The rise of modern kitchenware… a focus on immersion blenders

As man’s advancement in technology continues, the kitchen has not been left behind. The kitchen is a vital room for man. This is where the food that man depends on for survival is prepared. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. Many times when buying a house, one of the main factors that determines the final choice of a house to buy is the state of the kitchen. In modern times, assorted appliances are ubiquitous in the kitchen.

The kitchen is a room where several activities take place. These activities include preparing raw food before cooking, the actual cooking, packaging the food for serving, and finally washing all the utensils and appliances that have been used in the processes.

As mankind has advanced, he has come up with assorted appliances that help make the kitchen work easier and faster. For example, traditionally when cooking French fries one had to toil peeling potatoes, cutting them up into thin pieces, then deep frying them in a pan. Today all these processes can be done using kitchen appliances that will make the work easier. There are appliances to peel potatoes, appliances to cut the potatoes into thin pieces, and a deep fryer that is much safer and efficient as compared to the traditional deep frying pan.

There are numerous kitchen appliances and many times several of them perform similar tasks. For example, there are many types of blenders. All blenders perform the basic function of chopping up the food into small pieces and mixing up food ingredients. Blenders usually have the same mechanisms with a rotor with blades being used to chop up or mix the ingredients.

There are however different types of blenders. There are traditional table top blenders where the device has a container with the blades at the bottom. One puts the ingredients into the container, closes the lid and blends the food. There are also immersion blenders that have a completely different design and mode of application – despite also applying the same idea of using a rotor with blades to blend the food.

Immersion blenders have the rotor with blades fixed to a long arm that has the blender controls at the other extreme end. Instead of putting the ingredients into a container, when using the immersion blender, one dips the end with the blades into the container with the food ingredients. This could be a cooking pan with soup or it could be a bowl of cream.

Once the end with the blades is well inserted into the container with the food, the blender is switched on using the controls on the other hand where there is a suitable handle to control the blender. The blender is held and controlled using one hand.

The immersion blender is very ideal for blending food where precise blending is necessary. It is also a good device for blending hot foods such as soups which can be blended while still on the cooker. The immersion blender is also ideal since it is much easier to clean as compared to the table top blender.

Pathogens and the natural and conventional ways of combating disease

Human beings like any living thing strives to live in comfort and in wellness. Avoiding pain and any kinds of suffering is a basic instinct that helps man survive. This is important since there are numerous agents that are always around us that would cause us pain and suffering and if not checked they can lead to death or disabilities.

Sickness and disease are conditions that man tries to avoid at all cost. Being sick is a condition that is as a result of the body systems not functioning normally. Most of the time sickness is caused by pathogens that are ubiquitous in our surrounding. Disease causing pathogens are in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, and in the water we drink.

It is impossible to identify the disease causing agents and so many times the pathogens are introduced into the body without us noticing. We only get to realize that the pathogens have got to us when we start experiencing the effects of their reaction to our body. These pathogens which include viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms are what cause many types of diseases when they infiltrate our bodies.

To combat sickness, it is important to therefore find ways of combating these disease causing agents. This can be done by enhancing the human immune system to combat and prevent the entry of the pathogens into the body, or by having remedies to combat the pathogens once they have already invaded the body.

The need for disease combating measures led to the introduction of cures and medicines. Mankind in the pre historic times discovered that there were foods he would consume that were good in combating certain diseases. These included specific tubers, herbs, roots, and barks. Sometimes the cures in the ancient times were mixtures of two or more of these.

Today people are still using natural foods as remedies for disease or as preventive measures to keep the body strong to prevent attacks. A good example of this is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a natural product that has multiple health benefits. It is believed to have antiseptic properties which helps it to fight pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. It is also known to help provide suitable pH levels for optimum operation of body systems.

As man has advanced in science, especially in medical science and chemistry, he has been able to identify chemicals, or a combination of chemicals that can be used to fight against particular disease causing agents. These has brought about the advent of prescription drugs which are usually very effective for quick recovery as compared to natural remedies although they are also known to have negative side effects which are not experienced when using natural remedies.

The best ways to keep healthy is to eat healthy foods that have healing properties. A good example is  foods such as hummus which is known to have multiple health benefits. One can also incorporate traditional cures such as chamomile, alfalfa, aloe vera and other traditional cures in their diet to keep their immunity strong.

Gaining weight after a job change and change of lifestyle

Last weekend on Saturday when I woke up it was a fine morning with the sun sending warm rays through my window. I decided that it was a good morning to take a walk. I always wanted to be able to take walks whenever I could but many times I would find an excuse not to. Many times bad weather was the reason that made me change my mind. This time I did not have any excuse and my spirits were high anyway.

It promised to be a good day.

After washing my face and brushing my teeth, I selected my favorite leggings to wear for the walk. I loved the leggings very much due to their comfort and the beautiful color design on them. I was however dismayed when I tried to wear the leggings only to find they had become quite tight. I eventually managed to squeeze into them but they were no longer as comfortable as they were before.

It was obvious that I had gained considerable weight since the last time when I wore them.

Like any woman, gaining weight was very bad news for me. The realization was bad enough to spoil the day and the entire weekend for me. I knew that the revelation would nag me for a very long time. I would be very self-conscious and I would not be very happy with myself.

My lifestyle was obviously the reason why I had gained the extra weight. Before this, I never gained weight easily. I had always had a slim figure and had never had a problem with weight. However, my new job, its lavish lunches, and long periods of sitting without much exercise was obviously affecting me negatively in terms of weight.

The previous job I had involved a lot of physical exercise. I would walk around town going to see clients or to attend meetings. It was faster and cheaper to walk rather than drive. Despite the walks being short, they were numerous and obviously they helped keep my weight down.

In my new job, I am most of the time working in the office. I rarely walk or do anything strenuous. I drive home and whenever there are work meetings or work related functions in another location, the company insists that I be chauffeured there.

The company also provides sumptuous tasty lunches and delicious snacks for coffee breaks. I love the food at the office and I have sizeable servings. I eat enough at the office such that I do not have to cook dinner at home. I cannot remember the last time I used my rice cooker. The kitchen appliance I use most is the blender which I use to make smoothies which is all I have most evenings.

Despite not having dinner, it is evident that the lunches and the snacks in between coupled with lack of exercise have led to my weight gain. I have to reconsider my lifestyle if I am to stop this weight gain and go back to my pretty slim figure.