
The knowledge and expertise that comes from a specialized supply company can be a major asset for any coffee related enterprise. Often the customer service representatives can narrow down a search to a few specific items that will provide the best possible solution. It is this dedication to one business segment that enhances the performance of a company.
In the end, coffee shops that purchase from specialty supply companies get the best selection, the best prices, and access to individuals that know a thing or two about the industry. Just like a candy company buying ingredients from an industry expert, a coffee company purchasing coffee related items from a dedicated warehouse makes good sense. After all, coffee shops take their craft seriously, and the wholesale supply company they make their purchases from should take them just as seriously.
4,474 total views, 27 views today