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Let’s Talk Turkey: Parts 1-5 Revisited

by donR November 23, 2015

5 Tips & Tricks for better turkeys

5 Tips & Tricks for better turkeys

Two years ago we wrote a series of articles about choosing, preparing, and serving a turkey for budge-friendly holiday meals. We went on  to suggest safe  ways to use turkey and side dishes for several planned-over meals. Since that time we’ve picked up 5 more tips and tricks we want to share with you as well as review the 5-part series Continue reading

Cooking 101; 5 Do’s To Remember

by donR  July 26, any year

Think Positive. Have a kitchen 'To Do' list posted in your kitchen.

Think Positive. Have a kitchen ‘To Do’ list posted in your kitchen.

It’s easier to remember items on a ‘To DO’ list when cooking rather than things on a ‘Do not Do’ list. I guess it has to do with something I learned early on as I challenged anyone who said “Don’t  _____ .) Or was it from my teacher education classes or parenting magazine articles? Frankly, what does matter is the next five articles I’m sharing with cooking newbies titled: ‘5 Do’s when________.’ 0r ‘5 do’s for __________.’ Be sure to watch this unfold over the next 5 days. Here is my first ‘To Do list.’

5 Things To Do In Your Kitchen To Prevent Food-Borne Illness:

#1. Thoroughly wash hands, counter top, sink, utensils and produce before beginning the cooking process.

#2 Have two clean cutting boards readily available, one red for cutting meat and one green for veggies.

#3 Use a digital meat thermometer to measure temperatures of meat, poultry or leafy greens to be sure food is cooked to the recommended safe temperature, and held above 135 degrees or stored below 41 degrees.

#4 Place meat on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator when storing it or letting it thaw out over night.

#5 Visit and/or bookmark the USDA website for food preservation, storage and safe handling information. But do come back for 5 more ‘Do’s about cooking.’

New Year’s Resolution: Keep Food Safe to Eat

picture of salmonella

Bacteria, like this salmonella, multiplies quickly between 41 and 135 degrees F.

Eating contaminated food can cause anything from simple stomach ache to a life-threatening condition. Consumer Reports recently revealed a sobering fact that 48 million Americans get sick each year from eating tainted food. Fortunately, families can protect themselves by resolving to handle food carefully in the kitchen. Here are a few things you can do as the new year begins: Continue reading