The Deep Fryer Experiment: A Review of What it Makes That Tastes Great

Having a deep fryer in the kitchen is not first priority for many households, but after our experiment with foods and frying we think it should be. We took some of our favorite foods and recipes to see if they came out any better with this small appliance and were amazed with the results we found:

Potatoes

Potatoes are like air in our house. Baked, mashed, home fried, we have them with almost every meal. French fries however were always saved for take-out unless they were the frozen variety that got baked in the oven. Fresh French fries cooked from scratch however were amazing and a snap to make using the deep fryer. We just sliced the potatoes into strips (keep them wet in salted water) and when the oil was hot enough threw them in.

The potatoes were done when golden brown, about 5 minutes. Let them drain and then place them on a clean cloth to wipe off the excess oil. Check out some reviews on our recommended oil types. Season how you want, and voila! French fries that can compete with McDonalds.

Chicken

Another fast food staple that is hard to duplicate at home. Or at least until you get a deep fryer. We tried a few methods with fried chicken to see which had the best overall crunch and flavor. Batter fried didn’t work that great. I think there you have to freeze the batter onto the chicken and then put it into the fryer still frozen. The only way that would work for me is if the chicken was cooked first, and that takes the fun out of it. Breaded was great though and with the right seasonings you can change up the flavor any way you want.

The favorite deep fried chicken used mustard as the “glue” and a breading that was seasoned slightly with cayenne pepper. This was a deep fried spicy dinner that could have came from the Colonel’s kitchen.

Tempura

Getting kids to eat veggies is always a challenge. A tempura recipe allows you to batter fry them to give a new, crunchy texture and more flavor. The trouble is with batter and the home deep fryer, so make sure if you do this you are prepared to change out the oil after wards. Chunks of the batter will come off and ruin it.

The end result however was delicious vegetable sides that were perfect for dipping. Try using broccoli, red pepper, zucchini and cauliflower. These vegetables worked best with deep frying.

The verdict is that having a deep fryer makes cooking easier and gives you more options. If you are looking for ways to spice up your menu, a deep fryer in the kitchen is a good place to start.

Cracking the Holiday Hint Code of Moms (spoiler alert: I like that scent means buy essential oils)

Moms are tough eggs to crack during the holidays. Usually very secretive about their holiday wish lists, it is up to you to try and figure out what they want on your own.  They are dropping hints all over the place though, you just need to be smart enough to decode them.

“I Never Get to Go Anywhere Fun”

If mom is suddenly lamenting about missing a movie or not trying a new restaurant, pay attention. She is looking for an excuse to go and have some fun guilt free. Give it to her in the form of a gift certificate. “But how do I know where” Pay attention to what she says. If she wants to go out to eat she’ll be mentioning restaurants and food.. a lot. If it’s a concert she is dying to see, she’ll suddenly break out into “Sweet Caroline”. This are all well placed hints meant for you to pick up on and deliver.

“This (insert appliance) Never Works Right Anymore!”

Big hint that she wants a blender, or iPhone or new computer. Whatever it is that is giving her a headache, she wants it to be replaced for the holidays. Check reviews and find the absolute best of whatever it is she wants. Mom deserves it.

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“Do You Smell That?”

Hear you have to pick up your nose and your ears. If she smells a scent on someone else she likes, she will gush about it. My girlfriend has an essential oil diffuser necklace that I got from Amazon and my mom is gushing over it. I actually looked through the site www.scentsationoil.com to find reviews and ratings then got the best one I could find. We keep hearing about how beautiful and unique it is and how nice it makes my girlfriend smell. That one is already under the tree.

“My Car is Making Funny Noises”

This is one for Dad. If it were August and the car was blowing black smoke from the engine, mom wouldn’t notice. Suddenly a belt is acting up and she’s a mechanic? No. She has her eye on a new car for Christmas. Now you and dad just need to figure out what kind.

“I have gained/lost weight this year, none of my clothes fit”

Make a note of what size she thinks she is and get ready to do some clothes shopping. Here’s a hint about how to make mom, or any woman happy, when buying clothes. Always buy a size too small and give her the gift receipt. Trust me. It will avoid the whole “you think I’m fat” conversation.

You know that when it comes to giving, no one does more than mom. Show your appreciation by making sure that you always deliver on a great gift that you know she wants.

What Wireless Dog Fences Work For You

dog fences

Look at this pooch, hey?

