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Saturday, May 12, 2018

18 Ways To Buy Fish Without Getting Soaked

1.Take a whiff as you approach the counter You should smell ocean brine or
nothing at all.  If you smell a fishy odor, walk away. The store does not pay attention
to freshness or cleanliness.

2. Examine whole fish on display even if you only want fillets -The fishes eyes should be
bright and clear, not cloudy. Scales should be shiny and metallic looking, not dull. If you can touch the fish, gently press its flesh. If it is fresh, the depression you create will quickly disappear. It’s not a good store if there are past their prime fish on display.

3.Look for liquid in packaged fish fillets Tip a few packaged fish fillets to one side. If you see liquid sloshing around, the fillet had been sitting around too long. Those juices that have escaped the fish as it aged and dried out.

4. Eye the ice in the fish display cases - The ice should look clear. If its cloudy or yellow, it’s likely not changed very often which is not a good sign.

5. At the supermarket, ask to speak to the fish manager - If the manager is summoned from the meat department, it’s another sign to shop elsewhere. If the store has a separate fish manager, ask,
“What’s the freshest fish you have today?”

6. Notice fish department traffic - The more customers a seafood department has, the faster it turns over inventory and the fresher the seafood.

7. Seek out fish markets that cater to immigrants from seafood loving nations-If there is a market in the area that cater to people from Portugal, Korea, Vietnam or Italy, it’s likely a great place to buy seafood.

8. Look for a slight blue tint in white flesh fish- A white flaky fish such as cod, flounder or haddock should be translucent or such brilliant white that it seems to have a bluish tint.

9. Watch the sell by date- Prepackaged fish should have a sell by date. You want to buy fish that’s at least 2 days or more away from that date.

10. Don’t be afraid of frozen - When it comes to seafood, fresh is best only if you live near the fish was caught. Otherwise, you’re better off buying frozen. especially when the fish is vacuum packed and flash frozen. That means it was frozen immediately after coming out of the water.

11. Lean towards seafood that is sold in thick steaks -The higher a piece of seafood ratio of volume to surface area, the better it’s likely to hold up over time whether fresh or frozen. All else being equal, that means the best bet for freshness often is large fish that’s cut into steaks, which might include
tuna, swordfish, salmon or Chilean sea bass. To a lesser extent ,tuna and Chilean sea  bass have  high
mercury levels so they should not be eaten frequently. They should be avoided by children and pregnant women.  

12. Avoid seafood imported from Southeast Asia - Fishing industry standards are not as reliable as in North, South and Central America. So avoid seafood from Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and China.
Also, mostly all tilapia and shrimp sold in the US comes from Southeast Asia. So it should be avoided.
Yet, it is possible to find shrimp from Mexico, Venezuela or the US Gulf coast. You should also avoid exotic or obscure fish unless you have great trust in the store.

13. Don’t skip fish that’s on sale - Sometimes fish that’s on sale is the freshest fish in the store because there have been big recent catches and distributors must slash prices to move inventory.

14. Only buy shell fish that grew up in northern waters This is important if you plan to eat it raw.
Oysters and mussels from Atlantic Canada and New England are excellent options.

15. Ask for ice for the trip home - Seafood can degrade quickly in the time it takes to get home from the store especially on hot days. Most stores will provide a bag of ice on request.

16. Store seafood on ice in your fridge - Unless your cooking the seafood as soon as you get home,
fill a container with ice and put the seafood on this bowl in your fridge. Always wrap the seafood in plastic wrap first if it’s not sealed well. The ice provides additional cooling since seafood is best stored at around 28F which is colder than a fridge.

17. Defrost frozen seafood in the fridge -This takes longer than at room temperature but it’s way safer since it decreases the risk of contamination. Defrosting in the fridge leads to tastier seafood since defrosting at room temperature looses too much liquid and takes a lot of flavor with it. The ideal time to cook seafood that has been frozen is when it is no longer rigid but you can still feel tiny ice crystals in its flesh. If you wait until the ice crystals melt, some flavor will be lost even if you defrost in the fridge.

