Dehumidify for Allergy Relief

With the arrival of spring, many of us look forward to getting out of the house, spending time outdoors, and taking advantage of the warm weather. Unfortunately, along with more daylight hours and warmer temperatures comes one of the pesky draw backs of the season….spring allergies. Many are left suffering from stuffy noses, sore throats, and dry eyes.  Allergy sufferers try a number of different ways to combat these symptoms but one of the easiest is to focus on maintaining an ideal humidity level in your home.

EdgeStar 40 Pint Dehumidifier

EdgeStar 40 Pint Dehumidifier

Ideal humidity? What is that you might ask and what does that have to do with allergies? The humidity level of your home can greatly impact your allergy symptoms. A high level of water vapor in the air, or 50-60% humidity, causes mold spores, dust mites, and even pests to thrive. A dehumidifier pulls water out of the air which will in turn decreases the humidity level to prevent mold and mildew growth. You can use a digital hygrometer, like this P3 digital thermo-hygrometer, to allow you to monitor the humidity level. You should shoot for 40-50% humidity, an ideal level that will dramatically reduce air pollutants. 

Before purchasing your dehumidifier, think about the areas of you home that have the most moisture, many times this may be basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, indoor pool areas. For those that live in exceptionally humid environments the best place to use a dehumidifier might be in your kitchen or bedroom. Once you have identified which area or room you want to use your dehumidifier you can select the best unit based on the size of the room. Use the chart below as a guide to help choose the right dehumidifier. Compare with your room size and moisture level.

dehumidifier comparison

Many dehumidifiers are portable and easy to move allowing you to easily test where you would like to use it. You can use the unit in multiple rooms to achieve the desired humidity level. Ridding your home environment of harmful allergy triggers like mold, mildew, and dust mites can help you dramatically improve your allergy symptoms this spring season. Happy spring!

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How to Deep Fry a Turkey – Tips and Tricks

 

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start collecting ideas and recipes for those festive feasts! For a special treat this Thanksgiving, try deep frying your turkey. If you have not fried a turkey before, small birds work best; try to keep your turkey under 15 pounds. Deep frying a turkey not only keeps the bird extremely moist, but you still have the option to season your bird by using a dry rub or injecting marinade. Frying your turkey is much faster than cooking it in the oven and it’s a good option for those with smaller kitchens because it allows you to maximize your oven space for side dishes. tips for deep frying a turkey

Ingredients and equipment:

  • 1 turkey (12 lb)
  • Turkey Fryer
  • 40-60 quart pot with drain basket
  • 3 gallons peanut or vegetable oil
  • Fuel for fryer
  • Thermometer
  • Optional:  An injector to add marinades to your turkey.

Marinade ideas can vary, depending on the flavor profile of your choice:

Port Wine: Port Wine, garlic juice
Honey Beer: apple cider, honey, ale, garlic juice
Italia: Italian herbs, red wine, olive oil
Cajun: Cajun spices, medium ale, Italian salad dressing

Here are some simple steps to fry your turkey:

  1. Since you will be working with a large amount of flammable oil, choose a level spot outdoors to fry your turkey.
  2. In your quart stockpot, heat peanut oil to 400 degrees F.  The pot should have plenty of room left for the turkey otherwise the oil will spill over.
  3. Start with a room temperature turkey (neck and giblets removed), rinse thoroughly and then pat dry with paper towels. If you are going to inject a marinade go ahead and inject it directly into both sides of the breast, the legs and thighs of the turkey. Another option is to coat your turkey with a dry rub (a basic recipe is 1 cup of salt, ¼ cup black pepper, ¼ cup garlic powder).
  4. Put turkey into drain basket and slowly lower into the hot oil until it covers the turkey.
  5. Maintain the peanut oil at a temperature of 350 degrees F and cook for around 45 minutes (cook time is about 3 to 3.5 minutes per pound).
  6. Carefully remove the basket from the oil. Drain turkey. Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh; the internal temperature should be at least 180 degrees F.
  7. Enjoy your deep fried turkey with family and friends

 

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5 Easy Weeknight Recipes Using a Toaster Oven

Kalorik Toaster Oven

A toaster oven is the perfect appliance for small spaces because it combines the utility of a toaster and a microwave, allowing you to cook food evenly and quickly for fast snacks and on-the-go meals. The versatile Kalorik 4-slice toaster oven lets you to change between a variety of cooking methods: broiling, baking, and toasting with a selector switch. With a full range temperature control (up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit), you can also get that perfect crispy pizza crust or crunchy french fries without the grease. Toaster ovens are a space and energy efficient alternative to full-sized convection ovens that can heat up the whole kitchen.

5 Easy Toaster Oven Recipes

The following recipes are delicious, quick, and easy solutions to your dinnertime blues – all solved by the amazing toaster oven.

Greek-Inspired Flatbread

Greek-Inspired Flatbread

Spread olive oil and Italian herbs on a piece of pita bread. Top it off with Kalamata olives, feta cheese, arugula, and tomatoes. Toast until the pita bread is at your desired crispiness or the feta is melted.

Maple-Mustard Salmon

Marinade salmon for 30 minutes in 3 Tbsp of dijon mustard, 3 Tbsp of maple syrup, 1 Tbsp of champagne vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake fish until opaque, about 7-8 minutes.

Crab Bruschetta

Crab Bruschetta

Mix together 8 ounces of crab meat, 1 cup of sliced plum tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of minced fresh basil, ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 clove of minced garlic and grated Parmesan cheese. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and top with the mixture. Toast for 5-8 minutes.

Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

For the asparagus, toss it with 2 Tbsp of olive oil, 2 large cloves of sliced garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of basil and a pinch of pepper. Turn oven to 450 degrees F and roast for 10-15 minutes.

Chicken Flautas

Chicken Flautas

Mix together 1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken, ½ cup of roasted poblano pepper, ¼ cup of corn, 2 Tbsp of yogurt, ½ small chopped onion, ½ cup monterey jack cheese. Spread the mixture on a tortilla. Roll the tortilla up and place in the toaster oven for 10 minutes on each side, so 20 minutes total.

 

What’s your favorite meal to make in a toaster oven?

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