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Multiple uses of White Vinegar

June 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although many of you may not realize it, white vinegar is a versatile product. It has many uses apart from being used in foods. White vinegar can be made from a variety of foods such as Rice, corn, rye, barley, wheat and even beetroot and potatoes. Basically, it can be made from almost anything that has high starch content.
If you have had your room painted and the paint smell was still lingering on after a few days, you don’t have to resort to expensive air freshening products. White vinegar is quite effective at nullifying smells like that. All you have to do is, open a bottle and leave it in a central location for best results.
White vinegar can also be used to dissuade pets from scratching your furniture or your walls. This is done by simply spraying the area with a little White Vinegar and your pets will never bother that place again. It can also come in handy if they are not trained well and they carelessly litter around the house. After scooping up the mess, just wipe that area with a tissue soaked in White Vinegar and the smell and the stain will vanish.
Besides these uses, White vinegar can also be used in various remedies to cure Hiccups, Dandruff, Sore throat and athlete’s foot. It can be also used to remove stains from glassware, ceramics, windows, refrigerators etc.
As you can see, White vinegar is truly a versatile product that has multiple uses in and around the house.

Toasting Marshmallows

June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Cooking outdoors always involves toasting marshmallows. A bonfire on a summer night will just not be complete without having toasted marshmallows.

However, achieving perfectly toasted marshmallows can be quite a feat. Some people like toasted marshmallows which are lightly warmed, some like it golden brown, while some like it charred.

A properly toasted marshmallow goes through six phases to reach perfection. While the process itself is fairly quick, believe it or not, it is a fairly scientific process, which is outlined here:
1. When the marshmallow is placed on a stick it starts to swell. This swelling is caused by the heat in the marshmallow, which heats up the moisture contained within, making it larger.
2. The moisture contained inside the marshmallow bores little holes through it, in order to allow the steam to escape.
3. The moisture-free marshmallow is now a blob of sugar. The marshmallow is about to start burning at this moment, as the oxygen in the air around it makes a beeline to the surface of the marshmallow.
4. Oxygen from the surrounding air spreads to the outer area of the marshmallow. When it reaches the surface, the oxygen reacts with the carbon, making a blue flame. The correct terminology for this in ‘burning in the diffusion-limited’ mode.
5. Next, carbon dioxide is made by carbon atoms seizing oxygen atoms, which in turn produce first carbon monoxide and then carbon dioxide.
6. The final stage is called the Oxyinterruptus stage. This is what happens when you pull the marshmallow out of the fire, and interrupt the process of oxidization.