Category: Food Safety

Food Recalls – Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, Baby Spinach, and Mesclun

When shopping for groceries this week, you’ll want to be extra-careful—per recent food-safety warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two separate recalls are currently in effect. Though no resulting illnesses have been reported as of this writing, the FDA is advising consumers to throw away or return all affected products for…


What You Need to Know About the Romaine E. Coli Outbreak

If you were planning to serve romaine at Thanksgiving tomorrow, don’t. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just issued food safety alerts about an E. coli outbreak linked to this lettuce variety. At the time of the initial CDC report, 32 people from 11 states had…


Burn Pain Relief & How to Prevent Kitchen Burns

Two Thanksgivings ago, I was whirling around our family kitchen, keeping an eye on the sweet potato casserole, stirring the cranberry sauce, and anxiously watching my dad give taste after taste of turkey to my sister. As I absentmindedly bent down to take the rolls out of the oven, I grazed my wrist on the…


Will Hot Baked Potatoes Explode In the Microwave or Oven If Not Pricked?

Explosions just waiting to happen? Photo by Rocky Luten A few weeks back, we came across a hotline question that rocked our worlds: “I am wondering: Is it really necessary to prick potatoes and sweet potatoes before baking them? In what context? Or is this just a cooking myth from days of yore?” Our team…


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