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Quick Guide To Making Dried Food During Lockdown

The lockdown has been a real challenge for everyone, but it seems especially difficult for foodies like me. Before we had all been told to stay at home, I was used to eating in restaurants two or three times a day. Fast food or fine-dining—that did not matter as long I had good food on my table. However, no thanks to the pandemic, my favorite restaurants had to close, and I was forced to start getting groceries and preparing meals for myself.

At first, I must admit that it was bearable. I cooked pasta and chicken dishes on week #1, and they all turned out decent. The problems only rolled in the second week when my raw ingredients showed signs of going bad. The apples had brown spots, the potatoes grew molds, and the beef was already smelling awful in the refrigerator. When I relayed my dilemma to Mom, she suggested drying food.

Food Drying

Dried food is the end product of a food preservation process in which the fruits, meat, and vegetables get dehydrated to increase their shelf life. Many individuals believe that the drying method has originated from the Asian countries where the bacteria can develop on foods due to the hotter temperature and make it inedible after several days. Thousands of years have gone by since then, and the world has witnessed how this procedure has slowly modernized.

The Process

People have once needed air or sunlight to make dried food, but now all you need are electricity and a freeze dryer or a dehydrator.

The food dehydrator follows the same principle of the ancient drying process. It uses heat and warm air to evaporate the high amount of water stored in the food. To properly dry fruits and meat, the appliance has to be at a temperature a bit higher than 130 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively.

Meanwhile, in the freeze-drying method, the foods are supposed to become icy in the beginning so that its water content will freeze. Once that happens, they will undergo the sublimation process wherein the frozen water turns to gas. It is said to be abetter dehydration technique because it can preserve the texture and taste of the food more.

Pros 

The drying procedure prevents other food from getting spoiled early. You can store dried food in a completely airtight place for years, and it will still be good to eat.

You can dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meat in large batches to avoid needing to purchase groceries for a while. It can save you from spending on transportation and continuously buying foodstuff that will not last for even a month. Aside from that, you will have the chance to consume certain items that may not be in season.

Since most foods are mainly made up of water, dehydrating them will leave you with tiny pieces of vegetables and fruits that are easy to pack in a small space. That is advantageous for those who live in small apartments and have little room to spare for food stocks.

Cons

It can take hours to rehydrate dried food once you are ready to eat it. Regardless if you open the container and allow air to come in, it will not be enough because the ingredient lost most–if not all–of its water content.

The natural drying process involves the abundant use of preservatives such as salt and sugar as well. Thus, it can be dangerous for people who suffer from diabetes or heart diseases.

Final Thoughts

The cost of fresh goods often fluctuates due to the oil price market changes. However, if you have enough dried food at home, you will not have to bother going to groceries, especially during the lockdown. You may also survive without opening canned goods or ordering ready-made food again. 

Overall, dehydration is a tedious yet rewarding method of preserving foods that you should try while staying at home. Good luck! 

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Quantum Physics Simply Explained

 

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Participants of the 2019 Amo Seminar were amazed at how much they learned from the guest speakers and by the virtual web discussions prepared by the organizers of the event. Professors, as well as students from the Physics department of different universities, attended the seminar with hopes of getting a clearer understanding of the challenging field of quantum physics and concepts related to it. The guest speakers did not fail them with their thorough discussions of optomechanics, quantum dynamics, far-from-equilibrium physics, among others.

Quantum Physics Defined

Quantum physics is the study of energy and matter and how they behave at a nuclear, molecular, atomic, and microscopic level. Quantum means ‘how much,’ referring to units of energy and matter that are observed and foreseen in quantum physics. Space and time as well have probable values.

The Essence Of Quantum Physics

In the field of quantum physics, exploring something does influence the physical processes going on. Matter can quickly move from one place to another without actually going through the interceding space, which is referred to as quantum tunneling. Similarly, information shifts abruptly across varying distances. In quantum mechanics, for example, we now know that the whole universe is indeed a series of possibilities. Luckily, it does fall apart when handling large objects.

