Posts de April, 2016

[Fabio M Costa] The benefits of food preservation by dehydration

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Food Dehydrator allows food drying gently which has the advantage of preserving both all the taste and vitamins for a long time. Check out this sweet dehydration process and its benefits.

How does it work ?

 

The food Dehydrator allows you to simply and effectively dry all types of fresh food: fruit, vegetable, sauce, herb or even soup.

Simply wash and cut the food you want to dry in slices and not too thick (0.5cm maximum) then arrange on the plates of the food dehydrator.

The device will then propel evenly heated air between 40 ° C and 45 ° C for several hours. The dryers are equipped with an automatic timer: Once the programmed drying time, they take care of everything.

The temperature reached by the dehydrator is very soft and does not exceed 50 ° C. This temperature does not cook food but is sufficient to evaporate all the water they contain. Food is then slowly and totally dehydrated.

Keep your food longer

Fresh vegetables dehydrated using a food dehydrator

The advantage of such a process is that it gradually and completely dries food. For better food preservation, dehydration can be supplemented by a vacuum and / or freezing, for example, you can use best vacuum sealer to protect your food. Indeed, water is not the only factor responsible for the oxidation of foods: the temperature and the presence of air are also determining factors. Even in the absence of moisture, vitamins and enzymes oxidise in air.

Dehydration of fruits

APRICOT

Wash the apricots, cut them in half to extract the kernel. Arrange the apricot halves skin side down on the plate drier.

Drying time> 24 to 30 hours

PINEAPPLE

Peel the pineapple and remove the eyes and heart of the pineapple. Cut the fruit into slices or small pieces with a thickness of 0.5 cm.

Drying time> 14 to 20 hours

BANANAS

Peel the bananas and cut them into slices or rings of 0.3 to 0.5 cm thick.

drying time> 8 to 12 hours

HERRIES

Wash, remove the stalks and stone the cherries. Cut in half and place them on food dehydrator plate face down.

Drying time> 18 to 22 hours

FIGUES

Wash the figs. You can leave them whole (longer drying time) or cut into slices.

Drying time> 25 to 30 hours

STRAWBERRIES

Wash and hull strawberries. Cut into thin slices 0.5 cm thick.

Drying time> 10 to 15 hours

KIWI

Peel the kiwis and cut into slices 0.5 cm thick.

drying time> 10h till 18h

BLACKBERRY

Wash the blackberries and arrange them on the food dehydrator tray.

Drying time> 14 to 20 hours

PEARS

Wash, seed and cut the pears into slices of 0.5 cm. You can also split the four.

Drying time> 12 to 20 hours

APPLES

Peel the apples and remove the seeds. Cut into slices of 0.5 cm in thickness.

Drying time> 15 to 20 hours

PLUM

Wash the plums and cut them in half to remove the kernel. Incise the skin of the fruit to encourage dehydration.

Drying time> 24 to 30 hours

GRAPES

Wash the grapes and remove the stalks them.

Drying time> 25 to 30 hours

TOMATOES

Wash and hull the tomatoes. Cut into 0.5 cm thick. For the cherry tomatoes cut them just two and arrange on the plate of food drying the skin side down.

Drying time> 10 to 12 hours

Conservation dehydrated foods

A healthy diet

Drying food in the food dehydrator is at a mild temperature. Unlike a furnace, the drier does not submit the food to a temperature above 50 ° C. In this way all the flavors and vitamins, enzymes and nutrients minerals are perfectly conserved.

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables are the same nutritional benefit than raw food; the use of a dehydrator is particularly recommended for a raw food diet or to fill vitamin deficiencies.

Did you know ?

Most vitamins are very sensitive to heat. This is the case of water soluble vitamins are saying that are destroyed from 60 ° C. Water-soluble vitamins are vitamin C, the B vitamins and niacin (PP).

The failure of one of these vitamins can have harmful consequences for your health, so it is advisable to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Use a food dehydrator can effectively keep fruits and vegetables in season to enjoy their benefits all year.

Our advice to dehydrate your fruit

The drying time depends directly on the amount of water contained in the fruit, and thus may vary depending on the product quality.

You can also adjust the drying time depending on the rendering more or less crispy expected.

Recommended temperature: 45 ° C

[Fabio M Costa] The 5 best tips for beginners in carpentry

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Today, I try to compile the top 5 tips I would give to a beginner in carpentry to help them get started. Let’s go!

During carpentry

For a long time, I was not manual … I am still not! Yet at the time I write this, I realize almost all of my furniture myself. In less than a year, I had gone from being “double left” (person with an incredible gift … that of having two left hands) at the intermediate level handyman status. I stored some experience and I would like to share the top 5 tips for you.

1 – FORM YOU!

It is for me an essential quality you must possess. This quality is valid at any age and in any area of our life. It is the tireless desire to learn. Indeed, I am convinced that this is the SECRET of successful people. I digress a little but yourself as professional life, no person can know EVERYTHING. It is, therefore, necessary to form.

