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Consumer Info: All About Honey

Yes, we have all heard of how healthy honey is; after all, it is the elixir of life. Not surprisingly, not many knows the exact benefits of honey, much more how to distinguish pure honey from adulterated honey. So, here goes..

First. We understand that you already know that honey could even come in many varieties, right? Like floral, fruity, smokey, woody, spicy or earthy — all depending on the source of its nectar. Also, that honey could be clear to as dark as molasses in its appearance — yet with all these, don’t be surprised if some of them smells fresh while others are even pungent! Bottom line is, you could only get the full benefits of honey if it’s pure. Thus, if the supermarket is your only access to honey, at least make sure to examine its physical qualities before buying them. How?

  1. Real honey has some small particles suspended within it while the fake ones do not.
  2. Real honey is thick and dense while fake honey is thin and runny.
  3. Check the label. Real honey contains only one ingredient — honey.
Especially if no ingredient is listed on the label then think twice before buying the honey

NUTRIENTS. Raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium while the vitamins in honey include vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.

BENEFITS. Boosts energy. Reduces muscle fatigue. Regulates blood sugar. Treats cough and sore throat. Heals (surgical) wounds, cuts, minor burns and ulcers. Protects from infection, odor and pus. Reduces acid production in the mouth for better oral health. Helps with insomnia. Good moisturizer and treats skin fungus. Reduces and controls weight. Improves appetite and digestion. Relieves constipation, diarrhea and dysentery. Helps kidneys function better. Aids in blood cleansing as well as in its regulation and circulation.

DOSAGE: 1 tbsp a day if only  for maintenance purposes

STORAGE. Not in cans but glass jars or plastic containers. Do not expose to sunlight, near heat or inside the fridge but in a cool, dry place where temperature is stable.

EXPIRY. Because of its unique composition and chemical properties, honey could be preserved long term — like, decades or even centuries. The key to preservation is limiting its access to humidity; if honey is exposed to moist air, fermentation could begin and eventually ‘damage’ the honey.

Store and carefully seal honey in glass jars or plastic containers

AUTHENTICITY. It is but common sense that if we really want pure honey, it would be best if we just get it straight from a bee farm — then again, how many actually has the time and proximity to do that? And so, this would leave us with almost no choice but to buy from the sidewalk or just blindly trust supermarket displays wherein most are not really concerned about our health but only our money.

TESTING. Now while we could physically examine honey in supermarkets, such scrutiny only gives us a clue to its purity — nothing else. Especially in cases like this, facts could only be verified through actual testing. Unfortunately, many times that testing would not be possible in supermarkets since honey here is sealed or totally wrapped — and determining prices does not mean anything to its purity! Therefore, you would only know about its authenticity once you have bought the honey and tested it at home.

Prices does not really have anything to do with the purity of honey
  • Water Test. Fill a glass with water. Add a tablespoon of honey. Pure honey settles at the bottom of your glass while adulterated honey will dissolve in water because of its sugar content.
  • Flame Test. Dab some honey on a piece of cotton. Light it up with a matchstick. Pure honey would burn while adulterated honey would not light up because of its water content.
  • Finger Test. Put a small drop of honey on your fingernail. Pure honey stays put longer while adulterated honey would easily drip down your finger.
  • Bread Test. Apply some honey on a slice of bread. Pure honey hardens the bread in minutes while adulterated honey would make the bread ‘soggy’ because of its moisture content.
  • Stickiness Test. Rub some honey between your fingers. Pure honey is not sticky while adulterated honey would be sticky because of its added sweeteners.
  • Absorption Test. Pour a few drops of honey on blotting paper. Pure honey does not get absorbed in blotting paper which has the opposite effect on adulterated honey. Also, if you pour pure honey on a white cloth, it would not leave stains — unlike adulterated honey.
  • Egg Yolk Test. When poured into a container with yolk alone and then mixed, the yolk would appear cooked if the honey is pure — while it does not have any effect if the honey is adulterated.
BEWARE: Honey can give botulism to children under 1-year-old  (Photo: Getty)

REMINDER: Honey should never be given to pregnant women or children under 1 year old. Heating honey at high temperatures would not only reduce its potency but could even produce carcinogenic effects.