Do you love your pet that much that you don’t want it getting harmed or strolling anywhere else but your yard? The good news is that you don’t have to spend time and hard work building those fences if you can now get access to a more convenient and dog friendly way of keeping your best friend safe from harm even if you are not there to watch over it.

Wireless dog fences are economical in a way that you don’t have to perform any construction activities just so you can keep your pets contained. There is a variety of wireless pet fences, reviewed thoroughly over at K9FenceReviews.com (shout out, thanks for the help!) that you can take advantage of to use whenever you want your dog to roam at a certain area without having to be there all the time to watch over it.

Here are a few options for you to consider:

Paws Away for Dogs

This pet barrier is a unique option as compared to other pet containment systems. Although you don’t have to build fences with this, you will still have to bury an underground wire for this type of wireless fence. The range that your dog can roam around can be set up to 16feet in diameter.

This is one handy option when it comes to setting up a barrier where your pets are not supposed to be in. The design of the transmitter looks like a rock as compared to traditional barriers which looks like the usual transmitters that you see. It comes with a collar that will fit your pet dog.

PetSafe Wireless Containment System

Now, if you are looking for a longer range type of wireless fence for your pet dog, you can opt for this PetSafe wireless fence. What makes this different from any other wireless barrier for your pet is that you can set up a barrier which ranges up to one half acre. Since it has a wider range, it allows your pets roam freely on a huge yard whenever they want to.

Havahart Pet Wireless Fence

Another option is the Havahart wireless barrier for your pets. This particular wireless fence is easy to install and has a unique in-home boundary breach alert which is one of its safety features, as well as a safety timeout feature too. You can possibly contain two dogs through this wireless fence and is built for wider areas where the barrier can range up to 11 Acres.

These are only a few options for you to consider when it comes to taking advantage of wireless dog fences. This is a more convenient, safer and dog friendly way to keep your pet contained. So, if you haven’t installed any physical fences yet, then you may want to check out these wireless ones.

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Could you really survive longer with good camping gear?

camping gearWhen you’re out hiking, camping, or backpacking, you are taking a risk with your life, whether you like to think about it or not, so asking yourself whether you could increase your chances of survival with the right camping gear is not a silly question.

When you’re on a hike, miles away from civilization, without a cell phone signal, do you want a cheap pair of hiking boots on or are you more comfortable with a rugged, sturdy, well-made boot with great rubber soles, solid stitching, and excellent waterproofing?

If you’re camping, don’t you want to stay dry with a fully waterproof tent and rain fly? There can’t be anything worse than being out in the sticks, getting soaked and being extremely miserable, wet and freezing, or even developing an illness.

It is true that sometimes you have to pay a bit more to get high quality products, but when you’re doing something in nature that carries a certain amount of risk, you should best prepare yourself to handle that risk, which will give you a greater confidence in your coming back from the trip unharmed.

You should really have a look at www.advensport.com for more information on all the best camping gear, including sleeping bags, tents, camping stoves, backpacking backpacks, and more!

Use your common sense, do some research, and make sure you’re covered before you go out and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer!

 

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Reviewing the Best Portable Fish Finders

fish finderAre you searching for the best portable fish finder but are not sure which one to select? In this article we list the top rated & top selling fish finders. The good thing about portable fish finders is that you are able to take devices with you on any boat or fishing trip. So, whether you are on your own vessel or out with buddies, you will be able to zero in on the best locations to fish.

Best Portable Fish Finders

NorCross HawkEye F33P

This fish finder is presently the most preferred portable fish finder in the Outdoor & the Sports category on Amazon. This fish finder suits your hand & can provide you appropriate reading down to 99.9 ft. It uses an extra wide, twenty-five degree sonar angle of the beam, provides exact depth, fish & bottom structure readings from 1.5-99.9 ft. It works down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit; consists of a mountable, floatable & trollable, sound navigation ranging sensor with thirty-five feet of cable & wire tie-strap. It’s exceptionally simple to use and fits in the palm of your hand. Continue reading

Best Products for Flossing and Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing and flossing is such an integral part of your daily grooming and healthy routine (or at least it should be!) that it absolutely pays to have the best of the best when it comes to the tools you use to clean your mouth.

So many people go out each day and buy the cheapest tooth brush they can find, giving no thought to the fact that these teeth are your only teeth and that if something goes wrong with them it’s going to be painful, costly, and potentially devastating to fix.

