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The Effect of Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops?

The Effect of Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops?

Effect of Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops

We love inventing new ways when it comes to cleaning. Everybody has their secret recipes for the cleanest kitchen. If you ask me about my secret recipe, it is probably using toothpaste to clean my white outdoor shoes. I can also use the same toothpaste in my bathtub for the places the usual brushes can’t reach. However, I can’t say that I am an expert in cleaning because it takes too much time and I tend to do things in a loose way. While I was listening to the gossips between my mom’s friends, I heard that some of them use an oven cleaner for their kitchen countertops. But, what is the effect of oven cleaner on kitchen countertops anyway?

For most housewives, the thing they could boast about most is the cleanliness of their house. For this reason, they might carry out different steps for a more clean home without thinking about the consequences. What worried me most was the fact that they have used a powerful product on their kitchen countertop.

What are the Ingredients of an Oven Cleaner?

Have you ever taken a look at your oven since you last cleaned it? If it has been a long time, you can probably see the greasy stains that stuck into your oven. After seeing those stains, you can imagine how powerful an oven cleaner must be to sweep away all those stains. Without giving a specific brand name, it would be hard for us to be more clear about the ingredients of an oven cleaner. For instance, “easy-off” is one of the most popular brand names for oven cleaning. One of their products called “heavy-duty” is as heavy as it sounds.

If you are looking for an oven that is easy to clean and use, check our Oster Roaster Oven review from our article of Best Roaster Oven reviews.

Before going any further, let’s take a look at the ingredients of “easy-off” and see the possible threats those ingredients have:

  1. Sodium Hydroxide: This chemical substance provides an oven cleaner to maximize its performance. But it may cause different problems like irritation in the skin, feeling nauseous, or itchy. That is why it is risky to touch with your bare hands. Even if you cover your hands, the vapor caused by sodium hydroxide might be bad for your eyesight.
  2. Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether: This chemical is used to dissolve at least one of the other ingredients to form a solution. But the toxic air ether releases might be harmful to your body.

As you can see, even if you are not using the oven cleaner for the kitchen countertops, you still need to be careful while using it.

How Harmful Can an Oven Cleaner Be for Kitchen Countertops?

Oven cleaner standing in front of an oven, ready for cleaning

When we think of the powerful cleaning effect of the oven cleaner, we cannot help but wonder what it could do to the kitchen countertops. As there are different kinds of products to make a kitchen countertop, the effect might be different depending on the type of this product. We will be looking at them one by one and compare the effects.

Tile Countertops

Once you apply the oven cleaner on your kitchen countertop, it will start to eat the top glaze. The toxins released by the oven cleaner is the biggest enemy of your tile countertops because it will be effective from the beginning. The more you apply the oven cleaner, the less smooth your tile countertop will get.

Wooden Countertops

Considering that my kitchen’s countertop is wooden, this is something I can bet on. Wooden countertops can’t even handle being exposed to too much water. There is no way to clean them with an oven cleaner. It will eat away the weak varnish and the top will look sticky and ugly at the end.

Granite Countertops

Thinking that granite is a durable and expensive product, you may think that it is okay to use oven cleaner. Please don’t do that to your beautiful countertop. Because the oven cleaner will destroy the top layer, you will be left with a sticky, soft countertop which will become uneven finally.

Marble Countertops

Even if your precious marble countertop is safe with the polyurethane seal, it won’t be safe anymore once you start using an oven cleaner on it. You should refrain from using any chemicals while cleaning marble let alone using an oven cleaner. Otherwise, you will have a faded, ugly marble countertop left.

Laminate Countertops

Compared to other countertop materials, laminate is the most durable one by far. But that doesn’t necessitate the fact that it will stay the same. Because its shape will be disturbed once you expose it to the oven cleaner, you should refrain from doing so.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a famous natural stone thanks to its durability and beauty. If you think of damaging its beautiful surface, how dare you? You should consider what it will cost later once the surface is damaged with chemicals.

As you can see, oven cleaners could damage and leave stains on your kitchen countertop rather than cleaning them. Once you apply this chemical to the kitchen countertop, you may think that there is no way to save it. Here are some tips that could backspace your mistake.

Fixing the Stains Caused by Oven Cleaners on the Kitchen Countertops

A woman trying to get that stain out from the kitchen countertop

The tips we will give you may not permanently save your countertop if the damage is too much. But, if you try to remove stains after you use the oven cleaner once or twice, these steps might be helpful. And, before you try any of these steps, you should try them on a small part of your countertop to see if it does any damage.

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Water

This might be useful if the countertop has a marble or granite surface. But, you shouldn’t rub the surface with baking soda and water. After you gently spread the baking soda, you need to wait for a few days without removing it.

Cleaning with Vinegar

As an acidic product, the vinegar might prevent the destructive effect of sodium hydroxide in oven cleaner. You should clean the stained area with vinegar and wait a little more to see the effects.

Cleaning with Beeswax Polish

Beeswax is a natural healer especially if you have wood or laminate countertops. It will be covering the countertop and forbid any kind of bacteria entry to the surface. Once you apply, you will see the revival of the countertop’s shiny surface.

Cleaning with Dishwashing Soap and Baking Soda

This mixture is the best to remove stains from steel kitchen countertops. You shouldn’t rub the surface with all your power, but you should move the cloth on the stain. For further information about how Baking Soda is a cleaning agent, be sure to check its Wikipedia page.

You can also check this awesome YouTube video for tips on using on-the-counter materials for kitchen cleaning.

Conclusion

After all, our suggestion will be to use your cleaner wherever it is supposed to be used. Even if when you want to try something new, please check the side effects that chemicals will cause. If you are already the victim of using an oven cleaner on your kitchen countertop, you can revive the counter with the steps we have mentioned before. If you are still looking for a cleaner for the kitchen countertop, be careful not to spread it all over it. First, it will be better to check on a small part of the countertop before causing serious damage.

For further questions and ideas, please do not hesitate to put a comment down below.

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Can You Microwave Paper Plates? Is it Safe?

Can You Microwave Paper Plates? Is it Safe?

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What is the best part of taking paper plates to the picnic? For me, using paper plates means not having to wash the dishes later. You can use paper plates not only for a picnic but also at home. Especially for a lazy bird like me, they are a total lifesaver. Once you have put the chicken on the paper plates, the rest is to heat it up. You are about to open the microwave and a sudden question comes to your mind: can you microwave paper plates?

A lot of people must be asking the same question to themselves because there is usually no sign showing it. In this article, we will be answering these questions and make sure that you have no question marks left in your mind.

What is a Paper Plate Made of?

As befits the name, the main ingredient of the paper plates is paper-based materials. When it comes to the inventor of this material, Martin Keyes must be the one we should be thankful for. If he didn’t think about the idea of providing better material to keep lunches on it, there wouldn’t be any paper plates now. At that time, Keyes used the wood pulp to make a paper plate. For today’s products, there are more disposable materials used for making paper plates.

Since Martin Keyes has invented the paper plates, there has been a lot of change in the appearance of the paper plates. They have become lighter and more colorful compared to the ones in the 1900s. Have you ever had a paper plate with designs on it? I used to have one of those with a flower design. But I have never tried to put them in the microwave, and I am very glad that I didn’t do that. Because what I will tell you next might come as a little surprise for you.

