Admit it, Mom spoils the family. We all take for granted the million little things that she takes in stride. Unfortunately, we have no idea how to handle those little things. ( I do know know because I have been there and done that. I am the No Non-cents Nanna.)
Here's another one of Nanna's lists. This one is how to properly handle and store food.
- Always put groceries away as soon as you get home.
- Meats and eggs must be refrigerated. They will spoil fast in warm weather unless refrigerated promptly. The includes products made with eggs, milk or mayonnaise.
- Open the refrigerator as little as possible so food stays colds.( Mom isn't nagging you all the time to not stand inside the frig pondering for no reason at all.)
- Never defrost frozen food on the counter. Plan ahead by removing from the freezer a day ahead of time and place in the refrigerator to thaw.
- Always wash your hands before and after touching raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs. the same applies to washing a cutting board before and after use.
- Always use clean utensils, pans, surfaces and containers when preparing food.
- Refrigerate leftovers right away in small covered containers. Never leave the turkey or other cooked food on the counter to graze on all day.
- When reheating left overs, add a small amount of liquid, if needed. Microwave a minute or so, or simmer on stove top for 10 minutes.
- If in doubt about the smell of food throw it out. Don't taste it, just pitch it in the trash.
Baby food Safety
- Infant formula spoils rapidly. Always clean bottles and nipples with hot soapy water or run through the dish washer's complete cycle.
- Only put the guesstimated amount of formula that the baby will drink in the bottle. If the baby wants more, then add a small amount more to complete the feeding.
- Never reuse left over formula from the bottle the baby had already been using.
- Pureed baby food should never be feed out of the jar. Place a small amount in a bowl to feed the baby from. Throw out the left overs that have been back and forth from the baby's mouth. The saliva has bacteria that will contaminate any food it has touched.
Food-Borne Illness Signs
- stomach pains
Call the doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms.
Serving nutritious food is so important for the health of your family. But when food is not prepared safely, it may become hazardous to your well-being.
This is Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying "Make good choices."
I want to give credit to WIC and You and Recipes Too that was published in MN and revised in 1982 for my outline for today's blog.