Jamacian Rice and Peas

beans & rice• Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

1 19oz can gungo peas (pigeon peas) or kidney beans

• 2 cups coconut milk
• 2 green onions, chopped
• 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
• 1/2 tsp dried thyme
• 1/2 tsp kosher salt
• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cups long grain white rice
• 1 tbsp butter

Directions
1. In a large measuring cup, combine the liquid from the canned peas with the coconut milk. Add more water if necessary to make 31/2 cups of liquid. Pour the liquid into a large saucepan and add the peas, green onions, hot pepper, thyme, salt and black pepper. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 3 minutes.

2. Add the rice and butter; stir the pot once. Don’t burst the pepper! Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the water has completely evaporated and the rice is cooked. If the rice is not tender after the water evaporates, add 2-4 tbsp of water, cover and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy!

 

Jerk Chicken

jerk• 1 4lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 1/4 cup white vinegar
• Servings: 5-6
• 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
• 2 tbsp ground allspice
• 2 tsp kosher salt
• 2 tsp freshly ground pepper
• 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 3 large sprigs fresh thyme
• 5 scallions
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper

Directions
1. In a bowl, combine oil, vinegar, lime juice, allspice, salt, pepper, ginger, sugar, cinnamon and thyme. Chop (do not blend) the green onions, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper as finely as possible; add to the oil mixture and stir well.
Most cooks marinate their meat for as long as possible, at least 12 hours but sometimes up to
24. As a result, the chicken is imbued with a ton of flavor.
2. Add the chicken to the spice mixture and, wearing gloves, massage the spice mixture into the chicken with your hands. Marinate, covered and refrigerated, for at least 5 hours or overnight.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
4. Spread marinated chicken on the baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through. Remove the foil and broil the chicken until browned, turning once for even brown]=[ping. Don’t overcook. Discard the thyme sprigs before serving.
5. This dish can also be cooked on a barbecue. Grill for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone, basting with the remaining marinade.
b mountains There’s a reason jerk is so dear to Jamaicans’ hearts, and that’s its long history on the island. The method of cooking is said to have originated under the colonial rule, first of the Spanish and then of the British, in the 1600s. Groups of African slaves that had been brought to Jamaica to work its sugar plantations escaped to the mountainous interior of the island, where the native Indian population also sought refuge from the colonizers.

These escaped slaves, today referred to as Maroons, are said to have hunted the wild boar common to the region, then preserved it for days in a spice-heavy marinade. When it came time to cook the meat, the Maroons dug holes in the ground, filled them with charcoal, and buried the meat in the holes, which they then covered so as not to produce smoke and attract the attention of those that would bring them back into slavery.

Whatever the recipe used, Jamaicans have a fierce passion for this native dish that’s as treasured for its historical significance as it is for its sheer tastiness.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

lemon-garlic shrimp and grits

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Total Time: 30 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 15 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy

NUTRITION INFO: Healthy

 

 

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup instant grits
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
2 large cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus wedges for serving
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, covered. Uncover and slowly whisk in the grits, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parmesan and 1 tablespoon butter. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, garlic and cayenne, if using, and cook, tossing, until the shrimp are pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons water, the lemon juice and parsley; stir to coat the shrimp with the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Divide the grits among shallow bowls and top with the shrimp and sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

cajun riceRecipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Cajun Shrimp and Rice Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Total Time: 20 min
Prep: 14 min
Cook: 6 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy

NUTRITION INFO: Healthy

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 bunches scallions, chopped
3 cups cooked white rice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Directions

Heat the butter, olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the Cajun seasoning and shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp begin to curl, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the tomatoes and scallions to the skillet and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the rice and 1/4 cup water and continue to cook until the rice is warmed through and the shrimp are opaque, about 3 more minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve with lemon, if desired.

Per serving: Calories 357; Fat 11 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 176 mg; Sodium 537 mg; Carbohydrate 40 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 23 g

Home made Fried Rice

fried rice

Ingredients:

Day-old rice (refrigerated left-over rice)

2 Tbsp, Olive oil (light)
A few crushed garlic (3-5)
1-2 Tbsp soy sauce, or to taste
Dash of salt, or to taste
2 eggs, beaten
Handful, frozen peas and corn

You need either a big wok or a deep frying pan for this.
Procedure:

Heat about a 1-2 Tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Saute the garlic until aromatic.

