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What to look for when buying a garden hose

The number one thing you need to look at when shopping for a gardening hose is length. In general, garden hoses come in a variety of lengths. You can’t just pick one and hope it works. It’s important to know the distance from your outdoor faucet (tap) to wherever you will be using your hose. Many modern American homes feature more than one outdoor faucet, which makes things easier. However, if you only have one outdoor faucet, you may wish to get with a much longer hose, because you’ll need it to cover more area.

After you decide which hose length you need, check out hose diameter and hose material. Some may say you need to consider these separately, but really, they go hand in hand, the reason being that what material a hose is made out of will sometimes dictate its thickness or its thickness range.

If you have major watering needs, opt for a hose with a larger diameter. When the diameter is larger, more water naturally flows through the hose. This is a good idea for people who will be filling up swimming pools and manmade ponds. However, if you have a small garden or live in an area where you are limited in how much water you can use, opt for a smaller diameter hose. Less water will flow through at a given time, allowing you more control over how much you use—plus, its flow won’t drastically over-exceed your needs.

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On the subject of material, you want to weigh hose material against two factors: your climate and your usage. If you live in a climate with extreme heat or extreme cold, you should take care to choose a hose material that’s indicated for those issues. As for usage, what are you using it for? Do your hose applications logically dictate that you go for a heavy-duty rubber hose that’s capable of standing up to a lot of abuse and usage? For instance, if you’re a homeowner with a small vegetable patch, you have a lot more options than a professional who will be using their hose all day has. And if your watering applications are industrial in nature (such as farming), then you’re going to need to pay special attention to durability.

You might be wondering right now which material is best. The truth is, however, that you choose the material to suit your needs. For instance, vinyl hoses are great for some purposes while other hose materials are much better for other purposes. Always read what material a hose is made out of and weigh that against your watering applications.

If you have children and pets, or if you’re going to be watering vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers, it is absolutely crucial that you go for a lead-free hose. I cannot stress this enough. Lead-free hoses are always a good idea, but they truly are the best garden hose when children are around, especially. Lead is a toxic metal. In enough quantities, it kills. In smaller quantities, it causes permanent brain damage and developmental issues. Therefore, it’s vital children never come into contact with lead. It’s important to note that many lower quality hoses DO contain lead, whether they mention it or not in the specs, so always go for a hose that explicitly states that it is lead-free. Don’t just assume all hoses—even nice ones—are lead-free.

There are other safety features to look for in a good garden hose as well. Opt for a hose that is resistant to mold and mildew—especially if you live in a high-humidity area, or an area known to have mold issues. Even if you don’t meet either of those criteria, it’s still a good idea—especially if you or anyone in your household has asthma, allergies or a compromised immune system due to chemotherapy, an autoimmune disorder or other factors. Some of the newer hoses may even have an antimicrobial layer inside to prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria, which, if your kids or pets were to drink it, could make them sick.

Consider where you’re going to store your hose. It’s not a good idea to just leave it lying on the ground. Go for a hose that can be stored in the way that works best for you, or that comes with its own storage option. This will protect your investment.

Some hoses have special properties that make them last longer or just get rid of the annoyances people associate with hoses. For instance, one the main issues any hose can have is that it can kink. A bad kink can stop water flow. Obviously, this isn’t good. Opting for a hose that’s anti-kinking will save you from this common annoyance and also boost your watering efficiency. Other hoses feature extra layers for durability; if you use hoses around sharp objects or just want an extra-durable hose that isn’t prone to rips and tears, then opt for durability-boosting features.

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How to make Chocolate Ice Cream with your Stand Mixer

How can someone make ice cream with a stand mixer? Is it possible? Yes, it is definitely possible! A stand mixer can now become an ice cream maker with the correct attachment. Ice cream can now be made within 20 minutes right in the comfort of your own home using the best stand mixer 2019.

Serving Size: 4-6

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Infusion Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Freezing Time: overnight

Ingredients:

•    1 vanilla pod

•    300 ml milk

•    6 large egg yolks

•    100 g sugar

•    300 ml double cream

•    125 g grated chocolate

Procedure

1.    Scrape the seed out of the vanilla pod.

2.    In a saucepan, put the milk, vanilla pod and vanilla seed and bring into a boil.

3.    As soon as the milk boils, remove the saucepan from the heat.

4.    Cover the saucepan and let the mixture stand for 30 minutes.

5.    In the mixer, whisk the egg yolks and sugar using the wire whisk until thick and pale. Use speed 6 from the selector.

6.    Bring the milk mixture again to boil and then pour onto the mixing bowl. Adjust the speed from 6 to 4 and start mixing the milk, egg yolks, and sugar until creamy.

7.    Pour back the vanilla cream into the saucepan and stir constantly on low heat until the cream thickens.

8.    Strain into a container and cover with a cling wrap.

9.    Chill until cold.

10.    Once the mixture is completely cold, pour the chocolate into the cream and stir until completely smooth.

11.    Pour into the freeze bowl.

12.    With the use of a dasher, churn the cream until almost firm on speed 2.

13.    Transfer into a freezer-proof bowl and put it in the freezer overnight.

14.    Before serving, transfer the ice cream into the refrigerator for 20 minutes to soften the ice cream.

Source: KitchenAid® – The Cookbook

About the Attachment

The Ice Cream Bowl Attachment features a rotating dasher that rotates in the freeze bowl spreading, scraping and mixing the batter, a freeze bowl that has a capacity of 1.9 Liter of soft ice cream, and a drive assembly that is used in fastening the attachment into the body of the stand mixer.

Assembling the Attachment

Before assembling, make sure that the mixer unplugged. Tilt the head of the mixer and put the freeze bowl and the dasher into the proper place.  Slide the drive assembly and lock into position on the mixer’s head. Tilt back the head of the mixer into its original position to connect the drive assembly and the dasher. Lock the mixer’s head in place and plug the unit to the power source. Note: Assembling the attachment into a bowl-lift mixer is done differently.


Care and Cleaning

Let the freeze bowl reach room temperature before washing it with warm water and a mild cleaner. Then dry thoroughly before storing. On the other hand, the drive assembly and the dasher can be cleaned manually or by loading them into the dishwasher. It must be kept in mind that the freeze bowl can only be washed by hands using warm water and a mild cleaner. It is not advisable to wash it in the dishwasher.

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