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    »Beat the Summer Heat with Crock Pot Cooking«

  • TorontoSEO 8:55 PM on November 1, 2008 Permalink |
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    Beat the Summer Heat with Crock Pot Cooking

    When the weather outside warms up, the kitchen can be a terrible place to be. There are many things you can do however, when it comes to cooking a nice home made meal that doesn’t require traditional stove top or oven cooking. Learn to utilize some of the lesser heat producing equipment in your kitchen, such as the crock pot, in order to truly beat the summer heat and keep your cool while preparing a nice hot meal for friends and family.

    So, how does crock pot cooking really help beat the heat? Simply put, the crock pot in and of itself puts off far less heat when cooking than an oven or stove top. This is the first and possibly the best reason to utilize the crock pot in your summer meal planning. You should also consider the fact that by not heating the house by using your stove top or oven you are also preventing your air conditioning (or other cooling methods) from working overtime in order to compensate for the additional heat that other cooking methods introduce.

    This makes crock pot cooking a win-win situation as the costs involved in operating a crock pot are far less than the costs involved in operating a stove or oven in general. Whether electric or gas, your stove and oven are often serious energy hogs. Add to that the fact that you are not raising the temperature in your home by traditional means of cooking and you are using even less electricity.

    Unfortunately for most, the general consensus has been that crock pots were meant for comfort foods and hearty winter meals. The truth is that the crock pot should be one of your best loved and most often utilized cooking methods if you can manage it. When it comes to cooking with a crock pot, the options are almost limitless. Almost anything that can be baked can be made in the crock pot and many, many more wonderful and enticing meals and treats as well.

    Benefits of Crock Pot Cooking

    In addition to the cost benefits mentioned above when it comes to crock pot cooking there are many other benefits that are well worth mentioning. First of all, the bulk of the work involved in crock pot cooking takes place early in the day when you are refreshed rather than at the end of a hectic work or play day. This means that you are less likely to forget an ingredient or make other mistakes that often occur as we hurriedly prepare a dinner when we are exhausted from the activities of our day.

    Second, many great crock pot recipes include the vegetables that insure we are getting the nutrients we need. So often, when preparing a meal at the last minute, vegetables and other side dishes are left out in favor of expedience. Crock pot cooking in many instances is a meal in one dish.

    Another great reason to use a crock pot for your summertime cooking is the ease of clean up. Unlike pots and pans, most crock pot meals are made in one dish. This means that there will not be mountains of dishes to be either hand washed or loaded into the dishwasher (or if you are like me-both) afterwards. You can spend less time cleaning just as you spent less time slaving over a hot stove. Oh wait! Make that no time slaving over a hot stove. Once clean up is complete you can get back to enjoying the sun set, chasing the lightening bugs with your little ones, or waiting for the first star.

    While there will never be a one size fits all best cooking method, crock pot cooking comes very close. If you have a crock pot collecting dust somewhere in the back of your pantry it is time to get it out, dust if off, and dig up some great summertime crock pot cooking recipes.

     

  • »Camera Bags and Other Equipments for Underwater Photography«

  • TorontoSEO 12:30 PM on November 1, 2008 Permalink |
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    Camera Bags and Other Equipments for Underwater Photography

    Scuba diving is one of the most rewarding hobby or profession that you can ever have. As a hobby, scuba diving is very enjoyable. It is a great way to meet other people as well as take a look at one of nature’s seldom seen environment.

    You have to realize that the earth is covered by 70% water. The unique environments as well as the unique creatures are found underwater. This is why scuba diving is a one of a kind hobby that is very rewarding. Besides, as a scuba diver, you will have a chance to look at these unique environments and creatures that can never be found on land.

    However, you know that it’s not really that much fun when you go scuba diving if you can’t share your experience. This is why underwater photography is very popular for both professional and recreational scuba divers. Unlike regular photography in land, underwater photography is unique. You need different equipments as well as different carrying cases in order for you to take good pictures underwater.

    You have to realize the fact that when you are underwater, the color that you see isn’t really the true color when you take it in land. This is because the very first color that diminishes underwater is the color red. The color is distorted and therefore, will look dull. Because of this, underwater photography has different lenses to adjust the lighting and also the color in order for you to take accurate and clear pictures of the underwater subject.

    Since underwater photography requires different kinds of equipments, you will also need a different kind of camera bag in order for you to better protect these sensitive electronic devices. Underwater photography nowadays will require you to have a digital camera and a specific underwater housing for it in order for you to protect your camera from water, and underwater pressure.

    The camera bags are also very different. It will usually be on a hard camera bag because underwater equipments are extra sensitive. Special underwater lenses are also available for underwater photography. These lenses will be able to give you high quality and true color underwater pictures.

    You also have to realize that light diminishes when you go deeper. In this case, special flashes and lights can be installed together with your underwater camera in order to create the best quality photos possible.

    When purchasing underwater equipments, you have to make sure that the underwater casing, flashes and lights, lenses, and bags are designed specifically for your digital camera. If you purchase the wrong kind of accessory for your digital camera, you won’t be able to get it to work. Getting the right camera bag for your underwater camera equipment is also a must. You should look for a camera bag that has a hard case, waterproof, positively buoyant and one that can fit all of your underwater photography equipments.

    A camera bag for underwater photography equipment should be waterproof because when you disassemble the equipments, the electronic circuits will still be exposed. And, it should be positively buoyant because if you accidentally drop it on the water, it will float and can be easily retrieved.

    You have to realize that underwater photography can require you to invest quite a large amount of money. Obviously, you need to take care of these equipments in order for you to take quality underwater photographs and share them to your family and friends for a very long time.

     
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