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Add the cold rice and stir to break the grains apart. Cook until warmed up. Season with a little salt. Add the soy sauce and mix with the rice until most of the grains are coated.

You may either scramble the eggs in another pan and just add it later after it’s been cooked. But if you have a big enough wok or wide enough pan, create a well/space in the middle of it by pushing the rice to the side. Spray a little oil in the middle and then pour the beaten egg.

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Let it set. When the eggs have set enough, flip it over then begin to mix it with the rice, breaking it up as you do so.fried rice 6 After this, you may add the frozen peas and corn and continue to stir until the veggies are cooked about 2-3 mins. Serve warm. Easy-peasy delicious!

ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN

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Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

BUBBLES
According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS
Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

MANICURE SECRET
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.

REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

PETS AND PESTS
Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.

CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS
After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

ICE PACK
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

REPEL ANTS
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

UNCLOGGING TOILETS
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

POISON IVY
Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

DRIVEWAY CLEANER

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

OILY SKIN
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER
Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER FOR OILY STAINS
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

NON-TOXIC LUBRICANT
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!

SIDEWALK DE-ICER
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

POOL CLEANING
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

EYEGLASS DEFOGGER
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

SHOWER FLOORS
Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES
Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!

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Baking Soda

BAKING SODA

The Everyday Miracle

We call Baking Soda ‘The Everyday Miracle™’ because while it’s pure and simple, it’s also an astoundingly versatile, multi-purpose product.

What is Baking Soda?

Baking Soda, a sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring substance that is present in all living things–it helps living things maintain the pH balance necessary for life. Baking Soda is made from soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate. The soda ash is obtained in one of two ways: it can be manufactured by passing carbon dioxide and ammonia through a concentrated solution of sodium
chloride (table salt). In our case, it is mined in the form of an ore called trona. Whether the soda ash is mined or processed, it is dissolved into a solution through which carbon dioxide is bubbled, and sodium bicarbonate precipitates out, forming ‘Pure, Safe and Natural” Baking Soda. It is pure enough (more than 99%) to be listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) since 1848.

How can Baking Soda do so much, so well?

It is the natural chemical and physical properties of Baking Soda that account for its many safe and effective uses. The five specific capabilities of Baking Soda are listed below.

Cleaning:

Baking Soda acts a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. When it is not fully dissolved, like when it is sprinkled on a damp sponge, Baking Soda is mildly abrasive and can lift dirt for easy removal as a gentle scouring
powder. Since it’s gentle, Baking Soda is safe and effective as a cleaner for glass, chrome, steel, enamel and plastic. Because Baking Soda is a pure, natural product that is also a food, it is non-toxic, unlike many other household cleaners. It is safe to use around children and pets and is ideal for cleaning food preparation surfaces. In your home use Baking Sodato clean sinks, tubs, tile, microwaves, plastic containers, even teeth without scratching. Industrially, Baking Soda is used to clean large machinery and commercial kitchen equipment.

Deodorizing:

Baking Soda’s deodorization power is a result of its ability to neutralize odors, rather than just covering up odors with perfumes. Most unpleasant odors come from either strong acids (like sour milk) or strong bases (spoiled fish). Baking Soda deodorizes by bringing both acidic and basic odor molecules into a neutral, more odor-free state. Use Baking Soda as a personal deodorant for underarms and feet, and as a household deodorant on carpets, upholstery and in the fridge and freezer. Baking Soda can also deodorize when it’s dissolved in water. So you can use Baking Soda as a mouthwash to neutralize garlic breath, as a diaper soak to neutralize that ‘ammonia’ smell (basic) and to deodorize plastic food containers that have absorbed that pickle or sauerkraut smell (acidic). Industrially, Baking Soda is used for odor control of sewage disposal plants and around barn and feedlots.