Cocktail: How to Make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

Our featured cocktail drink for the day may sound uninteresting — but actually, it’s intriguing. After all, it’s Old Fashioned even in modern times!

Yep, that’s what it’s called; and with basically these simple ingredients: syrup, bitters, citrus peel and Bourbon.

See how it’s done..

Oh, isn’t it kinda hard to make? Or maybe this ‘how to’ video is sort of in ‘slow mo’? Hehe. Geez, the citrus peel made the bartender look like he’s having a hard time preparing the drink!?

Then again, it’s for viewers to get it right. Okay.

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Now altho sugar could be used in place of syrup, yes just in case you didn’t have any at that instance; still, if only for easier preparation then it would be best stock up on syrup for future use. For then, you’d not need to muddle and dissolve syrup unlike sugar anymore!

Aaand when everything is said and done. T’is cocktail is in fact kinda strong, what with the much bigger amount of whiskey compared to the other ingredients in the mixture! Hey, you could also use rum, gin or brandy in place of whiskey if ever, and with not much effect to its quality and taste.

Till next time.. Enjoy!

Consumer Live: How To Make Kani Maki (Japanese)

Most of us must have already heard of sushi, and have most likely eaten or tasted ’em, too. Yet more than for its health benefits or delicious taste, weren’t you ever curious of how it’s prepared?

Well, we now bring you Kani Maki or the ‘crab stick sushi roll’..

Hmm… Meticulous. Painstaking. No wonder its flavorful! Hey, even food making by the Japanese is like an art that many people around the world are trying to emulate!
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By the way, the ingredients for Kani Maki are the nori (Japanese edible seaweed), crab stick, cucumber and Japanese rice — which incidentally costs P120 a kilo. Wow! Well, it’s sticky and tastier, of course.

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On the other hand, the California Maki which is the roll you see on the right of the photo is made up of: the nori, crab stick, mango and Japanese rice that is rolled from the outside. And it’s P220 per pack, that’s 2 rolls.

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T’is actually P30 more expensive than the Kani Maki, and obviously, because mangoes are more sought after than cucumbers. Right.

Time to try this.. Again. Enjoy!

Food & How To: Puto Bumbong (Filipino)

As a kid, I always wondered how this Filipino delicacy is made, or what is it really made of? You know, those bamboo pipes are pretty interesting to look at; and it seems like they are just playing, so..

Anyhow, we are talking about no other than the Puto Bumbong — a recipe that is traditionally made during the Christmas season. Okay, let’s now see how it is actually done.

First. For those who know how ‘puto bumbong’ really looks like on the streets during December — this ‘puto bumbong’ appears shiny instead of rough — that’s because she didn’t use a bamboo steamer.

Other than appearance, the ingredients in the video are generally what are used to prepare for this recipe. So, it’s okay.

Anyway, it is important that you protect yourself from the hot steam which is also one reason why those bamboo pipes that are used has a cloth wrapped around it — not to mention the need to also put some cloth inside the steamer to absorb some of the heat when done.

Now, t’is how it’s done near churches! Ingredients are held together and poured inside the bamboo pipe as we wait for it to cook.

While using violet food coloring is okay, the use of ‘real’ purple yam is obviously much better as it blends well with your sticky rice. Yep, just try not to substitute its 3 other main ingredients: butter, grated coconut and panocha (brown concentrated sugar) — for this would not be ‘puto bumbong’ anymore if you do. Hah!

Simple ingredients as they may seem but the finished product is one thing you’d truly enjoy. We did. And now, it’s your turn — Enjoy!

