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20+ places to donate your stuff

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Where do you donate your stuff? Cleaning out your storage or getting ready to move has left you with a stack of items you want to donate. With  HeroSearch.org, you can search for local charities that need the items you want to give away. You can also call local charities to see what items they will accept. Please read and follow the charity’s guidelines when …

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Cooking Techniques: Moist Heat, Simmering

Pan of simmering water

Simmering Temperature is 180° to 200° F A simmer is described as small bubbles rising to the surface that almost twinkle when they pop. This is the temperature slow cookers cook at (or should cook at). An occasional large bubble should not be a problem unless the liquid is thick, then the burner needs to be turned down to prevent …

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Cooking Techniques: Moist Heat, Poaching

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Poaching Temperature is 160° F to 180° F This is the most debated of all moist heat cooking temperatures. Some cooks have poaching as a reduced simmer while others use much lower temperatures. I personally prefer the lower temperatures of between 160° F to 180° F.You should be able to see the water moving in your pan, but bubbles should …

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Cooking Techniques: Moist Heat, Boiling

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Boiling water is 212° F Boiling water is 212° F at sea level. The liquid will have many bubbles bursting all over the surface, and a steady cloud of steam is visible. For a brief science lesson, heating water causes the water to turn to a gas, and the bubbles are the gas rising to the surface. Altitude Effects Boiling …

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Cleaning Up After Pantry Pests

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Eliminating Meal beetles, larva and cockroaches Inspect cupboard for insects Remove everything from the cupboards and inspect the foods stored for signs of infestation. Throw away contaminated food. Promptly carry garbage bag containing tossed food out of the house.You can kill meal bugs by placing food in the freezer at 0 degrees for a week. This is recommended for any …

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Preventing Bugs in Kitchen Cupboards

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Don’t Invite Bugs In Start with what you bring into the house. Inspect your groceries at the store. Look at wax and plastic wrap food items for indications of bugs. Check cardboard boxes, laundry, books and used furniture or appliances coming into the home for signs of infestation. Keep the kitchen clean. Keep dishes, stove top and counters washed after …

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Saving Money on Groceries; Food Inventory

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Why do a food inventory? A food inventory will prevent food waste due to food becoming outdated before you can use it. A food inventory will allow you to purchase items  on sale rather than purchasing them full priced because you “think” you are out. It makes menu planning and cooking easier. Sorting food and tossing expired foods The first …

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How health care reform could impact your tax returns this year and next

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(BPT) – Several key tax law changes in the Affordable Care Act have been implemented in 2013 and 2014. The impact of those changes on federal tax returns due April 15, 2014 and 2015 hinge mainly on your household’s adjusted gross income (AGI) and health insurance situation.   “The impact on this year’s federal tax returns is mainly limited to …

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Winter driving tips

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Tips And Checklist To Make Winter Driving Safer Including An Emergency Kit List It is the season of bad weather conditions for most of the United States. Driving during winter months can be dangerous and it is best to be prepare.   Prepare your car for winter driving Break downs on bitterly cold winter days is more than inconvenient, get your …

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