How Do You Like Your Ice? (Tips for Buying an Ice Maker)

 

 

Facts to Know Before Buying
an Ice Maker

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Learning about the utility and efficiency of an ice maker can greatly influence your purchasing decision. However, before making the purchase, it is important to learn a few things about an ice maker’s most prominent features. By taking into account a few factors, you will be closer to purchasing the perfect ice maker for your needs.

In a regular food service environment an ice maker machine can function well for about 5 to 8 years, but you could make yours last even longer. TopIceMakerReviews offers its readers advice to help them find the best ice makers on the market, in addition to sharing about similar tools, like the ice crusher. Be sure to read some ice maker reviews to find out which ones are the best on the market, and consider these tips and tricks before purchasing an ice making machine.

1. The Production Rate

This is a basic characteristic that any buyer should consider when shopping for an ice maker. Even if you use it only for summer parties, you do not want the device to produce too little ice and have to wait for a long time while guests are waiting impatiently for more ice. Thoroughly think about your ice requirements to know which device to choose. If buying such a machine for a family restaurant, then you need an ice maker with even higher production rates. However, for home use consider purchasing a device with medium production rate, depending on your particular use of the item.

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2. The Condenser

There are three types of condensers, namely remote air-cooled, water-cooled and air-cooled. An air-cooled condenser is likely to be more efficient than water-cooled. They become more susceptible to production loss, when the incoming water temperatures and surrounding air temperature increase. Generally, water-cooled condensers allow the device to produce ice more consistently regardless of the temperatures. However, these condensers also tend to use a lot of water. On the other hand, the remote air-cooled condenser is famous for being allowed to operate on the roof of your building or outdoors (for larger units like those needed for a family restaurant or small business).

3. Energy Star Qualification

It is very important to purchase an ice maker that is qualified by ENERGY STAR. This way, you make sure the device conserves electricity and water. When purchasing an ice maker be aware that ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are better choices not only for the environment but also for your small restaurant, business or home.

4. Technology

Depending on the brand you choose, the ice machine will provide various technology options. Instead of simply making ice as they are developed to do, there are some machines which have a variety of different functions. There are certain ice machines that allow users to program the ice production while also monitoring the entire activity. This way, users will know whether something goes wrong during the ice making process, allowing them to fix the problem before it turns into an unpleasant incident.

5. The Size of the Ice Machine

Before ordering a device, make sure you have enough space to store it in your desired location. You should place it on your kitchen counter if there is sufficient space to efficiently operate. If you buy an upright or low profile unit, you will be able most likely to fit it in any corner of your kitchen. However, do not forget that certain ice machines will need more clearance on the sides, rear, and top, to allow them to work properly.

 

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6. Ice Style

Did you know that some ice makers allow you to choose among various ice shapes? Users can make ice cubes, octagons, pearls, flakes, nuggets, gourmet ice and half cubes. Each type of ice may be more desirable for certain functions. Think about the utility of the ice to establish the ice style you need or prefer for each occasion. If you only purchase the device to cool the drinks at a family dinner or reunion with friends, then the ice style won’t really matter; however, for instance, if you use it to keep perishable food fresh, you would want to use ice flakes.

There are plenty of features and aspects to consider when purchasing an ice making machine. To make sure it is the right fit for your needs, pay attention to the size, ice production, filter, and condenser. This way you can be sure it will properly function, while improving your summer and allowing you to relax and enjoy your cool summer drinks, making you the best party organizer in the neighborhood.

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21 Refreshing Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberries – there is something about the bright red color, the anticipation of sweet, juicy goodness with that first bite, and the kid-like happiness of enjoying such a fruity delicious treat that leaves me wide-eyed and full of excitement about fresh strawberry season.

Strawberry Plants

When the kids were younger, we often spent time during the growing season visiting local berry farms to gather fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries – tossing them into salads, muffins, breakfast treats, smoothies, and desserts until we’d had our fill, and then tossing the rest of them into the freezer for enjoying later in the year.

As a young teenager, we lived next door to a family who had a large field of strawberry plants, and in exchange for helping them with weeding, mulching, harvesting, our family enjoyed taking home baskets of fresh strawberries when they were ripe and ready for picking. Oh my! Such a treat, especially after having put in the hard work of cultivating and watching them struggle and grow.

(Start growing your own strawberry plants!)

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Strawberry Nutrition

While strawberries are so delicious, juicy and sweet, they are also really good for your health — full of antioxidants, vitamin C , manganese as well as other vitamins and minerals! Because of their fiber content and relatively low carb and sugar content, they are beneficial for heart and brain health and controlling blood sugar levels (good news for diabetics), as well as helpful in protecting our bodies against cancer and sun-damaged skin.

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One cup of fresh strawberries contains less than 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber, just under 12 grams of carbs, about 7 grams of sugar, and strawberries have a low glycemic index value of 40. So, let’s make sure we enjoy some of those strawberries regularly! (Pick up a bag of frozen or freeze-dried strawberries to enjoy when fresh ones are out of season).

Strawberry Recipes

Now let’s get to those amazing 21 everyday refreshing strawberry recipes that your whole family is sure to gobble up and enjoy!

