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« Reply #8370 on: September 23, 2013, 09:20:52 AM »
Egg whites should be whipped in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to have some property that keeps the egg whites from whipping properly. I always add a bit of Cream of Tartar to the egg whites as well to help them keep their buoyancy. I recommend using a light hand and a thin spatula for the folding process.
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« Reply #8371 on: September 23, 2013, 11:10:13 AM »
Egg whites should be whipped in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to have some property that keeps the egg whites from whipping properly. I always add a bit of Cream of Tartar to the egg whites as well to help them keep their buoyancy. I recommend using a light hand and a thin spatula for the folding process.

I think this is because metal or glass stays colder, which assists in making eggs light and airy.

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« Reply #8372 on: September 23, 2013, 11:41:49 AM »
It's my understanding that it's also because the plastic bowl is nearly impossible to fully degrease.  I've run plastic bowls through a dishwasher and still had some grease remain on them - which interferes with the fluffing of the whites.

OT - plastic is VERY hard to clean.  Many cats get acne on their chins due to the difficulty of really cleaning off those bowls.  Even when run through the dishwasher frequently, enough bacteria can remain on the bowls to cause problems, due to the porosity of the surface.  Glass, ceramic or steel bowls are not that porous, hence easier to really clean off.  Plastic has its uses, don't get me wrong (there's plenty of it in MY home...) but it also has its limits.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8373 on: September 23, 2013, 12:14:34 PM »
Egg whites should be whipped in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to have some property that keeps the egg whites from whipping properly. I always add a bit of Cream of Tartar to the egg whites as well to help them keep their buoyancy. I recommend using a light hand and a thin spatula for the folding process.

I suspect the light hand is my problem!  I will take on board everyone's advice. When Googling I found a suggestion tofold with a balloon whisk to keep the air in so maybe I'll try that too.

OT I'm sad about the cats with acne.

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« Reply #8374 on: September 23, 2013, 12:46:04 PM »
Egg whites should be whipped in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to have some property that keeps the egg whites from whipping properly. I always add a bit of Cream of Tartar to the egg whites as well to help them keep their buoyancy. I recommend using a light hand and a thin spatula for the folding process.

I suspect the light hand is my problem!  I will take on board everyone's advice. When Googling I found a suggestion tofold with a balloon whisk to keep the air in so maybe I'll try that too.

OT I'm sad about the cats with acne.

Also, if you are folding beaten egg whites and dry ingredients like flour, it's best to sift some of the dry ingredients onto the whites, fold until slightly incorporated, then more.  I prefer 2-3 siftings, tops.

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« Reply #8375 on: September 23, 2013, 10:08:19 PM »
Egg whites should be whipped in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to have some property that keeps the egg whites from whipping properly. I always add a bit of Cream of Tartar to the egg whites as well to help them keep their buoyancy. I recommend using a light hand and a thin spatula for the folding process.

plastic bowls can absorb, flavors and oils from previous usages
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« Reply #8376 on: September 24, 2013, 08:11:42 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

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« Reply #8377 on: September 24, 2013, 08:20:35 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

Nothing except it is a federal offense if you are caught stealing mail. "Stealing mail is considered a federal offense. The penalty for stealing mail may include a costly fine and jail time. The fine can cost up to $250,000 and the jail time can total to around five years." http://www.ask.com/question/what-is-the-penalty-for-stealing-mail
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« Reply #8378 on: September 24, 2013, 09:08:55 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

We have neighborhood mailboxes.  What keeps the mail from getting stolen is that all of the mailboxes are locked.  We have a key to open our mailbox.

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« Reply #8379 on: September 24, 2013, 09:10:45 AM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

Nada.  Someone could easily steal my mail.  I do have packages delivered to my work which eases the mind a bit.
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« Reply #8380 on: September 24, 2013, 11:36:10 AM »
First I needed to say, I love love this thread, you learn so much even about things you never wondered about it's great !


Now to my question, when is the best moment for a quick workout?
In a fit of enthusiasm I've decided that I'll try and keep a (at least at first) quick and basic workout with a few basic fitness exercises (those 5/10 minutes routines ones).
I have all day free to do that whenever I want, but is there a best moment to do it? Before/after a meal?
I guess not right after but I have low blood sugar problems so I cannot picture myself doing it without having eaten breakfast...

I'm also in front of the computer most of the day, any tips or website about exercices and stretches to do during breaks?

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« Reply #8381 on: September 24, 2013, 11:47:35 AM »
I don't know the scientific answer, but what works for me is to have a small amount of food, then to work out, and then to follow it with some kind of protein and carbohydrate combination. So, usually I make a protein shake in the morning (banana, protein powder, yogurt, berries, oatmeal, and maybe some spinach leaves), drink 1/3 of it right away, get my kids ready to go, etc, then go work out. Afterwards, I drink the rest of the shake. Or, I'll go for a run at night a couple hours after dinner, and have some cheese and an apple after. I never go without some kind of fuel. This works for a lot of people, but it just makes me feel shaky and weak. I need to have at least half a banana or something if I'm going first thing in the morning.


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« Reply #8382 on: September 24, 2013, 04:27:45 PM »
First I needed to say, I love love this thread, you learn so much even about things you never wondered about it's great !


Now to my question, when is the best moment for a quick workout?
In a fit of enthusiasm I've decided that I'll try and keep a (at least at first) quick and basic workout with a few basic fitness exercises (those 5/10 minutes routines ones).
I have all day free to do that whenever I want, but is there a best moment to do it? Before/after a meal?
I guess not right after but I have low blood sugar problems so I cannot picture myself doing it without having eaten breakfast...

I'm also in front of the computer most of the day, any tips or website about exercices and stretches to do during breaks?

For me the main thing is not right after a meal, but also not to be ravenous--I sometimes will eat a small piece of fruit before exercising, and half an hour after breakfast is enough to settle my stomach for a workout.

I generally find I'm more likely to exercise early in the day, but that's very much an individual thing.
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« Reply #8383 on: September 24, 2013, 06:50:03 PM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?

See I found getting mail put through the front door odd! When I lived in the UK it really freaked my out, partly because the postie had to walk past my bedroom window early in the morning to do it. He was a chatty man as well, I often wondered how long it took him to do his route.

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« Reply #8384 on: September 24, 2013, 10:00:47 PM »
This might belong in the Transatlantic Knowledge thread, but it really is a stupid question, so hopefully it also fits here.

On a recent vacation in the US, Mr T was quite fascinated by the difference in the postal delivery system between "here" and "there". The biggest difference is the use of mailboxes at the ends of driveways to receive incoming mail (in the UK most houses have a letterbox in the front door, so post is delivered straight inside).

He wanted to know what stops the mail from being stolen out of the mailboxes after it has been delivered?
Mail does get stolen, but its usually outgoing mail.  We can mail things from roadside mailboxes.  Just put up the red flag on the side so the carrier knows you have something going out.  In my area we've had a number of mail thefts, mostly outgoing mortgage payments or other payments.  The thieves have figured out how to erase all but the signature on those checks, then write in new information and steal your money.  Now most people around here mail bills from work or put them in the large collection boxes located outside some businesses. 

Like someone else said - valuable items often come by UPS or some other private delivery system.  They come to the door.  If you are not home when the delivery is made they may leave a note where to call to get the package delivered, or they may leave the package near the door or with a neighbor and leave you a note telling you where the package is. 

The mail delivered to roadside mail boxes is mostly bills and advertising fliers with a few magazines.  There's so little of value most thieves don't bother.