food safety

Dinner in a box can sound too tempting to pass up but there is a downside to this convenience. Even though more than 8 million Americans have tried meal kit delivery, customer retention is a headache for most companies. With deeply discounted enticements on first orders, many don’t return to sign up for the ongoing … Read More

My guess is that you put your olive oil in the refrigerator and if so, it became thick and cloudy. It is perfectly safe to use. It will lose the cloudiness and thin out if you store it in the pantry. Oils, including olive oil, can be stored at room temperature. It is the saturated … Read More

  Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have once again disproven the widely accepted notion that it is OK to quickly scoop up food fallen on the floor and eat it safely. This is often referred to as the 5-second rule. If a food only stays on the floor a few seconds, that timeframe is … Read More

Fall and candy apples go hand-in-hand. What kid does not delight in munching on a crunchy apple covered in sweet, chewy caramel? Most caramel apples come on a wooden stick which punctures the protective skin of an apple. In 2014 a multistate outbreak of listeriosis was linked to eating caramel-coated apples. This connection baffled health … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.  Its flu season and everyone is concerned with spreading germs from person to person. Eat Cleaner Wipes are a biodegradable, safe product that can be used on hands, mouths, eating utensils and … Read More

2 hours – the time food can safely stay a room temperature before it needs to be refrigerated or frozen. 2 inches – the depth of food in a pan so it can cool down quickly in the fridge. If necessary store in mutiple shallow pans to speed chilling and recombine the food into a larger batch when … Read More

Cantaloupe rinds can carry bacteria that cause a foodborne disease that can causes fever, diarrhea, nausea and stomachache. To reduce your risk: • Purchase melons that are not bruised • Refrigerate melons until ready to eat • Wash melons with cool tap water • Wash your hands and utensils after handling melons … Read More

Cantaloupe rinds can carry bacteria that cause a foodborne disease that can causes fever, diarrhea, nausea and stomachache. To reduce your risk: Purchase melons that are not bruised Refrigerate melons until ready to eat Wash melons with cool tap water Wash your hands and utensils after handling melons … Read More

Grocery store, pharmacy, cleaners, post office and library, home — what’s wrong with this trip? Keeping food in a hot, stuffy car unrefrigerated for more than an hour promotes the growth of harmful bacteria and reduces the freshness. Hit the grocery store last and head home to stash your food in the fridge. … Read More

A recent survey showed that 76% of US consumers believe that a food is unsafe to eat once the date printed on the package has passed. Not true! If stored properly most foods can be eaten days, weeks or even years past the packaged date. Remember the cans of Spam found after World War II? … Read More