martes, 18 de marzo de 2014

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME

Edited by André Kilian, Ben Rubenstein, Krystle C., Alan J and 61 others
These days, time seems to be at a premium. We have devices that keep us constantly connected with work, with friends and family, and sometimes even with complete strangers. As a result, it's easy to get distracted. If you're like most of us, you have a lot to accomplish. We'll show you a great way to do just that!

Steps

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    Prepare yourself first, by taking 30 minutes of your time to fix yourself something to eat and relax. Then Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish. But before you can manage your time, you need to know what it is you must manage. A list of tasks, from the mundane to the critical, will help you get a handle on what needs to get done.
    • Assign realistic priorities to each task:
      • Priority 1: due today by 6pm
      • Priority 2: due tomorrow by 6pm
      • Priority 3: due by the end of the week
      • Priority 4: due during next week
    • You can further prioritize tasks within this grouping by adding a decimal place. For example, a Priority 1.0 task needs to be done immediately, whereas a Priority 1.5 task simply needs to be done by the end of day.
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    Balance your effort. Work on small portions every day of work that will be due by the end of the week, starting with the most important tasks first.
    • Do today's tasks. Concentrate On what is at hand, do not allow yourself to lose focus. Then move on to the next daily task. Once today's tasks are completed, mark them as such, and proceed to tomorrow's tasks.
    • When tomorrow's tasks are complete, work on the other tasks due by the end of the week, and when those are complete, work on the tasks due early next week. A small portion of each is better than one huge,laborious task and will keep your time managed more efficiently and reduce stress and eliminate burn-out.
    • Make one of your final daily tasks the completion of tomorrow's task list. Each day should be ended with a new task sheet for tomorrow to keep you on track.
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    Focus on your most productive time of day. Some people work better in the morning, and some are more focused in the evening.
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    Manage time in increments. Play a game with yourself by competing against the clock.
    • Work in fifteen minute, half hour or hour intervals,scientifically it is known that 45 minutes work followed by a 10 minutes rest is the best for the average studier.

    • Give yourself a time goal to complete a portion of a task or the entire task.
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    Take a break. Clear your mind and refresh yourself to refocus.
    • Decide beforehand on a 5, 10 or 15 minute break and stick to that decision.
    • Breaks provide incentive by giving you something to look forward to having.
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    Keep track of your progress.
    • Cross things off the list as they are completed.
    • You'll feel more relieved and relaxed just by getting through the daily tasks. Not only will you be getting things done, finishing tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and spur motivation.
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    Reassess the list. Rewrite and prioritize your list on a regular basis.
    • Add new tasks to the list. This should be done on a daily basis, especially when you are just getting started with a time management regimen.
    • Eliminate or adjust tasks that are completed, or fall in priority.
    • Delegate tasks to others. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to do it all. You can be much more effective if you can delegate tasks as necessary.
    • Use technology to complete tasks more quickly, efficiently or accurately. Today's mobile technology features dozens, if not hundreds of apps that will help you manage—and even accomplish—your tasks efficiently.
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    Leave time for fun. While there are times when we just need to power through a large project, it's important to give yourself time to let loose. Not only will it refresh your mind, it's good for your body, too. It doesn't have to be a lot of time but make sure that you do!
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    Sleep for 7-9 hours every night. Getting the proper amount of sleep will help keep you alert and energetic, able to think clearly, and function at a high level. 
Source: Wiki How

