Is It Safe to Use Scratched Stainless Steel Cookware?

Stainless steel cookware is considered a good choice of cookware for the kitchen. It is the most popular cookware in North America. It is heavy-duty, durable, corrosive resistant and easy to maintain. However, it does get scratched if not being used and cared for properly which makes we wonder if it is safe using scratched stainless steel cookware.

Stainless steel cookware is made of iron, chromium and nickel. When abrasive materials are used on stainless pot or pan, the pot or pan might get scratched eventually. When cooking with a scratched stainless pot or pan, a small amount of iron, chromium and nickel will be released to the foods. Consuming a large amount of iron can cause excessive levels of iron in our blood which can be danger and at risk. The dietary reference intake lists the tolerable intake iron level for adults as 45 mg per day. The tolerable intake iron level for children under fourteen years old is 40 mg per day. The daily chromium intake in the United States is 35 mg for adult male and 25 mg for adult female. Cooking with nickel containing in stainless cookware will not add a significant amount of nickel to the everyday meal. However, sensitive individuals may show allergic reaction to nickel.

Studies have shown that using light scratched stainless cookware does not pose any significant risk to health concerns. It is said that the amount of iron, chromium and nickel released when cooking with the scratched pot or pan is less than the percentage of total daily intake. Nevertheless, if stainless pot or pan is severely damaged with deep scratches or shown signs of corrosion, it is recommended the pot or pan should be discarded. Severe damaged with deep scratches pots and pans should not be used since it is uncertain of the amount of iron, chromium and nickel released when cooking, and therefore might cause significant health concerns. It is also recommended individuals who have allergic reactions to nickel should avoid using nickel containing in stainless steel cookware.

Best of all, it is a good practice to only use soft cloth when cleaning to prevent damaging stainless cookware. To minimize the cause of damages, it is suggested abrasive cleaners are not used when washing, and avoid using sharp and pointy utensils when cooking. Although stainless steel cookware is resilient, without proper care, it can be damaged. When stainless cookware is damaged, it will not be at its best performance. For example, stainless pot or pan with copper-coated bottom can lose its good heat conduction when the copper layer is scratched. Consequently, damages also lessen the pot or pan’s lifetime value and appearance.

In summary, light scratched stainless steel cookware does not pose any risks to health concerns. Using light scratched stainless pot or pan is harmless as only a small amount of iron, chromium and nickel be released when cooking. Consuming a small percentage of iron, chromium and nickel which is less than the percentage of daily intake does not add significant to health issues. However, if the pot or pan is deeply scratched, it is recommended the pot or pan should not be used as the amount of iron, chromium and nickel released when cooking might be poisonous. It is important to properly use and care for stainless steel cookware. In order to keep stainless cookware at its best performance, avoid using abrasive materials when cooking or cleaning stainless pot or pan. By doing so, it certainly will prevent causing damages to the pot or pan and therefore enhance its durability and lifetime.


Source by Mimi Lou

Loco Panda Online Casino Review

Overview of Loco Panda Online Casino

This internet-based casino is one of our favorites, I mean come on look at the name it’s hilarious. This particular casino is known for its robust selection of online slots and weekly bonus specials. As always, we only bring you the best reviews, and this one is for sure at the top of our list.

Welcome Bonuses

Loco Panda offers a generous $4,000 welcome bonus on all online slots with a 400% match on your first deposit, with a minimum deposit of $21. This is one of the hottest online slots bonuses available.

Their Software

They are using Real Time Gaming (RTG) a very common platform you might find on some of the major casino websites. If you have played on an RTG system, then you probably are already familiar with the games. You can find RTG on similar websites such as Grand Parker Casino, OnBling Casino and Classy Coin Casino. RTG is one of the best out there, so it’s no surprise why Loco Panda was one of our top choices. You can even play their software on your mobile device (iPad, etc), imagine that?

Games, Games and More Games!

