Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pizzelle – Tips For Bringing Pizzelles As Gifts

Pizzelle make a great gift at Christmas or for any occasion. But when it is time to wrap them up for presenting, it can be difficult to be sure that the thin cookies do not crumble when sent.

Anyone who has made an effort to pack pizzelle or have purchased them online understand just how prone to breaking these desserts tend to be. And though one or two damaged cookies may not be too bad, a container full of them totally messes up the look of the present. So, how do you move or ship containers of these sweets to family and friends without presenting them with a box full of crumbs in the end?

If you aren’t going to be transporting them far, and if you are transporting them physically, you can place them on a cookie tray on their own or as part of a cookie variety. When doing this, make sure that the cookies sit flat on the plate or tray. They can be stacked if you need to, but try to keep them flat. Cover carefully with a sheet of cellophane wrap and make certain that the tray sits flat during transport.

One other way to give them as gifts is to package them up in smaller containers. This works best when carrying them somewhere to share as a number of gifts, for example when going to a celebration or other gathering. Cardboard mug boxes or medium sized candy and treat boxes work for this. Having said that, individual pizzelle makers yield varying sized cookies, so determine the diameter of the cookie and measure the measurements of the box before investing in any container to use to place them in. If you do not do this, then you may end up with containers that are just a bit small for your cookies.

Cookie tins work well for when you must have them well protected. This is excellent for when you are sending cookies or where a tray or cardboard box could possibly be crushed while being carried. Old cookie tins can be used again, or you can generally find them sold at discount stores. As with the cardboard boxes, be sure that you know the size of the cookies to ensure they will fit into the tins.

When packaging pizzelle for sending, no matter which type of container that you make use of, watch out to not overcrowd the treats. Doing so presents a larger risk of breakage. And if you are sending the cookies or taking them in a box that is a bit too large, protect the breakable cookies by stuffing the empty spots with clean crumpled paper towels.

Beware of Fast Food Veggie Burgers

While I applaud the efforts of the fast food industry in attempting to provide vegetarian and more healthful alternatives to the crap they already sell on a daily basis, I have to point out shortcomings and defects in their attempts to provide vegetarian and healthy alternatives that sabotage or defeat the whole purpose of attempting to provide healthier and meat-less (vegetarian) products.

Is health or the wellbeing of the American people the main objective in selling vegetarian products or is it financial gain? Unfortunately for all the people who want to believe the fast food industry is coming around and becoming more health conscious, the fast food industry’s objective in selling vegetarian items such as the veggie burger is strictly commercial, at least right now or presently.

Why? Because until the vegetarian items are completely lacking animal byproducts, the promoting and selling of vegetarian items is to deceive fast food consumers into believing that they have a choice in eating meatless or healthier items and products, which just isn’t true


Take McDonald’s, Burger King, and the Habit for example. They all sell a veggie burger. But that veggie burger patty (if the patty itself is not entirely vegetable based) is cooked in ANIMAL LARD number one, and number two, cooked on the same grill that meat (DEAD ANIMAL FLESH) is cooked on.

All meat contains parasites and worms, and the ugliest ones that you could ever see with the human eyes. I know this personally as I have done the personal research (and have been presented research from Doctah B, Bro. Tarik, and others in the Los Angeles area) and have the nauseating photographs to show you. TOTALLY GROSS!

Some people thought they were avoiding animal byproducts by only eating French fries from the fast food restaurant, not knowing that most fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s were cooking their fries in vegetable oil mixed with beef juice. That’s right! McDonald’s add beef juice to its cooking oil for flavor, in addition to spraying the fires with a sugar solution, freezing them and shipping them off to McDonald’s franchises, and after cooking the sugar sprayed fries in beef juice (oil), sodium chloride (salt) is added and you have one of the most addictive products in America – McDonald’s French fries!

Take Subway for example, a place I used to eat at often in my early vegan days and while I was in the Corporate world. I had my places to eat at and menus to choose from. However, eating out was the exception to the rule and not the rule, as I normally prepared my own lunch. But Subway was right across the street from my place of employment and the food was much lighter than the stuff sold at the more general fast food establishments.

