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Delightful Dinner From Leftovers

Done with your meal? What happens to the leftover portions not eaten? Do they get consumed later or do they sit in the fridge until they start to smell and finally tossed? With the present economy using leftovers is the most sensible thing to do. This saves time and when done right, yields easy, pleasing meals for your family. Leftovers usually do not sound good, but with good planning multiple meals can result from the effort of preparing for one. Let me show you some examples.

Pork Loin and Rice

You had a good roasted pork loin and rice for dinner and there is some of everything remaining. You don't want to serve the same thing for dinner the following night so the pork loin get pushed to the back of the refrigerator.
That's what usually happens. Not anymore! Eating leftovers the way they were originally served, can easily turn family members off. Let's use some originality to keep that pork loin from going to waste and having an interesting and healthy meal.

Chop the pork loin up into bite size pieces. In a large skillet or wok, stir mixed vegetables (use a bag of a frozen vegetables as a quick alternative), an egg and the chopped pork loin. Add the leftover rice (or if there's not enough left over rice, make a new batch), with a little soy sauce and other seasonings to make pork fried rice. Now you have a whole new dinner for your hungry family.
This is just one way of turning leftover into a new and flavourful dish. The same can be done using chicken, seafood or beef.

Hamburgers

Leftover hamburgers for dinner can be chopped so they would appear like ground beef once more. The meat can be combined with chilli powder and taco sauce to make beef tacos. Or simply combine it with sauce, tomatoes, chopped peppers and beans to have a pot of chilli.

Just be creative and imaginative and you can find so many ways of turning dinner leftovers into a flavourful and delightful dishes. Now you can have not only one meal for a day but several meals for the week making dinner easier. Sometimes you can prepare dishes on the weekend when you have more time, and put them in the freezer to be pulled out for a quick dinner. You don't have to have the same thing all week but can switch things around with different side dishes combined with leftovers from the main course that looks different.

Surely your family will be surprised in your ability to have different meals during the week that are both good and easy. Besides that, you will save money on your grocery bill by making things go further and not having to throw spoiled foods in the trash. After all, we always think of our family's health and contentment when it comes to food.It is never enough reason that we lack the budget so our family can enjoy dinner everyday. So, try these ideas and add some on your own to please the appetite of your family.

 


How Long Can Ordered Pizza Sit Out?

As every college student knows, pizza never goes bad. After all, you can leave it sitting out all night, eat a slice for breakfast, and head to class, right? Well, the good news is that most of today's college students either have incredibly strong immune systems or are incredibly lucky, because this is not true. Pizza take out has limits as to how long it can set out and still be decent to eat. The meat, cheese, and sauce on a pizza can all grow dangerous bacteria if left at room temperature too long. Here are some guidelines to use with ordered pizza when storing it for a later meal.

Remember, Pizza Is Perishable!

Some foods are considered non-perishable, but pizza is not one of them. If you leave it out too long and then eat it, you can get sick. Pizza has meat and cheese on it, and these can harbor dangerous bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E. Coli.

Most pizzas contain trace amounts of these bacteria, but these low amounts are not dangerous. As long as the pizza is kept either hot or cold, it is fine to eat. However, when it is left a room temperature for too long, the bacteria begin to grow, soon reaching dangerous levels that can cause severe illness. The dangerous temperatures are 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the range that normal room temperature falls in, so leaving the pizza out makes it dangerous, if not deadly.

Understanding the Two-Hour Rule

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), any food, whether hot or cold, that has been left at room temperature for two hours or longer needs to be thrown out. If the temperature is above 90, such as at an outdoor picnic on a hot day, the food needs to be thrown out after just one hour. The best temperature for hot foods is any temperature that is over 140 degrees. Cold foods need to be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or less.

Keep in mind that your pizza may not arrive at the right temperature. If you transported the pizza yourself or the delivery driver had a long route to take, the temperature could have dropped below 140 degrees before you even started eating it. Use a food thermometer to determine the temperature of the pizza. If it is below 140 degrees, do not leave it out for the two-hour maximum. It has already cooled below the ideal temperature, allowing the harmful bacteria to grow.

Storage Tips for Pizza

If you know that you will need to have the pizza available for longer than two hours, use your oven to keep it above 140 degrees. Put the oven's temperature setting on "keep warm" or a similar choice, and leave the pizza in its cardboard box in the oven. The pizza box will not burn at this temperature, but you will be able to keep the pizza safe.

When you are done with the pizza, store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Many people like to store the pizza in its cardboard box. While this is fine health-wise, it can cause the pizza to dry out faster. You can also freeze the pizza. Pizza stored in the refrigerator is typically good for three or four days. You can keep it in the freezer for up to two months.

