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Kitchen Safety Tips

Kitchen is considered as an important area of the house where utmost attentiveness and careful action is required. It is a place where you get juicy, creamy and spicy food, and where you also have to deal with sharp knives, burning fire and hot utensils. A small carelessness might cause big damage.

Here are some very basic and primary tips, which if kept in mind, will help improve kitchen safety and at the same time you will enjoy your cooking.

  1. When you are cooking, it is best that you should only cook rather than watching TV or doing other household chores along.
  2. Never leave food on the stove unattended.
  3. Keep all the utensils, spices and other kitchen related material in order for easy access.
  4. After using an ingredient, put it back in its proper place, so that you can have it on time, if you require it again.
  5. Never ever make a mistake of keeping any pesticide or other chemicals along with any edibles.
  6. The cabinet containing pesticides, drain cleaners or other chemicals should always be at the bottom of other cabinets, so if ever leakage takes place, they may not mix up with food items.
  7. If you ever use any chemical or poison in your kitchen for cleaning or killing bugs etc, close the lid properly and immediately wash hands with soap.
  8. While working in the kitchen if any liquid spills on the floor, clean it immediately or someone might slip over it.
  9. Always use a dustbin in the kitchen for putting away litter. Never let it scatter on counters and kitchen floor.
  10. Clear the kitchen garbage every day.
  11. Never let dishes unwashed over the night. It produces germs and bad smell in the kitchen.
  12. Never dispose off remaining food into the dishwashing sink since this will block your sink.
  13. If you have any electric plugs near your dishwashing sink, avoid using them as there is a chance that water may spill on them and cause an incident.
  14. Keep different cleaning clothes for different cleaning purposes; for the stove use a different cleaning cloth, for dishes use a separate cloth and for shelves and counters use a different cleaning cloth.
  15. Wear an apron when cooking food to avoid your clothes from getting dirty.
  16. Never keep any edibles uncovered in the kitchen.
  17. Try not to allow small kids to enter the kitchen while you are cooking.
  18. While cutting vegetables and fruits use a sharp knife and perform your task slowly and carefully.
  19. Keep all knives and forks at a safe place all the time, like in a drawer or wrapped in some cloth or towel to avoid any accidental cuts.
  20. While cooking, always keep the stove at moderate heat.
  21. Never touch or try to carry hot pots with naked hands. Always use kitchen napkins for this purpose.
  22. Never put any hot dish directly into the refrigerator.
  23. Before using any utensils in the microwave, make sure that it is recommended for microwave use and the utensils are dry.
  24. Never keep expired food material in the kitchen. There are chances that small children might eat them or you accidentally use them in your cooking.
  25. Always keep eggs, raw meat and seafood refrigerated.
  26. Always turn off the stove before leaving the kitchen.
  27. Keep all electric appliances on a counter or shelf, away from any moisture and water source.
  28. Keep your chopping boards and utensils clean, and when cutting meat and vegetables, do not cut them on the same board without washing the board.
  29. Keep all house pets out of the kitchen at all times.
  30. Regularly clean your kitchen cabinets and cupboards as well as the refrigerator and get rid of rotten vegetables or fruits.

These are some of the very important steps that one should always keep in mind while entering the kitchen and making your meal time always happy.

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Whether it is a rushed fast food meal, lunch in the company cafeteria with co-workers and friends, a pizza order at a friends or a casual family dinner at a restaurant, eating out is no longer reserved for special occasions. In fact, dining out has become an essential part of our lifestyle today and kids and teenagers especially enjoy it a lot.

People do not dine out just for the sake of eating and quenching their hunger, but they dine out because it excites the senses. Everyone enjoys eating out, especially with loved ones, socializing with friends, family and colleagues, enjoying every moment by experiencing flavours that cannot be prepared at home. Above all, some people simply dine out to enjoy and have fun!

Dine Out

Despite all the fun and excitement, one of the major drawbacks in dining out can be indulging yourself and overloading on calories. The more you eat away from home, the greater the impact of those meals or snacks have on your overall health and diet. Today, restaurants, takeaways, bars and pubs offer a huge variety of meals and dining options to choose from. Whether you are looking for fast food, or specific cuisines like Chinese, Italian, French, Thai or Continental, you can find one close by. It all depends on what you order for yourself; because these meals and snacks you eat away from your home can not only be enjoyable and great tasting but they can also be healthy. So no matter where and when you plan to dine out, make sure you keep these smart dine out tips in mind to avoid the urge to splurge and over eat, which can be harmful for your overall health. These dining out tips will not only help you choose a wholesome meal, but they will also make sure that what ever you order does not affect your health negatively.

