Not All Olive Oil is Created Equal

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Some interesting facts about Olive oil that you may not be aware of.

  • In the United States olive oil is graded differently from the rest of the world as they are not part of the International Olive Oil Council which defines the standards and monitors production of olive oil in most countries around the world.
  • Thi means that the IOOC grades do not apply in the US which has four grades of Olive oil – Fancy, Choice, Standard and Substandard. The quality is determined according to acidity, absence of defects, odor and flavor.
  • Extra virgin may appear on labels for any grade of oil so it is no guarantee of the quality of oil you are buying in the US.
  • Olives need to be ground within a day or two of being picked to avoid oxidation.

So it pays to buy quality olive oil such as the  IDYLL – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sparta Greece  which has been certified Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), a EU label for a product unique to its location.

This olive oil is made from olives that have been hand picked. It has a smooth, fresh and grassy flavour with a peppery finish. It is high in polyphenols and oleic acid.

How Long Does Olive Oil Keep?

  • Olive oil can go rancid so keep in a cool place and ensure that it is sealed properly.
  • A good olive oil should last between 12-18 months however it is best used within 3 months.

For more information about olive oil why not read our post on: What you need to know about Olive Oil

What is Kosher Salt

Kosher SaltSalt comes from the ocean. Even the salt that is mined from inland deposits originally came from the sea. The salt that is mined from the ocean itself is called ‘sea salt’. All other salts will have been mined from inland deposits.

Once the salt is mined it is then refined to make different types of salts. For instance, the common table salt that most people use has added iodine. Salt can also be ground into very small grains.

Kosher salt is a much larger grained salt than regular table salt and has an almost flaky appearance. In general, it contains no additives but this isn’t the reason that it is called kosher. In actual fact, the salt itself isn’t kosher or at least in most cases it isn’t.

A food that is kosher is made following Jewish dietary laws and just because a salt is called kosher doesn’t necessarily means it meets these guidelines. The reason that kosher salt gets its name is because of the way it is used in the curing process to create kosher meat. As part of Jewish dietary law, blood cannot be eaten so the role of kosher salt is to draw out the blood.

In terms of every day cooking, Kosher salt is used where a coarser salt is required. It is also often used for pickling. Table salt can cause the pickling liquid to go cloudy because of the iodine. As Kosher salt doesn’t have iodine it prevents this from happening.

Vita Coco – Pure Coconut Water With Natural Fruit Puree

51ovq3gah6l_sl160_.jpgCoconut water is a refreshing drink that is drunk straight from the coconut by millions of people in 85 tropical countries.

Now you can experience the refreshing taste of coconut in your own home without having to get a coconut and remove the outer husk.

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water with natural fruit purees has five essential electrolytes–potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous, it also has more potassium than a banana,, has low acidity, no fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar.

It can be served chilled and it tastes great just as is, or use to make smoothies, or mix it in a cocktail. And if you aren’t too sure if you will like coconut water on its own the why not try the coconut water flavored with pineapple, peach and mango, passionfruit or tangerine.

So if you want to quench your thirst and rehydrate why not reach for Vita Coco coconut water.

Because it comes in packs of 12, delivered to your door in tetrapaks, you can enjoy Vita Coco anytime, anywhere.

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water is from Brazil.

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Paula Deen Favorites by Paula Deen

paula-deen-favoritesThis gift set is a collection of Paula Deen”s favorites which will make an ideal gift for your friends who love to cook, or it will make an excellent addition to your own kitchen collection.

The set includes:

  • Paula Deen’s BBQ Sauce
  • Savannah Marinade
  • Marsh Mud Cookies
  • Hoecake Mix
  • Peach Pecan Dressing
  • Vidalia Onion Sauce
  • House Seasoning

Paula Deen products are made from quality ingredients and she takes all the hard work out of making sauces, marinades etc from scratch. A great help for the busy woman who wants to serve her family great tasting food.

Here is another great gift basket – Paula Deen Copper Tub Gift Basket.

Paula Deen Copper Tub Gift Basket
This gift basket includes

Paula Deen’s house seasoning
Lady & Sons Salt Mix
Handcooked Virginia peanuts with house seasoning
Creamy vidalia onion dressing
Blackberry walnut dressing.
In the selection shown below, the Set of 2 Butt Massage caught my eye. I have it on good authority that Butt Massage is great on pork, brisket and chicken.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey

The owners of this website do not take responsibility for the claims quoted in the article. However, as both products are natural there is little likelihood of anyone suffering any side effects unless they are allergic to either product.

cinnamon-powderHere are probably some little known facts about Honey and Cinnamon.

A mixture of honey and cinnamon can relieve a number of ailments, and as honey is  produced in most of the countries of the world that means that a large percentage of the population can have access to this inexpensive medicinal product.

Modern Scientists accept that Honey is a very effective medicine  that can be used without any side effects for all kinds of ailments.

A Canadian magazine, The Weekly World News, provided a list of ailments that can be aided by taking honey and cinnamon,  in its issue dated 17 January,1995.

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, spread on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast.

The honey and cinnamon reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and may protect people from having a heart attack. And for anyone who has already had an attack, by following this practice, they may be less likely to have another attack in the near future.

Regular use of the honey and cinnamon paste on bread relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. With age the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and become clogged, honey and cinnamon revitalizes the arteries and veins. In America and Canada, some nursing homes treated patients successfully using this procedure.

To relieve arthritis take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily, morning, and night.

If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

Recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University on 200 patients who were given a mixture of one tablespoon honey mixed with a half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast each day showed that within a week, 73 of those patients were totally relieved of pain. And within a month, almost all the patients who previously could not walk or move around because of their arthritis started walking without pain.

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder and relieves the symptoms.

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a patient with high cholesterol , was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information reported in The World Weekly News, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This  will cure most chronic coughs, colds, and clear the sinuses. (Only-Cookware: This one I tried and it did work).

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.

Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral Diseases.

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘ Ingredient’ which kills influenza germs and relieves patients from nasty flu symptoms.

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age.

Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day.

It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. (Only-cookware: Well I’m not too sure about the claim of a 100 year old doing the work of a 20 year old).

Make a paste using three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before going to sleep at night and wash it off the next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

Mix up a potion of honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts and apply on the affected parts to cure eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

On a daily basis, both in the morning, a half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water.

If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.  Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. (Only-Cookware: This is definitely on the list of things to try)

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey helpful to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.

Research undertaken by Dr. Milton, shows that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder taken daily, after brushing  in the morning and again in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing.

Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon spread on it. Hmm delicious.

Well there you have it. As I said at the beginning, honey and cinnamon may not turn out to be a cure all but its healthy, tasty and most of all natural.

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