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Yikes! The Turkey Is Done, But the Guests Are Delayed! How Do I Keep My Thanksgiving Dinner Warm?

Woman serving Thanksgiving TurkeyThe turkey is done, but where are the guests? Winter weather and too much traffic can slow down cars and planes. And then there are those who live around the corner from you but are chronically late for everything. Don’t invite them next year. Find prompter friends. But that doesn’t solve this year’s problem: how to keep food at a safe and appetizing temperature while waiting for dilatory diners. This article will cover holding techniques used by experts.  But first, some basics about food safety and the definition of a cooked turkey.

How to Reheat Leftover Steak-- Advice from Experts

SteakIn an upscale restaurant, my husband ordered a prime steak that was about the size of a full-grown cow.  Of course, he couldn't eat it all in one sitting, so he brought it home and labeled it "leftovers." He was looking forward to having 2 great meals for the price of one.  The next evening, he challenged me to warm up the remaining steak, duplicating the delicious flavor and texture of the restaurant version.

Meet Joe Regenstein, a Super-Busy Scientist Juggling Several Hats Very Well

Dr. Joe RegensteinFood scientist, college professor, researcher, author, public speaker, editor, world-wide traveler--these sound like careers undertaken by several different people, but they all describe the accomplishments of  just one person--Dr. Joe Regenstein, who, we're proud to say, serves on  the  Shelf Life Advice Advisory Board  and has made countless contributions to this site.  We recently learned that he is the co-author of a book about GMOs, a hot topic these days.  Shelf Life Advice readers will, I believe, enjoy reading about a scholar who's unafraid to express his thoughts about controversial food science issues of the day.

How to Avoid Wasting Food at Home

[Editor’s note: At least 25% (perhaps as much as 40%) of all food that’s produced in the U.S. winds up being discarded. Dairy foods and produce are very often what’s thrown out because of their relatively short shelf life. Minimizing waste can help families cut their food budget. Therefore, Shelf Life Advice asked a member of its Advisory Board, Dr. Timothy Bowser, a food process engineer with expertise in waste management, to provide some tips on reducing waste in the home.  This site contains much additional  information on avoiding food waste, especially on ways to delay spoilage by properly storing and wrapping various edible products.]

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