During the holiday season, my fridge is always full! Lots of leftovers, plus cookies and treats from neighbors take up quite a bit of room. After a bit of research, I found quite a few items were taking up room in my fridge that just didn’t need to be there! Some condiments have so much vinegar or salt, that they just don’t need to be in the fridge, while some produce actually maintains a better texture and flavor if it’s left on the counter.
Bananas taste best when they’re ripe, and if they go in the fridge too early, they will never ripen. Once the bananas are ripe, then you can transfer them to the fridge. They skins may turn black, but they taste just fine!
Putting bread in the fridge dries it out, leaving your bread stale or chewy. The moisture in the fridge encourages bacteria and mold, so store it in a breadbox, instead! The breadbox promotes air circulation, keeping the bread from getting too dry or too moist.
Keeping honey in the fridge won’t damage the shelf-life or the taste, but it will make the honey crystalize and clump. Storing honey in an air-tight glass jar, away from heat and direct sunlight, is the best method!
4. & 5. Onions and Garlic
The fridge makes food last longer because of the temperature, but it’s also rather humid inside. The humidity makes onions moldy more quickly than if they are stored on the countertop, plus their flavor often travels throughout the fridge. You want your onions to stay cool, dry, well-ventilated, and away from potatoes (because of the gasses emitted from the onions.)
Using a pair of nylons to store onions works perfectly, and it’s thrifty, too. 🙂 Garlic is similar and would do great in nylons as well; but you could also just use a basket in your cupboard or pantry.
6. Cooking Oil
Cooking oil should be kept in an air-tight, dark glass container. They stay liquid at room temperature, and trying to refrigerate and then melt the oils is more hassle than it’s worth! Plus, changing the temperature around too much will make the oil go rancid more quickly.
The humidity in the fridge can make potatoes rot, and the fridge actually causes the starch to break down into sugar. This makes your potatoes sweet, grainy and soft. You’re better off storing potatoes in a dry, dark, ventilated space; like a woven basket inside a cupboard. Be sure not to wash the potatoes until you’re ready to cook them, because water will also make the potatoes rot.
8. Coffee Beans
Coffee beans tend to absorb odors, so keeping coffee in the fridge is a bad idea! Plus, the moisture in the fridge makes the coffee less flavorful. Keep coffee in a dark, air-tight container and away from sunlight.
Just like bananas, tomatoes should be kept on the counter until they’re ripe and ready to eat, and then transferred to the fridge. They lose their crunch and flavor pretty quickly, though, so try to eat them within a day or two of placing them in the fridge. When out on the counter, store them in an open basket. If they’re too close together then the tomatoes will bruise.
Yet again, avocados should be left out until they’re ripe, and then put in the fridge. To develop the right flavor and texture, they need to ripen at room temperature, but they will stay good and ripe for a few more days in the fridge.
Your standard ketchup has so much vinegar in it that it acts as a preservative and doesn’t need to be refrigerated! Even after you open the bottle, you can put it right back into the pantry. If you buy a “lower-sodium” ketchup, though, I would keep it in the fridge – just to be safe.
If you have some good, fresh berries from a Farmer’s Market, keep them on the counter and eat them quickly! They’ll maintain their best flavor if they stay at room temperature, but put them in the fridge if you’ll have them for more than a couple days. Be sure not to wash them until you’re ready to eat, because the water could make them mushy or moldy.
14. Hot Sauce and Soy Sauce
Hot sauce that is made with large amounts of vinegar and salt can be kept out for couple months, but place it in the fridge if you don’t go through hot sauce very quickly. Soy sauce is mostly salt, so the same goes! Mild bacteria can grow after a couple months, so the fridge is best for long-term storage.
15. Winter Squash
These hearty squashes will last for a whole month in the pantry, so don’t bother taking up space in the fridge!
This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of some of the pros and cons of deciding “to chill or not to chill” your food.
3 rules to follow at breakfast to lose weight.
Eating nothing in the morning is as bad as eating anything. A balanced breakfast that often contradicts the most common habits helps to lose weight and ensure satiety until lunch without problem.
Atlantico: A healthy and balanced breakfast is a first step to regain control of your daily diet and can help us lose weight. What advice would you give that breakfast is a first step in weight loss?
Leaking refined foods with a high glycemic index
Consume breakfasts that are vectors of vitamins, fibers and minerals like the Miam-Ô-Fruit of France Guillain or a house muesli made of barley flakes, pruned almonds, dried apricots, cinnamon, acacia honey , wheat germ and an almond or oat drink. For salty mouths, dare the egg to shell, the slice of poultry or ham (not too often for the ecological impact!), The cheese (for those who tolerate it) with slices of sourdough bread or a full bowl of rice and a rapeseed oil.
Escape the fruit juices especially that of oranges which are real aggressions for the digestive tract, more or less rich in sugar and perfectly indigestible with any type of cereals.
Teas, maté, infusions and coffees of quality are preferable in small volume (200ml max).
Your breakfast should be consumed calmly with chewing applied.
What is the influence of what we eat in the morning on our choices for subsequent meals?
Charles-Antoine Winter: The influence would be rather a consequence … Understand that in the morning, on the blows of 6 to 8h, our body knows its highest concentration of fasting hormone cortisol (in this case, nocturnal fasting ), allowing us to maintain a glucose level (glucose level in our blood) correct without food intake and especially of carbohydrate origin. In other words, your body is on an autonomous metabolism. And this means knowing how to get out of it as wisely as possible.
Here are two possibilities: one where you submerge it of sweetness with an excess of sugar and make it dependent (circuit of the reward). And the other where you empower him with nutrients that require him to work as a team and therefore an autonomy.