With this huge list of games (over one hundred in total), you have endless hours of online gambling. They are well known for their slots and large jackpots. We have witnessed jackpots in the range of $50,000 to $100,000. Believe it or not, people actually hit these jackpots and the casino pays them every single penny. Loco Panda has more than just slots though; they are an RTG driven online casino so they will carry all of the other great stuff like Poker, Blackjack and Roulette. This is definitely a combination worth tasting. This online casino certainly has an appealing collection of content.

Customer Service Does Exist!

We have had only positive interactions with the Loco Panda service reps who have given us the strength to review their casino. We felt more than obligated to mention their supreme excellence during our stay on their website. Customer service representatives were courteous and kind, caring and motivated. We presented several “fake” problems for them to resolve, to see how well they would treat you “the player”. They exceeded our expectations each time.

Deposits and Banking Are A-OK at Loco Panda

Deposits and withdrawals are easy as pie when it comes to Loco Panda Casino. They accept all of the major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard (this is one of the main requirements to be reviewed by BigorBust.net). The process of depositing was fast and easy. It took hardly any effort at all to get our balance filled with $500, and not to mention the 400% match we got on our first deposit. They pretty much gave us $2,000 for free to spend in their online casino. Needless to say, we ended up cashing out at $6,800 – A victory for the team!

Summary of Loco Panda

With all positive encounters aside, the only downside experience we have had with Loco Panda was the fact that it’s another RTG platform. We love the RTG system, but we are always on the lookout for different systems that we think you might enjoy. We rated Loco Panda at the top of our list, in the number 4 spot. We are definitely planning to return to the Loco Panda for some more slots in the near future. Please remember to gamble responsibly!

If you love playing slots then you should check out our online casino reviews. We review online casinos accepting Visa and MasterCard.


Source by Nathan Alan H.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Fresh Chipotle Salsa and Roasted Cumin-Coriander Crema

—- SALMON —-

  • 6 8-oz salmon fillets, skin intact
  • 1 cup fresh oregano leaves stemmed & finely minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves stemmed & finely, minced
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves stemmed & finely minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

—- CUMIN CORIANDER CREMA —-

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro stemmed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon

—- CHIPOTLE SALSA —-

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chile, preferably Chimayo
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo (found at Latino grocery stores)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup olive oil

Rinse and dry each salmon fillet. It is not necessary to remove the skin from the fillets. Check for pin bones by running your fingertips over the flesh side of the fillet. Use pliers or tweezers to remove any bones. In a small bowl stir together the oregano, basil, and parsley. Pat the herbs onto the flesh side of each fillet, covering well. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

To prepare the crema, combine the cumin and coriander seeds in a small, dry sauté pan over medium heat. Roast the seeds, shaking the pan frequently, until the aromas are released, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place the spices in a spice mill or coffee grinder and grind to pulverize the seeds. Alternately, pulverize in a mortar using a pestle. In a small bowl, combine the ground seeds with all the remaining crema ingredients. Let sit for 30 minutes so the flavors can develop and blend. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl to remove the cilantro leaves. You will have about 1 cup. (The crema will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.)

To prepare the salsa, place all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor fitted with the metal blade or in a blender. Blend thoroughly. With the motor running, slowly pour in the olive oil in a thin, steady stream, continuing to process until a mayonnaise like sauce is achieved. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until serving. You will have about 1 1/4 cups. (The salsa will keep up to 2 days in the refrigerator.)

About 15 minutes before serving, place a sauté 'pan large enough to hold the salmon, with room to spare, over medium heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is just smoking, put the fillets in the pan, herb sides down. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, then turn and cook on the second side until done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Cooking times vary according to taste and the thickness of the fillet. Fish is considered done when the middle is still moist and a bit darker than the surrounding light pink flesh.

To serve, spoon the crema onto individual plates, dividing it evenly among them. Place 1 salmon fillet on each plate, herbed sides up, to cover the crema half. Drizzle the salsa decoratively onto the fillet and then onto the visible half of the crema.


Source by Chadd Bryant

6 Common Cooking Mistakes That You Must Avoid

Make an innocent error and your dish will turn into a huge disappointment. And you don’t want this to happen, especially if you are going to serve your friends or relatives. What you need are a few tips to prevent recipe missteps and overcrowded pans. Below are 6 common cooking mistakes that you must avoid.

Not Reading the Recipe

Going through a recipe is as important as reading a map prior to leaving for a trip. The majority of cooking mistakes happen when people overlook an important detail. Actually, they don’t read the recipe properly. For instance, adding cold butter into the batter may leave you with a lumpy and dry cake. In the same way, if you don’t wait for the onions to be fully cooked and add tomatoes into the sauce, you will a spaghetti topper that won’t be smooth or crunchy.

Overcrowding the Pan

If you cover the pan fully, it will trap the heat. As a result, there will be a lot of steam inside the pan. To prevent overcrowding, what you need to do is use a pair of pans instead of just one. Alternatively, you can cook in batches.

Not Preheating the Pan

The surface of the pan must be hot enough to brown the food and seal in the juices. Food will stick to the pan if it’s not hot enough. Therefore, it’s important that you preheat the pan for a few minutes prior to pouring the oil. To check if the pan is hot enough, you can throw a couple of drops of water on the pan. If the water evaporates quickly, you are good to go.

Using too little water

Food, when put in a boiling pot, lowers the water temperatures right away. If you put too much food, the water won’t boil. As a result, the spaghetti will taste starchy. So, what you need to do is use a good deal of water. In other words, the food should swim in the pan. As a general rule, you may want to use a minimum of 5-quart pot for just a pound of paste. Make sure that the water is boiling.

Using Dried Herbs in Place of Fresh Ones

It may be tempting to add some dried oregano instead of some fresh seems. However, the problem is that herbs, such as parsley and basil don’t taste the same once dried. On the other hand, tarragon and oregano become more powerful when dried. so, you should use them sparingly. As a matter of fact, the best way of judging the strength of a herb is by taste. If you have dried oregano and it tastes nothing, you may want to use a heavy hand.

Using oil that is not hot enough

Whether you are deep-frying or pan-frying, make sure that the temperature of the oil is 350 F or more. But if the temperature is lower than that, your food will become greasy and heavy.

So, what you need to do is go for oil that has a high smoking point. Make sure it is hot enough before you put food in it. Some good names are peanut, safflower and canola, just to name a few.


Source by Humayun Nazir

Christian Students Belong In Public Schools

The public schools need Christian students. But only those students who are properly trained. Christian students should be in the public schools standing up for what they know to be true, backing up their arguments with evidence and witnessing to both their fellow students and faculty alike. But in order to make that happen they will need training. Only those soldiers who are trained for battle should go off to war.

The church makes a great effort to send missionaries throughout the world in order to spread God’s word. But at the same time we are ignoring one of the largest mission fields in existence today. At a public school, for the first 13 to 14 years of a young persons life they are immersed in a naturalistic environment. Those students in the public schools who do not know Jesus Christ need missionaries just as much as any African native. I believe that the children of Christian parents should receive proper training and attend a public school.

I did not always feel this way. My wife and I home-schooled our own children. And I was once a teacher at a private Christian school. At one time I thought that it was best to educate a child in an environment where Christ is Lord – either at home or in a Christian school. But I now realize that there is a vast difference between education and training. I now believe that these conservative methods of education actually violate God’s word. The Bible states that we are to be a light on a hill. By withdrawing unto ourselves for our children’s education, whether at home or in private schools, we are in fact putting a basket over that light.

What the Church needs to do, both its leaders and its members, is to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. We should always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks for a reason concerning the hope that is in us. But this is precisely where we let our children down. When it comes to science I am afraid that most of us have no answer.

We live in an age of reason. Like it or not things are different now than they were in the past. Today science has replaced God as a source of truth for many people. It is going to take effort to provide a reason for the hope that is in us. The hope that this world so desperately needs. Every Christian parent needs to take the time, and make the effort, to become educated in science.