ADMINISTRACIÒN DEL TIEMPO

Cómo mantener el tiempo de tu lado


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Tal vez estés cansado de escuchar a todos los que dan consejos sobre el tiempo. Escuchas cosas como “espero que puedas encontrar algo de tiempo”. Por otro lado escuchamos, “no olvides hacer un poco de tiempo”. “¿Qué tal seria no perder nada de tiempo?” Por otra parte, “no pierdas el tiempo”. Y el preferido “asegúrate de usar el tiempo sabiamente”. ¡Si escuchamos una más  algo así perderemos el control!
Todos son buenos consejos, pero deseamos escucharlos sólo una vez. Luego preferimos saber cómo tener un poco de tiempo para disfrutar. Esa clase de tiempo que sabemos que merecemos para nosotros mismos.
Podemos lograr mucho más si nos dedicamos tiempo para nosotros mismos.  Sin embargo, hacer esto no siempre es fácil.
Todos trabajamos muy duro y cuando lo hacemos, estamos obligados a luchar con las presiones de la vida. Simplemente tiene sentido. Es probable que estés entre los que se encuentran a menudo tratando de salir adelante y cumplir con las exigencias del trabajo y familia, ¿no es así? Sin embargo, si no nos detenemos y nos damos la atención que merecemos,  terminaremos  sufriendo de una forma u otra.
Ten en cuenta que no hay una única forma correcta de manejar esto. Todo el mundo vive circunstancias distintas. Todos tenemos algunos problemas únicos para lograr este objetivo. Tal vez lo primero es darnos cuenta de que no estamos administrando el tiempo para lograrlo.

Un individuo bien administrado es un individuo bien organizado.

Para administrarte primero debes establecer tus prioridades. Y no hablamos de las cosas “más importantes” que tienes que hacer. Es darle prioridad a las cosas que son más importantes para ti a nivel personal. Centrándote menos en lo tangible y más en el cumplimiento de las cosas que realmente valoras. Es entonces cuando lograras un sentido de equilibrio. Sólo tienes que determinar cuáles son esas actividades.

Echa un vistazo a lo que deseas hacer en tu tiempo libre. ¿Viajar? ¿Leer? ¿Jugar bowling? ¿Bailar? ¿Salir a cenar más? ¿Visitar a la familia y amigos? Decidir lo que quieres hacer es el primer paso para encontrar el tiempo para hacerlo.

Tus prioridades por lo tanto, pueden abarcar: los amigos y las relaciones familiares,  enriquecimiento personal, salud y el bienestar, perseguir pasiones personales y trabajar hacia las metas de largo alcance. La vida es más plena cuando estás haciendo las cosas porque te traen alegría. No tienes que sacrificar tu carrera, familia y  bienestar para lograr el equilibrio en tu vida. Incluso no necesitas cambiar de trabajo tampoco. Sólo tienes que cambiar tú mismo. Esa debe ser tu prioridad número uno.
Puedes crear tu propio estilo de vida. Si no es algo creado para ti, puedes pensar que otros controlan tu vida, y que no tienes el control, pero eso simplemente no es cierto. Tienes muchas opciones diferentes
Parte de las decisiones que tomas tienen que ver con hacer las cosas que se ajustan con tus propósitos o espíritu. Puedes optar por tomar cualquier tarea y convertirla en algo con gran propósito, dándole importancia y significado. Si lo haces de otra manera, es sólo una tarea tediosa. La forma en la que ves tus actividades tiene una gran impacto en cómo te enfocas en ellas.

Tiempo de adquirir una nueva perspectiva

Comienza por echar un vistazo a cómo tus actividades se alinean con tu visión y objetivos. Por ejemplo, puedes ver el trabajo aburrido como aquel trabajo que mantiene a tu familia. Alternativamente, puedes ver la tarea de ejercicio como una forma de mantenerte saludable para aquellos que te aman y confían en ti.
Mantén las siguientes cosas en mente al a crear tu nueva estructura de vida:
  • Concéntrate en disfrutar de más actividades que estén de acuerdo con tus propósitos.
  • Programa cada una de tus prioridades y dile no a las cosas que no se compaginen con tu propósito.
  • Al planificar tu horario, toma nota de aquellas actividades que te lleven desde donde estás ahora a dónde quieres estar.
El objetivo consiste en no hacer del trabajo el centro de tu universo. Despídete de la “obra rápida” aunque sea temporalmente y recupera el sentido del equilibrio. Separa lo que es importante para ti en su vida personal. Esas son tus prioridades en esta etapa.
Prueba esto durante un mes: crea una agenda personal que incluya “tu tiempo” para la familia, los amigos, la salud, y tus pasiones. Designa varios momentos del día y de la semana para ciertas actividades, y se adhiérete a la agenda lo mejor que puedas. Si sientes  que una actividad laboral necesita más de tu tiempo, haz un ajuste, pero no lo hagas habito o costumbre en tu rutina.

