Quick Cooking Tips For Meals In A Jiffy

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After a busy day at work, not many of us want to get home and have to spend a couple of hours cooking a healthy family meal. Rather than spend our evenings cooking, many of us end up relying on takeaways and ready meals as a result. But that’s no way to live! The only way to ensure that you follow a healthy diet is to cook your meals from scratch, even if you are running short of time. If you want to make sure you can enjoy a healthy diet even when you are pushed for time, you just need to know these great little tips that can help you really speed up your cooking!

Warm Up Your Oven

What’s the very first step in all recipes? Usually, they always start with heating up the oven. There’s a very good reason for this – it can often take quite a while for your oven to heat up to the required temperature, especially if it needs to be on high. So, rather than waiting around to put your creation in to bake, make sure you turn on your oven first. But the time you need to use it, it will be nice and hot enough!

Don’t Wait For The Kettle

Another part of cooking that can really hold you up is waiting around for the kettle to boil. This is often the case when you need to get boiling water to cook your pasta in. Trust me, waiting for the kettle is a lot quicker than waiting around for a pan of water to boil on the hob! But you can even reduce the time you wait for the kettle by using hot water taps instead. These are taps that are fitted onto your sink and release hot, boiling water. Just make sure your kids don’t go anywhere near them!

Freeze Your Herbs

If your recipe requires fresh herbs, you might find that you spend quite some time chopping them up. Herb plants are often very small and fiddly, and making sure you get all the leaves off and chop them finely enough can be, to put it lightly, a real pain in the neck! But next time you have some free time, you should chop up all the herbs that you currently have, and then freeze them in ice cubes. Then, when you need them in a recipe, you just have to throw in a cube! Easy peasy!

Always Be Neat And Tidy

It can be easy to create a big mess when you are busy cooking. But all this clutter and waste can sometimes get in the way and slow you down. So, be systematic when you are cooking or baking, and be sure to clean as you go. You will also find that this helps you keep your stress levels down, as you won’t be faced with a huge pile of rubbish to clean up afterwards!

Why not help yourself to a beer with your meal – you certainly deserve it after all that speedy cooking!

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The History of Beer and Brewing in the United States

How many times have you gotten together with friends to enjoy a cold pint of beer? How about those boiling hot days in the summer where you’ve grabbed a cold one from the fridge to refresh you? Now have you ever sat there and wondered just what the history of beer and brewing is in the United States? In fact, it’s a very interesting history that spans across not just decades but centuries!

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A Rich History

In order to track the history of beer in the United States you’ll have to go all the way back to the year 1607, when the very first shipment arrived from England and landed in the Virginia colony. Even though it had been found in other parts of the world before that, it was all new to America at that time.

It wasn’t until 1612 that the first brewery opened its doors in Manhattan, which was called New Amsterdam at the time. It was opened by Hans Christiansen and Adrian Block. Then again in 1683, another big brewery opened its doors in Philadelphia, established by William Frampton.

By the time 1810 rolled around, there were a whopping 120 breweries in the country, which was quite a bit of expansion. The mid-1800s saw the opening of many breweries that are still around such as Anheuser-Busch, which was established in Missouri in 1852.

Facing Prohibition

When prohibition was passed in 1919, the beer industry came to a halt. That was a legal halt, as corruption and illegal brewing took over. It took until 1933 for beer to become legal again, and then the number of breweries once again started to grow.

During the mid-1900s there were plenty of advancements made in the brewing of beer. These advancements also resulted in many breweries closing their doors. By 1980 there were just 82 breweries operating in the country. Suddenly there was an emphasis placed on flavor and quality instead of just quantity.

During the early 2000s, the industry saw a huge amount of growth, growth that hadn’t been seen since pre-prohibition years. By the year 2009 it was documented that there were over 1,400 breweries in operation across the country.

Learning More

For those who are interested in the history of beer brewing, there is a full exhibit dedicated to it at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The collection of information began in May of this year with the goal of collecting, documenting, and then preserving the nation’s history where brewers, brewing, and the industry are concerned. There are a number of different programs being hosted by the museum that visitors can buy tickets to that take a deeper look at the history of brewing.

Beer Has Made Plenty of Progress

Today you will have no problem finding beer across the country, everything from the typical big label brands to specialty brews. In fact, you can even brew your own with flavors with the help of hops Extractz, which offers all kinds of flavor variations that you can play with.

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Memories are made of this

All of us can no doubt think of some great times we’ve shared with friends and family and sometimes when you stop to examine them you will often find that these don’t always revolve around special occasions or big events.

Although weddings, birthday parties and other major celebrations can make for some fantastic shared times and often have lots of photos taken to help us remember them, these are not the only times which can lay down life long memories.   Continue reading “Memories are made of this”

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Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Because of the recent discovery of the health problems that result from refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup, many people are searching for sugar-free recipes. Many people think chocolate cake cannot be done without sugar, but there is a recipe that says that it’s possible and it’s the perfect dessert after your low calorie dinner to not feel like you’ve ruined the good work! Take a look at the recipe for gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate cake.

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