“Experts advice on cooking and cleaning your home barbecue - Bradford Telegraph and Argus” plus 3 more

“Experts advice on cooking and cleaning your home barbecue - Bradford Telegraph and Argus” plus 3 more


Experts advice on cooking and cleaning your home barbecue - Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Posted: 24 Jun 2020 01:54 AM PDT

WITH a heatwave scheduled for this week, many are planning on taking advantage of the gorgeous weather across the country.

In preparation for small gatherings with friends or family, it appears Brits are interested in firing up the barbecue at home.

The OnBuy BBQ Department discovered that Google searches for branded barbecue kits have increased by 2,750% in the past seven days.

As a result, the OnBuy BBQ Department was keen to investigate the most popular questions asked relating to outdoor barbecues.

They have also partnered with experts at MyJobQuote to answer the five biggest questions.

With 7,540 searches since summer began, 'how to BBQ chicken' is the biggest question on the UK's mind.

Unsurprisingly, BBQ chicken is the most popular dish to cook on the grill with skewers, sliders and wings favoured by many.

In second place is 'how to light a BBQ'. In total there have been 7,150 searches this month from clueless Brits around the country who are unsure where to begin!

Interestingly, research from MyJobQuote found that 81% believe lockdown was the best time to give their home some much-needed TLC and partake in DIY tasks – it appears that the BBQ is no exception! OnBuy discovered that the third most asked question is 'how to build a BBQ' with 4,040 searches in total this month.

In fourth place is 'how to BBQ a steak' with 2,870 searches. Following in fifth, with 1,720 searches, is 'how to clean a BBQ' - although it may seem like an obvious step, many neglect this crucial process.

Overall, the most common questions are related to food. Further down the list, many searches have been made from those wondering how to cook! Some popular foods that make an appearance include fish, burgers, beef, salmon and corn on the cob with a combined search volume of 4,400 this month.

After exploring the results, OnBuy BBQ were eager to answer the biggest questions Brits have about their BBQs. They collaborated with experts at MyJobQuote to offer solutions.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

How to BBQ chicken:

Chicken takes the longest to cook out of the BBQ favourites and is easy to mess up by over-charring or under-cooking, so it's no surprise that there are thousands of Brits wondering how to perfect it.

Firstly, coat your chicken with olive oil and season generously to make sure it's flavourful. Light your grill, ensuring that you are able to moderate the heat and leave a cool spot where there are few coals.

Once your grill is prepared, barbecue the chicken undisturbed with the skin side down for around 15 mins (depending on how hot your grill is) and close the lid.

Once it is seared, coat the chicken in barbecue sauce using the cool part of your grill. Following this, turn the chicken over for an additional 20-30 minutes, lowering the heat and closing the lid.

As the 20-30 minutes comes to an end, coat the chicken in some extra barbecue sauce. You should cook until the chicken is firm to the touch and opaque all the way through at a temperature of around 165 degrees.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

How to light a BBQ:

To light a charcoal barbecue, you should remove the lid and cooking gate, sweeping out any left-over debris.

Then layer your charcoal at the bottom of the barbecue, scrunch up some old paper on top and add another layer of coal, making it into a pyramid shape.

Next, carefully pour a generous amount of lighter fluid into the coal, letting it soak for several minutes before carefully lighting the charcoal.

In about 10-15 minutes when your charcoal turns white, replace the cooking gate and you're ready to start cooking.

How to build a BBQ:

MyJobQuote provided OnBuy with some exclusive tips on how to build your own BBQ!

1. Create the initial level of bricks for the BBQ using the BBQ grill set as a benchmark. Try to use whole bricks as much as possible to minimise cutting the bricks.

2. Combine five-parts sand to one-part cement; ensure to add enough water to get a firm consistency. Examine the level of the area before adding the first layer of mortar, using more mortar for any unlevel sections.

3. Grab the spirit level and mark the outer edge of the BBQ in mortar. This will provide a straight guide for placing the first set of bricks. When you've laid the first layer of bricks, check the corners are right angles and that the area is level.

If you want to give the BBQ extra strength and durability, you can add metal ties into the mortar to join the internal wall to the lengthier wall.

4. Start laying the sets of bricks but be sure to start at the corners. Ensure to alternate the vertical joints consecutively by half a brick's width.