That is what I did ! The best way to do this – and is not inexpensive at all- is to attend DIY forums. The Internet is a wealth of information. Sometimes you come across interesting blogs, sometimes you do not find the information you want. Forums are then there to take over as mutual aid prevails. You always come across a kind soul to help. So go ahead and learn what you do not know yet!

2 – JUST TRY!

Well, it is high time for you to start and make your first piece of furniture, with its flaws but you will see, you will be proud! Worse, you learn from your mistakes – because you will do – and you will, therefore, be improved …
I am among those who think that you learn more from mistakes than successes so do not wait, go for it!

3 – FAST INVEST IN QUALITY ROUTER

If you followed the first 2 tips, no doubt you’ll want to go further. At this stage, a tool becomes essential as it is versatile. This is the router. Router is a tool that will allow you to boards assemblies, moldings, holes, grooves and so on …

To go further in carpentry, you will go through it. Or, if a tool for which they do not skimp on quality, this is one! Indeed, its use requires precision and this quality is unfortunately not present in the first price chinoiserie. Also, belt disc sander is also an important tool. View all belt disc sander reviews.

4 – BUY THE PLANED AND WOOD PLANK

A plank of planed and trued wood is a wooden board which, through the use of a beautiful but noisy and expensive tool, is in the shape of a perfect cuboid. If you buy raw wood, your board will have all the geometrical defects of the world and the troubles begin … Now you are beginners and the goal is not only to enjoy but also to achieve an object, a piece of furniture, admittedly imperfect, which like what you imagined at the start!

Perfectly planed boards and thus gather wood plank to marvel and your job will be easy!

5- MAKE YOU A BEAUTIFUL AND ESTABLISHED CLAMPS, MANY CLAMPS

This advice # 4 seems to be especially important to me because often overlooked by the novice. Yet the set is the number one factor for precise and safe. What could be more foolish than to miss a connection because your piece of wood just changed accidentally during the crucial step!

A suitable set of your achievements thus seems to be important. I suggest you make it yourself because there is rarely good in the first set and a price established spacious and well designed far beyond the budget of a beginner.

I advise you to complete the manufacture of that established by purchasing a minimum a pair of clamps. This pair of clamps will be your ally to secure the pieces of wood on your workbench and thus gain precision, speed and above all safe.
You will feel like to have 3 arms! Yes, yes !

[Fabio M Costa] Necessary tools for your woodworking.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Screwdrivers

To work properly with this tool, it must be chosen the appropriate screwdriver to screw type to be tightened or loosened, depending on the cleavage of its head (slot, cross, star, etc.) and their size, must be used, as most fits said groove.

Before using a screwdriver should be checked that is in good condition, the most common defects:

  • The presence of cracks in the handle or misshapen head from misuse, there is a risk of splinters in his hands.
  • The rod handle is loose or twisted, with the risk of causing injury to your hand.
  • As for its use, once located the tip of the screwdriver on the screw head, the effort must be made vertically in order to prevent the tool from slipping and can cause injury.
  • The free hand should be placed so that it is not in the possible path of the screwdriver. To this end, the part containing the screw must stand on a firm place and should never be handheld.
  • Do not use the screwdriver as a lever or chisel, because besides causing the risk of various injuries, the tool deteriorates.
  • When a screw rotating resist must proceed to its lubrication and force the screwdriver with another tool, such as pliers. Also, when it wears out or round the tip of a screwdriver, you must repaired with a grindstone or file, trying not to lose temper by heating. This must be done with safety glasses.

Gouges

Precautions to consider in managing this tool are:

  • The tool must be provided with a metal ring at the junction between the handle and the blade.
  • Gouges handled by hitting them with a hammer must be fitted with a metal tip protection that is struck.
  • When working with this tool, the part must be tightly attached to a support and the edge of the blade should not be directed to any part of the body.
  • The cutting part of the chisel must always be sharp.

Also, the use of sander is dangerous. Therefore, look for belt sander reviews on the internet.

Limas

They are very frequently used tools in various workplaces. They differ in size, the type of cut that can perform (thinner or thicker) depending on the distance between your teeth and cross section.

As with any hand tool before you start working with a file that should be checked:

  • The handle has no chips or cracks
  • The body of the file is not worn or dulled teeth
  • The pin penetrates sufficiently into the handle
  • The pin is not twisted or what is the same, the axis of the handle and tang are aligned

As regards the management of these tools should keep in mind the following safety recommendations:

  • When you need to place the handle to a file, have a handle with metal ferrule ring or at the point of penetration of the pin. Then take the file with a protected safety glove and hit the handle against the workbench or hand with a hammer.
  • Ensure handles frequently.
  • Do not use lime as a lever, and the pin is soft and bends easily while the body is brittle and can break.
  • Do not hit them with a hammer.
  • Since the files are easily oxidized, should be kept clean, dry and separate from other tools
  • When a file is used, push forward exerting the necessary pressure and lift it slightly back.
  • Whenever teeth are blunted, you must clean the body of the file with a brush.

Keys

These tools are widely used in mechanical work. The greater the opening of the mouth, the greater should be the length of the key, in order to achieve the lever arm according to the work effort of the tool.

