Slow Cooker Safety

Do you know the safest way to cook in a slow cooker? Did you even know there are safety rules that may help keep you from getting sick? My Mom sent me this article by Leanne Ely who writes for the New York Times and I thought I would share with you her list of 7 rules to follow. Source: […]

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Homemade Baking Powder

Are you out of Baking Powder or has your Baking Powder expired? Yes it does expire and yes you can make your own! Below is the recipe to make your own. First I will explain how to see if your Baking Powder is still OK to use. There is nothing worse than when you put all that effort into a […]

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Buttermilk Substitute

How many times do you want to make a recipe but it calls for Buttermilk and you don’t have any? Don’t you hate it when the recipe only calls for a cup or less of Buttermilk and you have to buy a quart and you end up throwing the rest away? This is a simple way to substitute regular milk […]

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Is The Oil Hot Enough?

How many times do you heat up the oil in a frying pan and wonder if it’s hot enough? I know everyone has their own way of doing this but it usually involves dropping something into the oil. Use this simple tip to determine when the oil is ready without splattering the oil from dropping something into it. Click on […]

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Homemade Brown Sugar

Why on Earth do they charge so much for brown sugar? When you see how cheap & easy it is to make you will wonder why you ever bought it in the first place! Do you know what turns the sugar brown…..molasses! I bought a jar of molasses at the Dollar Tree for…..$1.00. I will probably be able to make […]

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“Leftover Food” Safety

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family, friends and blogging friends! Today I want to remind you about “Leftover Food” Safety. You survived all those hours baking for your loved ones. You do not want to ruin a perfect meal by storing the leftovers incorrectly allowing bacteria to grow on your food and making you sick. First I want to stress the importance of keeping the food cold. How many of you put your food in the garage to keep it cold because you don’t have enough room in the refrigerator? This is fine as long as your inside garage temperature is below 41 degrees consistently. Don’t make the mistake of thinking if it’s 40 degrees outside then your garage is ok. My garage is 5-10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Inspection Service at http://www.fsis.usda.gov (my source for the information below) we need to follow the guidelines below to keep bacteria from making us sick.

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Turkey Cooking Facts & Safety

Are you in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey this year? What size turkey should you buy to have enough to feed everyone? What temperature should the oven be? What temperature should the turkey be when it is done? What if it is stuffed? When determining what size turkey to cook, figure one pound per person if you have light eaters and you don’t want any leftovers. Otherwise, figure 1-1/2 pounds of  turkey per person. This weight includes the weight of the carcass. If you are right on the edge of buying another turkey, buy a turkey breast instead. That way you will definitely have enough. Below is information off the USDA Food and Safety Inspection website. If you don’t see your question answered here, give them a call! There are so many different ways to fix a turkey. You can brine, marinate, bake it in the oven, put it on a rotisserie, deep fry, cook in a paper bag, smoked it and so on. Whatever way you cook yours, as long as you don’t undercook it or over cook it, it will taste great. Each year, try a new way of cooking your turkey until you find the one that is perfect for you! Everyone have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!

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Defrosting a Turkey

*****DO NOT THAW YOUR TURKEY ON THE COUNTER***** Did you buy a great turkey for Thanksgiving this year? Was it frozen when you purchased it and you will need to thaw it before that special day? Use these guidelines for thawing your turkey to help keep your family and friends safe from food poisoning. When thawing your turkey in the […]

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