There's no magic force field that holds back germs while you shout "five-second rule!" and scoop up your dropped cured meat. Duh, right? Here's how you can prove it.
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Cruise ships are considered to be notorious hotbeds for illness, especially the "firing out both ends" kind. If you'd rather spend your trip soaking up sun and drinking Bahama Mamas than seeing your buffet dinner in reverse, follow these tips.
Due to its low-ish smoke point, olive oil isn't the best choice for searing meats or other single-layer, high-temperature cooking methods. However, as Chef Helen Rennie explains, that doesn't mean you can't crank up the heat when cooking a range of foods in olive oil - from caramelised onions to sauted potatoes.
Cities have plenty of forageable food available, from plants that grow as weeds to fruit trees and bushes that were either abandoned, or were planted just for looks. But is this food too polluted to eat? Probably not, according to two teams of scientists who have tested it.
Back in the office today? Go check the fridge. It's fairly likely to at least have a carton of milk that expired on Boxing Day.
Apparently this is less than ideal, and the Food Safety Information Council is urging workers and employers to avoid food poisoning by taking care of "that much neglected workplace kitchen".
Kombucha is a fermented tea that people enjoy for the taste, but also for probiotic benefits that can support healthier digestion. It's so popular that many kombucha lovers go the homebrew route to customise their own. The problem, though, is that when brewed incorrectly it can be a serious food safety risk.
New research released by the Food Safety Information Council for Australian Food Safety Week shows that 36 per cent of Australians are taking a risk by eating raw egg dishes with 10 per cent eating raw egg dishes at least once a month. Not only is this completely gag-worthy, but the consumption of raw egg dishes has been linked to increased numbers of salmonella outbreaks.
Whether you're evacuating because of fire or you're just leaving for a holiday, you'll want to know if the power went out while you were away for any substantial amount of time. Fill a cup with water, put it in the freezer until it's solid, then pop a coin on top. Leave it in there, and when you get back, check.
You probably know that the best way to get super juicy burgers is to grind your own meat, but some attention must be paid to safety, particularly when it comes to harmful pathogens.
No one wants to serve spoiled food to their families. Conversely, consumers don't want to throw food away unnecessarily -- but we certainly do. Australians discard up to 20 per cent of the food they purchase, which equates to one out of every five bags of groceries they buy. Plenty of that food is discarded while still safe to eat.