KITCHEN DECORATION / DECORACIÒN DE LA COCINA

Black and white kitchens

FREEZER; Alimentos que no deben congelarse y Advertencias


Alimentos que no deben congelarse

Los huevos con cáscara nunca deben congelarse. Los productos lácteos como la crema y la mayonesa no se congelan bien debido a su alto contenido graso. Siempre se produce una separación y se pueden cortar. Muchas frutas cambian de consistencia cuando se las congela. Por ejemplo, las fresas, el melón y algunos frutos del bosque cambian de textura debido a su alto contenido de agua. Cuando se los descongela, se ablandan. Del mismo modo, la lechuga, los rabanitos, el apio y otros vegetales con un alto contenido de agua pierden su textura cuando se los congela y posteriormente se los descongela. Es preferible usar estos alimentos frescos.

Advertencias


Nunca vuelvas a congelar una carne o un pescado o mariscos después de haberlos descongelado. Puedes correr el riesgo de intoxicarte. La carne debe descongelarse por completo antes de cocinarla para asegurarte de que la comida se está cocinando a una temperatura que mate a las bacterias o los microbios. Comidas como macarrones o lasaña con bases líquidas se volverán más gruesas cuando se congelen. Prepara esos platos con una mayor cantidad de agua si tu idea es congelarlos.

the epic tale of freezer meals + shopping list

Last week, on an absolute whim, I decided it was time to try my hand at freezer meals. I figured if I could learn to declutter the rest of my day, it was time to simplify supper time. It happened innocently enough: I was making chicken & dressing for dinner and realized I’d made way too much for us for one meal. I thought “why not put half in the freezer?” I’d done it before with lasagna, so I knew it would mean the meal would hold a pan hostage for a few weeks, so I decided to pop over to the dollar store and buy some aluminum pans to put the second batch of dressing into so I would have a ready made meal without losing a pan.
freezer meals tipsThe trip to the dollar store led to me finding 15 different kinds of pans, which got my wheels to turning… I could buy a few (I think I bought $10 worth at 3/$1) and stock up on meals of all different kinds. I left with my pans, went straight to the grocery store, bought up a ton of stuff that I knew I could normally cook with (like chicken breast, hamburger, veggies, etc.) and then went home and started a four hour cooking marathon that ended up with 28 meals in my freezer.
When I was finished, I mentioned it on Facebook, and there were lots of questions about what I made, recipe requests, and even tips for what I did. So I thought I’d write a post to share with you how I made 28 freezer meals in about 4 hours.
Before I get started, I’m going to tell you this post will be long…. very long. I could have easily broken this into a dozen or so smaller posts, but this is a DIY blog, not a freezer meals blog, so I figured my regular (non-freezer-meal-loving) readers will hang with me for one post – if I started posting all of this separately you might think I was nutso and quit reading. Please don’t. Come back tomorrow and we’ll talk about lighting or sewing or something, m’kay? And also, know I’m not a professional cook – I’m a southern mom who’s raised four children and they’ve grown up on eating this food. I stuck to the basic recipes that we have eaten for years – so I knew what my family would actually eat.
First, the tips (in no particular order):
1) Make sure your kitchen is clean to start. You don’t want to have to clean then cook, because you’re going to be washing dishes while cooking at a rapid fire pace. At least I was. I only have a few pots and pans, a few mixing bowls, a couple of whisks, etc. I don’t have a fully outfitted kitchen big enough for an army. On a regular basis I feed four people – so my kitchen reflects our needs.
2) Think about what you want to stock up on. I know we eat a lot of chicken meals, some with hamburger, and a lot of casserole type meals. You can start with what’s in your pantry and build from there. It’s a great way to make the most of what you have/
3) Clean your freezer. I only have the freezer on my side by side refrigerator. I have had a couple of different deep freezers in the past, but they never got used properly, so I got rid of them. I thoroughly cleaned out my freezer and found that once it was all cleaned up, not only did I have enough room for all those meals, I even had a leftover shelf to fill with my favorite ice cream (which I totally did.)
freezer meals - how to do it all in one day4) Stock up on freezer bags and aluminum pans. Those 3/$1 pans come in all shapes and sizes. I bought ones that hold about 2 pounds of food, because 4 people divided by 2 pounds is 8 ounces each. That’s plenty for the main dish for us. Buy good plastic baggies (I recommend Ziploc) in both gallon and quart size.
5) Wear comfortable shoes. I did it barefoot and my feet were killing me at the end of four hours.
6) Have help, if you can. I wish I had done it on a Sunday when my girls were home to help wash dishes, open cans, etc. I did the bulk of the work when they were at school, but by the last hour I had help and it made my life much easier.
7) Remember this isn’t a fairy tale. Half way through you’re going to start thinking “Why in the crap did I think this was a good idea?!?” Well, at least I did. When you’re up to your elbows in marinara and casseroles, putting stuff into pans over and over again, you’re going to question the whole mess. It’s worth it. Well, it was for me anyways.
8) Sharpies are your friend. You can mark every meal with the name and date, so if you have  a straggler hanging around in your freezer 2 years later (which may or may not happen here), then you don’t have to wonder when it was made or what in the Sam Hill is in that dish. Plus, with the lids on, they’re all going to look the same. Sharpie it up, baby.
9) Prep in batches. Need onion for 4 recipes? Chop it all at once to make your life easier. Poach all your chicken in one pot (which will also give you some decent broth). Brown all of your hamburger together then divide it out for the different meals. If you’ve got to do a lot of it, do it all together.
10) Free pep talk. I think that’s all my tips, but wanted to throw in one more to just say if you really want to do this you TOTALLY can. Once again, I have a basic set of pots and pans plus one large stock pot, a couple of mixing bowls (one large, one medium), a few wooden spoons and some whisks. Plus ten is a good stopping point, which my OCD brain appreciates.
Now for the cooking segment….
I started by putting 5 packs of chicken breasts (15 pieces total) in a stock pot with water, to boil them all for the meals I needed. I used the biggest pot I had and boiled them all.
While the chicken was cooking, I used another pot and began to brown 12 pounds of ground beef (in a smaller stock pot.) Once all the ground beef was cooked, I drained it all and added 1/4 of it back to the pot  to make my marinara.
Meat Marinara Recipe
3 pounds ground beef, cooked and strained

