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Package Dates

Package Dates

I am doing some spring cleaning in my food pantry and refrigerator. I found some baby food in the back of my cupboard. What is the difference between a "sell-by" date, "best-if-used by", and "use by" date?

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Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen Surfaces

Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen Surfaces

The grass is growing and flower bulbs are beginning to bloom. Everything looks refreshed outdoors. When spring rolls around, many people freshen their homes with some spring cleaning. Kitchens are a good place to begin.

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Tips On Serving A Large Crowd

Tips On Serving A Large Crowd

I'm having a graduation party for my daughter, and I'm planning to serve tacos, fresh fruits and veggies with creamy dips, and cupcakes. I will have a buffet line from 4 to 9 p.m. I'm not used to serving a large crowd. Do you have any tips?

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Out With The Old, In With The New Year!

Out With The Old, In With The New Year!

Have you done an inventory of the foods you have on hand? The new year is a good time to check your refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards. To avoid wasting valuable food, plan menus that make use of the food you have.

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Reusable Cloth Grocery Bags

Reusable Cloth Grocery Bags

I use the "go green" reusable cloth grocery bags. Do I have to take any safety precautions?

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Keeping Food Safe At A Potluck

Keeping Food Safe At A Potluck

We are having a potluck dinner for New Year's Day, and I'm in charge of setting if up. What can I do to be sure all the food stays safe?

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Storing Leftovers In The Refrigerator

Storing Leftovers In The Refrigerator

I don't like to waste food. How long can I store leftovers in the refrigerator? What's the best way to clean your refrigerator?

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The Dating Game

The Dating Game

What do the dates on food products mean, anyways?

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Heating Up Lunches In The Microwave

Heating Up Lunches In The Microwave

I usually bring my lunch to work. I see some people heating food in plastic margarine containers and Styrofoam boxes. Is that safe?

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How Long Are Eggs Safe?

How Long Are Eggs Safe?

I just noticed that a carton of eggs in my refrigerator has a "sell-by" date that passed a week ago. How long can I use them?

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