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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR FRIDGE

With spring upon us, it’s time to organize those often neglected areas like the fridge. The correct placement of food can also prevent food borne diseases such as Salmonella and E. coli, and with just a few organisation tips for your fridge wastage can easily be avoided.

1. Food that doesn’t involve any preparation and is ready to eat should be placed on the top and middle shelves. For example dairy, pre-cooked meats, leftovers and condiments.

Top tip: use a lazy-susan on the the shelf for condiments for a simple but effective way to keep on top of your sauces.

2. Raw meats and uncooked fish should be stored in clear, airtight containers. Ideally, these should be kept on the bottom shelf of the fridge to avoid any contamination from dripping and exposing the other contents of the fridge to harmful bacteria.

Top tip: label clear containers with the contents and date. This helps to avoid any confusion of what is being stored. Using up food stuffs before it goes out of date helps to reduce waste.

3. Store fruit and vegetables in the salad crispers. Often these zones are climate controlled which help to retain moisture. This will benefit vegetables like lettuces, carrots and cauliflower to keep for longer.

Top tip: items like potatoes can be stored in a vegetable or potato bag. Hang these on a command hook on the side of the fridge so they are to hand while you’re preparing food.

4. Dairy products like milk are often stored in the fridge door. The temperature is likely to fluctuate as the fridge door opens. Instead keep dairy on the shelf in the main compartment of the fridge, and use the door for other beverages as these items can withstand changes in temperature.

5. Group items of food together like cheese into separate baskets or containers. Clearly labelled, it make it easier to identify groups of food. Sliding the containers in and out of the fridge provides easy access as well as avoiding leaving forgotten about item in the back of the fridge.

Top tip: avoid putting open cans in the fridge as the metal can release harmful toxins into the food.. Store leftovers in clearly labelled containers.

These helpful tips won’t’ break the bank and are easy to put into practice. Keeping on top of your fridge organisation weekly is important, especially around busier times. These tips should make sure that your fridge is always in tip top condition.

Author Bio:

Article by Juliette Raine, Marketing Manager at SZ&W Ltd – the European home of Sub-Zero & Wolf. To find out more about Sub-Zero’s range of integrated refridgeration, visit www.subzero-wolf.co.uk

 

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I hope everyone survived the heat this past week! Recently I posted a picture on my instagram (lilysway23) of the Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers and got a lot of feedback.

There are a TON of recipes online with all different ways to make it. My Aunt decided to cut the peppers in half instead of stuffing an entire pepper which was good because the weight of the food and quinoa would’ve weighed it down and made it really soggy.

This meal provides good source of protein, iron, calcium, fiber, as well as vitamin A & C.

Ingredients:

Onions

Celery

Garlic

Spinach

Tomatoes

Black beans

Quinoa

Pepper jack cheese

Bell peppers

For cooking instructions check it out! http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/quinoa-stuffed-peppers-2/

Vegetarian times has a lot of awesome ideas.

 

gmos‘March Against Monsanto’ Protesters Rally Against U.S. Seed Giant And GMO Products

You might have heard the term “Frankenstein foods” or “GMOs” being used a lot to describe the foods we are eating but don’t really know what it all means. A majority of people I talk to either aren’t aware of what GMOs are or have heard about it but don’t know too much about it. It’s a hot topic and what people don’t realize is that nearly 30 countries have banned imports, distribution, sale, and utilization of genetically modified crops. Some areas that have banned GMOs are:

  • Germany
  • Asia
  • Brazil
  • Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Australia
  • Peru

The majority of foods American’s consume contain genetically modified organisms. More than 70% of our packaged food in super markets contains GMO substances. So what exactly are GMOs and how do they affect our health? According to the non GMO project, “GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

(http://seedfreedom.in/learn/what-is-a-gmo/)

So what exactly does this mean to the average person who knows nothing about GE foods and food safety regulations? There is growing evidence that GE crops are causing environmental damage, serious health complications, and it’s a violation of our consumer rights. The main controversy surrounding GMOs is its unknown effect on human health. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food.” Such health risks include:

  • Infertility
  • Immune problems
  • Allergies
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Accelerated aging
  • Faulty insulin regulation
  • Changes in major organs
  • Gastrointestinal issues

What can we do to prevent getting these serious conditions? First and foremost is putting a label on all products that contain GMOs in it. We have a right to know what is in our foods. Once we know what foods contain genetically modified organisms we can stop purchasing them or at least have the option to pick and choose what we are consuming. By providing a label food companies will begin to notice a drastic reduction in their profits and will be left with no other choice but to stop buying GMO ingredients that they put in their products.  We can also support our local farmers by buying our produce from farmers markets, most of which do not contain GMOs. Purchasing fruits and vegetables from local farmers can help them stay in business and prevent biotech companies from serving us poison. It is very important that we all as a group become more educated about this. If we can start spreading the word and gaining interest we can prevent more GE foods from being made which will result in a healthier lifestyle!

For more information and ways to get involved check out some of these websites:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

http://www.naturalnews.com/GMOs.html

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/about-gmos.html