Foods And Containers You Should Not Use With Microwaves

Panasonic Genius 1250 WattWhile using a microwave can seem straightforward enough, knowing which foods and containers are not compatible with your microwave can save you some mess to clean or a broken microwave. Here are a few of those.

Containers:

If you did not know already, let us reiterate that metal containers are a complete no-no when it comes to microwaves. Some say aluminium can be used but it is best if you keep aluminium out of the microwave as well. Plastic and glass containers can be used as long as they are microwave safe. If the food has its own packaging, read the instructions carefully before thrusting it inside the microwave.

Foods:

The list of foods that cannot be used with a microwave is quite long but let us mention a few of the top contenders. Eggs (boiled or raw) should never be placed inside a microwave unless you want a mess. Grapes, hot peppers and marshmallows should be avoided as well. As a general rule of thumb, vegetables like potatoes, hotdogs or anything else that has a skin should be poked for a few holes before turning the microwave on.

There are of course other do’s and don’ts when it comes to using a microwave properly. Just research those before you start heating up your new microwave oven or visit Oven Shopper for more information on this topic.

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Considerations for Choosing the Best Wine Cooler

Who wouldn’t fancy a glass of chilled wine every now and then? Its crisp taste is welcome especially during or after meals.

What do you use to keep your wine cold? Is it squeezed in next to your fruits and vegetables, cold meats and milk?the Best Wine Cooler

You don’t have to own a wine cellar for you to be able to store several bottles of wine. Did you know that wine refrigerators are a better, and cost effective, alternative? They are fast becoming popular in many houses, and if you are interested in purchasing one yourself, know that there are several things you need to consider first. First off, you need to look at the size of the refrigerator you want to purchase. Is there enough space at home for you to place it in? What kind of space is it? Is it circular, triangular or maybe square? Choose a wine cooler that matches the space you have available for it back at home.

Another thing to consider is your drinking habits. Do you prefer finishing a bottle you’ve opened before you open another one? Or are you the kind of person who enjoys matching your drink to whatever is on the menu on that day? Meaning you have several or more bottles open at the same time? This would mean you need to purchase the best wine refrigerator to store all bottles at the same time, but is important for you to know that larger wine refrigerators consume more space as well as electricity.

Some wine refrigerators come with dual zones, meaning they have sections for different kinds of temperatures. This is especially useful if you are the kind of person who enjoys having a collection of different sorts of wines. Store some in the cooler section, and others in the warmer section to ensure you always have a bottle of wine ready to suit the occasion.

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What Features to Look For in Baby Monitors

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature SensorBaby monitors are considered as a nursery accessory that parents can rely on, in fact, it’s hard to imagine a life without them these days. They can come in handy if your baby’s room is two or three rooms away from your bedroom, but some also have extended reception ranges so they can be used when you’re visiting your neighbours. On top of that, they can be an essential tool if you are staying in a hotel or an unfamiliar environment.

Modern-day baby monitors can do more than just alerting you if your baby is making noise. Some brands and models on the market have features that can check your baby’s temperature, tunes, and night lights, and there you can also find models that allow you to talk to your baby (so called two-way systems) which can be great for soothing them from the comfort of your living room.

Baby monitors with extra features

Some models with extra features come with a hefty price tag. Thus (at least if you’re on a budget), it is important to know whether you really need the extras in order to keep an eye on your baby, because there are thing you can do without. The top-performing models can already offer you the basic things you need, they are easy to use and reasonably priced.

What elements to look for in baby monitors

On the baby’s unit, you will find models that are either operated by attaching it to a power outlet or using a battery. Obviously, battery operation is necessary if you need to use the monitor in areas where power is out, and if you frequently have power outages in your area this should be top of your list as well.

On the parent’s unit you also need mains and battery operation, because in this way you can carry the unit in and around the house. The very least it must have is a volume control, a light display and a belt clip.

Other basic features both units (parent’s and baby’s) must have are battery condition indicator, power-on light, different frequencies, automatic battery back-up and a long cord so it will be easier for you to set the unit up.

Just look for a few baby monitor reviews you can trust, plus of course it is always best to choose a monitor you can afford. This may sound like a ‘duh’ tip, but you’d be surprised to see how much people spend on products just because they have features that sound cool. Really, don’t spend too much and choose a model that can offer you the basics, i.e. to help you monitor your baby while he/she is asleep and you’re in your master’s bedroom or somewhere far away from the nursery room.

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Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor