3 Steps to a Well-Organised Commercial Fridge2

3 Steps to a Well-Organised Commercial Fridge

It can be hard to maintain organisation in a busy kitchen, but it is essential for the health of your customers and business to employ an efficient system. There will be specific adaptations you can make for your own specific business, but there are also some general guidelines that can help you form the policy for your kitchen.

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Low Shelf Storage for Meats

As described at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/storing-food-safely, meat should be stored on the bottom shelves in your fridge to prevent cross-contamination and make it easy to clean up spills. If other food touches meat juices or marinades, make sure to throw it away.

Failing to store meat on lower shelves can increase the risk of juices dripping down and contaminating other food in the fridge. This can pose a serious health risk to your customers – and to your business’s reputation.

Space Items

Whether you are filling a restaurant food fridge supplied by https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/ or another form of commercial refrigeration unit, air needs to be able to circulate. You may be tempted to cram as much in as possible to use the space available most effectively, but you should aim to leave between three and six inches separating food products and the walls in order to achieve the best performance from your fridge.

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As well as preventing wasted energy and risking food spoilage, allowing the air to circulate properly in your commercial refrigeration unit will help to prevent hot spots and work to prevent uneven freezing and cooling.

Avoid the Floor

Keep products off the floor of your fridge in order to stop contaminants and water from making their way into your food and causing a potential hazard.

Food should generally be stored away from the floor, and this is as true in your refrigeration unit as it is in the rest of your kitchen. This is a specific health code, and it is important that everyone in your kitchen is aware of the importance of keeping food off the floor – in the fridge and out. Making sure that there is enough shelving in your refrigerator will help remove the temptation to use the floor as extra storage space, while adequate staff training is also important to highlight the risk of food contamination and infestation by pests in your fridge if food is not positioned high enough.

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Five benefits of engineered flooring

Have you ever wondered why so many people are considering engineered options over traditional solid wood or cheap laminate flooring these days? Let’s explore five of the top benefits of engineered wood flooring.

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Engineered wood flooring is incredibly durable, thanks to being made with crisscross layers of plywood. As a result, it can withstand changes in temperature or humidity better than solid wood.

Wider range

Engineered wood flooring tends to be available in a much wider choice of shades, grades and finishes than solid wood flooring, making it easier to find something suitable for your home.


Engineered wood flooring from a specialist such as https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.ie/engineered-flooring.html tends to come in at a much lower price than solid wood; in addition, its durability means it lives just as long.

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Easy to clean

Whilst solid wood needs to be protected from too much water, engineered wood flooring can be mopped weekly, making it easy to keep it clean and hygienic. It also has a smoother finish, making it easy to sweep or hoover.


Installing engineered wood flooring is extremely easy in comparison with solid wood, as it can be done with a click system, stapling, nailing or glue. Some people choose to install their own wood flooring, saving even more on the cost of their new floor.

These are just five of the many benefits of choosing engineered wood flooring – a cheaper, easier to clean and simpler to install alternative to solid wood flooring.


How to have the Perfect Bath – Without Breaking the Bank

There is nothing better for many of us than a peaceful, relaxing bath at the end of the day. A bath can be all that you need to lower your stress levels, unwind and get ready for a good night’s sleep. A bath gives you time to think, to have alone time, and even to read a book that you enjoy in peace and tranquillity where you won’t be disturbed. But if your bathroom is not the most peaceful of havens, here are a few ways to make it more relaxing without breaking the bank…

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Lighting – You don’t have to spend a lot on installing lots of expensive lighting. If you are aiming for rest and relaxation, the only thing that you really need is candles! Get some in your favourite scents and put them around the room in safe locations before you jump in the bath, and you will be amazed at the difference a bit of low lighting can make. If you are intending to read in the bath of course you may require a few more to enable you to see. Also, remember to blow them out when you are finished!

Décor – Again, you do not have to spend a fortune on re-tiling the entire room. Give the room a good clean, and a lick of pain in a soft, off white shade for a balanced and neutral feel. Mirrors make the room look larger if you feel the room is slightly small and claustrophobic. Close out the outside world with a good roller blind – if you are looking for waterproof roller blinds try sites like UCBlinds. Try to clear the room of any un-necessary clutter – put all children’s toys away in an ottoman and stash away all those bottles of bubble bath and shampoo for a tranquil feeling sanctuary.

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Little touches – One of the loveliest things to look forward to when getting out of the bath is a large, soft, fluffy towel waiting for you. This is a worthwhile investment as it will really make your bath experience much more enjoyable. If you have any pieces of artwork, or photographs that make you feel relaxed, why not frame them and add them to the wall? Pictures of oceans, or rivers are a great idea if you are stuck for inspiration, as they keep the room water themed! But really anything that makes you feel more chilled out and relaxed is perfect.

Wildlife Watch – Wildlife to Look out for in Spring

Wildlife Watch – Wildlife to Look out for in Spring

It is finally the end of what has seemed like an unusually long Winter. We have had plenty of snow this year, which was enjoyed by children up and down the country and a very cold March in particular with ‘The Beast from the East’ wreaking havoc up and down the country, a bit of warm weather will certainly now be welcomed with open arms. The daffodils are now in full bloom, a happy reminder that Spring is in the air, and the clocks going forward has brought the lighter evenings, giving people a spring in their step as Summer is only around the corner.

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You may have already started to notice the ‘dawn chorus’. This is the birdsong that you can hear at dawn. It steadily increases through the weeks, reaching it’s peak early May. This is because it is the birds mating season, and they are all jostling for attention to find themselves a mate. A dawn chorus is best heard in the countryside on a clear, still morning at sunrise. It is a beautiful thing to wake up to. For many people, this is a relaxing and inspirational start to the day – for a lasting memory of the beautiful birds, have a look at a bronze animal sculpture from http://www.gillparker.com/ .

Other wildlife that you may start to notice at this time of the year will be in the pond. Frogs and toads in particular, are particularly noisy as they call to their mates. If you have access to a pond, have a look – you will notice the jelly like frogspawn in there and when it disappears, you will know that the tadpoles have emerged! Try to keep a track of them as they are fascinating to watch as they grow into adult frogs and toads.

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Flowers – Of course the snowdrops and the daffodils herald the first signs of Spring, but if you are out on a woodland walk you might notice the strong smell of garlic in the air. This is coming from Ransoms (also known as wild garlic) and it’s strong smelling leaves appear in March, followed by the emergence of it’s white, star shaped flowers. In May, you will also be treated to the sight of a carpet of Bluebells if you head into the woods. There are many places where you can go to see these beautiful flowers in all their glory.

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A short history of the TV dinner

The classic TV dinner saw people sit down to a meal that only needed reheating prior to eating. Quick, comfortable, convenient. The question of its origins doesn’t have a straightforward answer, with three sources being linked to its invention.

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Frozen food for flyers

The year 1945 saw Maxson Food Systems, Inc. create the first frozen meal of meat, potato and vegetable, each in its individual section on the plate, for civilian and military passengers on planes. These so-called “Strato-Plates” failed to hit retail markets, leading to many not considering them a TV dinner as they weren’t a feature in homes.

Expansion by the Bernstein Brothers

The latter part of the 1940s saw FridgiDinners introduce frozen meals to customers in taverns, but this wasn’t hugely successful until two brothers drove the innovation in a fresh direction. Frozen Dinners, Inc. was born in 1949 as an Albert and Meyer Bernstein business, with frozen meals served on three-compartment aluminium trays. These were initially sold in Pittsburgh as a One-Eyed Eskimo product, growing by 1950 to see more than 400,000 being produced. The venture was expanded in 1952 with the creation of the Quaker State Food Corporation and two years later the Bernstein brothers were able to sell over two and a half million frozen meals.

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Swanson and the TV dinner

It was in 1954, when Swanson released their range of frozen meals, that many consider to be the true beginnings of the TV dinner, with the company coining the term. A C A Swanson and Son salesman, Gerry Thomas, was originally hailed as the individual inventor, as it’s believed he approached the owners of Swanson with a solution to their unsold Thanksgiving Turkey. He spotted the Pan American Airways in-flight meal tray and adapted this to come up with a tray consisting of three compartments to separate the different items of food. The American Frozen Food Institute feature him in their Frozen Food Hall of Fame. The TV dinner has become iconic, offering a convenient meal solution in homes worldwide as consumers can simply reheat, sit, and eat on lap trays, such as those from https://personalisedlaptrays.co.uk/collections/lap-trays.

The question of who truly invented the TV dinner conceptually is still debated, but the name, concept and successful production to retail and commercial markets can be traced back to Swanson.


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A Gap Year or Years

Yes, you’ve got a degree, A-levels, a Masters or your in between studies and its getting a little staid, whatever. That’s all well and good but you know in your heart that really all you’ve seen for the last few years is the inside of a classroom. You’ve not had any real experiences, there is a big wide world out there and you’ve yet to see that much of it. You’ve told your Lettings Agents Gloucester or in Leicester or in Nottingham wherever you are, that you’re moving out at the end of month, checking out http://www.tgres.co.uk/ just in case. Now you’re a free agent what should you do? How about travelling on a Gap year before you take on the world of full time employment. It’ll help to bulk out that CV to.

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Planning a Gap year can take some time. So, before you book that one way ticket to Lagos with the intention of working in a bar or helping orphans in Mumbai or a kibbutz in Israel. A Gap year doesn’t necessarily mean travel you could work in a firm that you see yourself in, or one of its competitors, the bonus being you can get some money behind you if you want to travel later. Yes, you’ll need some money, but it is possible to do it on a budget and you may have to work for a bit in whatever job you can get to get some capital behind you before you go on your Grand Tour. Here are a few things to consider before you embark upon your noble quest to find yourself and give you something else to discuss on that CV other than that residential week you spent in the Cairngorms charting igneous rock formations.

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1.      You don’t have to have money to start. There are many volunteering options and the Government even offer one. Their choice, of course, in terms of the options they give you but there will be something that take your fancy. If no, then there is the option of an internship in a company or a hospital or charity work.

2.      Once you’ve decided that you’re going and where, it’s an idea to speak to someone there. Here are a few questions you may want to ask: What are the expectations of the role? Is accommodation provided? What training period will there be. Will I have a mentor or working partner? Will I need to be bilingual (very important that one!)

3.      Work through a registered agency. Rather than just wing it yourself there are many companies out there that can arrange the flights and transfers or even provide you with a safe project that they themselves have arranged. All you need is the spending money for when you are out there.


It’s a rewarding opportunity to take if you can and it will certainly leave you with a few good battle scars to tell down the pub and to your family when you get back.

New Car Safety Features

New Car Safety Features

Modern cars come with some of the advanced safety features available. When you’re in the market for a new car, be it a lease or to own, you should look for cars with these safety features as standard. Here are some of the features available that vastly reduce the likelihood of being involved in a collision and being injured or killed as a result. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are now mandatory on all new cars in the UK, and here are some others that should be:

Run-off road protection

A bold promise has been made by Volvo. It claims that by 2020, no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo car. The latest Volvo has been fitted with run-off road protection – a system that detects when a vehicle has left the road. The front seat belts tighten, and an energy absorbing system situated between the seat and seat frame acts as a cushion for the vertical forces experienced on landing. Air bags are released, and the brake pedal is retracted during collision. While we rely on so-called passive safety devices to prevent accidents, the advances in active safety technology are helping to reduce deaths and serious injuries when a crash is unavoidable.


Autonomous Emergency Braking watches traffic ahead and detects when a potential collision is imminent. The driver will be alerted visibly or audibly, and should the driver fail to react in time, the brakes will deploy automatically. Today around 21% of news cars have this feature, but it’s been hailed as the most important development in car safety since the introduction of the seatbelt.

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Automatic crash response

eCall systems such as this are being called on by the EU to be mandatory on all new cars from 2018. In the worst-case scenario of an accident, a manufacturer’s advisor is sent information about the location of the car, the direction it was travelling, the car’s colour and how much damage has been sustained. It will also immediately call the emergency services for you. An SOS button also gives 24-hour access to a service advisor.

Blind spot detection

Cameras located below the side mirrors flash a light to warn drivers that a vehicle is in their blind spot. Similar systems use radar located in the rear bumper to alert drivers to vehicles in the blind spot, through a voice warning or flashing display. Make sure your new lease vehicle comes with excellent safety features. For Car Leasing Leicester, visit https://leasing.totalmotion.co.uk/

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Reverse cameras

Assisted parking sensors are fairly common these days and come in very handy when driving or parking with limited visibility. Reverse cameras take this one step further, with a camera display on the centre console’s infotainment system. Whilst it should be an aid and not to be relied on totally, the image shows the area immediately behind your car which is particularly useful for those driving SUVs.

Adaptive cruise control

ACC actually dates back to 1958 when the Chrysler Imperial came with an ‘auto pilot’ which allowed drivers to dial a speed on the dashboard and an electric motor adjusted the throttle. Systems now use a radar or laser to help you maintain a safe distance from the car in front. Regardless of the speed you select, the system will reduce speed if the gap in front reduces below a certain distance. This is extremely helpful on our modern congested roads and eases the stress of long distance driving.

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Men’s Wardrobe Essentials

Style is pretty subjective. After all it’s about expressing who you are. However, there are some basic garments that should form the basis of every man’s wardrobe, a starter kit for a stylish lifestyle. Here are some items that, if you don’t already own, you should consider buying, as they are the basis of building great style.

A Navy and a Grey Suit

Even if you don’t work in an office, at some point you’ll need to be somewhere where jeans just don’t cut it. Whether that’s a wedding, a job interview or a court appearance! A simple, stylish navy two-button suit is the perfect choice. Grey is also another professional and stylish option. Having one of each will set you up for any formal occasion.

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A Silk Tie

No more digging around in the tie drawer trying to find something that matches – a classic silk knit tie will work with everything. No pattern, just a little texture and a lot of class.


A white dress is one of life’s must-have purchases. From weddings to interviews and a whole myriad of other formal occasions, you can’t go wrong with Mens designer shirts from https://www.ejmenswear.com/

Blue dress shirts are also a necessity as you don’t want to wear white all the time. A choice of polo shirts is a mainstay of the modern man’s wardrobe. They can be paired with anything to make a formal or informal look. If you don’t already own an Oxford Button Down shirt then where have you been? It’s one of the most versatile shirts you’ll ever possess. Wear it on its own or under a sports coat, a top-quality Oxford will only improve as it matures.

The White Tee

Finding top quality tee shirts is important if you only ever wear tee shirts with jeans. Just because its casual doesn’t have to mean it’s not stylish. You’ll want a variety of colours and designs, but the classic white tee is a must.

Denim Jeans

The perfect pair of selvedge denim jeans that shape to your body and perfect with age is a must for any wardrobe – male or female. Where would we be without the versatility and universal style of a great pair of jeans?

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Classic Chinos

Whilst these come in many colours, the only colour you need is khaki. Perfect to throw on for casual weekends when you want to change it up from wearing denim all the time, they can also be paired up with polo shirts for a more business/casual look.

Best Belts

Almost all chinos or jeans benefit from a belt to prevent them slipping. The ideal choice is to have a black and a brown one, made from strong leather and you’ll be ready for anything!

Black Formal Shoes

As well as the necessary suit, shirts and tie – you’ll need a classic pair of black lace-ups for formal attire. It’s no good looking the part but being let down by poor footwear. Stylish, traditional Oxfords are the ideal choice for the discerning gentleman.

A beginners guide to crystals and their healing powers

A beginner’s guide to crystals and their healing powers

Crystals have been used for thousands of years for healing and maintaining well-being. They release energy channels within the home and in our bodies. The human body is made up of silicon dioxide which is the same compound found in quartz crystals. Therefore, we are able to pick up the signals that they emit and the resulting vibrations release energy in our bodies.