Can You Put Paper Plates in the Microwave?

If you are looking for a “yes” to this answer, you are right. There is no harm in putting paper plates in the microwave but… Well, there is a “but” for your safety. When we consider the paper plate as a plain white paper plate, you don’t need to worry about it at all. You can put it safely in the microwave. Plain paper plates include useful wastes and paper scraps in their construction besides cellulose and some wood chemicals. There is no proof saying that these materials are not suitable for microwave use.

However, if you are using one of those printed paper plates just as I do, you need to be careful. Because paper plate designs are not permanent like porcelain china, the design might leach into your food when you heat up the microwave.

Can Paper Plates Make a Fire?

can paper plates make a fire?

When you see the word “paper”, you can easily associate it with fire. While there are some types of paper that can easily burn, there are non-combustible ones too. Paper plates are an example of microwave-oven paper materials while coffee bags are not. Even if you have a plain white paper plate, please make sure that it is not too thin.

Even for a thin white paper plate, there is a risk of melting and combustion when it is exposed to too much heat for a long time. That is why paper plates with medium thickness are always the best ones to use. Besides, it is better to make sure that you use paper plates only for reheating your food. So long as they don’t include any prints, there won’t be any health risks as well.

You should, of course, use glass containers to reheat your food. If you do not want to use anything, you can always use roaster ovens. We have gone over 10 roaster ovens in our best roaster oven reviews article. If you want more details in-depth, you can also check our oster roaster oven review.

To Make Sure if Your Paper Plate is Microwave-safe

After a long day, you have finished your shopping and came back home. While you want to reheat some chicken, the paper plates take your interest. But, you are not sure if they are microwave-safe. Here is your guide to confirm your plate’s safeness:

  1. Take a cup and fill it with water.
  2. Put that cup in the microwave along with a paper plate.
  3. Let the plate wait a minute or two in the microwave.
  4. Take out the plate and the cup and check their situation.

There are two possible outcomes for this scenario:

  1. If the water in the cup is warm and the paper plate is cold, that place is suitable for microwave use.
  2. If the water in the cup is cold but the paper plate is warm, you need to reconsider using that plate.

How About Other Paper Products and Plates?

Since we have talked about paper plates, it could be helpful for our readers to know about other products as well. While reheating your food in the oven, you need to think of your health. Otherwise, there might be a fire breakout or you might get poisoned from your food. Here are some reviews on other kinds of paper products or plates to see if they can be used in the microwave.

  1. Paper Towel: Because it doesn’t contain any humidity, paper towels are suitable for use in the microwave. You can cover your spaghetti so that it won’t splatter around your microwave. Also, its spongy surface makes it easier for the steam to get through the food.
  2. Newspaper: As a non-sanitary product, using a newspaper might spoil your dinner. The texture of the newspaper causes the emission of toxic fumes to its surrounding.
  3. Brown Paper Bag: Like the newspaper, there is a risk of toxic fume emission when you use a brown paper bag. Besides, it cannot handle too much heat and it can easily burn.
  4. Ceramic plates: Ceramics are microwave-safe products. However, you may need to check the place of the manufacture for your safety. When you see the label “made in China”, slowly leave the plate and run away. Because the plate might crack when you expose it to the heat of the microwave.

Some Tips For Reheating Your Food

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  1. Do not put colorful designed paper plates to reheat your food.
  2. Put enough food inside your plate so that it won’t get smashed.
  3. If necessary, use two paper plates to reheat your food.
  4. For reheating foods like spaghetti and noodles, please make sure to cover them with a paper towel.
  5. Make sure that you have removed any kind of plastic from the paper plate before reheating.

Conclusion

For more than 100 years, paper plates have had an important place in our lives. From picnics to daily usage, they gave a hand to those who don’t want to deal with the cleaning after dinner. If you have those paper plates only to put food inside, you can be as free as a bird while choosing the type of plate you want. But, if you have an intention of putting that plate in the microwave, you need to sacrifice your taste for your health. Otherwise, you might enjoy your dinner inked with the colors of the paper plate. Besides, please use your paper plate only if you want to reheat your food.

For the best experience, we suggest you use white plain paper plates for reheating. When you follow our suggestions, you can be sure to make use of your paper plates in the best way. Please feel free to comment and share your ideas about the article in the comments.

 

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Can You Put Cardboard in the Microwave/Oven?

Can You Put Cardboard in the Microwave/Oven?

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Frozen food has an essential place in our lives due to our lifestyle. Because it is cheap and takes less time to cook, it is a popular choice for most people. Frozen food is a lifesaver especially if you are a single person. After you spend long hours at work, you may not have the energy to cook something by yourself. Then, you remember the frozen pizza in the freezer and you take it out with its package. When you are ready to heat it, the question comes to your mind: can you put cardboard in the microwave or oven?

We have given the example by using pizza but, there are many types of frozen food that are covered with cardboard. While some of the packages say that it is safe to heat your food with cardboard, some of them don’t. How will you find about the truth then? We will be talking about the situations regarding the oven and the microwave separately because those two have different working mechanisms.

Putting Cardboard in the Microwave

While you use your oven to cook something, the microwave is usually for heating the leftovers. What if you don’t have an oven to cook your frozen food? If you check the signs on your microwave, you will see that it can be set for longer times as well. I have even tried using my microwave to cook souffle in a cup. The most important part is to know how much time will be necessary.

To Defrost Your Food

It will usually take 7~8 minutes for the frozen pizza to cook completely. But, it is always better to check the instructions on the package for the best experience. If your frozen food comes with a cardboard package, you should check if it is microwave-safe. If not, it is best to put it on a microwave-safe dish. You have checked the package and see that there is no sign. What would you do next?

If you are worried that a fire might break out, there is actually no such risk. Microwave’s working mechanism depends on the water molecules inside your food. With the high frequency of those molecules, your food will start heating. Because there is no water in the cardboard, there is no risk of combustion at this point. It will not heat up as quickly as the food itself.

However, we do not suggest you put cardboard in the microwave if you want to defrost your food. Although it is highly impossible to catch fire, it is risky for your health when you microwave your food for 7~8 minutes. There are some chemicals in the structure of the cardboard to make it durable. And these chemicals might leach into your food when you microwave your food for a long time. This could also change the taste of your food in a bad way and you may not enjoy your delicious pizza.

To Reheat Your Food

As for the reheating process, it usually takes around 1~2 minutes for your food to heat completely. The heat won’t affect the cardboard because it doesn’t contain any water molecules. But this doesn’t mean that you can put the cardboard in the microwave. You still need to double-check the microwave-safe sign.

You might see some comments on the internet saying that other people microwaved the cardboard safely. Please keep in mind that each microwave might react to the cardboard differently. If you don’t want a kitchen fire, we suggest you microwave the food without the cardboard.

When you put the leftover inside the microwave, do not forget to place a bowl or a cup of water. Placing water will help you to get soft, nicely cooked food.

Putting Cardboard in the Oven

In contrast to the microwave, the oven can be very dangerous because its mechanism depends on air circulation. Because the cardboard itself could absorb the heat circulated by this air, it could easily catch fire. Depending on your purpose, we will be giving you different options to use the cardboard in the oven.