However, as I became more spiritual and health conscious, it started to bother me eating at establishments that served vegetarian products alongside with meat or flesh products. I used to order the Veggie Max sub sandwich from Subway. But the soy based Veggie Max patty was in a container or bin next to bacon (pig’s back end). This was not a far distance for the microscopic parasites and worms to crawl from the bacon bin to the veggie patty bin. Also, the veggie patty was cut in two with the same knife used to cut meat with. You see, it really doesn’t matter if you’re health conscious or vegan or vegetarian and the person preparing your food (or product) is not. To the fast food employee, they’re just preparing another product totally oblivious to strict food sanitary preparation ethics and principles.

Another thing to point out about the Subway Veggie Max sub or sandwich is that it was (1) cooked (actually, RADIATED) in a microwave oven, (2) cooked or radiated in the same microwave oven as meat or flesh products (pork worms can’t be killed in heat because of a heat-resistant shell that forms around the worm in very high temperatures, and the only substance that can penetrate or break open that shell is the hydrochloric acid of the human body).

One day while out on the town with my children here in Glendale, California, my daughter wanted some noodles or Chow Mein and I think some vegetable-fried rice or egg rolls from Panda Express, I really can’t remember exactly the items, but I do remember asking the Panda Express employee to prepare an exclusively vegetarian plate – NO MEAT OR MEAT-BYPRODUCTS WHATSOEVER, i.e. vegetable-fried rice, Chow Mein, steamed vegetables, and to my utter shock, the employee honestly told me that NOTHING at Panda Express was vegetarian. Absolutely nothing! I said, “Even the vegetable-fried rice, noodles, and steamed vegetables?” He said “That’s right, Sir!” With a discombobulated look on my face, the employee then told me that Panda Express pours chicken juice on all of its items. So now I’m thinking about the time when time compelled me to get something on the go and I got what I thought was completely vegetarian from Panda Express.

And of course, I’ve heard similar accounts from my good Vegan comrades as well. So if you want to know a thing, ask. And by all means, don’t presume.

If you think those vegetarian corn dogs at Hot Dog On-A-Stick are vegetarian, think again! They contain egg whites (in the bread batter).

I also used to eat the vegetarian burritos at Baha Fresh Mexican Grill. I started getting headaches. Why? White flour tortillas cooked on the same grill as the slaughtered flesh (meat). So what did I do to cure the problem? I Left those burritos alone and I have been fine ever since.

I remember my early vegan days of 1997 and 1998 and thinking I was not eating any animal parts or byproducts whatsoever only to discover that those black beans I was eating from El Pollo Loco contained chunks of chicken. One day while eating these black beans, I noticed a strange substance in them. When I picked the substance up and closely analyzed it, I was disgusted to be holding a piece of chicken in my hand. Boy did I feel nauseated at this revelation and discovery. I had to let those beans go no matter how good they tasted. I refuse to let taste disillusion me into a state of poor health and into an early grave.

Vegetarian does not mean vegan! Vegan means “completely animal free, including dairy products and eggs,” whereas vegetarian means “meat-free but not dairy/eggs-free.” A vegetarian burrito at a fast food restaurant may contain cheese and sour cream (congealed cow snot or mucus). Some veggie burger patties may also contain cheese. Cheese is from an animal so how can it be animal free? While many health conscious folks and would be vegans enjoy Boca Burgers, some brands contain egg whites and cheese, so start reading the ingredient list on the box.

So although McDonald’s now has a veggie burger, just know that its veggie burger is cooked in beef oil, in addition to the fact that the veggie burger is centered between two white, refined grain buns, conventionally grown iceberg lettuce (the worst lettuce to eat and the most nutritionally deficient plant to eat) and genetically engineered tomatoes (if you want lettuce and tomatoes on your veggie burger). The same thing can be said of Burger King and the Habit’s veggie burgers.

However, if you’re on the road or out and about in society and must make a choice to eat something that is not so insalubrious, it would be a good idea to experience around with a major fast food chain’s veggie burger rather than give in to the traditional crap that has been served over the years and that you always bought and ate. However, it is better (and wiser) to seek out vegan restaurants before you actually hit the town (if you’re a health conscious individual or vegan).

I know how difficult it is to be vegan (at first) and to not have vegan eateries so easily and readily accessible, especially if you live in a small town. I’m thankful that the Greater Los Angeles area and Southern California in general is loaded with vegan spots around town to get something wholesome and nutritious to eat. The same is true for other big cities around the nation such as New York City, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco-Oakland Bay area, etc.

