How to Clean Kitchen Laundry in a Public Laundromat

Dear Home-Ec 101, I love your website, your tips have been extremely helpful to me. I have a question, though, whose answer I couldn't find in your archives.Maybe you can help me out? I don't have a washer at home so I take most of my laundry to a laundromat. I've been washing my dishcloths in a bucket with regular laundry detergent and dish … [Read more...]

Ground Turkey and Meat / Food Safety

Dear Home Ec 101, We want to start using ground turkey instead of ground beef. There is a fantastic sale on Jennie-O ground turkey, but I know they had a recall last year due to salmonella poisoning. If we cook the meat to the right temperature, and wash our hands well after handling the raw meat, should we be safe eating it? I also noticed … [Read more...]

Chicken Stock, Bacteria, and Food Safety Guidelines -Oh My

Hi there, Why can chicken stock only last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator? If it’s refrigerated wouldn’t it be good for 4 or 5 days? I made some homemade chicken stock on Saturday and never got around to using it for soup. Is it really no longer good? Signed, Boiled in Boston Heather says: I spent quite a bit of time in the airport … [Read more...]

Partially Frozen Turkey?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I bought a fresh turkey yesterday just so I don't have to deal with the thawing issue. Well after handing it to my husband once I got home, he then put it in our deep freezer! I realized this 4am in the morning, so ran to the garage and pulled it out. It seems pretty frozen. It's now in the fridge but I'm not sure what to do … [Read more...]

Food Safety: When in Doubt, Throw it Out

Dear Home-Ec 101, My husband and I had a roast thawing in our fridge. It thawed alright - and raw liquid leaked all over into our fridge drawers - where we have a drawer full of fresh apples. I know if I peel and cook the apples, I will be ok, but is there a way I can clean the apples and feel safe eating them raw? Or is it best to call it a … [Read more...]