So the next time you are at a party and are reaching for that now-cold piece of pizza, remember that it is a prime place for dangerous bacteria to grow. If you are the host of the party, keep your guests safe by putting the pizza away after two hours. Remember, you may have eaten left-out pizza in the past, but every time you do, you are playing with fire. Protect yourself by handling your take out safely every time!

 


Ten Healthy Eating Tips For Today's Busy People

Eating healthy can be difficult, especially if you are a person who is constantly on the run. Today, more than ever, people are finding it necessary to try to maneuver around busy schedules, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The busier you are, the more difficult this is, but it is not an impossible fete. Because you are on the go, it is extremely important to give proper attention to eating as healthy as possible. Below are ten tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction.

Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need over 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food will supply them all.

Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is a wide variety out there from which to choose, so you should have no problem finding some you like.

Maintain a healthy weight. Your appropriate weight will depend on many different factors such as body type, size, your height, gender, and heredity. This is very important for maintaining good health, and is easy to ignore when you are constantly on the go.

Eat food in moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes to this level, you will be able to maintain a good weight. You will also get used to eating those portions.

Eat meals on a regular basis. When you are on the go, it is easy to skip meals, or substitute eating healthy foods for fast food.

Reduce certain foods instead of eliminating them altogether. Elimination is why many diets do not work. Here, people often cut out certain foods altogether in order to lose weight. Once they have lost the desired amount of weight, they assume their previous eating habits, which only results in subsequent weight gain. By eliminating certain foods, you also runt he risk of not getting important nutrients.

Balance your food choices over time. Not ever food must be perfect, but you want to create a balance that will help you get the food groups you need, while helping to cut back on unwanted fats or sugar. This does not mean you should eliminate them altogether.

Know your diet pitfalls. Before you can identify what is wrong with your eating habits, you must first identify them. To do this, write down everything you eat over a three-day period. Then, compare what you ate with what you should be eating. This will help you figure out where you are going wrong.

Make changes gradually. Revamping your diet habits is a process that is accomplished over time, not overnight.

Keep in mind that foods are not necessarily good or bad. When selecting foods, do so with your total eating patterns in mind, not on whether or not an individual food is "good" or "bad".

 


Varieties of Pet Food Containers

Have you ever spilled an open bag of dry pet food? To avoid a mess like this, consider purchasing a pet food container. They come in a variety of sizes and are usually made from plastic or stainless steel. If you're not sure that you really one, think about these economical and health benefits.

Health Benefits of Pet Food Containers It's hard when a pet is ill. Besides the emotional involvement, there is also a very real financial consideration. As the saying goes: "It's cheaper to be healthy than sick." A pet can become ill if the food is contaminated through moisture, excessive heat or crawling insects or mice. All of these situations can introduce bacteria into the pet food, but a container with an airtight lid will keep it fresh. Pet food containers are usually constructed of durable plastic, which is often enough to discourage a chewing critter from getting inside.

What are Economical Benefits of Pet Food Containers. Storing pet food in bulk,due to rising pet food prices is a good idea nowadays. But further savings can be achieved by buying pet food containers. Bad contaminated food before availing it can put unnecessary financial burden. What are other benefits of pet food container. One I experience is saving time.Clear plastic type let to determine the quantity left. Wide top opening help you in filling and scooping out the desired amount of food.

The one having wheel casters are helpful in rolling them from a closet to kitchen. The brands which comes with liner cater to frequent cleaning needs. Most having an airtight lid seal out moisture,heat and insects. It is easy get the one to fit your particular need,as they are available in variety of sizes.

Since they come in many sizes, if you have only one pet, or you need a container for a kennel facility, there is bound to be a size that's perfect. But when it comes down to deciding if you would really benefit from a pet food container, simply think about how important your pet food is to your faithful furry friend.

 


Helpful Tips For Cleaning Your Plastic Food Storage Containers

Do your plastic food storage containers show some tell-tale signs of wear and tear? Any type of food storage containers are likely to stain with continued use. Washing them with ordinary dish-washing soap and water will keep them clean but may not remove food stain that have accumulated over time. If you have observed that these containers are starting to show some discoloration, it is time to change your old cleaning method and use a more effective one. Here are some helpful tips on different ways to clean them, so that you can get rid of those stubborn stains and get more out of your food storage containers. Still, it is such a waste to see a lot of people throwing their food containers away once they are dirty, when it would only take a few minutes to clean them up.

