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April 29, 2015Little River County, Ark. –
Spring cleaning can be a great time to make sure you are providing safe food from
your kitchen. These simple steps for cleaning can help reduce cross contamination
in the kitchen and greatly lower your risk for food poisoning. Hand washing is the
most important step to help prevent foodborne illness.
Bacteria can survive in many places around the kitchen. It is important to clean all
the surfaces regularly to prevent cross contamination. Always clean countertops before
and after preparing foods. Maintain clean working surfaces by cleaning appliances
regularly along with cutting boards and utensils. Sponges can harbor bacteria therefore
it can contribute to cross contamination. Clean towels with hot water and soap before
and after using the towels to clean surfaces.
Set up a cleaning routine for your refrigerator. Make sure the refrigerator temperature
is set to below 40 degrees. Clean up any spills in the refrigerator as soon as they
occur. Clean surfaces with warm soapy water and rinse the surfaces well. Keep an
opened box of baking soda on the refrigerator shelf to eliminate odors. Do not use
abrasive cleaners or any cleaners that will leave chemical residue behind near food,
water or ice dispensers.
When in doubt, toss the food out. Get in the habit of throwing out perishable foods
once a week including leftovers. There is a free application for your phone called
“Is My Food Safe?” that you can download to keep up with the shelf life of foods.
Also, use this time to go through your pantry and discard of items that have expired.
Start a good habit of dating freezer foods as well and throw out any expired items
in the freezer.
Enjoy this easy to prepare overnight breakfast! It has the protein and fiber to keep
you full and energized while also providing foods to meet the food groups of dairy,
whole grains, fruit, and protein.
Ingredients per serving:½ cup oatmeal, quick or old-fashioned, uncooked½ cup orange juice or apple juice½ cup yogurt, vanilla or plain½ cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries,
chopped peaches)½ teaspoon vanilla1 tablespoon chopped almonds*You may add 1-2 teaspoons of sugar or artificial sweetener when using plain yogurt
if desired.Mix all ingredients except almonds. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with almonds
just before serving.
Please join us at our next cooking club meeting on Monday, May 11th at 5:30 PM. We will meet at Cossatot in the Millwood Room. We will have a new recipe
to sample and will plan to discuss new recipes and freezer cooking / batch cooking
recipes to save time and money! Call 870-898-7224 if you are interested in joining
If you would like more information about healthy foods, please call the Little River
County Extension office at (870) 898-7224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Always
feel free to stop by our office at 1411 N Constitution Ave in Ashdown to receive more
information. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas
Research and Extension. The Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution.Please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LittleRiverFCS!
By Celeste Scarborough County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Celeste Scarborough County Extension Agent - FCS U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 1411 N Constitution Ave Ashdown AR 71822 (870) 898-7224 email@example.com
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