Food Safety Tips You Can Do at Home to Minimize the Risk of Food Poisoning

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Food Preparation Safety

Refrigerate

Always refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours.

Refrigerate within 1 hour when the temperature is above 90F.

At home, place meat, poultry, and seafood in the refrigerator immediately.

Freeze poultry and ground meat that won’t be used in 1 or 2 days; freeze other meat within 4 to 5 days.

Defrost Safely

Completely defrost meat and poultry before grilling so it cooks more evenly.

Use the refrigerator for slow, safe thawing or thaw sealed packages in cold water.

You can microwave to defrost if the food will be placed immediately on the grill.

Safe Food Preparation

To prevent food borne illness, don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Harmful bacteria present in raw meat and poultry and their juices can contaminate safely cooked food.

Only use knives and cutting utensils for one thing, either for meat or for vegetables. Thereafter, the utensils should be thoroughly washed.

NEVER place the grilled meat back on the dish or board on which the raw meat was placed, as this has blood and juices from the raw meat.

NEVER use knives or dishes that have been used for the raw meat for the grilled meat, too.

Clean all counters and cooking surfaces, with hot soapy water before use.

Clean all cutting boards with hot soapy water before use.

Avoid using the same plate for raw and cooked food.

Marinade in the refrigerator and discard the marinade immediately after use.

Use a separate brush one for marinating and another for basting cooked meat.

Marinading

Marinate food in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

Discard the marinade immediately after use.

If some of the marinade is to be used as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of the marinade before putting raw meat and poultry in it. However, if the marinade used on raw meat or poultry is to be reused, make sure to let it come to a boil first to destroy any harmful bacteria.

Safe Food Handling

Keep all raw and cooked food separate and keep it “wrapped and refrigerated”.

Use separate BBQ utensils when handling raw and cooked food.

Make sure frozen meat is thoroughly thawed (unless otherwise stated) before cooking and do not refreeze once thawed.

Safe Cooking

Cook thoroughly. Cook food to a safe minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. The only way to be sure foods are cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use an accurate digital instant-read thermometer. Thermometer use to ensure proper cooking temperature is especially important for those who cook or serve ground beef patties to people most at risk for food borne. Those most at risk include young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Unless you are in a big hurry or you like for your meat to be dry, do not press on it. You will just be squeezing out all those wonderful juices. Additionally, squeezing the juices on the coals …

Food Processor Safety Tips

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A food processor is an electrical appliance that operates with fast moving and sharp blades and discs. Like other electrical equipment, a food processor should always be handled with care. Follow these safety tips to protect you and your family from misuse and harm.

  • The appliance’s blades and discs operate and move at high speeds. Make sure your hands and kitchen utensils, like spatulas or wooden spoons, are kept away from the moving blades and discs when processing food. Only insert your hands or kitchen utensils into the food processor after the machine is off and unplugged.
  • As stated, the blades and discs are very sharp and should be handled and stored carefully. When connecting the motor shaft or stem to the processing unit, always place the blades and discs on flat, stable surfaces to minimize potential contact with them.
  • Make sure the work bowl is securely locked before placing blades or discs on the motor shaft.
  • Never put food or other ingredients into the work bowl until the blades and discs are securely in place.
  • Always use the pusher or food plunger to move food into the bowl and into the spinning blades or discs. Never put your fingers into the feed tube or work bowl while it is in operation.
  • Make sure the blade or disc has stopped spinning before you remove the cover from the work bowl.
  • Make sure the processor is turned off and unplugged from the electrical outlet before removing food, changing parts or cleaning it.
  • After your food processing is done, first remove the work bowl from the processor’s base before removing any blades or discs.

Make Your Supermarket More Attractive

Supermarket owners are like the owners of any shop, they constantly need more customers to walk in. Supermarkets target larger numbers of people than normal businesses because supermarket products are essential for everyday life. If you are a supermarket owner and you’re aiming for bigger sales you need to think in mainly three directions:

– improving your displays,

– buying and providing products that have higher demand,

– and giving your customers the best care possible.

First of all, improving your display will need some work but will not be a difficult task once you’ve kept in mind these guidelines. Not only keep you’re products in the specific department but you can also store related items next to each other like storing stock party snacks in the same aisle; chips, dips and sodas stored side by side. Also, constantly rearrange merchandise on their shelves to pique the interest of customers. Shoppers like novelty. Make sure your items are properly priced and apply discounts on products that are nearly finished to attract customers. Try to display your bakery items when fresh and hot to make it more attractive. Also, position fresh bakery products where the most customers coming through will smell them. Aroma is very important in food sales.

Second, always watch your movement reports by item on sales of products. As a grocery store, you need to turn product inventory as much as possible and want to carry the biggest sellers. Keep in mind the different seasons and holidays when planning for replenishment of products.

Furthermore, you can make questionnaires every now and then to ask what your customers like and don’t like about your supermarket to be more familiar with their needs and requirements during shopping.

Arranging carts and baskets regularly is always be a plus, as plenty of carts that are not used inside the supermarket can cause a traffic jam and many customers leaving displeased. Keeping the floor clean and non slippery is also very important for safety as products do fall and make a mess, especially if they contained liquids, so always keep your janitors and cleaning people ready.

Your customers now are your customers forever so keep in mind that treating them great will always give great results too. Make sure you have your customer service people ready always for any questions and give the proper answers in a kind and presentable way. You can also arrange to have product booths like parts of ready cooked meals to give your customers a quick taste or trial to encourage them to buy. These quick treats go a long way toward customer loyalty.

Last but not least, carry strong plastic thank you bags for your shoppers to carry their supplies home in. These plastic bags should be durable and tough to hold heavy products for long distances. You don’t want bags breaking and bottles falling out onto the street. Not only that but they have to look good too like the white plastic Thank You bags. These …

What Are the Warning Signs of Pneumonia You Should Know

Pneumonia is an inflammation and subsequent infection of the lungs. It can cause difficulty with breathing, produce a cough and cause chest pain. Pneumonia can affect either one or both of your lungs and various forms exist of the disease. It is known that the most common cause of pneumonia is a pulmonary infection associated with viruses or gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria. Some infectious agents that share both the similarities of viruses and bacteria can also cause pneumonia.

Aspiration pneumonia is caused by the inhalation of foreign materials: liquids, dust particles, chemical fumes and other irritants. This type of pneumonia mostly common affects small children, but adults are not immune to it, because they have inhaled either vomit or food. The symptoms of Aspiration pneumonia are not always intense and may disappear within a few days, but in rare cases the aspiration of either food or vomit can result in respiratory arrest and death. The main symptoms of Aspiration pneumonia include: a dry cough, chest pain and soreness, wheezing during normal breathing, and difficulty in breathing. It is advisable to see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Viral pneumonia is very common form of pneumonia affecting children, teenagers and the elderly. It can sometimes be mistaken for either the flu or a cold. Viral pneumonia presents the following symptoms: inflammation of the throat, productive or non-productive cough, a swelling in the lymph nodes, chest discomfort during breathing, mild to severe headache and a generalized feeling of fatigue. The cough may or may not produce varying amounts of mucus. You may also experience a mild fever and chills.

Bacterial pneumonia is a more severe form and can produce symptoms that are more intense. The bacterial forms of pneumonia seem to be more common in adults and those who have a weak immune system. Bacterial pneumonia can cause symptoms such as: a high fever, sweating excessively, a productive (mucus-producing) cough, SOB (shortness of breath), chest discomfort and pain (a feeling of soreness when breathing), nausea with abdominal pain, muscular pain and a pronounced body weakness. A critical symptom of Bacterial pneumonia is cyanosis, which is a bluish coloring on the lips and fingernail beds, because of inadequate blood oxygenation. Also the person may cough up a greenish to brown-colored mucus. There may also be traces of blood in more advanced stages.

