03 May 2017

Kerala shrimp curry (Alleppey style)


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I love shrimps .One of my favorite shrimp recipe is shrimp curry with coconut and raw mango ,at our place in Kerala,Alleppey, it is called manga konju curry or manga chemmeen curry .My better half is not a shrimp fan but when it comes to this Kerala shrimp recipe,he also simply loves it .So,this shrimp curry Kerala style is my go to curry at home whenever I buy shrimp .

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In Kerala cuisine,kodumpulli or gambodge is used for the sourness in any seafood curry but once in a while,a few Kerala seafood curries use raw mango to replace that in a magical way and lo behold ,that takes the curry to the next level totally .

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This shrimp curry Kerala style is also exclusively for those people who can't tolerate the usual spicy seafood curries of Kerala and also those people who don't like or get gambodge/kodumpulli as this curry is mild with the creaminess of coconut and the sourness of the raw Mango.

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This shrimp curry is also very quick and easy to prepare and hardly anyone ,unless you are a vegetarian ,will literally lick your finger for sure .


 Kerala shrimp curry Alleppey style
Ingredients
Shrimp,deveined and cleaned - 10 Nos.
Coconut,grated - 1 cup
Raw mango,small size ,sliced- 1 No
Shallots/kunj ulli,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Green chillies,sliced - 1-3 Nos.
Red chili powder - 2 Tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 Tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Shallots/kunjulli,chopped - 1-2 Nos.
Curry leaves,a few
Coconut oil - 1-2 Tbsp


How to cook shrimp Kerala style ? Please check the video that will show you how I make shrimp Alleppey style .


This shrimp curry goes well with boiled rice,any spicy side dish and any other curries ...a simple Kerala seafood recipe...


26 April 2017

How to cook potato in 3 minutes WITHOUT using any water

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I wonder if anyone can hate the humble jumble "Potato". As far as I know,every kid loves one vegetable for sure and that is potato .Don't know if it is because potato can be used to make varieties of delicious curry or snack especially but I have never heard anyone hating potato.

Potato is the world's fourth largest food crop and available all year around,grown all around the world.Potato was first cultivated by the Inca Indian tribe in Peru 7000-10000 years ago.By half of the 16th century,it was introduced to Europe by the Spanish and it spread all around the globe and became an integral part of food supply.

Health benefits of Potato :
  • Just 110 calories.
  • No fat,sodium,cholesterol.
  • Is gluten free.
  • High - fiber ,protein,energy
  • More Potassium than a Banana
  • Provides 9 essential amino acids.
  • Great source of anti-oxidants
  • Full of vitamins -Vitamin C,Vitamin B6,Iron,calcium,folic acid,iodine,thiamine,niacin,copper and Manganese.
  • Prevents kidney stone,liver diseases,stroke,brain diseases,rheumatism
  • Aids digestion ,strengthens immune systems,blood circulation etc
Did you know ?
(Credit:sciencekids.co.nz and medlineplus )
  • Potato name is derived from the Spanish word "Patata".
  • A potato is about 80% water and 20% solid. 
  • Potatoes are pollinated by insects and bugs.
  • In Washington DC there is a potato museum with about 5000 potato artifacts.
  • There are about 5000 varieties of potatoes around the globe.
  • In 1974,an English man named Eric Jenkins grew 370 pounds of potato from a single potato plant.
  • According to the Guinness book of records,the world's largest potato weighed around 18 pound and 4 ounces.
  • In October 1995,potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space by NASA and the University of Wisconsin for the astronauts on a long voyage to space and for future space inhabitants.
  • China is the world's largest producer of potatoes.
  • In green potatoes and new sprouts,a poisonous element called "Solanine" is found, which can cause serious health problems like headaches,diarrhea,cramps and even coma and death.
That's interesting !!!

There are many ways to cook potato and today I am gonna share a unique method to cook potato in just three minutes in microwave without using water .This method I learnt from my roommate when we were working in Microsoft .Those days when we had to rush to office or had a long day at work,my friend /roommate who was a project Manager ,showed us this cooking hack - the quick way to boil potatoes in microwave in a few minutes and I can't thank enough of her smart idea,whenever,I am short in time,this cooking tip to cook potato fast comes quite handy .

So,pls watch my video that will show how to cook potato fast and instantly without using any water .


Hope this cooking tip to cook potato quickly will be helpful to other as well.


20 April 2017

Uzhunnu Vada|Medu Vada Kerala style|Split black lentil fritters

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Meet the crispy,crunchy,soft ,savory Indian donut - Medu Vada .Vada is nothing but fritters made with lentils and medu in Kannada language means "Soft" .So,basically this Indian doughnut is not sweet or made with any flour .In fact,medu vada is nothing but fritters made with split black lentils.This lentil fritters is a famous South Indian snack eaten also as a breakfast item or even offered to God during Hindu festivals .Medu Vada also happens to be Hindu God, Lord Hanuman's favorite food item.Usually ,a garland made of strings of medu vada is adorned as a special offering by his devotees in Temples in India.

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Medu vada is also loved by North Indians .

Medu vada is known by different names in different states of India especially in South India - Medhu vadai,Ullundu vadai,garelu and Uzhunnu vada  and in North India,they are called dahi bada .

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Origin of Medu Vada

According to Wiki,like Dosa,Medu vada is believed to be originated from "Maddur" town of Karnataka.It was the famous Udupi restaurants that made it famous outside the South India like crispy dosa .

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 Medu Vada and Twitter-atis :

Recently ,a Mumbai fella,Rameez asked the well-known chef,Gordon Ramsay to rate the medu vada,an image of it he shared in Twitter.To which,Chef Gordon Ramsay,sarcastically replied this (a snapshot from Twitter):




Most probably,I think this renowned chef was either sarcastically joking or never ever tasted Medu Vada before ..or he would be simply speechlessπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž

Oh my - who can resist the vada sambar/vada coconut chutney combo ? Simply finger dipping and finger licking ! Nothing yuck about it..aahaa..😍

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Uzhunnu Vada and my childhood days

My bro and myself,we are two poles apart.He loves Parippu Vada and I love Uzhunnu vada and thank God,that means I can eat a lot 😜😊.I remember how I used to pray that my mom would keep Uzhunnu vada in my tiffin box for school and how I used to desperately wait for the lunch time ,period after period and my mom knew,those days my tiffin box would be spic and span clean .No scolding day for me !πŸ’ƒ

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My mom used to be a uzhunnu vada distributor among our neighbors ,meaning whenever she made any vada she would share it with our North Indian neighbors who were quite fond of them.I have seen them literally licking their fingers off, the chutney laden uzhunnu vadas ,making me a tad more hungry indirectly .Damn it!

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My better 1/2 also loves Uzhunnu vada and as always, it is a pleasure eating with him (and I realized,ohhh yes,finally,I am grown up to share happily!!)

How is Medu Vada/Urunnu Vada made?

Medu Vada is made by grinding soaked black lentils into a thick paste and flavoring it with onion,ginger,cumin,etc etc which varies from place to place.So, today I am going to share how I make crispy yet soft Medu Vada Kerala style that is Uzhunnu Vada (Uzhunnu means Urad Dal/Black lentils and vada means fritters) at home .This is how actually Medu vada is made at my hometown.

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Uzhunnu Vada Kerala style
Ingredients
Split Black lentils/Uzhunnu parippu/Urad Dal - 1 Cup
Onion,chopped - 1 No.
Green chillies,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1"
A few curry leaves
Salt to taste
Coconut oil for deep frying


Uzhunnu vada preparation method:Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make uzhunnu vada at home .


No one can stop at one ..vada,coconut chutney,vada sambar or simply crispy crunchy vada..Ohh yummm !!






12 April 2017

Sukhiyan|Sugiyan recipe - A kerala traditional sweet snack (Quick and easy version)

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Sukhiyan/Sugiyan is a deep fried sweet traditional snack of Kerala made with green grams,jaggery,coconut etc .Keralites/Mallu love to eat this snack as a nallu mani palaharam (locally said in Kerala) meaning evening snack, with a hot cup of chaaya /tea ...These sweet snacks hardly anyone can resisit.They are a deep fried snack and also a sweet one and moreover,quite easy to make at home as well.I say Home Run peeps!!

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I wonder why they are called "Sukhiyan/Sugiyan" - my wild guess is that they are related to the Malayalam word "sugiyan" which means one who loves to enjoy just the sweetness of life in a lazy and laid back way .Looks like a sweet snack invented by some sugiyan or sugiyati 😁😜 .....Anyways,whoever invented it,kudos - good stuff it is !! Because of the green gram,I find it also tad healthy .
 
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First time I had sugiyan was when I was little and my grandpa/achachan used to bring us packets full of snacks from a nearby shop exclusively for us,grand kids .When everyone at home were excited to see my grandpa back from his walk and leaving everything they are doing and standing up as a mark of respect to him (that is a norm in Kerala),my eyes were all on those oil spilled newspaper crinkled in his hand and the amazing edible aroma it used to spread or may be I could whiff like a dog 😏

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How I wished grandpa would hand over that packets filled with sukhiyans to me right away..but alas...he would hand it over to my mom wisely ...And mom used to distribute to everyone including elders...How I hated that !😑...I would pray, at least 3 piece I should get...Sometimes I got,sometimes my paa would give me his share or amma would,bro would never...

Gone are those days,but to rekindle those memories once again,I make this quick and easy version of Sukhiyan at home sometimes..

So,this is how I make this Kerala special dish,Sukhiyan and this is an easy version ...Now that's called "Sugiyan effect"/ "The Sukhiyan syndrome"πŸ˜‰

Sukhiyan|Sugiyan (Quick and easy version)

Ingredients
Mung Beans/Mung Dal/Cherupayar - 1 cup
Jaggery,grated - 1 cup
Coconut,grated - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 Tsp
All Purpose Flour/Maida - 3/4th cup
Rice Powder - 1 Tbsp
Coconut oil for deep frying

Sukhiyan Preparation method : Pls watch my video that shows how to make Sukhiyan step by step at home ,quick and easy method.


For a person like me with horrible sweet tooth ,bigger than Bugs bunny and sometimes a sugiyati ,this sweet snack from Kerala is just perfect to munch...A sweet reminder ,"Life is precious and sweet,take it easy,YO !"



10 April 2017

Dosa Recipe|How I make crispy crunchy Ghee roast Dosa


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Dosa is one of the famous Indian crepe or pancake (only by appearance) made with a fermented batter of rice and black lentils a.k.a urad dal all over India but is a staple breakfast food item of South Indian states of Tamil Nadu,Karnataka,Andhra Pradesh and Kerala exclusively .

Indians love dosa so much that ,it is also one of the most popular street food,kinda healthy fast food and also made at home and so there are many varities of Dosa - Most famous one is Masala dosa,plain crispy dosa with different chutney and sambar ,Mysore dosa,Udipi special dosas,paneer dosa,egg dosa ,Rava dosa,pesarattu,neer dosa etc etc ...variety is the spice of Dosa πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰ .

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Origin of dosa

According to many well-known food historians,dosa originated in South India itself centuries ago.However,the exact place of origin is still a mystery for food historians who have contradicting views till today.

According to the famous food historian K.T.Achaya,as per Sangam literature dosa originated around 1st century AD in ancient Tamil kingdom.Another famous food historian,P.Thankappan Nair speculates dosa originated in Udipi in Karnataka and so is ,even today, in every restaurant, famous dosa is considered to be Udipi Dosa as the dosa originated in Tamil Nadu used to be thick and soft ,but the Udipi dosas have the thin and crispy texture to it .Special mention, especially of the dosa recipe from Karnataka, is recorded in one of the popular 12th century encyclopedia compiled by Someshvara ||| ,the famous ancient ruler of Karnataka.

Mmmm,old is definitely gold here....😍

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Health benefits of dosa
  1. Dosa provides healthy dose of carbs ,that can keep us full ,energized and maintain optimum weight.
  2. Good source of protein especially for vegetarians.
  3. Dosa contains vitamins and minerals in small quantity like Iron,Calcium,Vitamin B and C.
  4. When made with little oil,dosa has low calories and so is low in fat .So,good for weight loss. 
  5. Since no sweet/sugar is used ,dosa is apt for Diabetics as well.
How to make/prepare Dosa at home ?

Dosa is prepared by grinding and fermenting rice and black lentil .Making the right consistency of dosa batter and cooking/preparing crispy dosa is itself an art ....

This is how I make crispy crunchy dosa at home,in fact,thin crispy ghee roasted dosa at home :

Dosa recipe|Ghee roast crispy Dosa

Ingredients
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Black split lentils/Urad dal - 1 1/4 cup
Fenugreek Seeds - 1 Tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee as needed


Preparation method of dosa : Pls watch my video that will show you my tips and tricks how to make thin crispy dosa batter step by step and ghee roast crispy dosa:

For me the crispiness and crunchiness of dosa is so addictive that I don't any accompaniments like chutneys,sambars with it ...Just a thin dosa ..made fresh ,hot and to its crunnnchy texture is enough...

Bite bite crunch crunch munch,





06 April 2017

Infinity Jar -The most powerful jars of the world|My first ever product review of an amazing GLASS jars


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I am a huge fan of glass products .Glass products always keeps foods safe ,our health safe,our family safe and our environment safe .I try my best to use glass products as much as possible.So,when Infinity jars contacted me to do a product review of their glass products ,I was very happy to do it and when I researched about their products in their website ,I was more happy to know how breathtaking-ly useful these glass jars are.

The Infinity jars are not like any other jars .These jars are in fact the super hero among jars. And like any super hero,they are dashing in and out ; very good looking with a dark violet hue and with inbuilt hidden super powers/features .Simply irresistible !!😎

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I am lucky,Infinity jars were good enough to send me these one-of-a-kind jars for FREE .. Now, who would say no to such an amazing product and amazing offer πŸ˜‰? Thank God ,I didn't!

The Science behind the Infinity jars

Infinity jars were created by extensive research and experiments by scientists and other health advocates from around the world .These jars/bottles are made with an ultra violet technology .These pigmented jars may appear black in color but when held against light,they are in fact dark violet in color ,which is the actual color of these jars that holds the key to the treasure trove of  the unparalleled qualities they possess. These jars are imported with European standard and the ultra violet used to make these unique jars/bottles allows only violet light from the visible light spectrum and absorbs all others.

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Picture Credit : Infinityjars.com

By blocking harmful visible lights,the contents of these jars/bottles are protected against all damaging effects and so, the contents stored in them stays fresh longer.These jars do allow the good lights - the infrared light and the high energy UVa light in ,that energizes and sanitizes the jar ,making any pathogens or bacteria inhospitable .These jars have an airtight seal that prevents the contents from being exposed to oxygen and decay and are also leak proof ,waterproof and smell proof as well.

As  a matter of fact,these dark violet glasses were already in use since ancient Egyptian civilization to preserve their natural healing products safely for long .

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Jacob Lorber 's(who wrote Heilkraft des Sonnenlichts (The Healing power of sunlight) ,research and studies claimed any remedies stored in these violet jars will not only be preserved for decades but also will be enriched and activated.Further experiments in recent years have confirmed his claims.

Infinity jars also conducted a few experiments to confirm how effective these dark pigmented jars are:



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Even other glass storage containers (clear,amber,blue and green) allow all visible and non visible light spectrum to pass through and therefore won't guarantee optimum protection of the contents stored.
Picture Credit:Infinityjars.com


Now you know,why I agreed to do a product review and how could I resist not to own them and most importantly share with YOU.However,my ever curious mind wanted to  reconfirm the magical power these violet glass holds by motivating me to do my own little experiments to confirm how good these violet jars are.Since I can't wait to do month(s) long experiment to do the product review .I used two simple things known to spoil fast -Cilantro leaves and grated coconut .

1. In my first experiment,I placed a few cilantro leaves into the infinity jar and a mason jar respectively ,under sunlight for the whole day and as they say,"Pictures speaks thousand words." Look at the picture for the result .(This experiment is shown live in my video)

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2.In my second experiment,I put some frozen grated coconut into an infinity jar and into a plastic container and kept it in room temperature for a week.Again,you can see what happened and who won the game? - "INFINITY JAR"!!πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ (This experiment is also shown in my video)

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Infinity jars are definitely a game changer ! There are about 70 styles of Infinity jars available that are suitable for kitchen to cosmetic to apothecary needs exclusively .Some are screw top jars,some are spray dispensers,droppers,glass roller,push pump,glass on glass apothecary special jars ,oil spouts and more .

(Even though Infinity jars didn't ask for a video product review,I decided to do both -below video and a blog post dedicated to Infinity jars as a token of gratitude and appreciation.)

These jars can be used to store your precious herbs,spices,flour,tea,coffee,homemade DIY natural products -lotions,serums,creams etc etc,essential oil or cooking oil ,from wine to just water and apothecary special products and the BEST thing about these jars are they keep the product safe with long shelf life without the addition of any preservatives,chemical free.πŸ‘

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These jars are heavy duty glass jars that are made to last lifetime, if properly maintained and according to their website, the glass is sturdy enough not to break that easily ,however,their caps are plastic ,which if broke,can be easily replaced for a few bucks from their website.Even though the caps are plastic,they are BPA free and have a special liner that prevents the content to come in contact with the plastic cap.So,product stays safe in that way as well.

What did Infinity Jars sent me for the product review ?

Infinity Jars were nice enough to send me a variety pack of 5 screw top jars , ranging from 5 ml (.17 fl oz)-250 ml (8.5 fl oz) capacity,a few self-adhesive labels ,a cleaning cloth,a pamphlet and a letter about their products - All professionally packed ,shipped and arrived on time in good condition.😊

What did I like and unlike about Infinity Jars ?

It was like a love at first sight ,when I opened the package they sent to me .I am neither bluffing nor flattering them ,trust me, these glass jars are such a visual cum functional treat - well-built,stylish,sturdy,functional and center of attention .Honestly,I don't want to keep them inside my kitchen cabinets hidden,I want to display them open with a dash of pride to show everyone and I bet hardly anyone can stop staring at them .These deep violet pigmented glass jars look custom ordered - Simply luxurious !

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And the remarkable features they have - air proof,light proof,waterproof,smell proof,keeps products safe,sound,energized with long shelf life without compromising its quality ,these violet Infinity glass jars are a real steal for the deal !

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I like everything about them .So far so good !! I didn't find anything to dislike but if a few things that can be little turnoffs for others ,I am guessing ,are that they are tad expensive but considering all the benefits these jars have to offer ,it is worth the investment when compared to other jars and you get what you pay for.If these glass jars were any cheaper,with all these super qualities,it would appear fake to me.In the long run, these jars can prevent wastage of products especially potent herbs,spices,homemade products etc and the money paid and so it is worth its price I think.

Moreover,InfinityJars.com always have special promotions going on like discount codes,giveaways,deals of the day etc etc.Just stay connected to them and avail those offers without a miss.

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Some people may find it complicated to see their products in the dark pigmented glass .But then that's why the label is for .However,I would request Infinity Jars to also include a measurement scale on the jar if possible ,so that it will be easy to know how much content is left after each use without opening the jar.That would be great !

Also,I felt like cleaning can be a little challenging .So,I would request Infinity jars to provide a special cleaning brush with their products not just cloth if possible ,as regular brush may or may not fit in always .I know none of the jars do mostly but if possible,that would be quite helpful !

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Though all information are available at their website,please provide an instruction manual with dos and don'ts included in every product package if possible - like how to clean the jars first before use,what all products like hot or cold can be stored,any exceptions/restrictions,how to take care of these jars properly etc etc as clear guidelines .So that we can use these precious jars in its optimum way more appropriately.

These are just requests not cons about these products .All in all ,I love these dark jars so far and I highly recommend it to everyone!

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Infinity jars are definitely worth every penny spent and I am a huge fan of natural products and I do make my own homemade natural products and now I have the best-est jar to store all my products aptly without adding any preservatives.I am going to store my homemade natural lip balm,rosewater,Shea body butter and my precious saffron I bought from Thailand (so expensive!) etc etc into all these amazing jars as of now.Also,being an Indian,we use a lot of spices and pickles and these jars I can also use to store them aptly airtight with long shelf life. I am excited and I know I won't regret ever.

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Infinity jars also provide worldwide shipping .So,anyone can order around the world ! Moreover,just in case if you are not 100% satisfied,they also offer money back guarantee,just notify them,and return the product for full price paid (minus S&H) back .

Infinity jars are hands down the best jar I own till today and honestly, I am very happy to have them.Infinity jars are special and will always be very special to me as well.

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Thanks to Infinity jars for sending me these amazing jars to try .Thanks for considering me and for this opportunity .

Once again ,I strongly recommend it .Infinity jars are indeed amazing for all our optimum storage needs.Head over to Infinity jar's website to explore more about their products and shop these awesome jars without a miss .These jars are perfect for gifting others as well.

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And Good news !!! - Use the coupon code :COOKINGDIVA20 anytime for a  20% off of your next purchase.Cheers!!
 

Shun plastic,Go glass !!

Take Care,
 








[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Infinity jars sent me these glass jars to try for free in exchange for a product review . All opinions expressed here are honest and my own .The code is not a referral code ,I don't make any commission out of it.All products used in comparison to infinity jars are just a general example and by no means against any particular company.]