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Things To Consider While Choosing A Kitchen Backsplash



You will see backsplash from the moment you woke up for your coffee and through the day and night. Backsplash has to look cool or sophisticated or else you will get tired quickly in the kitchen.

This topic will help you with choosing kitchen backsplash tiles. To do so, you need to decide what type of tiles will suit your taste. And don’t forget to find an excellent design which will help you in creating the perfect decor for you. The following tips will help you in choosing kitchen backsplash tiles.

  1. Choosing the right tile

There are many different tile materials such as glass, porcelain, marble, granite, ceramic, and even metal to choose from. But before choosing one should consider their budget first. If you have a tight budget, then go for porcelain and ceramic. And if you can spend a bit more then go for a more expensive option such as marble, granite, and glass.

  • Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

It is a popular backsplash option that looks “tile-like” and by mixing and matching bold color. They stand up well against water and cost less than other tiles.

  • Glass Tile

The glass backsplash tiles have a cool, sophisticated look as they reflect light from their surface, which makes the kitchen look brighter. They are exceptionally strong and naturally non-porous, so it never needs to be sealed. And the color of a glass style never fades.

  • Metal Tile

It is nothing but a large team selling tile reuse for the wall. It was popular in the past, but you will still find these in use. They can be easily stuck to the wall with the help of mastic

  1. Design of a tile

Kitchen tiles are available in different cuts ok, colors and styles for example

  • Diagonal Tile

A diagonal tile can give your backsplash a unique look. But the diagonal cut style requires a greater number of tiles than usual tiles when it comes to a tiling kitchen backsplash, which eventually increases the cost.

  • Laser Cut Tiles

By using Laser technology tiles can be cut in intricate designs and patterns.        This will be led to the elaborately designed backsplash, which tends to be quite expensive.

  • Subway Tiles

It is one of the most popular backsplash tiles mostly used in Subway stations which will create a classic and clean-cut look.

We recommend you to compare some tiles before you make any decision.

  1. Mixing and Matching

Most important part of choosing a kitchen backsplash tile is how your chosen tile design will go with your floor, ceilings, walls, countertops, and even appliances. For instance, grey cabinets would blend perfectly with blue tiles. You can use white tiles with black countertops or can choose a bright countertop against a white wall and white tiles.

  1. Height of Backsplash

It’s another important decision for you to make, which may affect the overall styling of your kitchen. Standard countertop-to-cabinet height is most opt by the house owner, but we suggest you go for a full-height backsplash.

Installing Kitchen Backsplash

Many owners tend to install kitchen tiles by themself here are some simple tips for doing so

* One should always have an upland layout which includes height of backsplash, and the total area to be covered. Having a layout, you will help in calculating the required number of times that you need.

* First clean your wall entirely and then apply a thin set of mortar and mastic adhesive according to the instruction provided by manufacturers.

* you need to purchase a tile of which will help you in cutting tiles. Make sure to measure and then cut styles carefully. And hold the tile saw down to make sure they adhere. You can get a professional contractor for larger or more complicated designs.

Penny Black lives in London with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. When she’s not writing, she can often be found walking in the woods with her kids, or down by the river with her dogs.

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A Detailed Guide for Buying Sandwich Maker



A sandwich maker is a compact appliance that allows you to grill as well as toast sandwiches as per your requirement. Whether you want to make a vegetable sandwich or a grilled chicken version, you can use a sandwich maker instead of struggling to get the right level of crispness on a Tava. A grilled or toasted sandwich can work best as a breakfast option and even as a filling variant for evening snacks. It is one of the easiest recipes to make and versatile food item that can be had by the young and old in the family.

Here Are Some Of The Key Points That Can Help You Buy The Right Sandwich Maker

Ceramic Coating

When you buy a sandwich maker, opt for a high-quality variant that has a ceramic coating. Ceramic coating is generally non-toxic and prevents the release of any form of gas that can influence the good quality. It helps in ensuring that the sandwich is safe for consumption. This way, you can have healthy and tasty sandwiches for yourself and your family.

Automatic Functioning

How do you know whether your sandwich is perfectly cooked? With an automatic sandwich maker, you don’t have to worry about constantly keeping a check on the sandwich-making process. If you buy one with automatic functioning, it will have an LED light that allows the appliance to switch off as soon as the sandwich grilling or making process is done. Opt for a variant that has an indicator for completion of the process. This allows you to multi-task without the concern of the sandwich getting burnt. A sandwich maker can be one of the best cooking appliances in your kitchen as long as you select the perfect kind.

Height Control

Sometimes, you may want to have a triple-layer grilled sandwich just like the ones found in street food options. If you wish to make a healthy variant of a loaded sandwich, you can easily do so with the help of a sandwich maker, which comes with height control. It allows you to adjust the height of the grill to the size of your sandwich, so you don’t have to worry about spillages or the sandwich getting pressed too hard.

Safe Touch

When you buy cooking appliances, buy those that ensure safe functioning. This applies to the sandwich maker as well since you wouldn’t want to end up with a burnt finger as you try to get the hot sandwich out of the machine. Always opt for a cool-touch handle so that you can easily hold it even while it is hot. This makes it easy for anyone to use.

Apart from this, cooking appliances must always ensure an easy cleaning process. As for a sandwich maker, there will be a lot of bread crumbs strewn around unless you buy an easy-to-clean variant. This is possible if you buy a non-stick version, which can even be cleaned with a tissue or a cloth. Follow these tips to buy the best sandwich maker.

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Four-fold jump in LPG consumption but industry faces challenges in Bangladesh



A relatively new industry segment in Bangladesh, LPG is setting new frontiers of growth as the nation has stepped up its energy requirements – making the LPG demand grow exponentially. To encourage the use of LPG, government has favorable policies in place. Market insiders says, due to increased use in households, commercial entities and vehicles, the country has seen a four-fold jump over the past three years in LPG consumption.

Though introduced by the state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Company (BPC) back in 1978, LPG has only gained prominence after 2008. According to the annual report of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) of 2018-19, till last year, the number of LPG consumers was 38 lakh against 2.5 lakh in the year 2009. Owing to increased LPG consumption in Bangladesh, the number of such companies has increased rapidly.

While the use of LPG is growing exponentially, the most recent emphasis has been to handle the flammable product safely. Amidst rising safety concerns, companies are bringing in innovative methods to enhance the safety levels of cylinders. For instance, Beximco Group, co-founded by Salman F Rahman has introduced the composite fiberglass cylinder which is a Type 2 or 3 cylinder, through its Beximco LPG unit – making the LPG cylinders more viable in the Bangladeshi market. The safety tenet also appeals to the rural diaspora, where people still rely on wood fuel.

Salman F Rahman also serves as the Private Industry and Investment advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina – which might bring the household energy aspect more prominent in the plans of the government in the future.

M Muntasir Alam, Chief Commercial Officer of Beximco LPG, informs, Steel cylinders are very hard and the gas pressure is always very high. Exposing them to extreme heat of the kitchen can lead to expansion of the gas inside the cylinders, making it highly flammable.

Salman F Rahman, MP from Dhaka-1 Constituency, who has already been working towards the installation of renewable energy grid in the country recently cited “We are self-sufficient in food, developing our electricity sector and our population growth is also under control.”

Furthermore, awareness sessions hosted by Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources have been centered on enhancing the existing facilities in the country- accessing all the risk factors associated with it.

Factoring in the existing safe and convenient energy solutions, Bangladeshi companies Beximco, Omera could expand their reach in Bangladesh and present export options – not unlike the recent export contract with India. As their capacity is hugely under-utilized, more such exports can help them become commercially more viable in the long run, only if they access risk factors well.

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Connecting the dot between Commercial Kitchens and Technology



Though the concept of cloud kitchens is on a rise due to the disruption of the traditional food business by tech food delivery service platforms in India such as Zomato, Swiggy, etc.

Commercial kitchens haven’t still lost their sheen. They, in fact, have turned out to be lot more significant as the number of orders through food delivery service app platforms has surged incredibly in recent times. The convergence of commercial kitchen space and technology has resulted in making commercial kitchen faster and efficient in terms of executing orders.

It goes without saying that major restaurants and hotel chains still bank on commercial kitchens, though however much outdated maybe, for cooking and distributing food. What will be a major shift here is their adopting commercial food technology and automation on a wider scale. This will be a disruption of the traditional modes of cooking that have been proved to be highly ineffective and time-consuming.

While automation technology can be treated as one major disruption factor, the other will be the use of commercial kitchen equipment for a range of applications including meat-preparation, pre-preparation, cooking, food processing, quick service, baking and dish and ware washing.

Each process would require a unique set of equipment and some processes would entail the use of one or more equipment. Still more, there’s a range of multi-purpose equipment that helps complete the intended function or task in usually half the time or even less taken by the traditional methods. Now then if you are a restaurant owner, you’ll need to complete and deliver online orders in record time so as to gain the reputation of customers online, as customers today have a sea of choices served in a platter. All it takes is a review or a star rating to either make or break the success of a restaurant in the highly competitive online space. And today as an increasing number of users take the social media route for venting out their satisfaction or frustration levels, commercial kitchens in hotels and restaurants have shifted gears towards adopting game-changing technology.

‘No food waste’ is a growing concept that we are socially bound and committed, but do the restaurants and hotels after it? “Yes,” says Minu Pauline, the owner of Kochi-based Pappadavada restaurant. She further adds, “Adopting automation and use of hi-tech commercial cooking equipment has reduced food wastage significantly. This is because everything out here in our hotel is fully monitored and carried out as per a robust and well-planned process; the margin for error is pretty much less. Food waste is a global issue, and hotels and restaurants can take the lead by simply adopting smart technology and using the right commercial kitchen equipment”.

Food hygiene is another issue that most restaurants and hotel chains need to grapple with. Today’s customers are more health-conscious than ever before. That is to say that Generation Y or millennial is becoming choosier in their approach towards showing loyalty to a particular hotel or restaurant brand than the previous generation or Gen X. And food hygiene and contamination can have its own say in the decision-making process. This can even turn out to be a major say as it is health-related leaving out little chances for errors. Today, most commercial kitchens come with quality high-grade Stainless Steel (or SS) material that is tested for hygiene and contamination. It is also the most preferred material for manufacturing commercial kitchen equipment and any other material would only be a ‘Hobson’s choice’. Not surprisingly, investing in a commercial kitchen is humungous and restaurants today don’t bat an eyelid when it comes to investing in SS-grade commercial kitchen machines. It pays rich dividends at the end of the day by preserving the health of their customers. Also, customers are willing to pay for anything that is health-related, and there is no tangible resistance coming into the way.

Next, comes the efficiency of the commercial kitchen space in general—and this is the biggest factor that restaurants and hotels look upon technology as their savior. Yet, the decision to deploy technology and use of the right commercial kitchen equipment is not always a cakewalk. This is because poor planning, foresight, and under-investment can affect the decision-making process. It isn’t always that restaurant owner searches for ways to bring new-fangled, intelligent approaches to the table. But those restaurants that have taken this route have ‘won’ the game already, standing tall in terms of economy, efficiency, and performance.

Also, the experience of the professional chef and staff in a commercial kitchen counts a lot, and there is little doubt that offering them a positive experience through practical, custom-built technology goes a long way in creating meaningful experiences for customers over the long haul.

To conclude it is apt to say that it is the order of the day that commercial kitchen should adopt novel technologies and the right equipment for day-to-day processes to come up thumps.

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