If you’re having trouble locating vegan eateries around the nation, contact Friends of Animals at or (203)656-1522 for a possible listing of vegan restaurants.

If you’re in the Greater Los Angeles area, you may contact us at for a listing of vegan (and vegetarian) restaurants.

Eating healthy is a journey, discipline, and lifestyle and does not come without challenges in the early stages. However, as you become more health conscious, you’ll discover more healthy places to eat at while out on the town.

Thank you for reading! PEACE, LOVE and LIGHT!

This article was compliments of and Djehuty Ma’at-Ra, The People’s Herbalist

The Pros and Cons of Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets are most commonly used frames in order to make heavy things and containers rest on them. They are easily available every where. Though pallets made of other materials are available in market, most of the people prefer purchasing wood. These are useful as well as harmful but still are popular to be used all around the world as food storage and goods keeping containers.

Advantages of Using Wooden pallets

Most of the people who need a container for the shipment of trade goods or food will definitely purchase wooden pallets as their first choice. The major factors in choosing them as first choice for the customers include following issues.


Wooden pallets are cheap and inexpensive containers and are available at very low prices as compared to other available options for pallets including metal and plastic, because the client who wants to purchase pallets is in need for low budget containers that are easily reusable. So in this case the wooden pallets prove to be the best option as a container.

Durable and strong

These pallets are cheap but it does not mean that they are not strong enough to hold up heavy and bulky materials on them.They very strong and durable as well as reliable structures to be used as containers accommodating huge consignments in them.

Easily available

One of the major causes of common usage of these pallets is that they are easily and frequently available to the clients. And the clients like to purchase them because there is no wastage of time during the shipment process due to searching out pallets made of other materials that are not usually available for the clients.

Easily repaired

Wooden pallets are easy to handle if they get damaged. They can be repaired by simply putting in small nails with hammer. There is no expertise required to repair them for further use.

Can be recycled

Wood pallets can be recycled easily without any special practice. You only need to have a creative mind and you will see that they can be converted into many things including flower beds, fences and tables.

Have high level friction on surfaces

The most important advantage of a wood pallet is its high friction against different surfaces avoiding possible slipping of contained materials.


Wood pallets are not without their disadvantages they are also cause of different problems to people using them. The problems posed include the following:

Highly prone to bacterial growth

Wood pallets have proven to be suitable for bacterial growth. This has made their use quite questionable for food containing purposes. It has been investigated that the these pallets are home to bacteria called E. coli and salmonella. These bacteria can cause a great harm to health of many people who use that food contained in these pallets.

Can develop fungus

Wood pallets are prone to develop fungus if kept damp for longer periods. So they should be kept dry for longer life.

Difficult to clean

Wood pallet surfaces are difficult to be cleaned because it is rough and dirt and stain go into the rough surface and make it hard to remove.

The Importance of Food Safety in Our Lives

Safety in general is important for every individual. It is an issue that we take into account in different aspects of our life. For instance to ensure our personal protection, we buy stun guns that we can bring with us anywhere. Moreover, we wear seat belts to keep us safe while we are driving. More importantly, we ensure that the food we eat is safe. How the food is prepared is what we all consider. When we eat in restaurants, when we buy from a store and even when we cook our own food, we make sure that it is clean and safe to take in to replenish the needs of our body.

Food safety has become an issue of special importance for the retail food industry. There are many instances that food contamination can occur between the process of production and consumption. Food can be contaminated at the farm, ranch, and orchard or in the sea. Contamination of food can even occur while it is processed in large manufacturing companies and while it is delivered to different retailers. Finally, food can be contaminated during the last stages of production at retail establishments and by consumers in their homes.

Food safety is especially critical in retail food establishment because this may be the last opportunity to control and eliminate the hazards that might contaminate food and cause food borne illnesses. Even when bought from already inspected and certified sources, ingredients may be contaminated when they arrive at the food establishment. It is important to know how to handle these ingredients safely and how to prepare food in such a manner that reduces the risk of contaminated food being served.