To Cook Food

Well, the oven’s basic principle is to cook food, right? How about cooking defrosted food that comes with a cardboard package? No matter what you cook, you need to preheat the oven before you put anything in it. The temperature for cooking frozen pizza is around 375~425°F while the cardboard can start a fire around 450°F.

What are you gonna do at this point? There are many cons than pros to put the pizza in the oven with the cardboard. Although the numbers may suggest that you can put the cardboard in the oven, this might be deceptive. Have you ever tried a recipe where the temperature doesn’t match your oven and the food didn’t cook well? This shows that the temperatures may differ depending on the oven itself. To be able to have more control and over your food while cooking it in an oven, you can try using a roaster oven as well. You can check our best roaster oven reviews article to find the one most suitable for you! If you are lazy to find one, we have reviewed Oster Roaster Oven for you on JarKitchen.com as well!

That fact shows us that we need some alternatives to cook our defrosted food without the cardboard. At this point, let’s think of the pizza as an example again and see some alternatives. For instance, you can use a pizza station, baking tray, or aluminum foil to cook the pizza.

Besides the heat factor, there are other reasons why you shouldn’t put your pizza in the oven with the cardboard. When you put the pizza in the oven with the cardboard, it will take a longer time to heat because the cardboard will be absorbing the heat coming from the bottom part of the oven. Unless the cardboard is not suitable for baking, do not put it in the oven. It will not only lengthen the time for cooking but it will also cause your food to taste weird.

To Heat Your Food

As a combustible material, the cardboard can easily catch fire in the oven. The only way to put cardboard in the oven is when the oven doesn’t work. Or, when you double-check that the cardboard is oven-safe. Otherwise, the next person you call will be a firefighter.

When it comes to the best way to use the oven to heat your food, here are the steps. Heat the oven to the lowest temperature possible and wait for a few minutes for the oven to heat. Then, turn off the power and put the entire box in the oven. In this way, there won’t be a power source to start a fire. Besides, your pizza will heat properly thanks to the cardboard itself. It is a known fact that these cardboards are specifically designed to keep the pizza warm.

Conclusion – Can You Put Cardboard in the Microwave?

Depending on the type of cardboard you use, it is questionable whether you can put it in the oven/microwave or not. When you don’t see the oven-safe or microwave-safe label on the cardboard, it is better not to take a risk and use something else instead. In this article, we have answered the question “Can you put cardboard in the microwave?”

Microwave is safer than oven thanks to its mechanism but you shouldn’t keep the cardboard in the microwave for a long time. As for using the oven, we suggest you refrain from cooking your food with cardboard even if it says oven-safe. You may not know if it is easier for your oven to burn it or not. But, you can put the cardboard only when the oven is not working.

Using non-oven safe cardboard might even change the texture and the taste of your food when it is exposed to too much heat. For the best experience, you can keep the cardboard during reheating your food while you shouldn’t use it for cooking.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let us know in the comments.

 

 

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Can You Put a Pizza Box in the Oven?

Can You Put a Pizza Box in the Oven?

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Pizza! The grace of Italy! Who doesn’t love the addictive smell of the pizza and the melting cheese on the top? As one of the biggest lovers of pizza, I was unsure whether to order a pizza or not because I had to live alone during the pandemic. If you live alone like me or order a big pizza, it is highly possible that there will be leftover pizza that won’t taste good when you reheat. Or, when the delivery comes it might be too late and your pizza might be too cold to enjoy it. At this point, you might think of putting it directly into the oven in case it may not fit in the microwave. And that question comes to your mind: can you put a pizza box in the oven?

In this article, we will be explaining whether you can put a cardboard pizza box in the oven or not. Besides, there will be some tips about the best ways of heating your pizza. Read until the end before putting your pizza in the oven. 🙂

What Happens When You Put a Pizza Box in the Oven?

The next time when you order a pizza, try to take a look at the box first and check the material. You will see that the pizza box is cardboard paper and it is combustible. If you put a pizza box in the oven at high degrees, it will catch fire easily. Although the pizza box is safe until 450°F, it is always better to be safe than sorry. And you will be eliminating the possibility of fire in your kitchen.

Instead, you can recycle the pizza box. This way you will fulfill your duty for the mother nature as well! Check this link for more info on recycling cardboards.

The only reason why we shouldn’t reheat pizza with the pizza box is not the danger. Besides, your pizza will not taste good if you decide on heating it with the box. When you put them together in the oven, the cardboard will disturb the circulation of the heat. And as a result, the top of the pizza will melt while the bottom burns and gets crusty. Also, there are some chemicals in the structure of the pizza box that will possibly change the taste of the pizza.

If you do not want to have a soggy or dry pizza when you heat it, we will have some advice for you. Depending on what kitchen appliance you have, you can choose any of these options.

reheating the pizza

Safe Ways to Heat Pizza and Keep It Warm

Your pizza has arrived and suddenly, you remembered that you had to do something before dinner. When you come back, you see that your pizza got cold. There are three options for you at this point: oven, microwave, and countertop stove.

Using Oven to Reheat Your Pizza

This option doesn’t only help to heat your pizza. But, it can also help you keep your pizza warm. When you are finished with heating the pizza, you can put it back in the pizza box and put it back in the oven. In this way, the pizza box will be keeping the heat coming from the oven.

Without any equipment:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. If you are not worried about the cleaning, put your pizza directly on the oven rack.
  3. Wait for 6-9 minutes.
  4. Dinner is ready!

With aluminum foil:

  1. Separate the whole pizza slices.
  2. Wrap each slice individually to an aluminum foil. (Because aluminum foil might be unhealthy when it touches the food, it is better to wrap the pizza with a baking sheet first.)
  3. Set the oven to 400°F.
  4. Heat your pizza slices for 10 minutes.
  5. Your pizza is ready to enjoy!

With the baking tray:

For a crispy pizza;

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Make sure that you leave the baking tray in the oven during preheating.
  3. Wait for a few minutes and put the pizza in the baking tray.
  4. Wait for almost 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. Bon appetite!

For a softer pizza dough;

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Leave the baking tray on the outside.
  3. When the oven is heated, put the pizza in the baking tray.
  4. Put the oven in the baking tray and wait until the cheese melts.
  5. Enjoy!

Using Microwave To Heat the Pizza

Heating your pizza with radiation may not sound good but this is also an option for you. Whenever I try to reheat my pizza in the microwave, it will either be too dry or too soggy. However, microwaving pizza is a popular option because it saves more time compared to the oven. Here are the options for the most delicious reheated pizza for you:

With a paper towel:

  1. Use a spacious dish and put a paper towel on it. (The paper towel will take the extra moist from the pizza and prevent it to be soggy.)
  2. Put each pizza slice individually on the paper towel.
  3. Set the microwave to 1 minute and repeat this if necessary. ( In this way, you will be able to check the temperature of the microwave and take the pizza before it burns.)
  4. Enjoy your pizza!

With a bowl of water:

  1. Fill 2/3 of the bowl with water.
  2. Place the pizza on the top of the dish. *If you have a whole pizza to heat, put the pizza in a dish and place a glass of water next to it.
  3. Set the timer to 1 minute and heat your pizza in medium heat.
  4. You can enjoy your crispy pizza.

