Food safety is something that every cook needs to take seriously. With 81 million cases of food-borne sickness occurring every year in the United States , it's important to understand how food poisoning can be prevented.
Thankfully, most people who get sick as a result of contaminated food recover quickly and without the... Read More
It's a sad fact that these days it has become almost essential to marinade most cuts of meat, unless you intend to casserole them. I'll go into why that is the case a bit later on, but for the time being let's just examine why we use marinades at all. Principally there are two reasons. One is to add flavor, and the other is to tenderize. Usually, we are trying to do both.
It's worth bearing in mind that marinating is a cooking... Read More
Types of Bacteria
Bacteria are all around us, in the air, water, ground, on our skin and in our bodies. They are classified in a variety of ways, but for our purpose we can categorize them in a more basic way.
Harmless bacteria - Most bacteria fall into this category. They are neither help us nor are harmful to us. These bacteria have a specific purpose, but are not a concerning to us in terms of food safety. ... Read More
You don't need to panic if you find yourself on a situation you need to cook for a crowd. Choosing the appropriate equipment and adapting well the preparation you will find out it's not that huge challenge or mysterious science to cook for a lot of people. All you need is to prepare yourself, organize everything you need and be safe.
Food and Hygiene Safety
Cooking for a crowd involves hazards you absolutely need... Read More
The warm, balmy days of summer are perfect for getting outside, engaging in your favorite activities and having a picnic in a nice shady spot.
A picnic is a classic summertime outing, but the art of packing a great picnic seems to be getting lost in the shuffle of today's fast-paced lifestyle. It may be easier to grab a bag of chips, a pre-packed cold cut and cracker combo and a few cans of soda, but if you want to really impress... Read More
If you're a desktop diner or microwave your lunch in the office kitchen each day, then you might be setting yourself up for more than lunchtime boredom. If you can't break away from e-mails and the pile of work in your inbox and tend to eat at your desk, then it's time to get clean. Frozen meals like Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine are smart diet choices when supplemented with some fruit or a salad, but they have to be heated in... Read More
Summer is a great time to eat al fresco, whether you're grilling or having a potluck -- or both. But besides the bugs, be sure you don't invite some other unwanted critters to your meal. We're talking about bacteria that can make you and your fellow picnicgoers sick. Bringing food outside to allow people to serve themselves is the first thing that might put diners at risk. Hot summer temperatures allow food's temperature to increase... Read More
Sure, it tastes great and earns rave reviews from everyone sitting at the dinner table. But is your favorite recipe also a safe one? To prevent serving up foodborne illness at the dinner table, follow this helpful checklist when preparing a meal:
--I am marinating in a covered container in the refrigerator. Uncooked meat, poultry or fish in a marinade is perishable.
--I am... Read More
If you plan to celebrate summer's last days with a cookout, then there are a few safety tips you should know before firing up the grill. Grilled food is usually a better choice than fried or creamy foods because there's no coating and no grease. The smoke, rubs and marinades add an unbeatable flavor that make grilling appealing, not to mention bringing the party outside into the great outdoors. But that same smoke and fire that... Read More