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Make Pomegranate Juice at Home

My wife and I were doing some yard work this weekend and started to trim the neighbors completely ignored pomegranate tree that was hanging on our side of the yard with its leaves and very sad looking, yellow and splitting fruit that was falling in our yard and making a mess.

In the process, we ended up with about thirty average sized pomegranates that turned out to be pretty tasty.  Not being the wasteful types, we decided to see what we could do with them, so we washed them off and brought them inside.

We decided that it might be fun to make pomegranate juice at home and that steaming them in the pressure cooker would be the easiest way to extract the juice, so we began the process of building a juice extractor rig for the pressure cooker.

Being an avid reader of the Hip Pressure Cooking blog, I knew that juicing in the pressure cooker was a great way to extract juice, so it seemed like a no brainer.

Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker

Since we don’t have a trivet to put in the bottom of our pressure cooker, we used a small stainless mixing bowl as a riser for our Pyrex collection bowl to keep it from sitting directly on the bottom of our 8qt. Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker Stockpot.  This seemed to work very well and kept the collection bowl well away from the heat of the burner.

Pyrex bowl for juice collection

The next step was making a handle of sorts, so we could get the Pyrex bowl out.  We used a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil to make a cradle for the bowl.  The foil was large enough to be grasped to lift the bowl and wide enough to add stability while pulling the bowl out of the pot.  The nice thing about aluminum foil is how fast it cools, so no burnt fingers.

Steamer insert to hold the pomegranate seeds to make pomegranate juice at home.

With the collection bowl in place, we added our Steamer Basket to hold the fruit.  Kuhn Rikon makes a Juice Extractor for pressure cookers, but it is only for one specific sized unit and ours is too narrow for it, so we improvised and it worked really well.  Any heat safe steamer basket will work, you are just looking for something to hold the fruit while containing the seeds.

Pomegranate seeds to juice in Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker

The fruit is in the steamer basket and we we’re ready to put on the lid and start the pressure.  Our steamer basket holds just about 4 cups of pomegranate seeds perfectly.  Loosely following the directions from Hip Pressure Cooking, we closed the lid and got to high pressure.  We experimented with a few different times and found that 16 minutes produced a fair amount of juice with great color.

Pressure cooker steamed pomegranate seeds

After 16 minutes at high pressure, we turned off the heat and allowed the pressure to come down via Natural Release, which takes about 15 minutes or so, but is well worth the wait to keep the juice from clouding or spraying out of the valve and making a huge mess of hot sticky red dye.

Even though the berries still look plump, they have given up most of their goodness…or have they?

Pressing the pressure cooked berries with a potato ricer

Once we got the berries out of the pressure cooker and saw how plump they still looked, we decided to try and press them to get more of their deliciousness out.  We brought out our Kuhn Rikon Potato Ricer, loaded it up about a third full and pressed the seeds.  This resulted in what I will call pomegranate purée, with a vivid magenta color and an amazing flavor that would work great in sweet or savory applications.

Pressed pomegranate seeds in kuhn rikon potato ricer

After pressing the seeds in the potato ricer, they looked much more used up.  I felt real bad that I couldn’t find a use for them, but apparently Pomegranate Seed Oil is really great for your skin.  We did put some of the pressed seeds into a small bottle with vodka to see if we could extract even more flavor, so look for an update on that in the future.

Results of pressure cooking 4 cups of pomegranate seeds.

The result of pressure extracting. Our 4 cup batch of raw pomegranate seeds was processed into about 3/4 cup clear juice and about 1-1/2 cups of purée.   The juice was clear and delicious and the puree was the consistency of thin applesauce with an amazing flavor that would work well in sweet as well as savory dishes.

Containers showing results of pressure juicing about thirty medium pomegranates

And here is the final result of our pomegranate experiment.  We ended up with about 4 quarts of purée and about 1 quart of clear juice.  We used all of the puree with some of the juice to make 24, 8oz jars of pomegranate jam, varying the amounts of sugar in each batch, to test different levels of sweetness. I plan on using the rest of the juice for drinking and to make grenadine.

So there you go.  Pomegranates are an amazingly delicious, nutritious and versatile fruit.  They may be a lot of work, but they are so worth it in the long run.

Next time we trim the neighbors tree, I plan on experimenting with using the pressure cooker to easily remove the seeds from the husk, so stay tuned.

Tailgating Season is Coming!

Are You Ready For Some Football?

