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COOKING Smokeless Grill

HOW TO PROPERLY USE SMOKELESS INDOOR GRILLS?

If you are a barbecue lover but are always running out of time to fire up the grill, a smokeless electric grill should be ideal for you. Electric grills are indoor grills that cut half of your expenses of using a traditional grill.

The grill comprises a cooking surface under which lies a heating element that heats up to anywhere between 330-650F. It is also provided with an electric fan, capable of extracting out the smoke and odor.

Before using the grill, know the parts:

  • The top surface is the griddle surface, and the bottom one is called the grill surface. Every model includes a separate glass lid. Under the grill sits the heating element with an attached power cord. The drip-tray lies underneath the element, followed by the collection-pan. The fan and its cover are at the very bottom.
  • Remove any packaging materials, stickers, labels, and debris beforehand. Wash all the removable and washable parts and dry them with a clean, dry cloth. Do not use liquid to clean the electrical equipment, e.g., element, base, and fan.
  • Place the E-grill on a horizontal-level surface and assemble the unit. Add 1-1.5cups of water to the collection-pan. Do not place the grill in a corner and let the air flow smoothly.
  • Choose whether your dish needs the grill or griddle surface and prepare accordingly. Plug the power into the adjacent electrical power-outlet. If your one has a polarized-plug, then fit it into the appropriate outlet and do not force-plug.
  • Press the power switch, if it exists. Otherwise, ensure that the grill is already turned on. It may take several minutes to pre-heat. If your e-grill consists of temperature control, you may need to turn it up an appropriate level to provide adequate heat to your food.
  • When you are assured that the grill has been pre-heated, prepare, and season it as per the desired dish. Spray and wipe the grill/griddle plate. Turn the temperature knob for the proper heating level. Turn it to at least 1, or the MIN level to ensure that the product starts heating up.
  • Place the food on its grill plate, close the upper surface using the griddle place or the lid. Contact E-grills use a griddle surface, but you can use the lid as per your need. Stand-by the grill all the time, because you do not want your food to overcook.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat and steak. You can use your tongs to turn the food to cook evenly, even though the E-grill does that on its own. Grill it to taste. Use a separate/clean pair of tongs and utensils to transfer the food. Make sure that the food is not undercooked/overcooked.
  • Turn your grill off and then disconnect the power plug. Let your equipment cool down enough to touch it with bare hands. Disassemble the equipment and clean the surfaces first. Then clean the element and then clean the cooling compartment.

E-grills are safer than the traditional coal/propane grills. Your foods will contain lesser cancer-causing substances because you are using an E-grill. These grills are convenient for every place and can be used anytime, provided that you have electrical power at home.

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HOW TO

HOW TO USE A COMPASS WHEN YOU LOST THE DIRECTION?

Using a compass is one of the most crucial life-skill one should learn. Compass helps to know directions. Using a map and compass together ensures that you never get lost.

  1. Parts of the compass:
  • The base plate is a transparent plastic plate on which the compass is fixed. It helps to read the below it, for taking a bearing and reading it on your map.
  • A Ruler is fixed to find the distances.
  • Direction-of-travel arrow is an arrow marked on the base plate, point it to the direction you are following.
  • The rotating bezel is also called an “azimuth ring”.360-degree markings are embedded in the circle.
  • Index line is called as ‘read bearing here mark’. It is located above the bezel.
  • The magnetized needle always points in the directions of magnetic poles (i.e. North and south). This needle is fixed in the center of the compass and is called red or white.
  • Orienting arrow is a non-magnetized outline of the magnetized needle. It is used to orient the bezel.
  • Orienting lines are parallel lines to the orienting arrows. These lines rotate with the bezel, and these lines are aligned with north-south lines.
  1. Hold the compass correctly:

The right way to hold a compass is holding it flat on your palms and holding the palm near your chest.

  1. The orientation of the map:

This is a simple practice to locate yourself on the map and to know the direction of your destination.

Steps for map orientation:

  • Place your compass on the map in such a way that the travel arrow directly points towards the top of the map.
  • Without shifting the direction of the travel arrow, slide the base plate to align the straight edge to the right or left side of the map.
  • Hold the compass and map steady. Move your body until the magnetic needle outlines with the orienting arrow.

This is the correct way of orienting the map; now you can identify the places near you. Before heading to the destinations, always read the map carefully and know about the surrounding.

  1. Reading Bearings:

Bearings are a navigation way to reach a particular destination. Bearings are relative to a particular location.

How to use a compass properly:

  • Place your compass on the map such that the straight lines of the base plate are between your current location and your destination.
  • Set the compass such that the travel arrow direction points directly to your destination.
  • Hold the compass properly and rotate the bezel. The orienting lines must align with the north-south grid lines or to the right and left edge of the map. (The north maker on the bezel should point towards the North on the map)
  • Note the reading of the bearings on the index line.
  • Hold the compass with the travel arrow pointing in the opposite direction of you.
  • After outlining the orienting arrow, the travel arrow is facing towards the bearings you noted.
  • Follow the direction of the travel arrow to reach your destination.

You can use multiple bearings to read a map. There are different methods to find your location, but you must know the surrounding for identify your exact location.

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SURVIVAL

How to survive in the avalanche?

Imagine yourself riding or skating in a snow area and all of sudden you had awakened the snow disaster. What would you do?

Avalanches or otherwise known as snow slides is a rapid flow of snow down from a high hill or a mountainside. It might occur due to various reasons such as weather, temperature, slope steepness or orientation, terrain, wind direction, and others. But According to experts, 90% of the avalanche causes due to human activities.

However, some reports had said that the persons have 93% of the survival rate. Isn’t it relaxing to know? We had mentioned the best steps to survive an avalanche.

Move to the side

Once you feel the avalanche coming in your way, don’t overrun it but move to the side. Running perpendicular to the path against the snow slide would save you from the disastrous. So, don’t wait and move your way to the side of the avalanche slope.

Get rid of the heavy things.

If you want to get away from this snow slides quickly, then you should be lightweight. So, let go of the heavy things in your backpack, and it could increase the surviving rate. But it wise to keep your backpack on, as it might prevent the injuries in your neck and back.

Hold onto something sturdy.

If the avalanche catches you, then you should grab on some sturdy things like a tree. It could delay the drowning. But even big rocks and dense trees could be carried away with a mighty avalanche.

Swim to the end

The human body is substantial when compared with the snow, and so the victim could be easily carried downhill. Hence, it would help if you kept swimming to stay on the surface as much as possible.

Raise and Dig

If nothing works and you get buried, hold your arm straight above your head. It will help the rescuers to locate you. After the avalanche, the snow will get accumulate above you, and it is not possible to get rid of that. Try to dig a pocket around your face using the free hand to ease your breathing.

Be Calm

It is normal to panic in such a dreadful situation. But you need to relax, if not your breathing rate will increase and you will have a high carbon dioxide level which might reduce your survival rate. Keep your breath steady and try to dig your way out. Meanwhile, you will be saved by the rescuers in no time.

Pack survival accessories

  • Keep a small shovel with you as it could help to dig your face out when you are stuck in the snow.
  • The death of many victims is due to the injuries in the head when they are knocked off by the snow. Hence, always wear a helmet if you are going for a snow ride.
  • You can also opt for skier’s airbags which could help you to stay on the surface and lower the risk of getting buried in the snow.

Who would have thought white and peaceful snow could change into a snow monster. Nature couldn’t be controlled, but we can save ourselves from them with proper guidelines. Always remember there is always a way out for every problem when you act in time.