Walking pneumonia or Mycoplasma pneumonia can be hit anyone, as your health condition and age do not matter. This type of pneumonia is generally mild. It can produce symptoms of: a cough with mucus, some chest pain from excessive coughing, difficulty with your breathing, mild headache and fatigue. You may also experience a slight fever, the chills, nausea, abdominal discomfort and vomiting. Walking Pneumonia tends to develop slowly and you may not experience any of the symptoms until several weeks after becoming infected. Although this type of pneumonia is not really considered to be serious, it is strongly advised that you see your doctor if you experience any …

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How An Air Fryer Works.

The Air Fryer is a machine that is used to fry your food without using oil. The the gadget uses the technology of hot air to heat the contents in it. It produces a hot air which then circulates within the device producing heat currents that heat up the food. The heat currents produced are used to cook the food placed in the device. An air fryer does not need any extra oil, but it uses the hot air currents to cook any food that you want. Snacks and chips require a lot of oil to cook and using this device you don’t need oil. The best air fryer to use in homes or offices makes use of rapid air technology to fry food using less or no oil.

An air fryer comprises a fan and heating elements just like any other electric cooking device. The heating elements heats up when supplied with heat. The heat currents produced heat up the enclosed air that is inside the device. The work of the fan is to blow the hot air around making it circulate within the inside of the air fryer. The food is cooked by this rapidly hot air striking it in all directions. The first process is to put the food in the basket of the machine and to convert the power on. The second step is to set the required temperature enough to cook the food. The other step in operating an air fryer is to set the time. The air around the basket heats up producing a cooked inside and crunchy outer layer to your food. You should consider shaking the food when it is halfway cooked to make it easier for the cooking process to be fast. The modern air fryers are constructed with integrated air filters which prevent the smell from filling your house.

Two types of air frying machine are found in the market. One of the air frying machine uses a basket while the other one uses a paddle or a non-stick bowl. The best appliance to use in your home is the Philips air fryer. This type of air fryer uses a cooking basket which is best for cooking food. Only two types of these air fryers are found in the market where one is the manual HD9220/26 hot air fryer while the second one is a digital version.

Both of the air fryers use a high temperature of 390 degrees Fahrenheit although the digital one has a 60 minutes timer. The manual air fryer has a maximum of 30 minutes. The Tefal Actifry uses a paddle to mix the ingredients during the cooking process. When using this type of cooking device, there is no need to give the food a shake halfway during cooking. It is possible to eat fried food that has no fat, fewer calories and a healthy food. To gather more information about air fryer, you visit hot air studies. Finally more …

A Holistic Vet’s Guide to Pet Food, Part I – Who’s in Charge?

In 2007, when thousands of pets were sickened or killed by pet food contamination, and the recalls went on for months, the pet food industry claimed that it was highly regulated and therefore trustworthy. Clearly, that was then and still is not true. There are regulations that apply to pet food, but nearly all of them apply only to the post-production period-that is, labels, marketing, and advertising. What goes into pet food and how it is made is virtually unregulated. And yet, the labels can provide a great deal of information about that very process, tell you about the quality of the food, and help you decide which ones to avoid and which are the best and healthiest food for your pets.

Despite all the “small print” and vague terms on the average pet food label, the rules governing pet food labels are actually quite simple. Once you know these few basic rules, you’ll be scanning the label like a pro and actually understanding what it says, what it means, and whether it’s good for your pet.

First, let’s take a look at who makes the rules. There are two primary groups involved: state governments and the federal government. At the federal level, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are involved. At the state level, the state agriculture department in most states (a different department in a few states) designates one or more of its feed control officials–the folks that inspect all animal feed, including pet food–to participate. The body to which these representatives belong is called the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO is not itself a regulatory body and does not do any tests or enforce any laws.

Every year, AAFCO has meetings to discuss potentially needed changes, and publishes a book containing everything an animal feed or pet food maker needs to know: what nutrient levels are needed in a food, the rules governing labels, and how to conduct tests. These are “model” regulations that can then be adopted by the states, where they then become law. Only about half the states have actually adopted the AAFCO rules; and several others have something similar on the books. However, in order to ship nationally, all major pet food companies follow the AAFCO guidelines in order to avoid problems when the inspectors check out their foods.