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Quantum Optics is a division of quantum physics that centers mainly on the characteristic of photons or of light. In relation to quantum optics, the characteristic of each photon is connected with the outcoming light, contrary to classic optics, as invented by Newton. The concept of lasers is one example of quantum optics.

 

 

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How Baking Ensures Sanity During Quarantine

I have always been interested in learning how to bake. Baguettes, cakes, brownies, macarons—I love them all and want to know how they’re made. Unfortunately, I never really had enough time for such a time-consuming hobby due to my work in the corporate world. Hence, for a few years, I allowed that idea to take the backseat so that I could keep on building my career.

Just when I thought that 2020 would be my busiest year, though, the coronavirus outbreak took over the world. A lot of countries, including the US, listened to the experts’ advice that the people would be safest inside the house at this time. They also encouraged businesses that did not offer medical or food services to remain closed in the meantime.

Given that my company provides neither of those services, all of us have been mandated to work from home. Sometimes, I need to complete some paperwork online or attend conference calls. But most of the time, I have nothing to do, and it bothers me.

I only felt like myself again when I rediscovered my interest in baking. Here’s how it has helped me ensure that I will come out sane after the quarantine.

It Is Exciting To Learn New Recipes

Every morning, I tend to spend almost an hour on my phone. It is not to stalk my friends on Instagram or Facebook but to find out what new pastry or dessert I can recreate. I know it sounds a little dorky to admit it, but I do become excited whenever I get to follow the instructions for a new recipe.

This occurrence entails that my body is producing enough happy hormones to allow me to feel this way. Otherwise, I may stay in my room all day long, watching movies that I don’t even care about just to pass the time.

Kneading Is An Effective Stress Reliever

If you have never kneaded dough before, allow me to describe how it feels. Some doughs (say, for doughnuts) are soft and sticky, and it is as satisfying as handling slime. Other doughs (say, for pizza) are drier and denser than the latter, so you need to use your muscles to make it real smooth.

Every time I feel stressed about anything, I start kneading dough. It is a useful stress reliever, in the sense that all your attention will be directed to it. Your brain will then get distracted and prevent you from thinking about your stressors. If you are upset, punching the dough is an acceptable part of the kneading process, so feel free to do it.

Knowing That You Have Created Something From Scratch Is Fulfilling

When I obtain baking supplies, I ignore the boxes of cake or brownie mix on the shelves on purpose. I know what they taste like from childhood; I am aware of how easy my life will be in the kitchen if I get them. However, I have experienced the joy of creating something from scratch, and I will never exchange that for a shortcut.

Indeed, it is rewarding to measure and combine the ingredients by yourself. You can accept all the praises that the folks who like your creation may throw at you because you have genuinely made it. Even if baking is way different from your work, the sense of fulfillment that it offers may be enough to help you endure the quarantine.

Final Thoughts

Who said that you need to go to a culinary school before learning how to bake? If you have the passion and the tools to make a cake, bread, and other pastries, you should do it. Baking may be the hobby that will let you stay sane while waiting for the quarantine to end, after all.…

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The Importance Of Milling In Some Of Our Basic Needs

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Over 200 milling professionals were present at the 2018 Southeast Asian Event, one of the biggest so far. The two-day conference and expo will be packed with forums and discussions on educational programming, presentation of new products, and a sharing of insights from various industry leaders. Other participants also get to take advantage of current and updated innovations that were displayed during the expo, as tabletop display spaces were provided for those who brought their products and wanted to explain their other services as well. Most of these products were related to milling, brands like Henry Simon and Dupont.

In relation to this, we will discuss briefly the milling process in some of our basic needs, such as flour, cereal, and sugarcane.

Cereal. Processing cereal is not simple, but the main procedure involves milling. The grains are ground so that the cereal can be cooked quickly. It is not eaten raw, but it also undergoes wet and dry milling to complete the whole process.

