Now You’re Cooking with Gas !

March 25, 2009

Attention Cooks: I hope you like to cook with gas or are willing to learn.

Here’s why: In our area of Mexico 99.99 % of the homes have propane gas ranges and ovens.

Why are electric ranges not more common?

That’s a good question and I have a good answer for you. It’s not that one does an inherently better job of cooking, although I admit since I learned to cook at my mother’s side on a Natural gas range, I greatly prefer to cook with gas.

No, the reason is simple. Using electricity to heat with is very expensive.

You see the government electric company changes more per kilowatt the more you use in an effort to keep electric consumption lower.

See the related article here.

Did you know that a very high percentage of home fires start in the kitchen? Its true !

Now, our homes here at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico are, while not fire proof, at least fire resistant since they are made of solid brick, solid cement block, tile and other basically non combustible  materials … and we have an excellent volunteer fire department with modern equipment… just in case.

But, that’s no reason to be complacent.

Now please watch this dramatic video (it’s just 30 seconds long and could save your life or that of a loved one.
Never, never , never throw water on a grease fire.

The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated and explodes blowing the burning oil up and out in a large fireball.

Inside the confines of a kitchen , the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.

Also, never throw sugar or flour on a grease fire One cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

Watch the video and don’t forget what you see.

Tell your whole family about this video, or better yet, have them watch it.

  • Janis Lee

    Aloha Sid, yesterday a friend of mine called to ask what I thought she should do,about going to Mexico, to get her teeth done , she had intended ,to just go across the boarder each day, But now afraid because of all the drug killings, I told her down in the middle of Mexico, Lake Chapala, Guadalajara Airport, half hour, I hear they have dozens of B&B and perhaps you could write Sid and ask if he could hire Arcelia, to take her back and forth to the Dentist, she is doing her whole mouth so she will be their awhile. I told her your my good friend by now,and signed her up for the Chapala Club.If Arcelia knows of any great dentist, in your area,because I told her she will feel safe, all you guys are so far away, from all the drug killings, it does not effect you.Only thing that effecting all of us tourist places, is the Depression, on one of my shows they said this depression is greater then the last in the 40′s sense there were so many more wealthy people in our world that lost everything, so the poor our poorer, middle class, many became now homeless, or a pay check away.So Sad what has happened, to the world.My house is suppose to be Auctioned April 3-09, I wish they would put it off one more time.I get my first SSDI check 16th April, not sure, when the back check will come down the road a bit, That is when I will come down, to check out Whats going on down in Lake Chapala, I will have to buy with cash, because almost 800 score on my credit, letting the bank take back my house, will mess me up for years, there are no buyers on Maui spending $600,000. or even $499,000. is what I had it priced, when I finally, said nothing is selling upcountry, only condo’s at the beach.They sent me a modifacation, with my main bank 3% for the life but my equity loan with countrywide has not offered anything, so would still be over $3,600 a month and the homes are not worth the prices any longer, I could never retire here, the cost of living is just way to high.And I want to own in Lake Chapala, so I’m sure some fixer upper will appear, just when I have enough money to buy.If not I will have to rent, that bum’s me because I really think this depression will take , about 8 to 10 years to correct it self.My clients still call to ask, when do I think they can sell, I’m honest, If you look at Real Estate trends this deep of a dip or plunge I would call it,Maui went crazy when I looked at the books at the county building and realized they gave developers 7,000 permits, resales, were going to tank, I told all my people then to sell if their plans were to leave before long,My best friend, whom I have bought & sold had a offer two years ago for $900,000.She said we don’t want to live in a condo for the two years we have left, I told her Anna this is one time you have to over ride your husband & sell now.Well to say if they could get a buyer and someone offers $750,000. take the money and run oh that’s not enough.I think in a year Freddy the husband say’s It might go back up, they paid $175,000. Lot on Golf course & our friend built their home for $250.00 people on Maui got to greedy because people were paying anything, for a home gated next door to the hospital.Oh well they never listen to the agents, they always no more.
    Okay back to Sandy Cotton if Arcelia wants to make some money maybe she could make it convenient, on herself if she knows a dentist ,& B&B do bus in Mexico give a little to bring them Bus? Sandy E_Mail Tell her your a friend of mine, hard to find a great dentist in a foreign country.Just a thought. I love all your letters, I tell everyone to move down there much cheaper to live. Aloha & Mahalo Janis Lee

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