Consumer Video: How to Change a Flat Tire

Okay, not everyone has a car or a 4-wheeled vehicle; but then, many if not most everyone have become passengers of such vehicles. So, for owners as well as for those friends and relatives of ’em vehicle owners, it would be good if you knew how to change a flat tire. You know, just in case.

Let’s see how..

Hmm… the key here is not to panic. Flat tires is not a major road issue. It happens. Since you have now seen the basics, it must have given you an idea on how to do it. Remember, twisting to the right — tightens; while twisting to the left — loosens. Now, just proceed on what to do — of course, given that you do have the tools needed; otherwise, you should not be ashamed to get help.

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Strategically place the ‘early warning device’ triangle

Yet again, if your tire is real flat — don’t worry about driving on your rim. Just go nice and easy to a safe spot. Once you’ve replaced your tire, you could always have your rims or whatever checked. What’s important is getting things done — on the spot.

Still, if you aren’t strong or mobile enough to loosen or tighten those lug nuts, here are some tips from a then ‘pregnant’ woman (Tessa T) who had to go through it on her own:

  1. Make sure the car is secure on the ground, NOT on the jack.
  2. Place the tire iron on a nut so that the handle is just about PARALLEL with the ground as possible and in position so that it can turn down to loosen the nut.
  3. Step on the tire iron AND use your body weight to turn the lug nut.

    The tools you need
    The tools you need on a flat tire
  4. Loosen all of the lug nuts BEFORE jacking up the car.
  5. Change the tire. HAND tighten the lug nuts on the spare tire.
    Lower the car to the ground AND THEN, using the same technique but turning in the OPPOSITE direction, STEP on the lug nuts to tighten them.

Hey, don’t worry about the road time so much, lest you could take longer with the task at hand. Just focus.. And get ready to go!

Consumer Video: How To Rip Your Jeans

Wanna go with the continuing trend of ripped jeans? Well now, you don’t really have to buy a new one but could in fact make one on your own! Yeah, using your own old pair of jeans!

The idea may sound simple as in just tearing it off but hey, you gotta do it with care — otherwise, you could end up with a ‘ruined’ denim instead of a hot, distressed pair of jeans!

Okay, in this video, altho Giannyl used sandpaper to sort of ‘design’ her distressed jeans — you could also use a pair of ‘tweezers’ for that ripped effect. Just do not overdo it to get the style you want.

Ripping your jeans with a 'tweezer'
Ripping your jeans with a ‘tweezer’

And yes, don’t forget to put a cardboard underneath your denims! For after this tutorial, there would be no need to buy ’em expensive jeans but only choose which one to rip off. Hah!

Consumer Video: How are Hot Dogs made?

Have you ever wondered how ‘hot dogs’ are made? Yes, today we will go through one of the most loved ‘fast foods’ in many streets of the world — and so for the curious and especially for the hungry, here’s how!

Some points to take note of.

One, hot dogs are ‘already seasoned’ while still being processed. Yep, this seasoning depends on where the hot dog would be sold which means it’s customized — so, don’t wonder why hot dogs from this place tastes different from that, and that it’s even unique within regions. That’s because of how the majority appreciates it.

Two. Hot dogs are high in sodium, fat and nitrite which are linked to various health problems; so go slow in consuming them, better yet buy more of those that are made of chicken rather than those made of pork and beef. And remember, ‘wieners’ are more of pork but are blander while ‘franks’ are more of beef and are strongly seasoned. So, take your pick.

Three. Water is actually the reason why hot dogs are juicy — as it also helps disperse the ingredients. Interesting, huh?! Just be careful when adding some so to get your expected results.

Four. While one could make hamburger patties with relative ease, you could actually also make hot dogs at home — even without those factory ‘vacuum’ machines. Watch this..

The key is in the plastic — that is, if only for shape. However, you should use a special kind of plastic since you’d be baking it before actually frying. And! Try adding water for a juicier hot dog. Hah!

Enjoy!