Month: October 2013

Washing Towels and Keeble Outlet Review

For years I have wondered why it is that my wash rags and towels never seem to soak up water properly. Recently I bought a set of towels off of amazon that were sent to me by Keeble Outlets, a linen supply store that sells through amazon.com.  They had great customer service and sent me an email explaining how to properly care for the towels.  I am going to copy the instructions from the email here because I finally have the explanation I have been looking for.  I have been doing this with all my towels recently and it works like a charm!

Here are Some Additional Great Tips on What Consumers are Saying are The Best Ways to Wash Kitchen Dish Towels (these are not recommendations from Keeble Outlets but rather comments left online by other consumers):

Washing: Before you use a newly-purchased towel, wash it in warm water with laundry detergent to remove any sizing or fabric coating that may be on the fibers from manufacturing. Without doing this first, the new towel will not be effective in absorbing moisture. 


When you do this first washing, add about quarter of a cup of Epsom salt or table salt to the wash cycle. This not only helps remove the coating, but will help set the color of the towel.

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda, along with your detergent, to the wash cycle to keep your towels smelling fresh. 


To keep towels soft, add a 1 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle. 


Do not add fabric softener to the wash cycle.


Don’t wash your towels with other laundry items; if you must, be sure to wash similar colored items together.


Drying: Once you remove the initial coating from the towel, don’t re-coat the fibers by drying towels with a fabric-softener sheet, or use fabric softener in the wash. 


Fabric softeners coat towel fibers with silicon that makes them less absorbent.


To keep towels soft and absorbent, tumble them dry in a low-to-medium temperature setting. Even a few minutes of tumble drying before hanging towels on a clothesline will improve their softness and absorbency. 


If you must air dry your towels, vigorously shake out each towel before you hang it, and again when folding the dry towel. This will help fluff up the fibers for softness and absorbency.

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Recipe: Pot Roast with Yellow Rice

Lately in our house we have been experimenting with different things in the kitchen.  I am in love with Cast Iron cookware and my mother in law has recently been looking into the health benefits of turmeric.  Today I blended them together in a delicious dinner.  I made a pot roast in my cast iron pan and also made yellow rice.  Here are the recipes for them, I’m lazy tonight and don’t want to figure out the nutrition.

Yellow Onion Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter or coconut
  • 1 medium onions sliced thinly
  • 1 cup Jasmine or other rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Water

Cooking Instructions

  • Heat butter in a pan until it stops bubbling.
  • Add onions and sauté until they are nicely browned and delicious looking
  • Add water and boil
  • Add rice and cook until done
  • Add turmeric and stir until mixed thoroughly

Pot Roast (Cast Iron Dutch Oven)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions sliced thinly
  • 2 carrots scrubbed and diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 2-3 pound beef roast
  • Dry Rub
    • 2 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp chipotle chili
  • Sauce
    • 1 cup beef broth
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Prep Instructions

  • Mix up the dry rub
  • Spread the dry rub over the roast and set aside for at least an hour
  • Dice all veggies
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Cooking Instructions

  • Heat butter in your cast iron pan until it stops bubbling.
  • Add onions and sauté until they are nicely browned and delicious looking
  • Add carrots and celery and cook for a few minutes
  • Dump veggie mixture onto another pan
  • Take your roast and put it in the hot pan and sear each side for about 5 minutes each
  • Add the veggies back in the pan
  • Add the sauce mixture from above
  • Cover pan with tin foil and a lid
  • Put in oven and bake for approximately 3/4 of an hour per pound
  • Turn half way through
  • Serve over the yellow rice

Moving the oaks

Today we did a bit of yard work.  My mom has a great oak tree in her front yard and is always pulling baby oak trees out of her gardens.  A couple years ago I brought a few home and put them in one of my gardens to see if they would survive.  We finally moved them from my nursery garden and planted them in their forever home.  Hopefully they survive the winter.  The older of the two had a taproot that we couldn’t get completely dug up.  I really want that one to survive but if it doesn’t I’ll just have to replace it.  I also spent some time just cleaning up the yard and doing some edging on the sidewalks.  Still have a lot of work left but it was nice to actually get a few things knocked off the todo list.