Category Archives: Tips

Disable the Bixby button on any Samsung phone including the Galaxy Note9!

My other love is in tech, my job is in IT and I thought I would share a quick helpful tip on how to disable that pesky Bixby button on your Samsung Galaxy phone. This really works and doesn’t require root!

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Best practices for food manufacturing

**Update 04/19/2018**

**Update 2 04/26/2018**

This was going to be a part of my AMA and FAQ, but when I started responding to her to explain best practices for food manufacturing it started getting long so I made it into its own article.

Recently I got some feedback from one of my viewers, Diana. She wrote

“FYI, chocolate chips by ghirardelli, guittard, hershey and other general chocolate makers are not vegan. These companies use the same equipment to make milk chocolate and dark chocolate and DO NOT clean the equipment in between batches of milk and dark chocolate. So there will be a significant amount of milk in the dark chocolate. You have to buy from a company with separate equipment for dairy free chocolate to get vegan chocolate. Enjoy Life makes vegan chocolate chips.”

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Knife safety, cutting techniques, and buying guide

Today I am bringing you something different. I am going to show you some knife safety and handling tips, cutting techniques, and a buying guide to choose the best knife to work with. This video is split into four segments, so look at the time table below and forward to the segment that you want to see if you don’t want to sit through the entire video.

00:47 Knife Safety
07:51 Knife Handling
12:11 Cutting techniques
33:44 Buying guide

Some handpicked knives for your consideration. All inexpensive and good quality tools:
This is a complete Victorinox knife set with a wooden block
If you want to piece your knife set together:
Knife bag to protect your knives when not in use
Victorinox 8 inch chef knife
Victorinox 10 inch honing steel
Victorinox bread knife
Victorinox paring knife
Victorinox serrated utility knife
This is the cutting board I have. It is 15×20 (38x50cm) which is right in the middle of being too small and too big.
Medium cutting board
If you would like a slightly smaller cutting board then this may be an option. It is 12×18 (30x46cm)
Small cutting board
Know the temperatures of your food
thermometer

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Something just slightly different

Sooo….

I am going to talk about something a little unusual today. Something a bit off topic if you don’t mind. It is related to veganism in a way, in a way that we try to have less of an impact in the environment. For those of us that drive, and it is unavoidable for those of us who live in smaller cities and towns that don’t have a great public transportation infrastructure, there are certain things that are unavoidable for maintenance. Oil and tire changes, replacing brakes, and replacing your air filter. The thing is, replacing your air filter is avoidable. How you might ask? Well there are air filters that are cleanable. I personally have one, made by K&N.

Now the main drawback is there is a bit of an upfront price. $40+ (USD) to buy the filter, and you also have to clean and reoil the filter every 50,000 miles. The cleaning/oil kit costs $14 a piece, however they will last for 2-3 cleaning cycles. However if you compare it to the cost of a regular air filter that you are replacing every 10,000 to 20,000 miles, it is a lot cheaper in the long run, plus you are not throwing away an air filter either.

For the data people out there, let’s compare. Currently my car has 150,000+ miles on it, so I will use it as an example.
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Toasting spices

Another really quick tip for you! When you have a recipe that calls for a spice being toasted, I will show you how to do so and explain why you want to do this, and to do it even if it doesn’t call for the spice to be toasted.

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Fried potato skins and Vegan cheese sauce

Today I will be making fried potato skins and a super easy base for cheese sauce. You can add some jalapenos, or spicy salsa, or cayenne pepper, oregano, and chili powder to make it more spicy for some great nacho sauce if you would like, or just about anything else to make it yours. Yum!!


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Tofu is a gift from the Gods

When you think vegetarian, most people think tofu. When you think tofu most people think bland white rubbery substance. This makes people think that vegetarian food is bland or must be bland. A lot of people are put off by tofu because they buy a package of it and their first experience cooking and tasting it is bad. It is bland and gross – how do people eat this crap?
I am telling you now that tofu is a wonderful white glob of protein rich substance and it can taste good. I have been cooking with it for a long time now and I am going to share with you my most intimate secrets.
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Quick cooking techniques, tips, and tricks

Hello, I decided to do an occasional article that may not merit a video, some quick tips or techniques or other information that would be helpful to you. Some of these articles are from one of my old websites that I thought would be helpful to you here. This article is one of those. Let me know what you think of these articles.

There are good cooks out there and there are bad cooks out there. I have included several tips and techniques to help make good cooks better and bad cooks good. Hopefully you will bookmark this page or take at least one of these suggestions to heart and use it in your everyday cooking.

Thickeners:

Roux

This is a thickener using equal amounts of flour and fat. It is the most common thickener used for soups sauces and gravies. To make it you melt the margarine or heat up oil and then add the flour and cook it over low heat for at least 5-10 minutes to cook out the gluten flavor out of the flour. You then slowly add in the liquid stirring constantly. Then you cook it down until you get the consistency you are looking for. You can make a large batch of roux and then refrigerate or freeze until needed. If you are watching your fat intake you can take some flour and slowly toast it as well. There are several different kinds of roux and you use them according to what you are trying to cook and accomplish color and flavor wise. A pale, or blonde roux should be straw-colored, a brown or black roux will be deep in color, have a nutty aroma, and is used in brown sauces and Cajun cooking.

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Learn how to make roux~!

Hello, I decided to do an occasional article that may not merit a video, some quick tips or techniques or other information that would be helpful to you. Some of these articles are from one of my old websites that I thought would be helpful to you here. This article is one of those. Let me know what you think of these articles.

Roux is a thickener using equal amounts of flour and fat. It is the most common thickener used for soups sauces and gravies. To make it you melt vegan margarine or heat up oil and then add the flour and cook it over low heat for at least 5-10 minutes to cook out the gluten flavor out of the flour. You then slowly add in the liquid stirring constantly. Then you cook it down until you get the consistency you are looking for. You can make a large batch of roux and then refrigerate or freeze until needed. If you are watching your fat intake you can take some flour and slowly toast it as well. There are several different kinds of roux and you use them according to what you are trying to cook and accomplish color and flavor wise. A pale, or blonde roux should be straw-colored, A brown or black roux will be deep in color, have a nutty aroma, and is used in brown sauces and Cajun cooking.

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