Breakfast

Strawberry Banana French Toast
Diced french bread pieces baked with strawberries, bananas, eggs and milk for a sweet breakfast treat.

Overnight Strawberry Fridge Oatmeal 
Mix ingredients and store in the fridge overnight for a healthy breakfast in the morning.

Whole Grain Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries

 

Breads

Oatmeal Strawberry Bread 
Quick oat bread made with applesauce and strawberries.

Strawberry Bread
Quick bread with strawberries (fresh or frozen) and chopped pecans.

Berry Cream Muffins 
Use strawberries or other favorite berries in these quick, easy muffins.

 

Smoothies

Strawberry Blast Smoothie
Full of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, spinach, and carrots.

Breakfast Berry Smoothie 
Feel free to add other types of berries into this delicious smoothie any time of day.

 

Snacks

Brandied Strawberry Freezer Jam 
Strawberries with a little lemon and brandy, frozen in glass jars (no heavy-duty canning skills needed).

Nutty Strawberry Chicken Drumsticks 
Braised chicken pieces baked with almond butter and strawberry preserves.

Cool Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips 
Cinnamon tortilla chips served with strawberry, kiwi, cucumber salsa.

 

Salads

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds 
Texas 4H recipe with tricolor quinoa, strawberries and homemade citrus dressing.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberries and Strawberry Vinaigrette 
Simple summer salad that’s refreshing and delicious.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad 
Strawberries, romaine, and red onion topped with homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Beverages

Strawberry Basil Soda 
Mocktail made with strawberries, basil, lemon juice and sparkling water.

Strawberry Agua Fresca
Jazz up your water with strawberries, mint, and a little lime.

Strawberry Lemonade Cooler 
Fresh lemon juice with fresh strawberries make a refreshing treat.

 

Desserts

Strawberry Shortcake from Bonefish Grill 
Copycat recipe dessert of shortcake biscuits with strawberries and cream with a sprig of mint.

Easy Strawberry Pie (similar to Shoney’s)
Fill a pie shell with strawberries, strawberry jello, and cream for a cool treat.

Strawberry Balsamic Frozen Yogurt 
Strawberries, yogurt, honey and balsamic vinegar make a delicious frozen dish.

Strawberry Crisp 
Strawberries topped with oat crisp topping and baked to perfection.

 

Remember you can save and keep all your favorite recipes right here in your own digital recipe box and online cookbook at Dish Dish, so you can add ingredients to your grocery list, share recipes with friends and family, and always find the recipe when you need it! What are your favorite strawberry recipes or fun memories of picking strawberries as a family? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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The Importance of Morning Rituals

 

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We all have a morning routine.
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Whether you struggle to get up with your alarm, skip your shower, and end up eating a slice of toast on the way to work, or you’re always up with plenty of time to enjoy a balanced breakfast, it’s a routine. The only difference is that while the second option can leave you feeling motivated and energetic, the first is likely to drain your emotional and physical health.

There’s a reason why successful people spend so much time perfecting their morning routines. It’s not because they’re eccentric, or OCD. Successful people make sure they have the time to shower, browse through their emails, and enjoy a freshly-brewed cup of coffee each day, because it reduces the friction and stress in their lives.

The less you must panic about getting everything done on time, the more you can focus on what you do best. If it always feels as though there’s never enough time in your day, it might be time to set up your own morning ritual.

Why Bother with a Morning Ritual?

At a basic level, a morning ritual gives you a reason to get out of bed every morning. From the moment you wake up, you’ll know what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. That means that you start your day as productively as possible.

Here are just some of the major benefits of a good morning ritual:

1.   It Sets the Tone for the Day

Remember the last time you snoozed your alarm and had to rush out of the door without breakfast? Your day started with a negative tone, defined by chaos and discomfort. The chances are, the lack of energy you felt from your missed breakfast stuck with you all the way through to lunch. On the other hand, when you wake up at the right time, and do the tasks that make you feel good each morning, you set up a positive tone for the rest of the day. A morning ritual is all about starting on the right foot.

2.   It Boosts your Productivity

A morning ritual doesn’t have to be a lengthy process. You might set aside 20 to 30 minutes each morning where you can read through your personal messages, enjoy a nice cup of coffee, and eat a few healthy snacks before work. The time you give yourself before you go to work helps you to accomplish positive things that will make you feel more focused and productive by the time you arrive at the office.

Completing your morning ritual can even make you feel successful and accomplished. When you feel that way first thing in the morning, it gives you the energy to get through the rest of your day happily too.

3.   It Protects your Mental and Spiritual Health

A good morning ritual simply helps you to become a better version of yourself. With a little deep breathing and meditation on a morning, you can banish stress and set yourself up for spiritual well-being. You might even use your extra time for a quick workout to improve your physical health, too.