The college football season has started and the smell of fall is almost in the air while fans, students and alumni get their tailgating game in full gear.   Next comes the NFL  and the tailgating season will be on…are you ready?

Tailgating is a blast and when done well, it’s REALLY a blast.  Not only is it great to serve amazing food and drinks, but how you present your party can make the difference between great and memorable.  Pinterest is an amazing source for some awesome tailgating ideas for recipes, decorations and products that  make your life easier or help you display your team spirit.

Whether you’re tailgating in the parking lot, or just watching the game with friends, your team spirit needs to outshine the competition.  Officially licensed fan gear is everywhere, from picnic baskets to picnic tables, drink holders to drink coolers.  Need a fire pit with your team’s logo?  Check.   How about a Jello mold to represent your team?  Got it.  Food and drinks in the team colors?  Of course.

All that you need to impress the fans and outshine the other team are at your finger tips, so pick up a few of these sports products and party ideas and get out there and amaze everybody with your team spirit and party expertise.

Thermal Cooking to Keep the Kitchen Cool and Save Stovetop Space

SOFT COOKING®, SAVING ENERGY

Anyone who wants to prepare fine food in a healthful, energy saving and, above all, stress-free way will love Kuhn Rikon Durotherm and Hotpan. Inset imageWith this Double Walled Cookware from Kuhn Rikon, the food is briefly heated with a little water in the clever double-walled pan, and then cooks precisely to a finish in the pan without the addition of further energy. This is very healthful, because the food retains its vitamins and minerals, and needs less seasoning.

From stove to table in one step, Kuhn Rikon Hotpan combines superb functionality with Swiss design. Make more healthful meals using ½ the time and energy it takes conventional cookware. Hotpan’s unique method of cooking lets you create moist, delicious meals using less oils or fats. cutawayHotpan’s innovative 3-piece design also makes it a star performer at the table. Food stays fresh, colorful and piping hot for two hours after it’s off the stove. This means late-arriving family or party guests can enjoy meals hours after you cook them and you have the option of cooking some foods first and finishing them on the counter to save your valuable cooktop space as well as additional heat in the kitchen.

So stay cool in the kitchen and save some time and energy in your kitchen with these amazing soft cooking pots and pans.

Delicious Hoisin Garlic Smoked Chicken Wings

Sometimes the best things are stumbled upon by accident and this time it was truly a winner.  One Sunday late afternoon I was smoking some chicken wings and ran out of time to finish them on the grill, so I just cooled, bagged and froze them for later.  The following weekend I defrosted some and grilled them up on a high flame and sauced them with a garlic Hoisin sauce…they were amazing!

So here’s what I did.  First I seasoned the wings with my homemade BBQ rub and bagged them for 24hrs.  I smoked the wings on my Memphis Elite Grill at at 180° for about four hours, until the internal temp was around 140°.  I could have easily cranked up the heat and grilled them at that point, but it was late, so I bagged them for later.  

The beauty of smoking and freezing is when it’s time to grill the wings, I can take them anywhere with a hot fire to finish.  Simply defrost and throw the wings on until they start to get nicely colored with a bit of char.  I like to have a stainless mixing bowl of sauce right next to the grill to throw them into when done so that they can start taking up the sauce right away while hot.  I typically try to do a variety of sauces when cooking for a crowd.  I like a simple Buffalo, Honey BBQ and the Hoisin Garlic sauce, but what makes this so fun is that you can get very creative with the sauces.

The smokiness of the wings comes through as an undertone of the sauce flavor and is far superior to any fried wings that I have had.

So if you want to impress your friends with your amazing grilling skills, I recommend smoking the wings low and slow first, until barely cooked.  Then you can finish them on the grill later and watch everybody be amazed at how you got so much flavor in them so “quickly”.

Superior Glass Makes the Difference

Spiegelau’s Beer Classics Glasses Enhance Beer Drinking Pleasure

Spiegelau is dedicated to producing the very best glasses possible. This means bringing to the market glasses of the highest quality and aesthetics as well as durability and value, with the goal of making your experience a pleasurable, fun part of today’s exciting lifestyle. That´s why Spiegelau glasses grace the tables of so many homes and fine restaurants across the world, and remains a leader in the industry. Spiegelau makes fine stemware and tableware for everyday use. Spiegelau crystal beer glasses are different from regular glasses because of the combination of rarified, unusually pure mineral source at the Dorfner mine in Austria. The Hirschau-Schnaittenbacher basin is one of the most important deposits of kaolin, silica sand and feldspar on the European continent. Spiegelau sources raw quartz silica, combined with state of the art production methods to create their highly superior crystal glassware.