1 medium onion, diced finely
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 large cans of crushed tomatoes
1 12 oz. can tomato paste
1 huge (the double size) jar of good store bought marinara
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Salt to taste (1 1/2 Tablespoons or so)
Pepper to taste (3/4 of a tablespoon)
To the ground beef, add in the garlic and onions and let cook until onions are soft. Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook for 45 minutes or so on medium heat, until flavors are combined.
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Freezer Lasagna

FREEZER: 10 platos para Congelar

Del freezer a la mesa: 10 platos para congelar y comer más tarde

Te acercamos una lista de las mejores comidas para preparar hoy y comer cuando se te antoje.

Conocés la historia: anochecer de un día laboral agitado, llegás a casa y no te da ni para hacer un huevo duro. A no desesperar: dedicando una sola noche a planear y cocinar (los fines de semana son ideales para tal fin), podés tener listas una decena de comidas sanas, caseritas y ricas para calentar directo del freezer, como las que aquí te proponemos:
 
1 Cazuelas.
A menos que tengas una familia, las cazuelas siempre resultan muy abundantes para un solo plato. La solución: congelar las sobras y dejarlas para una cena liviana, o servidas con una rica ensalada.
 
2 Guisos & estofados.
Estos platos siempre toman un par de horas para preparar y cocinar: vienen como anillo al dedo para hacer cuando tenés un poco de tiempo y luego frizar en pequeñas porciones, para calentar fácilmente.
 
3. Lasagna
Las deliciosas capas de la lasagna entran sin dramas en el freezer. Para consumirla, pasala del freezer a la heladera por la mañana, a la noche un golpe de horno y tenés una delicia casi fresca, en poco tiempo y con cero esfuerzo.
 
4. Albóndigas
¿Hay hambre y no admitís demoras? La pasta es la solución obvia. Y si tenés albóndigas en el freezer para añadir a los spaghetti y/o a las salsas, eso te redondea una comida rica, completita y nutritiva.
 
5. Salsas
Una salsa casera es mucho más sabrosa y fresca que las envasadas, e igual de simple para calentar. Preparate una buena cantidad y congelala para una solución inmediata (¡y pueden ir fenómeno con las albóndigas!)
 
