Halloween Treats Even Parents Will Love

HalloweenWhat a dilemma! You don’t want to contribute to the junk food or childhood obesity problems now rampant in the U.S., but you have to hand out something kids will consider a treat and something their parents will allow them to eat.  Here are some suggestions:

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricane Maria

The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Maria to affect Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as an extremely dangerous major hurricane tonight and Wednesday.

Tips on Water Safety During and After a Storm

waterEditor's note: Food process engineer Dr. Timothy Bowser, a faculty member in Oklahoma State University's Department of Biosystems and Agricultural  Engineering and an Advisory Board member of Shelf Life Advice, provided the following remarks for this site.



Water is one of the biggest food issues after any large storm.  Municipal water sources can be polluted and may endanger those that drink contaminated water or wash food or hands with it prior to treating the water.  After a major storm or disaster, assume that the water from your public water system is unsafe to drink or use for cooking until you've heard an official announcement that the water is safe.   

After The Storm: What You Can Save and What You Must Throw Out



After a power outage, the big food-related question is this: "What perishable foods must be discarded because of possible contamination, and what's safe to keep?"  Here are some guidelines:


What's better for breakfast, ice cream or chocolate cake?

Would any devoted, health-conscious grandparent allow his/her grandchild to eat ice cream for breakfast?  Maybe not--with one exception, my cousin,  life-long journalist Ron Cohen.  In fact, the title of his recently published memoir is, evidently, a response to a hopeful grandchild: "Of Course, You Can Have Ice Cream for Breakfast."  


Preserve the Taste of Summer by Canning—But Do It Safely

CanningAs summer, 2017 all too quickly slips into the past, you (and everyone else except the skiers)  are wishing you could savor summer  all through winter.  In a way, you can.  All that delicious produce in your supermarket (or, better yet, in your garden) is just waiting to jump into jars and remain in suspended animation until some snowy day when you long for fresh-like fruit.  Yes, truly fresh fruit appears in the supermarkets in winter, too but at exorbitant prices and with diminished taste.  The long journey from who-knows-where to your supermarket jacks up the price and diminishes the flavor; the produce grows too old and tired to retain its just-grown taste.  Canning is one inexpensive way to feed the year-round urge for produce that tastes great. Furthermore, you know your own canned goods won’t have preservatives, color additives, or other chemicals you may not want to consume.

Make Food Safety a Priority This Fall

During the busy fall season, whether you’re preparing a packed lunch for your child, a weeknight dinner for the family, or a tailgate feast for the whole crew, make sure you prevent foodborne illness by following USDA’s four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

How to Cure a Headache and Other Useful Food and Drink Tips

kiwiLife's physical or mental ailments--even temporary or minor ones--can ruin a beautiful day or evening.  Below, find possible answers to some common vexing questions about these: What annoyance may kiwi successfully treat?  What can I consume to cure a headache or treat nausea? What type of foods may help me reduce depression?  To perk up my low-salt diet, what herbs and spices will do the trick for which foods?

Humans Eating Insects (Entomophagy)--Could You? Would You? Why?

Worm"Entomophagy" is a combination of two Greek words; the first part means "insect;" the second means "eat."  (An easier and funnier name for bugs harvested for human consumption is "micro-livestock.")


Groceries that could outlive you; groceries that could keep you alive

Suppose you're middle-aged now.  Suppose the shelf-life of some of your food is  60 years. Your food might still look and taste good when your descendants feast on it.  Not all food can last that long, but, when properly processed and stored, can last for decades.  



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