Flour. The purpose of milling here is to break up the kernel portions from the endosperm. In the whole process of producing wheat flour, every part of the kernel is being used.

Sugarcane. Processing sugarcane takes a lot of procedures, but the essential process involves the extraction of the juice through milling or diffusion, clarification, evaporation, crystallization, and separation, and drying up of the crystals.

Rice. Milling techniques utilized in most Asian countries are conventional. However, in countries like Japan, the mills are large and modern. It used to be that paddy hulling was done by hand, through the mortar and pestle, but there have been new developments that have improved rice milling in rice-producing countries.

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Beer. For water to be extracted efficiently, malt should be milled. Traditionally, the milling process involved using stones that were manually driven or animal power. However, modern brewing now utilizes mechanically driven mills.

 

 

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The Models of Business Innovation

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The Philippines welcomed hundreds of attendees from their neighboring counties at the 2018 Southeast Asian event. It was an opportunity to display new products and innovations from each country that was present during the conference. It brought together business professionals that were eager to share their ideas and, in turn, learn from the other sectors and bring what they have learned back to their own countries. But as a whole, the conference was all about the importance of business innovation.

Business Innovation is the introduction of new services, products, and processes to provide a positive change in their enterprise or businesses. This can either be from their current methods or techniques, or this could start from scratch. The ultimate objective is to restore one’s business and make a better value to increase productivity and growth.

Business innovation is important because of one primary reason: value. For one’s business to survive, the business owner must keep on innovating and growing. Those who have achieved in their businesses through innovation only means that they have found new revenue resources and utilizing their available networks to increase their profits further. Companies that have done this have surpassed their competitors.

Business Innovation Models

Business Model. This will need the enterprise or company to be able to identify which products or services they could reinvent to innovate to increase profitability. This may mean the formation of new partnerships or applying new technology.

Revenue Model. If a company’s main objective is to increase their profit, then most companies prefer to create a new revenue model as a solution. This may involve re-evaluating their services or products and perhaps doing something about their pricing technique. Innovation does not need to be absolute or thorough. Often, one may only need to tweak one area of their business to obtain positive results.

 

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Industry Model. This is the most thorough model in business innovation. Most companies that utilize this are the ambitious enterprises that take the risk of changing everything about their industry to be able to innovate. They will choose to, for instance, provide digital technology services and products instead of being formerly a car care company.

 

 

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Thai Massage For Couples 

Thai massage can bring numerous benefits. No wonder people get hooked on it. This type of massage is focused on providing physical relaxation, apart from many health benefits like improving blood circulation, increases body energy, decreases muscle tension, and more. It is also a great way to ignite your love life if you and your loved one are willing to do it together.  

Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD, says, “Massage therapy is a manual procedure that involves manipulating the body’s soft tissue as a way to relieve tension and pain as well as anxiety and depression. Massage therapists use their hands, fingers and sometimes their forearms or feet as a way to “relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.”

 

 

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5 Acupressure Points To Relieve Stress And Ramp Up Your Sex Life 

“For many couples, sex is a way to reconnect, have some fun together, and recharge from their daily demands. Sex can take many forms, but the important thing is that it is a shared and mutually enjoyable erotic experience.” – Ari Tuckman, PsyD. 

Sex is part of being human. It is meant to be shared and enjoyed by two people who are in love. However, from the woman’s view, there will come a time wherein the urge and interest would drain.  

 

 

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Traditional Asian Health Beliefs And Healing Practices (With Online Therapy, It Works Well!)

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Asian countries have their own set of health beliefs and healing practices that greatly contrast with Western methods. These beliefs are influenced by the culture that has been handed down from generation to generation. Until now, these practices that have lasted for thousands of years are still being used since they have been found to be very useful for natives. With this said, people who are studying in the medical field should have a background in traditional Asian medicine to be able to grasp the incredible concept and beliefs behind it.

