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Practical #Gifts for the Home… that WON’T get Re-Gifted!

I LOATHE plastic water bottles. You see them on hikes in the mountains, at campsites, roadside, in the water, and if you’ve seen the devastating effects on creatures who live on both the land and the sea, it’s gruesome and unnecessary. Of course, cases of water in plastic cases have come in handy on a hot summer day and during many natural disasters (I remember my parents went without electricity and running water for weeks during mid-summer Texas heat), but if I can help it, I opt for reusable options as often as possible.

Recently, I was approached by Hydrocare to review their Dualplexx home water purifying system. Back in Oregon, we had a strange issue with our HE front loader that required purchasing a pre-filter. Basically, the washer kept giving an error to change the filter, so by installing the pre-filter, all the sediment went into it and voila! No more error codes. That was about the only issue we had with our well water.

Now that we’re living in the city, we’re dealing with chlorinated water that tastes a lot like metal or even like rotten eggs (due to hydrogen sulfide). Ever heard of things tasting like they smell? Yeah. Now that you’re sufficiently grossed out, that’s not all… You can also find traces of pharmaceuticals such as Acetaminophen, Carbamazepine, Estradiol, Naproxen and Progesterone. We have one of those Brita Ultramax Filtered Water Dispensers, which work okay, but I guess it doesn’t sit right with me that little pieces of the activated carbon and ion exchange resin can sometimes be found in the pitcher. In addition, your skin is your largest organ, so it’s also absorbing whatever’s in your water when you wash your hands, take a shower, wash your car, and so forth. With the Hydrocare line’s unique design, the parallel flow provides better purification for the entire house with virtually no loss of water pressure.

The installation process looked rather intimidating at first, plus we had obtain permission from our landlord. Thankfully, my fiance’s knowledge of framing houses really came in handy because we had to cut a section of the garage wall out. I’m not saying this will be the case for you, but the way this place was built leaves a lot of people scratching their heads. I’ll just leave it at that.

I’ve been pretty pleased with the filtering system thus far. So pleased that I’m eager to obtain one for our place back in Oregon. If you’re looking for a water purification system, I highly recommend Hydrocare. Quotes can range in the thousands, but with this simple DIY, it won’t cost nearly as much!

I used this gadget for our Thanksgiving turkey, to grill meat, to check my rotisserie chicken, etc. To put it bluntly, it’s a great way to check the doneness of the meat without murdering it (again). With steaks, you can use the finger test, but with me being so clumsy, keeping my hands away from the heat source prevents accidental burns. With the probe tolerating such high temperatures, it’s easy to keep the probe in until it’s done. We own a battery operated temperature fork that works just as well, too, but it doesn’t offer the leave-in option and it needs to be hand-washed. The ThermoWorks Chef Alarm can be used all year long, so you can bet it won’t sit in the junk drawer and it won’t be “accidentally” lost. 😉

Splash-proof design for commercial kitchens
Uses Pro-Series™ probes
Adjustable high and low alarms
Always-on Min & Max temperatures
Adjustable volume to 92dB (4 settings)
Includes count-down and count-up timer
Really big digits and a backlight!
Available in 9 colors
Battery 2 x AAA, 5000 hours (1 year typical depending on alarm use)

Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe (included)
Cable Max Temp 700ºF (370ºC)
Transition Max Temp 644ºF (340ºC)
Probe Range -58 to 572ºF (-50 to 300ºC)
Cable Length 47 inches

Pro-Series Needle Probe (optional)
Cable Max Temp 500ºF (260ºC)
Transition Max Temp 644ºF (340ºC)
Probe Range -58 to 572ºF (-50 to 300ºC)
Cable Length 47 inches

Disclosure: I received the above-mentioned products to facilitate my review. I was NOT obligated to endorse the products.

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