root crops

Balinghoy / Cassava Products

Like rice, cassava is a good energy source. Perhaps you are snacking on cassava products but cannot take it as complete rice replacement. I suggest trying once in a while and see if it would make a difference. You may try the following. Roasted Balinghoy It is my favorite. Get cassava, with its peels intact, […]

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boiled banana is great for snack
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Ways to Cook Saba Banana

Our topic is the popular plantain called Saba, Musa spp. All varieties which fall under its umbrella are all plantains. Plantains and Bananas are both bananas but they are not the same. I am not going to discuss mind breaking scientific terms here because it also make my head hurt.

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the yellow santol fruit
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Uses of Santol Fruit

Worrying what to do with tons of santol fruits you have? The market value is terribly low that you’re not willing to exert effort, harvesting and selling them. Perhaps you’re planning to cut trees and replace them with in-demand crops. Before you do, take a quick read and think again. You may find something that would change your mind.

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Starter Guide to Fruit Jam, Jelly and Marmalade

To put it simply, you can make jam by boiling down any fruit extract to a spreadable consistency. Science calls it soft ball stage which is about 112-116 degrees Centigrade or 85°Brix as measured by refractometer. Do tweaks along the line: add sugar and adjust acidity if needed. 

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Sugar Refractometer : Quick and Dirty Guide

My first encounter with refractometer was a bit embarrassing. I was not alone though. All of my classmates felt the same because we thought of the same thing. And, that awkward moment turned into laughter. We all arrived to conclusion that the small contraption was a monocular. Who wouldn’t? It was a handheld device with adjustable eyepiece. Except, the lens which supposed to magnify distant images was odd. It was flat and slanted, forming a prism. It had a flap protecting the prism from dirt and scratches and perhaps breakage too due to accidental fall.

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