Monday, September 15, 2014

Refrigerator Care

After the last cleaning a refrigerator will slowly accumulate things you forgot about.  
Packages leak that you didn't know did and putting away leftovers in a container that wasn't quite clean on the outside.  A refrigerator is cold and the air in the house is warm and moist.  When worlds collide there can also be condensation that builds up.  So this example of cleaning I did today can be copied and repeated because they are all the same.  Even a self-cleaning oven requires that you press a button!

Here goes.  We have a fridge with adjustable shelves so it always helps to re-think how it is used in order to maximize space.  Find a bucket and put hot water in it with a dabble of dish detergent and a dash of Clorox to melt goo and sanitize at the same time.  Make your own rules on where to place food then live by them but obey the industry wide law of cross-contamination.  Meats go on the lowest consecutive shelves and vegetables above. You can even swap and put vegetables higher than milks and cheeses.  One other reason to do this is because cold air is heavy and settles to the bottom and that is where you want to store meat where it is coldest besides the freezer.

If you ever buy a refrigerator buy new just one time and read the manual cover to cover.

Freezer Filosophy
In this photo I show how the vegetables and dairy are on the top and meat on the bottom.
Remember that meat items are not frozen when you put it in the freezer at first so their liquids 
still have time to collect in one corner and drip onto what is below.  This is why you will never 
find a freezer with an ice maker in the middle or bottom of the freezer.  At least there shouldn't be.

In computer lingo memory can be accessed in two style- random and sequential.  Note how the items on the shelf below the vegetables are sort of stacked in there.  You have to lift up an item to see what is below it or to get it out.  This is sometimes clumsy.  But the shelf below that the items are stored on their edges.  This is called randomly accessible because you can reach wherever you want and pull things out with less bother.

Items you reach for frequently are stored at eye level like ice cream. yum Less frequently are the first aid ice pack thingy way in the bottom and the ice chest frozen bock thingy.

 I hope you take these practical tips through life to make cooking easier and safer.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.
JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.
DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it's lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2014, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2014. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?