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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You’ve got the right stuff(ing)! Tips to handle stuffing with care.

Stuffing is a big favorite around the Thanksgiving holiday. Regionally in the U.S., it’s called by various names: stuffing, filling, or dressing. The ingredients used in stuffing are often regional as well. Usually based on a bread mixture, other ingredients such as grains, pasta, fruits, vegetables, shellfish, sausage, giblets, and nuts are also used. Stuffing […]

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Safe Thawing Instructions for the Thanksgiving Turkey

Many families purchase a frozen Thanksgiving turkey, and getting the turkey to the table involves “The Big Thaw.” Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during “the big thaw.” While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. However, as soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria present before freezing can begin to grow again. Turkey […]

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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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Plan Ahead to Avoid Thanksgiving Panic

Over the next few weeks, we’ll consider the steps in getting a Thanksgiving meal successfully (and safely) on the table. Our first topic: Plan ahead to avoid Thanksgiving panic. The Thanksgiving holiday focuses on bringing family and friends together over a shared meal. Planning ahead will help ensure an enjoyable holiday. Tips for starting the […]

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