The Skinny On Food Processors

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The skinny on food processors

One of the more popular small kitchen appliances, a food processor is designed to eliminate some of the more tedious kitchen chores, like chopping, mixing, or blending. There are hand crank, or manual food processors available, but the speed and ease of food processors powered by electricity are the most popular version of this small appliance.

Food processors are occasionally confused with blenders. Although there are some similarities (the principle of blending itself) food processors are more versatile because of their ability to switch out and exchange different blades for different functions.

Blenders have a single blade that cannot be substituted. Instead, blenders have a selection of buttons, which vary the speed, and frequency of the blade’s rotation. The difference in shape is also notable. Food processors are stout, a form that allows for better mixing.

While many people do incorporate liquids into their food processor recipes, it is not a necessity. Using a blender calls for oil, vinegar, or some other form of liquid to facilitate the movement of the blade with what is being blended.

A food processor works using electricity. A motor is encased within the base of the processor, which spins a vertical shaft. A clear plastic bowl sits on top, with a blade mechanism designed to accommodate several attachments is located at the lowest part of the mixing bowl.

Towards the top, discs used to slice or shred can be fixed to the shaft, and in order to add liquids, safely cut up vegetables, and cut down on any possible mess, a tube is shaped on the upper piece of the plastic mixing bowl along with a lid.

This tube is another feature that sets food processors apart from blenders. Ingredients that be cumbersome to work with otherwise are easy to handle with the tube. Using the lid, fruits, vegetables, and roots can be chopped or sliced to add to other ingredients already in the food processor without the risk of serious injury to fingers and hands. As an added safety feature, most food processors will not allow the machine to function if the bowl and/or the lid are not securely attached and fastened.

The multi-function ability of food processors makes it a very useful small appliance for the kitchen, even better than some of the other more famous machines. From kneading dough to grinding seeds for spices, it fills several roles and reduces the clutter associated with having several appliances needed in order to complete different tasks.

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How To Make The Perfect Bowl Of Rice

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How To Make The Perfect Bowl Of Rice

Rice feeds the world. It has been a staple of human consumption and existence for thousands of years. From primitive rice cooking involving bamboo and open flames to the packaged varieties made enormously popular during the late twentieth century, to the vaunted boiling pot of  water method, you would be coerced into believing there are as many varieties of rice as there are ways to cook it.

Despite the many varieties and methods of cooking rice that have been utilized over the course of time, it is baffling how such a multicultural and bountiful grain is considered by many to only possess two dubious qualities, white and clumpy. The perfect bowl of rice is out there, and this is not the time to assign blame for rice that was undercooked, overcooked, or something in between likened to slurry in past attempts.

So let’s assume you are only cooking for one, as this is just ONE bowl of rice. At the risk of sounding selfish,  if it is just for you, it should be perfect. To start with, at least. Chances are you have shared enough clumpy and dry rice with others in the past to last a lifetime. The perfect bowl of rice starts with consistency; so after you have experienced it for yourself people won’t think you are crazy the next time you do invite others over for dinner.

To be considered the perfect, make sure you give your rice a good rinse prior to placing it in the rice cooker. You do not risk losing any nutrients, however, rinsing will provide a plumper and fluffier grain for your taste buds and an easier to digest product for your stomach.

The technology has finally caught up with the popularity of rice by way of the rice cooker. These appliances no longer have to be designated back to a kitchen cupboard or cabinet after use because of their cumbersome size; today’s rice cookers are sleek and small, as well as versatile enough to cook one bowl of rice up to ten bowls. Rice cookers always come with instruction, although the ease with which they are operated will have you asking if the manual is nothing other than a waste of paper. So whether your rice is white or wild, basmati or brown, there is a rice cooker available to consistently create the elusive perfect bowl of rice.

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Is Online Education for you?

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online educationMany students would agree that studying online can be very flexible; you can fit it in around your lifestyle. Distance learning means that you do not need to relocate to new accommodation which means that you do not need to leave your support network of friends and family. Studying online also means that you can work alongside your studies, a necessity for many students and will also prevent you from getting loaded with student debt.

Courses are easily accessible; you can study from the comfort of your armchair, study on the go-great if you have to do lots of commuting or even study in your garden. Studying online can also allow you to choose the best time of day in which to study, great for people who find their mental capacity peaks early in the morning or late at night. There are a wide variety of courses available to choose from and many employers realize that undertaking a online degree demonstrates your motivation and enthusiasm for learning. Online study allows you to access all the school facilities that a regular student has access to. This means that library services and resources are at your fingertips, online forums allow you to communicate with other students and you can easily get in touch with course facilitators.

Examples of courses which are available online include computer science and journalism courses. Both of these courses are well suited to distance learning. Computer science jobs are on the rise, so whether you are choosing to have a complete career change or top up a previous degree then computer science can be perfect for you. A career in computer science can provide you with an interesting and well paid job. A report from Payscale identified that computer science jobs rank within the top ten for well paid jobs. When searching which computer science course to undertake it is worth checking out the top ten schools. These schools are rated highly due to the quality of education they offer.

