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Will The Food Sitting In Your Hot Car Make You Sick?

It’s hot outside.  When you open your car door after it’s been sitting in the parking lot you’re hit with a blast of heat that seems hotter than an oven. The Temperature Rises Quickly Inside A Closed Car Very quickly — even when it’s only moderately warm outside. A study found that at 9AM when […]

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How Long Can Picnic and Barbecue Food Safely Stay Unrefrigerated?

The picnic fixins’ or the take-out food that’s sitting in your car might turn out to be a big problem.  Boxed food might be fine in high temperatures, but meat, dairy, cut food like fresh fruit, salads, and prepared foods — not so good. Perishable food may contain bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses. Sitting […]

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How To Keep Grilled Food Safe To Eat

Ah!  Warm weather! Picnics and barbecues!  Awesome grilled food! Whoops!  Picnics, barbecues, and grilling can create the perfect environment for the bacteria that already reside in food to rapidly multiply and become the cause of a foodborne illness. It’s really important to follow safe food handling rules when you’re cooking perishable foods like meat, poultry, […]

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How To Keep Your Food Safe In The Sun And Heat

It’s hot outside.  When you open your car door after it’s been sitting in the parking lot you’re hit with a blast of heat that seems hotter than an oven. The Temperature Rises Quickly Inside A Car The temperature rises quickly inside a closed car — even when it’s only moderately warm outside. A study […]

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Is Food In The Refrigerator And Freezer Safe To Eat After A Power Failure?

The power is out all over town. Hurricane Irene has downed power lines up and down the East Coast and I’m sure many of you are wondering what to do with all that food in your fridge and freezer. From numerous past experiences I know that one of the challenges in the aftermath of a […]

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The Five Second Rule: Don’t Start The Countdown

The Five Second Rule: if food falls on the floor you can safely eat it if you pick it up within five seconds.  I wrote a popular post on this last year and it’s a topic that resurfaces all of the time — recently in The New York Times. The Truth About Five Seconds (or […]

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The Five Second Rule: A Bunch of Baloney!

Also the three second, eight second, and you name the number rule.  No kidding. So why is it a bunch of baloney that when you drop a slice of bologna on the floor as you are making a sandwich for lunch, even if you reclaim it right away — certainly in three or five seconds, […]

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Handle Food Carefully – Or Run A Big Risk

How You Handle Food Really Matters Here’s a great big reason why paying attention to how you handle food is so important: Just give ‘em  (bacteria) the conditions they like:  warmth, moisture, and nutrients, and boy will they grow.   A single bacterium that divides every half hour can result in 17 million offspring in 12 […]

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When do you toss the leftover Pad Thai (or lasagna) that’s in the fridge?

You Are Hungry! You’re standing in front of your open refrigerator. A container here and a container there. Move them around. Wow. A Tupperware all the way in the back. Wonder what’s in it. Take a peek. Container #1: the leftover take-out Pad Thai from five days ago. Container #2: the rest of your lasagna […]

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