Safe & Healthy: A new Halloween treat for children with food allergies

October 15, 2014. CNN news has reported on a new project to try to make Halloween a more food-safe holiday for children with food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project designed by the Food Allergy Research & Education organization is designed to help children with food allergies choose treats without tricks on Halloween this year. Halloween […]

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Safe & Healthy: When Grilling, Temperature is Key!

There are many aspects to managing a holiday picnic, including cooking meat to a proper temperature to help prevent foodborne illness. The USDA has simplified meat cooking temperatures so your holiday cookout will be both safe and tasty. These new temperatures are often lower than previous recommendations, but include a rest time. After you remove […]

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Safe & Healthy: Grilling Food Safely

The grilling season is set to begin this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. With foodborne illness peaking in the summer, there are some tips to keep the grilling season food safe. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food, especially raw meat. Always marinate […]

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Safe & Healthy: Holiday Food Safety

The holidays can be a time for gathering of family and friends.  A popular way to celebrate is to invite friends and family to a buffet. But leaving food out for long periods on a buffet table can leave the door open for uninvited guests — bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Festive times for giving […]

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Safe & Healthy: Mail Order Food Safety

Sending and receiving holiday packages can be fun. When those holiday packages contain food, it’s important to handle them safely.  Ordering or sending food through the mail may cause concerns about food safety, shelf life, and distribution. This is especially true for meat, poultry, fish, and other perishable foods such as cheesecake, which must be […]

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Safe & Healthy: Safely Preparing Eggnog, Icing and Egg Dishes

Eggs can be a key ingredient for some holiday dishes such as eggnog, royal icing, and custard pies. It’s important to keep food safety in mind when preparing these foods. Cooking whole eggs for use in recipes. As a nutritious combination of egg whites and yolks, whole eggs should be fully cooked for assured safety […]

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Safe Preserving: Flavored Vinegars and Oils

Flavored vinegars and oils add excitement to salads, marinades and sauces. They also make special gifts, provided a few simple precautions are followed. Of the two, flavored vinegars are easiest and safest to make. Because vinegar is high in acid, it does not support the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Infused oils are not high […]

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Safe & Healthy: Holiday Hotlines

Where to turn for those last minute cooking, baking, and food safety questions? Try a holiday hotline! It’s not only turkey cooking questions that may be on your mind these days, but also questions about cookie baking or making substitutions. Many companies staff holiday hotlines to help make sure you get a ‘just perfect’ meal […]

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Safe & Healthy: Low-Cost, Safe Holiday Meal

In addition to the turkey at Thanksgiving, the pumpkin pie can be a food safety challenge. Staff at the USDA have provided low-cost recipes incorporating simple food safety tips to help you prepare healthy and safe holiday meals. Posted recipes include turkey, stuffing, baked apples and sweet potatoes, and green beans. Pumpkin pie is one […]

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Safe Preserving: Canned Chocolate Sauce

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, home canning chocolate sauce is unsafe. Are there any safe recipes for canning chocolate sauce to share as a holiday gift? Numerous recipes for chocolate sauces circulate on the internet and in newsgroups. Chocolate sauces are low acid recipes and have been linked to botulism poisoning.  […]

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