Using the Countertop Stove

With a stainless steel pan:

  1. Preheat the pan to medium heat.
  2. When preheated, add pizza slices and wait for a few minutes.
  3. Add a few drops of water next to the pizza, not on it. (This will provide every part of pizza to be heated)
  4. Cover the pan by using a pan lid.
  5. Wait for a few minutes until cheese melts.
  6. Your pizza is ready to get served.

How About the Pizza Box?

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After all, we suggest you throw away the pizza box for your safety. By applying one of our suggestions, you can enjoy your pizza without worrying about a fire breakout. Although it is said that you can put the pizza box in the oven at 350°F, you cannot know how the oven will react. As we stated earlier, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Conclusion

We have tried to sum up the most useful ways to reheat your pizza and enjoy it as if it is just served by the cook. Because I am usually on a strict diet, I didn’t really have much time eating pizza. And whenever I did, there always have been leftovers. Trying to find the best strategy to enjoy the leftovers, I tried reheating my pizza in the microwave by using the water bowl strategy. That is why I can assure you that you will get a delicious pizza when you use the microwave. While using the oven, please make sure to use a baking sheet before wrapping your food with aluminum foil. We have explained why your food shouldn’t directly touch the aluminum foil in this article.

It is time to enjoy your pizza while reading this article. If you have ever tried heating your pizza with one of these ways, please let us know in the comments.

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Can You Put Aluminum Foil in the Oven? Do’s and Don’ts

Can You Put Aluminum Foil in the Oven? Do’s and Don’ts

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When you want to cook without making a lot of mess, aluminum foil usually becomes your first choice to use. That is why it might be surprising for you to see this question in the first place. How often do you put aluminum foil in the oven? Can you use aluminum foil in the oven whenever you want?

The answer to the question in the title is of course a “yes” but, there are some pieces of advice for your health. First, we will be refreshing our minds to remember how we use aluminum in the oven.

The Most Common Ways to Use Tin Foil

As you can see, we have used the term “tin foil” instead of “aluminum foil” because they are the same thing. With its affordability, aluminum foil is not only our favorite but also restaurants as well. Do you remember how the restaurant sent your food the last time you ordered chicken or meat? They usually use aluminum foil pans to keep the food juicy and hot. How about the way you use aluminum foil in the oven? Can you put aluminum foil pans in the oven? We will be answering these questions shortly.

1. Covering the Top of the Food

Growing up in a Turkish family, I got used to seeing an aluminum foil over the chicken or the fish in the oven. And, I asked my mom why she is using it, she told me that it is to keep the food juicy. Aluminum foil actually prevents food from getting dry by reflecting the heat. Whenever my mom cooks something with a stewpan, she covers the top with aluminum foil so that the vegetables don’t get burned.

2. Wrapping around the Food

After having a nice meal, it is the easiest way to wrap the leftovers with aluminum foil. In this way, you won’t have to use another dish to reheat your meal and it won’t take time either. If you need to do some work before eating, aluminum foil will keep your food warm as well.

3. Putting it directly on the Oven Rack

While you are making a toast or pizza in the oven, you may not want to make the baking tray dirty. Instead, you can put the aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven rack and put the toast above it. In this way, you will prevent the oven from getting dirty and you won’t spend an extra dish.

4. Putting in on the Bottom of the Oven Rack or Oven itself

Because aluminum doesn’t touch the food directly, the main goal is to keep the oven clean at this point. When the food spills, the aluminum prevents it to spill on the oven itself.

5. Covering the Baking Sheet

This is probably the healthiest way to wrap your food because your food won’t touch the foil directly. In this way, you will keep your oven clean and your food juicy.

6. Heating by Using Aluminum Foil Pan

Aluminum foil pan is something I am familiar with because I tend to order food online. When the delivery becomes late and the food gets colder, it is an easy way to reheat your food with an aluminum foil pan. They are less risky than using aluminum foil itself because there won’t be any cracking or spilling.

We have mentioned the most common ways to use aluminum foil but, do we recommend all of them? We don’t recommend most of these tactics for your own health and we will be telling you why.

What is Wrong with the Way We Use Aluminum Foil?

The fact that you can use aluminum foil in the oven doesn’t mean you should. Using too much aluminum foil with your food might be dangerous for your health. Or, the way you use the foil might break your oven.

A human can take 40 mg of aluminum per kilogram to their bodies daily. In other words, I can take 2600 mg of aluminum per day because I weigh 65 kg. However, when you overdose on the intake of aluminum, this can damage your brain cells. Aluminum is not only available in aluminum utensils but also in foods and drinks like tea, spices, and corn. That is why you might be taking more aluminum into your body than you think.

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Other than those utensils and foods, how about the aluminum teapots and pans you use in your kitchen? They also contain a high amount of aluminum. Whenever we eat something that is wrapped with aluminum, we are in danger of taking too much aluminum into our bodies. Here are some tips about not to do while using aluminum foil.

1. Don’t Wrap Your Food with Aluminum Directly

When you directly wrap the tin foil around your food, the foil might leach into your food and you might eat a chicken wing that is seasoned with aluminum. Although aluminum foil might be innocent while you store your food with it in the fridge, it is dangerous when it comes to the oven. Cooking spicy or acidic foods or cooking at high temperatures makes it easier for aluminum to leach into your food. However, some studies revealed, that this actually has no effects on healthy adults. You can read the news article using this link.

Instead of using aluminum foil while storing your food, it is healthier to keep it in a glass container. As for wrapping your food to cook, you can use the 5th method we have told earlier. By wrapping your food with a baking sheet and using aluminum foil to cover it, you will be eliminating the risks. There are special baking sheets that are wrapped with aluminum foil for this purpose as well.

2. Don’t Put the Foil on the Oven Rack or Oven itself Alone

Aluminum might seem innocent, but it is very dangerous. When you put foil directly on the oven itself, it might get stuck to the surface because of the heat. As a result, it will be harder to clean and it might give cosmetic damage to your oven. Besides, if you put foil on the oven itself or on the oven rack, you will cause the food to cook unevenly. You won’t want that to happen if you are making cookies. 🙂 You can also use aluminum foils in roaster ovens safely by sticking to the guidelines in this article. If you are interested, you can check our article on oster roaster oven or our best roaster oven reviews.

There is no need to go farther and fare worse. If you clean the spills after you have finished cooking, there won’t be any problem left. Besides, you won’t have to pay for another oven eventually.

3. Use Baking Tray to Cook Food

Even if you worry about your oven to get dirty, it might be worse you only use aluminum foil. It will not only disrupt the heating cycle, but it might also leave you hungry. What if the aluminum foil rips apart suddenly? All the food will be spilled on the ground and it will get dirtier. The safest way is to use a baking tray while you can.

use baking tray with aluminum foil in the oven

Conclusion

Aluminum foil has an important place in our kitchens thanks to its affordability and versatility. However, it is better to be careful while using it because it can trigger some health issues at some point. For your safety, it is better not to put aluminum foil directly into your oven or on your food.

