HOT WATER FOR HOLIDAY LINENS
I was puzzled recently when I heard a Consumer Report representative say on TV that cold water gets clothes cleaner. Although I do colored clothes in cold water I use hot water for kitchen linens, also bath towels and sheets. Before I lowered the temperature in the water tank I decided to check it out at Purdue. Here’s the scoop from Linda Bryant, Purdue University Extension.
“Water temperature is crucial to the cleaning of clothing. The general rule still holds true that the hotter the water, the easier and faster the cleaning. The colder the water, the more difficult or time-consuming the cleaning job. If using cold water washing, take time to measure water temperature using a candy or cooking thermometer. For best results, cold water should be 60 degrees or warmer. Temperatures below 50 degrees F are considered too cold to give satisfactory washing results for today’s fabrics and laundry products (detergent and bleach). Always read and follow the garment care label recommendations.”
Source: Linda Bryant, Administrative Assistant, Purdue University Extension, College of Health & Human Services, West Lafayette, IN
ADOPTING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE CAN STILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
A combination of healthy lifestyle factors, including having a normal body weight, minimal belly fat, regular physical activity, limited exposure to secondhand smoke and higher consumption of fruits and vegetables leads to greater longevity, according to a study conducted by Wei Zheng, MD, PhD, MPH, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and director of Vanderbilt University’s Epidemiology Center, Nashville, TN. “The important message,” said Dr. Zheng, “is that it is never too late to modify health styles.” People on all levels of health can benefit …. from healthy people, to those with diabetes and hypertension and even people with severe stroke, cardiovascular and cancer conditions. People who practice healthy lifestyles will have concurrent better quality of life.”
Source: Duke Medicine HealthNews, December 2010.
FINALLY MAKING THE MEMO
Last spring I tried Chunky Pork and Sausage Chili and even froze a container of it. The past three months I’ve been on an inventory reduction kick so I’d have room for tins of Christmas cookies made with Mary Ann Thanksgiving weekend. That’s when I rediscovered this slow cooker soup from the National Pork Producers. I really liked it and could hardly believe it hadn’t been on a memo. If you were gifted with a new slow cooker for Christmas do make this hearty chili soon!
CHUNKY PORK AND SAUSAGE CHILI
1 lb. boneless country-style ribs, cut into ¾-inch cubes
½ lb. fully cooked smoked sausage, cut in ½-inch slices
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
(1) 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
(1) 15-ounce can tomato sauce
(1) 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 cup beer or water
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
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