Archive for the ‘Other’ Category

Have you been wondering about what the best Dutch oven is? Of course everyone has their own idea about the best Dutch oven, but I would personally only listen to someone who has had the opportunity to use a few to be able to compare the features of them and to be able to know the shopping criteria of buying a Dutch oven that is of high quality. The best Dutch oven can mean a different Dutch oven for every single different person or family. If the family is larger, having a few children, plus the parents, the Dutch oven would have to be significantly larger than if a couple went out camping or fishing. Also, you would need to consider if there are legs or a handle on the dutch oven as these features would add to its valu greatly. Another feature to consider if the Dutch oven is seasoned or not.

I have lived and camped all over, which includes a multitude of locations with funky tasting or dangerous tap/river water. I’m not sure if I have been getting better bottled water supplier filters or if what I have been doing makes a difference. Ideally they will get the size right and will also fit much better. I got myself a Pur water cooler that uses two of these filters together. Considered switching to Brita but PUR filters out a lot more impurities than Brita. I personally use my filters every single day at work–makes this unpleasant San Francisco water taste a lot better! I love the Pur table-top pitchers and the water quality and I didn’t mind it when they removed the indicator a couple of years back. Item arrived pretty fast, but the packing (as is very common with Amazon, I’ve found) was extremely poorly done and left inner package pummelled and smashed. I’m still alive to write an evaluation, so the filters should work, right?

Gooseberry is that kind of fruit that does not get much notoriety. They are a species of Ribes with origins in Europe. They are successfully cultivated in cool areas with humid summers and cold winters. Sometimes wild species are hard to distinguish from the feral ones. Known to be used mostly in deserts lie pies, fools and crumbles, gooseberries are often used for beverages like soda or flavored milk. Another great usage of these berries is in fruit wines and teas. Like most other fruits they can also be kept and sold as jam or dried fruit. Gooseberries grow in the form of a strangling bush, known to reach up to 10 feet tall. The wild fruit is smaller than the cultivated varieties but has a stronger, better flavor. The European variety is bigger that the one cultivated in America. Market demand for the American variety is known to be stagnant while the European ones seem to increase.