There is a lot of confusion about AAFCO, and many writers have accused the organization of being “the fox guarding the henhouse” because their book lists not only the government officials, but also a long list of “advisors” from the industry, including many pet food companies. However, these advisors are basically just lobbyists; they do have some influence with the officials, just like any government lobbyist, but they don’t make the rules. The state and federal representatives are the only voting members with power to change the rules. AAFCO takes its consumer protection role seriously and has rejected many attempts by the pet …

Practical and Helpful Tips: Appliances

A Guide to Pressure Cookers and Choosing the Best One for You

If there is any cooking appliance that you should not be without, it is a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are easy to operate and you will be able to provide thoroughly cooked and flavorful foods for your family. One good thing about pressure cookers is that air and liquids do not easily escape and so the flavors are well blended and the meat is easily tenderized.

The cooking time when using a pressure cooker is much less than regular cooking because of the pressure and the liquid which is able to reach very high temperatures. And since they require less power than other methods, they are very energy efficient. Pressure cooking also helps kill bacteria and viruses so you get very healthy foods. So if you want to make your baby bottles bacteria or virus free, you can sterilize them in a pressure cooker.

It is very safe to use pressure cookers. Today, there are more safety features in a pressure cooker than there used to be. Many have experience have their pressure cookers explode before them because older models have less safety features than what we have now, so we no longer hear of experiences like this with the modern models.

In this fast-paced world, the pressure cooker has become very popular because of its ability to save time and effort. Since it is very useful in the kitchen, most home cooks, chefs, and restaurant owners recommended the use of pressure cookers.

If you are deciding on what pressure cooker is right for you, you need to first identify what you want to achieve with it since there are many different types of pressure cookers. Depending on your need, you can choose from different sizes, designs, and materials of pressure cookers. A small household can benefit from a 3 to 4 quart size cooker, and for medium household, 6 quarts is ideal. An 8 to 10 quart cooker is ideal for a large family.

There are also pressure cookers classified according to material. They are either made of stainless steel or aluminum depending on the brand or manufacturer. A durable and elegant pressure cooker is a stainless steel pressure cooker. If you want a scratch and warp resistant material that do not react with foods, then you need a stainless steel pressure cooker. It is cheaper to buy an aluminum pressure cooker and it is a better conductor than the stainless steel one. But, they react with acidic foods and they can easily scratch and dent.

Today there is a one button digital pressure cooker which is the latest in pressure cooker and this is the power pressure cooker. All you need to do is to put all your ingredients into the pot, including frozen foods, and simply turn it on, choose your settings, and it does the cooking for you. The power pressure cooker xl is the latest and you can read power pressure cooker xl

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Why the Power Pressure Cooker is The Ideal Cooking System You Need

The process of cooking should be easy and enjoyable. The experience is greatly influenced by the cooking devices which you have in your kitchen. Different cooking systems have been designed, and they play a vital part in ensuring that you will get the best cooking results. The power pressure cooker Xl is a good model which is used by many people. The cooker is faster in cooking. You should look at the ratings and the brands available. When you have the device the cooking experience will be fun.

If you have not heard anything about the power pressure cooker, here are some reviews by experts. Power pressure cooker XL reviews are a real guide on why you should buy this kind for all your cooking. Having the device is economical on power. The cooker uses some pressure and steam to cook. It is nice that you get a good model which will lower the costs you incur in your cooking. Cooking meat will now take you less time. The meat will be so tender and will be ready within a short time.

The pressure cooker is easy to wash after cooking. It is so easy when you want a cooker that you can clean with ease. It has an inner pot which you can remove. After you are done with the cooking, you can remove this piece and wash it thoroughly. No matter what you had cooked, it will be shining clean. The process of removing the pot will be so easy. If the surface seems greasy hot water will do the cleaning.

