How to properly maintain best non-stick omelette pan?

There is nothing that can give you that much pleasure to start your day as cooking the perfect omelette. And if you want perfect omelettes then you all you need is the best non-stick omelette pan. Non-stick pans are easy to clean, and allow for cooking without using much butter or oil.

However, non-stick omelette pan has its lifespan and when used incorrectly, it’s also easy to damage. Here are my tips on how to care for non-stick pan that may help your pan last for longer.

#1 Cook your non-stick pan over low and medium heat

Being cooked over high heat can have many harmful effects. Being exposure to high heat over time are bad for the non-stick coating on the omelette pan. High heat will deteriorate the non-stick coating surface.

Not only that, there are some non-stick omelette pan are made of unhealthy non-stick coating. Cooking over high heat can accidentally release unhealthy, potentially toxic vapours. This is why I would like recommend you to cook over low and medium heat with non-stick omelette pan.

#2 Season omelette pan

Many people think that non-stick pans do not need to preseason and re-season. But this is not only help your pan last longer, it will also improve the way food cooks in it.

To preseason your pan, you just need to rise and cook it under medium heat until the pan is completely dry. then use a paper towel to rub about a teaspoon of oil around the internal bottom of the pan. You also should re-season your pan by rubbing it will a small amount of oil each time before using it.

#3 Do not use any sharp or abrasive objects for non-stick omelette

Not only cooking, but also when cleaning, if you use sharp objects like, knives or metal spatulas to stir food or flip your omelette or if you use steel wool to clean omelette pan, these things can scratch and damage the finish coating on the pan. One the finish coating of non-stick pan starts to peel, it is better to replace it.

If you want to flip your omelette or stir food, you should use wooden spoons or silicone spatulas. For cleaning non-stick omelette pan, use a soft dishrag or non-metallic sponge or brush.

#4 Hand wash your non-stick pan

The fact that most non-stick omelette pans claim to be dishwasher safe, however, super hot water and harsh detergents in the dishwasher can damage the non-stick coating over time. Hand washing will keep and maintain the pan’s coating last for a lot longer than a dishwasher.

Does homemade horse fly repellent for humans really effective?

Some horses owners prefer to make their own horse fly repellent for humans. An Internet search will reveal a variety of homemade fly repellents using the ingredients that can easy find in your kitchen room.

While the commercial horse fly spray are sold out there may contain chemicals that harm your health, using common household ingredients to create a fly spray is the great way to ensure it is safe for both you and your horses. However, many horse owners still doubt about the effectiveness of homemade horse fly.

#1 What make the effectiveness of homemade horse fly repellent?

The effectiveness of homemade fly sprays will depend on how you use it. Even you create the best horse fly repellent for humans, you cannot use it once a day and expect it to work effectively. The true is mixture homemade is safer but cannot last as long as manufactured fly repellents.

Depends on the mixture that your create, you will need to spray it again for about once per hour to get the best result. Fly sprays made with essential oils will repel flies, not kill them on contact.

Not only that, you have to ensure that you spray all the coat of the horses and your body, not shot into the air.

One more thing to note, although essential oils can be effective for repelling insects, the key to successfully create the horse fly repellent is mix it with the proper base. Because the water will add nothing to the effectiveness, so the liquid base such as white vinegar, dish soap, hair conditioner for humans, etc are important and determine the effectiveness of your homemade horse fly repellent.

#2 Noticeable things about homemade fly repellents

Whether you use commercial and homemade fly spray products, you should watch out for allergic reactions. You and your horses may be sensitive to the ingredients that contained in fly spray.

If you get any reactions such as rash, hives or discomfort after using these products, this may be the signal of allergic. Stop using it immediately.

If there are any ingredients in your homemade repellents recipe are not natural oils. It is better to take advice from veterinarian.

In addition to create the fly spray for humans, there is also one way to get rid of fly that is add fresh or powdered garlic to a horse’s grain or add vinegar to their drinking water with the small amount.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Aquarium Gravel?

There are a lot of reasons that you should use gravel in your aquarium not only because it brings an attractive appearance for your tank. Gravel also serves some vital functions for your aquarium.

You will need gravel if you want to ass any plants in your tank. The layer of gravel substrate also can be a good condition for the growth of beneficial bacteria.

However, if you have no idea how to choose the best aquarium gravel, you can entirely possible go wrong with this. These things below are some important factor you should know when choosing aquarium gravel.

How deep does the gravel need to be?

When you planning to buy gravel, you should check your tank size first. For less than 50 gallons tank, you should place in it about 2 inches of gravel. The best aquarium gravel vacuum must match the depth of the tank in order to work best.

If you are keeping larger aquarium as 50 galloons and above, you should place 3-4 inches of gravel at the bottom of the tank. You also can use a thinner layer of gravel if you want.

But a thick layer of gravel is not encouraged. Too much gravel can make you get hard when cleaning and also create the room for build-up dirt and waste inside the tank.

