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PostHeaderIcon Tips of How to Avoid Food Poisoning #FoodSafe4th #TwitterParty

Tips on Avoiding Food Poisoning - DelightfulChaos.com
When I was 7 months pregnant with my oldest son, my husband and I went out to dinner at a local. I almost always order chicken or pasta when we go out. A few hours after dinner, I was extremely sick. I figure that the baby didn’t agree with what I had eaten. With in 15 minutes, I began to have severe stomach craps. Now being pregnant, I automatically assumed something was wrong. There was no way that I was going to the hospital because I couldn’t stop vomiting. As if being pregnant OR vomiting isn’t enough, both at the same time is not all that fun. It was so intense that it felt like the back of my skull was being crushed. Not a present experience nor one I would like to experience again. Turns out I had food poisoning.

Food poisoning is not simply an upset stomach; it is a serious public health threat in America. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) could suffer from a food-borne illness this year. The result is approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and sadly, an estimated 3,000 deaths!

Because warm weather events often present an opportunity for bacteria to thrive and high temperatures cause bacteria to multiply more rapidly, the summer months typically see a spike in reports of food-borne illness and outbreaks.

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of families are not using a food thermometer regularly to check the temperature of meat and poultry and one-third (33 percent) are not using different or freshly cleaned cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination between different food products (such as raw meat and produce).

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Seeing Is Believing”? Guess what? Seeing ISN’T Believing! Too many people think that just because your cheeseburger is brown in the middle, that it’s done. Unless you are a human food thermometer, looking at the color and texture of food is not enough to tell if it has been properly cooked.

According to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it reaches a safe internal temperature. 

Meat and poultry should be cooked to a safe temperature to destroy harmful bacteria that may be present. Color of meat and poultry is not a good indicator of safety. Use a food thermometer to make sure meats have reached a safe minimum internal temperature. 

When a hamburger is cooked to 160 F, it is both safe and delicious!

If you need a little help on when your food it properly done, take a second to look at this Safe Cooking Temperature Chart:  “Is It Done Yet?” and the “Is It Done Yet?” Brochure.

Top Tips for Healthy Summer Picnics and Camping Trips:

Bring water for cleaning if none will be available at the picnic or camping site. Pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.

Carry cold perishable food like raw hamburger patties, sausages, and chicken in an insulated cooler packed with several inches of ice, frozen gel packs, or containers of ice.

Be sure raw meat and poultry are wrapped securely to prevent their juices from cross-contaminating ready-to-eat food. If possible, store these foods near the bottom of the cooler, so that juices don’t contaminate other foods in the cooler.

If you can’t keep hot food hot during the drive to your location, plan and chill the food in the refrigerator before packing it in a cooler. Reheat the food to 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer.

A general rule of thumb for entertaining: keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Keep cold foods chilled to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and hot foods heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

The two-hour rule is also in effect: food should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours. If bringing hot take-out food (like chicken fingers, wings etc.), eat it within 2 hours of purchase (1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F).

Instead of using large serving bowls, serve dips and items with dairy in smaller containers. Make several in advance and keep them chilled in the refrigerator or coolers until you need them.

Offer serving spoons and small plates to reduce opportunity for guests to eat items like dip and guacamole directly from the serving container (double-dipping is a no-no and can increase the chances for food contamination).

Visit FoodSafety.govto learn about best food safety practices, utilize “Ask Karen,” an online database with nearly 1,500 answers to specific questions related to preventing foodborne illnesses, in both English and Spanish, or to call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline. Also, check out USDA’s tips for Safe Grilling

What is a Twitter Party? - DelightfulChaos.com


DATE: June 30
TIME: 1:00 PM EST 
WHERE: #FoodSafe4th
HOSTS:@martieparty @buzzmommy @usdafoodsafety

Disclosure: This post was made possible through the support of Element Associates. All opinions are my own.

PostHeaderIcon Johnsonville “No Ordinary Burger” (48 Hour Giveaway!)

Nice weather equals grilling. It doesn’t have to be summer for it around here. We grill all year long and love it. Over the winter I was craving grilled burgers so, I made some! But, not everyone shares my interest in grilling SO, while we are nearing the end of grilling season, I’d love to know how you dressed up your burgers all summer long!

