Increased use of orange as "Green" products of household purpose

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Citrus Australia: Peak body of Australian citrus farmers

Aussie grown oranges have long been one of Australia’s favourite citrus fruits due to their delicious sweet taste and fantastic health benefits, however they are increasingly being recognised as an effective ‘green’ household item.

 
Kim McCoskers tips on using orange for household cleaning scent
   

According to the national peak body for citrus growers, Citrus Australia, Aussie grown oranges are now commonly being used for an array of household purposes as the trend towards more natural products continues to grow.

 
Australian oranges ambassador and co-founder of 4 Ingredients, Kim McCosker, said Aussie grown oranges were an incredible fruit that could prove helpful in many ways around the home.
 
“I love cooking with Aussie grown oranges as there is not one part of the humble orange that cannot be used to inject flavour into your food,” Kim said.
 
“As well as being fantastic to eat, what many people may not know about this fantastic fruit is that they can also be used for household deodorising and cleaning, right through to keeping ants away.”
 
“Dried orange peels can be used for kindling purposes, in wardrobes to eliminate musty odours and as a natural insecticide to get rid of flies or mosquitoes. They can even be used to stop cats digging around plants in the garden,” she said.
 
Kim said with this year’s Aussie orange supply looking to be one of the best in years, now was the perfect time to use Aussie oranges as a green household alternative.
 
“I’d suggest next time you enjoy an Aussie grown orange you retain the peel and consider using it as a fragrant, non-toxic alternative to chemical based products,” she said.

 

“Not only will it leave a delicious scent in your home, but you’ll also be supporting our hard working Aussie citrus growers.”

 
The Australian orange season commences in May. This year quality and supply are expected to be excellent due to favourable growing conditions.
 
Kim’sgreen’ orange tips:
  • Aussie orange peels contain oils which are flammable so they are great for kindling - add some dried orange peel to your fire for a longer burning blaze and fragrant orange aroma
  • Tie a handful of dried Aussie orange peels in cloth bags and place in cupboards to act as a natural freshener and eliminate musty odours
  • Position Aussie orange and lemon peels near windows to deter flies and mosquitoes
  • A solution of orange peel powder mixed with water can stop ants - pour the solution in a line to prevent ants from crossing the line
  • Place orange peels on a tray in a hot oven for about five minutes to eliminate food odour from the oven
  • Boil orange peel and cloves for about 10 minutes to freshen up your home with a delicious orange aroma
  • Place orange peels around your garden plants to stop cats digging in your garden as they do not like the orange fragrance
 
For further information on the Australian orange season please visit: www.oranges.com.au

How to brew the perfect cup of tea

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Tea Master's tips on how to make a perfect cup of tea

For centuries, people all over the world have pursued the perfect “cuppa” and with 22 million cups of tea consumed in Australia each day, there will certainly be some varying brewing methods!

 
To assist Australians in brewing the perfect cup of tea, Lipton has teamed up with Stuart Sanders, one of four Silver Tea Masters in Australia, to compile the below information on brewing the perfect cup of tea.
 
Designed for lovers of tea, Stuart has shared insider trade secrets and a step-by-step guide below.
 

 

Tip 1 - Water temperature

Getting the water temperature “just right” is important, as it can dramatically influence the tea’s flavour.
 
The ideal brewing temperature is 100°C. Water any warmer will burn the tea leaves and spoil the flavour and quality of tea.
 
To achieve the perfect temperature always stop the kettle as soon as it reaches boiling point, to prevent water rising above 100°C.
 
Tip 2 - Teapot & tea cup temperature
When preparing tea it is important to warm the teapot and cups by running them over warm water. Without this, a cold tea pot or cup will cool down boiling water and leave tea with a bitter taste.
 
Tip 3 - Brewing time
There are many misconceptions about how long you should brew a tea bag. It is often thought that the longer tea is brewed the stronger and more pleasant the tea will be. This isn’t the case.
 
To get the ideal aroma, colour and taste tea bags should be brewed for 3 ½ minutes.
 
Tip 4 - Adding sugar
Raw sugar is the best match for tea as it has a mild sweetness that best suits the tea’s refreshing and bold flavour.
 
White sugar is heavily processed and has a lolly sweetness that should be used sparingly.
 
Tip Five - Adding milk
It is a common misconception that milk should be added before hot water when making tea, to prevent burning the tea leaves. Making tea this way may draw bitterness out of the tea bag, the same way it would by making tea with cold water.
 
Therefore, it is best to add milk after water, according to your preference of strong or weak tea.
 
Tip Six - Bone china
It is said that there is nothing like drinking tea out of a bone china cup but there is actually no evidence to support this claim. However, drinking tea from a cup with a wide rim enables the drinker to best smell, see and taste tea.
 
The most important thing is to enjoy tea in your favourite cup.
 
