Don’t Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday

A recent post by NutritionAction.com nicely summarizes tips to survive the holiday while avoiding a foodborne illness from seasonal treats. Cookie dough. In one 2016 outbreak, 56 people—aged 1 to 95—were diagnosed with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections, which can cause bloody diarrhea and may lead to kidney failure. A quarter of affected individuals had […]

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Holiday Cheer! Tips for making safe eggnog

Nothing inspires the holiday mood more than the scents of vanilla and nutmeg! To start your holiday celebration, try this safe recipe for eggnog from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cheers! Holiday Eggnog Ingredients: 1 quart of 2% milk ¼ teaspoon salt 6 eggs ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup whipping cream, […]

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Holidays that are Delicious and Food Safe

During the holidays, there are lots of delicious foods to choose from. Some of these foods may contain raw or lightly-cooked eggs. Bacteria might be inside some raw eggs, but you can safely enjoy these foods by simply cooking raw eggs and egg-containing foods thoroughly. Chocolate, macaroons, and gingerbread…Treat yourself to freshly-baked treats, but avoid […]

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Raw Dough’s a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick

Do you find it hard to resist gobbling up a piece of raw dough when making cookies, or letting your children scrape the bowl? Do your kids use raw dough to make ornaments or homemade “play” clay? Do you eat at family restaurants that give kids raw dough to play with while you’re waiting for […]

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Keep Black Friday for Shopping by Handling Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

No one wants to have to have holiday time with family and friends overshadowed by a foodborne illness, especially after the Thanksgiving day feast. There are some easy steps to keeping the ‘happy’ in holidays. Keep food out of the Danger Zone: Bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40°F and 140°F. That is what […]

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Cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey: Oven, Deep-Fryer, Frozen

Family and friends will gather soon for Thanksgiving Day. While most people will sit down to a roasted turkey, there are also options for deep-frying a turkey and, for those running behind, you can place a still-frozen turkey in the oven and still end up with a meal that your family and friends will enjoy. […]

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Canned Breads and Cakes an Unsafe Holiday Gift

Breads and cakes baked in glass jars and then sealed with canning lids are not safe to eat. Ideas for canned breads and cakes in glass jars can be found on the internet and sometimes are printed in magazines. The bread or cake is not really home-canned. The product is baked in an open glass […]

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Fresh or Frozen: Purchasing a Thanksgiving Turkey

Fresh? Frozen? Organic? Natural? Hen or Tom?  There are plenty of decisions to make when purchasing your Thanksgiving turkey. Turkeys to be sold fresh are quick-chilled to 40°F or lower at the processing facility, but must not go below a temperature of 26°F. You may think that turkeys chilled to this temperature would be ‘frozen’, […]

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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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