6. Sopas
La sopa y los sandwiches son clásicos recursos para cuando se necesita una deliciosa cena ipso facto. Evitá los caldos y sopas ensobradas llenos de sodio y congelate una receta reconfortante para las noches de frasquete (o por qué no, un gazpacho para el calorcito)
 
7. Woks
Las verduras se frizan sin inconveniente; los guisos, cazuelas y afines, idem. Nada mejor que la síntesis de ambos en forma de verduras al wok o chop suey (con o sin carne): se descongelan fácil y mantienen su sabor sin problemas.
 
8. Pizzas
Para la noche, para el mediodía, incluso para el desayuno y la merienda. En todas sus variedades, se pueden calentar sin dificultades y ofrecen rapidez + variedad, una fórmula definitivamente exitosa.
 
9. Tortillas y frittatas
Facilísimas de preparar, idem para descongelar y calentar, estas delicias fritas tienen mil combinaciones de sabor y están listas en tiempo record para salvar cualquier situación.
 
10. Carnes
Las mejores son aquellas hechas al horno, en tajadas finas, sin olvidar los jugos. En general tienden a secarse cuando se recalientan, pero son perfectas para reubicar en sopas, salsas, cazuelas y rellenos.

HOW TO CLEAN THE FREEZER


How to Clean a Freezer


The freezer tends to be one of the most neglected areas of the house. Because it stays so cold, it is not as quick to stink as the fridge can be. The problem with this is that when we do get around to cleaning it, it’s usually grossly overdue. Here’s how to take care of it without ruining your whole afternoon.

What You Will Need

Before you begin the cleaning process, you should get your supplies together. You don’t want to leave your freezer half done while you rush out to the grocery store. Here is what you’ll need:
  • Rag or sponge
  • Towel or paper towels
  • Vinegar or other sanitizing cleaner
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Old toothbrush

The Cleaning Process

1. Empty out the freezer

Obviously you cannot clean your freezer when it is full of food. So take this opportunity to remove everything and get rid of items that are really old or freezer burned or that you just don’t want to keep. If your freezer is a very large one, you may have to take things out in stages and use them up (start a few weeks before cleaning day) or transfer your food to a neighbor’s freezer. If there are only a few items, just stick them in a cooler, full of ice of course.
*If your freezer is attached to your fridge, you’ll need to empty the fridge compartment of quickly perishable items like milk and eggs since you will be unplugging it in the next step.

2. Defrost the freezer

(Many freezers nowadays do not get a buildup of frost. If yours is one of this type, go ahead and skip this step.)
After you’ve gotten the freezer emptied out, unplug it from the wall and open the lid or door. Depending on how much ice buildup there is, it could take anywhere from half an hour to several hours to defrost it. Don’t just abandon the freezer as it defrosts or you will have a lot of water to sop up from the bottom of the appliance. Instead, as soon as the ice becomes a little bit loose, use a knife or spatula to gently remove it from the freezer’s wall and dispose of it. For any water that does pool in the bottom, use a small bucket to scoop it out or wipe it up with a towel. Be sure to wring the towel out in the sink.
*You can speed up the defrosting process by using a hair dryer to heat the ice or putting a bowl or two of boiling water in the freezer to warm it (you’ll want to close the lid or door in this case). However, be very careful that you do not burn or shock yourself. If you’re worried, do it the old fashioned way.

3. Wipe out the freezer

Now, with no food or ice in the way, you’re free to clean the sides and bottom of the freezer. The first thing you’ll want to do is get rid of any debris that is on the bottom: stray veggies, fries, etc. Just pick it out with your hands. (If you want you can wear rubber gloves).
Then use warm water and your vinegar or other cleaning product to wipe spills off of the sides and bottom of the freezer. An easy way to do this is to fill the sink or a large bowl with warm water and the solution you plan to use. Then simply wipe the freezer out with a rag or sponge. If your freezer has any shelves or drawers, take them out and scrub them in the sink to spare yourself a little bit of elbow grease.
Be sure to rinse off all of the cleaning solution with clean water to avoid leaving any stickiness or residue on the surface of the interior. Also, do not neglect to wash the door, both inside and outside, as well as the sides and top of the outside of the freezer. If you can pull the appliance out from the wall without too much hassle, this will probably help.
You may want to use an old toothbrush on the parts of the appliance that are hard to clean with the sponge or rag. This could include the seal as well as any corners. If there are any stubborn stains, you can dip the toothbrush in a solution of one part bleach and three parts water. This will also work to remove mildew.

