My mother use to say, “if in doubt- throw it out!”

Minor things that I have wondered about that you may be wondering about….

Do you use a kitchen fork or spoon to feed your pets?

I have purchased seperate forks from the dollar store for this but, Foodsafety.gov says this:

 

Pet Food
Many people don’t realize that the basic principles of food safety apply to their pets’ foods too. For example, pet food or treats contaminated with salmonella can cause infections in dogs and cats. And contaminated pet food that is not handled properly can cause serious illness in people too, especially children.

If you’re a pet owner, one of the most important things you can do to keep your pets, your family, and yourself safe from foodborne illness is to wash your hands:

  • Before and after handling pet foods and treats, wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot running water and soap. (Tip: Sing “Happy Birthday” twice to time yourself.)
  • After petting, touching, handling, or feeding your pet, and especially after contact with feces, wash your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Wash hands before preparing your own food and before eating.
  • Because infants and children are especially susceptible to foodborne illness, keep them away from areas where you feed your pets. Never allow them to touch or eat pet food.

I’ve been thinking about cleaning out my freezer. What to toss?

 

Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer
These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

 

For storage times for eggs and foods made with eggs, see Egg Storage Chart.

Category Food Refrigerator
(40 °F or below)
Freezer
(0 °F or below)
Salads Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads 3 to 5 days Does not freeze well
Hot dogs opened package 1 week 1 to 2 months
unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Luncheon meat opened package or deli sliced 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Bacon & Sausage Bacon 7 days 1 month
Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef 1 to 2 days 1 to 2 months
Hamburger & Other Ground Meats Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork Steaks 3 to 5 days 6 to 12 months
Chops 3 to 5 days 4 to 6 months
Roasts 3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months
Fresh Poultry Chicken or turkey, whole 1 to 2 days 1 year
Chicken or turkey, pieces 1 to 2 days 9 months
Soups & Stews Vegetable or meat added 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months
Leftovers Cooked meat or poultry 3 to 4 days 2 to 6 months
Chicken nuggets or patties 3 to 4 days 1 to 3 months
Pizza 3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months

My mother use to say, “if in doubt- throw it out!”

 

Comments

  1. says

    Good tips. I follow the same rule your mom does. Ive gotten sick too many times from Bad food.

    Do you really hafta tell people to wash after handling poop?

  2. says

    Hmm, I’ve often wondered and I do throw it out if I have a doubt about leftovers. I’ve had food poisoning before and it is no picnic. Never want to experience that again.

    Great post :) tweeted

  3. says

    Shell (fresh) eggs are: they keep 4-6 weeks in the fridge at 38-45 degrees. For best quality, consume within two weeks of purchase. Enjoy.