Archive for the ‘Environmental’ category

Food Safety: Fight BAC

April 4th, 2011

Myth: I use bleach and water to sanitize my countertops and the more bleach I use the more bacteria I kill.

March 31st, 2011

Myth:  I use bleach and water to sanitize my countertops and the more bleach I use the more bacteria I kill.

 Fact:  There is no advantage to using more bleach.  In fact, overuse of bleach can be harmful because it is not safe to consume.  To create a sanitizing solution it is recommended that you use 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid bleach per gallon of water.  Flood the countertop with the solution, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then pat with clean, dry paper towels or allow to air dry.  Any leftover sanitizing solution can be stored, tightly covered, for up to one week.  After that, the bleach has lost its effectiveness.

Is it done yet? You can’t tell by looking

March 28th, 2011

Have Questions About Food Safety? AskKaren.gov

March 21st, 2011

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  • Is is safe to refreeze leftovers?
  • How long should I boil an egg?
  • How long can I keep oil after frying?

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Wash your hands!!

March 17th, 2011

Myth: Leftovers are safe to eat until they smell bad.

March 14th, 2011

Myth: Leftovers are safe to eat until they smell bad. 

 Fact:  Most people would not choose to eat spoiled, smelly food.  However, if they did, they would not necessarily get sick.  This is because there are different types of bacteria, some of which cause illness in people and others that don’t.  The types of bacteria that do cause illness do not affect the taste, smell, or appearance of food.  For this reason it is important to freeze or toss refrigerated leftovers within 3-4 days.  If you are unsure of how long your leftovers have been sitting in the refrigerator, don’t take the risk – when in doubt, throw it out!

Wash your hands!!

March 10th, 2011