4. Deodorize the freezer

Once the freezer is clean, you can remove any lingering odors by scrubbing the area down with a mixture of water and baking soda. You can avoid odors in the future by disposing of any spilled or freezer burned food on a weekly basis.

5. Dry the freezer

Use a dish towel or paper towel to dry the inside and outside of the freezer. Then replace the drawers and shelves if you removed them to wash them in the sink (after drying them too of course).
*At this point, you may want to coat the walls of your freezer with nonstick cooking spray (unflavored of course) or glycerin. This will make is so ice can’t stick to the walls. No more difficult defrosting!

6. Put the food back

When you’re putting the items back in the freezer, you can save yourself future headaches – and more frequent cleanings – by organizing them. For example, put all of the meats together, all of the vegetables together, and all of the boxes of appetizers together. Write an inventory list of what you’re storing so you will know what you have to use for meals in the future. It can also be helpful to date your list so you know how old things are and when they need to be gotten rid of.
If you don’t like simply stacking things in the freezer, considering buying freezer shelves. These are particularly helpful if you have a lot of smaller items, like cans of juice. Check your local house wares store.
And remember, if you just go the stacking route, make sure to put heavier items on the bottom. This can prevent spills from boxes and bags getting crushed and splitting open.

EL DESCONGELADOR O FREEZER: Claves para Descongelar y Limpiar

Claves para descongelar y limpiar el congelador

Claves para descongelar y limpiar el congelador
Autor:
El congelador es un lugar frío y solitario, un refugio natural para los alimentos olvidados. El principal objetivo al ordenarlo: seleccionar el contenido, tirar la comida inservible y colocar lo que sobreviva para que los alimentos congelados en un espacio organizado sean un activo.
¿Descongelar o no?
Muchos congeladores modernos no necesitan descongelación, pero pagarás por no haber descongelado nunca. Los frigoríficos con descongelación automática gastan un 35% más de energía que los modelos similares de descongelación manual. El ciclo de autodescongelación absorbe humedad de los alimentos congelados y eso puedo afectar negativamente a su calidad. La descongelación manual debe hacerse cuando el hielo tenga 5mm o cuando se acumule en las espirales del compresor.
Al descongelar debes
- Apagar antes de descongelar, por el congelador en el 0 y desenchúfalo.
- Vaciar el contenido. Saca toda la comida del congelador. Déjala en recipientes con hielo mientras descongelas y limpias el congelador.
- Derretir el hielo. Deja abierta la puerta del congelador hasta que el hielo se derrita de forma natural (asegúrate de cubrir el suelo con periódicos que absorban el agua y el hielo fundido) y añade agua caliente para acelerar el proceso. Pon ollas de agua templada en la pila para derretir el hielo, o utiliza el aire caliente de un secador de pelo, pero siempre con mucha precaución. Cuando el hielo se derrita absórbelo con una esponja, papel de cocina o paños de limpieza.
- Limpiar. Cuando no tenga hielo, limpia el interior con una pasta suave de bicarbonato de sosa y agua. Humedece y seca con un trapo limpio. La sosa absorbe los olores persistentes y elimina los residuos de los alimentos. Si es preciso, lava las baldas o cajones del congelador en agua templada con jabón. Sécalas a fondo antes de volver a colocarlas.
- Conectar la energía. Cierra la puerta del congelador, enchufa y pon en marcha. Déjalo 15 minutos al menos antes de volver a colocar la comida. 

FREEZER. Limpiamos y Organizamos el freezer

Slightly Crunchy Mom: Freezer cooking 101

lunes, 17 de marzo de 2014

DECORATING : Shabby Chic Style

English cottage style, swoon...love it!

THE REFRIGERATOR / LA HELADERA

WINE NEXT TO THE REFRIGERATOR!! ours would remain about that empty as well.