Indeed, one of the most harmful and maintained habits in France is the breakfast rich in sugar, in empty calories. Intake of fiber-free sugar at breakfast will inevitably cause hyperglycemia, an excess of sugar circulating in your blood. And your body being in danger, will react to excess by secreting too much insulin, the latter being responsible for the use of sugar by your neurons, muscles, red blood cells (positive point) but also by the conversion of l excess sugar in fat. Worse yet, your sweet breakfast will be responsible, via insulin, morning cravings, your addiction to coffee, your oversized and / or unbalanced lunches. A day that starts and may end on the reward scheme …
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West Africa’s Tea Culture – a Way of Life
The term “tea ceremony” usually conjures up mental images of formal rituals in old Japan, or more modern ones in India or Malaysia where business deals are struck over a pot of tea and a handshake. In West Africa, ancient tea ceremony goes by the name “attaya,” and is anything but formal. In fact, tea culture in the continent’s western nations of Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal are the polar opposite of Japan’s ceremonies, where matcha tea is the focal point of a semi-religious event.
The attaya is more accurately described as a tea ritual or social function akin to a very informal wine-tasting session or round of toasts in Western cultures. Something like 80 percent of all West African children and adults drink tea on a daily basis, most of it being some variety of mint tea made in a way that likely originated among the ancient Moors.
French, Arabic, a little English, and local dialects are interwoven in everyday West African speech; and that makes for colorful, loud and friendly conversations during the traditional three rounds of tea in a typical attaya ceremony.
Despite its wide practice throughout West Africa, centering on Senegal, the attaya ceremony is largely unknown in the West. Here are some key facts that explain how the tea is made and served, how people interact while drinking it, and how to make a pot of West African tea that is “attaya-ready.”
The preparation of typical Senegalese mint tea, the kind used in the attaya ritual, takes quite a while, and is not as easy as preparing other kinds of tea. This is partly by design, enabling everyone to have a long conversation while the tea is being heated and mixed. Mint tea is a natural preventive for cavities and several other dental problems.
Ceremony and history
Every African attaya ceremony consists of three rounds. Tea is served in small glasses (not cups) with each round being quite different in taste. Legend has it that the first, bitter round represents the beginning of life and the difficulties of growing up. The second round is sweeter but retains the strong mint flavor. The third and final round is mostly very weak tea with plenty of sugar. The second round is said to signify the sweetness of mid-life, love, and marriage, with the final round being symbolic of old age. There are hundreds of historic stories about what each round means, but they all point to some version of “stages of life.”
Almost all the words related to African tea ceremony, including the word “attaya” itself, are Arabic in origin because the early Moors are thought to have perfected the art of preparing sweet mint tea. The Senegalese language is largely derived from Arabic. The best-known English word that comes directly from Senegalese is also food-and-drink related; “yummy.”
Tea culture in West Africa
Tea is always served to visitors in West African homes, but more commonly it is drunk during social gatherings at restaurants, on street corners, in alleyways, wherever people meet to talk and socialize.
There are dozens of ways to prepare African mint tea for attaya, but the most common one calls for a large pot of boiling water (preferably over a charcoal fire) to which is added green tea leaves, mint leaves and a generous dose of sugar. After a long boiling period, the tea is mixed by pouring it to and from the glasses several times. This distributes the sugar and mint evenly.
Good African mint tea has lots of foam on top. This is a result of the pouring process (see above) but it is usually less thick during the second and third rounds as the concoction weakens.
It is said that in many West African nations potential burglars and thieves will steer clear of homes and businesses if they smell mint tea being brewed in the evening. That’s because night watchmen and late-shift police typically drink strong mint tea to stay awake. The first round alone is enough to keep a person’s eyes wide open for several hours.
Taste and preparation
The taste of the tea depends on the preparer. Talented tea-makers in Senegal and neighboring countries usually do a careful head count before preparation. That way, they can calibrate the amount of sugar, tea leaves and mint to use, as well as how much water to prepare. Considering that each person will be drinking about 20 ounces of tea over a 2-hour period, very large pots are used when there are more than a few guests.
Because the caffeine content is so high, African-style mint tea is never served on an empty stomach, but always after meals. And contrary to almost every other nation’s tea-drinking practices, West African attaya attendees slurp and gulp their tea rather quickly. The socializing takes place between rounds of drinking rather than during. All of which means that a typical attaya 3-round ritual will include no less than 2 or three sessions of chatting that are each about 30 minutes long.
“Free speech” is the only rule
During an attaya session, guests are expected to express their opinion about the tea, saying whether they think it too strong, too weak or just right. Unlike in Western cultures, it is not considered rude to speak one’s mind about the quality of the tea at an attaya. “Wow, that’s way too strong for me,” and “Is this water or tea?” (during the third round) are routine comments from attaya participants, all of which bring either laughter or a reasoned response from the preparer, like “Well, you Brits and Americans are too weak to drink ‘real’ African tea. Hahahaha.”
Many Westerners are taken aback when they realize that West African attaya sessions are truly free-wheeling affairs, where just about any subject is fair game for discussion, and friendly argumentation is even encouraged and appreciated. (Contrast this with Japanese tea ceremony!)
It’s interesting to note the differences between the world’s most ritualized, formal matcha tea ceremonies of Japan and the much looser, socializing tone of West Africa’s attaya. In the former, virtually every word and action is prescribed by tradition. In a typical attaya, a street vendor might prepare the three rounds of mint tea with varying amounts of sugar and much chatter between host and guests.
Regardless of these obvious differences, West African attaya is one of the most colorful and interesting “tea ceremonies” on earth; and everyone should experience the camaraderie and good cheer that accompanies each glass of African mint served during attaya.