As the weather warms, many people enjoy cooking outside on a grill or packing a picnic to eat on a nature hike. Problem is, if we don't pay attention to safe food handling, we could put our family and friends at risk of foodborne illness or "food poisoning." Foodborne illness increases during the summer because the temperatures are warmer, and the bacteria present around us can "hop on" food and grow quickly in the warm temperatures. Summer also tends to be humid, and moist environments increase the chances for bacteria to grow.
My family of five enjoys eating at restaurants now and then, but it really stretches our food budget. Do you have any tips?
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Meat needs to reach a safe internal temperature to prevent you and your family from getting sick. Although checking the color of the meat is a good start, it does not guarantee it is safe to eat.
Save money by purchasing fruits and veggies that are in season during June.
Many households have a microwave oven. These small appliances are energy-efficient, take up little space in your kitchen and speed up food preparation. However, food safety experts have found that not everyone follows safe food-handling rules when using the microwave.
I'd like to learn how to grill some other foods besides burgers and chicken. Do you have any tips?
As the green grass begins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter, tackling a "spring cleaning" of our refrigerators and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start.
Some of my friends are talking about gardening. I would like to try gardening with my kids, but I don't know where to begin. Can you help?
Do you and your family members eat enough fruits and veggies for good health? Most people need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day to meet the recommendations. Enjoy the taste of eating right during March, National Nutrition Month. Include a rainbow of fruits and vegetables on your menus. They're rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that promote good health.