Cheap toothbrushes, only brushing once a day, not flossing, not brushing cheeks or tongue, neglecting mouth wash…these things are all terrible examples of bad mouth cleanliness habits.

With so much on the line, you need to do your best to care for your pearly whites and that’s where high quality tooth brushes and a great water flosser come in.

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Great action shot by pau.artigas

Best Tooth Brush

We found that the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is the best you can buy.

It’s relatively cheap (about $40 on Amazon when we last checked), is the best selling tooth brush on said website, and has amazing reviews by nearly 1000 real users of the product.

This sonic tooth brush is highly recommended as a tool to get the best clean possible, and also has a few nice features like a 2 minute timer built in to get you the dentist-recommended tooth brushing time. There are also a few nice things to have that it comes with, including a charger base and a soft carry pouch.

Best Water Flosser

The Waterpik Ultra is the best oral irrigator you can find, and is the best selling product in it’s category on Amazon.

Waterpik is the standard in the water flosser industry, and it’s no wonder that over 5000 real users have left a review, mostly leaving incredibly positive feedback.

Don’t just take our word for it – read a review of the Ultra right here. We wouldn’t recommend anything over this tool, unless you had some seriously extraneous circumstances!

Any thoughts?

Well now you know what we’d pick (and in fact did pick) for our oral cleansing routine. Any thoughts on these suggestions? Where’d we get it right, where’d we go wrong? What do you use?

 

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Andis Professional 04603 Outliner II Personal Trimmer Review

andis outliner iiIt is really a daunting task to shave often almost on a daily basis. If I have the time and some spare cash then I head down to my favorite neighborhood barber.

That is why I am on a constant quest searching for the best beard trimmer that could give me that professionally shaven look and save me a lot of my time and money. Good thing a friend of mine recommended to me the Professional Outliner trimmer made by Andis. My buddy has the clean good stubble look all the time so I guess I got to have this one for myself. I don’t have any doubts about the performance of this personal trimming looking at my buddy.

So I finally purchased my very first personal trimmer from Andis and eager to try it. I was surprised that the motor runs so quiet and remained cool during the whole trimming process. Considering the price of less than $50, this is a great buy for a quality trimmer.

The fine cutting teeth of Andis Outliner trimmer works efficiently in lifting each hair away from the roots for extreme close shave. I can feel each hair strand even the shortest ones being pulled and cut gently without any discomfort. No nips or scratch – unlike before that I have to deal with constant nips and scratches from my previous trimmers. This one is very easy to operate since it has high speed motor cutting my shaving time almost in half. What a time saver!

You can learn more about the Andis and other great trimmers at http://www.beardguide.com.

Sometimes I want to have the fading and the outlining shave appearance that looks quite cool for a dude like me this was somewhat impossible to achieve before since my trimmers are unreliable in providing this styling. But mind you Andis personal trimmer delivered this look to me in a no sweat trimming session that took only a few minutes to achieve. I am totally satisfied with results.

Overall, the Andis outliner trimmer has all the features I need with no complicated details. It does what it supposed to be – clean, close trim that looks neat and professionally done. I highly recommend it for those who want an extreme close shave done the easy way.

 

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best beard trimmer

Five dollars!? That’sa lotta money!

 

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Product Reviews and Why They Matter

When you make a purchase, you want to make sure you’re getting the most value for your dollar. Sometimes it’s about the most inexpensive option, sometimes its about the absolute best money can buy. Either way, you want to make sure that you know what those options actually are. You’ve probably looked at product/customer reviews at some point or another, even if only for major purchases like a car or motor home. What other people’s experiences can teach you when it comes to various items you might buy is invaluable – you can either be saved a lot of money and headache if the review says the product is no good, or you can be confident that your purchase is the right one if the product gets a great review.

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Don’t compare apples to oranges, right?

When a person, company, or website gets a product, does research on it, and reports back on the findings, that is called a product review. You must, of course, be aware of the source, and give more weight to trusted and legitimate businesses or individuals. Some people are just trying to sell you their product and making up a lot of great things about it, without letting you know any of it’s shortcomings. It is important that you find reviews that touch on both positive and negative aspects of whatever you are looking at buying. An honest review with constructive feedback will help you make the right decision, whether you’re looking for shaving products, outdoor equipment or cars (or anything else, for that matter).

So, product reviews can save you time and money when you’re on the hunt for that next great item to make your life even better.

Make sure you compare before you buy!