In the images below you see a chip of common glass and a chip of Spiegelau crystal magnified to varying levels to show the difference in glass quality that separates Spiegelau from the rest.

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This image shows a chip of common glass magnified at 20x. Note the Lip Edge & ID Edge as we’ll zoom in on those.



Image 2

In this image you see a chip of Spiegelau crystal magnified at 50x. Note the different shape of the lip edge.



Image 3

Remember the Lip Edge box from Image 1, here it is at 1000x and the common glass is starting to show its flaws. Note the lines and random surface irregularities.



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Now here is the Spiegelau at 1500x. Even at 500x closer than the common glass in image 3, the Spiegelau is looking rather smooth. Note the small chip on the edge in the center of the picture as we’re zooming into that next.



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Here is that chip in image 4 now zoomed in at 20000x. The Spiegelau crystal surface is still exceptionally smooth. This smoothness has a direct impact on the way the beers carbonation reacts.



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Here is the common glass lip edge at 20000x magnification. This no longer looks like glass but some kind of lunar surface. The roughness of common glass absorbs carbonation, robbing your beer of a very important part of the drinking experience.



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Here is the common glass interior surface magnified at 20000x. This is another shot at the carbonation robbing, porous surface of common glass.



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Here we see the Spiegelau crystal interior surface magnified at almost 22000x. Even at this level the surface is super smooth and that smoothness allows your fine beers to maintain their natural carbonation, thus maintaining a creamy head much longer than common beer glasses.


In the pictures below you’ll see the difference that great glass makes. Notice how the standard beer glasses seem to be lacking a head while the Spiegelau is still creamy and inviting.

Beers served in common glasses do not fully release their delicate aromas and often taste bland and uninteresting. A poorly designed glass can also destroy the spritzy refreshing character of a beer and let the head collapse too soon. It is partly due to the wrong choice of beer glasses that many beers are perceived as tasting pretty much the same. Spiegelau Beer Classics Crystal Beer Glasses will help you get the most out of your beer drinking experience and may even open you up to many beers that you had thought were not for you.

Postal Worker Finds Drug-Free Relief from Chronic Pain & Stress During Bitter 2014 Winter

Online massage chair purchase proves to be the key to improved health.

Mustang, OK (PRWEB) February 16, 2014

Terrie Munsey, a US Postal Carrier from Mustang, OK had chronic pain from years of walking her postal route. After doing some research, she decided that a massage chair might help soothe those body aches that had been plaguing her for so long.

Terrie had checked the State Fair and several massage chair stores only to be disappointed by the costs and lack of features she was seeing in those chairs. The freezing weather outside was not helping her find one either. Then Terrie came across the Osaki Massage Chairs for sale online at FactoryDirect2you.com.

After comparing the different options, features and prices she decided that the OS-4000 Executive Massage Chair, featuring Osaki’s Zero Gravity technology, would best fit her needs. The convenience of online shopping meant that there was no need to further brave the frigid cold.

“I was just amazed by how much relief I got using the chair. I’m glad that I didn’t have to wait for the weather to clear to get it delivered.” “I’m a letter carrier and we are beat up and in pain every day. I love coming home and relaxing away the stress of the day. Being a Letter Carrier is tough work, but this chair has helped my aches and pains go away, plus the stress relief has actually helped level out my blood pressure too,” says Terrie. “I loved my Osaki chair right from the start and after only a day or so of using it, I bought one for my mother too.”

While the upfront cost of a massage chair may seem daunting, in reality they offer an incredible long term value by saving the user money spent on massage therapy, dangerous pain killers and other medicines as well as therapy for anxiety or stress.

As little as 15 minutes of chair massage each week has been scientifically proven to foster alertness, strengthen the immune system and rejuvenate the mind and body by lowering stress and reducing muscle tension.

The benefits of massage are well documented as massage therapy subjects reported less pain, lower blood pressure, less headaches or migraines, fewer sleep disturbances, and they showed an increase in serotonin levels as well.

Please call 866-233-6587 or visit http://www.factorydirect2you.com/massagechairs.html to find out how the right massage chair can help you naturally and safely relieve your stress and pain.

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