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Watch the Knives: Kitchen Safety 101

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Watch the Knives: Kitchen Safety 101

When it comes to cooking in your kitchen, you may focus more on how your dishes look and taste, but that isn’t the most important thing. Cooking and baking can actually cause some serious problems if you don’t take proper precautions. Here are some of the basics of kitchen safety you should regularly be reviewing. Wash Your Hands You may hear a lot about washing your hands, but that’s for a good reason. You don’t want to contaminate your food with any bacteria or dirt that is already on your hands, and you don’t want to cross-contaminate your food when...

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How Can I Create My Dream Kitchen?

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How Can I Create My Dream Kitchen?

Most families spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen each day. This gathering place in the home hosts meals, homework, and any number of other activities. You want this space to be as functional and as attractive as possible, which may occasionally mean doing some remodeling to fit your family’s needs. If you are preparing to remodel your kitchen soon, here are a few steps to get you started off right. Create a Budget It can be very easy to come up with grand plans to remodel everything and make the kitchen look completely new, but the chances...

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5 Reasons to Keep Your Appliances Up-To-Date

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5 Reasons to Keep Your Appliances Up-To-Date

Your old refrigerator is making that annoying noise again, or maybe your toilet won’t stop running. No matter how much you’d like to keep your old appliances, eventually you’ll need to upgrade. While it may seem like a significant investment upfront, keeping your machines up-to-date will not only save you money in the long-run but allow you to stop worrying about the next repair. Here are five reasons to keep your appliances (and plumbing) up-to-date: 1. Water Conservation New appliances save water. Current toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines use a fraction of the water older models do. Not only will...

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5 Oven and Stove-Top Safety Tips Every Cook Should Know

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5 Oven and Stove-Top Safety Tips Every Cook Should Know

Most homeowners cook every day. While today’s ovens and stovetops are safe, caution must be used when cooking. Keeping your kitchen free of fire hazards is extremely important. Follow these five easy safety tips to keep your family safe. 1. Cook with Care Make sure your stove and oven hood are safely and correctly installed. Tie back long hair and tuck in loose clothing. Wear non-slip footwear. Make sure to use protective hot mitts when moving pots and pans. Take extra care not to splash hot oil; using a splatter guard may help. Turn pot handles inward so that they...

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Cooking in Peace: How to Temporarily Disable Your Smoke Alarm

Cooking in Peace: How to Temporarily Disable Your Smoke Alarm

When was the last time you almost jumped out of your skin because your fire alarm went off while you were cooking or in the shower? If you have a DIY alarm system, its no big deal. But one difference in using DIY vs professional alarm systems is that if you are using a professional system, a false alarm may mean a call from the Customer Monitoring Center. If you do not answer, the fire department will show up, which can be embarrassing. So how do you prevent this? 1. Remove the Battery Removing the battery and putting it back...

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