18. Don’t let seafood sit around even if frozen - Even frozen, most fish should be keep tightly wrapped and positioned in the back of the freezer where it’s coldest. Then it should be used within one month for the best flavor.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Natural Carpet Cleaning Can Help the Princeton Environment And You

Regardless of whether you are a stay-at-home Princeton parent or a parent that works all day, keeping a home, pets and youngsters safe is a major concern.You do your best to keep your home spotless and free of  poisons and chemicals to keep your living condition sound. Keeping rugs clean can be a battle with a bustling family; an awesome alternative for you to consider for your floor coverings is natural cover cleaning.

Natural cleaners are made of 100% citrus components , dissimilar to some cleaning formulas that are brimming with  chemicals that can be destructive to you, your family and pets. When you switch your cleaning  to  natural solutions, you are likewise helping the earth. When regular cleaning chemicals are employed, those chemicals  will be discharged into the air, water or soil. When this happens, the nature of the earth will diminish, making it hard for vegetation to develop and grow.

Utilizing natural cleaners will help the future ages of your family.  In this day and age numerous pesticides are utilized as a part of our cleaning items, as well as in the nourishment we eat each day. Bringing down the measure of pesticides utilized will help our bodies. From the time we are babies our bodies are presented to the pesticides found on nourishment we eat. Natural agriculturists don't utilize pesticides on their crops, improving the taste.

Here at Allstate, we utilize a low dampness, plant construct natural cleaner in light of your floor coverings and textiles. This cleaning arrangement has been intended to haul out any soil, microorganisms, smell or stains that have been set into your carpets. As the solutions interacts with your fibers, the natural chemicals inside the cleaner will enact and pull the stains up easily. The most valuable part, your rugs will be dry in around 60 minutes. The reason your rugs will dry so quickly is because of the low measure of dampness the cleaner contains.

Natural carpet cleaning is being utilized increasingly by Princeton families, not only for the well being and security it gives, yet additionally for the cost and the short measure of time it takes to  dry their rugs. Once your rugs and textiles are cleaned naturally , you won't need to stress over your family being exposed to  cleaning companies that use harsh chemicals. Sparing nature is the future for our youngsters. Begin helping now by utilizing natural items in your home having your floor coverings professionally cleaned by a certified natural textile cleaner. For more details about non-toxic carpet, upholstery , floor and drapery cleaning in Princeton and the surrounding areas  visit  www.AllstateCleaning.Com

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Brain Dead Easy Ricotta Cheese Recipe You Can Make At Home

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat milk and salt over medium-high heat. Scrape and stir while milk is heating to avoid a cooked milk layer on bottom of pan. 


2. When milk begins to simmer (or registers 165-185 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), add vinegar, reduce heat to low and stir constantly until curds rise and separate from liquid whey, 1-2 minutes.


3. Remove pan from heat and spoon (don’t pour) curds into a sieve lined with a double layer of paper towels. Drain to desired consistency: 5 minutes for a more liquid result, up to 2 hours for something firmer.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

How To Avoid Fake Olive Oil

Do you know that your extra virgin olive oil is probably fake, thanks to the Mob? Did you know that the Mafia is making a small fortune selling fake olive oil or that olive oil is a $1.5 billion dollar industry in the United States alone? In fact, olive oil is currently Europe’s most adulterated agricultural product! 70% of the extra virgin olive oil sold is adulterated — cut with cheaper oils.

Many olive oil scams involve straightforward mixing of low-grade vegetable oils, flavored and colored with plant extracts and sold in tins and bottles emblazoned with the Italian flags or paintings of Mount Vesuvius, together with the folksy names of imaginary producers. More sophisticated scams,  typically take place in high-tech laboratories, where cheaper oils of various kinds, made from olives, but also from seeds and nuts, are processed and blended in ways that are extremely difficult to detect with chemical tests

Mob Controlled Olive Oil

Olive oil racketeering is one of the Italian Mafia’s most lucrative businesses. Their success can be measured by the fact that most olive oil sold is either adulterated or completely fake. In fact  two-thirds of all extra virgin olive oil is fake!

