We at Crucial talk a lot about how important it is to change your filters on a timely and regular basis. Whether it’s your household furnace or central air, your vacuum cleaner, or your humidifier or air purifier, taking care of your filters is important. This is especially true if you suffer from allergies or any other sort of breathing malady. To understand why it’s so important to change your filters, you need to understand how filters work. It’s also important to understand how filters are rated; after all, not all filters are created equally. Continue reading »
Last time, we talked a bit about the various types of teas that are available around the world for you to enjoy. From white to oolong to black tea, there are enough varietals of tea to satisfy even the most diehard of fans. This time, we’re going to discuss how to brew each type of tea to get you a perfect cup. After all, just as you wouldn’t brew a cup of espresso using a coarse grind and a drip machine, you can’t treat every type of tea as the same either.
As with coffee, brewing a great cup of tea lies in the temperature of the water and the type of tea and form the tea is in. Keep in mind that this applies to loose teas only. For tea that has been diced and powdered and put into square bags, a two minute bath in boiling water or a long afternoon soak as a pitcher of sun tea isn’t going to affect its quality much. However, try making a pitcher of iced oolong tea sweetened with honey and with a bit of grated ginger, and the world of possibilities that tea offers begins to open up to you. Continue reading »
We at Crucial tend to talk a lot about coffee, mainly because we love the stuff and want to pass on that love to any and all readers. However, there is another caffeinated drink that is extremely popular and we felt it was time to talk about that as well. It’s as versatile as coffee; it has as many different preparations as java for sure, and is just as nuanced in flavors and notes. We are of course, speaking of tea.
Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, falling in line right after water. It has gained popularity in the past decade because of its health benefits and that it doesn’t have the acidity that troubles so many coffee drinkers. Tea does have small doses of caffeine, about one-half of an equivalent amount of coffee, which makes it a more suitable night cap for some. Green tea is high in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, which helps combat the signs and symptoms of aging. There is also a study that shows that drinking green tea daily helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Continue reading »
Last time, we talked about some preventive measures you can take to protect your garden from unwelcome creepy crawlies and other four-legged pests. This week, we’re going to tackle another type of pest. By far, the worst pest that will run rampant in your garden isn’t one with legs at all. It doesn’t creep or crawl, it just simply grows. We are of course, talking about weeds.
Here’s the thing. Weeds aren’t really a bad thing. After all, they’re just another type of plant, trying to make their way in a cruel world. However, when you’re trying to grow a specific type of plant, especially one for food, something’s gotta give. And in this case, it’s the weeds.
As a gardener, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending time and energy growing beautiful rows of crops only to wake up and find holes in your plant’s leaves. Whether it’s a hornworm destroying your tomatoes or a rabbit making off with the tops of your pepper plants, garden pests come in all shapes and sizes.
This week, we’re going to cover some great ways to prevent pest damage from occurring at all. The key to keeping your plants pest-free lies in two stages: Continue reading »