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Staying toasty during the coldest months doesn’t have to mean cranking up the heating and your bills. If you are strategic and smart there are quick and easy ways to warm you up this winter. Mind the gapsUnless you live in a super-insulated new home — and most of us do not — the most straightforward solution is draught exclusion. “DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and random holes is the simplest way to stop heat escaping,” says Gary Hartley, the Energy Saving Trust’s expert blogger. “As well as improving the comfort of your home, cutting draughts makes your heating controls more responsive and helps to reduce energy bills.” You can buy rolls of self-adhesive draught sealer for windows, doors and even catflaps for less than… Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Slaughterhouse Equipment, Poultry Farming Equipment – Toplea,

The More Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts I Sell, the Worse I Feel

For whole-animal butcher Sophia Hampton, this ubiquitous cut of meat is actually the most problematic item in the case. If there’s one guarantee when I show up for a day of work at Hudson & Charles, the New York butcher shop where I’ve worked for over a year, it’s this: I will put boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a plastic bag, weigh them out, slap them with a price sticker, beep them through a POS system, and sell them to a customer. Following this transaction, this very normal and common occurrence, I ask if she wants a receipt. I say, “Have a good one,” instead of, “Have a nice day.” I watch the customer walk out the door. A green compostable shopping bag that she will not compost hangs from her arm, weighted down by her purchase. Sorry, did that come off as snide? Judgmental, perhaps? What did Chicken Breast Woman do to deserve such a particular size up? She was nice. She even looked up from texting to place her order, and asked me how my day was going. It didn’t matter, though. I had already written her off the moment she asked for the slimy, conformable lobes of nude poultry, now jiggling helplessly in their baggie as they move toward their certain fate as protei...