How do you know if the food in your refrigerator, which has an expiration date on it, can still be used by you for a safe meal?
It is often confusing about how long it is safe to eat an item after the “sell by date”. I understand that it is defined for the store retailer. I know to purchase the freshest item. What should I do if I purchased the item long before the “sell by date” – but I did not use it – Now what?
Lindsay Backer, a registered dietitian and food safety expert advises that if it is meat, it is not recommended to go much beyond the sell by date. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) advises to use or freeze beef, veal, pork, and lamb products with a “Sell-By” date within 3 to 5 days of purchase. Fresh chicken, turkey, ground meat, and ground poultry should be cooked or frozen within 1 to 2 days of purchase.
Web MD has other recommendations that we can use to help us decipher how to manage getting the best freshness from our food purchases and making sure not to waste the food we buy.
* “Best if used by (or before)” date: Refers to quality not safety. * “Use by” date: Last date at peak quality (by manufacturer). *Milk is ok up to one week after “Sell By” date. *Eggs purchased before “Sell By” date are ok 3-5 weeks after.
You may have noticed that LivingSenior.me has a new look. Considering the Pandemic, my post ‘conversations’ going forward will include some interesting outcomes of this fundamentally altering period in our lives. Frankly, in my opinion, among other results, it may have brought more ‘connectedness’ and human kindness towards each other. Families have had to be more creative in their togetherness; neighbors are reaching out to each other; often, people want to help each other. Politics have become more prominent to our conversations. Namely, we cannot take our freedoms and livelihoods, or health for granted. I also consider the display of compassion for each other a good thing for our human society.
For this issue, I would like to call your attention to the Blogroll of my favorite websites. Recently, I became more acquainted with Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. I encourage you to put reading it on your “To Do” list. It is an A+ online newspaper. Here’s a link to read about Maria Shriver, and to see what she has to offer with her positive ideas, compassionate thoughts and suggestions for our WellBeing during this period and beyond. Just click the link. https://mariashriver.com/mystory/
As we are continually confronted with the challenge of Covid19 worries, that impact our lives, I am sure we could all use a ‘Time-Out’ – in a positive way.
Research reveals that play as adults can help us to get some relief from our responsibilities, and find ways to manage the stress we feel. Not only will it be good for you, but if you have children, it can be a way to connect and relieve stress for them as well. Worth thinking about? The school year will begin shortly in a format that some of us have not quite figured out how to handle, and to bring ‘normalcy’ to our work and school days. Maybe what we need is a little relief to help us cope through this period. Below are some sources, which discuss various options and suggestions for placing ‘play’ in your life.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to focus more attention on what type of groceries I am purchasing. In addition, I want the recipes I make to be creative, tasty and healthful. My grandmother cooked what could be called ‘soul food’, which was always delicious and she was healthy all her life. She lived to be 94 years old. My grandmother was not the only person I know of who lived a long life and ate things like collard greens, macaroni & cheese, biscuits. I also remember her having a garden, where she grew all kinds of vegetables and from which she used to cook her dinner. I actually don’t recall her using a lot of fertilizer on the vegetables she grew.
Recently, I treated myself and bought the TV Chef Carla Hall’s Soul Food cookbook. I trusted that when I have seen her on TV she is always doing the right thing by food. It’s tasty and the ingredients are the best she can find for the occasion. She is creative. Often, when she’s cooking a version of ‘soul food’, Carla makes it a point to prepare her food lighter – by cutting calories – and cutting out fat. This is how she was trained to cook by her grandmother; and, her grandmother was a dietitian at a hospital. What better way to learn how to cook ‘good-for-you-soul food’? Exciting! Continue reading →