Friday, January 15, 2021

5 Commuting Hacks in the New Normal

With the holidays over, thousands of Filipinos are coming back from their hometowns or simply traveling to get to work.

If you are one of these commuters, please remember that the pandemic is not yet over, and strict health protocols are still in place. However, there are ways for you to be able to get to your destination safely. AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, is here to give you some tips on just that.

 
Prepare for cashless payments. Many transport services have implemented cashless paying schemes as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus. For example, ride-hailing apps only accept bookings if you will pay through your e-wallet or credit or debit cards. Also, trains and some buses only allow passengers to ride if they have a reloadable contactless smart card. To avoid any hassle, make sure that you have the necessary apps and cards. But if you have to pay with cash, it’s best to prepare the exact amount to lessen physical contact.

Always bring your essentials. When you take public transportation, you may be at risk and be exposed to many strangers. Remember to always protect yourself by properly wearing your face mask and face shield. It’s also best to bring a spray bottle of alcohol and a pack of sanitary wipes to not only clean your hands, but to also sanitize handrails, windows, and other surfaces in a public vehicle.

Check required travel documents. Since regions in the country are under different levels of quarantine, some places may have stricter policies and health measures than others. This means that some cities may require you to present certain documents prior to entry. These may include a travel pass issued by municipal offices or city chief of police, medical certificate, company ID, and a negative RT-PCR result. Because of this, make sure to do your research before traveling and prepare whatever is necessary.

Keep yourself entertained. If you’re going to ride the train, a bus, or a van service, expect the lines to be long. Since these modes of transportation can’t operate at full capacity, you probably have to wait in line for a long time. So, fight the boredom and frustration by keeping yourself entertained. Before you leave the house, you can download movies or a television series that you can binge-watch on your phone as you wait in line. You can also create a music playlist, listen to podcasts, install new games, or bring a pocketbook to help you pass the time.

Avoid talking and eating. When in public transportation, refrain from talking or eating as this will require you to open your mouth or take off your mask. Conversations can wait until you are indoors and no longer around strangers. Likewise, make sure that you eat before you leave the house so that you won’t get hungry while travelling.

Have an emergency contact. When you’re on the road, regardless if you are commuting or riding a private car, it’s best to have someone to reach out to in case of emergencies. To help with this, AXA Philippines has Rescue Line, a special service accessible through the Emma by AXA app that provides 24/7 free access to emergency response such as roadside assistance, police, and ambulance anytime, anywhere. With just a few taps, professional help may be requested, and your loved ones will be simultaneously notified of your emergency situation and current location. What's more, AXA has also enhanced its emergency response services with Rescue Line’s geotag feature which can help pinpoint your location faster and more accurately. You may download Emma by AXA via App Store and Google Play and register or create your account, even if you are not yet an AXA insurance policyholder.

For more information about AXA Rescue Line, visit https://axa.com.ph/rescue-line. 01/15/2021 (Bits of Rocks)


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Thursday, December 24, 2020

4 Kitchen Safety Tips When Using LPG

As everyone continues to stay at home, people have been spending a lot of their time in the kitchen lately – from preparing daily meals and trying out new recipes, to cooking with the kids and of course, enjoying homecooked meals with the entire family. With this, kitchen safety is more important than ever, and it starts with securing all the tools and equipment, including making sure your LPG cylinders are safe and professionally installed.

 
Solane, a leading LPG provider in the country, offers these safety tips on the use of LPG to make cooking at home a safe and enjoyable experience.

Place the LPG cylinder in a well-ventilated area. When choosing a spot for your LPG cylinder, make sure that there is an opening, such as a window or a door, to ensure adequate ventilation. Make sure that LPG cylinders are also far away from other heat sources, electric outlets, and hazard-prone areas in the house to avoid ignition. Lastly, make sure that your LPG cylinder is in a secure and upright position.

Inspect the LPG cylinder. Upon delivery, carefully inspect your LPG tank to make sure that it is in good physical condition. First, check the cylinder for dents, cracks, corrosions, or other damages. Then, make sure that the safety cap and security seal are in place. If there seems to be a problem with any of the components, turn off the gas supply and have it replaced or repaired immediately. To make it easier, Solane offers customers a free 7-Point Safety Check. Through this extra precautionary step, Solane's well-trained riders help ensure that the tanks are safe and secure.

Use correct equipment and accessories. With LPG cylinders, ensure that you are using the correct hose by checking for the mark, "LPG Hose." Branded regulators,  such as RECA and TPA, are recommended because these are manufactured according to specific standards. When attaching the regulator, ensure that it is securely connected to the cylinder valve. The regulator knob should also be open to allow the outflow of gas from the holes. It’s also important to regularly check the condition of these two and replace them as needed. The hose should be replaced every 2 years while the regulator should be replaced every 5 years upon the date of manufacture.

Practice caution. Whether you are installing, using, or disconnecting your LPG cylinders, caution is a must. To avoid mishaps and injuries, you should also never attempt to fix, refill, or replace your cylinders without the help of authorized personnel. Don’t forget to turn off the cylinder valve or regulator and gas appliance when not in use. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the use and maintenance of your gas appliance. In case of an emergency, try to eliminate all sources of sources of ignition and turn off the gas supply of the cylinder. If the leak is on the cylinder, cover the leaking portion with a wet rag.

Make sure your LPG is authentic. To help ensure the safety of your family, buy your LPG cylinders from authorized dealers only. In addition, when buying gas tanks, be sure to check for quality markings on the cylinders, such as the registered brand name and trademark of the manufacturer, standard used and test dates, the serial or code number, expiry date, tare weight and LPG content, and the “Made in the Philippines” mark.

For more information, visit https://www.solane.com.ph or follow @solane.ph on Facebook. To order Solane LPG, call 8887-5555 (Metro Manila) or text (0918) 887-5555 (nationwide). 12/24/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Self-Care in the New Normal for Stay-at-Home Moms

The new normal has changed the routines of families at home. With most family members working or attending classes from home, stay-at-home moms — who usually take the lead in taking care of the entire household — most likely has little time for herself.

To ease the feeling of being stressed or overworked, Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, shares these simple suggestions to help moms during this time:


Plan your day. It’s easy to lose track of time when the whole family is at home all the time, blurring the lines for school and work. It’s important to create a schedule to help moms establish a little control and structure especially during the pandemic. Planning ahead may prevent moms from feeling overwhelmed.

Get everyone involved with meals. Make meal prep a family affair! Give each child a role that they can safely handle, such as washing or peeling the ingredients. While the teens can cut and take care of the plating, dad can check help with the preparation so everything is easier for moms to cook.

Share the load. House responsibilities become easier and less stressful when shared with family members. It also makes for a great bonding opportunity. Assign the kids some chores, like clearing the clutter, folding the clothes, and setting the table. And why not do the tasks to a little music or turn it into a game?
 
Prioritize me-time. Moms, or even parents in general, always put their kids first that they sometimes forget to take some time for themselves. However, with the ongoing pandemic, it has become even more important to look after’s one’s physical and mental well-being. Include “me time” in the daily schedule, and take that opportunity to relax with a book, meditate, or exercise. Being physically and mentally healthy allows moms to be their best selves.   
 
Connect with fellow moms. Sometimes there are certain struggles that only moms would understand. During this period, it’s important for moms to find like-minded friends that they can connect to through video conference sites or online mommy groups. Exchanging advice or sharing stories and laughs can keep their spirits up and motivate them during the pandemic.
 
Ease the tension. It’s likely that everyone in the family is tense because of the ongoing crisis. Before any issues start to blow over, try sitting down as a family to discuss problems and see how they can be addressed together. Also remember to be flexible and ease up on the rules every once in a while.
 
Moms deserve to take care of themselves too, even more so now. And they can do so with these simple suggestions from Solane. 12/03/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Meet My Pet Cats' Favorite Food - Whiskas, Sheba, and Temptations from Shopee!

Who among you are pet lover? Well, count me in! Yeah, yours truly Runner Rocky is a certified pet lover! Since childhood, I used to took care of different pets from kittens, puppies, chicks or chickens, fishes, and even a piglet! Until today when I grew up, I'm still taking care of pets which are our cute cats and kittens!

Yes, I am a cat person! We started to adopt cats in 2013. He was Mac-mac, our very first cat who live with us in 2013. Next to Mac-Mac is Choleng or Baleleng or Leleng, our mother cat who are still living with us since 2013. She already gave birth to different kittens - some her first batch of babies were still living with us while the others were given to my friends. Today including Leleng, we have 5 cats living together with us.

Selfie with Two of my Favorite Cats - Nini, the daughter of Macmac and Leleng and her mother cat Leleng!
 

Great that our cats and kittens even though no foreign breeds grow up cute and healthy aside from being sweet and lovely! We feed them with cat foods, their favorite which is the Whiskas!    

They love Whiskas very much! In fact, they already tasted its different flavors. They even tasted all its variants both those in cans and those the chip types.  

Nini is Even Cuter When Sleeping

Our Mother Cat Leleng Who is Living with Us Since 2013

Great that the leading online shopping store Shopee is offering the cat foods particularly Whiskas and its sister brands like Temptations and Sheba. And yes, they are also giving great discounts and promos! 

Alright, allow me to discuss the different cat foods offered by Shopee and their promos. These are also the favorite foods of my cute pet cats! 


The Whiskas Junior Tuna Pouch Wet Cat Food (85g)


The Whiskas Junior Tuna Pouch Wet Cat Food (85g) has the following product descriptions:
 
1. Specially formulated for kittens 2-12 months old. Also suitable for pregnant and lactating cats.
2. Enriched with calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones and overall growth.
3. Contains natural antioxidants for healthy immune system.
4. Soft texture for easy consumption.
 
We are dedicated to helping the world become a greener place. In this product, we have lessened our plastic packaging effectively from 10 rolls to just three outer rolls. We have invested on research to make our carton packaging thicker and stronger so our products will still reach you in good shape. Please do reach out to us in case of any concern. Keep safe, always.

The Whiskas Junior Ocean Fish Flavor w/Milk Dry Cat Food (450g)


This Whiskas Junior Ocean Fish Flavor w/Milk Dry Cat Food (450g) has the following product specifications:

Crunchy, munchy and delicious chunks packed with real fish flavour and milk pockets
Made with high-quality ingredients that provide your pet Kitten with the nutrition it needs. The special blend of nutrients help support the cat's vital system. 

Provides Kittens with shiny coat, healthy eyesight, and energy to stay active. 

Backed by research done by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and Mars Petcare (the makers of Pedigree).

The Whiskas Adult Tuna Flavor Dry Cat Food 1.2kg

The Whiskas Adult Tuna Flavor Dry Cat Food 1.2kg has the following product specs:

Crunchy, munchy and delicious chunks packed with real fish flavour. It is made with high-quality ingredients that provide your pet cat with the nutrition it needs. 

The special blend of nutrients help support the cat's vital system. 

Provides adult cats with shiny coat, healthy eyesight, and energy to stay active. 

A balanced cat food that helps prevent obesity when fed right. 

Backed by research done by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and Mars Petcare (the makers of Pedigree). It is also available in other 1.2kg and 7kg packs.

The SHEBA Succulent Chicken Breast Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g

This SHEBA Succulent Chicken Breast Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g has the following product descriptions:

Sheba® varieties are designed by cat lovers to be the world’s finest cat foods. This passion is reflected in everything from the careful selection of ingredients to the gentle cooking process.

From the first purr of anticipation, it’s easy to see the difference this makes. Sheba® meals have pieces of real meat and fish, delicate sauces and unique combinations of flavours.

The SHEBA Tuna and Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g

This SHEBA Tuna and Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 at 85g each has the following product description:

Sheba® varieties are designed by cat lovers to be the world’s finest cat foods. 

This passion is reflected in everything from the careful selection of ingredients to the gentle cooking process.

From the first purr of anticipation, it’s easy to see the difference this makes. Sheba® meals have pieces of real meat and fish, delicate sauces and unique combinations of flavours. 1 can is 85 grams.

The Temptations Tempting Tuna 12g


 And lastly, this Temptations Tempting Tuna 12g has the following product descriptions:

It has the following INGREDIENTS:
Chicken by Product Meal, Corn, Beef Tallow, Beef Blood Plasma, Rice, Wheat Flour, Flavours, Grain Distillers Dried Yeast, Minerals, Vitamins, Taurine, Salt, Antioxidants.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Crude Protein Min. 30%
Crude Fat Min. 17%
Crude Fiber Max. 4.5%
Moisture Max. 12%
Ash Max. 12%
Calcium  Min. 0.6%
Phosphorus Min. 0.5%

 

These different varieties of cat foods from the makers of Pedigree PH truly make my cute pet cats grow healthy and lovely! You may also try those! Just feel free to download the Shopee app in App Store or Google Play to order and enjoy the promos!   

 How about you? Can you also share with us your lovely pets! 11/15/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

6 Helpful Tips for Home-Based Food Business Start-Ups

One of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic and community quarantine is that they gave way to many delicious food home business start-ups. However, while majority of the start-ups continue to thrive today, home-based food businesses take a lot of work and require thorough research and planning to survive the ever-changing market.

If you’ve also been thinking of starting your own food business, let Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, guide you and help you. The trusted LPG gas of many business owners, Solane helps guarantee safety and weighs your LPG with its “Timbang Challenge service” which is essential for food business owners who want to get the best value for their money. Additionally, Solane also offers these practical tips to succeed: 


Know your target market. Identify which group your business will target: Is it the health buff or dessert lover? Millennials or moms? By knowing your target market, you will be able to narrow down your food offerings, as well as package them according to the buying behaviors of your target customers.

Conduct market research. Since the food industry is very competitive, it’s important to do your research before opening your own food business. Join online seminars, safe business networking events, and interview people who run small business to know what works and what doesn’t. You can also test your food recipes on your family and friends and ask for their feedback so you can make any necessary changes for the best product possible.

Prepare licenses and permits. Check with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and your local government unit to familiarize yourself with the necessary licenses and permits when opening a business. These documents are required to protect public health and safety, keep track of your finances for tax purposes, and help keep you accountable for your company’s actions, while simultaneously gaining the trust of new customers.
 
Use quality equipment. Aside from the ingredients, the kitchen equipment that you use are just as essential in running a food business. Make sure to invest in durable kitchen equipment, such as an oven if your business is baked goods, or a quality stove range to keep up with the demands of your food business.

Prioritize safety. In any food business, it’s important to follow proper hygiene and sanitation to ensure food safety. Restaurant owners should provide adequate hand sanitizing solutions, require employees to regularly wash their hands, and clean all kitchen tools and surfaces. Food business owners should also use high quality and safe LPG tanks, such as Solane, which conducts a free 7-Point Safety Check upon delivery to your home to help ensure that the LPG tanks are safely installed.

Promote your business. Get your family and friends involved in helping you spread the word. Consider spending a little money to advertise your business in your online community groups, and social media. Maximize the social media platforms and e-commerce business sites by creating your own business page to help your start-up reach a bigger market.

Starting your own home-based food business may be a risk and an uphill battle, but with hard work, ample preparation, the right equipment, and these tips from Solane, you can begin this new venture with more confidence. To know more about Solane, visit www.solane.com.ph. 11/12/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What are These White Pouches Used as Alternative to Cigarettes?

Smoking kills.

In a study of more than 200, 000 people, about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illnesses.

From all over the globe, around 570 people die every hour due to smoking or almost 10 people per minute.

The smoke coming from a cigarette is more harmful to the people around who inhale the secondhand smoke.

Yearly in the United States, about 34,000 premature deaths from heart disease among nonsmoker is caused mainly by secondhand smoke.

Annually, it is also the cause of around 33,950 deaths from heart disease and 7,330 deaths from lung cancer.