Additionally, a study from the American Psychological Association found that following a morning routine reduces feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, while boosting feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

How to Start your Own Morning Ritual

If you want to tap into all the benefits of a morning ritual – the good news is that it doesn’t have to be tough. We all have things that we like to do first thing in the morning. The thing you should keep in mind with your morning ritual is that you’re trying to set yourself up for a positive day. To put your morning ritual in place:

•    Write a list of the things you’d like to accomplish each morning

•    Figure out how much time it will take to do everything on your list

•    Adjust your waking time to accommodate your ritual (without giving yourself less than 8 hours sleep)

•    Try your ritual and see how well it works

•    Adjust if necessary

Remember, you’ll need to give yourself some time to get used to a new morning routine. However, if yours doesn’t feel like it’s working for you, feel free to adjust until it does! With the right strategy, the days when you used to rush out of bed, forget breakfast, and struggle to concentrate at work can be a thing of the past.

With a good morning ritual, you can add extra joy and comfort to your day, by eliminating the panic of a rushed start, and ensuring you launch your mornings on the right foot.

 

Bio:  Cassie is a freelance blogger and wellness enthusiast who likes to spend her days finding new ways to bring a little joy to people’s lives. She’s a firm believer in the importance of self-care, and regularly practices yoga and meditation. When she’s not writing, she can be found practicing her yoga poses, reading up on the latest health trends, or enjoying a fresh cup of delicious coffee.

 

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Summer Fun Days Giveaway

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This month we have partnered with a few other local businesses to provide a fun summer days giveaway of items that will help you relax and enjoy your summer (and with the fruit slicer tools – the kids can pitch in and have fun helping in the kitchen prepping fruits and veggies for meals or guests).

First up is the Dreams Need Wings inspirational coloring book – filled with beautiful images, inspiring quotes, journaling pages, and tips for decluttering your mind and home, all in a bound book that will lay flat for easy coloring! So grab a few coloring pencils or markers and get ready to relax and color your world while being inspired by this fun gift.

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Next item in the giveaway package is a 5-Fruit Slicer gadget set provided by Dish Dish. This terrific gadget set includes a pineapple peeler / corer, strawberry huller, watermelon slicer, melon baller and v-tool, as well as an avocado tool for splitting, pitting, and slicing avocados. All gadgets are dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up, too!

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Our friends over at SkinBasix have thrown in a skin care set that includes a fluffy body scrubber, an Osmosis lip balm to protect your lips for the summer, and an eye mask for calming and soothing those tired eyes, refreshing them for your next summer party. Can anyone say relax?!?

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Susan Jones with Premier Jewelry is sending our lucky winner a pair of these beautiful tassel earrings that can be worn either with the single gem stud or with the tassels added on for some fun flair this summer.

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Last but not least, our giveaway winner will receive a Monat Super Moisture Masque! Does the summer time dry out your tresses? Super Moisture Masque treatment will rescue your hair and provide nourishing moisture replenishment to restore dry, dull, brittle hair to its soft, silky condition, helping you look and feel fabulous this summer.

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We hope you enjoy some time to yourself and with family and friends this summer season, whether traveling or enjoying a nice staycation – here’s to relaxing, having fun, playing games, enjoying each other, and making great memories this summer!

 

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Watermelon Summer Salad

 

 

Easy Dinner Recipe for Quick Tilapia Tacos {Video}

 

 

Easy Tilapia Tacos Recipe and Video

 

Fish tacos are so simple and easy to make, as well as quick (even if your fish is frozen), so you can have a healthy meal on the table in no time even on a hectic weeknight with the whole family.

I love doing fish tacos with tilapia, because the fillets are thin enough that even if I haven’t thawed them out ahead of time, I can thaw them in the sink in some cold water, and still get dinner on the table pretty quickly, since they also don’t take long to cook.

If you need to thaw the fish fillets, set them to thawing, and then gather your tortillas and taco toppings or garnishes so you’re all ready to go.

I recommend serving them with some cabbage slaw or salad mix with shredded carrots (I just really like the crunch and color) as well as your favorite crumbled or grated cheese (queso fresco, pepper jack, or Mexican blend), sliced avocado, sour cream, some lemon or lime to squeeze over the fish after cooking, and your favorite salsa.

 

Tilapia Tacos Easy Dinner Recipe

 

Meantime, this is a great task for the kids to help with – prepping the toppings – or set them to work getting out the plates and silverware so the table is ready for dinner, too.

We will need a dab of butter for cooking the fish, some seasoning (I like to use Fajita or Blackening seasoning for more kick), and / or salt and pepper, to taste.

 

 

Once the fish is thawed, melt the butter in a hot skillet, season your fillets, and cook them about 3-4 minutes on each side (or a little more or less depending on the heat of your skillet) until cooked through and starting to lightly brown.

In another skillet over medium-high heat, heat up your tortillas one at a time, turning after a few seconds on each side, so they’re warm and soft for your dinner.

 

 

Then if you’re serving family style, heap the fish fillets on a large platter, squeeze a little lemon or lime juice over them, set out the hot tortillas and prepared toppings, and let everyone dig in!

Enjoy your quick, healthy, simple but enjoyable family dinner — and let everyone share a memory from their day.  (See Printable Recipe Here)

 

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Other Seafood Recipes You Might Enjoy

Oceanaire’s Seafood Room Style Maryland Crab Cakes

Honey Orange Marinated Salmon

Shrimp and Pasta Toss with Tomato Salsa Cruda

Crunchy Cod with Bacon