According to the work to be done there are different types of keys, namely fixed mouth, cube or star, tube, also called adjustable spanner or wrench and spanner located.

Accidents with these tools originate when the key is beyond the point of operation and the effort made on it is suddenly interrupted, causing a stroke. To this can contribute improper storage of the tool that usually cause the following problems:

  • Bent or worn mouth
  • Elements damaged, loose or lacking grease regulation
  • Dirty mouths and handles fat

Safety recommendations are given to consider in the management of these tools:

  • Whenever possible, use spanners in preference to adjustable.
  • Always choose the key that fits the head of the nut to be tightened or loosened.
  • Emplacement of the key perpendicularly to the axis of the nut. Failure to do so, you run the risk of slipping.
  • To tighten or loosen nuts must act pulling the key, never pushing. If the nut does not leave, proceed to lubrication without forcing the tool. Neither the lever arm of the key should be increased by coupling a tube to make stronger.
  • the keys should not be used to hit mode hammers or crowbars.
  • These tools must be kept clean. In the adjustable should be regularly oiling the opening mechanism of the jaws.

[Fabio M Costa] Necessary tools for your woodworking

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Screwdrivers

To work properly with this tool, it must be chosen the appropriate screwdriver to screw type to be tightened or loosened, depending on the cleavage of its head (slot, cross, star, etc.) and their size, must be used, as most fits said groove.

Before using a screwdriver should be checked that is in good condition, the most common defects:

  • The presence of cracks in the handle or misshapen head from misuse, there is a risk of splinters in his hands.
  • The rod handle is loose or twisted, with the risk of causing injury to your hand.
  • As for its use, once located the tip of the screwdriver on the screw head, the effort must be made vertically in order to prevent the tool from slipping and can cause injury.
  • The free hand should be placed so that it is not in the possible path of the screwdriver. To this end, the part containing the screw must stand on a firm place and should never be handheld.
  • Do not use the screwdriver as a lever or chisel, because besides causing the risk of various injuries, the tool deteriorates.
  • When a screw rotating resist must proceed to its lubrication and force the screwdriver with another tool, such as pliers. Also, when it wears out or round the tip of a screwdriver, you must repaired with a grindstone or file, trying not to lose temper by heating. This must be done with safety glasses.

Gouges

Precautions to consider in managing this tool are:

  • The tool must be provided with a metal ring at the junction between the handle and the blade.
  • Gouges handled by hitting them with a hammer must be fitted with a metal tip protection that is struck.
  • When working with this tool, the part must be tightly attached to a support and the edge of the blade should not be directed to any part of the body.
  • The cutting part of the chisel must always be sharp.

Also, the use of sander is dangerous. Therefore, look for belt sander reviews on the internet.

Limas

They are very frequently used tools in various workplaces. They differ in size, the type of cut that can perform (thinner or thicker) depending on the distance between your teeth and cross section.

As with any hand tool before you start working with a file that should be checked:

  • The handle has no chips or cracks
  • The body of the file is not worn or dulled teeth
  • The pin penetrates sufficiently into the handle
  • The pin is not twisted or what is the same, the axis of the handle and tang are aligned

As regards the management of these tools should keep in mind the following safety recommendations:

  • When you need to place the handle to a file, have a handle with metal ferrule ring or at the point of penetration of the pin. Then take the file with a protected safety glove and hit the handle against the workbench or hand with a hammer.
  • Ensure handles frequently.
  • Do not use lime as a lever, and the pin is soft and bends easily while the body is brittle and can break.
  • Do not hit them with a hammer.
  • Since the files are easily oxidized, should be kept clean, dry and separate from other tools
  • When a file is used, push forward exerting the necessary pressure and lift it slightly back.
  • Whenever teeth are blunted, you must clean the body of the file with a brush.

Keys

These tools are widely used in mechanical work. The greater the opening of the mouth, the greater should be the length of the key, in order to achieve the lever arm according to the work effort of the tool.

According to the work to be done there are different types of keys, namely fixed mouth, cube or star, tube, also called adjustable spanner or wrench and spanner located.

Accidents with these tools originate when the key is beyond the point of operation and the effort made on it is suddenly interrupted, causing a stroke. To this can contribute improper storage of the tool that usually cause the following problems:

  • Bent or worn mouth
  • Elements damaged, loose or lacking grease regulation
  • Dirty mouths and handles fat

Safety recommendations are given to consider in the management of these tools:

  • Whenever possible, use spanners in preference to adjustable.
  • Always choose the key that fits the head of the nut to be tightened or loosened.
  • Emplacement of the key perpendicularly to the axis of the nut. Failure to do so, you run the risk of slipping.
  • To tighten or loosen nuts must act pulling the key, never pushing. If the nut does not leave, proceed to lubrication without forcing the tool. Neither the lever arm of the key should be increased by coupling a tube to make stronger.
  • the keys should not be used to hit mode hammers or crowbars.
  • These tools must be kept clean. In the adjustable should be regularly oiling the opening mechanism of the jaws.