Now I am not just talking burgers, we’re talking “No Ordinary Burger”!  One2One Network is working with the National Pork Board to spread the word about the Johnsonville No Ordinary Burger” recipe contest for their new line of pork burgers – Italian sausage and Bratwurst Patties – available at Walmart. Yes, you read that right, I said PORK BURGERS!

Now through September 6, log on to the contest page and submit your recipe and vote for your favorite pork burger.  Two grand prize winners will be awarded one year’s worth of groceries and their winning recipes featured on Johnsonville Brat and Italian Sausage Patty boxes.

When I first heard about this product I was excited in a completely dorky way. I like to cut up my sausage and eat it like a sandwich so this product couldn’t have been anymore perfect for me! We do make burgers out of ground sausage but when you don’t have the time for that, just open and throw em’ on the grill. I had the chance to share these with some friends at a cook out and everyone thought they were awesome!

Want to give them a try? I have 10 full value coupons to giveaway! Please note that these are only available at Walmart currently and the coupons have an early September expiration date. If this works for you, Please enter below! 5 winners will each receive 2 coupons. One for yourself and one to share with a friend.

Mandatory Entry: What is your favorite thing to grill beside the regular, burgers, chicken and hot dogs? (1 Entry)

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PostHeaderIcon Recipe: Caribbean Chicken Kabobs with Pineapple

I knew that I wanted to grill this summer so I started looking for a grill in March. It took me a while to find one that wasn’t a million bucks or tiny. Thanks to a friend, I got one! Thanks to another friend I got a band new tank, so, I was ready to go and excited to find new things to cook. There were several benefits to my wanting to grill more. First was of course that it  was healthier and second to keep the electric bill down any amount possible. Since trying to eat healthier the past year. We are big chicken eaters in my home and nothing beats grilled chicken. I came across this recipe and it looked so yummy. Sweet and juicy grilled pineapple and onions are delicious with this the World Harbors Caribbean sauce making a mildly spicy jerk chicken. YUM!
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PostHeaderIcon What beats good grilled food? (Giveaway)

Barber Food Chicken Grillables

Since the boys and I have been making it a point to eat out less and eat less fast food, I am always looking for the next new and easy thing to make for dinner.

Last year we started to eat Turkey Burgers and I love them. I was surprised that the boys loved them as well.  Barber Chicken Grillables are an all-white chicken alternative to the same old beef burger. Chicken Grillables are lightly seasoned with just the right amount of onion, garlic and other spices.  Only 140 calories and 5 grams of total fat per 4 oz serving. These were delicious. I loved that each one was individually wrapped.

Since there are only 3 of us, I was able to make 3 and still have one in it’s own package for another time. Since I don’t have a grill I cooked these in a frying pan. I didn’t have to use anything in the pan with them. They didn’t stick. (at least not to my cookware!) They were nice and juicy, not dry, the touch of seasoning made it perfect and they brown up nicely. We had them on a simple wheat bun with lettuce and mayo!

Look for Grillables at the following retailers:

  • Big Y
  • Brookshire Brothers
  • Hannaford
  • Harris Teeter
  • Marc’s
  • Price Chopper
  • Publix
  • Shaw’s
  • Sweetbay
  • Stop & Shop
  • United Supermarkets

Giveaway: Enter to win this awesome Bodum Fyrcat grill ($50 Value) in the color of your choice! Tell me your favorite summer side dish recipe! (1 Entry) (UPDATE 8/7/10): ONLY VALID RECIPES WILL BE APPROVED FOR ENTRY! RULES SAY “A RECIPE”!!)

NOTICE: For Bonus Entries, if you do not leave the link to your Facebook profile so I can verify you “liked” I will not count your entry. Twitter entries must include a link to your Tweet. Tweets must be spaced no less than 60 mins apart. I need to be able to verify all entries! When blogging, giveaway must be listed in a NEW blog post for the day of your entry, not added to an old one.

Bonus Entries: ( Leave a separate comment for each one!)

    • Blog about this Giveaway and link back to it. (5 Entries)
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  • Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older. I reserve the right to remove any entry from this giveaway. This giveaway ends 8/19/10 at 11:59pm EST. If you are currently or have previously reviewed this product or participated in this campaign, you are ineligible to enter/win.

    **Oh, and by the way, let’s not forget the all important FTC disclosure. This giveaway is sponsored by Barber Foods. I received product samples. You know what is even more shocking??? Tiger Woods was PAID to wear those Nike hats!….shhhhhh, don’t tell the FTC!***

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