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Risky or Not?

Have you ever wondered if it is safe to eat yogurt past its best by date or thaw poultry at room temperature? Maybe you are unsure if you can eat those roasted vegetables you left on the counter overnight or if you can store butter at room temperature. For all of your food safety related […]

5 Tips for Using Your Freezer to Waste Less Food

Cooking during the pandemic definitely changed how we use the freezer. These 5 tips have been helpful to reduce food waste, reduce meal prep time, and help us use our freezer more effectively. Freezing Food is about Preserving the Quality of the Food Oftentimes you will see the phrases “Best if used by,” “Sell by” […]

A Food Thermometer is Key to Food Safety

Do you have a food thermometer stashed in your kitchen but are unsure how and why you should put it to use? If you cook meat regularly, using a food thermometer is a game-changer and can mean the difference between just cooked and overdone or tough meat. The only accurate way to determine if food […]

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Tips to Stay Healthy and Safe at Summer Cookouts

For a lot of people, summer means cookouts and BBQs! So, how do you plan to balance Eating Smart and Moving More this summer at events? Here are a few tips, recipes, and links to help you game plan for summer fun and enjoy yourself while continuing your success and staying safe.  Get Competitive Trade […]

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Food Safety During a Power Outage

North Carolina has a Winter Storm Warning for the next two days with power outages likely due to ice. Our colleagues on the Safe Plates team have several resources to help you prepare for power outages and keep your food safe. Check out this video from Dr. Ben Chapman, NC State Extension food safety specialist, […]

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Food Gifts in 2020

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Food Gifts Fact Sheet with tips to gift food safely this holiday season! Homemade food gifts are common around the holidays. Many options, such as homemade spicemixes, baking mixes and breads have minimal food safety risks. Items such as home canned ordried foods, infused […]

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Baking Food Safety

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Baking Food Safety Fact Sheet with tips to bake safely this holiday season! Baked goods should be prepared, baked and stored properly to prevent foodborne illness. Avoid eating foods containing raw flour or eggs, including pre-packaged items. Keeping Clean Wash hands after handling raw […]