The nice thing about using the power pressure XL is that it is airtight. This is very different from the ordinary cooking pots. It is very easy for you to get what you need because the process is what is taking place. It is great when you have these facilities in place, and everything you need will be awesome. It is nice that you get a good design which will be suitable for family cooking. For convenience choose several sets which come with the pieces in different sizes. It is easy for you and your family to get faster cooking taking place.

The power pressure cooker is so perfect for anyone who is using it. It has been designed with a digital timer which makes cooking rather simple. Whether you are cooking or steaming the food, it will be ready within the timespan. Having a time on the cooker has improved cooking, and you can have the right time set. The device also shows the degrees that have been reached when the heating is taking place. Find the best dealer and order the set of cookers.…

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Factors to Consider when Purchasing a Power Air Fryer

One would definitely need to consider a number of factors when purchasing a power air fryer.For one to buy a power air fryer, he or she would have to consider a number of things. One would need to begin by checking for reviews of the power air fryer in question. Where one gets the factors right, he or she has high chances of buying the best power air fryer. One would be lucky to get an efficient power air fryer. It would be essential for one to figure out the cooking procedure, to begin with.

Functions as per the manufacturer are also important to note. It would be essential for one to make sure that he or she goes for a power air fryer that has a list of food he or she is interested in. You would only need to set different types of times and temperatures for you to cook different types of foods. You would go for a power air fryer that allows you to roast, bake and fry your favorite foods.

One would also need to make sure that he or she figures out the size and the dimension of the power air fryer in question. It is essential for you to make sure that you figure out where you want to set the new power air fryer prior to purchasing it. You would need to figure out whether it will fit in the cabinet or on the countertop prior to the actual purchasing. You would need to be sure that you can at least create space for the new power air fryer even when there is no space in the first place. You would also need to make sure that the power air fryer in question is simple to use.

It would be essential for you to make sure that you figure out the capacity of the power air fryer as well. You would need to consider the size of the family in considering the size of the power air fryer you go for. Where you have a big family, you would need to make sure that you go for a power air fryer that can have enough food for your family. Where one is alone, he or she would need to go for a power air fryer with just enough space to bake, fry or cook his or her food.

A one rack power air fryer is enough for a solo while a person who would like to have enough food for family and visitors would need a two racks power air fryer. The power options would also be something one would need to consider in buying of the power air fryer. Among other things one would have to consider inc. It would be essential for one to check for reviews of the best power air fryers.…

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Way For Purchasing an Authentic Copper Cooking Set

In a home, cooking is among some of the important activities. Copper cooking set is among the things you will need to get your food correct. There are numerous places where you can be able to get these cooking sets. They are sold in stores near you in different sizes. When you set out to buy these kitchen equipment, it is necessary for you to know what to look for in stores. Since you will be spending money, you need to look for stores which provide the best types. The best stores have the following elements. Considering these elements is critical prior to going to the store is critical.

Good stores have a variety. The stores sell the variety of color of the copper cooking set since they are available in all colors. The stores have the other various colors given that most people like specific colors they still have them in their stock. The y always do not want their clients going to other stores. This is the reason they have all the variations of sizes their clients usually look for when shopping for copper cooking set. Usually, they provide their clients with classic and authentic items. This is so given that their client trust is important to them and they try to make them trust their services. Also, they try to provide guidance on how to purchase the best.

The best stores provide their clients with copper cooking set offers. These stores give offers when they want to improve their sales. To get their customers, they advertise their offers. Their clients get to buy the copper cooking set when they see them in adverts and thus they are able to reach their sales target. This kind of sale enables buyers to locate the cooking sets. Learning about them is easy for those that do not know. Given that you are a buyer, you will be able to save on the cost of buying. Saving on the recurrent buying of is possible when you buy genuine durable cooking set. These stores make it possible for you to get purchase discounts on numerous cooking sets which you buy.