PROJECT: Part 2 of 2. keeping your REFRIGERATOR Clean and Tidy

Part 2 of 2: Keeping Your Refrigerator Clean and Tidy

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    Do a seasonal (quarterly) pass through your refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh and looking good. Every three months, remove most or all of your food from the fridge and wipe all the surfaces with a baking soda or vinegar solution. Regular maintenance will save you time and energy in the future.
    • This almost goes without saying, but if you notice a spill or stain in the fridge, try to clean it up quickly and remove the source of the stain. Spills or stains that aren't cleaned quickly can set and become harder to remove in the future.
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    Use a homemade air freshener to absorb unpleasant smells and keep your fridge odor-free. Before food goes bad, and starts coating the inside of your fridge with regular blasts of malodor, it's time to act. Here's what you can equip your fridge with to combat these smells:
    • A clean sock filled with activated charcoal — from an aquarium store, not from your bbq briquettes. The charcoal absorbs bad odors for up to three months.
    • An opened box of baking soda. Baking soda is another expert odor absorber.[3] Most baking soda packages say you should change your baking soda out every 30 days, but you can probably get away with 60 to 90 days of use before exchanging.
    • Freshly ground coffee, placed in a small dish at the back of the fridge, also works very well at absorbing odors.
    • Unscented chlorophyll cat litter is yet another odor buster. 1/2" kitty litter in a shallow pan at the back of the refrigerator should eliminate most offending smells.
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    Scent your fridge to give it a subtle fragrance. This may not be for everyone, but some people might enjoy the subtle hint of vanilla, for example, when they open their refrigerator. The operating word in this whole step is "subtle." You probably don't want any fragrance to be overwhelming upon opening of the fridge. Like cologne or perfume, a nice "afterthought" is much more pleasant, especially coupled with food:
    • Sprinkle a little vanilla extract, tea tree oil, or essence of lavender, lemon, or even bergamot in a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in a small dish at the back of the fridge. Exchange every couple of weeks.
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    Crumple a piece of a brown paper bag into a ball and place it alongside fruits and veggies in the crisper for odor protection. A crumpled paper bag works wonders at removing smells in the crisper.

PROJECT: How to Clean a REFRIGERATOR

Edited by James Quirk, Jose M. Verges, Tom Viren, Brett Fechheimer and 29 others
Every so often, a refrigerator needs to be cleaned from the inside out. The shelves have to be washed down from milk spills, and food must be tossed out if it has outlived its shelf life. Though it's not the most pleasant task, knowing how to do it efficiently and effectively will save you plenty of time and hassle.


Part 1 of 2: Cleaning the Refrigerator


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    Take all your food out of the fridge. Place it on a table or counter so the refrigerator is completely emptied out. You'll want to have empty space so that you can survey the damage.
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    Throw out any aged, moldy or inedible food, bagging securely to prevent leakage or mold distribution. The yearly or quarterly refrigerator clean often alerts us to items we've completely forgotten about, and which have sadly lost their inevitable fight with Time. 'Tis life. Discard hastily or restock at your own risk.
    • Don't be bashful about throwing away the items that you never use. Those pickles that have been sitting in the back of the fridge before grandma got her dentures probably got to go, unless you accidentally want to invite disaster.
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    Take out any shelving, drawers (e.g. crispers), or other removable surface areas from the refrigerator. Sticking your head into the belly of the refrigerator in order to clean it isn't very pleasant, and it sure isn't that effective. In order to get the job done quicker, you'll probably want to remove shelving and the like and place it near the kitchen sink, where it will be much easier to clean.
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    Wash the shelving, drawers, and other surfaces by hand. Most of what you took out of your fridge either won't fit or shouldn't be placed in a dishwasher. Instead, lather up some suds, get a nice brush or sponge to scrub with, and start going at the removable items from your fridge. This is where the rubber meets the road.
    • Never wash a cold glass shelf with hot water. The sudden temperature change could shatter the glass. Instead, use cold water or remove the shelf and let it come up to room temperature before washing it.
    • For heavy-duty spills and/or stains, don't be afraid to use the power of hot water and ammonia. Dilute a little bit of ammonia in hot water (1:5 ratio should be plenty) and let the item(s) soak before scrubbing.
    • Be sure to let the shelving, grill, etc. dry out completely on a drying rack before inserting back into the refrigerator.
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    Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with your preferred cleaning solution. Attack any big or stubborn stains and hit all the remaining surfaces with a clean cloth or sponge.
    • You probably don't want to use soap or a chemical cleaner on the inside of the fridge, as food will absorb the smell. Instead, use one of the following natural cleaning solutions:
      • 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart hot water[1]
      • 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts hot water
    • For really stubborn stains or buildups, try using a dab of white toothpaste. It serves as an abrasive cleanser and it smells mighty fine to boot.[2]
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    Make sure to clean the fridge doors. If your refrigerator door has shelving space and is regularly used, make sure to hit that area too, either with a chemical cleaner or a gentler one (explanation above).
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    Dry off shelving before putting it back in its home in the refrigerator. With a clean cloth, wipe off any excess water from your removable shelving and place it back in the refrigerator.
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    Reintroduce the food into the refrigerator. Wipe off any jars, bottles, or tupperware and place them back into the refrigerator. Double-check the expiration dates on any perishable items before placing them back.