According to U.S. Surgeon General’s report; between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died from exposure to secondhand smoke.

With all these harmful effects, it is just right to ban cigarettes in most places if not possible in all places. But banning the tobacco industry is not easy for the revenue it creates for a certain country, therefore smokers are encouraged to lessen the consumption or totally quit. But then, quitting is also not that easy, so what can smokers do?

Nowadays, there is this so-called nicotine pouches used as alternative to smoking.

These are white pre-portioned pouches that have been in the market for centuries. They are smokeless products that don’t stain the teeth.

The century-old Swedish Match first introduced the concept of these pouches. This Swedish company based in Stockholm started manufacturing a product that did not taste or smell like tobacco. ZYN was the first pouch and it included food-grade ingredients such as pH adjusters, flavorings and sweeteners.

These pouches provide a unique blend of fresh flavors, nicotine, and natural fibers, with a chewing gum base to provide the bags with an optimal softness to fit perfectly under the lips. To maintain the consistency of the pouches,  stabilizers which are plant-based food additive are used. The pH balance of the product is maintained with the use of adjusters and the nicotine salt derived from tobacco leaves delivers the desired nicotine level. Fillers and sweeteners are also added to enhance the flavor of the product.

These pouches are also used in Nicotine Replacement Therapy. NRT, according to many studies have shown that it can nearly double the chances of quitting smoking.

So if you are concerned with your health and the health of the people that matters to you, you should at least try these pouches as an alternative to the harmful cigarette. 10/28/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Saturday, September 26, 2020

5 Kitchen Tips for Homeschooling Moms

 “Going back to school” is different this year as many schools shift to distance learning due to the pandemic. In addition to other responsibilities, most parents now need to take on their kids’ schooling and ensure that they really understand their online lessons.

If you’re already working from home, you may be thinking that you just don’t have enough time for your job, household chores, and helping your kids with school. Before you get overwhelmed, Solane, the leading supplier of LPG in the country, is here to offer some kitchen tips to make your new arrangement at home easier.


Set a schedule. Preparing a meal, on top of everything else that needs to get done, can be time consuming. Make sure you have a daily schedule that includes the time you will allot for cooking, uninterrupted work, your kids' school hours, as well as your break time and meal times. Once you have your schedule, do your best to stick to it so you can manage your time better.

Plan meals in advance. Save yourself from unnecessary stress by planning the meals you will cook for the family ahead of time. By doing this, you get to save some time by getting all the ingredients you need at the grocery in one trip during quarantine. Just make sure to plan a variety of dishes that are easy to prepare, flavorful, and nutritious.

Get the kids involved. If your kids aren’t too busy, you can ask them to help with some simple tasks in the kitchen like rinsing the vegetables or mixing ingredients. This can also be an opportunity to teach them about kitchen safety when it comes to things like peeling and chopping vegetables to avoid accidents. A few minutes before your meal, ask your kids to help by setting up the table. After eating, they can also help clear the table and put the dirty dishes in the sink. Not only will this help you, but this will also teach your kids responsibility and discipline.

Do the chores immediately. Try to get the chores done right away. Small stressors, like unfinished kitchen chores, only add up and affect your overall well-being. If tasks are left undone, you may feel more stressed, especially while working or tutoring your kids.  Start small. After eating, you can wash your kitchen tools and tableware, wipe the counters, and throw out the trash immediately. If you don’t feel up to it, don’t think of it as, “I need to clean the kitchen.” Instead, look at it this way: Do you want a clean kitchen? Then, get cleaning.

Invest in the right kitchen equipment. Invest in kitchen tools that can help you save time and cook faster, such as convection ovens, food processors, and instant pots. Also consider kitchen appliances that don’t need too much attention while cooking, like slow cookers. Just put your ingredients in them and they will take care of the cooking process. This will give you more time to focus on your work and kids’ lessons. In addition, opt for an LPG brand that is made for fast and safe cooking, like Solane. With the help of Solane, you can easily prepare your meals without the hassle or any worries.