Go with a “smart-eating” mindset – This will help you sort through the menu faster and avoid straying from your plan. If you have already had a heavy meal during the day, then order something light.

Avoid skipping meals during the day to “save up” for an evening out – If you are planning to go out on a dinner party, then do not skip breakfast or lunch just to save up. Most people find it easy to over indulge at restaurants, especially if they are feeling hungry. Skipping a meal during the day is not a good approach, as the food you eat out at a restaurant or party will usually be more in calories and will have a high fat content, which can lead to health problems.

Order half or medium portions – Some restaurants offer half, medium and full portion meals. If you are not feeling very hungry or are being conscious about your health, order a medium or half portion to cut on calories and fat. If half or medium portions are not available, you can always split your order with a friend or have the rest of it packed away to take home.

Balance your nutrients – If you are in a habit of dining out frequently, make sure you balance your nutrient intake by ordering different dishes every time. For example, if you order a meat or chicken dish today, go for a vegetarian one the next day. Picking your favourite dish every time, like steaks or fish and chips is a not a healthy habit.

Choose a meal with food variety – Every time you dine out, and are ordering a full meal, try to balance it out. For example, if the main dish has a higher fat content, order a salad or accompaniment which is low fat. Ordering fresh fruit or dessert after your meal is also a good idea. When dining out, you have to make trade-offs in your daily routine, for example if you have had a heavy lunch at office, then you can cut back on calories when you come back home for dinner.

Ordering complimentary breads and crackers before your meal – Some people cannot simply resist the complimentary breads, crackers and cheese sticks which most restaurants offer before the food is served. If you are conscious about your health, it is not necessary to finish the whole basket. You can simply take a few and then leave the rest for friends or ask the attendant to take the basket away.

You should also go easy on the dips, butter and sauces served with breads as they are also rich in salts, calories and fat. Instead of dipping the whole cracker or cheese stick in the dip, use your fork to take a portion of the sauce or dip instead.

Fast Food

Always order salad – Most restaurants offer a do-it-yourself salad bar where you can find a wide variety of salads available. However, be careful what you choose from the salad bar as salad dressings, croutons, cheese, noodles, pasta and creamy sauces and dips can have more calories in them than a usual meal. Lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage and other fresh vegetables are safe choices so always take larger portions of raw veggies, fruits and beans and less of pasta, toppings and dressings.

Choose your meal according to your health – If you have a health problem such as hypertension, heart problem or diabetes, always be careful about what your order. For example, go for grilled, baked, barbecued or steamed meals instead of going for deep fried foods such as fish and chips.

Enjoy your food! – Dining out should be fun and exciting whether you dine out alone or with family and friends. So savour every bite and relish the flavours and aromas of what ever you eat, making each meal an exciting and wonderful experience.

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Finally!! I found some time to update my blog again and add a few recipes :P Here are a few ‘quick takes’ for you. ENJOY! If you want to try some cakes, yummy soups and bread recipes, you’ll find some on the links given.

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Google updated their PageRank and backlinks this week and my cooking site now has a PR of 2!

Im so glad for this PR raise from PR0 to PR2!! And a surprising thing that I found out early this month from my web stats was my rankings on search engines! although I havent started any serious optimization of the site yet, and most of the pages have little or no content at all! I found out I was at #4 on MSN for the niche keyphrase ‘easy to cook pakistani recipes’ and on page 3 for another kwyword ‘Pakistani Cuisine’ that had a competition of around 338,141!! This really makes me delighted and I will try to add more and more content and recipes to the site soon and do more.

I now realized the usefulness of building link popularity !! And content is always the king !!

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Cook It All gives cooking related information that you might need when planning to start cooking. Special sections include tips and tricks, conversion tables, detail for cooking equipments needed for cooking, different cooking techniques and much more. Also, stay tuned for a very special section of Cooking for Beginners!

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Cooking is really fun. All those mouth watering, tummy churning and appetizing recipes are just a click away from you. Becoming a good cook is now not hard at all; we have assorted a collection of enticing recipes that will make everyone lick their fingers. The cooking section at cook-it-all gives easy cooking tips, conversion tables and easy recipes for starters and children. All those delicious and tempting recipes are waiting for you to try them. So let’s get started!

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