This does not mean that every parent is expected to get a PhD in science. I know from experience that science can be confusing and scary for some. And I know that many parents lead very busy lives. But I also know that, with a little effort, anyone can learn the basics of science. The child needs only enough science to provide a foundation. With that foundation, and some encouragement, they can take it from there. And help should always be available from the local church. But unfortunately, this is often not the case.

When I was growing up I had questions about evolution. I was raised in a Christian home by Christian parents. They taught me that the Bible was true. While at school I was learning something else entirely. I was learning that life had originated on its own. I was learning that humans had evolved rather than having been created. One day I asked my dad about this. He had no idea of what to say but he did see my concern.

My father took me to our local church to meet with the pastor. I can still recall being in the basement of the church just before an afternoon potluck. The three of us were standing next to a table decorated with plates and silverware. Concerning evolution the pastor told me: “Just don’t believe it. It is from the devil”. I have to admit that I went back to school very confused. Here was my teacher presenting all of this “evidence” supporting evolution and all my pastor could say was “Just don’t believe it”. I do not blame my father and I do not blame the pastor. They did not know any better. But they should have.

Budgets can be tight and bills have to be paid. This can be true for both parents and churches alike. I believe however that the leaders of the church need to make certain that their members are scientifically literate. Local churches very often have youth leaders, choir directors and the like. I think that every local church should also have someone who is trained in the sciences. This may be a volunteer or they may need to be paid. In any event every local church should have someone who can train the parents who can then train their children.

Christians need to be able to defend their faith. And every Christian parent needs to be able to adequately train up their children. That training includes the sciences. In my opinion the teaching of evolution has led countless people over the years to deny Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We send missionaries to the four corners of the Earth to proclaim the Gospel – and rightly so. And yet we ignore one of the largest mission fields on earth – our public schools.


Source by Jeff Van Fleet

The Educational Value of Playing With Legos

All kids at one time or another, if given the opportunity to do so, will find themselves lost to Legos. By that I mean, the joy of building and creating something from these simple, but unique toys, is something that all kids can understand and get wrapped up in. Entire cities can be created with enough time and Lego blocks. Play rooms can be transformed into monuments, dolls can have new furniture and cars can drive from home to the garage to any number of public buildings, all in a world of Legos. But beyond the obvious creative implications of Legos, there are other educational benefits as well, not the least of which are in the skills and concepts that they teach experientially.

The easiest benefits to point out are the educational tools of space, relationship and proportions, all of which will help to improve math awareness skills. Fun time playing with Legos teaches halves and wholes, depending on the blocks being used. Quarter blocks are also available, and while kids don’t refer to them by that name, they are learning division theory quite nicely! Angles must be taken into account as well when building, which is also learned experientially through trial and error as kids play with Legos and have the opportunity to create.

But what about other educational benefits of Legos? Legos also teach patience and perseverance. That may not seem like an educational payoff, but it is. Kids must learn to take their time, build up from the foundations, and “snap” things together nicely and securely before moving on. The understanding of these concepts will help students to perform better in school because parents know all too well that school concepts work in order, they take time and repetition. There is an order to the learning process in the same way that there’s an order to the building process. All kids like to skip steps in math, fail to show their work, avoid homework, etc. These are important parts to gaining educational competence, however, and Legos help to prepare our kids for this lesson.

Sometimes Legos get stuck together. In the same way, sometimes things get “stuck” for our kids. Having a common experience in Legos, children can be taught to work at their problems. They can learn not to give up. They can benefit from understanding that if things get stuck, they need to keep working to break their problems down into parts. One part at a time, problems are not so difficult to overcome. Do you ever remember scraping your knuckles on a set of Legos as you tried to pry them apart? Sometimes separating Legos is hard work, just like school, but the joy of creating new things, or getting to just the right “piece” is worth the hard work! School, too, is not always fun for every child, and some subjects will be less entertaining than others. But when a child perseveres in their studies, there is nothing more exciting to see than the glow on their faces when a concept is mastered.

Like Legos, our worlds are made up of different colors and shapes, purposes and potentials, but from Legos, we have much to learn. The educational benefits are not as straightforward as they might seem, but nevertheless, our “teachers” they can become.


Source by Camille Rodriquez