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Are Soft Cheeses Dangerous?

Soft cheeses“Say cheese,” the photographer says, and the subject can’t help but smile. Indeed, both the word and the food  itself are something to smile about.  As an appetizer, sandwich entrée, or dessert with fruit, cheese is delicious, healthy, and generally a rather low-risk food as far as pathogens go. However, some cheeses can be a threat to  pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems due to illness, old age, or medical treatment.  But consumers can protect themselves if, before consuming or purchasing cheese, they pay attention to the type of cheese and the way it was processed.  Soft cheeses are more likely than hard ones to carry a possibly deadly bacterium, but that doesn’t mean that all soft cheeses are taboo for people in the high-risk categories.

Guide To The Proper Handling of Fresh Vegetables

AsparagusHow long do fresh vegetables  remain safe and tasty to eat? That depends, in part, on how you handle them.  Food scientist Susan Brewer, Ph.D. offers these suggestions on vegetable care from the moment the produce comes home with you to the time when you store the leftovers.

New Uses for Old Food: Try 'Em Out!

Food pyramidThose eggs have been residing in your fridge for a couple of months. Throw them out? Not necessarily.  Instead, you could use them to condition your hair and/or give yourself a facial.  Read on for many more suggestions about what you can do with food besides eating it.

How should fish be handled prior to preparation?

Raw salmonIdeally, frozen seafood should be thawed in the refrigerator, in its original packaging, in a pan to catch potentially tainted drippings.
 
Other methods require less time but greater vigilance. Fish thawed in cold tap water should be placed in  airtight packaging. The water should be changed every 30 minutes to keep it cold.
 
Fish thawed in a microwave oven should be cooked immediately since microwaving may cause some areas  to warm or cook, creating breeding grounds for bacteria. Alternatively, microwave fish on  the "defrost" setting and stop the cycle while the fish is still icy but pliable.
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