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7 Tips To Keep Picnics Safe During July, National Picnic Month

Mention the word “picnic” and I think of sunny days surrounded by family and a delicious spread of food. I can almost taste the hamburgers, potato salad, chips, watermelon, toasted marshmallows and ice-cold lemonade. I remember the ants and mosquitoes quite well, too. I can almost feel them biting. But annoying ants and miserable mosquitoes…
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What Do Food Product Dates Mean, Anyway?

“The egg carton date shows the eggs expire today and we’re in the middle of making cookies,” a caller said. “Can we use the eggs, or will we get sick?” “You’ll be fine as long as the eggs have been kept cold in your refrigerator since you bought them,” I told him. “In fact they’re…
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Are You At Risk For Dehydration?

Keep your body a little “water-logged” during hot summer days. Humans are up to 75 percent water by weight. The water content of our bodies varies according to our gender and amount of lean tissue. Males, for example, contain more water because they usually have a higher proportion of muscle than females. Muscle is almost…
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Take A 3-Question Quiz About Food Thermometers

I recall a conversation I had at our lunch table at work. The conversation gravitated to food, as usual. Someone was talking about grilling, and I teased him about whether he used a food thermometer. No, he just cooks it “until it’s brown.” “That’s not necessarily safe. Brown meat might not be at a safe…
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Have You Grilled Any Fruits Or Vegetables Lately?

“Mom, this fruit tastes extra sweet!” my daughter remarked as she tasted a slice of grilled pineapple along with a bite of grilled ham. I tasted mine and nodded in agreement. “Why does the pineapple taste so sweet?” she asked. “Fruit naturally contains sugar and when you combine sugar with the heat of the grill,…
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