Usually, plastic containers can easily be cleaned just by scrubbing them with a piece of cloth or scrubbing sponge with soap and warm water. Thoroughly rinse them to remove all soapy particles. When doing this, do not use a steel wool pad or metal scraper as these can scratch the surface of your food storage containers and leave traces of metal particles. As soon as you have finished, pat them dry using a dry cloth or place them in a dish drainer to air dry. Of course, your storage container would only be as clean as the towel you dry it with, so make sure that your towels are clean to begin with.

Dish-washing Soap:

Stains on plastic food containers can be removed by coating the stain with dish-washing soap and leave it like that for about 30 minutes. This allows the soap to seep into the pores of the plastic and eliminate the stain. As soon as it is done, scrub the stain away using a soft cloth and rinse it out thoroughly.

Baking Soda:

It is hard not to like baking soda. It is practically one of the most versatile products at home which you can use virtually anywhere in the house. Among its practical uses is to remove those stubborn stains left on your plastic food storage containers. Start by sprinkling baking soda unto the food container and scrubbing it gently with a sponge or damp cloth. This will surely remove even the toughest stain. Baking soda can also be used as a deodorizer to remove foul odor from your containers.

Chlorine Bleach:
Soak the plastic food storage container in a mixture of chlorine bleach and warm water. To do this, add one tablespoon of bleach to one cup of warm water and mix. Allow the container to soak in the mixture for approximately 30 minutes. Take out your container from the mixture and scrub it well with dish-washing soap and hot water. Towel them dry.
White Vinegar:

White vinegar can also be used for different purposes at home, pretty much like baking soda. To use white vinegar in removing stains from plastic food storage containers, create one part vinegar and one part water solution in the container. Leave the vinegar and water solution in the food container for about 30 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse out with cold water. White vinegar can also be used to remove bad food odor from the container.

Follow any of these tips in cleaning your food storage containers to make them more useful and add more life into them. You need not have to purchase another replacement which can help reduce the volume of trash thrown into our environment.

 


Handling Meat is Number One in Food Safety

Paleontologists - scientists who study fossils - now think that a diet rich in meat protein led to the divergence of human species from our ape ancestors. Whether we actually hunted our prehistoric prey as some maintain or scavenged the rich marrow of bones left by other predators as others claim, the results were the same: Meat made humans what we are today.

As varied as the citizens of the world's tastes are, meat continues to figure big in many kitchens. Americans are responsible for a consumption of around 185 pounds of meat per person per year. A big part of that - roughly around 60 pounds - is beef. On the other hand, a typical Australian is able to eat 240 pounds of meat per year. Tastes change too as lamb and mutton are falling out of favor and are less popular than they are 40 years ago. Because of this popularity, the chance of incidents due to improper handling is quite high.

If left exposed, raw meat can harbor harmful microorganizams like Escherichia coli, more popularly known as E.coli, along with Salmonella and Staphylococcus Aureus or staph. Those with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to the illnesses caused by these bacteria with the most severe cases possibly resulting in death.

Always defrost frozen chicken, beef, pork, lamb, mutton or other meats in the refrigerator, not on a counter or in a sink. Keeping raw meat and poultry refrigerated stops the growth of bacteria, which multiply rapidly at temperatures above 40 degrees F.

Don't mix raw meats with food items that are meant to be eaten raw. To prevent meat juices from contaminating other foods by dripping on them, keep them at the lowest refrigerator shelf when thawing them out. Also, use sealed containers or freezer bags to keep everything safe.

Before preparing raw meats and before you handle anything else afterward, you should make it a habit to wash your hands with soap and water. Do it thoroughly and pay special attention to the little crevices and the space under your fingernails.

Limit bacterial cross-contamination by keeping a separate set of platters, cutting boards, knives and other utensils only for raw meat. Wash and sanitize this equipment immediately after using them to prepare raw meat. Replace cutting boards when they develop cuts that could harbor bacteria.

Wash and sanitize everything that touches your food. The sink and countertops can be cleaned using hot, soapy water. A good, inexpensive cleaning solution can be made by mixing a tablespoon of chlorine bleach with a gallon of water. This solution has literally hundreds of uses in and around your kitchen.

Cooked meat should be checked with a meat thermometer. Bacteria die at around 165 degrees F and the inside of a roast should reach that crucial temperature. You can also inspect visually in the absence of a thermometer by slicing the meat and taking note of the juices that run out. If it is bloody, you should keep the oven going a little while longer.

In either case, while the meat or poultry is cooking, double-check to make sure that everything used to prepare the bird has been disinfected. An extra swipe with a hot, soapy cloth or diluted bleach could save a family from a nasty case of bacterial infection.

 




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