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Food Fridays: Pumpkin, Spice and Everything Nice

The leaves are falling, you take a sip of your pumpkin spice latte and everything feels right. October is here which means that Fall, Halloween, and pumpkin spice flavored foods are everywhere.

Starbucks sells their famous pumpkin spice latte every year around this time and stores release pumpkin flavored cookies, chocolates, drinks, cereals, spreads and more! According to

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Food Fridays: Bite the (Beef Jerky) Bullet.

Nowadays there’s a tool for every task in the kitchen, big or small. For example, if you want beef jerky you can make it at home in three steps: READY, AIM, FIRE! 

LEM’s Jerky Gun is an easy-to-use product that shoots out flat or round jerky sticks. Just load the barrel with up to ¾ pounds of lean seasoned meat. After drying your meat in the oven for about 2...

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Meme Monday

  • Food that is prepared at a food establishment and transported to another location must be sealed in plastic.
  • For products that are removed from their original packaging, bulk items such as flour, beans, and rice, should be stored in containers or storage bins that are durable, leak proof, and have the ability to be sealed or covered.

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Meme Monday

Cross contact is when allergens are transferred to another food item accidentally.

Remember to:

  • Wash hands, change gloves.
  • Use designated utensils and equipment.
  • Make sure your food is stored and served properly, no damages or spills.
  • Serve the Allergen Friendly® meal separately.

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Meme Monday

Proper hygiene is an important part of food safety because it prevents foodborne illnesses. Foodborne illnesses are a significant threat to the reputation and financial success of a food operation. Two or more unrelated people having the same symptoms after eating the same food is the first indication of a foodborne illness outbreak. The state and/or local regulatory authority should then...

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