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It’s much easier than you might think to make crystals a part of your life. From hanging beautiful antique crystal chandeliers in your home to dropping an amethyst into your drinking water, there are plenty of ways in which you can experience their life-affirming properties.

Choosing the right crystals for you

Different crystals have different properties. According to spiritual teaching expert Krista Mitchell, more people are looking for ways of replenishing energy sapped by modern life.
Turquoise is useful for healing after an injury or an illness and for helping you think through problems clearly. Citrine is useful if you are suffering from ‘brain fog’ or find yourself forgetting things. In the long term, it can help to prevent cognitive decline associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Keep some opal crystals nearby if you are working on a creative project, especially if you are female.

Most people start by getting some quartz crystals. They can help to maintain your physical and mental health. They will absorb all the negative energy in the home and lift everyone’s moods. It’s easy to incorporate quartz crystals into your home décor, by investing in some beautiful chandeliers such as those at http://roccoborghese.com/crystal-chandeliers/borghesina-classica/. Not only do they look stunning, but they could reduce tension and anxiety in your home.

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Using crystals around the home

There are other ways to use crystals around your home. Amethyst, quartz, and selenite can be placed under your pillow at night. They help with insomnia and anxiety.

Crystals such as amethyst, citrine and fluorite all have purifying properties. All you have to do is place them in a glass of fresh water for 30 minutes, then remove them and drink it. The crystals will remove impurities from the water. This boosts your immune system and protects you from disease.

Placing quartz crystals all around the bedroom can help with relationship issues.

American English

It doesn’t take too much to make me angry, but I did become extremely incensed by this particular interlude. It was in an episode of Daffy Duck as his Space hero creation Duck Dodgers in the 24th and half Century. Dodgers meets an alien and is surprised to find that the Alien speaks back to him in his own language. “Oh, so you speak American?” exclaims Dodgers. “No”, I screamed at the TV, “he speaks English, and so do you!” I almost wrote a letter to Warner Brothers asking them to correct this and publish an apology. I was getting angry with American English. I suppose it makes no difference if you put your car in a Gaarage as opposed to a Garage. They all have Garage shelving, especially if you’ve got them from https://www.garage-shelving.co.uk/ , but that’s the problem it feels a bit like your language is being taken away from you.

Actually I shouldn’t be too hard on Daffy Duck as he gets a rough ride of it pretty much all the time, so I should cut him some slack. And in a way his right there is a definite difference between how we British speak English and how our North American cousins say it. There is in fact a whole song that celebrates this.

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“You say tomato and I say towmatoe. You say Potato and Powtatoe…”, The singers agree that they should, on this basis, end the relationship that they are cultivating. That might seem a little extreme, but it does quite jar when there is such a difference. The reason is relatively simple. The Pilgrim Fathers were the first settlers. They were mainly from the East of England and had a very distinctive accent. Of course, this is not the only influence. North America is a place made up of a multitude of migrant cultures especially Italian, Irish and East European. This has meant that the English language in the USA has been through the equivalent of a hedge backwards at times. The most notable difference is where the letter s is replaced by the letter z. This became very clear where the state of English sat when programs like Word started suggesting that the word Modernise should be spelt Modernize and Colour did not need the letter u. American English is more phonetic because, as we’ve seen above it had to take in many other cultures for it to work.

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What are the main word definition differences? UK English first;

Dustbin – Trash can

Postman – Mailman

Chips – French Fries (this causes no end of problems for British families when they ask for Chips and a bag of Crisps turns up).

Courgette – Zucchini. Same problem as a above just healthy. Plus, this is a French v Italian confusion.

Holiday – Vacation. Again, many bemused looks from the British family as they get asked if they’re enjoying their Vacation.

Football – Soccer. Now obviously they’ve got this totally wrong. They play that helmet Rugby game and call it football and now one ever kicks a ball!