Since genuine olive oil is costly and time consuming to produce, yet easy to adulterate but difficult to detect the real from the fake and in high demand, producing fake olive oil would prove to be an enormous moneymaking enterprise for Mafioso fraudsters. In the original Godfather novel, protagonist Don Vito Corleone was known as the " olive king" but did you know his character was based on a real-life olive oil mobster named Joe Profacani?

 Olive oil has been highly valued as a food and as a medicine in Mediterranean culture for over 2,000 years. During Roman times, per-capita consumption of olive oil was estimated to be up to fifty liters a year.The most coveted type of olive oil is extra virgin. 

In chemical terms extra virgin olive oil is described as having a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams and a peroxide value of less than 20 milliequivalent O2. It must be produced entirely by mechanical means without the use of any solvents, and under temperatures that will not degrade the oil .

The following brands which were labeled extra-virgin failed to meet extra-virgin olive oil standards:

 Bertolli• Carapelli• Filippo Berio• Mazzola• Mezzetta• Newman’s Own• Pompeian• Rachel Ray• Safeway• Star• Whole Foods

These brands did meet extra-virgin olive oil standards:

 Corto Olive• California Olive Ranch• Kirkland Organic• Lucero (Ascolano)• McEvoy Ranch Organic

Sunday, August 27, 2017

How To Increase Your Home’s Value By $16,0000 For $200

A new analysis of more than 32,000 home pics showed a home value increase just by painting the walls in popular colors.

Paint  your front door navy blue and watch your home value rise by $1500. To rack up another $1500, make sure the home exterior is and mix of gray and beige. Then pocket an extra $1800 in value by painting the kitchen walls in light blue or soft gray blue.

Switch our your living room walls to light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal and watch your home’s value soar another $1800. Then cover the bedroom walls in light cerulean blue or cadet blue and score another $1800 in worth.

Then do the dining room walls in slate blue, pale gray blue or navy blue and notch up another cool $1900 in value. Then paint the bathroom in light powder blue to periwinkle and watch your home’s value jump another $5400. A few hundred dollars in paint, some elbow grease and  get ready to score an extra $16,000 when you sell your house.   


5 High Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A College Degree

5 High Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A College Degree

Not everyone wants to go to college.

The mere idea of spending four or more years trudging between university lecture halls, writing papers and taking exams is more than some people can bear — not to mention the cost of tuition, and the burden of student-loan debt.

While it’s often thought that those who opt out of college limit their employability, career options and earning potential, that’s not necessarily the case.

“There are plenty of great jobs that pay well for people who don’t have degrees. At the end of the day, she  college degrees don’t make or break careers. When people ask managers what was special about their best hires, the answers tend to be things like “she’s a team player” or “he shows initiative.”
“It’s never about whether they went to college, or where.

What jobs are we talking about? We looked at data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Glassdoor, Indeed.com and LinkedIn, and then cross-checked the data with hiring managers to make sure they had actual vacancies.

So here are the hottest jobs that don’t require a degree.

App developers

There are more than 3 million apps available in the Google Play store and more than 2.2 million in Apple’s app store, never mind the millions on Facebook. Each one has been coded by someone. Someone who doesn’t necessarily have a college degree or even a reputation for being a geek.

Everyone can, and should, learn to code in 15 weeks or less. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for an app developer is $97,789.

Administrative services managers

It pays to excel in minding other people’s business — their calendars, agendas, mail, meetings, priorities — and orchestrating details so that everything runs smoothly. It’s not the kind of thing you study in college, but something that you learn to do on the job..

You might start as an executive assistant or in customer services, and then become an office manager.
The people who get to the next rung of that ladder are especially in high demand, reports Indeed.com.

Administrative services managers can earn as much as $110,000 in big cities..

Loan officers

Sure, to work in banking you have to be good at math, but what you learned in high school may be enough to start you off in the lending industry.