5. Use your spirit level to make sure each corner of the BBQ is vertically straight. Ensure the finished BBQ is square by examining from all angles.

6. When five sets of brick are finished, use a piece of wood and your spirit level to examine that both sides are flush.

7. Continue laying bricks to seven sets in total. Then, on the left-hand side and inner wall, spin the bricks side-on to make a shelf for the charcoal plate. Create an even edge by utilising a half brick at the external edge. After another three sets of bricks, add one more set side-on to stand the grill tray on.

8. If you want a professional finish to your BBQ, take your hose pipe and put it along each of the joints. You can then make a tidy edge by laying the last load of brick sets. When this is complete double-check all the areas are level again.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

How to BBQ steak:

You want colour and crust on the outside but not overcooked in the middle. Simply place your steaks directly over the heat of the barbecue so that it sears instantly.

The cooking time depends on the thickness of your steak and how cooked you like your steak, but generally cooking time is between 2-5 minutes.

Once the steak has been on the grill for a few minutes and is visibly seared, leave it to rest for five minutes before serving to ensure all juice is absorbed into the meat.

How to clean a BBQ

Cleaning your BBQ can be quite the chore, especially if the grease has built up from last summer.

MyJobQuote has suggested ways you can efficiently clean your BBQ in preparation for the heatwave.

Get the heat on – Preheat your grill to allow the grease to loosen up. This will avoid any difficult scraping and allow any food residue to come off much easier.

Lighting new coals under your BBQ can help burn off old food which could otherwise take hours to scrape.

Steam clean – Steam is great for lifting stubborn grease and dirt.

Covering a warm grill in a soaked newspaper or an old wet towel and closing the lid will allow the steam to build, which should make your grill much easier to clean.

Dishwasher – If you own a dishwasher and your BBQ is a standard size, fitting grills and hotplates into a dishwasher should be fine. It'll also save you time and energy while making your BBQ accessories look brand new.

A Brief Guide to Pimple Popping - Elemental - Elemental

Posted: 23 Jun 2020 10:48 PM PDT

If you have to do it, here's how to do it right

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There are plenty of very good reasons to be wearing a mask. As we slowly emerge from pandemic lockdowns, face masks, even simple fabric ones, can drastically reduce the spread of Covid-19.

But wearing a tight-fitting covering over your nose, mouth, and chin has its drawbacks, especially as temperatures and humidity rise and we all start sweating behind our masks. Even when washed regularly, a mask can act a bit like a petri dish against the skin. Enter "maskne," the newest pandemic side effect.

Skin care companies have begun peddling maskne-specific offerings, dermatologists report that calls about breakouts are skyrocketing, and Google searches for the term have spiked.

But the American fixation on skin care — and its occasional associated gore — isn't new. Cyst removal, blackhead extraction, and pimple-popping videos have been all the rage for years. There are dozens of popular Instagram accounts dedicated to the practice, and since 2015 Dr. Sandra Lee, a dermatologist otherwise known as "Dr. Pimple Popper" has been entertaining her more than 6 million YouTube subscribers with graphic, but somehow deeply satisfying content.

"Social media is a big part of what's propelling this phenomenon into the spotlight because it's one of those 'guilty pleasures,'" says Marc Lafrance, PhD, an associate professor of sociology at Concordia University who studies people's experience with acne, the most common skin disorder. "It's the intersection of pleasure and pain, and it becomes really entertaining for people."

Now, especially, watching pimples pop could be providing some much-needed stress relief. Studies find that, for both adolescents and adults, even moderate acne can have a significant negative impact on one's quality of life. The videos give viewers a vicarious experience as others "rid their bodies of something that's the source of not just disgust, but something that represents a lot of psychological distress," Lafrance adds.

As exhilarating as it may be (for some viewers, anyway) to watch pimples get popped, it's also a way to satisfy the urge to pop one's own, which medical experts say is almost always a bad idea. We've all heard the conventional wisdom that the best way to really treat your own pimples is to leave them alone, but let's be honest: If you wake up with a giant zit on your chin, you're probably going to try to do something about it.

If you're going to take matters into your own hands, do yourself a favor and learn how to do it safely and correctly.

What we call a pimple might actually be one of a number of different types of blemish. First things first: figure out what you're looking at. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) provides a helpful blemish gallery you can use to identify whether you're dealing with a pustule, a whitehead, a cyst, or something else entirely.

