Posts Tagged ‘Food Safety’

Freezing, A How To, Part Two

Heather says: Yesterday’s post on How to Freeze Food inspired a few more questions. Rather than extend an already long article, this is the second installment on freezer tips. Can you do a post on freezing leftovers? I’m a single gal, and while I do cut down most recipes, sometimes I have a couple stuffed…

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Freezer How To

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’m completely lost when it comes to freezing food. I know this is a great way to have meals on hand, but once it’s in the freezer I don’t know what to do with it. Just last night I made too much enchilada filling. So I made an extra pan, covered it in foil…

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How Long Will Dry Cereal Last

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m just starting to get into building an emergency pantry and there’s a great sale on my kids’ favorite cereals. I was thinking of using the sale and coupons to lay in a good supply for the pantry, but I don’t know how long the cereal will last on the shelf.…

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Home Preservation and Pressure Canning

Dear Home-Ec 101: I’m taking your advice about building an emergency food supply seriously. I’d like to do some of it by canning and preserving foods from my own garden. Besides pickles, jams and jellies, (which are yummy, but don’t exactly fill a belly) what kinds of foods should I be growing so that I…

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Emergency Water Conservation: How To Hand Wash Dishes

Dear Home Ec 101, Here’s a question for those of us in Nashville who are conserving water due to the flood, what’s the best way to conserve water while washing dishes? I know the dishwasher is out. Should we wash dishes individually, or do the whole fill-up-the-sink-with-water thing? Does that really get dishes clean? It…

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Countdown to Turkey Day 2009: November 19

Heather says: There are two things on today’s to-do list. First get out the shopping list and plan your attack. Second, figure out how long your frozen turkey will take to thaw. Frozen turkeys need a full 24 hours per 5lbs to thaw in a 40F refrigerator. Once thawed the turkey can be held for…

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Modifying Chicken Recipes

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’ve seen recipes for 40 garlic clove chicken, but they are mostly for a whole chicken. I’m trying to figure out how I can make it for my husband and I using chicken breasts. Any ideas how I can do this? (I’d like to bake it rather than putting it in the…

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Tap Water Safety

Dear Home Ec 101: I live in hurricane country and there are often boiling water advisories after a storm. How long am I supposed to boil the water before it is safe to drink? ~Avoiding the Runs in Ravenel Heather says: Boil water advisories are more common than you may think. They can happen if…

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Cleaning for Those Who Are Immunosuppressed

The following is a guest post by Dr. Alice of Feet First. Dr. Alice says: “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is a well-known saying, but my recent experiences have changed my mind: It would be more accurate to say that cleanliness is next to survival. Granted, many readers might not go quite that far, but…

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Food Safety and the Deep Freeze

This emailed question was answered immediately upon receipt, but I’d like to share it with you. Dear Home Ec 101, So, I’ve been given a turkey that was in my mom’s freezer. It thawed for a few days in the fridge, now it’s in the oven. As I was figuring out the weight and how long…

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The Case of the Highly Enthusiastic Refrigerator

Hi Home Ec 101, My fridge had an unexpected surge of over-efficiency and froze a lot of stuff, including 3 dozen eggs. Will they be okay after they thaw (still in the fridge)? Signed, Eggspecting Disappointment Heather says: It is not recommended to freeze eggs whole, in the shell, but hang tight before you toss…

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Why a Waterbath: Food Safety

Dear Home Ec 101, I was hoping you might be able to explain how a water bath thaws out a chicken faster than sitting on the counter when the water is colder. Also, why is it safer ? It seems to me the water would just be a good place for germs to grow. Signed,…

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Freezing Rice, A How To

Dear Home Ec 101, I would like to know if it is possible to freeze cooked rice. I would like to cook a bigger batch and freeze single servings. Cooking a single serving for lunch just takes too much time, but I really don’t like the quicker cooking alternatives. Also, we frequently have stir fry with…

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Can I Freeze It: Bechamel

Dear Home-Ec 101, Can bechamel be made in bulk and frozen, or do you need to make it little bits at a time? Signed, I Cook for Crowds Heather says: The jury is out on this one. Some dairy products can be compromised when frozen, how much they are compromised depends on factors over which…

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Minimize Food Waste By Thinking Like A Kitchen Manager

Ivy says: I recently noticed that we were wasting food quite often because of the disorganization of our refrigerator. I talked it over with Mr. Ivy, who just happens to be a restaurant manager and was a kitchen manager for many years and he said, “You really ought to organize the refrigerator the way we…

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