As for me, I never use aluminum foil while cooking. Instead, I prefer those baking sheets which are covered by aluminum foil. If there is no such product at the market, you can create the same effect by wrapping the foil around the baking sheet.

We hope that this article has taken your interest. For further questions, feel free to write a comment. 🙂

 

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Can You Put a Glass in the Oven? Is it Safe?

Can You Put a Glass in the Oven? Is it Safe?

can you put glass in the oven

After a long day at work, you may not have time to cook. Then, you realize the leftovers in the fridge from yesterday. Because you have put them in a glass container, you might have a question on your mind. Can you put a glass in the oven? If you are not sure about the answer, you will learn a lot after this article.

If you are afraid of putting glass in the oven, you can check out our roaster ovens. This way, you will take no risks and still be able to roast what you want! Hint: Oster Roaster Oven 22QT is especially good 🙂

Before showing the products that you can or cannot put in the oven, let’s remember why glass is a better product for storage?

Benefits for Using Glass to Store Food

1.Cleanliness: Compared to the plastic containers, you can easily clean glass containers and there won’t be any smell left.

2.Non-toxicity: Glass is non-toxic even if you heat it at high temperatures. However, there are other non-toxic materials that release toxic chemicals when heated.

3. Can be put in the oven: You don’t have to change the container to heat your food when you use a glass container rather than a plastic one.

4.Transparency: When you store your food inside a glass container and cook it later, you will clearly see if the ingredients are baking or not.

5. Quality: Glass containers might be more expensive than plastic ones. But, you do not have to worry if it melts or warps when you wash it in the dishwasher.

Oven-Safe Glasses

Can you put a glass in the oven? This picture shows the glass type symbols

If you are a careful buyer, you will realize these signs behind the glass you want to buy. The second image shows that you can put your glass inside the oven and it will be safe. Some of the well-known oven-safe glasses are tempered glasses, glasses made of borosilicate glasses, and pyrex glasses for instance.

However, if you do not have the second image at the back of your product, it may as well shatter if you are not careful enough. How about other glass products that don’t have the sign on?

It is better to show other products that you should think twice before putting in the oven.

Can You Put Other Glass Products in the Oven?

Can glass go in the oven? We have mentioned that tempered, borosilicate, and pyrex glasses are oven-safe glasses. That is only true when they have the oven-safe image on their package. How about other glass products that don’t have the oven-safe label on themselves?

Other Glass Products

1. Drinking Glasses

Like most coffee mugs, drinking glasses are not oven-safe unless they have an oven-safe sign on them.

2. Glass Bowls & Oven Safe Glass Bowls

Depending on the size of it, some of the glass bowls might handle the heat while some of them doesn’t. That is why it is better to be safe by checking the oven-safe mark on your bowl.

3. Glass Tupperware

If you move your Tupperware from the fridge to the oven directly, it is highly possible to shatter into the pieces. Glass Tupperwares are oven-safe but it is better to wait at room temperature for a while before you put it in the oven.

4. Glass Lid

A glass lid is more fragile when we compare it to Glass Tupperware. So long as you put it in the preheated oven, there won’t be a problem. But, the heat of the oven must not be more than 400°F.

5. Glass Plate

It is very risky to put a glass plate in the oven unless it has an oven-safe image sign on itself. When it is exposed to higher heat, it is very likely to crack.

6. Glass Pan

So long as it has the oven-safe label, you can use a glass pan to reheat your food. Otherwise, you might have an unfortunate experience in your kitchen.

As you can see, so long as there is no oven-safe label on your product, there is a high risk of shattering. Even if it does have the label, you need to follow some steps to make sure that you won’t have an unfortunate accident.

What to Do to Save Your Glass in the Oven from Shattering?

If you see that your tempered glass shattered even if it has the oven-safe label on itself, you might be doing one of the following mistakes:

1.Sudden Change in the Temperature

When you move your tempered glass from the fridge to the oven directly, it may not handle the sudden heat change and shatter eventually. It may not always happen but don’t forget that there is always a risk. You can make a science experiment to see if this really works. When you put boiled water inside a drinking glass that stayed in the freezer, it will surely shatter. The same rule applies to the fridge and oven as well.

2.Heating at High Temperatures

Just because your product has the oven-safe label doesn’t mean that you can throw it inside the lava. Each product has a temperature limit and you shouldn’t exceed this. For instance, tempered glass is safe to use inside the oven up to 350°F. The ultimate limit for Pyrex glass is 450°F. There are incidents showing that Pyrex glass can shatter at 500°F. So, it is better not to use your product at high temperatures.

cooking with glass in the oven

3.Not Pre-heating the Oven

While cooking something, the cook usually recommends to pre-heat the oven so that the food will cook better. The same rule can be applied to glass products as well. When you put your dish inside a cold oven, it will take much time to heat the dish. That is why your glass product will be exposed to radiant heat for a longer time. Whether you pre-heat the oven or not, it is inevitable for the glass to be exposed to this radiant heat. By preheating the oven, you will shorten this time and keep your product from breaking.

4.Using the Wrong Type of Product

As we have described before, there are some products which are suitable for heating in the oven like tempered glass. If you put a glass bowl in the oven without knowing if it is oven-safe, then, you are doing wrong.

5.Using Product with a Crack on it

If you put a glass with a crack in the oven, it may not handle the high temperature because the pressure will be on the cracked side. That kind of glass could even break inside a microwave. That is why please be careful before putting your glass product in the oven and check its flaws.

Conclusion

Using glass products is the best way to keep your food thanks to their durability and non-toxicity. When it comes to reheating the food you stored in your glass container, you need to be careful about its safety. Although your product is labeled as oven-safe, there are other steps you need to follow. After making sure that you have kept it at room temperature, you can put your glass in the oven. But please make sure that you have followed all 5 steps before heating your meal. If you do that, you will not meet a surprise while waiting for dinner to get ready.

As for me, I only put tempered glass in the oven if necessary and use the microwave for heating other stuff. Is there anything else you have put in the oven so far? Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or experiences about this topic.

 

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Hard Rock and Roll Sauce Recipe Secrets

Hard Rock and Roll Sauce Recipe Secrets

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You are either a spicy food lover or you hate spicy food. There is no middle ground. Well, this post goes to all our readers that love their food hot and spicy! Recently, it popped up into our minds with my brother, how AWESOME is the Moe’s Hard Rock and Roll Sauce. That sauce is kicking! By the way, you might need some help eating this. We thought that our readers may have gotten sick of going to Moe’s to buy some of this sauce but this should be a temporary solution. Since we are the JarKitchen team, we have made some research about the content of Hard Rock n Roll sauce at moe s southwest grill. Trust me, it is not easy and may be nearly impossible to find the exact recipe for a sauce like this.

Why is it impossible to find the recipe for Hard Rock and Roll Sauce?

Coca-Cola, KFC, Pepsi, and Mc Donalds Big Mac Sauce are all top secret recipes that are kept under utmost security measures. Therefore it is really hard to find the exact recipes for that. These secret recipes are not prepared at restaurants so that the chances of the recipe being disclosed are kept to a minimum.