For more information, visit www.solane.com.ph or follow @solane.ph on Facebook. 09/26/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Creative Snacks for Homeschool Recess

As students prepare to take their classes online for their safety amid the pandemic, it is important to keep them fueled and motivated for school. To help boost their creativity and learning, Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, suggests smart tips for creative snacks that are perfect for study breaks:  

Turn Recess into a Fun Learning Session

Create fun snacks during craft-making day. Parents can bake butter cookies, cupcakes or cakes while kids decorate them with designs like the planets of the solar system or their favorite literary characters. The key is to think out of the box and prep ahead of time or during the weekend so everything is ready for a quick snack break. Doing this can help make their homeschooling experience more fun and give them something enjoyable to look forward to every week.

Have a weekly themed recess. Turn recess into an opportunity to learn something new. It can be a fun science experiment like turning milk into ice cream or it can be a short “tour around the world,” discovering different cultures through food. Serve them various cuisines as their snacks with a new country as the theme every day or every week.

Make bento boxes. Some parents struggle to make their kids eat nutritious foods. To encourage and excite the kids to eat well-balanced meals, why not make bento boxes? Utilize colorful ingredients or shape them into cute animals to make the bento box visually appetizing. Other great ideas for bento lunch sets are sushi sandwiches with sliced fruits or nori-wrapped rice sandwiches that can be made from leftovers.

Incorporate food that boost memory and concentration. Help kids get through their homeschool hours by preparing “brain food” to boost memory and concentration. Try fruit bowls or smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, kiwis and oranges. Studies show that these fruits contain vitamin C and antioxidants, which help prevent mental decline and improve communication in the brain cells, respectively. Be sure to include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, which are rich in omega-3s for better cognition and thinking abilities.

Prepare these fun and healthy snack options suggested by Solane to help students be well and learn better. To know more, visit www.solane.com.ph. 08/12/2020 9Bits of Rocks)


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

5 Must-Know Tips on Preparing a Safer and Healthier Baon


With the easing of quarantine protocols in many parts of the country, employees are starting to adapt to the new normal and return to work. However, things aren't quite back to how they used to be. For instance, many restaurants are still closed, or are open but with limited capacity which, among other important issues, limits the food choices for Filipino workers during break time.

To help with this, Solane, the country's leading LPG brand, offers some tips on safely preparing healthy baon that you can bring to work.


Clean your cooking space. Prior to cooking, make sure to clean every kitchen surface and equipment that your food will come into contact with to stop bacteria from spreading. This includes the countertops, cutting boards, pans, dishes, and even utensils. Wash or wipe them down with warm, soapy water and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel. Also, do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Cook with fresh ingredients. Now more than ever, preparing a healthy meal is essential, and cooking at home enables you to do so. Avoid canned or processed food. Instead, buy fresh and high-quality ingredients. Fresh food can really improve your health since it retains more nutrients. Also, you can enjoy a tastier meal because you get the most flavor possible from fresh ingredients. Try supporting local businesses and buy your groceries from them. Many reputable sellers are on social media and offer delivery.

Use insulated containers. Using an insulated lunch box and containers is the best option for packing your meals. Consider investing in them if you haven’t yet. They can keep your food warm and help minimize bacterial contamination and growth. Another advantage of having insulated containers is that they are reusable, eco-friendly, and may be safer. Single-use plastic containers and food wraps may carry a higher risk of cross-contamination.

Store food properly. To avoid rushing to cook your lunch in the morning, it's a good idea to prepare your meal the night before, or even days ahead. When prepping ahead of time, it’s also advisable to know how to store your food properly to maintain its quality. If you’re storing freshly cooked food, let your food cool first for a few minutes before putting it in your fridge to avoid spoilage. Cook a big batch, then divide it into small portions and put in separate containers for each day of the workweek. Also, always check the shelf life of the meals you make.

Turn off all heat sources. After you are done preparing your meals, make sure to turn off all the cooking equipment that you used, especially the gas stove and the LPG cylinder. Moreover, it is best to cook with a trusted liquefied petroleum gas brand like Solane to help ensure safety in the kitchen.
 


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