"Most 'pimples' are caused by the inflammation of a hair follicle," explains dermatologist David Finkelstein, a fellow of AAD with a practice in New Jersey. When a follicle—a small skin cavity from which hair grows—gets clogged with dirt, natural oil (called sebum), or sloughed-off skin debris like keratin, they become comedones, otherwise known as blackheads and whiteheads.

"Whiteheads and blackheads don't hurt," Finkelstein says. "When you get bacteria in a hair follicle and it causes those tender white bumps on a pink base — that's different. That's what people call a 'zit.' We call it a pustule."

There are other types, too, including small, hard red bumps that often show up in groups when oil and bacteria move into the lower layers of the skin. Those are called papules. Finally, when acne-causing debris or bacteria pushes itself even deeper, an acne nodule or cyst can form. Those are the painful, tender zits that don't have a "head" and are usually the most difficult to deal with.

"It's the intersection of pleasure and pain, and it becomes really entertaining for people."

If you've got pus- and bacteria-filled bumps or an abundance of blackheads, you might find yourself unable to resist popping or picking. Still, Finkelstein says, you seriously shouldn't.

Trying to deal with a pimple yourself opens you up to potential scarring, swelling, and hyperpigmentation in the area. Plus, pimple-popping can come with some startling risks.

"Usually, nothing sinister will happen," he says. "But rarely, you can spread that bacteria and get something called cellulitis," a painful skin infection that causes redness and swelling, and needs to be treated with antibiotics.

"There's a good amount of blood flow to the face, so typically your body clears it out, and it's no big deal, but sometimes you can get this incredible swelling that requires antibiotics or hospitalization," he adds.

Because certain blood vessels in the face lead to important areas in and around the skull, in extremely rare cases, popping a pimple poorly could potentially result in a bacterial infection reaching the brain. These vessels are between the nose and the corners of the mouth, in what's colloquially called the "triangle of death."

Channing Barnett, an Ivy League-educated medical and cosmetic dermatologist who practices in southern Florida, says that's more social media sensationalism than realistic concern. The odds of an infection from a pimple reaching the brain are incredibly slim. "I've seen the 'triangle of death' thing mentioned on social media, but I think that's people making a big deal out of nothing," she says. "I think it honestly has a lot to do with our nervousness about bacteria, and MRSA, and sepsis, but a lot of that anxiety isn't really justified."

Still, she says, the best medical advice is to let a professional handle your acne, and Finkelstein agrees.

"I've never seen a brain infection, but it's in the textbook," he says. "I tell people that's the worst-case scenario: So don't pick your zits."

"Most dermatologists will tell you, of course, 'leave it alone,'" Barnett says. "But honestly, I do get the occasional pimple, and I don't always wait for my aesthetician to pop it for me."

Concerns about the coronavirus may be keeping you away from the dermatologist or aesthetician, but if you know what you're doing, you may be able to extract pustules, blackheads, and whiteheads on your own. If you wake up with a pimple that's simply got to go, your first move should be to get some steam going. "It's the same concept as a facial," Barnett says. "It opens everything up."

The heat and moisture from steam open up your skin's pores and loosens the gunk that's clogging them, all of which will make it much easier to clean them out once you start working on your blemish.

"They sell [facial steamers] now online, or you can take a hot shower," says Kirsten Caratura, an aesthetician in New Jersey. "You can also do it the old-fashioned way, by leaning over a pot of hot water with a towel over your head."

Finkelstein says a hot compress is the way to go. Soak a clean washcloth in water that's toasty, but not hot enough to burn you. Then, simply apply gentle pressure to the pustule. Eventually, the follicle should open enough to release the pus on its own, without you having to push or squeeze.

"When you push that pus you compress it and it explodes, which leads to more swelling in your face," says Finkelstein. When you use a warm compress, "it usually comes out by itself."

In some cases, heat can also help with the deeper nodule or cystic acne. "Those really bad, deep pimples that don't look like they're going to surface are really hard to treat at home," Barnett says. "They're not the kind I recommend people going after because if they don't come to the surface they're almost impossible to evacuate."

Your best bet with those, she says, is to apply a warm compress for five minutes. "If it looks like it's coming to a head, you can squeeze it out." If not, either leave it to the pros or just wait it out; the swelling should eventually go down on its own.