Researching for the Hard Rock and Roll Sauce Recipe on the Internet

During my research, I have discovered that many people are looking for the recipe for this sauce. An employee of Moe’s responded to the topic and said that he will take a look into the ingredients list when he gets to work. Afterward, he said that he couldn’t find the ingredients. However, he also stated that the base for this sauce is the Texas Pete Hot Sauce. It seems Moe’s has added some extra spices, pepper extracts, and maybe some more vinegar to create the delicious and spicy Hard Rock n Roll Sauce. Since salt and vinegar are surely used in hard rock n roll sauce, nutrition facts show that there is 108mg of sodium per 100g of this sauce. Which makes up 5% of the daily value. Daily value is important for us. Hard Rock n roll sauce does not contain any protein.

That is how big companies keep their recipes in secret. But thank god we have the internet, we have many people’s opinions and we can find a copycat recipe for that. It is stated on the internet, that the closest you can get to the Hard Rock n Roll Sauce Recipe is the Extra Hot Valentina Hot Sauce.

Extra Hot Valentina Hot Sauce is the closest you can get!

After the research, we have found out, that the closest you can get to the Hard Rock and Roll is to get your hands on Valentina Hot Sauce. It has to be the one with the black label though. Here is the product if you are interested:

If you do not want to buy Valentina Hot Sauce, you can also make it yourself at home! But first, here is some information about the Valentina hot sauce.

Valentina is a brand of hot sauce. It has a light consistency, which means it is pourable. It is either sold in 12.5-ounce or 34-ounce glass bottles. Bottles have a flip-top cap, which cannot be unscrewed from the glass bottle. Valentina Hot Sauce is thicker than Tabasco sauce and has less vinegar in it in exchange for more chili flavor. Valentina Hot Sauce Scoville is 900 SHUs, while the Valentina Black Label Hot Sauce is about 2100 SHUs. If you are wondering what happens when you eat something spicy, you can learn more information about that in our Taco Bell Diablo Sauce Scoville article.

Nutrition facts for Valentina hot sauce state that in 1 tbsp (5g) is 5mg of sodium, which equals to 2,67% of the daily value being advised by doctors. Valentina Hot Sauce does not contain any protein. This means, that you can eat this sauce every day as long as you are careful with the amount you consume.

Valentina Hot sauce is often used in several Mexican foods. It is not only hot but also tasty. True Mexican street food is not only hot but also tasty. Valentina Hot sauce contains water, chili peppers, vinegar, salt, spices, and sodium benzoate as preservatives. From the nutrition perspective, it is not always what people look for in the sauces, since they are mostly consumed with junk food, but

Homemade Valentina Sauce Recipe (Hard Rock and Roll Sauce alternative)

We are coming all the way from Hard Rock n Roll Sauce to sweet and spicy homemade Valentina Sauce recipe. Here is the list of ingredients you need to make Valentina Sauce at home:

chili

Ingredients

  • WATER: 250ml of water
  • PAPRIKA: You can find paprika almost anywhere. Just go to a local supermarket and look for paprika in the spices section. The original recipe is made with Mexican chilies, so if you can get your hands on some Mexican chilies, put them in a mortar and make a sauce out of them.
  • CHILI POWDER: You can add any chili powder you like. This is a homemade recipe, so you should avoid using hard-to-find ingredients if you want to make this quick.
  • VINEGAR: White vinegar is recommended in this sauce. You can of course use apple vinegar but that may change the taste of the end product.
  • SALT: Salt helps to preserve the sauce along with vinegar.
  • OPTIONALHoney: You can add 1/2 tablespoon of honey to balance the spiciness with a bit of sweetness.

Now that we got the easy ingredients, let us get straight to the instructions. This is how you make the Valentina Hot Sauce:

Instructions

  1. Get all the ingredients, add them to a pot, and heat until the mix boils. You need to let it simmer for a minute on medium heat.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes but be careful not to let it cool down completely.
  3. To be able to get the nice saucy texture, put the mix in a blender, and start blending until you get the smooth texture. If you need a blender, you can check out our Best Quiet Blender reviews.
  4. Pour the nicely blended sauce into a sterilized bottle, secure with an airtight lid. After it has cooled down to room temperature, put it in the refrigerator and let it cool down for four to five hours. After that, you can use the sauce with any dish you like. Bon Appetit!

We want to give you another recipe right now. It is a specialty of mine and should do well with the homemade Valentina Sauce.

JarKitchen Special Pasta Sauce

Pasta with JarKitchen special pasta sauce. Sauce is red in color and garnished with 2 basil leaves on top. It tastes great with Hard Rock and Roll Sauce.
JarKitchen Special Pasta Sauce

Who does not love pasta right? It is one of the biggest reasons why people gain weight due to its high carbohydrate content. This pasta sauce is a special one for me because it is one of the first recipes that I have learned in my entire life and put on the menu. My childhood friend taught this one to me when I was 19. He learned it from his mom and his mom learned it from an Italian neighbor of theirs. I have made some alterations to the recipe to increase the taste even more. Let us get straight into it, shall we?

Ingredients

So, what you’ll need for this recipe is:

  • Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Butter
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper paste
  • 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • A carton of milk
  • Cumin, black pepper, chili flakes, salt, thyme
  • Fresh basil (Dried basil is also fine, but fresh is always better)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic

special pasta sauce

Instructions

  • Boil the pasta and put it aside. Keep some of the water you have boiled the pasta in aside.
  • Start by heating up the pan nice and hot. Add in three to four tablespoons of olive oil when it starts to smoke just a bit, add in the butter, and let it melt.
  • Add in the tomato paste and the pepper paste and stir nicely until they absorb some of the oil in the pan. Meanwhile, cut the garlic cloves into thin slices, and add it on top of the paste.
  • Now it is time to start adding milk into the mix. Start by adding half a glass of milk and keep stirring. Then, keep adding milk while stirring until you get the consistency of ketchup.
  • Season the sauce by adding salt, black pepper, thyme, cumin, and chili flakes (if you want some spice). Chop down four to five basil leaves, be careful not to destroy them, however; this will cause them to lose all that juice and the fresh smell of the basil. Add that into the mix, reduce the heat, and keep stirring for five more minutes.
  • Add the pasta on top of the sauce and stir nicely until the sauce is all over the pasta.
  • Serve directly after garnishing the plate with fresh basil leaves.

Conclusion

You might not have found the exact recipe for Hard Rock and Roll Sauce at moe s southwest grill, but we think we have given you enough information about it. Now you know why almost no one can know the recipe for sure. However, it is possible to get your hands on an alternative or even make one at home! We hope you liked this article. See you in another post! 🙂

 

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Is Lemonade a Juice? Know the Difference Between Lemonade!

Is Lemonade a Juice? Know the Difference Between Lemonade!

is lemonade a juice

I’m not the only person thinking about the answer to the question of Is Lemonade a Juice? I am sure of that. Lemonade is a sugary lemon-flavored drink. There are varieties of lemonade available all over the world.

Lemonade is called lemonade, not lemon juice like orange juice. Because it is a mixture of lemonade, lemon juice, sugar, and water. Did we just start to find an answer to the question if Lemonade is a Juice or not? Lemonade isn’t just about lemon juice. That’s why it is called “lemonade”. I think it can be mixed with orange juice and apple juice, water and sugar and can be called an orange 🙂 Since lemonade is made from freshly squeezed lemons, it should be healthy and good for you, right? Both yes and no. Lemon juice is full of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C, which help strengthen your immune system. It also aids digestion and mineral absorption and aids weight loss.

