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When to Save and When to Throw Out During Power Outages

Monday, Jul, 13 2015

Adapted from Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency (USDA).
Is food in the refrigerator safe during a power outage? It should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for over 2 hours.
Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.
Note: Always discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
You will have to evaluate each item separately. Use this chart as a guide.

Specific Foods Held above 40 °F for over 2 hours:
Raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish, or seafood; soy meat substitutes-Discard
Thawing meat or poultry- Discard

Meat, tuna, shrimp, chicken, or egg salad-Discard
Gravy, stuffing, broth-Discard
Lunchmeats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, dried beef Discard
Pizza – with any topping-Discard
Canned hams labeled "Keep Refrigerated"-Discard
Canned meats and fish, opened-Discard
Casseroles, soups, stews-Discard
Soft Cheeses: blue/bleu, Roquefort, Brie, Camembert, cottage, cream, Edam, Monterey Jack, ricotta, mozzarella, Muenster, Neufchatel, queso blanco, queso fresco-Discard
Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Parmesan, provolone, Romano-Safe
Processed Cheeses-Safe
Shredded Cheeses-Discard
Low-fat Cheeses-Discard
Grated Parmesan, Romano, or combination (in can or jar)- Safe
Milk, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, yogurt, eggnog, soy milk-Discard
Butter, margarine-Safe
Baby formula, opened-Discard
Fresh eggs, hard-cooked in shell, egg dishes, egg products- Discard
Custards and puddings, quiche-Discard
Fresh fruits, cut-Discard
Fruit juices, opened-Safe
Canned fruits, opened-Safe
Fresh fruits, coconut, raisins, dried fruits, candied fruits, dates-Safe
Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, horseradish-Discard if above 50 °F for over 8 hrs.
Peanut butter-Safe
Jelly, relish, taco sauce, mustard, catsup, olives, pickles-Safe
Worcestershire, soy, barbecue, hoisin sauces-Safe
Fish sauces, oyster sauce-Discard
Opened vinegar-based dressings-Safe
Opened creamy-based dressings-Discard
Spaghetti sauce, opened jar-Discard
Bread, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads, tortillas-Safe
Refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie dough-Discard
Cooked pasta, rice, potatoes-Discard
Pasta salads with mayonnaise or vinaigrette-Discard
Fresh pasta-Discard
Breakfast foods –waffles, pancakes, bagels-Safe
Pastries, cream filled-Discard
Pies – custard, cheese filled, or chiffon; quiche-Discard
Pies, frui- Safe
Fresh mushrooms, herbs, spices-Safe
Greens, pre-cut, pre-washed, packaged -Discard
Vegetables, raw-Safe
Vegetables, cooked; tofu-Discard
Vegetable juice, opened-Discard
Baked potatoes-Discard
Commercial garlic in oil-Discard
Potato salad-Discard
Casseroles, soups, stews-Discard

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 days ago Comment On This Post

National Ice Cream Month -- Here are ten fun facts about ice cream:

Friday, Jul, 10 2015


 1.   We Americans slurp up the most ice cream per person than folks in any other nation - a whopping 48 pints for each of us per year.
  2.  Vanilla orders account for anywhere from 20% to 29% of all ice cream sales. Chocolate's second snagging about 9 to 10 percent of the market.
  3.  A serving of vanilla ice cream was offered to immigrants at Ellis Island, as part of their "Welcome to America" meal.
  4.  Among the wacky flavors of ice cream manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, azuki bean and pumpkin. Maybe the nuttiest of all was dill pickle ice cream, marketed to expectant mothers.
  5.  One out of every five ice cream eaters lets "Fido" and "Fluffy" join in the fun.
  6.  For reason no one is entirely clear about, the fine folks in Omaha, NE, are the most voracious ice cream eaters, beating out the citizens of California, Florida and other warmer climates.
  7.  The first ice cream parlor in this country made its debut in New York City in 1776. About 70 years later, the hand-cranked freezer was invented, allowing Americans to make ice cream fairly easily at home.
  8.  Ice cream was first mentioned in writing in this country in a letter from the 1700s, which admiringly described the ice cream and strawberry dessert a Maryland governor served at a fancy dinner party. Back then, ice cream was enjoyed mostly by a very elite few, including George Washington.
  9.  Air is a major ingredient of ice cream. Nope, you're not being gypped. Without lots of air, ice cream would be just about as hard as concrete.
 10.  Such novelties as ice cream on sticks and ice cream bars, introduced in the 1920s, may seem like kid's stuff, but the fact is, adults gobble nearly half of all such treats.

posted by: Kathy Keene 18 days ago Comment On This Post

Dehumidifier Recall

Thursday, Jul, 9 2015


Gree Recalls 13 Brands of Dehumidifiers Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

On September 12, 2013, Gree, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, announced a recall on dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China and were sold from January 2005 through August 2013. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

This recall involves select 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. Recalled model numbers and date codes can be located below. The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.

Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and register their information below or contact Gree to receive a refund.

Call 1-866-853-2802 to determine if you have one of the recall dehumidifiers.

posted by: Kathy Keene 19 days ago Comment On This Post

Foods That Make You Tastier To Mosquitos

Wednesday, Jul, 8 2015

Mosquitos can be party pests but they can also be carriers of diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus.  Studies have shown that mosquitos prefer those with type O blood, pregnant women, dark colors, fragrances, certain foods we eat and diet is a factor as well.  Here's a list of foods that make us appealing to mosquitos:
1.  Beer - Scientists are not exactly sure why mosquitos go for beer drinkers but they do.
2.  Potassium-Rich Foods - Bananas, potatoes, prunes, raisins, lima beans, avocadoes and spianch are full of 
     potassium and increase the amount of lactic acid that is naturally released by our bodies.
3.  Salty Snacks - Crispy chips, hot curly fries, roasted peanuts and bacon increases the lactic acid you produce.
4.  Sweets - Tart cherry pies, ice cream cakes, sugary candies give off a saccharine aroma that mosquitos like.
5.  Alcohol - Sweet-smelling beverages are magnets for mosquitos.
6.  High Cholesterol - Having a higher level of cholesterol in your blood increases your appeal to mosquitos.
7.  Limburger Cheese - This variety of cheese is made with the same bacteria that cause feet to stink.  This is a
     super bonus for mosquitos because they love smelly feet.
8.  Pickled Vegetables - Sauerkraut, ketchup, sweet pickle relish contain lactic acid.
9.  Dairy Products - Sweet strawberry ice cream, coconut froyo, Redi-Whip, layered parfaits are dairy based
     causing the body to produce lactic acid, which mosquitos love.

posted by: Kathy Keene 20 days ago Comment On This Post


Tuesday, Jul, 7 2015

In tough economic times everyone's looking for bargains. But while it's a great idea to buy used bookshelves, books, and CDs, there are some things that just shouldn't be bought used.

    Bike or motorcycle helmets
    Child car seats
    Wet suits and swimsuits
    Big Screen TVs

posted by: Kathy Keene 21 days ago Comment On This Post

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