Leavening:

The most universal use of Baking Soda is for baking in which Baking Soda is used to promote leavening. Leavening increases the surface area of dough or batter by causing it to rise and become light and porous. The most common leavening agent is carbon dioxide, a gas that is produced by a chemical reaction with the use of Baking Soda, baking powder or yeast in a recipe. Baking Soda yields the carbon dioxide for leavening when it’s heated. When used as a leavening agent, Baking Soda also reacts with acidic ingredients to render a neutral, tasteless residue. Common examples of these acidic ingredients include sour milk, buttermilk, molasses, cream of tartar, lemon juice and the acidic substances in baking powder. Baking Soda has been used by generations of good cooks who have trusted our unwavering standard of purity since 1846…from our great-grandmothers, to our grandmothers and now to us.

Buffering:

Because of its chemical makeup, Baking Soda has unique capabilities as a buffer. Buffering is the maintenance of a stable pH balance, or acid-alkali balance. As a buffer, Baking Soda tends to cause acid solutions to become more basic and to cause basic solutions to become more acid, bringing both solutions to a stable pH around 8.1 (slightly basic) onthe pH scale. A buffer also resists pH change in a Page 2 solution, in this case maintaining a pH of 8.1. In this way Baking Soda can be used as an antacid in the
human digestive system, neutralizing acids from acid indigestion and heartburn and relieving the associated discomfort. (See directions for this use on the Baking Soda box.) When used as a paste on skin or in the bath, Baking Soda soothes the irritation of poison ivy, insect bites, sunburn, and prickly heat. The natural buffering of Baking Soda also means that it’s a safe and natural way to maintain appropriate pH levels in pools, where stable pH keeps water quality at its best, and in septic tanks, where stable pH provides a healthy environment for the beneficial bacteria that break down wastes. Industrially, Baking Soda is used in sewage treatment facilities for its ability to maintain favorable pH levels.

Fire Extinguishing:

Baking Soda is effective as a fire extinguisher for grease and electrical fires. When Baking Soda is heated it releases carbon dioxide (just as when dough rises) and produces water. Since carbon dioxide is heavier than air and does not support combustion like oxygen does, it smothers the fire while the water that is formed cools the fire to below the ignition temperature. Unlike any other household chemical, Baking Soda both cools and smothers a fire. Many homes have Baki ng Soda readily available as a first step in fighting kitchen, garageand car fires — then call the Fire Department. Many commercial fire extinguishers, including dry chemical and foam, contain Baking Soda.

Kitchen Cleaning Coffee and Tea Pots:

Remove those coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing coffee maker parts, and coffee and tea pots in a solution of 1/4 cup Baking Soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the Baking Soda solution and detergent. You can even remove the unsightly stains from your favorite cups and mugs, by sprinkling Baking Soda on a sponge and scrubbing the stains away!

Deodorizing Cutting Boards:

Your cutting board smells like the garlic you chopped up yesterday? Use Baking Soda to clean and deodorize your cutting boards because it is a food safe cleaner! Sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse clean! Now you are all set to chop those onions!

Deodorizing Dishwashers:

Not ready to run the dishwasher, but can not stand the smell of the tuna you had for lunch? Sprinkle a handful of Baking Soda on the dishes or in the bottom of the dish-washer to absorb these odors, so you can wait until the washer is full! The Baking Soda will do double-duty: deodorizing before you run the dishwasher and then cleaning in the first wash cycle. With Baking Soda handling the first cycle, add your detergent only to the cup that closes, for use in the second cycle.

Sweeten Drains and Garbage Disposals:

To deodorize your drains and disposal, pour Baking Soda down the drain while running warm tap water. The Baking Soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. When you are replacing a box from the Fridge or Freezer, pour the contets of the old box down the drain to get extra mileage from the Baking Soda.

Extinguishing Fires:

Always keep Baking Soda on hand in the kitchen for an unexpected grease or electrical fire. Keep it away from the stove so you can reach it in case of a stovetop fire. Throw Baking Soda at the base of the flames as an initial step in controlling small kitchen or electrical fires. Call the Fire Department. To avoid reigniting, do not attempt to move the item until thoroughly cooled. To be sure, let the Fire Department handle this. (Do not use Baking Soda in deep fat fryers, as it may splatter.)
Deodorizing Fridges and Freezers:

Be sure to keep your both your Fridge and Freezer smelling fresh even with the fish and onions inside. Tear the front and back panels off of a Fridge-n-Freezer Flo-Thru Freshener™ Baking Soda box and place in the back of both the fridge and freezer, close to the air duct (usually located near the top shelf), to neutralize odors and prevent taste-transfer between foods. We recommend you change the boxes every 3 months…we’d be happy to remind you–just choose the Fridge/Freezer to learn more!