Is water with lemon the same as lemonade?

Of course, no. There is a lot of lemon juice in lemonade. And plenty of sugar is used to balance the acidity. Water with lemon is to soak lemon slices in water. Just that. There is no sugar.

Is lemon juice the same as lemonade?

Of course, no. Lemon juice is simply a squeeze of the lemon with a juicer or by hand. It cannot be lemonade unless it is water or sugar. Lime juice can be added to enhance the flavor.

What is Lemonade?

It is a drink made from lemonade, lemon juice, sugar, and water. Lemonade is made and drunk in almost every country in the world. It also happens that lemon is made with all sides. This is the case, especially in outdoor buffets and restaurants.

Most lemonade varieties can be divided into two different types: cloudy or clear; each is known simply as “lemonade” (or cognate) in countries where it dominates. Cloudy lemonade is commonly found in North America and South Asia; It is a homemade beverage that traditionally uses lemon juice, water, and a sweetener such as cane sugar or honey. In the UK and Australia, clear lemonade, usually carbonated, dominates.

What is Lemon Juice?

It is the juice obtaining by crushing lemon fruit. Isn’t that simple? Lemon juice is most often using in a beverage calling lemonade. This drink is made using lemon juice, water, and sugar. The juice is also most commonly using around the world for a variety of culinary and non-culinary purposes. The acidic content concentration in the fruit juice varies according to the variety of the fruit.

Lemon juice for largely an ingredient for its distinctive taste. For example, in the UK, lemon juice is often added to pancakes. Is it different? Besides its culinary benefits, lemon juice also acts as an excellent cleaning agent. Keep in mind 🙂

Lemon juice is the most recommended drink for dehydrated people. Provides instant relief for people who feel weak and dizzy. It is also used to prevent various infections. And it is good for the flu and cold. It helps prevent kidney stones. Some studies indicate that it helps the weight loss process. Thanks to its acidic structure, lemon juice helps maintain the pH level of the body.

Lemon Facts!

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1. During the European Renaissance, women of fashion used lemon juice to fry their lips.

2. Lemon tree grows to 10-20 feet tall and is the best source of citric acid.

Other meanings of the term lemonade

“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a popular quote from Dale Carnegie. I am sure you know this quote 🙂

There is also an application in the form of “Depression lemonade”. It’s the practice of asking for a glass of lemon water at a restaurant, then squeezing lemon into the water and mixing it in sugar packets to make free lemonade.

Is Lemonade Healthy?

As we said before, lemon has many benefits. But no matter how beneficial food is. If it is consumed too much, there will be harm. Am I wrong? Think of lemonade more like a sugar-sweetened drink. Commercial true old-fashioned lemonade is typically only about 15 percent lemon juice, similar to fruit drinks with a little juice and a lot of sugar water. Also, most homemade lemonade recipes require three to four tablespoons of sugar for every 12-ounce serving of lemonade. In prepackaged lemonades, it contains about 150 to 200 calories per 12-ounce serving.

One option for lower calories is that you should add more water than indicated in the instant lemonade powder. Most powdery mixes are lemonade flavoring and do not contain any lemon juice. However, some cut calories by about a third by reducing added sugar. Ready-to-drink lemonades and blends flavored with zero-calorie sweeteners contain ten or fewer calories compared to diet soft drinks. Unlike soda, some lemonades contain 10 to 100 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C. Sometimes this vitamin C comes from lemon juice. In other cases, especially when high amounts of vitamin C are present. So yeah, lemonade may make you healthy.

If you’re looking for a natural low-calorie alternative drink to regular soda, make lemonade naturally at home and cut down on sugar! You could of course think about using some lime as well.

How To Make Lemonade?

how to make lemonade, lemon juice

Lemonade: sugar, water, lemon juice. Isn’t it easy?

The problem is that if you mix them all, the sugar will settle to the bottom. So the best way to make lemonade is to first heat the water. And sugar until completely dissolve and then mix it with the lemon juice. If you are a hardcore juicer, then you should totally consider buying a juicer for lemons. Here in this post, we have collected the top 10 best orange juicer reviews. They will do just nice with lemons as well. You can also juice lime with them!

The proportions will vary depending on how sweet and strong you like your lemonade and how sour your lemons are. End-of-season lemons are less sour than early-season lemons. Meyer lemons are sweeter than standard lemons. As an alternative to Meyer lemons, you can also think about using lime. Lime is a good way to add that rich bitter flavor.

Start with the proportions of one glass of sugar, one glass of water, one glass of lemon juice. If you use Meyer lemons or like your lemonade less sweet, reduce the amount of sugar. (I usually use 3/4 cup of lemon juice)

Make the simple syrup, mix it with lemon juice, and add more water (and ice) to dilute the lemonade to your taste. Lime juice can be added to enhance the flavor.

You can easily prepare the simple syrup and refrigerate it for later use. If you have a bunch of lemons to process, you can squeeze them and freeze them.

For a more intense lemon flavor, grate the zest of fresh lemon. And while preparing, add flavor to the simple syrup. After sugar dissolves in water, remove from heat. Strain the flavor in simple syrup for a few minutes, then add the simple syrup to the lemon juice and strain the zest.

Below is my 6-person lemonade recipe. Just 10 minutes of your time will be enough.

Lemonade Ingredients

White granulated sugar (can fall to 3/4 cup): 1 Cup

Water (for simple syrup): 1 Glass

Lemon juice: 1 Glass

2 to 3 glasses of cold water (for dilution)

Preparation of the Recipe

lemonade juice recipe

1. Make “simple syrup”: Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir and remove from heat to completely dissolve the sugar.

2. Squeeze the juice from lemons: For simple syrup, squeeze the juice from your lemons while the water is warming up. Depending on the size of the lemon, 4 to 6 should be enough for a glass of fruit juice.

3. Mix the lemon juice, simple syrup, water: Pour the water and sugar with simple syrup into the jug served. Add 2-3 glasses of cold water and taste. Maybe you want it to be diluted more. So you can add more water (remember that lemonade will melt and dilute naturally when you add ice).

If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste buds, add a little more plain lemon juice to it.

4 Cooling: Refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve with lots of ice lemon slices. If you want, you can also add some fresh mint leaves to it!

Conclusion: Is Lemonade a Juice?

I think we have clarified the question of Is Lemonade a Juice. You can get juice by squeezing a lemon. However, if you add sugar and water to the fruit juice you get from this lemon, it is no longer fruit juice. What? Of course lemonade. Lemonade and lemon juice are different in recipe, taste, and calories, so everything is different. You can also add lime to change the flavor and make it more tropical! But both are very useful when consumed proportionately 🙂

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Juice Extractor vs Juicer: How They’re Different

Juice Extractor vs Juicer: How They’re Different

juic extractor vs juicer

You’ve read so many juicer articles, but have you thought of the differences between a juice extractor vs juicer. Many people think that a juicer is a device that produces vegetable and fruit juices. And calling it a juice extractor or juicer doesn’t make a difference. But, they are indeed different.

What is a Juicer?

