Popcorn, the Health-Promoting Snack with Polyphenols and Fibre

Cook Popcorn in Coconut Oil for Added Health-Benefits
Cook Popcorn in Coconut Oil for Added Health-Benefits

Keep on high heat, shaking pot and lifting its cover frequently to let steam out of pot–this keeps the popcorn light and fluffy.

If fat-free, fluffier popcorn is what you prefer, the Presto Pop-Lite costs twenty dollars US at Wal-Mart and other stores.

Pop-Lite by Presto, Available for Twenty Dollars US
Pop-Lite by Presto, Available for Twenty Dollars US
Season Popped Corn with Your Favourite Salt (Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009)
Season Popped Corn with Your Favourite Salt (Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009)
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Rival Crock-Pots and Slow-Cooker Appliances Save Energy

Making my European meat sauce on a gas range or electric cook-top always made me wonder about the energy consumption involved. From now on, I am going to cook it in an electric slow-cooker. It will not only enhance the flavor of my sauce, but prevent it from scorching.

Today’s Crock-Pots, an invention by by Rival company, are very energy-efficient compared with  gas-fired ovens, electric cook-top, gas-stoves or toaster ovens, and even wood-stoves. These units, commonly called “slow-cookers”,  run on 100 watts of electricity. If used twice weekly, for eight hours at a time,  your slow-cooker will consume about forty cents’ worth of energy per month.

Slow-cooking is a way to make inexpensive cuts of meat tender, as in New England boiled beef or stews. There are plenty of recipes on the internet which call for the use of an electric slow-cooker, including ones which employ dry beans, an excellent source of low-cost protein and fiber. Rival has a great recipe for boeuf Bourguignon on its Crock-Pot web-site. Bon appétit!

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