And while the starting pay might be under $20 an hour,  Glassdoor data says  loan officers can earn more than $139,000.

Certified computer professionals

It’s an absolute myth that you have to have a degree in computer science to earn a healthy living working in the tech industry.

Not only that, but having the right certification will give you a leg up on people who only have bachelor’s degrees because passing the exam is proof that you have the skills.

Anyone can sign up and take a course, although six to 12 months of actual lab experience is recommended. Workers who have the basic CompTIA+ certification, for example, earn around $50,000. Add a second certification, and your paycheck goes up to $80,000. Pre-certification courses are available nationwide and online. The average salary in the industry is $108,900.

Sales managers

Good business-to-business salespeople are hard to find. Those who consistently meet their quotas are rare. So while some companies list a degree as a prerequisite for employment, they will sometimes forgo the requirement for recruits who are perennially successful and can deliver.

“If a hiring manager is in a hurry to fill a role and needs to choose between a person who can eat the competition for lunch and a person who has a degree, they’ll choose the closer.

Sales managers in big cities earn an average of $89,238, reports Indeed.com, with a few superstars making more than $200,000.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Nine Things Happy People DON'T Do

1. Happy people DON’T blame other people for their problems.
If we take responsibility for our problems, then we take responsibility for
solving those problems.

2. Happy people DON’T react to the present moment.
If we catch ourselves fearing that a negative recent event is devastating or
is? permanent, we should ask ourselves, what can we learn from this? Or
how can we become wiser and /or stronger from this?

3. Happy people DON’T use negative language. If we catch ourselves
using negative language toward ourselves and others, we should mentally
re-write the story we’re telling.  An example would be if we think we look
awful each time we notice wrinkles, we should learn to respect the wrinkles
as signs of wisdom and experience.

4. Happy people DON’T feel trapped. When we feel trapped by circumstances
we should ask ourselves how we can manage ourselves better.

5. Happy people DON’T focus on a single passion or relationship. They
usually have multiple hobbies, belong to multiple clubs or organizations ,and
socialize with a broad range of different friends and acquaintances.   

6. Happy people DON’T dwell on past failures. When an old failure comes
to mind, we should think about how we re-bounded from it, when we learned from
it or what we could learn from it.

7. Happy people DON'T spend more time than necessary around unhappy people.
We should avoid unhappy people. When we must spend time among them, we should
 it as a learning experience . Then we should try to discover what makes these people so
miserable so we can manage and identify similar tendencies in ourselves.

8. Happy people DON’T gossip. If they are told something in confidence, they keep
it secret. If they have something critical to say about a person, they either say it directly
to the person or they  don’t say it all. Instead, if we feel the urge to talk about someone
behind their back, we should ask ourselves, How can we use this time to improve our
own lives? 

9. Happy people DON’T procrastinate. They usually get unpleasant tasks over with
so they can move on to happier things.  They understand that putting off an unpleasant
task doesn’t make it any more unpleasant.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Impress Summer Picnic Guests With No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

This airy, mousse-like treat blends the tartness of Key lime pie with the richness of cheesecake. Its graham-cracker crust sets in the freezer rather than the oven, and the traditional whipped-cream topping is folded right into the filling, along with fresh citrus juice and zest, cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk. Chill it overnight, and wake up to a world of bliss.


  • 1 cup finely ground graham crackers (from 9 crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh Key lime juice, plus 2 teaspoons grated zest (from 16 limes), and thinly sliced lime rounds for serving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


  • Whisk together cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Stir in butter until mixture resembles wet sand and holds together when squeezed. Press evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze until firm, 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and condensed milk on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add lime juice, zest, and vanilla. Beat 1 minute more.
  • In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into cream-cheese mixture. Pour over chilled crust; smooth top with an offset spatula. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 12 hours and up to 3 days.
  • Run a knife along cake's edge before releasing sides of pan, then under bottom to loosen. Serve, garnished with lime rounds.