If you're determined to use a hands-on approach, start by washing them. Use an antibacterial soap to clean your hands first, then take a pH-balanced cleanser to your face.

"You want something that won't strip your oils," says Caratura. "You don't want to dry out your skin too much."

Washing your hands and face before you start poking and prodding your skin can help control the spread of germs and bacteria.

Rather than squeezing until the pus shoots out from under the skin, Barnett says the better way to deal with something like a pustule is to open the spot up yourself, first. "You just need to make a little prick, to give an opening that you can gently squeeze the pus out of," she says. "If you're doing that at home, what I tell patients is to sterilize a safety pin or a sewing needle, [ideally by boiling in a clean pot of water for 30 minutes], give it a little prick, and then with clean fingers or two Q-tips, gently apply pressure from the sides, and then the top and bottom, and the pus evacuates easily."

Open comedones, or blackheads, can be dealt with in much the same way, by applying gentle pressure from the sides. Whiteheads can be a little tougher. "Those are closed comedones; they have a little roof on them," Barnett says. "Those are a lot harder to deal with on your own, but you have to put a tiny knick or hole in that roof, and then you can squeeze them out."

Don't overdo it. Once the pus has been released, Caratura adds, it's time to stop. "If you cause bleeding, you can cause more damage under your skin."

Try to avoid applying makeup to the spot before it heals, and do your best to keep it clean. If you still have some inflammation, or you think there's still some pus inside, a little peroxide can pull double-duty, keeping the area clean and helping to heal the pimple.

"Benzoyl peroxide can be used as a 'zit zap,'" says Finkelstein. "It's kind of a chemical way to pop it."

Once you've opened it up, a hydrocolloid patch (or "zit sticker") can also help gently absorb fluid and oil. Pop one on your otherwise clean skin before bed, and wake up with a pimple that's less red and inflamed.

Part of the obsession with pimple-popping, Lafrance theorizes, comes from the influence of a culture "obsessed with optimizing health, or, more accurately, the appearance of health." Thanks to heavily filtered selfies and photo-editing apps like Facetune, that means we're constantly seeing perfect, unblemished skin.

For most of us, pimples are a fact of life: Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., and 85% of people between 12 and 24 have at least minor issues. The healthiest way to handle a pimple — both physically and psychologically — is to learn to live with it.

Plus, Finkelstein adds, the best way to treat a pimple is to prevent it from appearing in the first place. "Prevention is the best thing you can do: Take care of yourself, eat a good diet, sleep well, and wash your face."

Red, Hot & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza - hellowoodlands.com

Posted: 23 Jun 2020 06:51 AM PDT

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Due to COVID-19, please note the festival portion of the 2020 Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza has been cancelled.

The 18-minute Red, Hot & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by St. Luke's Hospital – The Woodlands, will be launched from the campus of Lone Star College – Montgomery at approximately 9:30 p.m. Experience both the sights and sounds of the Fireworks Extravaganza by tuning in to KSTAR Country 99.7 FM to broadcast the soundtrack live on www.kstarcountry.com or by downloading the app. The app can be found by searching "KSTAR Country Radio" in the App Store or on Google Play.

This is a "drive in" event and people are encouraged to remain in their vehicles to view the fireworks that will be visible from areas in the immediate vicinity of the college campus.

Fireworks will be visible from areas in the immediate vicinity of the college campus, as well as the west side of SH 242 near I-45, including The Woodlands College Park High School and various locations in the College Park Shopping Center. To ensure spectators have the best fireworks visibility possible, fireworks teaser shots will be fired at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m.

Those planning to view the fireworks onsite should practice social distancing and continue following all guidelines recommended by the CDC while viewing the fireworks.

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Expect Extreme Heat Today In South Palm Beach County - BocaNewsNow.com

Posted: 23 Jun 2020 03:13 AM PDT

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: National Weather Service) — If you are out and about today, note this early morning advisory from the National Weather Service:

HEAT INDEX VALUES BETWEEN 105 AND 109 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED 
TODAY ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA… 

The combination of hot temperatures and high dewpoints will 
produce heat indices at or above 105 degrees today, especially 
across the interior sections of South Florida and Gulf Coast 
region. Residents with outdoor activities planned are urged to 
drink plenty of water, wear light weight and light colored 
clothing, and take frequent breaks from the heat. Young children 
and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any 
circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather 
when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of 
minutes. 
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