Spin Your Shredded Potatoes for Crispier Hash Browns

Delicious hash browns are ridiculously easy to make at home. So skip the diner and save your money—use this salad spinner trick instead to make crispy and seasoned hash browns quickly and with ease.

Source: Spin Your Potatoes for Better Hash Browns at Home

Spinning will only get rid of surface water – it won’t compress the potatoes hard enough to squeeze any out. I usually press between layers of paper towel.  I also pre-microwave the potatoes for a minute so that I can crank the heat up higher in the skillet without worrying about undercooked insides. That gives a boost to the crispiness too.

Blotting Pizza with a Napkin Actually Cuts Significant Calories

I’m going to invent a paint-roller type contraption for blotting whole pizzas. Save time by just rolling it back and fourth on the entire pie. 🙂

Benign and universally beloved as it seems, pizza is a food that’s rife with controversy. The New York/Chicago rivalry over whose pizza is “best” will never be resolved, and politicians have been mocked for taking fork and knife to a slice. Perhaps even more contentious than these is the question of pizza-blotting—is it a culinary crime to dab at the grease atop a pizza with a napkin? Either way, there’s some good news for blotters: blotting the oil off the top of pizza does make it measurably healthier.

Source: Blotting Pizza With a Napkin Really Does Cut Down on Calories

I think the optimal time to blot is as soon as the cheese is cooled enough not to stick to the napkin. Clearly more experimentation is needed. Delicious, delicious experimentation.

The “Paper Towel” Analogy Explains Why Weight Loss Is a Slow Process

When we try to lose weight, the process can be so agonizingly slow that you’d wonder if it’s even happening at all. With the right effort, it is, and slowness is completely normal (and better for your long-term health). Here’s a perfect analogy to keep your mindset positive and motivation high: Think of that fat like a new roll of paper towels.

Source: The “Paper Towel” Analogy Explains Why Weight Loss Is a Slow Process

Interesting analogy!

I know we all want that low body fat now, but there’s value in the process taking so long.  It takes 2+ years for the lifestyle changes to become [healthy] habit.