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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

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...

  • 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.

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.

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...

  • Large quantities of food can be cooled at room temperature.
  • Food is typically prepared in the Temperature Danger Zone,...

The Oscars are the biggest award show of the season. It includes the best movies, the biggest celebrities, and it’s only fitting to serve them luxurious food. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck served over 60 decadent dishes last night at the Dolby Ballroom.

Like any fancy food, the dish arrives elegantly plated and prepared with ingredients my...

  • Store meat and poultry store at an internal temperature of 41°F (5°C). Fresh fish should be stored in crushed ice at a temperature range of 41°F (5°C)or lower and kept drained.
  • Refrigerated food needs to be kept at a product temperature at or below 41°F (5°C). To achieve this temperature, the refrigerator itself needs to be at 41F or...

  • Identify allergies, let your server know!
  • Some establishments ask customers if anyone in their party has any food allergens.
    • In some health jurisdictions (like Rhode Island) it’s the customer’s obligation to inform the establishment if there is a food issue.
  •  Providing an allergen-friendly meal is important to everyone...

  • When testing the temperature of food with a thermometer, insert the clean probe into the thickest part of the food, which is usually the center, up to the dimple
  • To test the temperature of a casserole or the contents of a pot or chafing dish, always insert the thermometer into the center of the dish, again being careful not to touch the bottom or sides of the...

  • Cross contamination is when contaminants are transferred from unwashed hands, food surface, or equipment to another food or surface.

I'm not touching you! Good. Keep your hands to yourself when preparing or handling food. 

It is important to learn to not touch...

Whole or ground poultry, stuffed meats, fish, and pasta and foods cooked in a microwave should be heated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 15 seconds. 

  • When testing the temperature of food with a thermometer, insert the clean probe into the thickest part of the food, which is usually the center, up to the dimple

If you like to make the most of your weekends this blog is for you, we will be highlighting fun events around the US to spend a weekend at.

This week we are highlighting the 26th anual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience where you can enjoy many food, wine, and entertainment options, starting today 5/23/18 to 5/27/18 Tickets...

Everyone eats pizza in bed, but do they eat pizza in bed efficiently? That was the question that Boston Pizza had when they set out to make a pizza box specifically engineered for that very purpose. Now I won't have stains on my sheets I...