The size of gravel

The bigger gravel will create a larger room between each individual of gravel. The room can be the placement for the fish waste, dead plants, and excess food fall into and build up.

You will need vacuum gravel and frequently cleaning them. Smaller gravel is also a better condition for the growth of the plant.

The colour

The colours of gravel generally depend on your personal preference. However, you should choose the colour that suitable with the colour of the fish you have. For the colourful species of fish, it is better to use the darker colour of gravel.

You also should consider your fish’s behaviours. There are some fish tents to be frightened with the lighter colours of the substrate.

Buying Guide: Best Cooler for The Money

There are several different types of camping coolers, and you must choose the right one for your journey. You’re going to want to pick one that houses all your perishables. The cooler you pick also needs to be able to keep your food cold all the time you’re away from the refrigerator. It would be a shame if you had to cut your vacation short because of spoiled food. Purchase the right cooler and prepare it correctly to prevent your camping experience from being ruined.

Shop around for the cooler you need before you make your purchase. Camping coolers come in different materials. Some of these substances cause the ice to last longer than others. Steel coolers are recommended for long camping trips. They can well insulate the inside, but they’re so heavy that they’re only recommended for use if you’re traveling by car to your camping spot. Styrofoam refrigerators are perfect for beverages and other things that won’t break if the ice melts. They are lightweight and can be comfortably taken on overnight trips.

When planning to prepare camping refrigerators, you can make ice blocks or buy gel packs and freeze them. The use of small ice cubes alone is unsuccessful because they melt too easily. Ice blocks can be made from a variety of containers at home, such as milk cartons. The blocks should be put at the bottom of the cooler because they are very large. Place the perishable food on top of the ice. Cover the food with a lot of ice cubes so the things can no longer be seen and make sure to find cubes along the sides of the food as well.

When you need a bag to keep your perishable products dry, there are a few different steps to take. You’re going to want to use frozen gel packs for this sort of cooler because they’re going to stay frozen longer than ice. Freeze the things you want to pack in the camping refrigerators the night before the ride. This will encourage them to stay cold all the way through your camping trip. Store the products in the insulated containers so that the cold temperature stops the food from going sour. Place the food in the center of the container, surrounded by the gel packs, to keep it as cold as possible.

As you can see, it’s important to invest in best cooler for the money. You do want to make sure that you prepare the cooler appropriately to keep the food safe and fresh when in the woods. Camping refrigerators often come in a backpack style, so it’s important that you know how to store them properly so that your food isn’t spoiled.

Lavender Festival 2014

About a month ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington. We started at the street fair (where I had lavender ice cream) and then visited three farms. Fun!

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Next year I will try to get pictures of the lavender hillside in our yard. The last two years it has been too weedy at lavender-blooming time.

Willows

We have three willows in the garden: one in the swamp and two in the cat garden area. The willow in the swamp is a black pussy willow, so I’m posting pictures of it from February that show its fuzz. I may add more recent photographs of that willow after I weed the area (but it is in February when it looks interesting). The pictures of the other two willows are from spring and summer.

I see some pruning in the future, especially for the two willows in the cat garden. Actually, I’m not super fond of the shape of the black pussy willow, so maybe sometimes I’ll prune it down too.

You can see other views of two of the willows in this recent post about the cat garden.

black pussy willow: Salix gracilistyla ‘Melanostachys’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea Nana’:

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golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea ‘Nana’ and golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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variegated honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin'

Three Honeysuckles

We have three regular honeysuckles in the yard and one evergreen honeysuckle. I will post pictures of the evergreen honeysuckle separately.

The purple-leaf honeysuckle is on the front of the house, and it bloomed in early June. The variegated honeysuckle and the late Dutch honeysuckle are both on the swing. The variegated honeysuckle bloomed in May, and the late Dutch honeysuckle is blooming right now (it has been blooming since June).

purple-leaf honeysuckle: Lonicera japonica ‘Purpurea’:

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variegated honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’:

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late Dutch honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’:

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white variegated jasmine - Jasminum officinale 'Argenteovariegatum'

White-Variegated Jasmine

The white-variegated jasmine (Jasminum officinale ‘Argenteovariegatum’) suffered a little over the winter, but it bounced back quite nicely. The plant has the lovely jasmine scent and also has really interesting feathery foliage. These pictures are from mid-June and early July.

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five-leaf aralia - Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ (Five-Leaf Aralia)

I am using the Latin name as the title of this post–and boy is it a mouthful! I have read that Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ is sometimes called five-fingered or five-leaf aralia. It is a little bit of an obscure plant, and maybe for that reason I will categorize it as “exotic” (something that I can’t do that often). I spotted this shrub at the nursery and loved the variegated foliage and thorns (yes I like thorns for some reason). I see online that it does bloom, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it blooming (we’ve had it two years now).

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