Another course which is well suited to online study is journalism. If you think you have a flair for writing and a nose for seeking out stories then journalism could be the ideal career choice for you. Top schools can allow you to study at a range of different degree levels, allowing you to choose the right course for you. Studying a course at a top school can help to give you the pick of jobs in a very competitive market.

Online Education On The Rise

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degree-onlineMore and more people are choosing to study their degree online. Technological innovations and increased internet speeds make this a possibility for most people and can save a fortune in tuition fees. The beauty of online studying is that you can fit it in around your lifestyle giving you the flexibility to work alongside your studies.

Online degrees do not mean that you are at a disadvantage regarding the teaching you receive, many online courses allow you to experience the classroom remotely and have easy access to course facilitators. You can even access library services; many resources are available online and also give you the opportunity to order books and have them delivered to your home address. Studying online is not an easy option though, you will need to be well motivated and organised and work well to deadlines. If you study online it also means that you do not have the worry of uprooting and having to find new accommodation. Financial aid is available for distance learning programs and degrees at Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level are available. If you are thinking of a complete career change or want to top up a previous degree then this could be the perfect route for you.

Courses such as Physical Therapy or Economics can be available through distance learning and it is worth contacting individual universities to see if they offer this option. When choosing which school to study at it is wise to check reviews and see where the university sits in ranking tables. Physical Therapy programs require you to have obtained an undergraduate degree.

The undergraduate degree should have a strong biology, physiology and anatomy subject matter and there may be a requirement that you have work experience in a health care setting. The Physical Therapy program may require you to undertake work placements as part of your course, so it is worth checking out if this is the case. Top schools can be competitive to get into; places can be very competitive due to the school’s reputation. By checking out the different programs on offer will allow you to narrow down your choice of which school to apply to.

Economic schools can also be competitive to get into. Top universities can provide you with an excellent education which can help propel your future career

Engineers: Trained And Ready For The Future

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EngineersIf you are interested in engineering there are so many choices of specialties which you can go into including chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Whichever type of engineering you decide to pursue there are similarities between all engineering careers. For example you will need to have excellent problem solving skills, technical aptitude, and strong maths and science skills and be a top class communicator.

Engineers can be involved in the design, production, development, and maintenance and testing of products. As an engineer you will need technical competence in using computers, machinery and specialised tools. To work as an engineer you will require a Bachelor’s degree in engineering which can take between two and four years to complete. There are 1830 programs available in America which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Most courses offer you the opportunity to specialise which is important if you are hoping to follow a particular career path. Careers are available in manufacturing, technology, scientific and professional fields which provides graduates with plenty of opportunity to build up experience and expertise once qualified. Post graduate courses are also available.

When searching which school to study at it is important to identify which schools are at the top of the ranking table. Top chemical engineering schools can provide you with quality education due to the excellent facilities they offer. As a chemical engineer you may become involved in research, so when choosing which course to study it is worth looking at their research history and interests to see if it resonates with your own interests. Chemical engineers may be involved in medical research, product development and disposal of hazardous substances. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has gained a fantastic reputation for their chemical engineering courses.

Alternatively you may consider mechanical engineering. As a mechanical engineer you will be trained in both scientific and technical subjects. Once qualified there are many career choices available from material science and structure through to robotics and weapons production. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is again rated as one of the top universities to offer this program, this is due to the flexibility of the program offered and range of specialisms students can diversify into.

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Will Top Ranking Schools Get You A Top Ranking Career?

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rankingStudying at a top ranking school can enhance your career prospects in the future. Research has shown that students that have attended a top university can expect a higher salary as compared to students that have studied at a mediocre university. Critics to this research say that the research is flawed due to the researchers cherry picking results and that in fact talent is a better way to assess a student’s potential future earnings.

Whichever side of the fence you come down on regarding which type of institution is the highest prediction of future earnings, it is worth remembering that top universities can cost far more in tuition fees, and for many students this is the deciding factor of where to study. Top ranking universities can also be very hard to get into, places are very competitive and many more applications are received by universities than there are places on the course.

What potential students should really be concentrating on is course structure. Does the course provide you with the skills and knowledge you require to get your dream career? It is important to make sure that the school has adequate facilities and support to enable you to get the best degree that you can, previous student’s reviews of the course can be an excellent way of finding out if the course you are hoping to study is good quality and provides students with the support that they need.

If you are thinking of studying a culinary course you should be aware that there is a wide choice of programs to study, some are concerned with the more technical aspects of cooking or may have a particular specialism regarding what type of food will be prepared. Courses are available both at college and online and there is a choice of part time or full time programs. Online resources are available regarding the top culinary schools available, providing you with a rationale of why the school has achieved this status.

Alternatively if pharmacy is more your thing you may be interested in looking at how pharmacy schools rank. As a professional subject it is important to make sure that the course is accredited by the relevant body- The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. A career in pharmacy can provide you with a rewarding career and a lucrative salary, so gaining a top quality education is incredibly important.