Quick & Easy

Sundae best

Sundae best: add quick toppings to ice cream for deliciously easy desserts - Food: Summer EntertainingIce cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration.

Date food

Date food: trick her into thinking you're a gourmet cook with this quick and easy mealBeef, like this filet mignon, is a great source of CLA--CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID--a type of good fat that has been shown in studies to help increase muscle mass and decrease levels of body fat.

Quick, healthy dishes

Quick, healthy dishes - recipesChicken and Vegetables With Penne makes a hearty one-dish meal. Note: To save time, prep foods-slice, dice and so on-as other items cook.

Go fish

Go fish: start with seafood for a quick, tasty dinner - WeeknightPutting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you think--if you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean source of protein and iron.

Salad days

Salad days: rice chills out for an easy weeknight meal - Food: Quick CookThis salad is a simplified, lightened version of Richard Wong's original. Make your own seasoning sauce as directed here or, for a shortcut, use a purchased sauce such as his Chinablue Sesame Soy Sauce.


Food Storage Guidelines

Proper food storage will keep your food both fresher and safer. Most store-bought food today comes with certain guidelines to help you ensure that you are eating high quality, safe food.Make sure that you know what the guidelines on your packaging mean:.Expiration Date ? You should not consume any product after this date ? it is when you should expect the food to go bad. Of course, realize that the date is relatively arbitrary ? there is a chance that the food is just fine after this date.

Nonetheless, to insure freshness and safety, you should throw out products that have passed the expiration date.Use-By-Date ? This is the last day that your product is considered fresh and top quality. Again, it does not mean that the food product suddenly rots or molds after this date.

It is just a good guideline to follow.Sell-By-Date ? You can still consume products after this date. It is just the date that it is recommended that the store sells it by.

You do not want to buy any products that are being sold after the sell-by-date, and you might want to inform the storekeeper if you find any (you might even be able to get a good deal on anything that is past the sell-by-date. if it is just a few days past, it is most likely still just fine). The sell-by-date is often on baked goods like breads.Pack Date ? This tells you when the food was processed. This date does not tell you how long the food will be good!.Also, different manufacturers stamp different codes on the bottoms of their cans or on their packages.

Some are very understandable, and other ones are not. Because they all tend to use different codes, the codes can be tricky to learn. If you are curious about a certain product, call the manufacturer! Most manufacturers have a toll-free number printed on their product.Also, realize that the guidelines are not always completely accurate. There is a chance that your milk will taste bad long before the sell-by date. If you buy bread that has a tear in the packaging, it very likely might be stale when you buy it, too.

Do not buy any food with packaging that has been damaged in any way ? ripped, broken, dented, etc.If any food product that you buy changes in color, taste, or smell, it is time to discard it, regardless of the manufacturer's recommended sell-by date, etc. Also, be aware that once you open a product, the date of lasting freshness may change ? while it might have a shelf-life of over a year, once opened, it may only last for 2 weeks.

So, as you may have been able to tell by this article, the dates printed on food products mean different things, but none of them are exact days of when your food will be bad. They are simply guidelines. If you are worried that a certain food has gone bad, don't hesitate to throw it out. It is better to be safe than sorry.Also, the validity of the dates on the food products depends on whether or not you are storing your food properly. Food that is not stored properly may go bad long before the recommended use-by-date.

.Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on food storage, please visit USA Food Storage.

By: Anne Clarke

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