Simply put, a juicer is a device that is mostly used to extract juice or extract liquid from the entire citrus fruit or vegetable. Simply drop it in, and let the juicer do its thing. Juicers can be “chewing” or centrifugal, which crush vegetables and fruits so that the fresh juice is left behind. It can also cut the pieces and then rotates to separate the water from the pulp and seeds. If you really love juicing, you should definitely read this article to know the differences and find out what’s best for you.

What is a Juice Extractor?

A juice extractor, on the other hand, is a device that is used to obtain fruit juice from citrus fruits and vegetables, by separating any skin, seeds, and husk. An extractor will allow you to only to obtain pure juice of fruit or vegetable. It has blades for cutting fruit pieces rotating at high speeds, to separate seeds and skin from the juice collected in a bowl. A juice extractor squeezes the pulp of fruit and vegetables until the juice comes out.

To extract that delicious juice from your favorite fruits and vegetables, you may need a device that makes your job easier. This device can be a citrus juicer or a juicer. Both will provide you juice but will differ in the mechanism. A juicer first cuts the fruits or vegetables and rotates them at a very high speed that separates the seeds, peel, and pulp from the juice. A simple citrus juicer doesn’t provide many features like a juicer and is much cheaper than a juicer. There are a handful of types of juicers but do not worry, in this article, we will talk about them too.

Let’s discuss this topic in detail so that you can better learn its features and functioning.

“Juicing” Options: Juicer vs. Extractor

A juicer is simply a device that processes seeds and pulp so that the user receives only pure juice without anything else inside. Millions of people around the world like to start their day with a fresh extract or juice instead of coffee or tea. Although many shops around the world sell fresh citrus and vegetable juices, such people need to have a juicer or juice extractor at home if they want to consume fresh juice. There are two different words in the market: juicer and extractor, used in devices used to make juices from fruits and vegetables. Many people think that two devices are the same, but there are differences between a juicer and a juice extractor that will be mentioned in this article.

The electrically powered juice extractor has blades for cutting fruit pieces and then rotates or rotates at high speed to separate the seeds and skin from the juice collected in a bowl. These are also called centrifugal juicers because of the spinning effects that separate water from seeds.

Juice Extractor vs Juicer

A Juicer is a machine using mostly to extract juice from citrus fruits. It can be chewing or centrifugal in nature. A chewing juicer chews vegetables and fruits, leaving fresh juice behind. A centrifugal juicer cuts the pieces and then rotates to separate the juice from the pulp and seeds. There are two types of juicer. In particular, machines or devices that are equipped to process seeds and pulp so that the user receives only pure juice are called juice extractors. As I said before, many think that a juicer is what produces vegetables and juices, and that calling it a juicer or a juice extractor makes no difference. This is just a matter of semantics. However, some say that a simple juicer will not distinguish between pulp, shell seeds, and juice and will not pulverize the whole fruit to produce its juice. A juice extractor cuts the pieces and then spins quickly to separate the water from the seeds, husk, and pulp. This is also why a juice extractor is more expensive than a simple citrus juicer. It also has more features than a simple juicer.

Here are the two most common types of juice extractors available on the market:

Centrifugal Juice Extractor (Our Best Pick)

 

These are also quick juicers because of their centrifugal operating mechanism. They are the most common and their biggest selling point is that they are extremely fast. If you want to extract the juice without waiting too long, buying a centrifugal juicer would be a great choice. Because they work really fast when compared with slow juicers. They work just like a washing machine, spinning the product at a high speed of about 12,000 RPM, which separates the water from the pulp and seeds. The waste can be collected in a separate container, while the extracted pure juice is stored in a different container.

With a centrifugal juicer machine, you don’t even have to worry about breaking fruit or vegetables into smaller pieces before pushing them into the feed channel. A centrifugal juicer would crush them with their blades easily. You can empty them and they will force into the feeding tube where they will encounter a serrated blade rotating at a high RPM. Centrifugal juicers should be your number one option if you do not want to wait for a long time to prepare and drink your juice.

Pros

  • Due to its high RPM (Revolutions per Minute) rate, it extracts water much faster. Before you even know it, you’ll have filled a glass of juice.
  • They are easy to clean as they have fewer removable parts; feeding tube, pulp tank and strainer.
  • They can extract juice from both fruits and vegetables (even hard ones like carrots).
  • Less preparation time

Cons

  • Creates too much noise
  • The quality of the juice can reduce due to the high RPM rate
  • Ineffective for juicing green leafy vegetables
  • Extracted juice does not stay fresh for a long time due to oxidation

Best for

This is best for people who need to prepare large quantities of juice without waiting too long.

Chewing Juice Extractor (Our Best Pick)

Chewing juice extractors are slow juicers because of their operating mechanism that uses a slow rotating auger to crush the fruit against the stainless steel mesh at only 80-100 RPM. They don’t shred or cut the fruit with knives like a centrifugal juicer, making them perfect for leafy greens as they get the best nutrients at an extremely slow speed. Chewing juicers are a good option for fruits and veggies. However, a slow juicer like this will take its time until it finally finishes extracting the juice out of your fruits and veggies. 3rd item on our list of best orange juicer reviews is a good example of chewing juice extractors.

They are also a good option to prevent the loss of nutrition within fruit juices. Here is a news article that talks exactly about this.

Slow juicers are good at preserving nutrients within the ingredients. If speed is an important factor for you, you should reconsider buying a chewing juicer. A slow juicer like this one lacks speed when compared to its counterpart, a centrifugal juicer. A chewing juicer is actually a masticating juicer. Masticating juicer means “to knead, to chew” so, therefore, they have the same meaning.

Pros

  • They give high juice
  • Ideal for squeezing leafy greens and wheatgrass
  • They won’t oxidize your juice like a centrifugal extractor and keep it fresh longer
  • They can also efficiently make nut butter and even sorbets (colored water ice).

Cons

  • It has a smaller feeding trough so you need extra time for prep work
  • More expensive than centrifugal aspirators
  • As a centrifugal juicer, it does not separate the pulp from the juice, so a strainer may be required for this purpose. (but this depends entirely on your needs as some people prefer pulp in their juices)
  • They need more shelf space due to their bulky and large size
  • Much slower than centrifugal juicers

What are Juice Extractors Best For?

It is ideal for people who want to preserve more nutrients in their juice and want to stay fresh longer. If you have no problem with the prep work and you have enough time for juice, a chewy juice extractor will be an excellent choice. A masticating juicer (chewing juicer) is ideal for people, that love to take their time. If you ask me personally, I am using a masticating juicer at home. This way I make sure that I squeeze out every bit of nutrients with this slow juicer.

Conclusion for Juice Extractor vs Juicer

Until you read our article, you thought there was no difference between juice extractor vs juicer. Is not it? Juicers are generally centrifugal and are good for citrus fruits. It has cone-shaped rotating heads that will be pressed into half of the fruit to extract the juice. It is easy to wash as you only have to remove a few pieces.

From another aspect of juicer vs juice extractor, the juicer can be used to extract juice from both fruits and vegetables. It first cuts the piece into small pieces, then rotates / spins at high speed which separates the seeds and the shell. The final product we extract is pure fruit or vegetable juice.

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