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How to Clean and Disinfect Wooden Cutting Boards

July 29, 2015 9:02 am

A wooden cutting board is an essential tool in any kitchen, but it's also one of the most confounding items when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Can you use water? Should you wash with regular dish soap? The list of questions is never-ending, but these tried-and-true methods will show you how it's done!

  1. The lemon and salt method. If you’re partial to using all-natural cleaning techniques in your kitchen, this may be the cutting board method for you. Simply sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt, then use half of a lemon to scrape away deep-set stains and bacteria.
  2. The bleach method. Create a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach per 1 gallon of water, then wipe your cutting board using quick, swift motions to avoid waterlog. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before using.
  3. The vinegar method. Another great all-natural way to clean your cutting board is by using simple white vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda all over the cutting board and spray it with a spray bottle of vinegar, as the vinegar has natural disinfecting properties. Allow the paste to bubble, then wipe it away with a cold, wet cloth.
  4. The hydrogen peroxide method. First, wipe your cutting board with a paper towel soaked in white vinegar, then finish the job with a second paper towel soaked in hydrogen peroxide to kill germs.

How to Clean a Cutting Board: 7 Effective Treatments [Reader’s Digest]
How To Clean a Wooden Cutting Board with Lemon and Salt [The Kitchn]
How to Clean a Cutting Board [Clorox]

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Have a Super Burrito From Tacos Negris

July 22, 2015 9:39 am

Don't be fooled by the modest aesthetic of Tacos Negris. It may look like a food truck, but according to a slew of glowing Yelp reviews, it's actually closer to a gourmet taqueria. The food is fresh, the recipes authentic, and the chefs skilled, so expect an artfully crafted Mexican meal every time you join the line at Tacos Negris. The only aspect of the food truck that doesn't fit with the fancy taqueria vibe? The prices, which range from $1.50 for a steak or pork taco to $12 for ceviche with fish, shrimp, and octopus. Most meals land around the $5 mark.

If you're feeling extra hungry, order a super burrito. True to its name, the massive eat nearly explodes with meat, beans, rice, onions, cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, and avocado. Another favorite of regular customer is the ceviche tostada, a Mexican take on the sandwich that comes filled with fish. Tacos, quesadillas, and fresh seafood cocktails are also on the menu at Tacos Negris.

Tacos Negris
37721 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536

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Must-Know Tips When Shopping for Antiques

July 15, 2015 9:03 am

Want to start antiquing but not sure how or where to begin? Learn what to look for, how to maximize your budget, and more with these helpful tips.

  1. Know the lingo. Did you know that by law, an item must be more than 100 years old in order to be called an antique? If a store labels an item “vintage,” “collectible,” or “antique reproduction,” it’s not a true antique.
  2. Get a price guide. If you’re shopping for very specific items, consult a price guide before setting out to the store to ensure that you don’t overpay for your antique treasure. These even take specific variables into consideration, such as the part of the country and the condition of the piece.
  3. Ask questions. If you’re still not sure about an item, ask the store owner about how he or she determined its authenticity, if the store carries reproductions, and how long they have been an antique dealer.
  4. Make sure it works in your home. Even if you find a real gem for a great price, it’s not worth much to you if it doesn’t work in your home. Be smart about the size of the antique and how much use you’ll get from it.

Shopping for Antiques [Federal Trade Commission]
A Beginner's Mini Guide to Buying Antiques [Houzz]
Secrets for Finding Bargain Antiques [About Home]

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