Food borne illness happens and it adversely affects the health of millions of people every year. It is a sickness that some people experience when they eat contaminated food. It impairs performance and causes discomfort and body weakness like your being hit with streetwise stun guns. Food borne illness also has a major economic impact. It costs our society billions of dollars each year. These costs occur in the form of medical expenses, lost work and reduce productivity by victims of the illness, legal fees, punitive damages, increased insurance premiums, lost business and loss of reputation.

You may be asking yourself whether all the knowledge about food safety has something to do with you. The answer is definitely. Customer opinion surveys show that cleanliness and food quality are the top two reasons people use when choosing a place to eat and shop for food. Consumers expect their food to taste good and not make them sick. It is the responsibility of every food establishment owner, manager, and employee to prepare and serve safe and wholesome food and preserve their clients’ confidence.

Food safety is utmost importance. Achieving clean food at your dining table is a joint cooperation starting from those who manufacture the food, delivers it to retailers, sells the food in the market, and lastly to the consumer who purchases the food, cooks and eats it. Through this, all people will be free from any food borne diseases.

Food and Drink to Stop Kidney Stones – Part 1

In this series of articles, I am going to tell you about food and drink to stop kidney stones. I am going to tell you about home treatment for kidney stone pain and home remedies for passing a kidney stone. You are going to learn a vegetable home remedy for kidney stones, with herbs to reduce kidney stones.

This article could be enough to cure your kidney stones

Just this article by itself could be enough to cure your kidney stones for good. Of all the home remedies for passing a kidney stone, this one is the most valuable.

First check your water and exercise

Before you think about the food in your diet, first check yourself to be sure that 1) you are drinking 3 quarts of pure water per day, and 2) you are exercising to the equivalent of an hour or more of walking. This is the absolute primary home remedy for kidney stone pain.

The one key nutrient in kidney stones

Recent research has shown that all, repeat ALL, degenerative diseases are caused by a lack of calcium in the diet. Heart disease, gallstones, kidney stones, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and many, many more diseases are all caused by lack of dietary calcium.

I am going to say it one more time kidney stones are caused by lack of calcium!

“But my doctor told me to cut out calcium, because my stones are made of calcium.”

It doesn’t matter. If you stop eating calcium, it does not prevent kidneystones. Low blood-calcium actually causes kidney stones.

Meanwhile, your body takes the missing calcium out of your other organs, such as your bones. Your blood calcium level will always remain the same. So by cutting out calcium, you would be robbing your other organs, and likely causing yourself to get the other degenerative diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

So I should eat more dairy produce?

It depends upon your blood’s type. Typically, if you have kidney stones, your blood’s type is A.

If your blood’s type is A, then you should not eat much dairy produce. And when you do eat it you should choose from this list:

farmer cheese


lowfat mozzarella

lowfat ricotta

string cheese

goat’s cheese (feta)

goat’s milk


Just about every other form of dairy produce would be harmful to you, if your blood’s type is A. This means also you ought to avoid butter.

If your blood’s type is B or AB, then eat all dairy produce, but especially from the list above. Anything not on that list is not so great for you, is ok, but not really desirable. The list above is good for you.

Type AB also benefits from cottage cheese.

Of course I am assuming that you already know that pasteurized milk is deadly, that only raw milk is wholesome.

If your blood’s type is O, then you ought to avoid dairy produce altogether, or else keep it to a tiny minimum.

Everybody ought to get calcium from vegetables as much as possible. If your blood’s type is A or O, then you have to be especially canny about choosing your vegetables to be sure that you get calcium aplenty into your mouth.

Here is the list. This is your vegetable home remedy for kidney stones:


o Cod

o Tofu

o Lima beans

o Soybeans

o White beans

o Navy beans

o Black turtle beans

o Red kidney beans

o Split peas

o Halibut

o Rockfish

o Sardines

o Salmon

o Trout


o Almonds

o Beet greens

o Carrot juice

o Mustard greens

o Potatoes with skins

o Rhubarb

o Seaweeds (sea vegetables)

o Spinach

o Squash, winter

o Sweet potatoes with skins

o Tomato juice

o Tomato puree

o Tomato sauce

o Winter squash


o Apricots

o Bananas

o Cantaloupe

o Oranges

o Figs

o Honeydew

o Plantains (fruit)

o Peaches

o Prune juice

o Prunes


o Unsulphured blackstrap molasses

o Amaranth