How To Get Rid Of That Nasty Smell In Your Instant Pot

You cooked a perfect quinoa dish in your Instant Pot, but now you’re left with a nasty case of Instant Pot Lid Funk. Today we’ll tell you why, and we’ll also share experts’ suggestions for exiling the stink from your kitchen for good.

The culprit is your Instant Pot’s sealing ring, the food-grade silicone band that goes around the top of the Instant Pot lid, guaranteeing a tight seal for all that pressure cooking you’re doing. See here:

My dirty ring (and where it’s located, because a lot of people aren't aware it's even there!).
My dirty ring (and where it’s located, because a lot of people aren’t aware it’s even there!).

While the smell can be scary, there’s no need to fear. Silicone is entirely safe for food, which is why it’s such a popular material used for kitchen tools and food storage.

There are three reasons the sealing ring gets stanky. First, it’s porous. That means when you cook aromatic dishes —

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Add comma separated list of substances to include in recipe. She tried lots of those lose-weight-fast fad diets over the years. Once in a while, she would get motivated and start doing workout routines to lose weight, and there have been occasions when she appeared to be headed in the precise direction, however she always deserted her diets and exercise routines, and he or she would placed on even more weight.

For those who eat fewer energy than you burn, you’ll drop some weight. However while you’re hungry all the time, consuming fewer calories can be a problem. “Studies present individuals who eat 4-5 meals or snacks per day are higher able to control their urge for food and weight,” says weight problems researcher Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD. She recommends dividing your day by day energy into smaller meals or snacks and enjoying most of them earlier within the day … Read More

The Best Fried Foods Around the World

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Few cooking techniques can transform ingredients as magically as frying. Fried food is half the reason most of us go to state fairs (let’s be honest — no one goes for livestock contests) and people have waited in line for hours in the U.S. (and even gotten into fistfights) for sublime fried chicken sandwiches. From falafel to karintō, here are 18 of the best fried dishes from around the world.

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The exact origins of the churro are debated, but many consider this centuries-old fried dessert to be a Spanish invention. Both creamy and crunchy, churros are tubes of dough (flour, water, salt) that are deep fried and topped with sugar. In Spain, churros are almost always made by pushing dough through a spiral-shaped funnel before frying, putting a unique spin on the churro’s French-fry-esque shape.

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Maine food stamp recipients see first major benefits boost in four decades

Food stamp recipients have just gotten the first substantial, permanent boost in monthly benefits in four decades, a change that both they and hunger experts agree is needed to address Maine’s high food insecurity rates and give those in need better access to nutritious food.

The largest single increase in the history of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program comes at a critical time for the state, which has persistent problems with childhood hunger and multi-generational food insecurity. More Mainers regularly go without meals than food-insecure people in nearly every other state. 

In a change that began this past Friday, Oct. 1, SNAP recipients will see an average increase of $36.24 per person each month, or $1.19 a day. Proponents say the increase is long overdue.

The previous benefit amount “wasn’t enough for people to get by on, especially when you’re looking at households that have to pay rent or

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