Thank you to the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) for sponsoring this healthy recipe for Cast Iron Pumpkin Cornbread with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese. #StoryofYourDinner
When the Partnership for Food Safety Education contacted me about helping them spread the word about food safety, I realized Food Done Light had a gaping hole in it. I hit my palm against my head. Here I am preaching about healthy food, and I have never ever mentioned the biggest part of that, food safety. I felt a little stupid to tell you the truth. How could I miss that important step? What good is making healthy food, if you do not prepare it properly? The last thing I want to do is give my family a “healthy” meal that makes them sick because of a lack of food safety.
So let’s remedy that right now. It is really easy. There are 4 Core Practices of food safety. The first is simple, wash your hands and surfaces often. You have probably seen the posters in public bathrooms saying to wash your hands for 20 seconds in warm water. It drives me crazy when I am in a restaurant bathroom, and they only have cold water. Seriously! How are your employees properly washing their hands? How is that to code? Next, wash your utensils and counters with hot soapy water. This next tip I love, use paper towels instead of cloths. I love it because I prefer to use paper towels. I hate doing laundry; so that one gives me the satisfaction to know my laziness over doing laundry actually lead me to better food safety.
The next gives way to a perfect Christmas present. You need a cutting board for raw meat and one for fresh produce. So you can buy your family one of each for Christmas. Also keep raw meat and fresh produce separate when packing them into your shopping bags. Which leads to another Christmas gift. Buy people re-useable bags of different colors, one for raw meat and one for fresh produce. They can be thrown into the washing machine for easy cleaning. Cook your food to the proper temperature, yet another great Christmas gift, a thermometer. Finally refrigerate your food promptly. Man, oh man, do I ever have this argument with my husband. When it is his turn to clean up, he likes to leave everything out for hours. He gets mad at me when I go into the kitchen and promptly put everything away. He yells at me “I said I would do it.”. I tell him the food cannot be safely kept out on the counter. for more than 2 hours. Go check to make sure your refrigerator temperature is at 40• or below.
Go to the PFSE website, The Story of Your Dinner, for more information to keep your family healthy and safe. I love their kid-friendly placemats. You can print them and let your kids color them. It is a fabulous way for your kids to learn about food safety. I am printing the hand washing one for my daughter. She loves to connect numbers and do mazes. Plus I feel like I have said “Wash your hands.” until I am blue in the face. I really love how PFSE is getting kids involved. They even have a Hand in Healthy Sweepstakes that runs through November 24, 2016. They will be choosing four lucky winners each week for three weeks in November (that is a total of 12 winners). To enter go to Hand in Health Sweepstakes. Trace your hand and draw and decorate it. Then snap a picture and post it with #HandinHealth on Twitter , Instagram or the comment section of PFSE’s #HandinHealth posts on Facebook. The winners will receive a $100 Publix Supermarket gift card. Plus there will be one grand winner who will receive a $250 Publix Supermarket gift card.
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Cast Iron Pumpkin Cornbread with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
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