PROYECTO: Còmo Limpiar una Heladera y sacarle el Olor

Como limpiar una heladera y sacarle el olor

Escrito por Ale el Viernes 8 de agosto del 2008
Una heladera es el lugar donde se mezcla muchos olores y aromas diferentes es inevitable. Es necesario que este electrodoméstico este limpio y desinfectado, al igual que desodorizado contra olores desagradables.
Si hace mucho que no la usas, si una heladera, ha estado apagada y cerrada; seguramente tendrá un olor desagradable (por mas limpia que esté).
Mujer limpiando una heladera

Como limpiar una heladera, paso por paso

1) Desenchufarla (extremadamente importante).
2) Sacar todos los productos y alimentos que esten adentro. Tomá precauciones si hay algunos que puedan descomponerse por falta de frio.
3) Sacá todos los estantes, cajones y vidrios que tenga. Tiene que quedar vacía.
4) Prepará en una botella de gaceosa vacia (o algun bowl), lo siguiente: dos cucharadas soperas de detergente de cocina y un litro de agua; mexclar bien. Con esta mezcla, vas a mojar un trapo y vas a limpiar todo el interior.
5) Con un trapo húmedo (puedes enjuagar el anterior) vas a ir limpiando desde arriba hacia abajo nuevamente. Si hace falta, enjuaga el detergente del trapo varias veces.
6) Prepara esta mezcla: en un litro de agua agrega una cucharada sopera de lavandina (¡cuidado con tu ropa!).
Deberás pasar un trapo húmedo con esa mezcla por los rincones: donde se ponen los estantes, el piso, paredes, etc. Esto desinfecta muy bien toda la superficie del refrigerador
7) Una vez que limpiamos los estantes y toda superficie, dejamos que seque. Una vez que esté todo seco; vuelves a colocar todo los alimentos.

Para evitar el olor en la heladera:

Vienen algunos productos especiales, yo aconsejo lo anterior (lo cual quita el olor), pero para mantenerlo podes usar:
Un carbón (o varios) del tamaño de tu mano, bien grande: Tiene que ser nuevo, es decir, que nunca le hayas prendido fuego. Puedes ponerlo algo escondido, en algún estante o en un cajoncito de la puerta. Tiene la excelente función de absorber olores.
Un producto químico: se compran en supermercados o casas de limpieza (todo suelto). Disfrazan los olores con perfume. No duran mucho, la verdad prefiero el anterior.

Recomendaciones:

  • Usar con precaución la lavandina. Algunos plasticos usados en las heladeras modernas (o muy deteriorados) pueden dañarse.
  • No usar químicos muy fuertes, evitar desodorantes o productos cáusticos.
  • Se recomienda limpiar una vez por mes la heladera, si ya la mantienes así, solo con un paño húmedo puedes repasarla y limpiarla a fondo una vez cada seis meses.
  • Manten la cadena de frio de los alimentos.
  • Para limpiar congeladores o frezeer, se puede usar el mismo método. Para que descongele mas rápido no uses agua caliente; mas vale ponele un ventilador cerca que haga circular el aire.

NUEVO PROYECTO: La HELADERA/ THE REGRIGERATOR

Samsung Food Showcase refrigerator. So you can look in the fridge without letting the cold out! Genius!!