Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Best temperatures for these tasks

Everyday common temperatures to remember ...

"Job at hand: Serving wine

Ideal temperature: White wine, 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit; red wine, 60 to 65 degrees.

Why should you care? The image of your mother-in-law making a face as she drinks your warm Merlot will haunt you for years to come.

No thermometer? Try this... "Take whites out of the refrigerator up to 20 minutes before serving; put reds in about 20 minutes before serving," says Kevin Toomajian, a wine expert at Copia, a wine-education center in Napa, California.

Job at hand: Filling a vase for cut flowers

Ideal temperature: Water temperature of 90 to 100 degrees.

Why should you care? "Warm water travels better up the stems, allowing the blooms to hydrate and develop properly," says Cecelia Heffernan, author of Flowers A to Z.

No thermometer? Try this... The water should feel like bathwater. Exceptions: spring-bulb flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. These prefer a cooler soak (think pool water). Real Simple: How to make flowers last longer.

... Job at hand: Being productive at work

Ideal temperature: 72 to 78 degrees.

Why should you care? Studies show productivity drops when temperatures dip below 72 degrees. (More than 78 degrees might make you sleepy, but experts say most offices with A/C don't get that hot.)

No thermometer? Try this... Can't turn up the thermostat? Put a wrap on your chair seat to act as an insulator and raise your body temperature, says Alan Hedge, a professor of ergonomics at Cornell University."    (Continued via CNN.com)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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