Posts Tagged ‘Food Safety’

A Guide to Kitchen Disinfection

Hi Home-Ec 101, I just read your article on Hydrogen Peroxide. I just love your website! I was wondering what you use to disinfect/sanitize your kitchen counters with. I am trying to find something natural and am having a hard time finding information on what actually kills bacteria, germs, etc. I read one way to…

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How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says: I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder. This is the first in our series on household chemicals. Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach in an unsafe manner. Chlorine…

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Garage Refrigerator / Freezers, Winter, and Your Food

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a refrigerator in my garage and for the last few weeks I have noticed the freezer isn’t as cold as it should be. Should I be worried? More importantly, is the food safe? The vegetables seem a little soft. Sincerely, It’s Frickin’ Freezin’ , Mr. Bigglesworth Heather says Garage refrigerators…

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The Freezer Was Left Open, Now What?

Dear Home-Ec 101, My youngest decided to get a popsicle from my deep freezer and didn’t bother to make sure the door was closed. I know not to eat the meat products since I am not sure if they thawed and refroze, but what about the veggies? Must I throw out the ten tons of…

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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…

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Partially Frozen Turkey?

*NOTE* If you are landing on this page on Thanksgiving Day after discovering your turkey is still partially frozen, the advice does apply to you. If you discovered your turkey was partially frozen while getting it ready to go in the oven put it in a large plastic bag (food grade, think crockpot liner or…

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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…

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Hot Dishes, Cold Food, Microwave Perplexity

Dear Home Ec 101, Why is it sometimes when I heat foods in the microwave the bowl is screaming hot and the food is still a block of ice? Signed, Scalded in Scranton* Heather says: Here on Home Ec 101 I’ve written previously about how microwaves work, if you missed it the first time, here’s…

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Common Sense and Glass Cookware

Heather says: It has just been brought to my attention that Pyrex cookware has been receiving some attention from Consumer Reports via the Consumerist. I love glass cookware and I will continue to use my glassware for baking, however there are a few precautions one should always use. Glass, even tempered glass is fairly rigid and doesn’t…

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