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  • Food Safety: Egg Storage Chart

    Just as the handling and preparation of fresh eggs is important when it comes to food safety, so, too, is the storage of fresh eggs and cooked eggs. Here are some guidelines to follow for storing eggs.   Uncooked eggs, in shell, will keep for 3 to 5 weeks in the refrigerator. If you want to freeze, beat the whites and yolks together before freezing. Uncooked egg whites will keep for 2 to 4 days in the refrigerator and for 12 months in the freezer. Uncooked yolks will keep for 2 to 4 days in the refrigerator, but yolks do...

  • Milk Myths: Raw and Pasteurized

    When it comes to raw milk, there are some people who believe that raw milk is perfectly safe to drink. In reality, dangerous microorganisms can be found in raw milk, including E.coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. And these dangerous microorganisms are the very reason why milk is pasteurized. The pasteurization process, which includes heating milk to a specific temperature for a specific amount of time, kills harmful bacteria. The process of pasteurizing milk was invented at a time when people became sick and died from infections and diseases triggered by drinking raw milk. Diseases such as scarlet fever, tuberculosis, and typhoid...

  • Safe Storage Recommendations for Beef Products

    Keeping your family safe from foodborne organisms that can contaminate beef must be made a priority. When purchasing raw beef put the packages into a disposable plastic bag in order to minimize cross-contamination from any leakages, and immediately refrigerate beef when you get home. Follow the “Use-By” date on the package, or if the package does not have a “Use-By” date and instead has a “Sell-By” date or no date, cook or freeze the beef as follows.   Beef hot dogs and lunch meats in sealed packages will keep for 2 weeks (or 1 week after their “Use-By” dates) in...

  • Safe Roasting Temperatures and Times for Meat and Poultry

    Two questions a cook should always ask when roasting a cut of meat or poultry for the first time are 1) What temperature should this cut be roasted at? and 2) How long should this cut be roasted for? Follow these guidelines from FoodSafety.gov to ensure that meat and poultry reach a safe minimum internal temperature. Even if meat or poultry looks done, you really can’t tell because some uncured meats and pork can still be pink when they have reached a safe internal temperature. Another thing to consider when cooking meat and pork is the resting time. During the...

  • Food Safety: Buying and Storing Fish and Seafood

    High in protein and low in fat, fish and seafood are great choices for healthy eating. Oily fish provides a high source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats. And white-fleshed fish offers less fat than any other source of animal protein.   If you’re planning on putting fresh fish and seafood on your menu, you should take note of these buying and storing tips.   Only buy fresh fish and seafood that is refrigerated or displayed on a bed of fresh ice. Smell it before cooking it. Fresh fish and seafood should have a mild and fresh scent...

  • Peas: Spring on a Plate

    Peas can be a hard sell. Kids turn their noses up at them, and some adults will try and convince you that they were traumatized by having to eat peas as a child. But peas are a nutritional rock star, and with proper preparation, peas can taste like spring on a plate. Nutritionally, peas are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and they contain a small amount of omega-6 fatty acids, which helps provide our bodies with important fat-soluble nutrients, including beta-carotene and valuable amounts of vitamin E. Peas are also a very good source of copper, fiber, folate,...

  • Vitamin B12: The Energy Vitamin

    The next time you're killing it in spin class you can thank vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is just one B vitamin that is important for making energy and providing you with energy boosts when your body needs it. And it's essential for the immune system and a healthy brain. Without B12, your metabolism would be off kilter, your red blood cell production would go down, and you might find yourself feeling disoriented and exhausted. Older people who experience the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes be diagnosed as having dementia. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products,...

  • Alleviate Arthritis Pain with Food

    Did you know there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions? Arthritis is joint pain, and people of all ages and races can experience arthritis. Symptoms include decreased range of motion, pain, stiffness, and swelling. Treatments can include joint surgery, natural remedies, and medications. And, anti-inflammatory foods can be incorporated into the diet. Here are recommended foods for people living with arthritis…   Fruits and vegetables are chock-full of antioxidants, which help the immune system. Eat, at least, 2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables per meal. Nuts are full of monounsaturated fat, fiber,...

  • Four Ways to Add Healthful Ginger to Your Diet

    Fresh ginger is a global culinary rock star. This rhizome is used to treat a variety of ailments. In China, ginger is used to treat colds and coughing. In India, ginger is used treat colds, headaches, and nausea. In the Philippines, ginger is used to treat a sore throat. And in the United States, ginger is used to prevent morning sickness. These are just a couple of ways different countries use ginger as remedies. So if you only use ginger for holiday treats, you may want to consider adding this popular home remedy to your shopping list.   Here are...

  • Age-Appropriate Kitchen Activities to Inspire Your Little Chefs

    If you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to get your kids interested in certain types of food. And if you think about it, you may have been the type of person who became more interested in a variety of foods when you started spending more time in the kitchen. The same holds true for kids. When they’re involved and interested in an activity, they become more curious. What better way to get a child interested in new tastes and textures than by having them help you in the kitchen. Here are some age-appropriate kitchen activities that...