Prepared by Silver Tea Master, Stuart Sanders (in connection with Lipton Quality Black Tea)
 
 

5 kitchen hygiene facts

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with Craig Andrew Kabilafkas leading food safety expert and microbiologist from Australian Food Microbiology
 
How often should a kitchen dish cloth be changed?

Kitchen sponges should be changed at least three times a week to reduce the health risks associated with growth and transfer of bacteria transference. Kitchen sponges, food residues and warm water create the perfect environment for pathogenic microbes to thrive. These can then transfer to eating utensils and tea towels and the whole manual process creates more food safety risks for the household.

Westinghouse Kitchen Hygiene Report advice: Craig Andrew Kabilafkas
 
How dangerous is the bacteria a dirty dish cloth exposes you to?
Dish cloths can harbour a whole host of bacteria.In my research for the Westinghouse Kitchen Hygiene Report we found Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. Staphylococcus aureus produce a toxin that induces vomiting and food poisoning. E. coli bacteria can cause severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea, with some strains proving fatal.
 
What are some common misconceptions about dish washing manually?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that ordinary dishwashing detergent will do the job - it won’t kill the dangerous bacteria that quickly multiply in dirty washing up water. And the hot water tap temperatures that most households use to hand wash dishes simply does not reach high enough temperatures to effectively clean the dishes of bacteria.
 
What is one of the best ways to safeguard your home and family from unnecessary bouts of illness induced by bacteria?
With so many toxin producing germs lurking in the kitchen, vigilance is paramount. The best way to safeguard your household from unnecessary bouts of illness is to ensure eating utensils and food preparation tools are kept as bacteria free as possible by washing them at a very high temperature. Only a dishwasher can safely wash dishes at temperatures around or above 68 degrees which is needed to effectively kill 99% of bacteria.
 
Why is this information so important to pregnant women and children?
Pregnant women and children are more vulnerable to pathogens, than the general population. Some E. coli variants are particularly aggressive to children and can be fatal. The presence of E. coli indicates that contaminated sponges may have been exposed to faecal contamination that can bring a broad range of additional pathogenic organisms. Don’t believe that exposure to pathogens will make your child stronger. History has shown that the strong child will survive, the weak will not. We are all exposed to many microbes in normal day-to-day living and these all challenge our defences. Our society has developed because we now have cleaner and safer drinking water than ever before. We have shown that dirty kitchen sponges can contain pathogens and we should practice good kitchen hygiene to reduce our risk of harm, particularly for pregnant women and children.
 
This report has been produced by Westinghouse, global kitchen appliance manufacturer. The research was conducted nationally by Pure Profile Research, among 1,003 Australians aged 18-64 years in August 2010. Scientific laboratory testing was carried out on 25 randomly selected household dish cloths and tested against 25 dishes washed by hand at 37 degrees and 25 dishes washed by a dishwasher at or above 68 degrees.

Garlic oil shows protective effect against heart disease in diabetes

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Garlic oil shows protective effect against heart disease in diabetes
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

 


Garlic contains oil that may help prevent cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes.
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Garlic has “significant” potential for preventing cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes, scientists have concluded in a new study. Their report, which also explains why people with diabetes are at high risk for diabetic cardiomyopathy, appears in ACS’ bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

 

Wei-Wen Kuo and colleagues at China Medical University in Taiwan note that people with diabetes have at least twice the risk of death from heart disease as others, with heart disease accounting for 80% of all diabetes-related deaths. They are especially vulnerable to a form of heart disease termed diabetic cardiomyopathy, which inflames and weakens the heart’s muscle tissue.

 

Kuo’s group had hints from past studies that garlic might protect against heart disease in general and also help control the abnormally high blood sugar levels that occur in diabetes. But they realized that few studies had been done specifically on garlic’s effects on diabetic cardiomyopathy.

 

The scientists fed either garlic oil or corn oil to laboratory rats with diabetes. Animals given garlic oil experienced beneficial changes associated with protection against heart damage. The changes appeared to be associated with the potent antioxidant properties of garlic oil, the scientists say, adding that they identified more than 20 substances in garlic oil that may contribute to the effect.

 

“In conclusion, garlic oil possesses significant potential for protecting hearts from diabetes-induced cardiomyopathy,” the report notes.

 

Chocolate, wine and tea may help lower blood pressure

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While synthetic ACE inhibitors are commonly used in drug preparations that treat hypertension, obtaining the same blood pressure lowering effect from commonly consumed foods could represent a significant advantage, especially for people unaware of being hypertensive, says study leader Cesar G. Fraga, Ph.D., a biochemist at the University of California-Davis. The study, part of a growing number of studies touting the potential health benefits of chocolate, wine and tea, was funded by the university and by Mars Inc.

 

The study does not indicate how much of these products one would need to consume to have a positive effect on blood pressure, say the researchers. People with diagnosed hypertension should continue taking their medications as prescribed, the researchers say.

 

Source: ACS

 

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