Milk Facts You May Not Know

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If you're not a voracious milk consumer, but like to have a some milk on hand for occasional bowls of cereal, cooking and perhaps a coffee creamer, sometimes those half gallon containers of milk sit in the refrigerator longer than we intend. As a rule of thumb, milk can retain its freshness for up to one week after the expiration date on the carton.

Most people think that buttermilk is high in fat content. To the contrary, buttermilk only contains about 1% milk fat.

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The Leanest Cuts of Beef

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Do you enjoy red meat and beef, but want to keep a healthful balance and try to stick to the leaner cuts of of beef? Here's the low down on the leanest cuts of beef.

Government Meat Grading - U.S.D.A Be aware that the U.S.D.A grading scale emphasizes tenderness and flavor at the highest grades (Prime). More flavor and more tender means higher levels of fat content.

  • U.S.D.A Prime - Most tender cut, highest fat content
  • U.S.D.A Choice - Very tender cut, less fat content than Prime, most common grade sold

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Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness

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Did you know that foodborne illness strikes as many as 80 million Americans each year? Most of the incidents are mild cases. However, 9,000 cases of foodborne illness are fatal. Most of the worse cases are caused from meat and poultry contamination.

Here are a few tips you can follow to protect yourself from common food contamination.

E. coli bacteria may be responsible for over 20,000 cases of food poisoning each year. For your protection, cook all meat and poultry to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

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Keep Your Cutting Board Clean

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A study performed sometime ago determined that cutting boards may be a source of frequent contamination in the kitchen. Especially wooden cutting boards which can form cracks, crevices, nicks and gouges over time from use. And the porous wooden fibers can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

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