"BPA-free" is the buzzword of choice for water bottles and plastic packaging. Bisphenol A (BPA)—the chemical that hardens plastic food containers and is in the lining of metal cans to prevent corrosion—has gotten bad press for having a harmful estrogen-mimicking effect, which may cause early puberty and lower sperm counts, even raise your risk of obesity, diabetes and some cancers (breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate).
Many manufacturers have made the switch to BPA-free But are those BPA-free plastic water bottles better? Now, emerging science suggests the BPA-replacement chemicals may be just as harmful. In one study in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers looked at over 450 plastic containers, including BPA-free ones, and found almost all leached chemicals that imitate estrogen.
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Fresh berries are the most delicious during the summer, so haul in the bounty! They're one of the most perishable fruits, so it pays to know how to store them.
Related: 21 Easy Summer Berry Dessert Recipes
Remove fresh berries from their container and sort them as soon as you can. Eat any gently bruised ones right away—they're super-ripe and the tastiest. Compost any that show signs of mold.
Skip washing until you're ready to use them. Washed too soon and berries absorb the moisture and start to rot.
Then, decide how long you want to store them, so you can pick where to store them.
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When enjoying meals outdoors, here’s what you need to know to about food safety:
Related: Our Top 50 Recipes for SummerKeep It Cold
While it’s OK to let picnic foods sit out for a little bit while serving, it’s safer for foods that are meant to be eaten cold—potato salads, coleslaw and even fresh fruit—to be kept cold (40°F or below) to prevent bacterial growth. Instead of letting food sit out on a table, serve it from an ice-filled cooler or from bowls submerged in a deep tray (or small inflatable pool) filled with ice. Cold foods can be held on ice for up to 2 hours; if temps are above 90°F, 1 hour is the limit.Keep It Hot
Foods like burgers and chicken need to be cooked to a...read full post »
Warm, soapy water plus some elbow grease is technically the only DIY cleaning solution you need to prevent the growth of most illness-causing bacteria on kitchen surfaces. Before and after food preparation, simply scrub counters, sinks and cutting boards with hot, sudsy water for at least 20 seconds, then rinse well. Wipe dry with a clean towel or let air-dry.
For added assurance after preparing raw meat or as part of a weekly deep-clean routine, you can sanitize with distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or a homemade bleach solution. Pour full-strength vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solution into a spray bottle, evenly spritz onto the surfaces and let stand for...read full post »
I'm not typically a sneaky chef. I'm lucky that, so far, my daughter eats the same food at dinner that my husband and I are eating. She loves "crazy" stuff like beets, parsnips and rutabaga. That being said, she'd choose a sweet treat over veggies any day, like most kids her age. So I'm not adverse to sneaking more veggies in where she least expects it—dessert. And, let's face it: a little extra veg couldn't hurt the grownups either.
Here are 9 ways you can turn vegetables into dessert:
1. Put potatoes into cupcakes: Mashed potatoes give Blueberry Cupcakes great texture, almost like pound cake.