Fruit and Vegetable Scrub:

Baking Soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle on a damp sponge and scrub. Then rinse. Bon Appetite!

Deodorize Garbage Can:

Keep those garbage smells to a minimum by sprinkling Baking Soda in the garbage be-tween layers of garbage as they accumulate. Periodically wash out and deodorize gar-bage cans with a solution of 1 cup of Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water.

Food Safe/Surface Safe Cleaning:

Baking Soda is the ideal all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen. Who wants to use harsh chemicals on your counters, sinks, dish strainers, when you will be making dinner on those same surfaces?! Just sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe clean, rinse thoroughly, then dry. Try it on counters, sinks, cutting boards, microwaves,
plastic containers, back splashes, oven tops, range hoods and more! Your kitchen will be fresh and clean.

Microwave Cleaning:

Use Baking Soda to clean and deodorize your microwave, without scratching. Use a
solution of 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda to 1 quart of water. Wipe down microwave and rinse with clear water. For cooked-on foods sprinkle Baking Soda directly on a damp sponge, scrub fod stains and rinse. Try this on your fridge, freezer, and other appliances, too. Not only does it clean, it also deodorizes!

Deodorizing Plastic Containers:

Keep your plastic food storage containers and thermos smelling fresh. Wash them with Baking Soda sprinkled on a damp sponge. For lingering odors, just soak items in a solution of 4 tablespoons Baking Soda solution in 1 quart warm water. You will never know what was stored in them before!

Polish Silver Flatware:

Baking Soda can shine all your silver in no time at all! Use a Baking Soda paste made with 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces!

Cleaning Pots & Pans:

No more heavy scrubbing pots and pans! Baking Soda penetrates and helps lift off baked-on, dried-on foods. Shake on a generous amount of baking soda, add hot water, and dish detergent, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.

Deodorizing Recyclables:

Keep those recyclables smelling fresh until collection day. Sprinkle Baking Soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your recyclable container periodically by sprinkling Baking Soda on a damp sponge. Rinse and wipe clean. You can also wash the container with a solution of 1 cup of Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water. We are serious about caring for the environment, so we encourage you to recycle/reuse as much as possible. BAKING SODA is completely biodegradable and does not pollute ground water. We have also been using recycled paperboard for our packaging since 1907!

Removing Scuff Marks:

Get rid of those scuff marks on your no-wax floor. Just sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge, rub clean and rinse. Baking Soda will remove the scuff mark, but will not scratch your floor!

Freshen Sponges:

Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong Baking Soda solution to keep them fresh.

Handwashing Dishes:

Boost the performance of your hand dish washing liquid detergent. Add 2 heaping
tablespoons of Baking Soda to the dish water to help cut grease and food on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the Baking Soda/detergent water first, then use dry Baking Soda on a damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder! Baking Soda helps fight minor kitchen fires! Did you know that Baking Soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires? That’s be-cause when Baking Soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames of grease and electrical fires. For small cooking fires (frypans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so.

Stand back and throw handfuls of Baking Soda at the base of the flame to help put the fire out–and call the Fire Department just to be safe! To avoid re-ignition, do not attempt to move the item until thoroughly cooled. To be sure, let the Fire Department handle this. (Don’t use Baking Soda in deep fat fryers; it may splatter.) For small electrical fires(small appliances, heaters, outlets), unplug appliances if you can safely do so. Stand back and toss handfuls of Baking Soda at the base of the flames to help put the fire out — and call the Fire Department to be sure the fire’s out! (Remember – don’t use water on electrical fires, as shock or electrocution could result!)

Make an Emergency Fire Pail using Baking Soda! Here’s a great Fire Safety Awareness project for kids that will help the whole family be prepared for small fires. Using Baking Soda and a coffee can, kids can make a Fire Pail to have on hand in the event of a kitchen fire. To make a Fire Pail, request a label with instructions by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Fire Pail Brochures
PO Box 7468
Princeton, NJ 08543.

Bathroom Cleaning Bathroom Floors:

Baking Soda dissolves the dirt and grime from a bathroom tile or no-wax floor quickly and easily. Mix 1/2 cup Baking Soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor.