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My name is Lucas and I am a member of the shipping and receiving team. I have been a part of this exceptional company for 3 years. I started in my senior year of High School as part of a work experience course. Throughout this time, I have had the honor of working with an exceptional group of individuals. I am currently a full time student at a local technical college working towards becoming an Electrician. Discount Ramps.Com has been supportive of my continuing education and works with my school schedule. In my free time away from work and school I enjoy hunting, fishing, working on my truck, four wheeling and spending time with my friends and family. Due to my love of four wheeling, I would have to say my favorite line of products that we sell is the ATV Ramps. They are a superior quality product sold at a fair price. Discount Ramps is an extraordinary company to work for and I am eager to see where this company will be in years to come.
I am Chris and I am a member of the shipping and receiving team. I have had the privilege of being employed by Discount Ramps.Com since April 2009. In the past two years I have worked with an extraordinary group in shipping and receiving. I take great pride in preparing UPS orders to ship out to our customers. My favorite line of products that we sell is the skateboard ramps. I enjoy skateboarding and going to concerts with friends in my free time. Thank you again for visiting Discount Ramps.Com blog and please continue to follow our blog as we are always posting new products.
Here is a post from our shipping department about the benefits of importing from China:
“Contrary to popular belief, importing from China helps create and support American based jobs. Discount Ramps.Com currently employs 41 employees with plans to add 21 new full time employees over the next three years. The ordering process starts with our purchasing department who places our order with the foreign vendor. Once the order is received the vendor emails the purchasing department a performa invoice (PI). Once the PI is received we enter a purchase order into our system and wire a down payment from our American based bank. From there China begins to fulfill our order and load the product into a metal shipping container. Once the order is close to completion the vendor notifies Geodis Wilson that our order is ready to ship. Geodis Wilson is one our freight management companies who transports our containers from China to the United States. Geodis Wilson employs roughly 400 employees in the United States. Geodis Wilson will assign our container to be loaded onto an ocean bound vessel that will sail from China to Tacoma, WA or Los Angeles, CA. When the container arrives in the port, US Customs inspects the container. US Customs employs countless government based US jobs. Once the container has been cleared by customs, it is loaded from the ship onto a rail car destined for Logistics Park in Chicago, IL. By using rail cars, numerous American based jobs are maintained – from the conductor to the many men and women that service the rail cars, unload the rail cars, and maintain the rail tracks. At this time Aim Transfer is notified that we have an inbound container and they notify Discount Ramps.Com that we will have a container and request us to choose a delivery date. Aim Transfer is our premiere intermodal transportation company that picks up our containers from Chicago and delivers to our location in West Bend, WI. Currently AIM Transfer employs 175 employees in their Oak Creek, WI location. When the container arrives at our location it is hand unloaded by Discount Ramps.Com receiving team and is counted and put away in our warehouses. From there the creative design team creates a web page to advertise the new product that we have just received. The sales staff sells the item to the customer and the accounting department bills the customer for the order. The product is then packaged and shipped by the Discount Ramps.Com shipping department and picked up by UPS. We ship roughly 90% of our orders through UPS. UPS is a Worldwide shipping company that employs roughly 358,400 employees in the United States. The other 10% of our product is ship via Freight Line and we primarily use Con-Way, YRC, Dayton, ABF and Roadrunner which supports countless American Based jobs. To sum it all up, importing from China creates and supports numerous American based jobs.”
I started making soft pretzels almost 2 years ago. These have been a hit at holidays, football parties and other family events. My first batch (pictured below) I did a combination of the traditional pretzel and a bite sized one. I would say the bit size have been a lot easier to make for me and have been more popular with the family.
The recipe below is from http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/pretzels
I’m giving the shorter version along with how to make the bite sized ones. If you want to see how to make the full sized please visit the link above.
Makes 6 large pretzels or a lot of bite-sized pretzels
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon malt powder or brown sugar
2-3 cups all-purpose unbleached or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm milk (approximately 110 degrees, which is 1 minute in my microwave)
Combine ingredients in a stand-up mixer leaving out 1 cup flour. Once it’s all combine, slowly add in the remaining cup of flour till a dough ball can be formed.
Knead the dough till it’s smooth, then let rise for 30 minutes.
Once done rising, beat down the dough then place it on a floured cutting board. Cut the dough in half then each section in half. Continue doing this till they are the wanted size.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
At this point bring water to a boil in a pan and boil each piece for about 5 to 10 seconds. It really isn’t much just long enough to see the shape expand a little. I moved them for a minute or two to a wire cooling rack to allow excess water to drip off then move them to a baking sheet, brush them with an eggwash then sprinkle on a coarse salt.
These then cook for about 8-12 minutes till the tops are brown.