Since you might not want to leave your house, they should have online stores. Home delivery for copper cooking set is possible through the online stores. With this, time is not wasted by going to a physical store. Authentic copper cooking set can be bought through the use of these sites by simply clicking and making payments for the items online. A tamper proof delivery is assured through this method and nothing can interfere with it. A genuine copper cooking set has the correct user manual.…

5 Kitchen Tools That Make Life Easier

Want to cook like the professional chefs you see on TV? It starts with having the right tools for the job – and in this case the job is cooking. Every cook needs a core set of utensils to use to prepare his meals But, in addition to this core set, there are other items, that while not mandatory, make life easier in the kitchen.

Basting brushes – these are used to baste meats, cooked vegetables, and so on with fat, stock, or some other liquid. This is not a necessary tool because you can baste with a spoon – as many home cooks regularly do. A brush does, however, let you baste with the liquids in a more even fashion. In addition, a bush lets you "paint" the liquid into places that would be hard to reach with a spoon.

Vegetable brush – nobody likes to eat dirty vegetables. Many cooks like to clean vegetables such as carrots and potatoes by scraping off their skin and rinsing them under water. But some cooks that are really into healthy eating, use organic vegetables and hate throwing away what they consider to be an essential part of the vegetable. In many vegetables the skin has more nutrients than the other parts of the plant. In addition, it contains roughage which is good for you. These cooks will simply use a vegetable brush to clean the dirt off the skin.

Tongs – old time cooks do not need these, they do just fine using forks. For the less experience cook, however, tongs will make it easy to remove those pieces of chicken from the fryer. You'll find them very helpful as a reasonable replacement for your hands. When a piece of food has cooked on one side, instead of using your hands and fingers to turn the food, use your tongs instead.

Kitchen shears – are a very under appreciated utensil. These are simply heavy duty scissors and they are especially adept at opening electronic products that seem to be always sold in those rigid packages that are almost impossible to open by hand without injuring yourself. But they're also good for their primary purpose in cutting chicken bones and the like. But buy ones that are ergonomic in design. You'll find that they're a lot easier on your hands.

Food Mill – this is a fun utensil. It's ideal for making foods like sauces, jams, baby foods, and even mashed potatoes. You place foods such as tomatoes, potatoes, and so on in the top bowl, turn the handle. The food is ground down into fine pieces, pressed through a base sieve, to produce a lump free product. Everything you can do with a food mill, you can do using other tools, but you probably will not have as much fun.

As you can see – none of the items on this list are absolutely mandatory. And yet, millions of each product are sold every year in the stores. That's because, even …

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The Things That You Should Know About Cheap Eats And How They Will Help You Trim Your Budget

Cheap eats are basically the quality food that is not expensive and it is able to suit your desires at the end of the day. You will realize that in life food is one the biggest things that cost your budget in the long run. It is critical that you have a special planning about your food so that you are able to get the best out of the food that you eat in the long run. When you are travelling you will realize that food is one of the things that you have to greatly budget for at the end of the day. When you properly plan your diet and observe the cheap eats you will realize that you will save much more money at the end of the day. You should know that even though some foods might be very expensive there is no difference in the nutrients that you will get in the food and hence you will want to save money in the long run.

One of the things that you should do is to eat the street food and you will benefit. You should know that the street food that you choose to eat is very delicious and it will beat your expectations and therefore you should never be scared of it at the end of the day. One of the things that you will do when you have travelled is exploring the local market and this will help you so that you are able to spot the street food at the end of the day. You are not to be scared of the local cuisines in that the culture of the people is different and hence you will be good to go with the cuisines at the end of the day.

The street food is very cheap and you are able to save thousands of dollars rather than choosing to have food in fancy restaurants. One sure thing that you will gain from the chain restaurants is that you will have the food in large portions without breaking the bank. In the event that you want to save a lot of your money eating in the chain restaurants will be the best idea at the end of the day. You can choose to visit the groceries and buy food that will meet your desires and this also helps you save much money.

Choosing to conduct the research about the cheap eats and the cuisines in the places that you are going will help you make the right decision in the long run. Ensure that you avoid the food that you are allergic to so that you are not inconvenienced at the end of the day.…