Ask Karen: What is a safe internal temperature for cooking meat and poultry? ………….

Ask Karen: What is a safe internal temperature for cooking meat and poultry? ………….

Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F (62.8 °C) as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source.   For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming.   Cook […]

By August 19, 2015 Read More →
Ask Karen: How long can I keep a turkey in the freezer? …………

Ask Karen: How long can I keep a turkey in the freezer? …………

Frozen turkey and turkey parts will be safe indefinitely.   However, for best quality, use a whole turkey within 12 months and turkey parts within 9 months.  

By August 12, 2015 Read More →
Farm-To-Table Quick Pickles ………

Farm-To-Table Quick Pickles ………

(NAPSI)—Here’s a canny idea: home canning and pickling. This tasteful pastime for preserving food at home has soared in popularity, especially as part of the burgeoning Farm-to-Table movement. Now, preserving food can be easier than many people realize, and vinegar is a key ingredient. For example, “refrigerator pickling” (also known as “quick pickles”) takes just […]

By August 9, 2015 Read More →
Ask Karen: Is food safe if left out overnight? …….

Ask Karen: Is food safe if left out overnight? …….

If a perishable food (such as meat or poultry) has been left out at room temperature overnight (more than 2 hours) it may not be safe. Discard it, even though it may look and smell good. Never taste a food to see if it is spoiled.   Use a food thermometer to verify temperatures.   […]

By August 5, 2015 Read More →
Eat Local: Summer Squash ……

Eat Local: Summer Squash ……

People and their communities can benefit from buying local food—it is often fresher than food that has traveled long distances, and it boosts the local economy. Choosing local foods also protects natural resources, such as wildlife, water, and green space.   Most of Florida’s zucchini are grown in north central Florida, and Florida’s yellow squash […]

By July 18, 2015 Read More →
Choosing Healthy Meals as you get Older ……..

Choosing Healthy Meals as you get Older ……..

10 Healthy Eating Tips for People Age 65+        Eating healthy and being active is important at any age. That’s why MyPlate and the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, are delighted to offer a new resource on healthy eating designed specifically for people ages 65 and older. Choosing Healthy Meals […]

By July 17, 2015 Read More →
Ask Karen: How long can I keep meat in the refrigerator? ……..

Ask Karen: How long can I keep meat in the refrigerator? ……..

How long can I keep meat in the refrigerator? Refrigeration slows but does not prevent bacterial growth. Therefore, it’s important to use food in a timely fashion before it spoils or becomes dangerous. For raw ground meats, poultry, seafood and variety meats (liver, tongue, chitterlings, etc.), refrigerate them only 1 to 2 days before either […]

By July 15, 2015 Read More →
Toast To A Better Morning With California Avocados ……..

Toast To A Better Morning With California Avocados ……..

(NAPSI)—There’s no better way to start off your morning than with avocado toast for breakfast. California avocados are your nutrition powerhouse breakfast choice, with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and 50 calories per serving (1/5 of a medium avocado). The sky is the lip-smacking limit for avocado toast, with endless mouthwatering recipes to surprise […]

By July 11, 2015 Read More →
Ask Karen: How long will cooked food stay safe in the refrigerator?

Ask Karen: How long will cooked food stay safe in the refrigerator?

USDA recommends using cooked leftovers within 3 to 4 days.   Refrigeration slows but does not stop bacterial growth. There are two completely different families of bacteria: pathogenic bacteria, the kind that cause foodborne illness, and spoilage bacteria, the kind of bacteria that cause foods to deteriorate and develop unpleasant odors, tastes, and textures.   […]

By July 7, 2015 Read More →
Celebrate Summer With Mango Salsa …….

Celebrate Summer With Mango Salsa …….

(NAPSI)—Get your summer off to a healthy and delicious start with the ultimate summer snack—Mango Salsa! Mango’s bright flavor and natural sweetness make it the perfect foundation for a versatile fruit salsa that can be paired with other summertime favorites or enjoyed solo as a refreshing snack.   by Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC […]

By July 4, 2015 Read More →
Food Safety: Grocery Shopping ……..

Food Safety: Grocery Shopping ……..

Whether it’s just a 10-minute run to the store or it’s time to stock up for the week, grocery shopping can be a routine chore or an exciting activity. Some shoppers plan their meals for the week and check items off a list, while others frantically push their carts up and down the aisles looking for […]

By June 20, 2015 Read More →
Keep It Clean: Washing Fruits and Vegetables …….

Keep It Clean: Washing Fruits and Vegetables …….

  While fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, they can become contaminated from manure, water, and animals or insects. If the leafy greens and juicy fruits are not cleaned properly, then foodborne illnesses can spread.   Use the following tips as a guide to washing specific produce groups.   Rinse and Rub […]

By June 13, 2015 Read More →
Grilling With Almond Wood: Flavorful And Sustainable ………

Grilling With Almond Wood: Flavorful And Sustainable ………

(NAPSI)—When it comes to grilling food, where there’s smoke, there’s flavor—usually a very specific flavor depending on the type of wood that’s being burned. That’s the word from a number of restaurants, many of which have been stepping up their game by introducing beef lovers to the various flavor profiles offered by different types of […]

By June 12, 2015 Read More →
Food Safety: Grilling …….

Food Safety: Grilling …….

Posted by jmidelis  Information provided by IFAS Solutions     Grilling adds a fun element to picnics and summer evenings. Follow these steps to make sure the meat foods you serve are safe to eat. Preparing Shopping At the grocery store, pick up meat and poultry last. To prevent cross-contamination, separate these items from other […]

By June 6, 2015 Read More →
Five Tips For Incredible Outdoor Cooking …….

Five Tips For Incredible Outdoor Cooking …….

(NAPSI)—You can step up your grilling game this summer with some insider tips and tricks from Chef Kevin Gillespie, BBQ expert, restaurant owner, cookbook author, and fan favorite from Bravo’s “Top Chef.” From temperature tips to unexpected ingredients such as hard cider, Kevin has some great tricks to make your grilling easier and even more […]

By June 3, 2015 Read More →