 

Eastern Healing Techniques Meets Western Methods

Modern age medical practices utilize both East and West medical influences regarding treating health ailments. Most Westerners only consider acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies as alternative techniques to address their health problems; the idealism behind health problems and traditional medicine in the East is not entirely understood nor even labeled as a go-to choice. Medical practitioners may recommend conventional Chinese medicine. It isn’t, however, considered as an ultimate means of treatment.

 

Health and Clinical Theories

Despite the efficiency of cultural remedies, Western doctors still struggle to grasp the concept of traditional medicine, especially the significance of the effects of the supernatural, physical, and social environment on the patient. It is because Western medicine is based on the belief that diseases come about due to viruses and other external factors that can harm the human body. Meanwhile, Eastern medicine believes that each part of the human body is connected to one another as energies.

 

 

Beliefs And Practices Briefly Described

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) base their diagnosis and health beliefs on Chinese cosmology, Yin, and Yang, two opposing forces that complement one another (life and death, heaven and hell). The primary purpose of Chinese medicine is to entirely restore the normal function of the human body by sustaining the balance in the body.

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine helps keep balance in the human body. These herbs have been used for centuries, and each has its function and benefits.

 

Japanese Herbal Medicine

Kampo is a form of Japanese herbal medicine that makes use of herbs as a treatment for multiple illnesses. But what distinguishes Kampo from all other natural therapies is that the diagnosis of the sickness is made through examining the abdomen. This treatment is based on the idea that diseases are caused by a disruption of the flow of Qi (life force/energy).

 

Tibetan Medicine

Sowa Rigpa embraces a philosophy of the balance of body energies. It uses pulse and urine as the basis for diagnosis. It helps them uncover the root of the disease. This treatment encourages patients to undergo the Tibetan diet, lifestyle adjustment, and the use of herbal medicine.

 

Traditional Vietnamese Medicine

Traditional Vietnamese Medicine or TVM focuses more on the well-being of the blood than the illness itself. It is because they believe that having healthy blood and good circulation is the ultimate key to having good health. TVM employs moxibustion, herbal medicine, and acupuncture.

 

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the treatment of inserting needles on specific trigger points in the body. It will not only treat muscle issues but also improve the energy flow of the body and mind.

 

Moxibustion, Coin Rubbing, and Cupping

Moxibustion is the treatment that makes use of mugwort herbs. This treatment is being utilized in Mongolia, China, Tibet, Korea, and Japan. Mugwort herbs are burned to use the smoke as a healing property for the body.

 

Coin rubbing is a technique that has been used centuries back. There was the belief that rubbing coins in the patient’s skin will help “scrape” away from the disease from the human body.

 

Cupping of Fire – this is the technique that makes use of cups or glasses, wherein there is heat applied before attaching onto the skin of the patient. This treatment is used to cure “stagnation” issues in the human body.

 

On a related note, these therapy techniques will work well if you also try it with online therapy. Together, it can relieve any type of physical and mental anguish.

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6 Traditional Chinese Medicine Techniques (Plus Psychiatry Sessions For Maximum Therapy Benefits)

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Chinese medicine is a well-known practice of healing for many centuries. These techniques are not only used by the Chinese, but also by other nationalities. It is proven to be effective even until today, and many healers follow the concept as a treatment for various health issues.

Chinese medicine techniques come in many different forms. And below are the most popular techniques that are used worldwide.

“I believe there is a life force in us that will carry us through when we are reminded how to access it. When we can keep our fingers on the pulse of our purpose and stay open to wondering about what it all means and letting those questions be as important as finding the answers, life is expanded. Good therapy will not only help you embrace the philosophical questions about the meaning of your life but also give you a tool box of skills that will be useful and accessible.” – Amanda Sargent, LMHC.

 

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Acupressure Therapy: How It’s Done And Its Health Benefits

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For more than 2000 years, acupressure has played a significant role in traditional Chinese medicine. Countless individuals resort to this Asian healing method to battle imbalances in the body, sore muscles, and even mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression. The fact that acupressure is rampant until today is an affirmation that it is, without a doubt, useful and beneficial for one’s well-being.…

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